Monday, November 15, 2010


My last post I did from my phone since my Bennie-booger busted my computer, and I thought I would jump back into blogging with my awesome phone, but I couldnt figure how to edit and even though I have a qwerty keyboard on my phone, writing a whole post took much longer and was harder than I expected, so I decided to give up blogging until my computer got fixed. I was thinking it would be sometime after the Holidays cuz my Daniel is always so busy, but when I mentioned that I was sad I wouldnt have a record of whatever goes on in our lives for the next few months as blogging is my form of journaling, he actually fixed it last weekend. I love that guy. I love that I can casually mention something thats bugging me and he does what he can to take care of me.
Halloween- came and went. Since it was on Sunday, we celebrated on Saturday by going to the trunk-r-treat. Usually I take the kids around to the cars and Daniel passes out the candy, but my hip has been really outta whack and it kills me walking around, so he took the kids and I did the candy. I had fun seeing all the cute kids in the ward, and the kids had fun getting loads of candy.

So since we celebrated Halloween on Saturday, Sunday we kicked off our Holiday celebrations. We got out the tree and all the decor and after church we blasted the Christmas carols while decking our halls. And since we were still in the 90's that week, we made "snow-cones" to have some kind of seasonal "snow."  (side story on snow cones-- after we went to Hawaii for our anniversary back in August, I have been wanting Hawaiian shaved ice like multiple times everyday. I love that stuff. But down here the closet thing I can get to Hawaiian shaved ice is a sonic slush-which is totally not even close at all. Delicious, especially when the temps are scorching, but its not Hawaiian shaved ice. Anyway Daniel being the thoughtful and oh so wonderful husband he is surprised me earlier last month with a high quality shaved ice maker. Its not a "snow cone maker"- its genuine shaved ice- so fluffy and soft and just one of the greatest things ever! So now I dont have to wait for 10 years (when we go back to Hawaii) for some premium genuine Hawaiian shaved ice--i have my shaved ice machine at home, and its delightful. So to the locals if you're ever in the mood for some Hawaiian shaved ice- we've got the goods, so come on over!) (dont you just love Daniel?- He is just so gosh darn great!)
when I was little my mom had made this advent calendar that was a wall hanging of a Christmas tree, and each day leading up to Christmas whoever got up the earliest would get to reach into one of the pockets and pull out an ornament to hang on the tree. I loved loved loved that wall hanging and tried to wake up earlier than my younger brother so that I could be the one to decorate the tree each day. Of course when I was trying to earn good behavior points so santa would still bring me something, I would sacrifice and purposely let him do it on some mornings, but for the most part, I was pretty selfish and even if John hung one up, I would wait until he wasnt around and move which ever one he got to where i thought it would look best. Anyway- I was telling my kids about that wall hanging and how I loved it as we were puttin up the advent calendars we have, and Kylie said- we'll why dont you make one. She for some reason thinks I can create stuff-- bless her, but the reality is I am not crafty/creative/artsy in any way shape or form. But I really loved that tree and wanted my kids to have something like that. The advent calenders we have are pretty much ones where they open the day up and have a candy kiss. So I decided what the heck and got to work, And I can now say that even though I am still not crafty and my advent tree is so pathetic that it cracks me up when I look at it, I did it, and my kids LOVE it! They are so excited for December 1st to roll around and have already been making a schedule of who gets what day. And the fact that my tree is so pathetic and imperfect and laughable, but my kids love it anyway, well that just makes me happy. I like this stage of life where they aren't hard to impress or please. In a few more years when they get embarrassed by my lack of skills, well maybe I will give them to the gypsies at that point. Time will tell.


Brenda said...


Your tree is BEAUTIFUL! I'm excited to see that someone else besides myself has their tree up!
We also started decorating Halloween weekend with Christmas music and all!

I must ask where you found your Shaved Ice machine. We are nuts about it too! It's our favorite!

Your advent calendar is great! It is wonderful to hear how much your kids love it, that is the whole purpose behind it! Way to go!

Cheers to Daniel!

Sabra said...

Glad you're back!

Megan said...

So glad your back! I missed you and your cute kids!

Okay, I have to send Spencer over. He has become obsessed with finding a hawaiian shaved ice machine. No luck with anything that he can actually afford.

I think you making an advent calendar is awesome! See, You ARE a crafter- you can not escape destiny!!

Beverly said...

I like your advent calender--makes me remember those days of you and John fighting! You always got to put the birthday cake ornament up on your birthday. Fun memories!

Deb said...

Ooh if I lived close by I'd definitely come over for some shaved ice. YUM!

My kids LOVE advent calendars as well. Some how we inhereted (a few were givien as gifts,a few are hand me downs) 5 advent calendars. So everyone in the house has their own to be in charge of each year.

Hmmm. Christmas usually stresses me out, but your started to get me a little excited for it to come.

Stacie Robinson said...

I love your kids halloween costumes. So cute! Don't feel bad about blogging. I am literally 2 months behind. I blog when I have the time and just change the date on the post to make it look like I did it when it happened. My poor kids are neglected because I know I am forgetting things that they have done!
Can I say that I have never heard of a crib tent and I wish I had. Maybe that would have kept Trey in it longer...