If you can't tell I am super excited for Christmas! Last night we went to a Christmas party at a friends house and had a great time. We were all dressed up kind of matching so I wanted to have some pictures taken. The kids were really good! Bens would move and make a weird noise just before the picture was taken and made Kimber laugh and then he would pose again... Great timing!
Our little family in front of our tree. I love this picture eben though Bens reminds me a bit of Stuart off MadTV.
Me and the kids. Bens likes to join in on pictures now a days!
Just the girls... gotta love that smile!
Boys giving a pound.
Hope you all have a great holiday! I may be taking a blog holiday so if I'm not back over the break 'Have a happy New Year!'
So I have been a bit of a slacker recently in updating our blog! Here is a little bit to get you caught up on what has been going on here in the past month!
To start off we went out to my Aunts house for Thanksgiving. We had a great meal, great company and a great time!
After dinner Bens started passing party hats out to wear...
Aren't they wonderful?
Bens also had a great time helping with the dishes so my Aunt found a sweater for Bens to wear home.
Kimber was a little angel all day. Here she is with Daniel. Bens wanted to wear the brace again... He has an amazing memory!
Now some random pictures from over the month. Kimber can really make any outfit work!
If we leave Kimber on her tummy long enough she will move forward a bit. This isn't a habit yet but she is slowly starting to move around. I am enjoying the days of putting her somewhere and having her stay put though!
Bens was being a ham! I would blow at him and he would fall over! Kimber enjoyed watching it too! I was a little light headed at the though! I think that was a one time deal!
We had our ward Christmas at the beginning of the month. Bens got scared of Santa as soon as he relized I was going to put him on his lap hence the standiong picture with me and the kids with Santa! Bens loves to look at Santa in books and on TV though. When he sees him he says 'ho,ho'.
This is how he was acting as we waited to see Santa.
I was changing Kimber's diaper the other night and kinda dipped her foot in the diaper rash cream! Oops!
I love to make Kimber laugh! I am even willing to make a fool of myself to make her laugh!
So here is a story special for Julie. Bens got some stickers at the outpatient clinic because he got hurt going into the clinic. We went and had lunch with Daniel after and Bens showed his stickers to everybody! (One was on his bicep so he would take his shirt half off, the other was on his forehead.) Anyways, last night he took the stickers off and held them up and named the one off his forehead Mike and the one off his bicep Julie. He even called them that this morning! What a funny kid!
Well I hope all is going well as everyone gets ready for the Christmas season. Daniel is getting ready to go into finals... although I have distracted him from studying all week... oops! We are looking forward to our trip home. We are leaving a week from tomorrow. It is going to be a busy two weeks but it will be fun!
So to start off here are a couple of cute pictures of the kids. Bens sure does love to be with his sister and help her. Sometimes he wants to help a little too much but I think his intentions are good!
Kimber found her mouth last week but when I got the camera going she stopped making raspberries. When the camera was off she started again and I tried again... of course she stopped!
So Daniel's birthday was this weekend. We had a good celebration here. He had a nice lazy morning didn't get out of bed until 11! Soon after we went to McMinnville to partake in the wonder called Donkey Basketball. It was pretty funny as people tried to control their donkeys as they played basketball. Some had a difficult time getting onto their donkey's and staying on which made it quite humorous to watch. I don't think we will need to watch it again unless we know somebody that will be playing.
Before we left for the basketball game I let Bens play in the sink. I stripped him down and then put a picnic tablecloth under him to catch any water. He had a great time. By the end he had the strainer on the counter to the right and was filling it up with water with the measuring cup he is holding in the video. I was not impressed and had to clean it all up. I thought I had covered all my bases but of course Bens found a way to out smart me!
Bens fell asleep on our way to McMinnville. I just love his pouty lip!
Before we went to watch the basketball we went to my Aunt and Uncles house. Bens was our entertainment as he walked, ran and bounced in his special 'boots'.
He was pretty cute walking around in these!
After the basketball game (sorry no pictures!) we went out to eat at a buffet with my Aunt and Uncle. Boy did we take our time! We got there at 5 left at about 6:30. I then told Daniel that I needed to feed Kimber before we drove the 20 minutes home! I took a good 20 minutes to feed her and then insisted that we get gas as 'I had a feeling we were going to need it' on Sunday.
When we got home I kept asking Daniel to help me and wait for me but he opened the door to the house as I got to the sidewalk and heard 'surprise' from inside. I have been planning on doing a surprise party for Daniel since last year! I almost pulled it off. I guess he kinda figured it out about a week ago but Saturday morning I guess I said something that threw him off. I think he had a good birthday!
His cakes that I made. Oh I was sneaky... I asked Daniel what his favorite ice cream was besides Chocolate Mint was a few days before his birthday. I bought some Strawberry ice cream and Chocolate Mint and went to Bethany's (thanks for all your help Bethany!) and made him some ice cream cakes for his birthday. Next time I think I will use smaller pans but it turned out pretty good despite not being able to get the crust out when we served it. That just left more for Daniel and I to enjoy this week!
Here are a few of the guests that stuck around a little while. Thanks everybody for making Daniel's birthday a success! Daniel has told me that I did a really good job keeping the surprise a secret. He got tipped off by not being able to go into my email but other than that I gave no clues!
PS can you tell I have been enjoying my camera? oh and Mom... in the birthday song video I am wearing my new sweater I bought for my birthday.
