Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas Card

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Merry Christmas to everyone in the blogging world! I wanted to share with you our Christmas card that I spent so much time making for this year. Actually, I didn't spend that much time, and I'm not even mailing to anyone. :)

Here's a quick run-down of us this year:
  • Matt's still working at full-time, and going to school part time. In his 'spare' time (what's that?), he teases katryn and wears her out before bedtime
  • Katryn turned one, and turns two next month! she's everywhere, into everything and talks about everything. She loves to sing, and talk on her phone to cousin Kyla. She also loves to go see the horses behind our house.
  • I'm doing the awesome mom-at-home thing, and love it! I spend time trying new recipes and blogging about them on my recipe blog. I spent some time making recipe cards like scrapbook pages, and now have a LOT of recipe cards to try! I'm hoping to get back into my writing mode.
  • We bought our own house! it's in a tiny town, in the middle of no where, but we love it so far!
  • We're also expecting baby#2 in May of 2010, which we're very excited about.

Here's our plans for next year, and hopefully I'll keep up on blogging about them!
  • katryn's pretty close to being potty trained, so we're hoping to get that taken care of before the baby comes in May
  • I'm also starting to homeschool Katryn, using an altered program called Letter Of The Day.
  • Matt should be in his last year of school next year. I think he's estimated to graduate in 2011! We're also hoping for that promotion we've be waiting for, or a new job :)
  • My sister is getting married in October!! although they'll be getting married in this state, we'll be flying out to Indiana the next week for a reception in Jonathan's home state. We're also planning on taking a side trip up to Jersey to visit matt's grandma! We haven't seen her since Katryn was about 6 months old, when she came out her.
  • We're also hoping to finish our basement, and perhaps remodel our kitchen. If nothing else, we'll get a fence up around the yard and some grass in! :)
Hope you all had an awesome 2009 like we did, and can have a great 2010 as well!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Gingerbread houses and a Pirate

I know, they have nothing to do with each other, except that I haven't blogged about halloween yet, and I needed to take pictures of our gingerbread house we made on sunday before it got eaten. They don't last long around here.


It's a family tradition on matt's side to make gingerbread houses at Christmas time. I remember when we were dating (quick side story--8 years ago TODAY, December 15, 2001 was our senior dinner dance, and that was when matt and I 'offically' started dating. can't believe we've been together that long already!!) and we made these house for the first time. It was awesome!! I don't think I've ever seen so much candy in one room.

Matt's mother makes the gingerbread, cuts it all out in house shapes and his dad builds them. It's quite the process. They also go ALL OUT on the candy to decorate these things. As in candy spilling over the counter tops, dozens of bulk food bags full of candy.

Needless to say, Katryn had enough candy to last her until next year. She wouldn't even eat the chili, which she LOVES!!

Part of their tradition is to also give the house they make away to another family, usually a family perhaps in more need this time of year, or one that has a lot of kids that would just get a kick out of having an awesome house.

So the point is really to just put AS MUCH candy on as possible, because that's just more you get to eat later, right?

And if you're matt's brother, you create something so amazing that our little houses are put to shame! This year he created a chapel. It was pretty awesome. Hopefully they'll put pictures up.

and now we can officially eat this house, since I have taken the time to record the memories. :)

This was our pirate on halloween. She was so darn cute! Cutest pirate ever! and she'd go around saying "arr!!!"

Here's all the grandkids on the B side of the family, with grandma at our halloween party. In case you can't tell, we've got a football player, a pirate, a wizard, an indian holding a bat, and a witch.

and here's half the cousins on the W side of the family. That camo thing is a volcano. Pretty impressive I've got to say! Then we've got a flower, pirate-Tryn, and a biking ladybug.

We went trick-or-treating in my parents neighborhood. Tryn got a kick out of it. I'm not dressed up, unless you count the "I spent 4 hours in the ER the day before, and I'm exhausted from lack of blood and sleep" costume. Then I've got that covered. Matt's dressed up as Sam Fisher from one of his games. I can't remember which one. . . .

Tryn did awesome, she'd go up by herself, usually get distracted by the pumpkins, then bang on the door. Everyone thought she was adorable, because well, she was! :)