Monday, December 27, 2010

Bye Bye Hair... 11.5 inches that is!

Yesterday was my birthday, and I enjoyed a wonderful morning going out to breakfast and shopping with my mom and sister - something that has become a tradition for the three of us.  Micah took me out to a fabulous dinner later that evening at PF Changs - one of my favorites!  I also received a birthday card from my children - they love writing their names on things and my card was no exception, it was signed "Eli," "Mikayla," and "Bat."  (Who is Bat???)

In between the festivities, I went to a hair salon and got a new "do!"  It's quite a change as I chopped off 11.5 inches of my hair.  I have been planning on doing this for awhile now, just haven't had the time.  My head feels like I lost a few pounds off of it :)  I was privileged to be able to donate my hair to a wonderful organization called Locks of Love.

Happy Birthday To Me!

Looking forward to experiencing all that God has in store for me this next year. I am truly blessed!

Christmas Morning

The kids loved their new toy kitchen giving by Grams & Pa (aka great grandma and great grandpa).  A special thank-you to the Meister family for the assistance with this purchase :)
Santa brought just what they asked for this year... stuffed animals!
Bat, ball & glove... ready for spring t-ball!
Daddy's special project... he worked on this for many hours on Christmas Eve day, then stayed up finishing it until 4:30am after we got home from church services that evening! 

Petey enjoyed his bone... I think it was a bone that was still in the bag from last Christmas... oh well :)

Wings, Tiara, Wand, and Purple Dress... what more could a girl need?

Oh yeah, a chef's hat!

For Unto Us a Savior Is Born - He is Christ the Lord!

Christmas with Family

Christmas with the Hutchisons...

Nana and Papa passing out gifts to the grandkids
Thanks for the tool set!
She looks like me mommy!
GG you're the best, we're rich!
Beautiful daughter :)

Christmas with the Thompsons...

The kids and I spent Christmas Eve at the Zoo with grandpa, so dad could finish building a "special" present in the backyard. 

In the giraffe look-out

Do I have a 3rd child?
Even the lion was awake and roaming around!  This is rare!
A better view...
Taking a ride on "Dale," the friendly camel
Squirrel monkey... can you see him?
Christmas dinner with the whole gang

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Hair

Just wanted to share a few pictures of Mikayla's "Christmas Hair" (as she calls it). She picked out the Christmas colored beads, and I set to work on the routine of washing, detangling, parting, braiding, and beading!  We started yesterday afternoon and had about four hair "sessions" before finishing up around 1:00 today.  I put box braids in the back, which I have done before and was fairly happy with how those turned out.  I tried a new style on top, a veil-style with braids.  I could tell it was my first time doing it because my fingers were pretty clumsy and the braiding is uneven, but still satisfied with the result for my first attempt.  Mikayla is just happy that her her "clickety-clacks" when she moves around :)  I am happy that it's done and now we don't have to "do hair" for a couple weeks!

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas Cookies

Tonight we enjoyed making some frosted sugar cookies... complete with loads of sprinkles :)  This was the first time making cookies with the kids, where they didn't get "bored" frosting them after the first three.  They actually sat and frosted cookies for over an hour!  I couldn't believe it.  Now we just need to give some of these away so I don't eat them all... anybody want a cookie?