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 husband...no 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.

For An -32 Weeks

See? Round. :)
Photo courtesy of Havah... she has skills.