"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Christmas Tidbits

Christmas morning before the presents we all got to talk to my brother Caden on the phone. He called from Korea where he is living! It was awesome to talk to him. He's probably coming home for Shane's wedding in March, and coming home to stay in June. Yeah!

Santa brought light sabers. (Whether or not this was good judgement is to be determined) We actually had to take them away for a little while so Mason and Ellorie would open their other presents. It was the only thing Ellorie asked for for Christmas. (Besides a real lizard, but of coarse, Santa usually can't bring REAL animals)

Traditional Christmas Eve Slippers


New Blankies (Averie was taking a nap in hers)
Yards and yards of wrapping paper (which was way better than what was inside as far as Averie was concerned).

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Averie's cool box, which she liked more than the toy inside. Press play to watch her check out that baby on the box...

We had so much fun with family and loved ones! It was a wonderful, happy, peaceful, snowy, beautiful Christmas. We hope yours was the same!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve we were at my Mom's house, and it snowed, and snowed, and snowed! We had a little party that morning with the Hamilton clan for some great food and conversation, and then we all stayed inside for most of the afternoon. We had fun playing games and visiting, but the highlight for the kids was making gingerbread houses. Uncle Shane (My brother) cooked up some really sticky stuff to make the houses stay together, and then it was time to decorate. Mason and Ellorie each had their own house made out of graham crackers. My brother is so creative and handy in the kitchen. I was truly amazed. I love the pictures of them putting candy on their little houses. Check out that concentration. Mason did his completely by himself with no help whatsoever. I was totally impressed.


My beautiful sister and sister-in-law made this one. It looks very professional. (And it was quite an entertaining process to witness) They are both so much fun!

And then the kids bundled up from head to toe and we braved the blizzard. Uncle Shane took them for a spin around the block pulling them in a sled with this truck. Papa Ken held the rope, and I went along for the ride. I took a short video, but you can't really see much. I think the audio is really cute though. It was snowing too hard to get any good pictures. There was about a foot of snow on the roads. We just love winter! video



Kelsey's Yorkie, Tucker had a little too much fun in the snow too... It was almost over his head.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Christmas Stockings


I finally made Averie's stocking. Yeah, about time. It was one of those projects I started a long time ago that just kept getting put off until later, well it took me about fifteen minutes to just finish it. Here are our family's stocking now. Mason and Ellorie love theirs, but I have to remind them constantly not to use them as socks because they will get gross and dirty. We are excited for Christmas!

Clegg Christmas Party

We went to the wonderful annual Clegg family Christmas party today. The company and food was great, and the talent show was wildly entertaining. I have a few videos of some talent highlights. Unfortunately I had very little battery in my camera, so I missed some things. This first video was my family's contribution, The Little Drummer Boy. I was amazed that Mason and Ellorie actually performed and sang. Brandon helped against his will, but he was a good sport. Averie was having the time of her life with that drum:
(This movie was too big for my blog to upload, so look for it above to play)

Here is my cousin Carly, who trained her Guinea Pig, Cavy to play dead.
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My little cousin David is amazingly talented with his hula-hooping skills combined with playing Guitar Hero. Pretty impressive, though I keep forgetting that my camera can't take videos sideways. Oops.
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Last but not least, my amazingly talented sister, Natalie playing apologetically on the piano "I haven't played for like a year", oh yeah right. The super talented Natalie:

(This movie was too big for my blog to upload, so look for it above to play)

We all played Bingo after dinner, and Mason was the first to win a prize. He chose a Color Wonder coloring book and markers, and thank goodness Ellorie won one as well. They layed on the floor in the middle of the walkway and colored for like an hour. So cute. Mama Gina won the Bingo Jackpot! We're talking serious prizes here!!!

After all the festivities we engulfed the magnificent pies. My mom made a buttermilk pie to die for. Here is a picture of all the beautiful desserts and Chef Gina. (I'm serious, the buttermilk pie is so yummy!)

It was a wonderful party. We all had tons of fun. Thank you Grandma and Grandpa for all your hard work and generosity. We love you!!

And now a parting shot, little Averie joining in the Christmas fun.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Projects Galore!!

