Wednesday, December 31, 2008


A few weeks ago, I was making the kids pancakes for breakfast and had everything set out on the counter (butter, syrup, pizza cutter for quickly cutting pancakes into kid-sized bites...). The pancakes were finished cooking, the burner was turned off and the hot pan was pushed back out of the reach of little fingers. The kids were happily eating their pancakes and I left the room to use the bathroom. I wasn't gone more than a minute and a half or so, and walked back into the kitchen just in time to see Connor stuff a huge glob of butter into his mouth, and slide back down to the floor (the little monkey climbs up a set of drawers in a kitchen like they're a ladder). I yelled out in surprise, "EW GROSS! CONNOR! SPIT THAT OUT!" He stops in his tracks, turns back towards me and yells (with a mouth of butter and buttery slobber), "IT TASTE GOOD!" and he takes off running. You can see in this picture how deeply he scooped into the butter with his finger (and if you're thinking that doesn't look too bad, keep in mind that it's a COSTCO SIZED TUB OF BUTTER and then notice that the finger scoop goes nearly the entire way across the width, not to mention how DEEP it goes).

And if that wasn't bad enough, I didn't learn my lesson that time, and left the butter unattended for a few seconds a few days ago, and came back in to see him helping himself to butter AGAIN!


Tuesday, December 30, 2008


How time flies. This seems like just yesterday, but at the same time, it seems like a million years ago... Connor was an actual baby, and Jared was the baby-faced toddler that Connor now is. Emily looks so much more grown up in this picture than I think of Jared, even though he's currently the same age she WAS here. Isn't it weird how that works?

Monday, December 29, 2008

Sunday, December 28, 2008


Jared has been VERY into putting clothes on his Build-a-Bear, Blueberry, for the last few months. We have Tin Man and Scarecrow outfits from several years ago at Halloween when Emily was Dorothy and Jared was the Cowardly Lion (which I'd forgotten we even had until he dug them out and was playing with them), and we also have a Superman outfit for his bear, which he picked out on his third birthday. When it came time to pass out gift ideas for Jared to family members, I knew BAB clothes for his bear would be a good suggestion, and I knew Superhero themed clothes, most especially, would be GREAT. I was right. Jared got a Spiderman outfit for his bear from my parents and he instantly wanted Blueberry taken out of the Steelers outfit Santa had left:

(Em's bear got a Steelers outfit as well, and Santa just wasn't really thinking Connor would enjoy clothes for his bear yet, but SANTA WAS WRONG!)
build a bear

The next present Jared opened was a Batman outfit for his bear, and so Blueberry immediately changed from Spiderman to Batman:
Jared,build a bear

Connor's bear got a firefighter outfit from my parent's, and he's been happily hauling around his bear dressed in it's new outfit.

Build-a-Bear can really nickle and dime a person, but those darling little bears (and other animals), and those cute little clothes truly bring joy and fun to little kids! Emily never got as much into dressing her bear as Jared is, so I didn't really understand all the hype, but in witnesses Jared in the recent months, I GET IT. It's truly fun waiting to see what Blueberry will be dressed up as on any given day, and to hear the crazy story-plots that Jared comes up as well.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

B is for BALL

From the time Connor was mobile enough to maneuver around the playroom to get to toys, he's been most drawn to balls. As a result, we've accumulated a lot of balls over the last two years or so, and even though it's truly a ridiculous amount of balls, they all seem to get played with at some point or another, on a fairly regular basis.

When it came to choosing just the right gift for Santa to bring Connor this year, the basketball hoop I found at Toys R Us seemed perfect. It adjusts from 4-6ft high, which makes it something all three kids can use, and something that will last several more years before they've outgrown it. We could barely get him to open his stocking or his presents because he kept getting up to shoot baskets. Yesterday (day after Christmas), he woke me up by coming into my room, putting both hands on my cheeks and telling me, "I pway baksetball now!" (and yes, he mixed the s and k up, that's not a typo!).



He also got a football toss game from my parents, which he thinks is GRAND FUN, but I don't have any pictures of him using it yet (I was cleaning up all the packaging garbage and organizing all the new stuff yesterday while Dan played with him with that game).

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from me and MY NEW BEST FRIEND.

Now I just need to play and play and play until I get good at what I'm doing!

