Monday, December 28, 2009

Merry Christmas!

We hope you all had a very Merry Christmas this year! We were snowed in at mom and dad's for 5 days - and had so much fun! It was pretty nice to spend so much time with my family; there wasn't the hustle and bustle of the normal holiday season - it was just a lot of relaxing, movie watching and game playing. Gavin loved having Owen there to play with him and keeps asking me when he gets to see Owen again! Gavin was SO spoiled with gifts again this year, and is having fun exploring all of his new things. We have played a lot of candyland, chutes and ladders, zingo, and hungry hungry hippo in the last few days! I'll try and get some pictures up sometime this week!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Preschool program

Gavin and his best friend, Lukey!

Tonight we had Gavin's very first Christmas program! His preschool teachers did such a great job putting it together! They all stood up front and sang 8 songs ... it was pretty adorable. Gavin was so excited that Lauren and Ellie and Angi surprised him and came to watch too! What really touched me though, was after all was done, Gavin's teacher stood up to talk, she got really choked up talking about the kids - it just reinforces how lucky we are to be able to drop Gavin off at a place where I know he is shown love and respect. His teacher, Tina, told me that when Gavin woke up from his nap today he said, "Tina, I LOVE coming to school!"

Monday, December 14, 2009

date night

While Bryan was at the Vikings game yesterday, Gavin and I had a great date night. We went to see The Princess and the Frog - he only wanted to call it "The Frog" and skip the princess part! It was a great movie with great music. We both really enjoyed our selves! I hope he always wants to go to movies with his mom!


It's that time of year again, when our families come over and the girls spend the day baking cookies! It's a tradition that I really enjoy - and we made a LOT of cookies this year! Bryan helped the kids with their gingerbread house - which eventually lost it's roof and then completely fell apart - oh well - I think they had fun while it lasted! Ellie even got some special kids "wine!" It was a weekend full of family and fun - thanks guys!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Last Day!

Hey everyone - just a reminder that today is the last day to bid on Tracy's auction items at! The auction will end at 11:59PM tonight - remember that your $ is going to a GREAT cause - help bring Lera home!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like....


We had a great time decorating for Christmas tonight! I think the best part was that Gavin was so excited to look through all of his ornaments this year. And the fact that he insisted on only wearing his underwear was pretty funny too - I will admit that it is always pretty warm in our house - so I guess he was just being comfy! He was so cute hanging up his new ornaments - when he opened the Buzz one from Nana and Papa he let out a huge sigh and says "oh, I just LOVE it, mom!" Then when he hung the cowboy hat that Lauren made him, he says "this one makes my heart really happy!" He loved how it hung on the tree and just couldn't stop looking at it! He's so sweet, and he really does love his cousins! All in all, I think our tree looks great - even though all the ornaments are clustered together and half of them are on the bottom branches - it's the best it's ever looked - I'm so glad that Gavin was so willing to lend a hand!

a chance to help.

Check out my friend Tracy's auction over at! She has some great items to bid on that would make great Christmas gifts, or something special for yourself - some of which were made by yours truly! It's your chance to help Tracy and Mike bring their little girl home - and get something great in return - happy shopping!


So, the other day, Gavin was using the word "hate" a lot. He kept saying things like "I hate this show," "I hate that snack," or "I hate that idea, mom!" So I was trying to have him use different words, like lets watch something else, or I don't like that food, etc. He looked at me so seriously and says "MOM, if you HATE something, then you just have to say that you HATE it!" Bryan turned and looked at me and says, "well, he's got a point." UGH - what to do with these two boys!