December 27, 2010


Mason's been trying out the Bumbo chair. He does pretty good in it but only lasts about 10 minutes before he starts getting upset. I'm not sure why he doesn't like it, probably because it uses too many of his chubby little tummy muscles!

December 26, 2010

Mason - 4 months old

weight: 15 lbs. 13oz.

length: 26 1/4"

head: 16 1/4"

His percentages are still about the same. Tall and skinny!

December 25, 2010

Christmas 2010

As usual, we had another great Christmas.

The theme this year seemed to be electronics -- IPods for the older kids & a Nintendo DS for Jaxson.

The boys also got Razor Ripriders. We tortured them and made them wait and open them last which nearly killed them because they were the biggest gifts under the tree. You know when your a child -- bigger is always better!

And here's my sweet Mason, just kickin' back watching all the chaos. Next year he'll be right in the middle of it all.

And here's what I got for Christmas. A Nikon D3100. I LOVE IT!!!!!! It takes the best pictures and that's on the Auto setting. Once I learn how to actually use it I'm sure they will be even better. I also got a Nook which I love but the camera is definitely my favorite!

As I'm blogging this I realized that I didn't take any pictures of Larry with his Christmas gifts...I'm so bad. Sorry honey. He got an air compressor which he's been wanting for a long time and lots of cold hard cash to buy some clothes with...I'm terrible at buying clothes for him so he gets to do it himself.

I love Christmas even with all the craziness & stress it brings. I can't wait till next year!

December 19, 2010

Family Christmas Party 2010

We got smart this year and instead of trying to have the family Christmas Party on Christmas Eve we had it a week early. It was so much better this year and now we can all spend Christmas Eve just hanging with our own little families at home.

We did it potluck style which is my favorite and did a fun gift exchange. The kids each brought a $1 gift. They sat in a circle and Aunt Tammie read a Christmas story and every time she said the word "Santa" they had to pass their present to the person next to them. It was a LONG story and the presents made it around the circle 1 1/2 times (with 16 kids that's a lot of passing) and the funny thing is all my kids ended up with the gifts they brought.

Then the adults did a $5 white elephant style gift exchange. It was kind of slow at first because nobody would steal but once we got to the end I didn't think it was ever going to end. I ended up with a bottle of sparkling cider and two wine glasses and Larry got the old Batman Returns DVD with Michael Keaton & Danny DeVito.

It was a lot of fun and I hope we keep up the tradition for many years to come.

Here's my super cute nephew Braden whose mother announced at the end of the night that they would be adding baby number 2 (grandbaby no. 23) in August! I'm secretly hoping it will be another boy so Mason has some boy cousins close to his age to play with and with the ratio of boys to girls (only 5 girls out of those 23 grandchildren) I think the odds are in my favor. Congratulations Meagan & Roy!!

December 17, 2010

Spa Fun!

We finally broke in the spa at our new house Friday night. I cranked it up too high so the kids had a hard time staying in for long and they needed frequent drinks of water but they had a blast. And we only had a small hiccup when I had to turn the jets off so Haley could retrieve her gum off the bottom and the spa started draining into the pool. It only took about 10 minutes to figure it out and fix it. I look forward to many more fun-filled nights hanging out with family and friends in the spa!

November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving '10

We had Thanksgiving at my dads this year. As usual, it was a lot of fun to be with family and eat lots of yummy food!

Searching through the ads getting ready for Black Friday!

The kids table.

Sweet Mason's first Thanksgiving.

Grandpa dared the boys to jump in the pool. So they stripped down to their underwear and jumped in. It was cold!!

What a fun day!

November 7, 2010

Mason's Baby Blessing

We blessed Mason on November 7th. It was a special day and Mason is so blessed to have so much family that love and adore him.

He wore the same outfit that Nate was blessed in.

Of the course the day wouldn't be complete without lots of food!

All the cousins.

It was a super fun but exhausting day.