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Friday, December 19, 2008

Keepin up with the Jones'

Actually the Dillons, Olsens and Parkers. We have officially joined the "Stitches" club. This was our first experience with stitches and kids. So today Preston was giving Emma (who is 2 years older but only 2 lbs heavier) a horsey ride. Well he decided to take her from the living room to the kitchen having to cross the entry way which is tiled. Well something happened and before I knew it, crying, screaming and then I saw it... the BLOOD. Initially I thought he just bit his tongue but then upon further investigation, I saw the deep slice in his chin. Luckily Justin was home because I panicked like any mother does in situations like these. He figured we could just stick a band aid on it and call it good, but after we stopped the bleeding and I calmed down a little, I decided to call the pediatrician. They said to bring him in cause cuts on the chin have a tendency to keep splitting open. So we took him in and WOW what a sport. No crying at all. He just laid on the table while they cleaned, numbed and stitched that little cut up. What a trooper. I don't know that I necessarily liked watching them stitch, but I wasn't about to leave my baby's side. He got a candy cane and a sticker and we were on our way.

All is well now and on Christmas eve we will be back in to have the stitches taken out. It seems that we aren't the only ones lately to have this happen. I guess I should just be grateful that it was only 3 stitches and nothing worse. Of course I am documenting this for my kids to read years from now, so there are pictures. This is a warning if you have a weak stomach. Too late though you've probably already seen them.

Emma was so sweet through the whole thing, so concerned for her little brother. Later after all the trauma, I found them like this.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Join in the fun!

Join in the fun! Copy and paste the list. Bold the things you have done...
Found this on my friend Moira's blog. I love stuff like this.
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain depends on what you consider a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo Karaoke in my family room with no one listening
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea Does watching it on the beach in Tahiti count?
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables No, but I can grow some mean basil
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight every night with Justin. Oh was that too much info (just kidding)
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill does ditching school to go shopping count?
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run.
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language Well kind of
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing Aspen Grove's Rock wall
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke Oh yeah baby
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa (hopefully soon)
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance Yes... It was so "ER"ish
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud Wheelin' in my Pathfinder
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone.
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper Front page of the USA Today
85. Read the entire Bible (I tried on my mission but not completely)
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous He wasn't famous when I knew him, but went on a date with Aaron Ekhart (two face from the new Batman movie)
92. Joined a book club (No thanks!)
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Made amends with someone who offended you
101. Flew in a small Cessna plane with just you and the pilot
102. Ran out of gas While I was doing my drivers training.
103. Eaten fried okra
104. Swam in the Caribbean Sea
105. Peed in a swimming pool
106. Rented a beach house
107. Hosted an exchange student
108. Been a Secret Santa to a family in need
109. Worked on a political campaign I was president of my elementary school in 6th grade
110. Coached a sports team
111. Baked bread from scratch I don't know that it was edible though
112. Driven from coast to coast
113. Paid off all of your debt
114. Roast marshmallows over a campfire Nightly in our backyard in the summertime
115. Cut up a credit card Yeah, but then I taped it back together
116. Drove a car through a flood
117. Been on t.v
118. Seen the twin towers.
119. Been to ground zero
120. Been on top of the Empire State Building
121. Lived outside of the United States

Now add something that's not on this list and keep it going, if you'd like.

Oh, Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree...

Wow! What a busy month. I really have not had time to do much blogging between yearbook yourself, elf yourself and photo booth I have been busy. I finally have a chance to post some serious stuff. I will just randomly try to cover the real stuff that I've been busy with. First off, because I want to enter a contest on Tip Junkie, here is a post about my Christmas tree.

Story behind the tree... I am a light fanatic! For the first 9 years of our marriage we bought a real tree and I spent hours wrapping every branch with 100's and 100's of lights. I begged every year to get a pre-lit tree and finally 3 years ago when we moved into a new house, my husband gave in (granted I had to promise we would still have a real tree in the other room). Well we have a tall vaulted ceiling in our living room and I though it was perfect for a 12' tree. Does anyone realize how tall and wide a 12' foot tree is? It's giant! It is a beautiful tree, but I don't know what's worse, wrapping a 8' tree with lights or fluffing and decorating every branch of a 12' tall, 6' wide tree. It is a love/hate relationship.

It is a beautiful tree though and as long as I can keep my kids away from decorating it, I love it once it's decorated.

We have a snowflake theme going on and I am very into the glitter this year. I have a hard time keeping the same theme every year so at the end of the season I buy new decorations on sale that go with some of my ornaments so that I can rotate and get a different look every year without having to buy all new ornaments.




The new additions this year include brown and blue stripe bows which I haven't had for years and my cute chandelier ornaments that I bought 75% off (thank you Tai Pan).


Oh, isn't it beautiful?

Of course I would feel bad if I didn't put a picture of our real tree on this post. This one is for the kids to decorate and is all theirs. The only way I participated in this was going to the store with them to buy it. The rest was them. They like it and take resposibility for it. They even remind us to water when we forget.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Another great combo

My brother posted like 10 of these on his blog. I had to try out some his styles. They just keep our family laughing.
Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Combining two of my favorite things

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Friday, December 12, 2008

elf yourself

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Photo Booth

I can't find the cord for my camera to download pictures, so I haven't posted anything lately. But here I am and guess what, we have discovered photo booth. I don't know why I think this distorted pictures of my kids are so funny, but we just can't get enough. My kids come home from school and sit for an hour at a time and do this. Our computer is full of them. 



Here's a few more




I guess Justin and I even have fun with it too.