Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Charlotte's Stocking

As with every new addition to our family a new stocking must always be made. This year I was really torn as to what I should make. My mother suggested I use an angel. So I had my sister send me a photo of her angel stocking that was made. It is really just beautiful.

The more I thought about it the more I wanted to do a Russian doll. After all that was the theme her baby quilt was that was made by Grandma. (By the way I seem to be unable to write today - it could have something to do with the fighting siblings). So I pulled out the fabric I purchased from Kristen and thought I'd use her design as my template.

So I'll just put it out there, I'm not totally happy with the face but I had a little time pressure to deal with. I finished this stocking at 11:30 pm on Christmas Eve. I was so happy to be done.

I beaded her name like I did with Chas' stocking. I also decided the use her middle name to even the look of the stocking out since her first name is so very long. It's actually longer then Bonnie's given name.

It's hard tot ell but on the belly area I used white beads to outline that little white design. I had a lot of fun creating this little lady.

On a side note I now know why I am just not able to post everything I do or all the funny things that go on in our household. It's definitely not the babies fault. I have broken up at least three fights between the two older kids and it just doesn't seem to end. So until the fighting period ends, which I know could be never, the posts will continue to dwindle. So just hang in there like I will.

Monday, December 28, 2009


Wow, Christmas has come and gone so quickly this year. With all our family activites I didn't find the free time to make all the gifts that I had wanted to. But oh well there's always next year right?

Here is Bonnie with her new pink guns!

Chas got a little Fisher Price vintage tv. He and the other kids love it.

All in all I think it was a great Christmas. The play area has been a disaster since Christmas with all the new toys being played with.

Saturday, December 12, 2009


We had our first snow on Monday. Bonnie woke up utterly excited and it was all we could do to get her to eat breakfast before she ran out to play. She loves the snow. Chas is slowly learning to like playing in the cold.

We are all about snow suits at our house. We've found the kids have so much more fun outside if they aren't worried about falling over and getting their pants wet. It took a lot of searching to find snow boots and a snow suit for Chas. He's still such a little guy. He can't even keep his gloves on his hands yet, but this is the first year Bonnie's been able to get her thumbs in her mittens.

Then unfortunately this little one hates being left out but it's so much fun for me to have her to myself when the big kids are outside. Plus getting pictures of her smiling is such hard work.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Who's that Boy? Part 2

Well you asked and so I am showing you the photo. Before I show it though everyone must promise to not make fun of me. So without further ado, here it is.

It look as if this photo was actually my kindergarten photo.

Just for the note this is a way better hair cut then the one I received in first grade by an older sister. In first grade I received a mullet - ugh, growing up in the 80s was painful for everyone.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Who's that Boy?

On Monday night I pulled out the Christmas Tree ornaments. I handed the ornaments to the kids and they put the ornaments on the tree or somewhere near the tree. We were almost finished when I pulled out some ornaments from my childhood.

In first grade we made Christmas ornaments with our photo on them. I believe this was probably a gift for our parents. That was the year of my bowl hair cut. Jay has always given me a hard time about that ornament and my hair cut.

Monday night I handed the ornament to Bonnie to put on the tree. Bonnie took one look at the ornament and said, "Who's this boy?" I asked her what. She showed me the ornament and again asked "Who's this boy?"

I laughed and told her it was me when I was a little girl. I asked Jay if he had heard what she said and he laughed. I think he felt justified in his laughing at the ornament all these years.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Boulder City Train

It turns out there is a lot of fun things to do with your kids while in Las Vegas.

This first night we were there we drove down to the MGM Grand hotel. They have a little lion display there that is free for the public to see. The kids thought it was really cool. The lion handlers were playing with the lions and so we were able to see them awake.

Friday morning found us over at the Hoover Dam. With three small children we didn't take the tour but we just drove over the dam. Jay & I loved it. Bonnie & Chas snacked through the whole adventure. Charlotte screamed the entire length of the dam and then some.

The next morning we drove back out to Boulder. There is a great train ride for families. The kids had a fabulous time, as did the rest of us.

Everyone at the beginning of the train ride.

The kids looking at the rocks!

There are so many more photos to share but it will have to wait for another day.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Bonnie turned 4

I wanted to post this last week but found myself on vacation and really just having way too much fun to do anything serious.

Last Friday our little Bonnie Jean turned 4. I can't even imagine where the time has gone.

Here is Bonnie only minutes old.

With the birth of this little girl our entire world changed. Last week we were able to celebrate with my parents her birthday. This was such a big deal for her. She was talking about this party for weeks before it happened and anyone who listened learned she was going to Grandpa & Grandma McLean's house for her birthday. I think it turned out just as fun as she thought it would be.

Opening her princess castle. She was very excited.

The look of happiness, I think.

My Mom helped big time on getting the princess cake created. Thanks Mom, we know she loved it.
Bonnie & the cake. I just love that she's petting the Barbie's hair.

There is so much more that I want to say concerning these past four years, but I've got a million things to do. We arrived home last night and then it took another two hours to get the baby asleep. There is so much cleaning to do it's not even funny. I hope everyone else had a wonderful Thanksgiving.