Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas Wrap-Up

Ahh...Christmas is over. So sad. I tried to drag it out this year, but it still ends! My decorations are still up. Maybe next week I'll take them down. We still have the Hancock Family Christmas Party...so I'm still in Christmas-mode I guess.
This year, we thought we'd for sure spend Christmas at home and then go to my parents' house. But my mom was really wanting us to go there and Shawn had more days off work than normal, so we ended up going out there Wednesday night. My mom even came out and got our Santa gifts since they were a little big this year (Brinley got a bike). Yeah...she really wanted us there!
Christmas Eve, my brother and his family came and my sister, Tiff, brought a friend to spend Christmas with us. My other sister, Mandy, was already there. Shawn went with my brother and took the kids sledding. I REALLY need some sledding pictures! But I always stay home with Sadie. We had an early Christmas Eve dinner with a turkey and everything. Mom went all out. The highlight of the night was when J.J. & Kristy surprised us all that they were expecting a baby in July! That's so exciting!
Then, we had a program. We've never done it before, but it was actually really fun! Mandy played the piano a lot, Shawn sang with my mom, Cambree danced and showed up in every talent performance, J.J. played the guitar while his wife and Mandy sang, Brinley played the piano, Tiff's friend is a Native American and he told some cool stories, and then for the finale, me, Shawn, Brinley, Mandy, Tiff, and my dad did a 12 Days of Christmas skit. It's pretty funny!

Yeah...Shawn got all dressed up for the occasion. :)

 Now, he's dressed up! That's better. :)

 Then, the kids (and a few adults) got dressed up to do the Nativity play. Such a nice way to end the evening.

The girls got in their new jammies from Grandma Hancock, set out cookies, and then went to bed pretty good! The adults played games until we were sure the kids were asleep. It was fun having so many "Santas" in the house.


Christmas morning, we had German pancakes and then got to see what Santa brought us. The hit was definitely the Wii. I'm excited to actually play it (never had before) and hopefully get the Wii Fit someday. That was my reason for getting it. We also got Cambree an educational game...so there you go!
After the Santa thing, we bring out all the presents under the tree and go one-by-one opening them to see what we got each other. It takes a while and the girls were getting impatient!

The rest of the day, we relaxed and played games and staying up way too late! The next morning, I went to Wal-mart with my mom to see what after Christmas sales we could get. We headed home early to see Shawn's brother from Vegas. He came up last-minute for Shawn's nephew's mission homecoming. While Shawn was hanging out with his brother, I went to a HUGE family Christmas party on my mom's side of the family. It's at my aunt's barn with a fast slide, ball pit, rock climbing wall, b-ball court, skee ball, etc. I had fun catching up with my relatives while Brinley played and played. Cambree stayed with Shawn and her cousins.
After that, I came home and the adults (Shawn's brothers and wife) wanted to see a movie. So, we get our kids to bed and head out. SOLD OUT. Duh. We should've known! So no movie.
The next day was Layne's (our nephew) homecoming. He's a great kid and did an awesome job. I'm so glad he's set a good example for all the other cousins that look up to him.
We have a few more things coming up this week for New Year's. I'm glad about that. But it's sure nice to take a little break in between it all. Sadie needs a break too...

Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas Lights

The one thing we did do for Christmas was going to Thanksgiving Point to drive through the lights. We knew we could do this with Sadie! She did cry some of the time, but not too bad.
Anyway, we've never done it before and it was pretty fun. The kids loved it and I liked experimenting with my camera. See:

 The drive ended with pictures of The Nativity. What a great reminder.


Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Sunday

All season long, I've felt a sort of void. Usually around Christmas, I'm busy shopping or doing photography or other festivities. This year, I really haven't been busy and we knew that we wouldn't be able to go many places with Sadie. We got the tree up on Thanksgiving Weekend (that's never happened). We had our neighborhood and ward parties all on the same week the first week of December. So I thought Christmas cheer would be going strong earlier than ever. But things kind of faded. I think I thrive on being busy!
As I'm typing this, I'm realizing what a blessing my busy-lessness was. But I didn't take advantage of it. I filled it with other things...I don't know what!
But now it is full. We were able to go to the Temple yesterday, which was so lovely.  I didn't even realize it would be Christmas Sunday until late last night. The girls don't have new Christmas dresses like I was hoping for. But that's ok. We had a wonderful day at church today filled with music and lessons all about Christ. Sure, I had to sit by myself while Shawn was up singing with the choir and Cambree was definitely less-than-perfect, but I did hear the songs (not the talk...at least there was only one!) and it filled me up. It's just sad I count on other people to help me get into the Christmas Spirit. Maybe next year it'll click.
So I guess it's tradition now to take a family picture ever Christmas Sunday! My cute family minus me!

