Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Today is laundry day at our house.  I think I'm doing about 89 loads, or something like that.  I fold clothes on the living room floor, but I usually wait until Cruz is napping.  Due to the large amount of laundry I'm doing today, there was no time to wait around. 
Anyways, Cruz is actually a pretty good helper.  He knows how to put his socks and pajamas away all by himself.  Keeps him busy and away from the other folded clothes. 
Today once he finished putting all the socks and jammies away, he was checking out all of Bo's underwear.  He was trying to put some on, so I put the Spongebob ones on over his sweats.  Then he kept holding other pairs up around his neck, so I went ahead and helped him out and put them on his head.  He thought it was pretty cool.

Bo, on the other hand, didn't think it was very cool and kept pulling the gundies off Cruz's head...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Spongebob Gingerbread House

A couple of weeks ago we took the boys to Toys R Us to try to get an idea of what they want for Christmas.  We didn't bring anything home that trip, except for this very unique gingerbread house.  Bo has become somewhat obsessed with Spongebob, so when we spotted this gingerbread pinepple kit, he had to have it.  He begged and begged to make it the night we brought it home, but we made him wait.  So when I pulled it out the other day, he was beyond excited.
Things started off pretty organized and calm. 
Then someone decided to give Cruz a taste of the goods.
And there was no going back from there.  Poor Cruzie had to miss the majority of the gingerbread house fun due to the urgent need of a NAP.

But Bo and daddy took over and made one heck of a pineapple gingerbread house.

The finished product, and one very happy little boy.  Only because he thought he was going to get to eat the entire thing when they were done.

We didn't quite let him eat the whole thing, but ugh...he had more than he should have.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


I recently had my first opportunity to take some pictures of a newborn. I now have baby fever.  Not joking.  My husband doesn't think it's very funny either. 
Baby Gracen was already a month old when I took her pictures.  They say the best time to get them is within the first two weeks.  Things started off a little wild, with baby girl trying to jump out of the basket we had her in.
After a little rocking and soothing from her mama, she passed right out for a few sleepy shots.

I'm loving the pictures I got, but having a hard time with editing.  I really want a more natural look, but always end up messing with things a bit more than planned.  Which then leaves me with more decisions.   For example, this edit.....

versus this edit.....

versus this edit...
Or these edits...color...

versus black & white...

And one more that's questionable....

Maybe, I've just been staring at the screen for too long and need to take a break.  Or maybe I'm just too much of a perfectionist.  Or heck, maybe I'm WAY off!!
Here's two more of my favorites that I haven't edited at all yet. 

Hmm...maybe we'll have one of these under our tree next year at this time :)  Only if I can talk the hubby into it first!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


This year we stayed around here and had Thanksgiving lunch at my grandparent's house.  It was relaxing not having to drive all over Kansas in one day trying to see all our loved ones.  It was also a plus not traveling because I needed some relaxation and an early bedtime so I could wake at 2:45am for some Black Friday deals!
Anyways, the food was awesome, the kids were wild, and we spent most of the afternoon scanning the ads for good deals, oh yes, and drinking wine.  Here's the day in pictures.
We spent the first half of the afternoon in the basement where the kids have plenty of toys to play with.

 There is a pool table down there too.  The kids love to throw the balls across the table.

 Once it was time to eat, Cruz enjoyed doing everything, but eating.  Here, he stole my aunt's wine glass.
 Bo exhausted himself playing with all of my little cousins.  Oh yes, and the basement comes complete with red shag carpet.  I actually fell down those red stairs and broke my collarbone when I was a couple of years old. 

Kelsey, trying to decide where to go first Friday morning.

Who KNOWS what Ben was whispering to Elizabeth! I'm sure it's better that they kept it between them.
This kid wanted to eat his apple pie on top of the table.
 Mom couldn't find dad for the longest time, then she checked the spare bedroom and he was sacked out, snoozing away.

Someone kept feeding these two cookies.  That was pretty much Cruz's Thanksgiving dinner!

These two laughed as Cruz woke my sleeping uncle on the couch, then he was off to chew on some old dolls in the toy box.
Then we headed out into the frigid weather to attempt a few family pics. I got several good ones of mom and dad.

Ours turned out okay too, you'll most likely be seeing them on our Christmas card ;)  But here's a peek at second best....;)