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Showing posts from November, 2011

It's Christmas card time!

I love love love to send things through regular mail. It's becoming so archaic, and it makes me so sad. Real letters and cards are not often given these days and it is a real tragedy. Technology is fantastic and I don't know what I would do without it, but handwritten letters and cards are left in the wayside. One of my favorite parts of Christmas is real cards sent through the good ole' US Post Office! LOVE it!!
Today I finished taking and printing off the picture we will be adding to our Christmas card this year. I chose to buy cards this year that I can send a little note in with a picture instead of buying the cards that are just the picture... if this makes sense? I used to write a personal note in every card and I haven't done that in a few years because there isn't really a place for a personal note on the picture cards.
So I'm starting my Christmas cards right now and I'm so excited! I'm grateful to add a little personal note to each recip…

Santa made an unusual visit to our house on Thanksgiving...

In the form of an egg.
We were preparing for Thanksgiving dinner and while boiling some eggs we realized we had a very special visit from Santa! Hilarious.

My little turkey

It's Austin's first Thanksgiving and I couldn't find a cute "My 1st Thanksgiving" outfit for him, so (thanks to Pinterest, again) I made him a Thanksgiving shirt. With a brown onesie, a little felt and string, I made this for my little turkey...

I can't wait to see him in this Thanksgiving shirt! He's going to be adorable!
UPDATE: Here is Austin on Thanksgiving wearing his turkey shirt.

A cute little thank you

Once again, my Pinterest obsession has yielded great results! I missed classes last week and I wanted to give a little 'thank you' to those who subbed for me. Thanks to Pinterest I came up with these little notes. (Sorry for the poor picture quality, I used my phone.)

Maybe a new birthday tradition...

I just have one brother and his birthday is 5 days before mine, so it's been pretty easy to keep up with him. Jim, however, has 3 brothers and a sister, and now 3 of his siblings are married, so the birthday's just keep adding up. My forgetful brain can NOT keep up. Anyway, I've been looking for a cute and thoughtful way to send birthday greetings to all the aunts and uncles since we've been married. Almost 4 years later I think I finally have an idea!
My idea is to make a birthday sign every year and have the boys take a picture with the sign for whatever family member has a birthday. Then send the person the picture with birthday greetings. Then every year they will have a different picture with the boys as they grow and I won't feel guilty missing anyone's birthday without proper acknowledgement. I also thought that it would make a great photo album for us if we keep each person's birthday picture with the boys and watch their growth progression t…

Austin's first meal at the Table

Austin is our little beast baby. He didn't get the nickname "Big Papa" on accident, he's huge! Even bigger than Jackson was, and I thought Jackson was big. He eats a lot to keep up with his quickly growing body. He's eating what we eat already! Here is Austin's first dinner at the table eating exactly what we ate, spaghetti and garlic bread (plus some banana).
And this is his after picture. He took it down!
He ate more than Jackson did last night. What happened to my little infant baby boy?

"Give Said the Little String"

Tonight we learned about how much Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us. A couple funny FHE moments occurred, as always. The first funny moment was when I asked Jim to come up with the opening song. He asked me if I knew the "Give Said the Little String" song. I thought, "hmm, no, but I know the 'Give Said the Little Stream' song". He just looked at me funny, so I sang the song I knew and he said, "all these years I thought it was the 'Give Said the Little String' song. Stream makes much more sense!".
The other funny moment was when I asked Jackson if Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love Baby Austin and he said, "NO! Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love Daddy!". Austin always gets the short straw in Jackson's world.
Then we made these fun Thanksgiving headbands. Jackson usually LOVES hats and any other accessory he can put on his body, but tonight he was not liking the turkey headband (so I made it into a turkey …

Our Thankful Tree

Pinterest gave me the great idea of the Thankful Tree. I collected some branches from the backyard, the Cricut cut out some "leaves" for me, and then we filled the leaves of our Thankful Tree with all the things that we are grateful for. I asked Jackson what he is thankful for and some of his responses were: sticky tape, the Thankful Tree, outside, and pancakes. He makes my heart happy. I can't wait to continue this tradition every year! Here is our 2011 Thankful Tree.

A month of gratitude

Everyday I will edit this post for something I am grateful for that day for every day of the month of November.

1. Today I am grateful for my family. I wasn't sure I would get married or have children, and I have been blessed with both.

2. Today I am grateful for being productive. I'm grateful I have the health and capacity to clean and organize, and that I am able to do so while staying home with my children.--I'm apparently trying to hurry and get through November because I posted 2 on the 1st. Oh well, this will count for today's.
3. Today I am grateful for my students. I really didn't want to go in to work tonight, but I'm so glad I did. My students needed me and it was good to talk with all of them. Students are why I love teaching!
4. Today I am grateful for quiet moments to myself. Jim is sick, Austin is teething, and Jackson is... well, 3, so I'm doing everything alone and it's been a long day. I'm grateful for 10 quiet minutes becau…

Homemade taggie toy

Ok, first, I can't believe it's November already!! I'm glad because I LOVE this time of year, but so extremely sad because Austin's first year is going by so ridiculously fast. So very fast. Right after the holidays I have to start planning his 1st birthday. :(
So when Jackson was born taggie toys (which is what I call those toys with tags all over them- I don't know what they're really called) were all the rage in the baby toy world. I didn't understand why they were so popular because Jackson didn't have a tag affection. Austin, however, LOVES tags. The boy can find the tag on anything and he will chew and suck on every tag he can find all day long! Finally, I understand the obsession over taggie toys and I set out to find Austin some cute taggie toys. I went to every store around and I could not find one single taggie toy. What happened!? 3 years ago I couldn't go anywhere and not have taggie toys on every toy corner, and now they are n…