Christmas is HERE!!

Christmas is in full swing in our home!! And has been for a week or two now! I really do love christmas. Maybe it's the way I was raised. My Mom loves christmas!!! I remember doing craft fairs, and hunting for the perfect gift for my siblings. When we were really little my parents did a 'Mom and Pop shop' in one of the rooms in the house and dressed up silly and put themselves into character. I think my Mom was 'Milly' but that could be faulty memory. They had all kinds of goodies for us to choose from, and usually some candie dots for ourselves, you know the ones that were rainbow colored on that roll of waxy paper. Well we loved it! It gave us a real sense of the spirit of christmas, to give to others.

I think that one year I thought I was being such a sneeky 7-8 yr old. I went through the consumers catalogue and put a 'code' next to each gift I was going to purchase for the members of my family. Unfortunately everyone else goes through the catalogue too, and my 'code' was their initials. Oops! I was young!
Well I love christmas! I love to focus on our Savior's birth. I love to have the kids act out the traditional and sometimes chaotic and funny nativity. I love to see my kids eyes light up when we drive by a house with lights and they exclaim " it's christmas!" likes it's in everyone of those little LED bulbs. The best is the tree displays over the past couple of weeks in the stores. My kids are soooo excited about this season with me, we haven't even really gotten into the gift part of it to much. Oh and 'Baby Jesus' should be proudly displayed at my Mom's front door here soon for all the kids to swoon over!
I am so excited to see what they pick for each other this year.  I am so excited for them to go through their old toys and decide what to give to children who don't have so much. I was explaining this concept to Evan, that other kids don't always have christmas. He was SO sad for them.

So here is to christmas! Dancing to christmas tunes, yelling jingle bells, making chocolates with family, finding ways to serve others, my Mom's amazing fruit tea on the stove 24/7 and being with family, all the while focusing on the true spirit of christmas, and remembering baby Jesus.

I hope that the wonder of christmas is filling your home soon! We are in heaven!

P.S. I'm making official stockings for my kids this year, finally, so keep posted for those!


Sneek peek!

It's been awhile since I had something creative of my own up here. Well I just did a photo shoot of my brother Conor and his wife Katie yesterday and here are some of the shots I've edited so far. Take a peek! There are so many more fun ones to get to!


2nd entry of the day!

I don't normally post twice in the same day, but this called for an extra entry!! OLD RED BARN CO. IS GIVEING AWAY ANOTHER QUILT!!! Actually make that 3 quilts!!! This is the woman that inspired my last giveaway and well based on those merits, you must check it out! The fabrics are amazing! It's as easy to enter as mine was. Post on her blog HERE. you can earn extra entries by posting the button in my sidebar (code on her blog) and if you make a video you are golden for entries!! Good luck to all of you, because I think I might just win!!


Well thanks for all the pregnancy good wishes. I am getting the odd day off from being sick! Yay! 
But today brought other surprises! My sweet little Seger (it seems to be all about him lately) fell and hit his little noggin on the fireplace. It has almost no ledge to it, but he found it! I heard the cry as I was about to go into the bathroom. I went running, I found him face down trying to get up but having a hard time. The back of his head damp. I picked him up immediately to see a pool of blood on the floor. We grabbed a clean dish towel as fast as can be and applied pressure while calling Kent and my Sis in-law Lindsay. The troops arrived and off to the clinic. We got the bleeding to stop by the time we got there. He still had a pretty good gash though! It was so cute because he was beside himself until he saw Kent, then he was a total happy beaver! The boy loves his Daddy. Anyways... they got us in pretty quick given it was a blow to the head and him being little. We avoided stitches!!! Again!!! And they were able to glue it shut. He didn't like that much. So for now we are a stitch free family..... until next time. Boy it seems to be just drama on my blog lately! So sorry! Oh and side note. Evan knowing I like things clean grabbed a cloth while I made calls and applied pressure to Seger's head, and totally cleaned up the blood on the floor. What a sweet helper. He really wanted to be useful.

