Wednesday, December 27, 2006

My New Hobby

I recently started making bracelets out of sterling silver and swarovski crystals... It is a much easier hobby than quilting, because I get the satisfaction of actually finishing a project.

I made this bracelet for my niece Ruby... I want to get her started early on all things bling bling!

By the way Jenny, Ruby should also have some headbands arriving soon, from a company called "warming the heart". Let me know when they get there! :-)

Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all some Christmas cheer!

Saturday, December 23, 2006


Okay Jooj , I am procrastinating, so here ya go!

1. Egg nog or hot chocolate? Frozen Hot Chocolate, from the world's best ice cream store (according to National Geographic Traveler), our very own Handel's Ice Cream

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? I think he just leaves them out, but DH has other ideas

3. Colored lights or white lights? Definitely White!

4. Do you hang mistletoe? Who needs it when you're married?

.5. When do you put your decorations up? Right after Thanksgiving

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? Hmmm, mashed potatoes, or jello salad (I know, I know!)

7. Favorite holiday memory as a child? Decorating our tree on my birthday

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I have always known he is real, thank you very much!

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? No, but I used to want to when I was little.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? Ornaments, ribbon, white lights

11. Snow: love it or dread it? Love it in Indiana, with my big, safe car!

12. Can you ice skate?Not very well!

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? Hmmm, can't choose.

14. What's the most important thing about the holidays for you? Being with family

15. What is your favorite holiday dessert? Mom's pumpkin pie

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Collecting ornaments when we travel

17. What tops your tree? I finally found an angel I like this year. Prior to that, nothing!

18. Which do you prefer: giving or receiving? BOTH!!!

19. What is your favorite Christmas song? O Holy night... it is fun to sing!

20. Candy canes: yuck or yum? yum!

Uhm, Steph?, Judy?


Okay, sorry my last post was soooo long... I didn't realize how long winded it was until I published!

Friday, December 22, 2006

I can breathe!

Wow... finally a minute to type a few thoughts from the week!

Sophie had her first ear infection last week. She had been quite fussy since Sunday night, and it just wasn't like her. She was waking up more, and eating less. On Wednesday, after consulting with my wise mother, I took her in to see my pediatrician (who is the BEST, by the way!) Sure enough, she had an ear infection. Emma told the pediatrician that she was sick also, so he went ahead and checked her ears (just for kicks) and what do you know, she had an ear infection too. He gave me prescriptions for both girls, but said I only needed to fill Emma's if she had pain or a fever (which she never had.)

This week, we were back at the doctor's office for our 2 month and 3 year check ups (Sophie and Emma). Emma is doing great. My pediatrician told me his checklist for her speech says "Speaks in 3 and 4 word sentences". He said he would be scratching that out and putting "30-40 word sentences". She talked his ear off about Ballet, Barbie, and Disney Princesses on Ice. After the visit, he told Emma she had brightened his day, which had started out not so happy with his two teenage sons!

Sophie is doing great as well. Her official weigh in was exactly 12 pounds... which means she is just big enough to fit into 3-6 month clothes! I have yet to sort through them, as I have been swamped with Primary and Christmas obligations, but on Tuesday I plan to see what we have that will keep her warm. She is very smily, and now that her ear is cleared up (the doc was very happy with her ear at the check-up) she is the sweet mellow baby we all know and love. She is even waking only once in the middle of the night. Now if I can just get to bed on-time!

So that was Wednesday, and on Thursday, a day Ethan has off from school, he began complaining about his ear. By the time we made it into the doctor, at 3pm, he had been crying for most of the day. The tylenol I gave him was definitely not working. Sure enough, he also had an ear infection, and after getting his $90 dollar medication, I came to the conclusion that we need a new prescription plan!

In other news, I have been feverishly cleaning out closets and trying to organize my life! I went through all the toys we have and weeded out more than half to throw away and for those worth saving, give to a local shelter. It feels so good to have lots of room in the toy closets! (Just in time for Christmas, hah!) Now if only I can do the same on Elliott's and my closet.

