Friday, January 27, 2012

Hanging pictures

We are doing great settling into our new home and I am so happy to announce that just this week we put pictures on the wall.  Not all of my pictures cause I have a bit of an obsession and we have a LOT.  But come on who wouldn't want pictures of their cute kids, handsome hubby and great looking friends around their house.  I guess its just one of my things. 

Here is our bed room with some pictures up.  For some reason (lighting of course) the top picture looks more bright but the bottom picture is a more accurate picture for the color. 

And our living room.  Well one corner of it. 

 And here is the other corner.  We just got that end table this week so I put our shutterfly book on it along with the lamp and few other things.

Step by Step we are making this house more and more like the home we want.  So there will be lots of little up dates as we add things and put things on the walls.

Friday, January 20, 2012

January Fun

The cold weather snap finally showed up with - 20!!!  We think that is pretty cold until some friends who live out west tell us its -41 out where they are.  We are thinking about you guys during this cold weather.  For us here -20 is cold enough to stay inside and have fun if we don't have to go any where's.  So we have been enjoying lots of fun activities together. 


Sweet Jaelyn loves to color.  So every morning while I do preschool activities with Eben, Jaelyn will sit in her high chair and color away.  She is actually pretty good.  I find giving her these special markers that only show up on this special paper makes for great clean up.  

Eben will sit and do some school work but then he is so creative he usually is off using his imagination creating fun stories.  One thing he LOVES to do is play dress up in daddy's snow stuff. 

Eben and mommy got to go on a special date this week.  Eben will go to kindergarten in the fall so he went this week for his assessment.  He did such a great job that mommy took him out for a doughnut and hot cocco.

He picked the one with the most sprinkles on it and sat there eating it and drinking up his coco like he was a little old man! hehehe.  When he was done the doughnut he looked at me and said  "Mama lets stay here and talk while we finish our drinks."   I am really enjoying these special moments with him as he is growing up and becoming a little boy. 

Now today as I blog the snow is falling outside and its really beautiful!  We haven't made it out there yet but maybe after nap time we will suite up and shovel the drive way.  But this morning after all our chores were done the kids had a fun time playing with play-doh.

This picture of Jaelyn was right before she popped the whole ball of play-doh in her mouth! heheh Maybe we will stick to homemade play-doh for her. 

After the eating of the Play-Doh Jaelyn decided she wanted to help me make lunch and got to work playing the pot cupboard. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Happy 30th

Happy 2012 Readers!!  We are excited to start our new year off with Micah's 30th birthday.  Here is one of the gifts the kids and I got for Daddy!  

Micah's birthday fell on a Saturday this year so we were able to invite friends and family over to our new home to celebrate his birthday with us.  There are only 2 things Micah LOVES for his birthday.  Mexican pile up and Oreo dessert.  So that is what we enjoyed.  

I really love LOTS of things about our new place and one is the kitchen island.  I love how we could put everything out for a buffet.  So some readers may be thinking what is Mexican Pile Up.  Well let me explain.  Its kind of like making your own Mexican Salad.  There are many different things you can put onto your plate.  You don't want to put too much of one thing on so that you can fit everything onto your plate.  But even if you take just a little bit you still end up with a PILE on your plate. 

So you start out with some rice, chips, beef, beans, lettuce, veggies (tomatoes, peppers of all colors, avocados, onions...really whatever you like), then the toppings, cheese, salsa, sour cream, ketchup (only for Micah) and you cover it all in the special cheese sauce! 

It was a good thing I bought BIG sturdy plates to carry it all on. 

Micah's birthday falls on his grand parents wedding anniversary so it was an honor to have them with us this evening as they were celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary!  

Nana was telling the story of how they had gone out for breakfast that morning and when she told the waitress that they were celebrating 60 years of being married she was shocked and asked how did you do it.  She looked her in the face and with honor said he is an amazing man!!!    

After pile up it was time for dessert.  Oreo dessert that is.  This is another traditional recipe that Micah enjoys at this special time of year.  I think that Eben is getting a taste for it as well. 

After all the food it was time for gifts.  Micah's mom has been making felted wool mittens and Micah got a new pair for his birthday.  He also received some money to go towards the purchase of an iPad he has been saving up for.  Since we have the rule if we don't have cash for it we don't buy it he still will have to wait a little bit longer until he gets his mitts on one! 

 It was a great night and we feel so blessed to be back "home" with lots of friends and family.  Although we still do miss our Moncton crew and will never forget Micah's surprise 25th birthday we are feeling peace with God's calling us back.

Here are some shots from the night.

Me with MH and baby Sophie

 Micah, Davey and Josh

 Nephew Jonah and baby Sophie