Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Lily Hair Do's

It's been a while since I've posted some hairstyles of Lily's . I've tried out some new styles lately and I think some of them have turned out rather cute. I get most of my ideas online, so don't think for a moment that I came up with these ideas on my own!

We still get the most compliments on her hair whenever she has her hair down. I think most people are surprised how long it really is and they can actually see that when it is down. I'm so glad that she still wants to look like "Tangled" and refuses the mere thought of cutting any of it off. Whew! lucky me. I get to use it against her when she complains about brushing it every day. I tell her if she complains, then we will cut it to a more manageable length.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Sisterly Love

Since Tyler and Jacob are in school all day now, the girls have plenty of time to themselves. They fight, of course, but for the most part they get along and play great together.
They are constantly snuggling each other and its hard not to appreciate them and their relationship when they do so.  Whether it is watching a movie, reading a book, or playing pretend, they are fantastic sisters.

Not only do lily and Alyssa get along, Alyssa is absolutely adored by all her siblings. Everyone seems to want time with Alyssa.

Needless to say, she is a very loved member of the family and we, each and every one of us, spoil her to no end.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Sweet Treats

While I haven't been blogging much, I have still been making treats every once in a while. These are some cute cupcakes I made for book club one night.
This was Randy's birthday cake

I made Lemon pudding cake cupcakes with lemon frosting and raspberries on top for my Dad on his birthday. I made chocolate pudding cake cupcakes with chocolate frosting for my brother in law Robby on my Dad's birthday. They turned out pretty good and everyone seemed to enjoy the taste as well.

For Tyler's birthday, he was very specific. he wanted a chocolate bunt cake with chocolate frosting and no embellishments.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Chirstmas Break Fun

We had a ton of fun during Christmas break. Randy has the entire week off after Christmas so it was great to have the whole family together for such a long time.  We went to Hollywood Connection and rode the rides, played miniature golf and played the arcade one night.

 good times
 We also played in the snow a lot. With or without proper snow gear on.

 It's more fun when snow doesn't get into your pants though.

 Alyssa is the luckiest girl to have big brothers who will drag her around the yard in the sled.

 We have a bit of a sledding hill in the backyard and the boys used it a lot.
 Our happy baby girl

Other than an unfortunate bout of the flu that took most of us out for a week, it was a blast! we love our family, we loved our Christmas celebrations, and we love our new house.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A Very Merry LEGO Christmas!

Before Christmas, we celebrated at my parents house with my family. I didn't take a lot of photos, but we had a ton of fun! The kids received sleds from grandma and grandpa and were super excited about it.
 My favorite part was giving our gift to Ben. Randy and I bought Ben a pretty cool waterproof speaker system. We thought it would be fun to throw in a gag gift at the top of the present to throw him off. He was lucky enough to receive an original painting done by yours truly. It is TRULY one of the ugliest paintings I have ever seen/done in my life. His face was priceless. Randy and I couldn't keep a straight face though so Ben knew it was a joke right away. I told him it was a painting of who he should marry.
 Here is his "real" gift: a speaker.
 Here is our Christmas tree on Christmas morning.  It was really fun to have our first Christmas in our new house. We also had Paige stay with us and that was fun too!
 Our stockings were hung, and filled

 The kids were so excited to open presents, but of course, Randy sat them all down right in front of the unopened gifts and shared his testimony while telling them why we really celebrate Christmas. He also shared Rick and Eileen's gift with the children. Their gift was a donation made in each of the children's names to a Romanian orphanage. Randy showed the kids pictures of the orphans and gestured to all the gifts under the tree and asked the kids "aren't you grateful for everything you have? Do you really need any more gifts?" The kids agreed that they had plenty of gifts and were glad to see that the orphans could have a better Christmas because of Grandma and Grandpa's gift from them.  
After what seemed like forever I'm sure, we finally opened our gifts.

 Everybody got Lego's this year. I have previously banned Lego's from our house and regularly call them "baby chokers." Also, they are not fun to step on. Despite all the drawbacks to having Legos, I conceded that they are a good toy that can have endless possibilities as well as endless amounts of fun. The boys were excited, but nobody was as excited as Jacob was.

 Alyssa playing with Lily's new Barbie car

 Lily and her very pink Lego's

Jake reading to Alyssa under my favorite gift. A new minky blanket from Rick and Eileen. It is the softest, snuggliest blanket ever. I love it. Plus, it's mint green on one side and chocolate brown on the other. It reminds me of an Andy's mint. What's not to like?
 Here we are playing the game "Headbands." It was a gift from my brother Dan and his family. We had a fantastic Christmas!