Hope everyone has a fantastic day spent with family and/or friends.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Snowman wanna-be

The kids and I tried to make a snowman yesterday, but the snow just was NOT rolling and packing into anything snowman-like. Jared was extremely disappointed, having been really excited to use the snowman kit we were given (floppy hat, "coal", fake carrot, corncob pipe, scarf, buttons). I came up with a quick solution and had him lay down on the ground and buried most of him with snow and then used the snowman kit on HIM. I think it actually turned out pretty cute and Jared was THRILLED. Dan says it looks like a creepy pic a serial killer would take after having posed the dead body. SHEESH!


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Connor talks about dinosaurs

In a recent videotaped conversation with Connor, he suddenly went off on a random tangent about "dininsaurs" and as you can hear by my dumb giggle, I found it pretty entertaining (mostly because it was soooooooooo off base from what we'd been talking about, and let's face it, his toddler style of talking is ADORABLY cute and funny). And please ignore pesty Emily; she apparently couldn't stand not being included and felt the need to shove a book in front of the camera at one point, and then stands off to the side jingling some little bells whispering to Connor about Santa... (punk! LOL)

PS That "nothing..." you heard him say is one of his new phrases the last week or so. And you know if he says it when you ask him, "What are you doing?", HE'S UP TO NO GOOD. And if you've had the pleasure of meeting and spending time with Connor, you know he's UP TO NO GOOD rather often. So you can guess how frequently I hear "Nothing..."

Monday, December 22, 2008


Okay, so the snow didn't start out being all that great for snowballs or making snowmen yesterday, but it was GREAT for sledding!! We have a somewhat long, but gently sloped hill in our yard, and the kids were getting enough speed down the hill to continue into the flat stretch. They had a BLAST!
snow,fun events,Emily

snow,fun events,Jared

After about a half hour, we walked out our backyard and down the back alley to the hill (shorter in length than the hill in our yard, but much steeper). One of the neighbor girls and her dad joined us for awhile.
kids,snow,fun events

Emily and I got an especially long run at one point (we started out by that blue speck (a sledding disk) up at the top of the picture)
snow,kids,fun events

Little fingers and toes were starting to get cold, so we headed inside for lunch and naps, and never made it back out again because it got dark before we were quite ready. Dan had been gone all day, but wanted to have some fun in the snow with the kids before the rain comes through, so we all bundled back up and headed out for some night sledding! It's amazing how the snow really does lighten up the night. We've been down that alley at night before and needed flashlights, but there was plenty of light!

The flash makes it seem UBER dark in the background, but it wasn't like that at all...
Emily,fun events,snow

kids,snow,fun events

Emily and Jared wanted to make snow angels once we got back to our own house afterwards. There wasn't enough light to be able to see in the viewing screen of the camera very well, so forgive the mis-aligned photos!! LOL
snow,Jared,fun events

Emily,fun events,snow

Dan had the kids stand under one of our smaller trees and then shook it really hard to make all the snow fall down on them
snow,fun events,Emily

Jared,snow,fun events

Connor,fun events,snow

Connor,fun events,snow

We had a great day in the snow!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Ask and ye shall receive!

We got SNOW yesterday afternoon and into the midnight hours. The last time my yard got this much snow, Emily was 19.5 months old (that was FIVE years ago, people!).

Then the clouds opened up and God said, "I hate you, Alfalfa!" (Alfalfa, Little Rascals, 1994 version) Because what came down in the midnight hours was teeny little ice balls (I guess that's what they call freezing rain?), which turned the first few inches of nice powdery FUN snow, into HEAVY SLUDGY yucky snow. In trying to make a snowball, you discover you're only able to make an ice ball.

We have yet to bundle up and test out sledding and snowman making, but we WILL. We just need to eat some breakfast first. To say I'm a little disappointed is an understatement, but I guess at least we got some snow... I just wish it had stayed the nice powdery kind the kids could have really enjoyed much better!

I'll either update this post later with more pictures, or I'll start a new post tomorrow with pictures (depending on how busy the day gets)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Gift Bags

Emily and I spent a couple of hours Wednesday cutting out pieces with the Cricut machine and gluing them together in order to decorate gift bags for the kids' teachers. I had her help glue and assemble the one for HER teacher, and then took over assembling the ones for Jared's teachers myself later that night (I love to include my kids in things as much as possible, but GOODNESS was it taking FOREVER letting her help me!! LOL). Unfortunately, due to snow/ice in some areas of our school district, school was canceled for Wednesday-today, and next week starts winter break, so the teachers won't be getting their Christmas presents until January!!

