We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become each day.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

It's Great to be 8!

Yes...I now have an 8 year old. Jesse had his 8th birthday yesterday and we've been celebrating since Saturday.
We only do birthday parties at 5, 8, 12, 16, etc. (for now!) so this was Jesse's year for a party. We gave him the option of having a party here at the house or taking a friend to this place called It'z (kinda like Chuck E. Cheese on steroids!) so he took the second option and off to It'z we went on Saturday with his friend Jacob.
Sorry...I have a new camera and I am trying to get used to it!
We had a fun time at the buffet, on the bumper cars, little roller coaster and playing games.

Monday night we had his family party.
Last night (his actual birthday) was the Pinewood Derby at Cub Scouts and because he was officially 8, he got to participate...He was so excited.We spent the weekend making his car. We're not sooo into it that we did all the tricks to make it the fastest, but he did come in 1st on one race and got an award for the "Sportiest car."And James was there cheering everyone on...this was his first time clapping and he got the hang of it real quick...so cute!Also while at the derby, Grace got elbowed in the face and lost her first tooth (it wasn't very hard...it was a really loose tooth!)It was a night of firsts...first cub scout event, first applause and first lost tooth.

A fun birthday time for Jess and the rest of us. Now we get to look forward to his baptism on February 13th...another first for this little family.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Too Funny

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Learn the States postcard swap

I signed on to be a part of this fun postcard swap from around the United States. Read about it here. I'm looking forward to the learning opportunity and I know that my kids will have a blast getting a postcard in the mail from all the different states. They still need to cover a lot of states, so sign up for one (the ones that they need are listed on the link above.)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Don't ya love when they get to that "helpful" stage?!?What is it with babies and dishwashers?

Saturday, January 9, 2010

I like this...

Cooking and cleaning can wait till tomorrow,
For babies grow up, we've learned to our sorrow.
So settle down cobwebs, dust go to sleep,
I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep.


Friday, January 8, 2010

Christmas 2009 (finally!)

I have been procrastinating again! Just being lazy...but here goes:
We had a very nice, simple Christmas here at home. Christmas eve we had our traditional homemade pizza dinner, then made cinnamon rolls for the morning, read in Luke 2, opened new Christmas pj's and watched a Christmas movie together...then sent the kids to bed with visions of sugar plums...or such.Tracking SantaSanta came:And kids were very happy with the loot:Then it was off to California...Unfortunately, I was a lazy photographer and I have very few pics of our trip...but here are a few.
Celebrating with cousins (my side):Then a trip to Ventura Harbor with cousins and Grandma Cindy (Danny's side) where we rode the carousel, played games and got some funky hats (thanks, Grandma!)We also went camping at our favorite place, Carpinteria, for New Years...of which, sadly, I have not a single picture. But we had a great time ringing in the new year at the beach. Fun times.

James turned 11 months on our trip, and, again, I have to wonder where the time has gone!At 11 months he has mastered crawling, is eating like a champ (finally!), broke through his two top teeth (with another on it's way shortly) and weighs (unofficially) about 16 pounds...still our little runt, but still the cutest, sweetest little guy.

We had such a fun time on our trip to see family. Thanks everyone for the good times!

One last picture:Oh, the things we do to entertain our young 'uns on a loooong car ride...this bought us a good half hour in the last stretch...totally worth the clean up! Gotta love licorice!

Hope you all had a fun Christmas and New Years.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

There's no place like home!

Just got home from our trip to California for the holidays...more details to follow...it's good to be home!