Friday, March 13, 2015

23 More Sleeps...But Who's Counting?!

Today was a very good mail delivery day! Magic Bands & a Shutterfly package = happy me! April 5th can't come soon enough!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Our Little Lego Project

We have spent a lot of time stuck at home the past week, due to the freezing cold, snowy weather. So...what to do...why not put together every Lego set we have! The girls and I spent hour after hour on this "little" project! I haven't felt well lately, so this was a great way for me to spend time with them. The best I can figure, there are over 7,000 pieces here, and they were all mixed together when we started. Amazingly, we had all but around 10 of the pieces to every set!
I absolutely love this line of Lego's for girls! Much to the girls objection, Jonah can't wait to get his little hands on these things. He loves the cars, especially! We just found out that tomorrow is another snow day, so there will be plenty of time to play!
Jonah couldn't wait to get his hands on the Lego cars, much to the girls aggravation!

Friday, February 27, 2015


Madison's "Pony" really is like the 6th member of our family. I know that sounds crazy, but if anything happened to Pony, we would all be very sad! She has been Madison's constant companion since the Christmas before she turned two. Little did we know, looking at this cute little pony with pretty hair, just how special she would be! Madison loves the fact that G-Ma & Pa got Pony for her. Since she was very little, Madison has always done this thing where she sucks on air basically, with her tongue. It's like she has a pacifier, but there's no pacifier. Well, Pony's hair went hand in hand with that...twirling and sucking at the same time was just very soothing and comforting to Madison I guess. I still catch her doing it at times now and she's almost 6! That's the main reason Pony's hair is so very beautiful these days! I have tried and tried to work on Pony's hair, but I'm afraid it is beyond repair! Regardless, we think she is beautiful & her hair is a sure sign that she is very loved! Pony has been there with Madison literally every day. They are inseparable! When Madison leaves in the mornings for school, she makes sure that I will look after Pony while she is gone. One day I asked Madison if she would share Pony with her little girls when she has babies someday and she thought about it for a second and said, "Well, maybe I'll share but she's still mine!" Hahaha! I know the day will come when Madison will outgrow her constant infatuation with Pony (that will be a very sad day), but she will always, always be special to her! And, thanks to Toy Story, I can safely say that I will never put Pony up in the attic...she will always have a place in our house. After all, I wouldn't want her to ever feel abandoned by her little girl!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Baby Chicks!

 A few weeks ago, Madison hopped into the van at pickup and said, "Mommy, I get to bring home a baby chick on the next school day!" Hmm...well, that was news to me! I was pretty certain that she had misunderstood, but she was very adamant that she did indeed get to take a baby chick home with her. I texted Ms. Alessandro just to make sure we weren't gaining a new pet, and she quickly confirmed that no, we wouldn't be taking a baby chick home with us. Madison was a bit disappointed, but once the eggs and incubator arrived in her classroom, she was over it! She was counting down the days until the chicks hatched & guess what...they were "born" on February 25th...they share a birthday with G-Ma, which made the whole thing that much more exciting! =0) A few days later, the kids got to hold a baby chick before they went to live at a local farm.
I had to throw in this picture of Mackenzie from two years ago when she was in E3 and they had baby chicks! She looks so little!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Love (and Cookies) Is In The Air

This was my 3rd year to do Valentine's cookies for the Wallace Engineering firm. The order this year was for 145 dozen! Yes, DOZEN! That's 1,740 cookies to mix, bake, and decorate! All in all, this was a project spread out over nearly two weeks. It was a ton of work and I couldn't have done it without my handsome box assembler & cookie deliver (Brian) and my decorating assistant (Mom)! I will say that it was SO much easier in my new kitchen this year. We had so much more room to work with and we were able to get into a pattern of doing 12 dozen at a time. At about the 72 dozen point, we started racing the clock to see if we could decorate and box 12 dozen in 45 was kind of like being on cupcake wars! =0) The first year we did this, Brian was in Guatemala, Jonah was a baby, and one of the girls were was crazy! The second year, Brian had Damascus Weekend and wasn't able to help with the kids while we decorated. This year, he was going to be home to take care of the kids, which I was so happy about! What we weren't expecting was for him to wake up with a stomach virus...eek! We made it just fine and the kids were great! Also, on top of that, Madison had two basketball games on Saturday...So, we took care of the kids, went to two basketball games, took care of a sick husband, and decorated 145 dozen cookies on Saturday! Whew!! We finished around 1:30 a.m. and I can't even describe the relief I felt! I am always so thankful for this job...this year, it is providing the extra $ we need to be able to go on vacation in April. I feel like I have neglected the kids recently because I've been so busy with this, but when we are having a blast at Disney World, it will all have been worth it!
We slept in on Sunday morning and then sticking with "post-cookie" tradition, we went to Cracker Barrel for lunch! I'm looking forward to a break from cookies for a few weeks!  
This isn't all of them...we had to take 2 boxes of cookies to the church freezer because they wouldn't fit!
30 batches of icing!
I look way too tired to just be getting started! Haha! Nice photo-bomb, Brian! I am SO thankful for my mom's help with this project. First of all, it would be a nearly impossible task for me on my own, and secondly, she just makes it more fun!
This x's 145...and we're done!
Now that's a carload of cookies! =0)

Friday, January 30, 2015

Sweet Little Dreamer

Two things Jonah loves...his trains & sleeping in our bed! It just doesn't get much sweeter than this!
We had the Easterwood's over for dinner & a late night game of Risk. Jonah made it until about 11:30 before he passed out in our bed while watching Mickey Mouse. I couldn't resist snapping a few pictures before moving him to his bed.
This little boy has my heart forever!
I wonder what he's dreaming about...

Saturday, January 17, 2015

A Great Season

Here are some pictures from Mackenzie's last few games in January. This season went by so fast! I don't think we ever even came close to winning a game, but all of the girls had fun and learned a lot. Mackenzie's favorite part may have been cheering for her team from the sidelines! I will be anxious to see if she wants to play basketball again next year. I hope she does! She has gotten so much better at shooting the ball this year, and she is very determined to stay with her girl on defense! She's still a little afraid of the ball and sometimes gets confused when switching from offense to defense. We are so proud of her and how well she has done!
Here is the cheerleading!
This picture makes me laugh! They look like a bunch of baby birds with their beaks open, waiting for their momma to drop them a worm! Hahaha!