I thought I'd share pics of the gift bags, though, since they're still sitting around my house...




Thursday, December 18, 2008

Famous lines

There are a few lines either from movies, TV shows, or commercials, that somehow manage to stand out and become used over time.

For example:

"Where's the beef?"

"Help! I've fallen and I can't get up!"

"Final answer."

"Can you hear me now?"

They still come up, years later, in jokes, conversations, (blog posts...LOL), etc.

Sometimes the use of a line is more wide-spread, and sometimes it's more limited to a few random people. For example:

There's a random line from one of the Indiana Jones movies where someone tells Indie, "sit down before you fall down." It's a line you probably wouldn't have paid any attention to beyond having heard it said in that part of the movie. Unless you're Emily. We showed the movie to the kids about a year ago, and then again about six months later, and as Indie gets into the restaurant Emily yells out, "Sit down before you fall down!" and Dan and I stare at her, both at a total loss as to what in the world she's talking about. Then a split second later, we hear that exact line repeated in the movie. Out of the entire movie, THAT'S the line she remembers six months later? It was so unexpected and so funny, that the line has now stuck at our house, and gets used fairly commonly.

When Jared was just a hair over two years old, if that, we showed him the 60's version of Batman and Robin. He LOVED it. About a week later, he started jabbering away CONSTANTLY about "atomic batteries to power" and we spent WEEKS (and WEEKS!) wondering WHAT IN THE WORLD the kid could be talking about. At some point many weeks down the road, he requested to watch Batman and Robin again, and in one of the very first scenes of the movie is the line "Atomic batteries to power, turbines to speed." Suddenly the mystery had been solved and Dan and I laughed for a good long while over that one! Again, it was just some random line in the movie, but it spoke to Jared at the time, I guess.

And apparently THIS line spoke to Dan (from Austin Powers), because he's been coaching Connor to say it for a few weeks now:

And lastly, during an exceptionally long and exuberant hug between Jared and Connor Tuesday afternoon as we were dropping Jared off at preschool, one of the moms commented how nice it was to see brothers giving such nice hugs. Jared turns towards her and says, "Well YEAH, brothers don't shake hands. Brothers hug." It was hilarious and random and when I mentioned it to Dan, he laughed even harder than I expected and explained it was a line from the movie Tommy Boy, which he'd mentioned to Jared months ago. ha ha!

What are some lines that stand out to you, or that you've adopted into your daily family conversations?

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


I swear to you, he really said this to me, totally unprompted. I was getting dressed after my shower and he wandered in and said it, so I grabbed the video camera and had him repeat it, so I could share that sweet little voice with all of you! He repeats it on the video camera EXACTLY like he said it the first time. How adorable is he???

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

More hair stuff

This is a variation of a hair-do I'd done on Emily several weeks ago. I was practicing the cork-screw technique, and trying to add my own twist to the hair-do. She had a lot of fun with it!

Monday, December 15, 2008

New Baby!

Our neighbors had their new baby, Ryder Dean, on Tuesday. Emily and I got to meet him yesterday afternoon for the first time. The boys were both in a funk (J has a bit of a cough and CJ has a bit of a runny nose) so we left them home with Dan. Ryder is so tiny and new. I could have happily held him all day.


Here's Emily and Sydney (Ryder's big sister) holding him

Emily was so excited to head off and play with Sydney that she forgot we were there to visit the baby! ha ha! I called up the stairs and asked if she wanted her turn holding Ryder and she all but flew down the stairs in her hurry

We took him some presents:

Here's the little sweater I knit for him. It's the first sweater I ever knit, and although the pattern says it's sized for a newborn, it seems HUGE to me (even with the sleeves cuffed up)

better view of the buttons

The matching hat (which fits him NOW, but the sweater won't fit awhile, so they won't end up being a matched set afterall. LOL)

And here's a picture frame I decorated with cut-outs using my Cricut machine

I put his name down the one side

I used the trucks at the bottom to coordinate with this paper

I couldn't get a clear picture through the glare of the glass to show off the wording on this paper, but I really liked it and wanted to use it and it tied in color-wise! (it says things like "cute as a button", "bouncing baby boy", "my pride and joy", "sweet little angel", "love at first sight", etc)

and finally, here is the card
card making

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Quote of the Week

“When you discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.”

