Monday, December 20, 2010

Magnetic Fishing Set

I saw this idea somewhere online a while back and knew that Kaleb would love one.
I spray painted a wooden dowel and wrapped the ends with felt. The hook and fish all have magnets sewn into them so he can catch the fish. It was such a simple project and I had all the supplies on hand except the wooden dowel. I spent a total of 95 cents on this gift!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas 2010

Each year Jeff's grandma buys the kids a new Christmas outfit. Today before church I decided to get some pictures of them by the tree. These are some of my favorites.

















Saturday, December 18, 2010

Busy Bee

The past few weeks I have spent every single free minute working on finishing up my homemade Christmas gifts. My sister-in-laws also had a holiday boutique in South Jordan and although I wasn't able to make it up there I made a few things for them to sell. It is safe to say that after this next week I will be taking a nice long break from being crafty.

I made several of these Christmas light garlands to sell at the boutique. I decided to keep one for myself to hang in the living room.

I made this wreath using some left over burlap from Halloween and some felt scraps. I have been making a lot of wreaths lately. I'm not sure why. For a while I was really into cutsie little signs with quotes on them. I have way too many in my house. I am now starting to think I have too many wreaths. Time to move onto a new obsession.


Another book page wreath. This one will find a new home Tuesday night. I am going to a Christmas party and we were instructed to bring a homemade white elephant gift.

Kaleb and I made this yarn ball snowman for his teacher at church. He absolutely adores her. Since tomorrow is his last day in her class before he moves on to the 4 year old class he wanted to take her a present.

Yet another wreath that I made for the boutique. My sister-in-law made one just like it when we were together for Thanksgiving and gave me all the extra scraps. Score! I never turn down free fabric!

Ok, I agree. The wreath obsession is getting ridiculous now. This one is made from coffee filters. I painted the edges before I separated them. Once they were dry I used massive amounts of hot glue and glued them on filter by filter......It took a while!

Here is another example of me not turning down free fabric. When I was at my parent's house back in October my mom let me go through boxes and bags full of fabric that had been given to her. Some came from a friend that was moving and needed to get rid of it and the rest came from a friend who is in a quilting group. I found all these cute little strips of fabric and knew that they would be perfect as a little doll quilt for Andie. This quilt just makes me smile. I love all the bright colors and can't wait for Andie to open it Christmas morning.
I have a few more projects in the works so hopefully I can get them all finished up in time to share before we head to St. George for Christmas. I am making Kaleb a little magnetic fishing set that I know he will love! I will try to post pictures of that soon.

Monday, December 13, 2010

My Thoughts About A Great Guy.....

Tonight I wanted to take the chance to brag about a great guy that I know.......My Father-In-Law, Allen. For those of you who don't know him, you are truly missing out! I can honestly tell you that when I made the decission to marry Jeff after a VERY short time of dating a lot of it had to do with his family. From the very first time I met them they welcomed me into their home and made me feel like I belonged there.

(Allen on the bus to Disneyland, Oct. 2010)

3 years ago Allen received a calling to serve as the Temple Christmas Light Coordinator for the St. George, Utah LDS Temple. Since then he has spent countless hours checking and rechecking hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights and coordinating hundreds of volunteers to hang the lights. In addition to all that he drives by the temple every night from Thanksgiving until New Years to make sure all the lights are working. I'm not sure he knew exactly what he was getting himslef into but he has done an amazing job. And I have to add that my Mother-In-Law, Bev, has been right by his side every step of the way supporting him and helping in any way she can.

It has now become a family tradition to attend the Lighting Ceremony the day after Thanksgiving. It is an opportunity to welcome the holiday spirit into our lives by listening to wonderful speakers and choirs, then everyone sings Silent Night while the lights are turned on for all to see.

It is a beautiful sight to behold. These gorgeous pictures don't even do it justice!

We are so thankful for the opportunity we have had to be a part of this. I hope that Allen will be able to do it for many years to come. The temple already holds a very special place in our hearts and this has just added even more to the joy that we feel when we visit it.

Allen, I love you and I am so grateful that you knew long before anyone else did that I would one day be your daughter- in- law :). Thank you for all your love and support in all we do.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Feeling the Christmas Spirit

A beautiful message from Thomas S. Monson, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. May you watch this and be filled with the spirit as I have.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas Activity Countdown

To get the kids in the holiday spirit this year I decided to do an activity countdown to Christmas. Each morning when the kids wake up they run down stairs and pull out a paper to see what fun activity we have planned for that day. Then we countdown the days to Christmas. Some of the activities include: Writing a letter to Santa, baking cookies, making paper snowflakes, getting pictures taken with Santa, going to Toys-R-Us to look at toys, and much more.
I got this countdown calendar at the dollar store. I think next year I will sew one of my own but for now this one was cheap and easy. The kids love it and it has been a great way to bring holiday cheer into our home!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

So Much to be Thankful For

Wow! I can not believe it is already December! I swear I blinked and the last month was gone. I spent most of the last few weeks sick in bed so I had to put a lot of things on the back burner. My poor little blog was at the top of the list. As much as I love keeping everyone updated and sharing all my fun crafts I just had to put things into perspective and take care of the things that matter most. The greatest thing about the last month is the amount of time I was able to spend focusing on myself and on my kids. We spent a lot of time watching movies, reading books, playing wii and cuddling on the couch. It was great! Jeff came to the rescue on the days that I was so sick I couldn't even crawl out of bed. He cleaned the house and washed the dishes more than I think any man should ever have to and he didn't complain once. I can't tell you enough how much that meant to me.
After about a week of misery I went to the Dr. and was able to get on some medications that cured me just enough to celebrate and enjoy Thanksgiving. We went to St. George and had a wonderful time. Jeff and his mom made an amazing meal while I played with the kids and napped. We continued on with a fun filled weekend by attending the Christmas Lighting Ceremony at the St. George LDS Temple (More on that later), shopping at Santa's Workshop Craft Fair, going to the movies, playing games, and eating WAY too much yummy food.
I missed out on the chance to share what I am thankful for so I will do it now. I have a list about 50 miles long in my head but right at the top of that list is FAMILY. What would I do without them? The last few years have been filled with a lot of struggles for us. We've lost a lot, cried a lot and prayed A LOT. But along the way I have gained a knowledge that no matter what happens, no matter how tough things may be I am still the luckiest girl in the world. I have a family that loves me, and I mean LOVES me! It's an unconditional love that I hope each and every person in this world can feel.

