Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas Day 2009

We had a very good Christmas. Everyone is happy and healthy (almost except for a couple runny noses). We missed all our family and friends in AZ very much and wish we could have been there but we did have a nice day here. I remember when I was a kid I would wake up super early, sometimes in the middle of the night wanting to open gifts. We were always so excited it was hard to sleep and stay asleep. Luckily for us our kids don't do that. They all woke up around 8 am. Then we opened and played with their gifts.

Here is how the snowfall looked in the morning.

Some pictures with everyone outside.

Kaden's hands were cold... :)

And the snowman they finally finished a couple days later.

Monday, December 28, 2009

More Christmas fun... (Christmas Eve)

                     Here are the mini gingerbread houses. Can you see which one was Kaden's :D

Every year on Christmas morning we have cinnamon rolls for breakfast. This is the first year I decided to try and make my own from scratch. I used this recipe from the Pioneer Woman. (Have I mentioned how much I love her and her recipes??) I halved it and still had a lot! I shared some with my brother and his family. Nathan said these were the best cinnamon rolls he has ever had! They were really good so I think we have a winner. I can't wait until next year. I will make the full batch and share with lots of friends and family!
Rolling out the dough.

Finished rolls... YUM

On Christmas Eve we made sugar cookies. Here they are rolling them out.

Cutting out the cookies.

Ellie having a cracker and watching.

Decorating the cookies.

The finished cookies.

We let them open a gift on Christmas Eve. Surprisingly it is always new pj's. hehe

A few pictures with their new jammies on.

That night we had a storm blow in. We had sleet for several hours and then it started to snow. The kids were able to see the start of the snow before they went to bed. They were very excited to have a white Christmas.

New Years Resolutions

It's that time of year again. I don't really make a lot of resolutions. It's more of a time to remember goals. A goal to eat healthy and exercise more, a goal to be more patient and organized and a goal to enjoy each minute with my kids because it won't last forever.
I love these resolutions though. A friend posted them on my homeschool message board and said that she found them online years ago. They are great! I hope they lift you up today!

New Years Resolutions

1. Never again will I confess, "I can’t," for
"I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13).

2. Never again will I confess lack, for
"My God shall supply all of my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19).

3. Never again will I confess fear, for
"God hath not given me the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind" (II Timothy 1:7).

4. Never again will I confess doubt and lack of faith, for
"God hath given every man the measure of faith" (Romans 12:3).

5. Never again will I confess weakness, for,
"The Lord is the strength of my life" (Psalms 27:1) and, "The people that know God shall be strong and do exploits (Daniel 11:32).

6. Never again will I confess supremacy of Satan over my life, for;
"Greater is He that is within me than he that is in the world" (I John 4:4).

7. Never again will I confess defeat for,
"God always causeth me to triumph in Christ Jesus" (II Corinthians 2:14).

8. Never again will I confess lack of wisdom, for,
"Christ Jesus is made unto me wisdom from God" (I Corinthians 1:30).

9. Never again will I confess worries or frustrations, for I am,
"Casting all my cares upon Him who careth for me”. (I Peter 5:7).

10. Never again will I confess bondage, for,
"Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." (II Corinthians 3:17). My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

A verse

Be very careful, then, how you live - not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is. ~Ephesians 5:15-17

Sunday, December 20, 2009

More CHRISTmas fun...

Last week we went to Tulsa one day. I had gotten a letter in the mail that said my phone wasn't going to be supported anymore through our service. So I thought I had to get a new phone before the end of the year. It turns out that isn't true, at least for right now. Nate needed to have his phone worked on anyways. So we went to Tulsa and the sprint store. We met my brother Matt and his wife Glenda and their girls at the mall. We visited and shopped for a while. It was fun to see them and hang out. Of course we did a little bit of Christmas shopping and a lot of window shopping. The kids got to see Santa again at the mall, (no pictures this time).
Here is our Santa picture this year by the way. I thought it came out pretty good. There wasn't a whole lot of smiling in the picture but at the time they had fun. Plus at least they are all looking at the camera and they are not crying. :)

At the mall they have a carousel. The kids wanted to ride of course. I have a ton of pictures of them riding various carousels so I wasn't going to take any pictures but Nate called me as they were going around to look. Everytime they went around Kaden gave me a thumbs up. We don't know why he did it but it was cute and funny. Meghan is there too but she is behind Nate. You can kind of see her pink sweater. haha

On another day we decorated gingerbread houses. I got a kit that made 5 tiny houses this year instead of the one big one. I thought it would be nice for the kids to have their own... which it was. Putting all those tiny houses together was not that much fun though. They had a great time with them. Kaden was doing so well, he was putting icing and candies on the houses until Nate asked him how it tasted or something like that. Once he found out that it was all edible he was eating it. He even took the candy off that he had already put on and he took bites out of his house and slurped icing out of the bag. We were cracking up.
Here are some pictures of them decorating the houses.

Here are the watchers. :) Ellie is making the cutest faces whenever I get the camera out. She knows what is going to happen!

On Friday we met Matt and Glenda in Muskogee. We went out to eat together and then went to look at Christmas lights. There is a castle there where they do holiday activities. We went there for the Halloween things for the kids. For Christmas they have a drive through snow globe trail and it's free to go through. You just drive through looking at all the different kinds of snowglobes. It's nice because everyone is going slow so you can see but you don't have to be out in the cold. After that we went to the Garden of Lights and again drove through looking at all the light displays they have. My favorites were the one with movement. There was a boy skipping stones and a man playing fetch with his dog. This is the only picture I took there. My camera doesn't take pictures very well at night. Overall it was a nice night hanging out with family and one of our Christmas activities we do each year.

Another thing we did this week was to take Ellie to get her ears pierced. We have been kind of putting it off and I wanted to get it done before I decided I didn't want to all together. We got Meghan's ears pierced at 5 months and Ellie is 9 months now. So we went to the mall in Muskogee and got them pierced. She did better than I thought she would. It seemed like the part she hated the most was being held still. I was trying to hold her while the lady cleaned her ears and put the dots on and she was struggling and getting loose. So Nate decided he should hold while they were pierced. She she was crying long before the piercing from being held still. She didn't cry too long after though and they don't seem to be bothering her. Again the cleaning of them and having to be still bothers her the most. That's one thing that would have been easier if it were done when she was younger. They are cute and I am glad we have it done now. Here are a couple pictures. I am posting a few because of the faces she is making when I get the camera. So cute! (Oh she is saying "dada" all the time now and looks at Nate when she says it so I think she knows. She also has 6 teeth, most are still working themselves in.)

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