Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas 2007

Well it is the day after Christmas and I can't believe it is over. What a busy and exciting few days. On Sunday we went to Jay's mom and dads house to celebrate with the Jeeninga's. A great time was had by all. Here is the best picture we have ever gotten of all 5 kids!! the kids
And this is a shot of the kids enjoying the awesome gift from Grandma and Grandpa Jeeninga air hockey
Oh yes it is a full size air hockey table. The kids love it. Jay and I like it too. On Sunday night Jay and I stayed up quite late playing.
On Monday we went to my Grandma's house for our Christmas celebration with my family. This is always the greatest day of the year. All of my cousins and their families are there as well as all aunts, uncles, grandparents, great-grandparents. It is a full house but so much fun. This is the only time of the year we are all together with our children. Here is a picture of the boys before we left the house
all my boys
Here they are waiting patiently to open presents
the boys
This is the only time I will ever put a picture of me on the blog. Here is me with my cousin Lisa. She has been my best friend since birth and now I love to see our children playing together. She has 2 boys and then she went and had a girl in October. Not too sure what to do with her:) I am the one in purple for those of you who have never actually seen me.
me and lisa

On Christmas morning we actually slept in a bit. Jay, Jacob, Tyler, Camden and I were all up by 8am waiting for Sam who strolled out of bed about 8:30. After opening our stockings, each of the kids had one present under the tree. Jacob and Sam opened theirs but Tyler didn't have one. He looked a bit concerned for a moment, even fought back the tears, when Jay ran down stairs to get the video camera ready. Once ready he called Tyler down. Ty found a large blob covered by a blanket with a large bow on top. We told him to open his present and this is what he found....
the greatest xmas present

I can't believe I actually bought drums to keep in my LOUD house of boys, but there is something about finding that perfect Christmas present that tends to send all reason out the window. He was ECSTATIC to say the least.
Here is the baby on his first Christmas....
baby's 1st xmas
babies first xmas

I had 3 different baby's first Christmas outfits for him to wear for each day of our Christmas's but apparently I never took any pictures of him while he was wearing them. Since he pukes a gallon every 3 minutes, none of the overpriced outfits lasted too long. At least I got him in the bib.
I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas, and if you didn't, at least it is over:)

I know you are all proud of me finally adding pictures to my blog. I FIGURED IT OUT!!!!! Now I need to learn how to upload videos, but don't hold your breath-it took me almost a year to get a handle on the picture situation.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


I know, I know, its been a while. Seriously, I mean to keep up with this blog and then before I know it, it's been a month. I am having a bit of writers block lately or maybe it is the children induced brain drain, either way I haven't been able to come up with much to write about. So today I pose to you, the reader, some questions. Some of these are my questions, others have been asked by my kids and I do not have an answer.
1. Mel, can you send me the recipe for that dip you made for mops? I am still dreaming about it!! Any other appetizer recipes would be appreciated. I have lots of "events" coming up in the next few weeks that require my bringing something and you can only bring spinach dip so many years in a row before everyone gets sick of it.
2. What's sex? This question was, of course, presented by my children. But it was delivered with such a shock effect, that I had no answer for them. I fell back, by default, on the "go ask your dad" answer, but I am not sure his answer was much better than mine. All I kept thinking was, "why do you need to know, your 6" but I figured Dr. Dobson taught me better than that, I just couldn't think of anything in that moment!!
3. Why is it that when boys play anything it includes sound effects accompanied by obsessive amounts of spit? The better the move, the more spit. Seriously, I don't get this one. Every time I play whatever it is we are playing, even uno, I end up covered in spit!!! And while we are on this one, why do I always have to be the bad guy?? And how come when you do the jump, kick, spit move, you kill me, when I do it, you magically put up a force field at the perfect time which sends it back to me and again I am down?????
Ok that is enough questions for today!

An update on the kiddos:
Today is the last day of school for 2.5 weeks and honestly I can't wait!! I love having my boys home with me. Sam will be SO excited to have his brothers home which means less spit activities for me:) Camden is 5 months today and he is doing great!! He is such a good baby. He NEVER cries unless he is hungry. He is rolling over and trying very hard to be a thumb sucker. I just keep pulling it out and giving a Binky. Gives me a feeling of more control.

Well that is all I have for you. Merry Christmas to all of you!!!!!