Saturday, November 28, 2009


I used to criticize and ridicule those crazy people that would wake up super early to stand in line just to shop on Black Friday. This year, I became a statistic. That's right, me. My sister-in-law, Jennifer, and I went shopping. We woke up at 2:00 a.m. to stand in line at Old Navy, which opened at 3:00 a.m. Call us crazy, but I had a blast.

In all honesty, I had 90% of my Christmas shopping complete. Now-I have 100% of my Christmas shopping complete. Jennifer and I were home by 10:30 a.m. We were slightly tired, yet we decided we had enough energy to go eat Sushi for lunch. Each of us had a much needed power nap. We needed the power nap to conquer our next task-Darby and Scout's birthday cake...

Regan and I made a solar system cake for Darby's birthday, and he wanted another one. Since Scout likes the planets as well, we figured that would be great. Only this time, I knew I would have Jennifer's help. So we took our first creation and made the next creation even better.

And YES, everything was homemade...

We started the day at 2:00 a.m. We finished the day by midnight.

The dual party was a success, and Scout was excited. She had no idea she was sharing a party with her brother, and we were able to celebrate a nice family birthday party. Here are all the grandbabies.

Brycen and Taylor, ages 6

Adam, age 3

Ryder, age 2

Aiden, age 3

Darby, age 3

Scout, age 2

Thanksgiving: Feast or Famine

The holidays are approaching, and I can feel the lack of sleep and weight gain. Bring on the turkey!

Uncle Ryan, Aunt Jennifer, Taylor, and Aiden came down for the break. Needless to say, Darby and Scout were thrilled beyond belief. They were so excited. Every night, Darby would ask, "Do we see Taylor and Aiden tomorrow?" He loves his cousins very much.

Everyone arrived Tuesday evening. We had enough time to say hello, then head out to see the Rejects play. Darby and Scout had no clue what was in store for them. At one point, Darby exclaimed, "Mama, Mama, I would to play the drums. I want to play the guitar. I want to play the microphone. I like the lights, Mama." That next morning we asked Darby what his favorite part of the evening was, and he replied, "Well...I think...Taylor and Aiden." However, every time we got in the car, he would ask if we were going to the ROCK SHOW.

Thanksgiving fun.

This year, we celebrated Thanksgiving at Randy and Susie's lake house. The weather was beautiful. The food was amazing. The family was together. I am thankful for my family, but I am most thankful that I did not have to cook. :-)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Darby is now three years old. Scout is about to turn two. Time flies by so quickly.

For three months solid Darby wanted to be Darth Vader for Halloween. Then weeks before Halloween he decided he wanted to be Mozart, and Scout could be Einstein. Then a few days before Halloween, he wanted to be Galileo. That is when we had decided he would have to have a Galileo birthday party. He already knows all his planets-in order.

Since Darby and Scout are 13 months apart, we were trying to decide what we should do for their birthdays. We decided to have a small birthday party for Darby with close friends. However, we are going to have a family celebration to celebrate both Darby and Scout's birthday together. I am so excited! Aunt Jennifer is going to help with the cake, and I think Scout will enjoy opening her presents. At least she enjoyed watching Darby open his presents.

Until then, here is a brief description of Darby's friendly birthday party:

Regan and I made this cake from scratch-cake, icing, everything. Darby was so exciting. It was really hard for him to keep his fingers away from the cake. With Jennifer's help, I can't wait to see how Darby and Scout's cake turns out.
With my friend, Deirdre's, help we were able to have photos. The cake was a success.
The pinata was a lot of fun as well!
Look at cute those kids are!

"Wait Mama! I have a question."

Fall is our favorite season. The kids throughly enjoy being outside, watching how the seasons change. Both Darby and Scout are growing up so fast. Everyday Darby does something else that makes me laugh. Lately when we put them to bed we tuck them in, kiss them goodnight and turn out the lights. As we start to head out the door, Darby quickly speaks up,
"Wait Mama! I have a question."
"Yes, Darby. What is your question?"
"It's aboooooout......the planets."
"What about the planets?"
This will continue until we finally tell him he must go sleep now. Everyday brings a new adventure and new surprises. I love our kiddos! I love our life!

We are here to trick or treat, trick or treat, trick or treat. We are here to trick or treat, oh Happy Halloween.

This has been a very exciting Fall thus far. Between school, kids, birthdays, and our house we have stayed extremely busy.

On Regan's birthday, October 30th, we discovered the kids bedroom and our bedroom had been overcome by MOLD. We immediately moved out and started the clean up process. After two weeks of staying with Regan's parents, we were able to move back home. Needless to say, we have been slightly overwhelmed.

Although chaos entered out lives, we still managed to take the kids trick or treating. They had such a wonderful time, and Darby and Scout both quickly picked up the concept of how to obtain candy.