Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas 2009...

My boys and I decorating Christmas Cookies!

Tristan and I taking a break from preparing our families Christmas Eve Buffet!

Our Christmas Eve Buffet with the family!

My mom...getting into the Christmas spirit!

Kids playing!

More family...

Our tree on Christmas Eve!

Christmas morning...after Santa came!

Drinking hot cocoa and checking out their stockings!

Tristan was excited about his Mario Brothers Wii Game!

Brayden was excited about his Choo Choo Express Toy!

Here is a video of there excitement!

Opening gifts!

Jayden checking out some of the toys!

Tristan was excited about his iCarly remote!

Brayden was excited because he got more Mr. Potato Head pieces!

Near the end...Jayden was getting tired and had to rest on Mommy!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

There Is A Santa!

My kids are still very young, so I still have a long time before they start asking questions about Santa. Though, I know once they enter school, there's going to be a child who's going to tell them the "truth" about Santa. Now whether they believe the child or not is a different story.

When I was 7 years old, my best friend was a Jehovah's Witness and I knew she didn't celebrate the same holidays as me, or even her Birthday. No big deal, I knew everyone had their own beliefs. But in 1983, after Christmas I was so excited about what I got and told her everything Santa got me. Well, she then told me that there was no Santa, and that my parents actually bought the toys for me and put Santa's name on the tag.

Well I had to argue with that statement. I told her, there is a Santa. You see, my family was very poor. My brother and I didn't have a lot, but what we did have, we appreciated and loved! For Christmas that year, we got an Atari. Well, maybe for some people Atari's were not that expensive, but to our family, it WAS very expensive. Nothing, we would ever get, no matter how good we were. We knew that Santa got us stuff that he knew we would appreciate. So, when I told her that there is a Santa, because there is no way my parents could afford an Atari, No Way! Because I knew my parents were poor, that's how I just kept believing. I think after that, my best friend just dropped it. We continued to stay best friends, and never talked about Santa much after. My parents made all of our Christmas' special and memorable and I thank them for it all the time!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Children - 2009 Holiday Gift Guide

Are you still not sure what to get that one child on your Christmas list (or maybe a few children). Here are some ideas that you may want to check out...there still some time!!!

For Either Boy or Girl

SpongeBob SquarePants: The First 100 Episodes

EZ-Fort by Toobeez


Product Features

* WOW Over 40 Parts! Includes a mesh bag to tote all your wacky parts!
* Create funny faces! Mix 'n Match fun!
* Create Princess Spud, King Pud, Mr. Potato Head, Mrs. Potato Head & Chef Spud!
* Ages 2+

This is a great Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head set!! This set comes with 2 Potato Heads and over 40 parts!!

Iplay Lobster Tub Caddy

Product Features

* Make bathtime, funtime
* Lobster acts as drainable scoop for collecting and rinsing toys
* Claws are strainers
* Suction cup wall mount
* Ages 18 months and up

Fisher-Price Kid-Tough Digital Camera

* Award Winning Kid Tough Camera
* Easy-to-use format and simple buttons
* Children can see pictures they just took on the 1.5" color LCD preview screen
* Features image resolution of 1.3 or .3 Megapixels which is selected by the user to create great 4x5 prints
* 128MB of Flash memory for storing up to 500 pictures

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Doing Your Own Christmas Pictures

This is my second year doing my own Christmas photos for our Christmas Cards. Last year, using my green screen I sat the boys down and snap a few pictures. It was a little hard, not as hard as going to the photo studio, but still hard to get the kids smiling, looking at the camera, holding still and not crying...I took snap shot after snap shot and this is what I got.

So this year I took a picture of each kid separately...




Then using the green screen wizard software I bought last year and
using the right image I found using Google Images, I
did each child separately.

and, here is this years final photo...

I ordered and 8x10 for us and wallets to put inside the cards.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Stocking Stuffer Ideas 24/7

I want to take a minute and share a great site that lists tons of gift ideas for everyone on your stocking stuffer list! Check it out at Amy's Stocking Stuffers!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Advent Calendars

Looking for a way to count down to Christmas this year with your children.
Here are some ideas I found that you may want to try out.
Click on the picture for instructions.

Bingo Advent

Spool Advent Calendar

Candy Christmas

Pizza Pan Advent

Cookie Sheet Advent


Sock Advent

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