As today is Remembrance Day and Veteran's Day here in the States Daniel's school held a service to honor those in the military. Last week an email was sent out asking for volunteers to sing the national anthem. I volunteered (thinking after that I sure hoped it was the Canadian.. it was) and Daniel spoke. It was a nice and simple gathering. It was nice to take the time to remember. In high school I always played in the band for the Remembrance Day ceremony and have missed being a part of one since then.
Now on to some other things going on around here! It is that time of the year in our home where there are birthdays. Last weekend was my birthday and this coming weekend is Daniel's birthday. Daniel spoiled me as per usual and so now you get to see a lot of video because of it! At midnight when it turned my birthday officially he gave me my 'big' or main present which was a video camera! I was so excited I opened it right then and charged it up so I could use it. Now you get to watch a number of videos from my birthday and the past few days!
The wonderful cake that Daniel made for me. He is kinda sad that he pulled it off though because it means I want to have one every year and possibly one for Mother's Day too!
This is Teresa getting Bens to smell the cake... so cute! He was so excited to eat the cake. The first thing said to us when we got home from dinner was 'Cake. Eat Cake!'
I got Bens to say Happy Birthday Mommy earlier in the day. This was the closest we got in the evening!
Bens wanted to help me blow out the candles but as you can imagine he got a little spit into the mixture! That is what the commotion was about!
Bens enjoyed having a new toy! He is such a cute little guy... what can I say?
Bens decided Kimber needed to wear a pair of sunglasses. She is so good to put up with her brother! She does make them look so good though!
He also loves his Popple... or his baby I guess. He takes such good care of it. I have donated a bottle to him so he can feed his baby like a daddy would!
Have a wonderful end of the week and an even better weekend! I will let you know how Daniel's birthday and Donkey Basketball were next week... yes you read that right! Should be interesting to see a bunch of people try and keep their donkey's in line while the try and play basketball!
I was supposed to co-host a baby shower this weekend but came down with a flu during the week so I thought it was best the shower was held elsewhere! I hear it went well though and I am feeling much better now. I made the diaper cake for the shower and also made sure that everything I was supposed to do got done so here are some pictures of the cake!
Front view of the cake. The onesie coming out of the top tier is held up with some cake dowl? Not sure on that but Thanks Bethany!
Side view of the cake. There is a teething ring around the tip layer, a onesie on this side plus the rattle infront with hair bow clips around as decorations.
On this side you can see the other onesie.
Finished product all wrapped and ready to go! We put it on a regular cake stand that Bethany had at her house, pink bottom and all. If you couldn't tell it was for a beautiful baby girl!
On Saturday we went for a walk with some friends on the Powell Butte hike. It was really nice. Ben and Meaghan we nice enough to take some pictures for us. I couldn't pick just one of Kimbers so here they all are!
I just love her smile! Can't get enough of it!
Here is the view of Mt Hood from the look out we walked to.
Family picture from the look out!
Thanks Meaghan for the pictures and for showing us Powell Butte!
30 years ago this oh so beautiful dress was given to my Mom as she was leaving Samoa from a dear friend. Upon landing in American Samoa my Mom sent it back with the pilot to give a late Christmas present to her friend. That is where this all began. The Dress has been passed back a forth ever since. It has shown up in an empty closet as we moved into a new house, boxes of decorations, at someone's work all wrapped up and waiting for them. It even surfaced at my wedding disguised as a gift for me. A couple of Christmas' ago my family made this picture into a puzzle and gave it to our friends... the dress soon came to grace their home. A few years after this was started my Mom shortened the dress and took some of the material from the ties and made a baby dress for a new baby. The baby dress resurfaced yesterday in a baby gift for Kimber. She also got a very cute swimsuit!
Bens is pretty excited for Halloween and loves to wear his costume! The day after we got back from Utah I put it on him to see how he will react. He loved it and now if he sees it or a picture of it he wants to wear it!
A pretty cute video of him!
I just love the sound he is making in this video... it is kinda random!
Bens loves Kimber! I will often walk into the room to see him laying on top of her giving her hugs. Bens also often goes up and says hi or kisses Kimber unprompted.
I just loved Kimbers outfit this day... I even got a bow in her hair. If you make the picture bigger you can see the sores by her left eye from Benson kicking her in the face on the trampoline. Poor girl, she is all better now!
Benson has been asking for 'cakes' every morning so I make him a piece of toast and put Nutella on it. Lately he has wanted to have 'penabunner' (peanut butter) with it as well. I think he is starting to take after my dad, we just need to add banana to it!
Kimber is getting so big now! Daniel put her in Bens' Pooh Bear chair the other night. She slowly slid down so she was practically laying down in it but she sat up for quite a while! She has been staying awake in the evening for a good while and loves to talk to us during that time. It is really fun to see her start to really develop and grow!
The other day I went in to get Bens out from his nap and this is what I found only he was sitting in the bottom drawer of his dresser. He has made it fall over a few times... once even after it was anchored into the wall! I was getting after him for doing that but I couldn't help but laugh and smile at his face and muscle shirt! Daniel ran down and got the camera for us.
Kimber... what can I say? She is just a little cutie and a delight to have in our family! She is about 3 1/2 months in this picture. I really can't believe it has been that long!
Daniel is doing well. After today he will only have one more final to take and then he can concentrate on this quarters classes. He has been doing really well on his exams though. I am really proud of him.