Please enjoy this beautiful song....It will make you cry, in a good way




Pictures of our Thanksgiving Celebration!

Kaleb and Andie spent the morning decorating gingerbread houses while watching the Macy's Parade.


Andie just enjoyed eating the candy!


Jeff and our brother-in-law Alex grillin up the turkey.....YUM!
(Don't mind the construction zone in the background. It will soon be a fun playroom for the kids and an apartment for Jeff's grandma.)


Jeff's grilled turkey with a honey chipotle glaze.....AMAZING!
My mother-in-law also made a beautiful turkey that was devoured before I could get a picture.


Andie, Kaleb, Kaitlyn and Kylie patiently waiting for the feast to begin



On Friday Jeff's sister, Jessica, came for a visit. The kids are always excited to see her!


Kaleb, Jessica and Macey, the cutest little Puggle ever!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Pumpkin Carving

I know this is a little late but I am trying hard to get caught up on all the blogging I've missed lately. Here are the pumpkins we carved at my parent's house on Halloween.

My little sister, Emma, carved this headless horseman and the cat in the background was my niece Lexi's.

Paige carved this Twilight pumpkin. She wanted to do Edward's face but I convinced her this would be much easier.

I carved this Mario pumpkin for Kaleb. I also carved a Thomas the Train and one with a racoon peeking it's head out of a jack-o-lantern. Unfortunately those pictures didn't turn out. My sister Toni carved the bat pumpkin with Mathew's name on it.
I love carving pumpkins. It is one of my favorite parts of Halloween!



Thursday, November 11, 2010

Happy Birthday Andie!

Since Jeff had to return to Las Vegas the day before Andie's birthday we decided to celebrate it at my parents house on Halloween. We had such a great time. We celebrated with pizza and pumpkin pie and then carved pumpkins.

Andie patiently waiting for mommy to light the candles.

Blowing out the candles

My niece Lexi...always smiling!




Making some noise!

Opening presents




My mom made Andie 3 hat and scarf sets. Kaleb just had to model one of them. Someday I will get some pictures of him before he decides to strip down. I just can't keep clothes on this kid!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Trunk-Or-Treat


Here are some pictures from the Trunk-Or-Treat we went to while at my parent's house. It was freezing cold but we still managed to have a great time.

Andie wasn't a fan of her costume to begin with. Once she started getting candy she realized it wasn't so bad!

Kaleb as a green M&M. Notice Paige in the background freezing in her cheerleader costume.

The kids waiting patiently for some candy. Kaleb was so polite and said "please" and "thank you" every time he got a candy.

Me and the bean bag toss. It ended up being a huge hit. We were the only ones who had an activity to do. I think each kid came back at least 4 times. Good thing we had brought a ton of prizes!

Andie holding onto her candy. She wouldn't let it out of her sight!

Jeff took over the bean bag toss for a while and the kids loved him. I am so lucky that I married a guy who loves to have fun and be goofy.

My darling grandma had to give then bean bag toss a try as well!


Monday, November 8, 2010

Baby Shower Fun!


Well, I am finally back from a week long visit at my parent's house. It was such a fun, exhausting, jam packed week! Baby Shower, Trunk-Or-Treat, Birthday Party, Trick or Treating, Swimming, Park, Dairy Chores, Bowling, 4-H Banquet, Making Christmas Presents and lots of fun with family and friends. I got to see my grandparents who just so happen to be two of my favorite people in the world. They traveled all the way from Montana to see everyone so I was very grateful to be able to spend time with them.
The main reason for this trip was to throw a baby shower for my sister, Toni. Mathew came a little early and we weren't able to get up there before he was born so we thought it would be fun for everyone to come and visit and get to actually meet the new little guy. We had a bath time themed shower to get her stocked up on all the little necessities.

I talked my wonderful husband into making cookies for the shower.
Rubber Ducky Banks were given out as prizes for the games.

Cupcakes! Enough said!

Our food spread. Cupcakes, lemon cookies and toasted bread with tomato peel roses made by my sweet hubby. My mom made 2 delicious pots of homemade soup as well.

The diaper cake I made for Toni

I made this "Proud Big Sister" shirt for Alexia to wear to the shower. I cut out the letters from fabric scraps and sewed them onto the shirt leaving the edges raw so they would fray a little.

Alexia and Mathew


My sister Tiffany and niece Brooklynn

My adorable grandma Janice and my cousin's little boy Alex

Paige, Emma and their friend Megan

Toni and Mathew, the guests of honor!

My cousin Jenny and Aunt Tricia playing the baby food game.

Grandma Janice bought Mathew his "First Montana T-Shirt"

Aunt Tricia, Paige and Megan.
I made the "It's A Boy!" sign above their heads but this is the only picture I took of it :(

We had such a fun day celebrating the birth of little Mathew. It was so wonderful to get to spend time with family and friends and to show Toni just how much we love her!