Thursday, December 30, 2010

Alive... no baby

It is a beautiful day. The sun is coming up, the sky is blue and the clouds are golden white....
And I am still pregnant.

Maybe I'll go back to bed. (just kidding).

No, in all seriousness it's been a lovely Christmas.
We had our first Christmas at home with out visitors (Melissa spent the night with the fam on Christmas Eve). We love to have people, but it was nice to just be us.
We read the Christmas Story, had Hot Chocolate with candy canes and opened a present.
I was worried about Gideon getting here and not having anything ready for Christmas (HA), so basically every thing was wrapped. I think it took us a hour to get everything ready after the girls went to bed.

Christmas morning was quiet and lovely. The girls didn't really care about any of the big gifts they got, all the favorites have been freebies (I got a bunch of little filler toys from the ward swap meet a few days before Christmas). Oh, but Havah did get her coveted Parcheesi game.
Still, for the last 2 days they've only played with the free stuff though.
GO Swap Meet! I guess.

Cori's work had been pretty crazy this month. The night before last he spent the night in his office, I brought him a pillow and blanket and he took a nap on our massage table. Hopefully they'll have a guy hired to help him in the next few weeks, because January is shaping up to be about the same. We are very blessed, but Cori's job is an area of our life that I feel particularly blessed in.

Our Aunt Andrea came to visit us for a few days. We picked her up on Christmas afternoon and she flew home to Uncle Tortillas (Matthias) on Tuesday. The girls were pretty bummed when they woke up from their nap and she was gone. I was pretty bummed that Little Mister didn't show up while she was here. It was nice to visit and play though. Thanks for coming An!

Now we're just waiting...
Gid has to come eventually right?

*sorry no pictures, my camera is in the car with all the other 'going to have a baby' stuff... and I'm to tired to go and get it. We'll post Christmas pics when Gid gets here I guess.

Monday, December 20, 2010

writters block...

I've been trying to write our Christmas letter... but the only thing I can think to say is " I haven't had a baby yet, I want to have a baby now."

Which doesn't really make for a very interesting letter. Maybe I'll just take a family picture and write "Merry Christmas" on the top... That's festive.

another self portrait

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Charlie Brown really is a good man...

Happiness is....
"The Hungry Thing"

Playing sisters, in boxes of peanuts...

Silent heat sinks....

Oh we love this time of year, when boxes arrive. We've had lots of boxes come to our house UPS, FedEx, USPS and the Grandpa Truck :)
*just a side note the UPS guys who came last night were the friendliest I've ever met. I hope they come again.*

Our library has grown tremendously with all these boxes and the girls favorite book this week is "The Hungry Thing" Highly recommend.
Cori's computer went on the fritz (not a good time to have it shutting down ever 30 minutes), the parts for his new computer showed up last night and he spent his evening drooling over all of it's silent components, while the girls went swimming in packing peanuts.

Yeah for boxes full of good stuff.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Havah's dream hair

While avoiding accomplishing anything this morning Havah and I stumbled across this picture.

She was smitten... she wants this hair.
Maybe when she's 45 we'll have been able to grow it long enough to do something like this...
That or she'll have to spend a lot of money on extensions.


I think my 2 year old was hired to kill me and make it look like an accident.

She keeps putting things all of the the kitchen floor... slippery things... And lest we forget, I cannot see my feet.

If I die in my kitchen on a messy floor of upside down pot lids, plastic bags and dress up clothes, please notify the police that it was probably not an accident.

At least I got to go to Whitney's Christmas Concert before I die... it was the best choir concert I've ever been to. Mr. McMullen really knows how to get things done.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Breakfast Tomorrow

I'm going to make this tomorrow...
With chocolate and whipped cream.

Maybe I'll feed it to them for breakfast...
there's health food for ya.

Happy Birthday (almost x 2)

37 (measuring 38) weeks... it's almost Gideon's Birthday!

Come soon Gid.

She's four! (almost)

And she got her creepy pinata pig...
it was all she wanted in the world.

