Thursday, December 20, 2007

Look what I made...

I didn't actually make the stocking but I did stitch the names. They turned out so cute, if I do say so myself!



And it was totally therapeutic to do it. I enjoyed it so much I think I'm going to make bags for my mom to use for our stockings next year. Every year she says she isn't going to do much but every year we have our stocking and a bag next to it filled with stuff that she lovingly chose and wrapped! I love you Mommy! Yes, that would be 25 bags I have to stitch. But I have a whole year to do it so that's a whole year of therapy - for free!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Cowboy Ben

I love Ben. Of course, I love all of my boys. But they are soooo different and I love that! Ben is a riot! Hilarious. He gets me laughing so much throughout the day. I think the Lord knows I need that on a daily basis.
And check out Simon in the background. Moments like these are why I'm NOT crazy. I just have to laugh.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Dance Party USA

Okay, who remembers this? Get past the talking and get ready for some awesome 80's fashion and dancing! :) Right!







Yeah, well, we had our own Dance Party USA in the kitchen the other day. Which, I'm not ashamed to admit, happens quite often. :) First we were rocking to Hi-5's Christmas CD. Then we switched over to Angels & Airwaves. I was in the middle of making dinner (of course that's why I'm wearing my apron and Talon's wearing his pajamas!!!) and Bennett had the camera and he was quite happy snapping pics of us. Some I didn't even know about until I uploaded them. Too funny...





































































Friday, December 14, 2007

Day 12...a Rock Star and a Recap!

On the 12th day of December my mommy gave to me...

Push Pops with Ornaments!


Simon put his ornament on the tree right away.


Talon couldn't eat his fast enough! They were rainbow sherbet flavored. Can you blame him? YUM!
Ben turned his push pop into a microphone. :)


Here he is doing his "rock star"... (sorry it's sideways. i didn't think about that.)
video


And since it's the 12th, let's have a recap...I know you've all been singing along since I started posting these. Be honest! :)
On the 12th day of December my mommy gave to me
Push Pops with ornaments
Christmas shaped sponges
Chocolate Christmas characters
Shiny silver slinkeys
Peppermint candies
Red & green rice krispie treats
Spiderman cars
Chocolate golden coins
Baby bottle pops
Nutcracker ornaments
Yummy candy necklaces
and a Cars Movie bouncy ball

I love December! I love my advent calendar. And I love my boys! :)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

the 10th and the 11th!

On the 10th day of December my mommy gave to me...

Chocolate Christmas Characters!



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And on the 11th day of December my mommy gave to me...


Christmas shaped sponges!
And amazingly enough it fit in the advent calendar - just barely. :)


Simon got a Christmas tree, Ben got a candy cane and Talon got a snowflake.

Oh the fun they had in the bath with these! Ben washed himself thoroughly. That's basically all he did except when it was time to wash the truck (the walls). The imaginations on these boys!
For the first time ever, Talon was "swimming" in the bath. You know, when the water is going out so it's really shallow. He was on his belly pretending to swim. It was adorable! Hard to get pics of it though since he's such a mover!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

the 9th

On the 9th day of December my true love gave to me...

A brand new front door!

Out with the old...

In with the new!
The finished product! Oh, I am so excited!!!!!

Last week Jon got locked out of the house. He had to get in the house somehow, sooooooo he broke down the front door! He tried getting in every other way but nothing worked. We have needed a new front door since the day we moved in. We weren't too fond of the "hockey stick and pucks" design on our old one. Can you blame us really? :)


Thank you so much Jon! I love our new door and I love you!

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What an exciting day the 9th was! Because on the 9th day of December my mommy gave to me...

Shiny Silver Slinkeys!


I think I take too many pictures. I can't ever decide which one to use so I just use them all. Sorry for all the long posts lately guys! :)

Monday, December 10, 2007

Stevens Family Christmas Celebration

Saturday was a busy day. But a great day, for sure! We went to Grandma & Grandpa's house in Ottawa for our Stevens Family Christmas. Grandma made so much wonderful food. I have the rest of the braandy buttah. I allow myself a spoonful each night. I can't sit with the bowl and a spoon or I'll eat it all. It is that good! Mike and Penny are off to England for Christmas with Grandma Martina. They won't be back in the states until February. We miss you guys already! :(

Here are some pictures of our lovely day!


Paper crowns from the traditional English crackers.

Ben & Caleb

I don't love this picture of myself but I do love seeing Talon in the bottom corner. I didn't notice it until I uploaded it to my computer. He is such a scavenger! Whatever he can reach, he'll eat or drink! He was eating off of people's plates all day. And at the end of the day as he was eating some more chips Nicole (or Auntie Cole, how cute is that?!) said to me, "He has been eating all day!" And literally, he was!

Talon seeks out Mike throughout the day and gives him his hand for "Round and Round the Garden".

Zac was carrying Ben around the house saying "Who wants to buy Ben?!!" Ben had a blast!!!

Present Time!!!


Waiting patiently...


and not so patiently.

Susie had just told Ben that he wasn't going to open his present or something like that. He put on his "mad pace" and said, "Yes I am!"

This was his first present of the day. He ripped the corner off and peeked in. Then tore into it!

2 big construction trucks! Thanks Auntie Sue!!!

Talon enjoyed opening his presents too. He's a wanderer too so he opened his presents with whoever he was with when it was his turn.

Simon got this aweome remote control truck. He wanted to play with it right away but of course it had to be charged. We charged it for him when we got home that night so it was all ready for him in the morning. He has had so much fun with it. Thank you Uncle Sam and Auntie Heidi!

Ben has been wanting this vacuum cleaner for months! When asked what he wants for Christmas he says "I want a mini vacuum cleaner and a yo yo ball".

Yes, he is HUGGING his mini vacuum cleaner! Needless to say, he was so excited when he opened it and said "I've wanted this ALL DAY!" We strategically put it on the bottom of his stack or else he wouldn't have wanted to open anything else. Thanks Uncle Peter & Auntie Kathryn! Ben also got this really cool Viewmaster Projector that all 3 boys just love. Yesterday I took them to Target to get some reels for it. They're special ones with little inserts that have the sound clips on them. Ben came out holding it and said, "I just wuv dees movies!" So thanks to Auntie Nicole & Uncle Paul too! Ben has had a fabulous Christmas so far!

After presents all the kids went sledding - except Talon - with all the brothers, Susie & Grandpa. TaloHe stayed with his Grandma, Aunties, Raquelle and me. He really liked this pirate ship puzzle.

Uncle Sam.


Heidi was a little freaked out at the glimpse of her husband when he gets older. It was hilarious!

And here's what little Benny looked like after sledding. He started going down the hill alone FAST and Jon ran after him, lost his footing and accidentally kicked Ben in the face. Jon felt so horrible about it!These last 2 were from the next day. He was so out of it. I think his body was fighting off some sort of infection from it or something. After some meds and a nap he was much better. And it's just a yucky scab now. Good thing my Christmas cards are already done, right?

Thank you Mike & Penny for such a great day! It was so good to be with everyone and so relaxing. Thanks too for all of the wonderful presents. We love you!!!