Thursday, January 12, 2017


On Christmas Eve I told M which presents we were going to open that night and he was just so excited, I found this opened downstairs.

I took a very sweet video as they came out to see the bounty. M was so sleepy and confused it took him a minute to register what was happening. J was excited about her santa gift and stocking, then immediately wanted M3 to open the present she had bought for him. Such a generous little soul. M was so excited about every single gift.


When I was a kid, we always staged all of our gifts for a picture and I get a kick out of seeing those photos now. It's fun to see what was exciting to me each year so I'm making my kids do it too.

I got a big fancy miter saw for christmas and the coolest stand to hold it! I can't wait to use it.

Here we are in our Sunday best! I love 1 hour church!

This baby got the jumperoo out of the garage for his gift. He was delighted with the wrapping paper the most.

 J wanted rollerskates and just charmed me skating around the house in them all week.

Random bits of December

"If you wait too long, mini wheats get foggy." His face says it all. I loved that he said foggy instead of soggy because it definitely applies.

Made a choose your own gift card card for J's teacher.

This was J's choice for crazy hat day

I had a clever idea for our Christmas card.

J blew me away with this robin she painted. Madre Dos taught her how to identify different birds and she told me this bird was a robin because it had white eye liner. She left negative space and gave it white eye liner.

Husband and I went to see the Rogue 1 and went to a yummy ramen shop afterwards.

A wiseman was throwing pokeballs

I made some Firefly hats for my cousin.

I made this birdseed cakes for Madre Dos's bday (You might be able to see the J in the wire). M called it a bird pie and I laughed.

 I made a bunch of these to hang on a tree like ornaments.

I finally have a mantle so I made stocking holders! But I use the fireplace every day so I can't have them blocking the doors. They work on the stairwell too.

Noriaki sent the kids a package from Japan with chopstick trainers and a pokemon themed chopstick training game. He's the best.

J impressed me again after we dogsat this dude. (He was wearing a red sweater the day he came over)

Thursday, December 15, 2016


M3 loves the fireplace

I found the sweetest note under the tree from J

I finally got to go to a swanky corporate holiday party! I've been waiting years for this and have kept a cocktail dress on standby. It was New Orleans themed and so much fun. I really enjoyed all of Husband's coworkers.

Lil' Sis and I went down for a sister's weekend. It was a whirlwind 36 hours but we had a blast! We saw Moana, ate all the sushi, shopped and tried on formal dresses at Ross, colored our hair and ate junk food while watching Gilmore girls. It was exhausting and wonderful. We even had 2nd Thanksgiving with my mom.

Jace was holding M3's hand in the backseat and it was adorable.

I made over sized christmas lights from pinterest. My sweet parents found green solo cups for me.

Madre and Padre Dos came up to visit and we explored the Audubon path at Marymoor park. It has off leash trails and I was delighted to visit with so many dogs.

No trip to Woodinville is complete without a trip to Molbaks. It's a plant nursery, but has a pet boutique and shoe store and clothing and candles and hospitality stations and a cafe and gift wrapping for plants. I like to say it's more of an experience than a store. And they go ALLL out for Christmas.

We also went out to breakfast and this little elf charmed everyone.

Husband's work had a big gingerbread house party. This photobooth picture turned out so well, I would have totally used it as a christmas card pic. Next year, we'll coordinate clothing.

Grammy and PopPop also sent up a gingerbread kit. I didn't plan on making it that day but M was determined that we not wait. He brought me elmer's glue to open and when I asked what he was glueing, he told me the gingerbread house and had opened the kit and was trying to put it together. At that point I knew I had better make some royal icing because this kid wasn't going to be deterred.

I went a bit fancier on the 2nd one because I wasn't trying to corral 3 kids in public at dinner time.

I let M3 hold the wooden spoon with the frosting.

We got 2 inches of snow! I forgot how much I like reasonable amounts of snow. I also think my house looks like a gingerbread house :)

If you were wondering if M tested the ice on top of the pond, you would be correct.

He also found a creative solution to the rule, "We only eat at the table."

This kid is SO excited about Santa. 3 is a very fun year for Christmas and he loved chatting with Santa at the ward party.

The suspenders! And look at him sitting all by himself!

I took the kids to the nativity display in Bellevue and they did really great! M even pointed out to several people that the signs said don't touch.

The Christ room depicting scenes from the Savior's life was well done.

They even set up the baptismal font like a sepulcher.


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