The REAL Santa

This guy is the real deal.
Want to know how we know?
This guy takes time off of his day job to do his 'real job'.
The fakers only show up at Christmas to make a few bucks..

We ran into at the Winco this summer.
The man who with only a handful of plastic "You've been caught being good" coins turned my next 5 (yes FIVE) shopping trips into heaven.
(because what if Santa showed up again?)

So you better watch watch out... because Santa lives in town.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Post Edit: Question:

My 2 year old is screaming bloody murder in her bed.

I have already been up to see her, you know, make sure she's not actually being murdered...
She is fine.
I told her I wasn't going up there again.

We recently instituted a pretty strict, 'if you scream and throw a fit you get salt on your tongue' rule with her... it seems to be the only thing that phases her.

So my question is:
Do I pretend like I can't hear her and stick with my 'I'm not coming up here again'... or do I enforce the salt?

Enforced the Salt... she fell asleep in 5 minutes.
Children are weird.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Frosty the amputee Snowman

They used all their strength to no avail.
They just couldn't get those branches to break off.
He's still cute right?

Making an impression

Step one: Get your Daddy

Step Two: Swing through the air

Step Three: Go splat in the snow

Step Four: Enjoy

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Holiday Rules:

1. There shall be no Christmas Music permitted (except for the random singing of jingle bells by toddlers through out the year) until the Friday following Thanksgiving.

2. There shall be no Christmas decorating permitted until the Friday following Thanksgiving.

3. There shall be no planning of Christmas until the Friday Following Thanksgiving.

4. There shall be no Christmas decorating left to do by the evening of the Saturday following Thanksgiving.

The Friday following Thanksgiving is Tree Day at our house.
I am not a generally demanding/particular person,
but I do need my tree the day after Thanksgiving.
And because my husband is the good man he is, he does his best to grant me my semi-ridiculousness.
So Friday morning we got dressed, got in the car, and found our tree.
We found a place that sells all their trees for $20 bucks.
(if you're in Boise- the market on Fairview just before the Cloverdale intersection)

What do you do when you find a place that sells all their trees for $20 bucks and you have to pay crazy heating bills to keep your living rooms very high vaulted ceiling from eating all the heat in your house already?

Enter very cute girls in Christmas jammies next to ginormous (10 foot) tree.

Our house smells like a pine forest.
Havah is singing Santa Claus is Coming to Town "her own way".
Lilly wants a "baby Cin-erella" or "a mommy cow" (of the real variety) for Christmas.
I think that somehow this years Christmas tree is very much a reflection of how I feel... which is funny, because that's how I felt about last years tree...
And my husband, who basically told me when we were teenagers that Christmas trees are evil, just can't help himself- every time he comes in the house he says something about how great that tree is.

God is really good, and so is Christmas.
(so long as it leaves room for Thanksgiving)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The honeymoon is over...

Thanksgiving was our 5 year anniversary.
I don't mean to get all sentimental... well actually I do. That's a lie.

I write on this blog all the time about how amazing Cori is... but you should know, I'm not exaggerating when I talk about him.

When we got married it was like someone said, "Congratulations, here is your real life, you can stop living that pretend life from before." I believe that feeling was a gift because not only have the last 5 years been the best of my life, they have also been some of the hardest. And I couldn't have done what I needed to do with out him.

Cori has been my advocate when I could not and did not know I needed advocated for. He works so hard to provide for us. He is not perfect, but he is always trying to be better. He makes time to help, if someone needs help he will rearrange his work schedule- (sometimes that means staying up late into the night) so that he can move people, help them fix their cars/toilets/sprinklers, going out to see people who are sick int he middle of the night... Whatever he needs to do- he makes time. And not just for other people, he does all those things for me and the girls and takes us on dates and snuggles with us and grows a garden and does school (when he can) and works crazy hours. AND he is romantic and funny and silly.