I'm so blessed to have such cute, good  girls!

The Real Meaning of Christmas

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Cambree Sheds Some Light...

...on how we'll get a baby boy next time around.

Cambree:  I want a baby brother.
Me: Yeah, maybe someday we'll get a baby boy.
Cambree: Daddy needs to have the baby so it will be a boy.
Me: I think that's a great idea!

I totally see her way of thinking! I wish it was that way...but then again, there would be WAY less boys in the world! It for sure wouldn't be even. :)

I'm so glad I'm remembering to write these funny things down that my kids have been saying lately! I don't always do it.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Brinley's First Crush

 Oh boy! I didn't think we'd be discussing this yet! I thought Brinley only thought of boys as friends and she wants to be friends with everyone.
At the ward Christmas party she said, "I love (name of the boy in our ward, whose mom reads my blog but never comments...you know who you are!). He's so handsome." I told her that you can't love someone until you're in college. I hope that took care of the problem. Probably not. I'm sure I'll have MANY more discussions about this topic. Oh joy.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

We're all Christmasified!

Christmas seems to be coming so fast this year! Maybe because I have a cute baby that's distracting me a lot. :) We finally put the lights up since there was actually a Saturday without BYU football!

(the girls goofing around before the party...and I was trying out my flash in almost no light...not too bad, but a little red.)
Friday was our Ward Christmas party. Santa, of course, came. Cambree told me all day that she would go sit on Santa's lap and tell him what she wanted for Christmas. At the party she was still stoked. When Santa came...not so much. We couldn't get her to sit on his lap. Oh well. Maybe next year...or maybe not. But Brinley and Sadie did! What cuties! We didn't even have to wait very long. Santa was crankin' them through!

I told Cambree to give me a sad look since she didn't sit on Santa's lap. She wouldn't do it until I took one of her smiling. Stinker!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Meals, Deals, and Thrills!

What a great Thanksgiving we had! It was very low-key, which is so nice! We went to my Aunt's house. She had her 3 kids there and my family came, which was just my parents, Mandy, and Tiff. We ate, had a nap and played Balderdash. It was great!
We came home, got the girls in bed, and prepped for Black Friday! My parents stayed the night so Shawn and I could hit the stores at 4:30 am! Yeah...we went to Wal-mart first. I've never done Wal-mart first and it was crazy! As soon as it hits 5 am, everyone grabs and goes! So fun! Shawn grabbed some stuff and then headed to the checkout...he was 2nd in line so I hurried and got a few more things and got in line with him. Then, we went to Kmart...the thing we wanted most was out in like 2 seconds! We wanted to get a bike for Brinley and they must've just had 4 of them, cuz they were out. Lame! Then, we went to ShopKo and waited in line for a long time, then we went to Old Navy which was the worst line of all! We got some good deals but not like most years. Oh well.
When we got back home, my mom watched the girls so we could take a nap. She's so sweet! Then, we just relaxed and put up our tree. I think it's the earliest we've ever put our tree up. I love it! We also had some friends come over in the evening. They wanted to see Sadie.
Speaking of Sadie, she's now 3 months old!! I can't believe it! She's getting so big! She's 12 pounds now and is chunking right up! She loves to sit up (with help) and eat her hands. She is a happy baby and will smile at anyone! We just love her!

I put her in this super cute swim suit that I'm borrowing from my sister. We haven't gone swimming yet and I think she'll be too small for it soon! darn!

Saturday, was a busy day! We went to my nephew's baptism in Payson in the morning, rushed back to do my cousin's family pictures, and then had more cousins over for the big game! We had good food and fun! I haven't seen some of my cousins for years so it was really great to spend time with them, even if one is a Utah fan! What a great game...I only watched the last few minutes and overtime, but that's all I needed to do! Great game! Go BYU!!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

My Grandma

This was my grandma on her 85th (I think!) Birthday (back in August!). My Grandma is so prim and proper that I was surprised to see her wearing these Converse shoes! They have colorful hearts all over them! Grandma just says they're so comfortable and thinks nothing of it! She also said that she's never had so much attention or comments from shoes before! Who would've thought? Go Grandma!