Jean Shinoda Bolen

I love this quote!!!!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

More Photoshop Elements fun

I babysat Grace on Thursday, and after seeing Connor parading himself through the house a few days ago in Em's FLUFFY tutu, I got the "brilliant" idea to try to pose Grace in it the next time I had her. SO, not long after her mom dropped her off, I stripped her down, stuck her in the tutu, and got a few pics of her looking entirely confused, a few of her laughing and cooperating, and few of her really ticked off and wanting it off. I didn't force the issue. LOL But I got enough decent pictures that I decided to mess around in Photoshop Elements to create something.
photoshop stuff

Colorizing the pink tutu made it a bit funky colored in some places, because there was no way to keep the color of the floor seen through the tutu from showing as well. So that explains the "orange" tint in some places. I needed to have had a huge thick white sheet spread out or something, but it's still pretty cute.

I fell in love with that quote quite some time ago and have been wanting to create something for Em's room with it. I think I might just have to pose Emily for a few pictures and insert them into the same collage so she has one of her own!

Isn't Grace a sweetheart?

Friday, December 12, 2008

The Nutcracker Performance

Em's dress rehearsal was tonight, so I was able to video tape her portion of The Nutcracker. You can't tell which one is her for the most part, but I felt it more important to get all the little mice in the scene rather than to zoom in on just Emily. Plus, they move around the stage so much, I figured it would be too hard to keep the camera on her while it was zoomed in anyway. You get your first real glimpse of her (where you know it's her) when the little mice are all crouched down on the ground. She's just to the left (our left) of Clara. (PS I videotaped a little bit into the blackness at the end because there's actually one more small part, and I wasn't expecting them to cut the I videotaped for a few seconds to see if they'd flash the lights back or not...they didn't...LOL)

Here's Emily with her friends Ally (top) and Alison

Emily and Alison

Thursday, December 11, 2008

"Ho Ho Very Kissmiss!"

In case you don't speak toddler, that would be HO HO MERRY CHRISTMAS! He's been saying it over and over for WEEKS now...

And while we're on the topic of Christmas, the kids saw Santa yesterday. The mall Santa we were EXPECTING to be seeing was out sick, apparently, and we were stuck with the stand in. Maybe it's just me, but he just really doesn't fit the part in my opinion. Emily's bummed he didn't bother to ask her what she wanted for Christmas, but I've assured her we can write him a letter and let him know!

When we'd been at the mall a bit earlier this year, we were pleased to see that THIS Santa had returned:

The temp replacement makes me think of a troll or something. Is it just me??

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Go Team, GO!

Emily got her cheer uniform at her last practice. She's part of the Upward Cheer and Basketball program. It's a program throughout the country, and churches in different areas "adopt" the program and host it for their community. It run for 3 months, with weekly practices and then cheering at the weekly basketball games. For only $75 dollars, she gets the practice time, the cheering time, a uniform, a hair bow, a CD of religious music, a plastic megaphone, pom-pom's (I'll have another post about those later!!), a fridge magnet, and a magnetic picture frame. We tried her uniform on last night when we got home to see how it fits (a little big, btw...) and I couldn't resist taking a picture. Isn't she cute?

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

I was tagged twice

Betsy tagged me to list six random things about myself, and then a few days later, she tagged me AGAIN to list TEN random things about myself. So I guess that leaves me stuck listing SIXTEEN random things about myself.

Here goes!