He is goodness. And I am so grateful for him. I had a pretty stiff list of expectations in the man I married, and he exceeds them it ways I never could have imagined.

There are so many things for us to be better at. So many places for us to improve and things to accomplish and become. I am so grateful to do and be and accomplish with him, because life is hard sometimes, but I know together, we can do those hard things.

The honeymoon really is over- and real life is so much better.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Pie Day!

I love Thanksgiving.
It is my hands down favorite holiday, and dreadfully under-rated.
It is all the things that I love in a family activity...

Everyone's hands can be busy accomplishing something (cooking/eating/cleaning up)

Visiting with busy hands (my brain is better at visiting when my hands are busy)

(secret learned from my Grandmother, cook your crusts upside down, this requires 2 pans FYI, and they won't shrink)

Eating good, special food.

It's low key and inexpensive.

Put all that together with hours of reflecting on just how blessed we are... and I don't think you can come up with anything better.

(what filling defeating crust looks like...)
Today is Pie Day at our house.
Pumpkin, Apple-Walnut, Raspberry-Peach, Logan Berry, chocolate cream, vanilla cream,
a pumpkin custard and a peach crisp (because Lissa should get Thanksgiving desert too).

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Things I like today:

  1. French toast with raspberry yogurt, cottage cheese and powdered sugar... don't knock it til you try it.
  2. My girls playing cows together.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Why we don't watch Barney

We are at Great Grandma and Grandpa Alcorn's house for Grandpa's 80th Birthday party this weekend.

Grandma just asked Havah if she likes to watch Barney, Havah's response:

"We don't watch Barney because he is a dinosaur that parents like to beat up because he sings songs over and over again."

It's a good thing I had just gone to the bathroom...

They are watching Nick Jr. instead.

*explanation about Barney courtesy of Cori- with my full endorsement*

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Oak Tree

by Johnny Ray Ryder Jr

A mighty wind blew night and day
It stole the oak tree's leaves away
Then snapped its boughs and pulled its bark
Until the oak was tired and stark

But still the oak tree held its ground
While other trees fell all around
The weary wind gave up and spoke.
How can you still be standing Oak?

The oak tree said, I know that you
Can break each branch of mine in two
Carry every leaf away
Shake my limbs, and make me sway

But I have roots stretched in the earth
Growing stronger since my birth
You'll never touch them, for you see
They are the deepest part of me

Until today, I wasn't sure
Of just how much I could endure
But now I've found, with thanks to you
I'm stronger than I ever knew

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sick Day

Today we woke up at 5am, the girls eyes were stuck shut with boogers and sore throats.
We cleaned up, took a shower, Havah at breakfast and watched a show.
Lilly had a melt down and fell back asleep with me on her bed.

At 12, Havah came to snuggle with me on the couch, asked for lunch and with in minutes was snoring... she slept until 2. They ate lunch and had their eyes washed again, and are now back in bed upstairs- not by force, but by choice...
I doubt they'll sleep, probably just read books for a while, but man are we all beat today.
I feel bad that they feel so poorly, but it's been nice to just snuggle in our jammies all day.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Voting day

Can be frustrating... so this is for you.

Double Cute

Just thought everyone should get a dose of that today.
Their smiles are 100% genuine.

He makes FIRE!

Where: Alcorn's House
When: 1 am this morning
What: Pretty awesome!
Who: The guy who is covered in insulation

Monday, November 1, 2010

love this

if I had $200 bucks just doing nothing somewhere,
this would be in my house tomorrow.

more reasons why Cori is awesome...

(aka why my husband is the best offense)
Beside the fact that he is a lot of fun....

Cori's coolest skill (I think) is that when he doesn't know how to do something,
he uses the resources he has (aka people/internet/books) and learns how to do it.

Case in point: our new gas line.

He has been climbing around with the creepys under our house for two days.

And look at that... first pipe through the floor!

One more to go and we hook up to the main house line!
There is something about a guy fixing a house that is very attractive.

And I am not the only woman in the house who finds herself enamored.