This is Ethan's recipe for homemade ice cream. The kindergarteners brought home a paper that the parents were supposed to write a favorite holiday recipe on to share with the class. Somehow, I didn't get it done, which I didn't suppose was too big of a deal, until Ethan brought home a bound recipe book from his class (supposed to be the parents' Christmas gift!)

Imagine my suprise when I opened the book and saw all the recipes. I felt like the biggest heel. Luckily, I wasn't the only parent who didn't send in a recipe (about half didn't). The teacher had the parents write the recipe on one side, and the children write the recipe on the other side. For instance, here is one girl's recipe for chocolate chip cookies (with her spelling): 1. mix flour and chocolate chip 2. sugr 3. uvn 4. et Isn't that cute?

I have lots to do for Primary during the coming week, getting ready for the new year, and a baptism fireside the first Sunday in January. I am sure I won't have time to write again until after Christmas, so I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas. I am so grateful to Jesus Christ for agreeing to come to the Earth and atone for our sins. I definitely need the atonement, as I fall short of my potential every day. I am grateful to Heavenly Father for my 4 beautiful children, and my amazing husband. My life is so happy and fulfilled knowing that we are not together just "until death do us part", but for time and all eternity. The blessings of the priesthood and the temple are all I could possibly need at this holiday time.

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

okay, I admit it...

I love the movie Dirty Dancing. Shhh... don't tell my mom!

Check out this cute onsie. This website actually has lots of adorable items... but I have never ordered from them, so caveat emptor!

Monday, December 18, 2006

And then there were 6...

It seems like just yesterday that Elliott and I tied the knot, and now we are a family of 6! Are we really old enough to have 4 children, to drive fancy cars, to have a huge house, to live a 4 hour plane ride away from our families?

I love you babe! Thank you for making my life the amazing ride it has been thus far. I can't wait to see what the next 50 are like!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Basic Black

Check out these cute and modest dresses. A little pricey, but hey, a girl can dream, right?

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Princess Sophie

On Sunday, we blessed Sophie in our church. This is the beautiful dress that Sophie's great grammy made for her and Emma. We will pass it down for their daughters to use also.
Elliott blessed her to be a peacemaker in our home, and I can already see how that will truly be one of her characteristics. She has a sweet spirit, and is very mild and patient. I am so happy our Father in Heaven blessed us to have her in our home.
Many thanks to my amazingly talented sister, Judy, for all the awesome photos this weekend!

Monday, December 04, 2006


I am holding Sophie while my sweet sister cleans up for me... so I decided to tag myself from Leslie's post.

Yourself: tired!
Your Partner: amazing
Your Hair: multicultural
Your Mother: talented
Your Father: smart
Your Favorite Item: appliances
Your Dream Last Night: none
Your Favorite Drink: ice water
Your Dream Car: Yukon
Your Dream Home: stately
The Room You Are In: office
Your Ex: annoying
Your Fear: heights
Where You Want to be in Ten Years: Paris
Who You Hung Out With Last Night: Sophie
What You’re Not: organized
Muffins: yuck!
One of Your Wish List Items: ring
Time: 9:53 am
The Last Thing You Did: eat
What You Are Wearing: jeans
Your Favorite Weather: Spring
Your Favorite Book: Austen
Last Thing You Ate: Bran
Your Life: great!
Your Mood: happy
Your Best Friend: sexy!
What Are You Thinking About Right Now: food
Your Car: muddy
What Are You Doing At The Moment: typing
Your Summer: hot
Relationship Status: happy
What Is On Your TV: off
What Is The Weather Like: freezing
When Is The Last Time You Laughed: today

Friday, December 01, 2006

All Bundeled Up!

42°F /32°F

36°F /23°F

28°F /16°F
Just a little weather report from our neck of the woods.
The first number is actual temp... the second is what it feels like with the wind chill.
Yes, I am grateful for our warm home!!