Thursday, December 2, 2010


Finding a Christmas tree this year was QUITE an adventure. Due to the fact that J.D. was not home for Christmas last year, he did not have the opportunity to enjoy all the holiday traditions. He was like a LITTLE kid on Christmas Eve when it came time to find the PERFECT tree. He told the kids as soon as they got home from school we were going to go get a tree. However, we did not even wait until they returned home. We put snacks in the car & went to pick them up from school IN THE RAIN!!!! Every year we have gone to this tree farm about 30 minutes away & this year we wanted to do the same. So we all loaded up in the car & were on our way to get our tree. The catch to all of this is it was RAINING hard. Jers, in all his little boy excitement, has this worried face about 1/2 way. We both new the rain would not let up, but just as little kids do, we (HE) stayed optimistic. He looked at me & says with the Christmas spirit in his voice, "I'M GOING TO KEEP GOING." We arrived at the tree farm where the only 2 SANE ones of the bunch (Alyssa & I) mentioned how crazy this is to everyone else in the car who was SOOOO excited in spite of the rain.

Alyssa & I being the WONDERFUL sports that we are, got out of the car & smiled as big as we could:). As we walked, Ashlynn was ADORABLE. She kept skipping, smiling, running & shouting "common guys." She has J.D.'s hat on her head due to the fact that the rain continued to get WORSE.

In these pictures it looks like snow I promise not an OUNCE of snow existed by this time--it is POURING buckets of rain. We all run soaking wet to our car without a tree. Well, we were out to get a tree & we were not going to return home without a tree. SOOO, in all our excitement to fulfill our mission of getting a tree, we decide we will NOT let a TON of rain stop us from getting a tree, we do what any die-hard family would do....


The adventure continues with Daxon not caring what tree we get or what it may look like unwrapped, as long as it's the TALLEST tree we can find in the store.

As we look through the billions of trees determined to find the tallest some fighting takes place , Ashlynn bruises her cheek & 2 parents are loosing the Christmas spirit FAST.

It was an eventful time for all & as the show Christmas Vacation mentions as they are out searching for the perfect tree, "it's all about the EXPERIENCE!"

has ALWAYS been our LIVELY girl. Lately she makes this face whenever she is being naughty & it makes everyone laugh. Daxon gets the biggest kick out of her.

MARY POPPINSJers & I went to Mary Poppins the other night & it was so much fun. It was for sure a new favorite of mine. Usually, after watching a Broadway, even when I LOVE them, I am ready to get up & move around. I could have sat threw the ENTIRE show again. We loved it from beginning to end.
Alyssa is such a great daughter. She truly saves me time & time again. She is so aware of "MOM is at a breaking point" & she steps right in & takes over. She cleans up the house, puts Ashlynn to bed, and just does anything she can to help. The other day at school her & a boy were the only 2 in her school invited to this thing where they were given these awards. I thought it was pretty awesome.
This year was the 1st year we ever spent the ENTIRE holiday ALONE-- meaning just our family. I was a little worried we would be bored & go completely stir crazy. Though we missed family, it turned out surprisingly okay. Jers played puzzles with Ashlynn. Her Granny bought them for her & they are a FAVORITE.
We put olives on Ashlynns fingers the one day & she left them for quite some time and thought they were amazing. A lady at the store ask J.D. if he put them on her fingers to keep her from biting them. He assured we did not. It was pretty funny.
Britton went to a pirate birthday party where he was given a really "COOL?" tattoo. He wore it around for a couple of days.

Alyssa taught Ashlynn how fun it is to slide down the stairs in a sleeping bag.
Riley taking over puzzle duty.
Thanksgiving day we were all just carefree & lazy--except for the cooking going on in the kitchen of course.

