Friday, December 31, 2010
Posted by Shantelle at 8:24 PM
Saturday, December 25, 2010
This year our holiday season was pretty chaotic. Since we closed on our house the day before Thanksgiving, we have been tearing the house apart. Our first major project was the tile in the kitchen, laundry room, and bathroom. So our washer and dryer have been in our family room. Then we pulled up all the carpet 3 days before Christmas. We didn't finish the tile unitl the week after Christmas, so we could only walk very carefully on it Christmas morning. I did manage, however, to empty everything out of our family room on Christmas Eve and try and create a positive atmosphere. I couldn't find all our stockings, our tree had been knocked over 3 times while moving it from room to room since I put it up, and overall our chaos had been overpowering the holiday season. We didn't spend much money this year since we were way busy and all our money is going into the house. But luckily the kids still loved every minute of it and don't know the difference. Here's the best I could do to get ready:
Posted by Shantelle at 1:10 PM
Friday, December 24, 2010
For Christmas Eve every year we have dinner and a pinata at Josh's grandparent's house. This year we invited the 2nd cousins over for the pinata so there were more little kids. Brayden was first up and he loved every minute of it.
Brayden helped me get cookies, popcorn, and carrots out for Santa. Such a fun age!
Posted by Shantelle at 10:26 AM
Thursday, December 23, 2010
So what do you do when the bouncer is upstairs and you don't want to go get it? Improvise. All you need is a pillow and a laundry basket. Surprisingly Brynlee loves it because she'll hang out in it for quite some time.
Posted by Shantelle at 8:57 PM
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
There are many reasons why we haven't played in the snow yet this year. #1 - I had a baby. It is really hard to want to go outside in the freezing temperatures right after you have a baby. #2 - All of our snow stuff is buried in the garage. #3 - I don't like being cold. Fortunately for the kids, I found our snow stuff, Brynlee was sleeping, and I had to snowblow the driveway all on the same day. The kids loved playing in the snow. It was fun to watch them chase each other around and climb the hills from the snowplow.
Posted by Shantelle at 7:34 PM
Monday, December 20, 2010
The Monday before Christmas every year we have a FHE at my Grandparent's house. We always start with a talent show, then have dessert. We have been doing this for as long as I can remember. Here are Brooklyn, Paige, and Brayden:
Posted by Shantelle at 7:32 PM
Saturday, December 18, 2010
We missed our ward Christmas party this year, so I was determined to find a Santa for the kids to go see. A few people recommended RC Willey and so we took them last Saturday to see him. THANK YOU to those who recommended going there. He was a great Santa, and there was no line. Before I was even ready with the camera Brayden jumped on his lap and started telling him he wanted a "sharp sword with a case." Hmmm...I guess he thinks that since his mom won't let him play with sharp swords that maybe Santa will bring him one. We'll see...
Posted by Shantelle at 3:03 PM
Friday, December 17, 2010
I can't believe that 2 months have already flown by. Brynlee is still such a good, calm baby. We love her sweet spirit in our home. She is sleeping great, although her "night" sleep begins around 1:30-3am. Then she'll sleep until the afternoon (with feedings along the way), she'll be up for a bit in the afternoon, take a nap, then she's up all evening starting @ 7pm. It's a very strange schedule, and nothing I do can change it. She's pretty stubborn and won't fall asleep or wake up unless it's her idea. Atleast she's happy when she's awake! I have to admit it's pretty nice, though. With her asleep for most of the day I've been able to spend a lot of time working on the house. And since we've been SO busy with the house we haven't taken many pictures, but here are a few pics I took of her at 2 months:
Posted by Shantelle at 2:54 PM