I will post this after Christmas, but it's actually the 20th. I just finished and wrapped all my projects, save Averie's stocking which may or may not get finished. We are leaving for my Mom's tomorrow, so I am posting the fruits of my labor... I don't know if anyone is actually going to like any of these things, but I enjoyed making them:


These are Magnet boards 24" X 48". I painted, distressed, mod podged paper and ribbon, and attached vinyl letters I cut on my new Cricut machine. They were really fun to make. These photos are terrible. The boards are more plum/green colored that the photos show.


Below are details of the magnets I made:





These are clip boards I kind of invented. They are wood burned and painted, then I attached clips for photos, hooks to hang things, and ribbons to hang them from. I don't know how useful they are, but again, I enjoyed making them. The grandkids one was my friend Shannon's idea.




Then I wood burned and painted a ton of picture frames. They are all about the same, just different colors. They took forever, but I love them:





Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Christmasing...

I have spent the majority of my time this last month making projects, cards, shopping, cooking, wrapping presents, etc for Christmas. I like to call it "Christmasing". This year the Christmasing got a little out of control because I was having a lot of fun with the projects. Unfortunately I can't post the pictures of my projects until after Christmas, or there would be no surprises. But I am posting my cards and headbands. The headbands were my friend Sharon's idea. Averie has a few that the Whittinghams gave her for a baby gift, but I've never made them before. They were really fun. Averie is getting headbands and babylegs for Christmas. There is a link to the right to the babylegs website if you want to know what babylegs are. Here is my Christmas card:

I used my new Cricut machine for the lettering. I love making cards, but I always forget how LONG it takes. So, if you haven't received yours yet, it may be a little late...

These are the headbands I gave away. And here is little Averie sporting one... more projects to come soon, so stay tuned....

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Mason's Air Guitar

Okay, so I know it's not the best song, but this is just so funny. For over a year now the kids beg for the "color TV" song every time we ride in Brandon's truck. He found his CD's from high school and pulled out Dire Strait's "Money for Nothing" at least a year ago. Now every single time the kids hear the song it is the exact same dialog word for word. I tried to get it on video, but Ellorie won't do it if there is a camera in the room, however, Mason is quite entertaining on the air-guitar. First Ellorie plays the drums, then Mason "powers up" to get ready for his guitar solo. Ellorie always says "Oreos! Yum! after the line "Look at them yoyos", and after the line "Baby get a blister on your finger", she says, "Mason, remeber the finger with the eyes and the fingernail and the hair?" Now I realize this doesn't make any sense at all, but she says it every single time she hears the song, even if she hasn't heard it for months. Except for when I pull out the video camera. Then she just ignores everything and colors. Oh well. I think it is still hilarious. Just push play.
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Last Lesson (sniff)

Tonight was my last riding lesson for a while. Terie is going to the Caribbean until February, so I won't have lessons until she gets back. I'm a little sad, but things have been really busy lately, so I'll have some time to catch up on things. My lesson tonight was pretty good. My lesson horse, “Wynn” is burned out from lots of kids riding him and has developed an annoying habit of running away at the canter, and when going over obstacles. I’ve been working with him, and he has been doing a little better, but it is frustrating to not be able to tell if it is my fault or his. Maybe we will both do better after a break. I had an awesome lesson on Saturday to make up for the one I missed last week. I warmed up on “Wynn”, and then Terie brought in "Legs" (E-Fabulous Legacy) for me to try. He is a two year old Dutch Harness Horse/Arabian Cross. He is really tall already, and really well behaved. He is the show horse she keeps trying to sell me, though I don't think she realizes that I totally can't afford him, or afford to show him, nor do I have the time or money to train, board, and care for a show horse. But she likes to tempt me anyway, and I must say, I don't really mind. It's a little nerve-wracking to ride her show horses, because there are about ten people standing around the ring watching me and critiquing my every move. I think I am the only one that she has let ride either “Legs” or “April”, so it was really cool. And just a little scary. Legs was perfectly behaved and so smooth and collected. It is so different to ride a two-year-old than my ten-year-old lesson horse. He doesn’t have any bad habits yet, and he responds instantly to my every move. I had on my perma-grin for the rest of the day. Then it’s time to get back to real life. Maybe someday…