1. I get teary-eyed at Hallmark card and ornament commercials. EVERY TIME.
2. I was able to purchase a size SMALL dress last week. SMALL! It's been YEARS since I bought anything SMALL. It won't hold true for all clothing, though. I'm somewhat tall, and have broad shoulders. But I bought a size SMALL dress
4. I made them let me keep the hanger. LOL I liked seeing the yellow plastic S
5. I created my own template for the photo Christmas cards I'm sending out this year
6. I bought a cheapy calendar in the dollar section at Target last year. It's a small sized one and it has "place photo here" slots for every month. I hung it by my computer desk and never once placed a photo anywhere near it. Though I had intended to. ha ha!
7. I used to say that no matter how full I was, there wasn't much that could talk me into turning down birthday cake, chocolate chip cookies, or brownies. However, after watching what I eat (eating only until I'm full, not going crazy with sweets, etc), I've kind of lost a lot of taste for sweets. It was an addiction/habit that started while I was pregnant with Jared, and five years later, I'm proud to announce it's an addiction/habit no longer! Now, that's not saying I don't enjoy sweets from time to time, but I CAN say no if I'm full, and I CAN stop with just a few bites.
8. I wish I had an extra month before Christmas. My life has been a whirlwind of THINGS and now Christmas is right around the corner and I've pretty much done ZERO shopping, ZERO decorating, and have ZERO time in the near future to rectify either situation. I'm a little stressed...
9. I have Jared sleeping on the top bunk in a sleeping bag instead of sheets and blankets, because I just flat out didn't have the time or the energy, or the desire to muscle sheets and blankets back onto the bed after washing them this weekend. Have you ever tried making the top bunk? It's not easy! I don't recommend it.
10. My "to do" list could wrap around the Earth 12 times.
11. I won a $50 itunes gift card, which got sent out a week ago, but hasn't arrived. I'm pretty convinced it was stolen. And I know it was sent, because the hostess of the contest is on the up and up.
12. I won several coloring contests at local grocery stores when I was a kid. You used to get to choose a 6 pack of soda and a thing of ice cream. I always chose rootbeer and vanila ice cream and we'd make rootbeer floats.
13. I also won a GIANT stuffed pink bunny in a drawing when I was little. It went pretty much from floor to ceiling, and was a few feet wide. There's photo evidence of the monstrosity at my mother's house somewhere. I'll have to dig it up.
14. When I was growing up, there were a few (just a few!) people who would call me Leah Pia. Mostly as a joke by acquaintances. Minus one brother/sister pair, I never got bullied or picked on that I'm aware of. But I did get called Leah Pia from time to time. Until I was in fourth grade, that is, and a girl named Pia moved to my town from Denmark. That was the end of Leah Pia!
15. My dream job (besides being a mommy) would be to somehow manage to get paid to hold people's newborn babies. LOL I don't care whose baby it is, I feel very calm and at peace when holding a newborn baby. And they smell so dang good. And they just feel sooooooooo good tucked up against my shoulder, breathing those fast, soft little baby breaths against my neck. ahhhhhhhhh
16. I'm not going to tag anyone because I just flat-out don't have the time to deal with all the code involved in linking names to their blogs. so there! ha!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Recent knitting projects

I recently completed this cupcake hat, meant for Gracie next month when she turns one year old. I saw the pattern online before she was even born and thought it was adorable! I was glad to have an excuse to make it. The pattern called for a red pom-pom on top like a cherry, but I liked the idea of a candle on top instead, so made the attempt, and I think it came out pretty well! Hopeully she'll at least wear it long enough to pose for a picture!

And I just finished this little Christmas tree hat today. I found the pattern about a week ago and our neighbors are having their baby this coming Tuesday (c-section) and I thought Ryder would be the perfect excuse to try making the hat. I had to mess with the pattern a bit because I didn't have tiny enough needles (and didn't want to make the trip out just for needles), so hopefully it'll actually fit. Even if it's just long enough for a pic! ha ha! It fits snugly on Em's "Boy Baby" doll, and his head is bigger than a newborn, so I'm pretty confident it should work out decently.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Quote of the Week

"Oh my big gosh! I all wet!"

~Connor~ (after sitting down in a puddle outside)

Friday, December 5, 2008

Writer's Workshop

Emily's class does something called Writer's Workshop in class, where there is a designated time of day where they write things down. They have an idea notebook they can choose from for a topic, and special paper they write on (with places for illustrations on the top of each page). During these writing time-frames, the kids are encouraged to really focus on using details in their stories, telling things in order (first, this happened, then this happened, and finally this happened...), paying attention to puncuation and correct spelling of certain words (words they're expected to know by now). Every few weeks, the packets of Writer's Workshop papers get sent home. Em's Kinder class did this last year as well (I think maybe all of the classrooms at this school do it??) and it's just been a BLAST seeing the growth and progression of her writing abilities. Now, instead of three sentences, she'll write three pages! Some of her stuff still jumps around a bit, and periods are often missing, or in the wrong place, and her stories are quite frequently embellished (like the time she wrote about being mad that our two dogs got up on the stove and ate HER chips. Except we only have one dog, who is never inside the house, and we've never had chips that were specifically Emily's. Nor do we hardly ever have chips in the first place!! LOL!!!).

I had quite a good time going through the most recent pack of papers when they came home yesterday and thought I would share them. I'm going to type them as she spelled them and I'll put the correct spelling in parenthesis if I think you might not be able to figure it out on your own (some people don't do well with first grade phonetic spelling...)

