Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Right Now Happiness is......

Ten things that are making me happy right now!
1. Happiness is the first snowfall of the season. Really, I'm watching it come down as I type and so grateful we made it back from our daytrip right before it started falling.
2. Happiness is having a week off to "hang out" with my kids. I love having them all home with me all day long!
3. Happiness is knowing I worked out this morning.

4. Happiness is knowing that I have a fresh new year starting in just a few days.
5. Happiness is a couple kid/momma crafts just waiting to be started.
6. Happiness is a husband who loves to start warm, cozy fires in our fireplace when he first gets home from work.

7. Happiness is a knowing that my baby sister will be having her own sweet baby girl in a few short months.
8. Happiness is a sleeping baby that is finally on a good schedule.
9. Happiness is planning to host 2 holiday parties in the near future.
10. And finally, happiness is having time to enjoy this time of year focusing on what is most important.


Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas At Our House

Merry Christmas to everyone!! This year we spent Christmas here at home. We had some of our family over for Christmas Eve and spent the evening eating, sharing stories, singing, visiting, and playing. After our family went home we hung the stockings with the kids and read/told the Christmas story.

I stayed up until 2am to get everything perfect for Christmas morning. It was a wonderful morning. The kids woke up about 7:30 am and came into our room asking us if Santa had come. Jakob told us it was the best Christmas ever as he was pulling things from his stocking. Steve and I made biscuits and gravy for breakfast. After we ate we read the Christmas story again and opened our presents. Karter did not want to open his gifts. We tried to get him interested, but he wanted nothing to do with unwrapping his gifts. We ended up opening them and giving the presents to him. When he finally saw the unwrapped gift he got excited and started playing with it. What a character!!

The kid's made handmade gifts for each other this Christmas. I think the best gifts of the morning were these special gifts they had made. I loved that they were able to enjoy and feel the spirit of giving as they gave what they had worked so hard on. This will definitely be a yearly tradition.

After the gifts were opened we spent a quiet morning putting Isabelle's doll house together, shooting nerf guns, building Star Wars legos, and just hanging out. It was quiet, peaceful, and happy. Just how Christmas should be.

Later that afternoon we went out to Forest Grove to go to a Family Christmas Party. It was fun to see everyone and eat yummy, yummy food!

I told Steve yesterday that this is the first time in a long time that I have felt that we were able to celebrate the season the way I hoped we would. It has seemed for the last few years that every season has been so busy I just couldn't do what I planned to do. This Christmas I have felt really good about how we celebrated. Not that it was perfect or that we did absolutely everything on our list, but we were able to fully enjoy every aspect of the season. I think the main thing is I was able to simplify the gift giving/crafting/food making/decorating craziness, having enough time for quiet moments of focusing on the true meaning of Christmas. We were able to celebrate the birth of our Savior, focusing on Him and all the blessing He has given to us. It was a lovely Christmas.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Congratulations!

Congratulations to my sister-in-law Lisa and her husband Chad! Yesterday they welcomed their baby boy into this world! They named him Bryson James. He is super tiny, sleepy, and oh so sweet!! You really forget how tiny these little ones are! What a wonderful Christmas gift. They delivery went well and Mommy and baby are doing great! So happy for them!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Peanut Butter Rolo Cookies

These cookies are so kid friendly and fun for the whole family to do. Plus they are super yummy! Isabelle and I worked on these this last week! She was such a trooper, by my side the whole time, helping with each cookie! When we finished we had 48 beautiful peanut butter cookies with chewy caramel/chocolate centers. Yum, yum, yum!! You can find the recipe here.

Friday, December 18, 2009

A Simple Gift

This is something Jakob took to school today for his teacher. He wanted to get her some M&Ms, so he gave me money, and I bought some at the store. I found this fun bag awhile ago for $1! With the M&Ms I added a handmade ornament, a package of hot chocolate, and a small bag full of marshmellows with a tag that read XOXO! It was super easy and turned out so cute!


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

I love my Plumber!

I can't believe this is what the upstairs looked like a few weeks ago. These photos were taken on October 31st!! Steve is putting in the plumbing and I snapped a couple fun photos. As we speak the painters are finishing up the trim and the ceilings. The countertops are scheduled to go in tomorrow and the carpet will be installed on Thursday. There are still a few things that need to happen before it will be completely finished, but I will basically have my kitchen/upstairs back on Friday!! I'm so excitied! It really has turned out quite lovely and I'm completely inspired to work in my new space. I have held off taking pictures because I want you to be surprised/shocked with the completed kitchen.

Christmas feels like it has been put on hold in our home. We have been holding off on getting a tree and decorating, waiting for the insanity of the renovation to be over. I don't even have Christmas music playing. I feel a bit deprived! I'm working on doing all the busy work of the season (aka mailing Christmas Cards, buying gifts, wrapping presents, grocery shopping, etc.) so when we get our house back I relax with family and can focus on the spirit of the season. I plan to take Christmas into this next year, extending it out a couple more weeks then we usually do!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Oh, So Very Messy!

We are going on six weeks of remodeling. What a mess!! Lets start with the good news. We came home from Oregon to new hardwood floors and cabinets. The appliances came the next day. Baseboards and trim were finished being installed on Wednesday. Right now the all the living room furniture is packed into the dining room and the living room carpet has been removed. I'm so excited!!
We also came home to lots and lots (did I say lots???) of dust!! It was all over everything!! They had to level out the floors (lots of sanding) and put in and finish the new hardwood floors (more sanding.) Dust is caked onto everything!
But, I can see the light. It is getting close and it is looking oh so very good!! Worth the inconvenience!