Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
I have a stat counter that is kind of fun to see how many people have logged onto your site, where they came from and things like that. I honestly can't really figure it out. All I can see is how many people came that day and month and sometimes the states or countries they have come from.
Last week my blog was having about 200 hits a day. Most of them were from the United States, but some were from Germany, Spain, England, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia and a few others. It is kind of fun to see all of these other countries listed on my site.
I don't know about you, but when I am checking my blogs of the people I know, somewhere along the way I have found some of their friends or acquaintances that I occasionally check up on. It is kind of weird I guess, but at this point I sort of feel like I know them.
I really love this whole blog thing. I love to be able to keep in touch with friends and really get a glimpse of what their lives are like. I love it. I am really grateful that I blog and most of my friends do too...okay now I am starting to sound corny.
First thing I really am so happy the my SIL introduced me to blogging three years ago. I really hope this system never ends.
So now on to the fun stuff...
One of my favorite sites Tangled and True did a lot of giveaways this month and last night I had a dream that I won one of those even though unfortunately I did not. I thought it would be fun to maybe see who some of those readers are from far off places by getting comments and even from my loyal readers too, and with a comment your name will be entered into a drawing for a really cool really, fun prize, and I will have to live up to it. I always wonder who those 200 or so people are. I know most of you, but I always think who else is reading up and where are they from and how did they find my site, so maybe this will help. Please don't be shy...So here is the info.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
His cupcake cake. The goods. Trying it out.
. Messy face.He likes it.
Happy 80th Birthday Grandpa! Party #2 and he wasn't quite so in love with the cake.
Maddox turned one. I have decided if I have anything to do with the birth of our future children, they will not be born in December of January. I feel like Maddox's birthday is kind of an after thought. I will be sure to go all out for his birthdays, I have to.
The kiddos. Always having a good time.
The pyramid. Go Jadeyn.
Adam and Gloria drove here to visit for a couple of days. The boys had a lot of fun together.
I love this picture of the twins and Uncle Marc. The kids LO-OVE Uncle Marc. (Andy's youngest brother) Bradley, 10
Brooklyn, 9Taylor, 6 3/4
Haley, 2 1/2
Little baby Julia, look at those eyelashes, she is only one hour old here.
I love this shot of Jadeyn.
This is at 2:30 in the morning after he was sick, still so happy.
Andy took this silly picture, but I just LOVE Brandons face. Enlarge it to get the full effect.
The festivities lasted about a 2 weeks long and almost every night. I am still trying to catch up on sleep.
On Christmas Eve's Eve we had a big dinner with all of Andy's family. It was so fun. We had our gift exchange, played games and pretty much snacked all night. The kids loved running around and playing. They all got matching jammies which is always a huge hit and they look so cute. They also had their care bear scavenger hunt, which always gets them so excited. You know out of all the time we had with them(with 10 children all 10 and under there was NEVER any fighting, yelling or crying. None) it was constant fun. Besides most of us getting the flu not once, but twice, we all had a good time. It was so nice this year to have a place where we could all gather and there was plenty of room. We are so grateful to have a home here where when family visits we can open our doors...hint hint hint...you know who you are...:)
a nice family photo, check out Bradley right behind Grandma Joy
cuties in their jammies with care bears, check out cortie
they are so cute and have so much fun together
they are so cute too and love to be togetherChristmas Eve we relaxed all day besides me running around 21 cookie platters. Then that night we headed to my grandma and grandpas house for our Christmas dinner and gift exchange. That is always fun. It is a tradition we have had for my entire life. We came home that night and set out the cookies and milk for Santa and dressed in our matching Christmas jammies and all went to bed.
Sometime throughout the night Santa came and boy were the kids excited. Funny thing though of all days my children sleep in it is Christmas morning. I mean on a normal day we are all up by 7:00 no later and this particular day they did not wake up till 9 am! Why can they do that everyday? We opened our presents and had such a great time. The kids got bikes and tricycles and little chairs and a few other things. IT was perfect, not too much not too little, Santa did well this year:). This was the first Christmas morning of my entire 30 years I did not wake up in my parents home. Kind of weird, but it was so nice. Probably really weird for my parents.
maddox enjoying a box, just a box
The rest of the Christmas Vacation was spent with family and parties and more family time. We all had a blast!
One thing about Christmas this year that I would really try to figure out to do differently next year is we all got WAY TO MUCH! It would be grand to me if everyone only gave us one gift, or even a family gift. I know people have way too much fun buying during the holiday season, but it is really important to me that my children do not think of Christmas being a time to get gifts. I want it to be about being together, making memories, giving of ourselves...I think it may be a hopeless want, but I am thinking about what we can do next year that can be different. I mean if you ask Bennett what he got for Christmas I am not even sure what he would say, there was just so much. We are truly grateful for all the generosity that is sure don't get me wrong. I just want it to be less about the receiving and more about the true meaning of it all, how cliche, right?
Anyway there will be a long line of pics. I will see how I can spread them out.
this year my mom gave me my ornaments from my childhood and this has always been one of my favorites.
my Christmas gift from Andy this year. This will always be one of my favorites.
I love the way my banisters turned out.Our Gold tree.
Our silver tree.The stocking were hung.