Friday, February 27, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
So, my sister came to visit us Sunday and Monday and it was so nice to have her here. It had been too long since we had gotten to hang out. We had a great time! We watched HSM 3, ate lots of cookies, sang and danced, hung out and even busted Aubrey outta school for a couple of hours to go out for lunch (Yep, I'm a cool mom:). Tara always makes me laugh so hard that I cry or almost pee. She is a crazy fun chick. The kids always love having their aunt around too. When they found out she was coming, they cheered. Even Cali clapped her hands and said, "Yea!" We love ya Tara. Thanks for visiting! Here are pics of just plain "togetherness" while she was here. .
And she even left a piece of her heart behind for us to cherish. . .
I ate it yesterday.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Mommy reading her card from Aubrey
I had to take a picture of one of Aubrey's valentines. I am just so impressed with how neat her handwriting has become this year. I'm so proud of her!Here is one of Ella's valentines. Notice how she is starting to write really well too. She wrote "Mom Cali Dad Aubrey I (heart) U Ella" It was so precious.
And here is Cali excited to finally eat her candy!
Hope your Valentine's Day was filled with lots of love!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
One day when the kids were all home sick, we made these Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies(idea from the lovely Bakerella). They were super easy, yummy and fun!
Then, on Valentine's Day, we made and decorated the traditional heart-shaped sugar cookies. The kids worked hard and did a fantastic job! The older girls made candy faces on their cookies. They were really cute.
Even Cali got to enjoy some of the action this year. She was so good spreading her icing and carefully placing her candy on. She was also good at taking off all the candy and eating it. Then licking the icing off the cookie. She was all about the toppings. Forget the darn cookie!
Here is my pretty cookie. I was only able to snap a shot of mine(I was last finishing) because everyone had already started eating theirs before I got the camera out again! Oh well, I know Aubrey used her camera to take a few shots. She'll post theirs soon. :)
One other thing I did was "consider" making heart-shaped pancakes again this year. They were a hit last year. But then I woke up yesterday really tired and decided-naaah. I'd rather not have a bazillion dishes to do! So, I got out Eggo waffles, popped them in the toaster, used heart-shaped cookie cutters to cut out waffle hearts and topped them with strawberry syrup. The kids were just as happy as they would have been with homemade pancakes, but without all the work for Mom. Hooray! Just an idea I thought I'd share!
And no, I'm not done posting Valentine's pics yet. . .more coming. . .oh yeah, lots more. . .you've been warned.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Update: Aubrey & Ella are doing much better. Cali started running a fever today. Good times. Please pray that I don't get this. I gotta take care of these little ones!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
sweet girl on the other end of the line, and who answers? A man. Not just any man, a manly man with a husky voice. I almost laughed as soon as he answered and I heard his deep, "Hello. American Girl magazine, what can I help you with today?" Wouldn't you have thought a female would answer? I mean, this is American Girl Magazine! I guess they can't discriminate against gender when hiring, but I kinda felt bad for the dude. Then I thought he must be in it for the perks-maybe they give free dolly shoes to the employees. I mean, who wouldn't love that?
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 09, 2009
"Ewww! Yuck!"is what she kept saying.
And not all of it stayed on the paper. . .but I didn't mind because, seriously, look at this face! :) Oh, and not only did it get on her cheeks, she kept sneaking little tastes....good thing its non-toxic.
The older kids have played with their Moon Sand from Santa. Here is Aubrey packing it in.
And Ella dropping a pile in her lap.Other activities have included:
- making Valentine's using glitter. Now we have very sparkly floors.
- bubble baths(One of which wasn't for fun. It was to bring down Aubrey's 104 fever. Scary!)
- missing Daddy. He has just had a million meetings for church lately. And on top of that, school work. Poor Daddy. Poor us. We love that guy. :)
- reading lots and lots of books with Mommy making up silly endings. Aubrey LOVES it. Ella gets mad at me and says sternly, "Mom, stop being silly! Read it right!" When she tells me that I just say, "Okay. I'll be serious from now on. No more fun." And then I am serious and boring until she begs me to be silly again:) Serious Mom just isn't as fun!
- eating chocolate. Because chocolate just makes you feel better!
Hopefully everyone gets better soon. Until then chocolate, silly stories, crafts, and infomercials non-stop!