Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Every year since I was little we would have a special Christmas family home evening and open one gift that was always, always Christmas jammies. This year we carried the tradition on once more but did it a little earlier because we don't have the kids Christmas eve. I'm not sure what I was thinking when I decided to make the kids jammies, but they look super cute on our adorable kids. They were sooo excited to open a present and talk about the gifts the Savior has given each of us. I love the innocence of children and their eagerness to learn.

Christmas Party

Nana & Pyper

The Corbin Family

Rob & Cole

Abby as Mary

Gaje & Tyler as....I think shepherds? Pyper as an angel.

Listening to Nana's story.

Waving good bye to Santa... opening gifts.

Such a fun Christmas party, full of gift exchanging, singing, laughter, kids, Santa, great food, home videos, Christmas stories & navity. LOVE this time of year! :)


Saturday, December 19, 2009

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas...

So, seriously. I have decided the saying "What goes around, comes around" is a big, fat understatement. When my sister and I were little we shared a bedroom with a white, iron daybed...which is now Pyper's... a little ironic... you be the judge. We had navy blue carpet... got to love the 80's. Anyways, we were always thinking of creative games to play and stories to pretend. Once we found a bottle of baby powder. I can still remember squeezing the bottle and a big cloud of powder shooting out like snow when landing on the blue carpet. We thought it was the most magical thing that had ever happened to us. Can you believe it?! It was SNOWING in our room! My mom couldn't. And much to my surprise when I woke up this morning, I couldn't either. Gaje and Pyper had found a bottle of baby powder.

And it was SNOWING in Pyper's room. The room was full of giggles and feet slipping and sliding all over the floor as they skated. Instantly I gasped, but when I remembered my own childhood memory, I couldn't help but laugh. Which brought uncontrollable laughs from all three of us. Suddenly I stopped. I asked Gaje what had happened. He said, "It snow-ded mom, what do you fink?!" Pyper looked up at me with her bright blue, marble eyes and said, "SHOOOO!" Then covered her mouth and laughed. Of course all of her pretend kitchen food was mixed in. She was cooking and Gaje was shoveling snow. Naturally.

The culprits. Gaje. Pyper. Sissy (Pypers bday horse)

Love those legs and toes baby. Who can get upset at that?!


Friday, December 18, 2009

Guess wHO wHO wHO???

Okay, seriously what a slacker I am. I am playing catch up. So many fun memories with Christmas right around the corner. This month started out with Pyper's 2nd birthday. I seriously can't believe I don't have a "baby" any more... it feels sooo weird!!! We had a fun Sunday dinner with the Penrod side and made our famous gingerbread houses we have made every year since I can even remember. We even have home videos of Molly in a high chair making them!!! :) So fun. I am not sure if my sweet husband has made them before or not, but being the contractor he is... I wasn't allowed to touch our house. The inner "kid" came out in him and he took over. It is a beautiful house, thanks Ry. Personally my favorite is our "flagstone" patio in front. I will say he "sub contracted" me to build a snowman in the front yard.. minus the hat I made for Frosty.

I took Gaje shopping a few weeks ago for the cousin names he drew in the family drawings and the Secret Santa game at preschool. However, in his mind it is the season of recieving still. He had a whole dollar he earned burning a hole in his pocket. He came with me to the store and we stopped by the toy section for him to by a racecar. After deciding and complaining and whining, he finally decided on one. We left the toy section and went to check out. Upon checking out, he discovered the car had a small amount of PURPLE on it. Oh, no. What to do. Seriously. The sky is falling. He chucked the car out of the shopping cart. Melted onto the floor and began screaming, crying, and all of that fun, fun grocery store business. I smiled, picked the car up, and handed it to the clerk. I explained we weren't going to purchase the car today, but we were going to go home and take naps. Gaje didn't notice any of this, he was super busy. We checked out, with him screaming about purple the whole way to the car. When we got to the car, he said, "So where is my gross, purple car anyways Mom?!" I smiled and told him, "Oh! I gave it back to the nice man who check us out. I told him you didn't like that car, and we would come back another time to look." I knew what would be coming next so I got in and drove home, singing as loud as I could to... "Santa Claus is coming to town" the whole. way. home. When we pulled into our driveway and I turned the music down. I turned around and smiled as big as I could at Gaje. He gave me the meanest face he could come up with and then said, "Oh, yeah!!! You know what I am going to do MOM?!!! I am writing a note to Santa RIGHT NOW! I am going to tell him that you are NAAAAUUUUUGHTY! And he won't bring you ANY presents!" He seemed pretty pleased with himself. I told him to "go rest his heart" on his bed, and he was out two minutes later.