Whew! Lets hope that THIS is the last major injury for awhile!


Side effects of being pregnant...

So I have been a *tad* nauseated with this pregnancy to put things mildly. I have some really good days, but oh do I have some bad days! Well yesterday while in a nauseas state I thought Seger would be happy toplay upstairs for a bit. So I let my 14mth baby play in the toy room, know that he would very soon join the rest of us downstairs, but have a change of pace. I had the bathroom door closed in the hall the door to the toilet in the master closed (he loves toilets!) We are safe to go! Well As I began to put water in a pot for dinner I'd say a couple hours later I noticed I couldn't get any hot water?? I had just ran the dishwasher, maybe? huh? well Kent had just arrived home and so he checked the furnace, all good there. We were puzzled? Kent went up to change out of work clothes and calls me upstairs I find him in the ensuite bathroom. The HUGE soaker tub was minutes from over flowing!! Seger must have gently put the tap on before he joined us downstairs.

This is just one of those moments that I realize how foggy my brain is from hormone headaches and throwing up! I didn't even know a tub was running! Obviously. My sweet husband was kind enough not to utter the word 'neglect'. But boy oh boy was it good that he came home when he did!!! Yikes the flood that would have been! And I just have to thank whoever invented that overflow drain thingy because boy did that buy us just enough time yesterday!!


Giveaway bug!

This giveaway isn't mine, but a friend of mine thought it was such a great idea that she is doing one. Stephanie from Mama Drama is giving away this cute quilt to help a friend and a sweet little baby with a heart condition. You can read all about it on her blog and donate a dollar or two if you wish at the same time as entering for the quilt! Check it out!


Belated Halloween!

This halloween I wish I could say that I made the kids costumes, but alas I did not. It turns out that I am not actually 'Supermom', Newsflash! But I do think that they look darling! I cannot wait for the next year or so when we transistion over to the kids coming up with their own costumes from scratch. I will of course help the execution until they are old enough to do it themselves. It's just that this year Kent and I were reminicing about when we were kids. Your costume was a hodge podge of old dress up stuff, or made by your mom, but NEVER bought! My Mom encouraged us to think up our own most years. I seem to remeber my sister being the most inventive. Nicole was a paper bag princess one year, AUTHENTICILY ! I don't think she wore more then her undies under those safeway paper bags and I do believe that a stapler was a great aid several times thta day at school! Those are the things I can't wait for. To see my kids use their imaginations fearlessly! But for now I will just love their cute little selves in their chosen, store bought costumes. Evan was so excited to be this giraffe you could hardly contain him! Vienna Was a bumble bee. And bee's don't say "buzzz" they say "beeezzz" according to her! And then there is Seger!! He is so cute walking with those chubby thighs in this penguin costume I just couldn't get enough!! The two were just a perfect fit. The little tail on the back was pricless with his little chubby guy waddle.


injuries much!

We have had some doosies lately! Evan was playing "spooky" (walking around with a blanket over his head for Seger's entertainment) And walked into a chair. Sounds harmless but the kid gave himself a HUGE shiner! A really black eye! Then Vienna decided at 6am today to try and open tupperware with a very sharp knife while we were still in bed. (I swear I do watch my kids!) Well that ended in a good size cut in the flesh of her thumb. She narrowly escaped stitches. Oh and yes Seger too! He has become fascinated with the oven. We keep it locked, however, I undid the lock to take something out and I turned it off. It had been cooling awhile, but not long enough. He opened the door to the floor and burned his little forearm. Took it like a total champ hardly a tear, so much that I thought maybe it wasn't that hot anymore, but he does have some blistering. Poor little guy! So it's been a doosie! Let's just hope this is the end of the injury streak! Tommorow's schedule may entale, padded surfaces, and a safety proofing party!

I won!

I won someone else's giveaway! I had posted about a talented artist giving away a watercolour portrait. Well I didn't win the grand prize, sad, but I did wint he next big thing. A great big discount off a portrait of my own. I can't wait to see what she can do! Check her out at sitting pretty studio. Yay!