Saturday, December 27, 2008

A blogging break

Not normal for me, I know, but I'm going to be taking a blogging break until after the New Year. We have so much to do in the next week and family to spend time with.

I wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

See you in 2009!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Day at our house

This, by far, has been the best Christmas our family has seen in our time together!

First of all, the presents were a hit. We copied our friends, The Simpsons, who decided to start the tradition of only buying each child three presents from Santa, as not to let the material part of Christmas get the best of their family. This is the third year we've done it and we hope that the "Three presents Rule" helps keep our Christmases fun and low-key.

Jaina's three presents from Santa were:

-a wooden barbie doll house
-a Little Mommy doll called "Potty Time"
-a Ponyville carnival playset

Jayce's three presents were:

-a tonka bounce back racer
-an electronic drum pad
-a spider man ride on toy with a motor

Then Brian and I got the kids one gift each.... Jaina received an Our Generation Doll (Jenny) with a beauty styling chair. Jayce got a Dirt Devil Vacuum cleaner for kids. They both loved those gifts as well!

Brian and I normally do stockings for each other. This year he said, "Hey, if I can get out of doing stockings this year, I'll buy us a Wii for the whole family." I enthusiastically said "SURE!" because I selfishly wanted a Wii very badly. Only there weren't any to be found. We tried Wal-mart, Costco, Toys R Us, Best Buy with no luck. Finally, a friend told us to try Game Stop. They only had two left and we got one of them!!!!

So, unbeknown to me, Brian had gone out and gotten me stuff for MY stocking, thinking that we were not going to get a Wii. I got Brian "coal" which was really chocolate candy. He loves the whole "coal in the stocking" thing. But that's all I did. So I was surprised and embarrassed to find my stocking filled to the brim with camera memory cards and candy. My sweetie :) This may have been the nicest thing he's done at Christmas, especially since I didn't even give him a list of what I wanted this year!

My mom got the kids several fun things like a Fisher Price cash register for Jayce and a jewelry box for Jaina. Brian's parents sent money for us to buy their presents with. For Jayce, I purchased a kid tough digital camera for him. For Jaina, I got an amazing deal on a panasonic digital camcorder for kids. Those were both a hit, too!

Aunt Melissa, Uncle Jeremy, Joshua, and Justin got Jaina some new doll house furniture for her Loving Family Playset. Jayce received a cool Little Tykes Clock. Perfect gift for him because we are talking about the function of clocks in Speech Therapy.

Jayce also got a Moon Sand kit from his therapists and 5 lbs of extra sand from Brian's best friend. Jaina got a sticker maker from Thad, too.

My dad and stepmom bought Jaina Hello Kitty stuff and gave Jayce his favorite present, a toy washing machine that "goes round and round and round" :)

All in all, my kids were spoiled rotten! But they deserved it. They really have been good-behaving children this year. Jaina had a wonderful Christmas attitude (well, except for one moment when she coveted Jayce's race car) and Jayce really appreciated all his gifts.

And they won't be getting another single toy until their birthdays this Spring! Unless Jaina earns something with her saved up allowance money :)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas from us

Merry Christmas!!

Brian, Jessie, Jaina, and Jayce

Baking, baking, decorating, and more baking

I am SO done with baking! These last two weeks, I've made:

two chocolate chip cheesecakes
two tubs of gingerbread men
a tub of sugar cookies
peanut butter balls
two boxes of brownies
two boxes of cupcakes
two dozen peanut butter cookies

We had MOMS club over for a dessert exchange on the 17th. It was so much fun and the kids had a blast decorating gingerbread men!

In the 70's

Today, on Christmas Eve, it is 48 degrees right now. That's pretty typical of a "winter" in South Carolina. However, on Monday, it was a mere 23 degrees with a brisk wind that kept all of us southerners indoors! And weirdly enough, 6 days ago on Thursday, the high was in the 70's. So, what did we do? We raced home to don our short-sleeved shirts and shorts and headed to the park!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Class parties

I forget that being a stay-at-home mom is still not the norm, considering almost all my friends are stay-at-home moms because of MOMS Club and all. So I'm always surprised when I'm asked to be "Room Mom" at my children's schools and help plan parties. This year, I planned both Jaina and Jayce's classroom parties. For Jayce's class, we had time to do an activity, so we decorated gingerbread men. For Jaina's party (that was only 30 minutes) I only had time to read to the class while they ate.

Hi Ashlan!

The chocolate frosting on the corner of her mouth bugged me all afternoon until i could wipe it!

Jaina and the class sing "Jingle Bells"

Jaina and Ashlan, best friends!

Ms. Skinner and jaina. Did I mention it was 70 degrees outside and Ms. Skinner was burning up in that sweatshirt?

Ms. Skinner, Ashlan, and Jaina:

jayce's best friend, Louis!

Jayce is so excited!

Jonathan, Jayce, and Louis are decorating their gingerbread men:

Jayce decorates his cookie:

Time to eat!

Gray was able to attend the party at the last minute:

Jayce tried a bite, or licked, every piece of food on his plate:

Miss Kaye, the speech therapist:

Miss Hollie, Jayce's teacher:

Miss Nikki, the teacher assistant:

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Christmas Parade

Last week, our family attended our small town's Christmas Parade. We were sad to miss the big downtown one due to Jaina's cheerleading practice. This was the first year I had ever gone to this parade and was pleasantly surprised,

Daddy and Jayce:

I said, "Let's have a cute picture of Daddy." And in response, he said he wanted to choke me. Okay, inside joke. I guess you have to really know Brian to find this amusing :)

The morning started out pretty cold, so we bundled the kids up! Then it warmed up to the 50's and we all sweat!

Go Dawgs!

The band. Did you know that Brian was a band geek in High School? For this same band?

one of the floats

Hot rods

We conveniently sat in front of a coffee shop that sold hot chocolate for $2

I told him to "SMILE!" And this is what I got:

Yep, I'm styling in my Liberty Tax hat :)