Speaking of Saint Nick.... the sweet old man came to our house for our Preschool Christmas Party. He was the best Santa EVER! I. Could. NOT. Stop. Laughing. Seriously. I had the most handsome, charming man I know dress up... and didn't recognize him myself. It was so funny. He was so worried Pyper would recognize him and call, "DA DA!!!" But, oh no, just the opposite and quite hilarious. I still laugh thinking of it, I felt like a little girl, I could not pull myself together. I made Gaje take a picture of us together. By far my most favorite memory of sitting on Santa's lap! :)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Talk about scary!

The Hills

Pirate and Ballerina

Little Mermaid

Dorothy & Bumble Bee

Raggedy Ann


Captain Hook (Scared himself with the dreads and facial hair)

{Dare Devil}

You are FOUR. Remember that little mister. You started "popping wheelies" before we even took your training wheels off. And as soon as we did, off you went! Jumping off the ramp you and Dad built, and popping wheelies left and right.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Flood

***Warning: Child captured on camera, is not as innocent as she appears.***

Getting ready in the morning, one of the crazy busiest times of the day. We were rushing to get ready one morning. I put waffles in the toaster oven for the kids, and told Gaje, "When it beeps, that means it's done. Come get me when it beeps and I will dish up." He of course was on the job. Thirty seconds later he got distracted and came into my bathroom where I was getting ready to tell me a story. Pyper is our shadow, and usually not too far behind one of us. She came flying in the bathroom about a minute after Gaje did, screaming and shaking. She was babbling something at the top of her lungs. "Pyper, shh. Gaje is telling a story." I told her. She wasn't having it, she pulled at my hand, pointing toward the hall. I told Gaje, "Go see if the timer went off. I doubt it, because I literally set it a minute ago." "Oh, yeah!" Gaje remembered. He ran down the hall, and Pyper gripped my leg tighter. Whatever. I rush to finish getting ready. Gaje comes running into the bathroom, screaming and shaking. "AAAHHHHH! There is something SCARY out there!!! It's coming, it's coming!" Then the timer finally goes off. Five minutes is up. Crap. I am freaked out immediatly, especially because of the police incedent. Seriously. I am thinking, did the toaster oven have something in it that caught on fire?! Is someone in the house?! I run down the hall as fast as I can. As I turn the corner to the kitchen, Gaje buries his face in my shoulder and Pyper follows. I. STEP. INTO. ONE. FULL. INCH. of WATER. Pyper points to the floor and says, "Uh, oh." I said, "PYPER!" She immediatly ran and got on her bed, and punished herself. There was a stool next to the kitchen sink, she had stepped on and turned the faucet on. It got her wet and she didn't like it one bit, so she got down to tell me to turn it off. When I sent Gaje in to inspect, and he came back screaming. In his mind, it was coming... in the kitchen, down the hall, everywhere. I asked Gaje as we were cleaning why he said it was "scary". He said, "Because I knew you would fink I did it, and I would get in trouble!" Let's ring in the holidays with terrible twos. Thanks for the flood Pyper!



Happy Birthday Ryan! We love you!!!Thanks to everyone who celebrated this fun occasion with our family!

I belong...

As a family, we visited the temple. We took the kids through the Visitor's Center. It was so great. Gaje really enjoyed himself, and knows he "belongs".