Friday, November 13, 2009

My Cambree Bambree

That's what I call her anyway. Here's a VERY LATE tribute to my Cambree who's 4 year old birthday was back at the first of October.
She's turning into such a sweetheart! I seriously can't believe how great she is with Sadie. She's always the first one to get me things for her and the first to go to Sadie when she just starts whimpering. She's a great sister to Sadie. On the other hand, with Brinley she's a big tease! She knows what buttons to push to get Brinley riled up (or to make her cry)! She's still not in preschool yet (hopefully next year) so she's my bud at home. She's also a GREAT shopping partner too! She loves nothing more than to play with friends. She's definitely my social bug. When she's not with friends, she loves to play dress-up, sing and dance, play with Barbies, Polly Pocket, Ponies...or anything girly! She's my girly-girl! She can almost write her name...all the letters but just in the wrong order. She can write all the letters and we're working on the numbers. And she can count to 10 in 5 different languages (thanks to Shawn). She also thinks she can read! She's just a really good at memorizing.  :)
Cambree's in the stage where she says the funniest things! One day she said, "Mom, you're my best friend." And I responded something like, "That's so sweet, honey." And then she said, "So you need to be nice and not yell at me." Nothing like hearing it from a 4 year old!
So here are some of her pictures from the photo shoot I did way back then! I'm still editing more pictures when I get the time (that's why this has taken so long!)...so I'll post them on my photo blog when I get them all done. (Which, by the way, needs some commenting love!)


She IS pretty sassy like that sometimes too! I love my Cambree!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

My Blog Got an Award? Weird!

I can't believe my blog got an award. I think my blog is quite boring, but I guess a few of you think it's great. So here's my award from my great friend, Jenn. And I give you one right back...is that allowed?

I guess I need to answer these questions with one word answers as my "acceptance speech".

1. Where is your cell phone? kitchen
2. Your hair? messy
3. Your mother? awesome
4. Your father?quiet
5. Your favorite food? PizzaFactoryBreadsticks
6. Your dream last night?strange
7. Your favorite drink? smoothie
8. Your dream/goal?Hawaii
9. What room are you in? bedroom
10. Your hobby? photography
11. Your fear? LosingShawn
12. Where do you want to be in six years? here
13. Where were you last night? FoldingLaundry
14. Something you aren’t? Perfectionist
15. Muffins? Chocolate!
16. Wish list item? Coat
17. Where did you grow up? Moab
18. Last thing you did? ReadStories
19. What are you wearing? PJ's
20. TV? ThursdayNights (I'm with you on that one Jenn!)
21. Your pets? None!
22. Your friends? TheBest!
23. Your life? Blessed
24. Your mood? Content
25. Missing someone? MyOldSelf
26. Vehicle? Van
27. Something you’re not wearing? Shoes
28. Your favorite store? AnywhereThere'sADeal
29. Your favorite color?Anything
30. When was the last time you laughed?1/2HourAgo (we were dancing to Y.M.C.A-brought back High School memories)
31. When was the last time you cried? MaybeLastWeek?
32. Your best friend? Shawn
33. One place that you go over and over? Bed...ahhh....
34. One person who e-mails me regularly? Shawn
35. Favorite place to eat? PizzaFactory

Now...I need to pass this cool award on! I do read lots of photography blogs, but we'll ignore those since none of them ever look at my blog!
Here are the 4 lucky winners!
Angie-My one of 3 sisters. I love to read her blog so I feel like I'm a part of her life even though we live so far away.
Denise-My Awesome Visiting Teacher. She has a way with words and I just crack up whenever I read her posts.
Krystal-My college roommate from long ago. We had such good times. I love to hear about her life as an High School English teacher. She's a great writer...as she should be! ;)
Clisty-You rock, woman! You always make me laugh too!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Sadie's Blessing

The Blessing Day. Oh what a special day where you have the new mother of a brand-new baby cleaning, cooking, and getting ready for friends and family. Does that seem right to you? And we had it the day after Halloween! I guess we were not thinking right.
In spite of it being after Halloween, it was also Daylight Savings so we got an extra hour of sleep! Yea! So we were all on time for 9 am church! My family was there and many of Shawn's family came. A few friends were able to come too. We had a little lunch at our place afterward and just chatted and laughed! Man! I really needed to work those post baby tummy muscles! I was laughing so hard! It was great! Thanks everyone for coming. We appreciate all the support.
And now for Sadie's Blessing pictures...isn't she a doll? I mean literally?!!

My mom made this dress from Brinley. It's been well-used for Brinley, Cambree and now Sadie.

I always put their bow, shoes, and bracelet in a shadow box for them. Brinley's stuff was all white. Cambree's I added a little pink. So Sadie's I did purple. I was stoked to find those shiny purple shoes! And I made her bracelet this time...but not the bow.