Friday, December 31, 2010

Christmas 2010

Of course we had a great Christmas. While we don't have family up here in Maine, we do have good friends who we invited for Christmas eve. Santa brought the girls really great presents. We are so blessed to have so much! We got a Wii this year with a few games. Playing super mario bros makes me feel like I'm 10 again! The girls have loved playing it and it's pretty entertaining to watch them play. Here are just a few moments of Christmas morning.

Halle is into everything especially the m&m's the girls dropped on the floor from their stockings. This totally made my day!

Halle just learned to crawl. She was more interested in crawling around than opening a present, no surprise!

the girls have been asking for a pillow pet for months. YAY!

The girls in their cute new jammies on Christmas Eve. (thanks mom)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

two baby girls

Both my sister and my sister-in-law had baby girls in the past couple weeks. I'm so excited about having two new sweet little nieces and Halle will have two cousins around her age to play with when we visit the fam. So I wanted to make something for Briley and Maelyn. I don't consider myself to be extremely crafty or creative, but the little shoes I made for them turned out really cute. I got the pattern online for free so if you're interested in the pattern, let me know and I'll send you the link. The first pair took me a couple hours to do but after I did it once I was able to do three more pair really fast. The little flower embelshiments aren't too difficult either.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thanksgiving Program

Mckenna had a little Thanksgiving performance and I really meant to post this sooner but just forgot. I found the pictures tonight and decided that late is better than never. Her class sang some songs and then had a little feast. Each kid got to say what they were thankful for. Mckenna said she was thankful for her family. She's such a good girl. I went to her parent teacher conference and her teacher told me she's just the sweetest, that she is always making sure everyone is included and that no one feels left out or sad in the class. That made me so proud because every morning we say a prayer before the girls leave and I usually mention something about being a good example and being a friend to everyone. She always says, "I KNOW, Mom!" in a rather annoyed tone, but obviously she is listening. Glad there is some evidence that I'm a good mom!

snow girl

We took some time to play in the snow again. Thought this was cute of kayla.
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Saturday, December 11, 2010


We had a vistit with Santa today. Halle's expression is awesome. Merry Christmas!!
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Thursday, December 9, 2010

toasty warm

This is our recent addition to the house. For
those of you who don't know what the heck this is, it's a pellet stove. Love it!
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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Baby Gifts

I really really really want to post what I've been working on, but they are gifts so I have to wait until they have been given. I made some cute stuff for my sister who is having her first little girl (3rd baby), and my other sister (in-law) is having her first little girl too! They are both due this month! YAY for girls!

I started my last semester of school which means I will be student teaching starting in January. I'm a little nervous about that, not the teaching part, but the leaving my kids to go teach all day part. But that's for another post!

Friday, November 26, 2010

black friday...seriously?

Shopping on black Friday ha never appealed to me. In fact I'm not a big shopper, really! We had a good snow storm today. Isn't this better than shopping on black Friday?
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

dying to craft

Today since the girls aren't in school, we are dying noodles to use as beads for necklaces. I plan on having them make necklaces or fun pictures with the noodles. Love me a good craft,especially when it keeps the girls occupied.
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Recently I have had a few friends that have lost loved ones. Although I was not close to those that passed away, I cannot help but think how I will someday inevitably lose a loved one. I played the piano for a funeral a few weeks ago and inside the written program was a poem. I have heard it before but it hit me harder this time for some reason. I hope the friends I am close to will be comforted now at their time of need. It is such times that I am grateful for the knowledge of the gospel and that families really are forever!


A ship sails and I stand watching till she fades on the horizon and someone at my side says

She is gone.

Gone where? Gone from my sight, that is all. She is just as large now as when I last saw her.Her diminished size and total loss from my sight is in me, not in her.

And just at that moment, when someone at my side says she is gone, there are others who are watching her coming over their horizon and other voices take up a glad shout -There she comes!

That is what dying is.
A horizon and just the limit of our sight.

Lift us up O Lord, that we may see further.

just for fun

Just uploading from my phone to see how this all works.
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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Kenna's 6th

Mckenna just had her 6th birthday a week or so ago. I can't believe she is 6. I have learned a lot in the last 6 years about being a mother, but also about life and what it's really about. Every time one of my kids has a birthday it stings a little. They grow up so fast and I know that in no time at all the innocence of childhood will be gone. But I realized something in the last week or so. I have Halle who is only 8 months. She can't do much for herself yet. She is hitting all her special little milestones and is as cute as a baby can be. Mckenna is a kindergartner that is also hitting all her special little milestones. For some reason I use to think that once they were in school they wouldn't be as fun to watch. I was wrong. Watching Mckenna is just as genuinely entertaining as watching my sweet little baby Halle. I watch as Mckenna and Kayla go to school and all they do that doesn't involve me and it hurts to let them go, but I realized that I still get to be here and watch them blossom and THAT eases the sting of birthday time. So, to my grown up girl, Happy Birthday Mckenna!

Mckenna had an Art party. Anyone who knows Mckenna knows she loves her art! This was a great birthday party theme. Here are some pictures to show how we pulled it together:

I strung up clothesline around the whole party area for art to be hung as the guests finished their masterpieces. I did this so we could see all the fun art, but also it made it so I wouldn't have to use a surface to dry paintings or crafts.

I set up different stations. I covered each table with butcher paper so the kids could color on the table, to protect the table, and just to go with the theme of art. This is the play dough station which was a hit for the younger guests. (We had many different aged guests.) I also had the color wonder markers and paper and the aqua-doodle mat. All great things for younger guests!

This is the bag station. Each guest was given a blank canvas bag to decorate. This was more for the older guests. I also did a painting station and a water color station.

Yummy food. I did a small candy bar (an assortment of candy in jars) as a party favor thing. This was awesome. I put out small zip bags and guests could take a bag and fill with candy to take.

I made an artists pallet cake. Not my most wonderful creation ever, but it turned out pretty cute and went with the theme.

I also made these little marshmallow pops as a thank you favor. They filled their canvas bags they had created with the paintings they had done and I gave each guest a frame so they could frame their art at home.

Usually there is snow on the ground by Mckenna's birthday, but this year it was quite warm and we had just finished raking a huge pile of leaves. The kids all went outside to enjoy the leaves. FUN!

It was such a fun birthday party. It's a great theme for a party!

Monday, November 15, 2010


Hello. I'm back. We are done with family visits now which is a let down considering that the holidays are right around the corner. We had a blast with Grandma and Grandpa Mathie last week. We have also celebrated Halloween, Jason's birthday and Mckenna's birthday. Of course I have included pictures of all the fun.

Highlights of Grandma and Grandpa Mathie's visit!


My next post will be all about Kenna's B-day!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Granma and Grandpa Visit

Been Busy! Here are some highlights of Grandma and Grandpa's visit and the last week or two.