January 24, 2010

Since We've Been Gone....

I have been a bad blogger lately. Jack is getting older and sleeping much less during the day, we have been doing some home renovations that have taken up most of our free time and I am exhausted. But here are some pictures of what we've been up to this month.

Steven and Gabby napped together

Daddy read everyone a book

a little fairy-princess played with her toys

the weather finally permitted this

and this

someone refused to get out of the swing

Steven got signed up for soccer and started practicing

warm weather brought lots of smiles to this face

the babies played in the grass

Jack had a sink-bath or two

the 3rd baby to wear this pair of PJs finally wore them out

I skipped a few days of laundry....and regretted it

this boy ate all of these things, along with his baby food

Gabby worked an hairdo

Jack snuggled with Daddy

Cookie Monster was impersonated

So, that's what our January looked like. Plus, we pulled all the carpet and tile up from the kitchen/living/dining rooms and the halls from our house and put down laminate wood floors. Scraping thin-set off the concrete under the tile was HORRIBLE. But it's done. All we have to finish is painting the baseboards.
I would like to say that I'll be better at blogging now, but.....I'll surprise myself if I get to this again any time soon. It is currently 12:28am. The kids and I are off to MOPS in the morning. So I'm off to catch a few hours of sweet, sweet sleep. But, now you're all caught up!

January 14, 2010

Two New Do's!

Jack recieved his first hair cut a few days ago. He looks so much older without his crazy mohawk. What you don't see in the before picture of him was the little mini-mullet that was growing down the back of his neck, and the long wisps that came out over each ear. His hair was just growing in such a crazy way, I had to give him a fresh start and cut it all short so it can grown in a little nicer. Here's the Before

And After!
As you can see, he's thrilled with his new look.
Actually, he looks so happy because he is now eating solid foods!
See? That's peas on his forehead. He isn't the best eater, but he's starting to figure it out.

I also cut my hair, recently. Yes, I did it myself. I learned a technique HERE and just went for it.Here's what mine looked like before.

And the After! (Oh, and a few days after I cut it, I went and got some highlights put in - so notice the new color, too!)

So, Jack and I are sporting very different looks, now and we're both quite happy with them!

January 9, 2010

Christmas and Our New Year

I know this is long overdue, but here (finally) is proof of our wonderful Christmas.

On Christmas Eve, we got a little bit of a blizzard and it took my mom, dad, sister, and sister's fiance 7 (SEVEN!!) hours to drive out to Abilene from Fort Worth (where they had flown in). It is usually about a 3 hour drive. We were just so thankful that they made it. A lot of people spent their Christmas Eve in a shelter along the side of I-20. They got in late, so we didn't go to our Christmas Eve church service as planned, which was good because we would have arrived at Church to find the service canceled, anyway due to the INSANE weather. (I just have to say that I love West Texas, and the weather we've been having for the last few weeks is NOT enjoyable at all. I'm ready for our normal 60-degree winter to come back!) So, we hunkered down in our home with a fire in the fireplace and spent Christmas Eve celebrating my sister, Holly's birthday. Her birthday is actually Christmas day but we give her a party on Christmas Eve every year. We had homemade pizza and ice cream cake and it was a great night. And a full house! The five of us, Holly, Stan, and Nolan; my parents, Cara and Kyle had a great time catching up, playing with the kids and playing some board games!

Christmas morning, we (the five of us, Cara and Kyle, and Steve's dad) opened gifts at our house in the morning, then went over to Holly and Stan's for the rest of the gift-opening, a big Christmas feast and a day of family festivities. It was a wonderful day.

The rest of the week was spent together - Holly and I took turns cooking dinner and hostessing - one day everyone would be at our house, the next day at Holly's. It was so much fun....but a little exhausting!

One night, my dear friend Michelle, her hubby Kenny, and their two sweet dogs stopped by on their way through town. It was so great to catch up with them and spend an evening together. And a few days into the new year, our good friends the Sheppards stopped by on their way through town, also. Steven and their daughter, Heidi have been friends since before Steven's 1st birthday and they were so excited to see each other. We have been so blessed by their friendship.

Here is a slide show of our Christmas with the family. (Click the little + about 3 times to make it go faster, then it will only take you like 20 minutes to get through!)

Whew! I did it! I blogged about our Christmas! I've been meaning to forever and now I feel like I have really accomplished something!

We've been up to a lot more since then, too. The week before Christmas, Steve and his brother made a beautiful headboard and nightstands for our bedroom. We've been married over 5 years and have never had a nice bedroom set until now. I absolutely love it. I just got some bedding for it this past week and I must say, it looks beautiful!

(I had to remove the date-stamp on my camera because even after resetting the day, it kept stamping March 15, 2059)

Steve had to go TDY (Temporary Duty...away. Don't ask my how military acronyms work - no one knows) to Washington DC over New Years. He left December 31 and got home this Thursday, the 7th. We missed him and it was too bad that I had to wrestle our 7-foot Christmas tree into a storage box by myself, but that's okay. As always, he is keeping quite busy. Today he is starting another big home project. Here's a hint:

More on that, later.

Hopefully, I will stop slacking and will be a better blogger now that You're all caught up!

January 4, 2010

Can't. Keep. Up.

No one told me that having three kids would take up so much time. Geeze. They are always wanting things like food and attention. They don't clean up after themselves. They don't do much for themselves, in fact. Don't they know I have blogging to do? Don't they know that people are anxiously awaiting a post all about our wonderful Christmas celebration? They're so selfish. As soon as these little monsters let me have a minute to myself, I will post about our Christmas. In the mean time, I'm too busy nursing a baby, making macaroni and cheese, eating cookies, cleaning spilled milk, reading books, playing games, snuggling, tickling, laughing, loving. It's a rough life. But I think we'll survive :)