Sunday, January 25, 2009


I have a new love in my life and it is packaged in a blue bottle! (I'm I aloud to say that?) It is a German Riesling. The label says: Vertikal 2007 Reisling Mosel. Thanks Stephanie, this is just what I needed! I know what I am about to say may make me sound like a lush but one glass at bed time and all my troubles melt away. I highly recommend it to anyone who has had a bad day. It is better then .... a bubble bath (geez, get your minds out of the gutter!) or maybe pair it with a bubble bath and voila! Instant Zen!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Birthday Girl

Paisley celebrated her third birthday and this year she picked out the party theme, Diego won. Not a big surprise because she LOVES animals and Diego is an animal rescuer. Toby was able to make the cake again this year. He is so good!! It makes me sad to say this but she is a big girl now, gone is the baby chub. Now she is a long, lean, talking (very clearly and often) machine! It is fun to think back over the year and appreciate all the new things she can do now that she wasn't able to do last year. Thank you friends and family for thinking of our little girl on her special day!! She said it was her "Best Birthday ever!" Three is going to be so much fun! (We are only a week into 3 so I can still be optimistic)

Dress Up Time!
"Reach for the sky!"
Paisley is really getting into dress up these days and we are trying to include everything, not just princess stuff, mainly because she doesn't really like dresses all that much. Maybe its hereditary! :o)

(Thank you GiGi for the sheriff stuff. Paisley likes to pretend she is Woody from Toy Story.)

Friday, January 16, 2009

Baby "B"

"Step right up! Step right up, and make a guess." That is the game we played at the co-ed baby shower for Josh and Korey. With the gender unknown and the Feb 6th due date approaching everyone is guessing when Baby "B" will get here and if this mystery baby will align with the ever growing girls population in our family (future boyfriends beware - we have a pack of VERY protective fathers) or will the baby be the odd man out as the first boy? Your guess is as good as ours. If I missed anyone or someone new wants to play, just let me know and I will add you to the list. We look forward to meeting this baby soon!

January Guesses:
Dawn: 1/24 (Girl), Bob: 1/25 (Boy), Zhahn: 1/26 (Boy), Grandma Valerie: 1/28 (Boy), Karly: 1/29 (Boy), Sarah: 1/30 (Girl), Holly: 1/30 (Boy), and Dennis: 1/31 (Boy)

February Guesses:
Stephen: 2/1 (Girl), GiGi: 2/1 (Girl), Keith: 2/2 (Boy), Clare: 2/2 (Girl), Christy: 2/3 (Boy), Hollie: 2/4 (Girl), Avrey: 2/5 (Girl), Toby: 2/6 (Boy), Tim: 2/7 (Boy), Cody: 2/7 (Boy), Kathy: 2/8 (Boy), Josh: 2/9 (Girl), Rylee: 2/12 (Girl), Mary: 2/14 (Boy)

Another Toby cake and cupcakes. He really out did himself this time!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Girls

In 2008 we welcomed a new member to our family, Karly (Stephen and Holly's little girl), so we decided to have a new cousin's picture taken to include her. Here are a few good pictures from the photo shoot.

(From left to right: Rylee-6, Avrey-4, Paisley-2 & Karly-1mth)

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Christmas 2008

This year we had a "Murphy's Law" Christmas that went something like this:

1) Christmas morning Paisley wet the bed and when I asked her what happen she said "I'm sorry mommy, I just forgot my bed is not the potty." Christmas bath, check. Christmas breakfast, check. Now we can open presents.

2) Friday after Christmas, Oscar (our mini wiener dog) cut his ear in half so we had to rush him to the vet for an emergency surgery to repair the damage and stop the bleeding (he is as good as new now). To top off the day Toby and Paisley had a 24 hour bug, so between the blood from Oscar and everything else from Paisley I reached my bodily fluid quota for the year in one day!

3) Saturday after Christmas, our kitchen sink backed up into the basement sink make fun background noise and smells for Christmas at our house with Toby's family. Topped off with Toby making trips to the bathroom with bowls of dirty water to dump in the toilet. A one of a kind Christmas memory!

4) Sunday after Christmas, Toby stayed at home to fix the sink while Paisley and I did Christmas with mom. When we returned home the sink was remove exposing a very nice looking hole in the wall. (the hole was patched on New Years Day)

All and all it was a good Christmas full of action!

Christmas morning at our house

Paisley with her scooter from Santa

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Our Four Christmas's 2009

Christmas at Our House (Christmas Eve)
This year the weather wasn't kind to us. Due to the amount of snow we started to get our office closed at noon on Christmas Eve and that was fine by me! When I got home from work Paisley and Toby were making Christmas goodies and Paisley was so excited to show me what all she had made. So after our nap, Paisley and I tried our hand at making a gingerbread house.

It started out ok......but didn't end well.

Christmas Eve is normally spent with Toby's family but this year everyone had to work so we decided to do Christmas with them on Saturday. So we took this as an opportunity to try something new. The three of us opened our gifts from each other after dinner and due to the weather Christmas Eve service was canceled so it was off to bed after our gifts were opened.

Christmas at Our House (Christmas Morning)
After breakfast we went downstairs to see if Santa had been to our house. (This was the first year we remembered to put out milk and cookies for Santa) Paisley was so excited that the milk and cookies were gone, proof that Santa had been there. She even ran around looking to see if he was still in the house. After we finished opening our stockings Paisley found the gift that Santa had left her under the tree, a remote control car. She had so much fun playing it and even more fun when she realized that she could chase the dogs with it.

But her fun was short lived because we needed to get dressed and on the road to head to KC for Christmas with my family. We made it to each house safe and sound (it just took forever). The highway wasn't all that bad but the side streets were another thing.

Christmas with My Mom
We had Christmas lunch (that looked more like a dinner) with my mom and step-dad at noon. All of my siblings and their children made it and so did my grandma and Jerry. It was loud and warm and fun. The food was great and the kids had a blast!

Christmas with My Dad
At about 3:30 we all packed up our kiddo's and gifts and kissed our mama goodbye because we were off to my dad's house. We had quite the little caravan going on! When we got to dad's house our cousin's (Jeff and Scott) and grandparents (GiGi & Papa Jim) were already there waiting on the party people to arrive. We had dinner (that felt more like a snack because we all where still pretty full) and we followed dinner with gifts. As our family grows the unwrapping of gifts become quite a crazy adventure. The girls have so much fun when they are together!
(I was tired at my dad's so I only took this video, no pictures, sorry.)

Christmas with Toby's Family
On Saturday we loaded up our car with food and gifts and headed to my in-laws. Paisley fell asleep about 7 minutes before we got there.

After we unloaded the car we set out the appetizers and started making homemade pizza. It was a lot of fun, everyone could make a pizza any way they wanted and this made me super happy because I don't like a lot of stuff on my pizza! After we finished our pizza we started on gifts!
And Paisley got a BIG surprise! A 10ft stuffed caterpillar with the alphabet down it's back. She LOVES this thing!
And this was our sign that it was time for us to head back home.
Merry Christmas To All and To All a Good Night!