Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas Picture 2008

This was our Christmas picture this year. I took the easy way out and just had the kids in it. I also made it black and white so that I didn't have to worry about matching the kids clothes. It was hard to just get a good shot of the 4 of them all looking at the camera and happy, but I think we managed it. My goal is to take a real family picture this next year. Hopefully in the summer when we are all nice and tanned from many days on the lake :)

Monday, December 29, 2008

Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas Day 2008

The scene after Santa came

Ethen in his Christmas P.J.'s A almost 10 year old in footed jammies. LOVE IT!

Luke playing Santa

The family Christmas morning

We enjoyed Christmas at home this year. Grandma Bergen spent the night and joined us for Christmas morning. It was a fun, relaxing day with everyone being happy and playing nicely for the most part :) We had a yummy feast that will need to continue to be eaten for the next few days since we have so many leftovers.

Hulk hands, Luke's favorite gift

Much needed new shoes

Lil' Paisley being coy

Finally she got her Easy Bake Oven!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

12 Amazing Years

Today marks 12 years of wedded bliss! It has been a fun ride and we have had a lot of experiences in the last 12 years I could have never imagined. Scott is an amazing father to our four children and works so hard to take care of all of us. I love you, and wonder what the next 12 years will bring :)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Thoughts of my three year old

Luke: Owwwwww, waaaaaa
Mama: Oh did you bite your tongue?
Luke: Yes, waaaaa
Mama: I'm sorry; you need to chew more slowly.
Luke: That is why I shouldn't have a tongue!

I had to write this down before I forgot about it. It was soo funny and he was completely serious.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Children's Christmas Party

Scott's office had a children's Christmas party! They had Santa there to take lots of pictures with. My favorite is always the screaming baby picture, but Paisley had the death grip on me and so I am in it too. This Santa did not want to take a screaming baby to hold, but he was a great looking Santa! There was Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph walking around and she was terrified of them too and had me holding her almost the entire time, but she was happy to get close to the balloon making elf and get herself a blue dog. The other kids got huge candycane balloons. It was a really fun little party for the family and they even bought all the children great gifts! Luke got just what he wanted - TRUCKS! And he kept saying it over and over even on the drive home.

The elf balloon artist

Paisley with blue dog balloon and Luke still holding onto his food plate

Phoebe getting her face painted
Phoebe's finished work of facepaint art :)

Our many Santa pictures!!!!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Letters from Santa

Phoebe and Luke received letters from Santa in the mail yesterday! They were both sooo excited, but wondered why Ethen didn't get one. Ethen said it was probably because older kids already know to leave out cookies for Santa and what to do so He just sends them to younger kids. I thought that was probably right :) I only have a picture of one of the letters here because Phoebe took hers to school with her; I am sure she had to show everyone! One of the letters said someone had sent Santa a letter telling him how good they had been. I am sure this was probably Nana so thank you to Nana for getting Santa to write personal letters to the kids.

A Birthday

Scott had his 36th birthday on the 9th and we celebrated family style with just the kids and Grandma over. I, however, kept forgetting how old he was and only had Phoebe put 35 candles on the cake and didn't realize it until later that evening. Must be because he looks so young still :)

Paper fruit made by Phoebe
That many candles make a lot of smoke!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Christmas Cookies

Grandma Bergen got a new kitchen this week! She upgraded to some beautiful granite countertops and a stone backsplash. We went over to take in all the newness and she had all the dough ready to bake some Christmas cookies with the kids. They loved that and I love her new kitchen :) No better way to feel homey and holiday than baking cookies with grandma. These pictures even turned out better because everyone looks festive in the red shirts, and we didn't even plan that!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

My View

This is my view of Paisley most mornings. She has crazy hair that is hard to get under control most days and even if I do get it to lay down it usually is a mess after a nap or something. Alana I think she may end up with your hair, which would be awesome! But during baby growing put phase it is pretty funny. She is quite the ham in her carseat. I tried to catch her doing some of her faces, but that was hard to do while driving so this is the best I got.

Monday, December 1, 2008

A Bear Award

Ethen worked really hard this past year and earned his cub scout Bear award. He also earned a few arrow points for all the electives he did as well (like 20). It was a great night of awards for him and in Jan. when he turns ten he will join the Webelos group. As a side note, Ethen is getting really tall and seeming so grown up these days. I think he will outgrow me in just a couple more years - maybe less. I'm not that tall so it won't be hard to get taller than me, but it is sad to have him getting so grown up. I probably shouldn't be thinking about him going off to college just yet, but it seems to be going by way too fast.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

We had our Thanksgiving dinner over at the Barr's this year. I just love a good feast :) Luke really wanted to take the leg home and was upset that I was telling him it had to stay. But sweet Aunt Tina made his day by letting him take both home in a bag. He calls them his turkey sticks.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Thanksgiving break has started and it is only 10 a.m. Monday morning. This is what the kids do to occupy their time. Should I be worried?

Friday, November 21, 2008


This morning at the breakfast table:

Luke: What are these things?
Me: Those are almonds, a kind of nut.
Luke: Oh I don't want them
Me: you should try them you might like them and they are good for you.
Luke: They might be good for you, but their not good for me!


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Monday, November 10, 2008


We have now experienced a slight cutting of the hair episode in our household. Luke took the scissors to Paisley this morning, but luckily it wasn't the back of the hair and luckily it wasn't all that much. PHEW!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Birthday friend

For a surprise for my friend Melanie's B-Day we all took something from our halloween costumes for her to put on and then we took her out to IHOP for breakfast. She was such a good sport and didn't even try to get out of it once. The looks people were giving her were priceless and hilarious. Even better was that the place was PACKED! This was the morning after Halloween so people thought she had just been up all night and not gone home, but all the rest of us were dressed normal. However, now I am slightly nervous about my birthday and what I might get as payback.

Friday, October 31, 2008


We turned out a TON of candy this year and fun was had by all.

Paisley is getting away from Ethen's scary face. She was terrified of all skeleton masks this year. It didn't matter if you took it off she didn't want anything to do with them.
Luke was sooo sweet and would hold Paisley's hand to help her along.
Luke was SWEATING in his vinyl costume since it was like 70 degrees and finally he couldn't take it anymore and had to get it halfway off.

I actually love to carve pumpkins and the only bad part about living in TX is that you have to wait till the day before halloween to carve or they will shrivel up since we are still pretty warm here.

He wouldn't touch the gooey insides of the pumpkin, but had no problem with this! hahaha

The final product :) Ethen's, Phoebe's , Luke & Paisley's

Luke's preschool Halloween party. He was the hardest hitter on the pinata! Some kids barely tapped it, but he was full out swings. And he was sweet enough to let Paisley share his food.

Monday, October 27, 2008

A friend put together a little halloween party for the toddlers and Paisley and Luke had a great time. Luke was a pro at eating donuts off a string.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

This stuff is a tried a true staple to carnivals all over. I still love how it just melts on your tongue. Here's to the school carnival and cotton candy :)