I mad (made) a culr (color) wel (wheel). First I yosd (used) dark prpl litre (lighter) and litre. Then I yosd dark orange litre and liter. I mixt red and blow (blue) to macke (make) prpl. Next I mixt yellow and red to make orange. Next I mixt wite and red in to pingk. 6 more to go. Last I was dun. I felt happy and exited because I had a pritty culr wel.

How stinkin' cute is that?? I giggled at the "6 more to go. Last I was dun." ??? LOL!!!!!!

There's another one where she writes "I woke up. It was fogey (foggy). I was cold to deth (death)." cold to death? LOL! I LOVE IT.

She also does a journal each morning where the teacher gives a topic of some kind and the kids have to write a few sentences on that topic. Em's entries just keep getting longer and longer and more and more detailed. It's just so fun!

Boney fingers

I took the long drive to Seattle last night to meet up with Dan for the fancy dinner we were attending with the other people from his office. In a nutshell, we had a nice time, ate EXPENSIVE (good!) food, and left very full. I bought a cute little dress and even some heels (first time in my life, I think!!) and enjoyed the chance to dress up (even though I'd really been dreading it). On the way home, I was flipping through the radio stations, enjoying the freedom of not having worry about what type of lyrics might come floating through the speakers with small children in my back seat. I put the radio on "scan" at one point, and it scrolled past one station just in time for me to hear a very twangy line of "boney fingers..." Of course I had to stop at the station and figure out what THAT was all about. Maybe this isn't funny to anyone else, but I giggled right out the next time the chorus of the song came on. Darn thing's awfully catchy, too, and since it was still stuck in my head by the time I'd made the long drive home, I thought I'd try youtube-ing it and sharing it with y'all (hey, once you get this song stuck in your head, you'll be saying y'all, too! tee hee!) Fast Forward to 46 seconds if you want to jump straight the chorus to see what I'm talking about

Dan says it's interesting the things I find humorous. LOL!!! I'm guessing he doesn't think it's nearly as funny as I did. Maybe it's just that I was out late and had survived (and even enjoyed!) a night I've been dreading for weeks, and was feeling rather giddy and silly...

What do you think?

Thursday, December 4, 2008


Apparently photobucket finds baby bottoms in violation of their terms of use, because that hilarious and adorable photo of Connor roller skating naked (taken from BEHIND, not from the front) has been deleted from my account. I noticed it had been deleted about two weeks ago, and figured maybe it was because I'd titled it "connornakedbutt", and figured either the words "naked" or "butt" alerted them to the picture. So then I resaved it under something entirely different, loaded it back to photobucket, pasted the new code into the original post (viewable HERE), and figured I was good. Except I just discovered that it's been deleted again. I guess you can't be too careful, but my opinion stands that until they're about 2.5-3 years old, and as long as the picture doesn't contain any parts from the FRONT, it's perfectly acceptable to be sharing pics of a baby's backside.

(I used the blogger photo uploader option to get it back on here again. TAKE THAT Photobucket)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

I did it!

I'd mentioned the last time I posted hair pics that I wanted to try the French "cork screw" hair-do down both sides of Emily's head, and I'm pleased to announce that I did it, and it turned out great. Unfortunately, the picture shows off more of the curls than the French "cork screw" portion, but I think you can somewhat tell. They were nice and even on both sides (which I worried about since I had to twist the left side the opposite way as I'd done the right side so the "cork screws" would be mirror images instead of twisting the same way, and I hadn't practiced doing it the other way yet). If she hadn't specifically requested curls, I probably would have joined them into one twist down her back, and then twisted it all into a bun at the base of her neck, with little tiny jeweled claw clips decorating the bun. Since we went the route of curls, I'm dearly wishing I'd had some fat green bows to go in her hair, to go along with the fat green bow on her dress. o'well... LOL

anyway, here's her hair from Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Christmas Clothes

Here's Emily in the dress she's wearing this holiday season. She wore it for Thanksgiving, and will be wearing it for Christmas, and whenever I get my tail in gear about making a professional photo appt for the kids, she'll be wearing it then as well!

She asked me to make sure her curls were showing for this one:

Jared wouldn't pose by himself, and Connor wouldn't pose at all, so I have this picture of Emily and Jared together:

Aren't those the fakiest of all fake smiles you ever saw? And notice Jared, Mr Shifty-Eye? I honestly have no clue why he can't manage to stare into the camera lense for ten seconds. TEN SECONDS, that's all I'm asking... Oh boy, it'll be loads of fun when I'm attempting all three kids in the same picture. LOL