Ashlynn made a huge mess with playdough.
The boys loved the COWBOYS comeback until they LOST.
One of the funnest parts of Thanksgiving was having J.D. home. He helped cook all day. When I am cooking with seriousness, I kinda like the kiddos out of the way. He had them helping every step of the way, they LOVED it.
Earlier in the month ,J.D.s parents came to babysit so he & I could go away for a few days. He & I had a blast as did the kids. Many of the little things I have not had that I have wished I had, but always forget to buy or run out of money & decide I'll get it next time, I returned home to-- such as little plates, enough glasses for everyone, measuring spoons, a nice rug to go under my computer chair & then some.
Before we took them back to the airport we went to this really COOL diner. It was right up my kids alley since sitting still is NOT a talent they care to show.
This guy really was amazing at not spilling milkshakes on peoples heads.
Riley actually got a drip on his face, still very impressive.
We had a great time & were sad to see Granny & Gramps leave. The kids all had a great time with them and we can,t wait to see them again.
Last but certainaly NOT least I love this video of Ashlynn making cookies.

Friday, November 5, 2010


The kids hit the JACKPOT on candy this year. AShlynn caught on to the concept of this TRICK or TREAT thing super fast & could have stayed out all night if we would have let her. The older kids just ran from house to house for 2 hours and have WAY TOOOO much candy!

We had bought Ashlynnn a super cute flower costume, but she would NOT wear it. She wanted to be the clown like last year. I did not think it would fit her but we put it on her & sure enough it did. After Night Eyes (the halloween thing at the zoo), we hid it in the bin downstairs so that she would be warm for trick or treating in the flower costume. She went downstairs & found it anyways. She was sure on her decision. I think she knew Grandma Jo made it & therefore that was the ONLY CHOICE for her.

The boys having fun before they take off to trick or treat.

For Alyssa's Young Women 10-hour project this year, she decided to make her Halloween costume. I think she did an AWESOME job.

I love how Ash is so intent on whatever DAD is doing.

Riley is anything but a criminal. He is such an awesome kid. At conferences this week, his teachers could not say enough good about him.

Britton was in a different costume every time we did something. Beggar's Night, night he choose to be a karate kid.

I think Daxon was the most excited about his pile of treats. He loves CANDY.
Upon returning home, Ash thought everyone else had way more candy than her. We spent, OH, the next 1/2 hour watching her take everyone's candy & running off to hide it. It was so funny. We laughed & laughed. She is A LOT of work, but man, she bring immense joy to this home.

Sunday, October 31, 2010


So Thursday had MANY wonderful moments indeed. First J.D. returned home after a year long deployment. That was a wonderful moment for everyone.

When your the Father and Husband has been gone for sooooooo long many feelings are involved in the return. For us it was a moment filled with PURE JOY!!!

J.D. & I discussed often how we thought Ashlynn would respond to him. SHe was in TOTAL Heaven and has been ever since. She loves to say DAD!!! She walks around HI Dad, Oh NO DAD, Guess what DAD last night as he was reading she kept saying goodnight DAD, She loves that she can say DAD. Even on the way home she kept saying DAD. I never realized how much she missed saying DAD.

The ceremony went great but nothing could compare to the closing remarks when we all got to run up and HUG our long lost husband & DADDY:)

TIME to take our ALL our FAMILY home!

The kids loved helping Jers carry all his stuff out to the car to bring him home.

I'm not sure what they were so excited to see but I'm guessing it's a plane.


One of the first things we did upon returning home is play on the swing set. I think Jers has been looking forward to pushing his kiddos on the swing as much as they have.

We decorated the yard for him & the boys loved throwing around the football with him.

We were so lucky we didn't think our decorations would stay due to wind but it finally calmed down enough for them to not blow away.

Kids with a DADDY what a great picture.

Ashlynn wanted in on the football action


carving pumpkins with dad what a great time. I do not enjoy these projects by myself we were all so happy for Jers to be here to join in the fun.

Ash always full of mischief:)

Alyssa thinking this is GROSSSSSS

Dax who is just happy to have his dad home & insisted pumpkin carving be a first project.

Looking at our glowing pumpkin.

Movie night with dad much funner than without.


I think due to our childrens ages this will be the last year we attend this event. It is fun but they have less & less every year & our kids are just getting to big.

Still it is fun for something to do to take up an evening

It is so great to have a dad & husband as we do all these things we have missed him soooooo much. He is wondeful to have around!