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Snacks for Lunch


I don’t know how other 3 to 6 year olds eat, but Mason and Ellorie have crazy metabolisms, and want to eat constantly. They are also CRAZY picky. We make them taste pretty much everything at dinner, but Mason is practically a vegetarian, and Ellorie could live on meat and sugar, and balks at anything green, so this is a daily challenge. I just make whatever I want to make for dinner. People can eat it or leave it, but they have to at least taste it. Brandon is picky about some things, but he always eats what I make (with a few exceptions, but I know what those are). Lunch is another story entirely. I usually eat leftovers or salads, but I refuse to cook macaroni and cheese and other junk for the kids every day. So I have discovered something wonderful. If I make a plate of “snacks” for lunch for the kids arrange it in a colorful yummy-looking way, they actually eat, with very few exceptions, everything on their plates. It’s miraculous. I can clean out odds and ends in the fridge and cupboards and put them on a plate together, and voila, lunch! And usually it is way more nutritious than anything I could cook them. The trick is to put just a tiny bit of each thing on the plate, and to put in a few things that they consider “treats”. The first plate has spinach tortilla/cream cheese roll ups, almonds and coconut, dried mango slivers (I had one little piece left, so I cut it in tiny strips), carrots, snow peas, crackers and cheese, and raisins. It took about five minutes to make, and they ate everything. Today's snack had carrots, apples, craisins, cottage cheese, bagel pieces, turkey, and cheese. Other things I use are sliced fruit of any kind, nuts, granola, boiled eggs, sandwich meat, toast strips, pretzels, pretty much anything I have leftover and sitting around. Ellorie actually eats some vegetables now that she has tasted on her snack plate. Mason has learned to try some kinds of meat and new foods. This discovery has made my life just a little bit easier.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Brandon's Birthday


Today was Brandon's birthday! It's a little sad how birthdays lose some of the magic when you are a grown up and have to go to work all day. He is in the young men's presidency now and had to go to the activity tonight, so he got home at about 8:00. Mason and Ellorie made him the cutest cards. Mason's said, "Happy Brthday Dad. I can't believe you are 31! louve, Mason" I think he forgot how to spell "love" but it was pretty impressive all the same. He drew a picture of a playstation on the back with two controllers. He loves to play video games with his dad. Ellorie's card said "Dad" over and over again, with a backwards I heart U in the middle. She drew a monster, a truck, and a "shape" on the back. They were really cute cards. I made him his favorite dinner, PF Chang's lettuce wraps (I can post the recipe if anyone wants it), and the kids helped frost the cake. I had a bit of a crazy day, so the cake was pretty generic. We do what we can... You should see the state of the kitchen. I should be cleaning rather than blogging, but you know... I need a break. My riding lesson was cancelled today because it was too dang cold to let the horses get all sweaty. I'll make it up on Saturday. It was probably for the best because I didn't have enough time today to get everything done. I had the achievement day girls at my house this afternoon to make posters for their recognition night, so I had that mess, plus all the baking, grocery shopping, helping at Mason's school (Ellorie and Averie had to come with me because the babysitter had the flu), Dropping off and picking up Mason (I was about 10 minutes late today! I felt so bad. He has a really awesome teacher that waits in the office with them until Mom comes.), not to mention Averie was having a "needy" day and wanting to be held ALL day, and Ellorie needing two baths because of a lovely new pack of washable markers which now belong to Mommy, and which by the way are not very washable. Sometimes you just can't fit it all in. It's funny that my Tuesdays are so crazy sometimes. The rest of the week is usually pretty slow. I hope Brandon had a better day than I did. I sure love my family though. My house may be a mess, but my babes are all happy, and so am I.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Snow angels...at last!!




So far this year we have made dust angels, sand angels, grass angels, carpet angels, leaf angels, and finally now it is time once again for snow angels. The kids were so excited this morning when they looked outside and realized that there was snow-enough for snow angels. We dug through the storage boxes to find snow clothes (some are still missing...) and bundled up for the cold. Ellorie had forgotten that snow is really cold. I don't think she really liked making snow angels as much as she remembered. The snow falling on her face really bothered her. Mason, however, dug right in. We just love the snow! And it's a good thing too, because I have a feeling we haven't seen the last of it this winter...

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Family pictures??




Check out these sweet family pictures we tried to take over Thanksgiving weekend. Lets just say Mason wasn't exactly cooperating. The sun was really glaring and bright. Mason's eye hurt, and for some unseen reason he was unable to leave his hands out of his sleeves. I also love our choice of backdrop in the sitting photo. Are those laundry baskets? Very classy. Well, can't say we didn't try.