Sunday, January 9, 2011

January 3- 8, 2011

Pretty much the only New Year's Resolution I made this year was to update my blog on a semi-regular basis. I have tried different ways to document what happens in my family's day-to-day life, but I'm no good at it. Traditional journaling is too boring for me and I just don't have the time to keep up with my scrapbooks. I decided to give blogging one more go and at the end of the year have all of my posts put into a family history book of sorts.

So in short, these posts will probably be a little boring for most. It is more a way for me to remember the little moments in time as I strive to find joy in my daily journey.

Monday night the kids were feeling restless as we waited for Keith to get home for work. We decided to play Freeze Dance. The kids would bust their best moves until the music stopped and then they would have to freeze. Here is one of Emersyn in the air and Harley looking on like he thinks she is nuts.

This is a frozen position. Jaxson was doing some funky break dancing or some such.

The kids spent a lot of the time they were dancing staring at their reflections in the window. Can't say I blame them much; they are pretty cute!

Jaxson was also doing some flying leaps through the air that made me giggle.

Emersyn receives a very small monthly allowance. She had been saving her money for quite some time. After she got paid in January, she decided she had enough to buy something. And all she wanted was to buy something for her brother. Moments like these make my heart happy. Usually it is fighting, screaming, and teasing, but they do love each other. Even if they fight like wild animals. Keith took her shopping and she picked out this Bionicle set for Jaxson. She was so excited to give it to him when he got home from school!

Keith talked her into buying something for herself as well, and she picked out a little microwave set that she LOVES. She is constantly cooking us plastic food!

This box came with our new baby seat in it. I was so excited because I pulled the seat out just before the garbage truck came down our street. I was gonna hurry and run the box out to the curb, but Emersyn saw some potential in it and asked if she could keep it. She did the designing and Keith did the cutting. She turned it into a house/restaurant. She keeps her microwave on the ledge and serves us our food. I have to say, she has a bit of a creative streak in her.

This is hard to see, but it is the design on the outside wall of her house. It says "Emersyn House", with the s written backwards.

I have no idea why I can't get this picture to turn the proper direction, but it is Emersyn giving my gihugant belly a hug and a kiss. She can't wait for her little sister to join our family!

Thursday I spent the day organizing and rearranging. Not exciting, but I did accomplish a bit. This is one of the closets I got cleaned. Space in this house is at a premium and we have to utilize every inch!

Jaxson noticed that our bananas were looking a tad nasty, so he asked if we could make some banana bread. Friday after school we whipped up a batch. Here is Emersyn. For the record, this is not the same outfit I let her leave the house in today. It is the fourth outfit and one of her choosing. I'm not a fan of black and brown together!

Apparently, eight year old boys are incapable of just smiling for the camera.

Our Friday night treat was these DELICIOUS floats! Apple Pie Floats to be exact. They are made with vanilla ice cream, apple cider, and ginger ale. YUM!!

Keith was in charge of our home date night this week, which was nice cuz I spent all of Saturday at an infant/child cpr and first aid class. We watched a movie and he made us these treats. Apple Pie Puff Pastries with ice cream and caramel sauce. The pastries were actually Pepperidge Farm and they were sooo good!

All in all it was a good week. The kids are getting bored with the winter and I find myself running out of patience way before I should. Thankfully, they are forgiving and loving with their grumpy mom! I am so grateful for them and the happiness that they bring to our lives. I can't wait for our new little one to come join this crazy mess!


Tricia said...

I'm so glad you're back! I LOVE Emersyn! She is the sweetest little thing ever! And, for the record, 15 year old boys can't just smile for a picture either (have you seen my blog?)! In the banana mashing picture, how was Emersyn's hair so straight?

Danny & Crystal said...

Yay! I was so excited to see pictures of what you guys have been up to! The kids are so cute, as always! I love that Emersyn wanted to buy Jaxson a gift--what a sweetie! Keith's dessert looked pretty tasty! That's awesome that you do weekly at home date nights! I'll have to suggest that to Danny--although then he'd probably make me watch a UFC fight or something :)

Dixie Wise said...

I am so glad you are posting again!!!

gina said...

I love that your posting again!!!

Christopher and Glenna said...

Yay!!! You're back!!!

Ranay said...

What a fun post, Jenni! My New Year's goal is to compile my blog postings (07-08) into a book. I am using this free program from Super user-friendly and fun! Good luck with staying up on the posts.

bobandhaley said...

We sure do miss you guys. Freeze dancing sounds like fun :) and I love the microwave house. I know what you mean about utilizing every inch of space. I am starting to panic a little about where we are going to put our new one coming. They just don't believe in closets here.

Nicole said...

I am also glad to hear from you. I can't believe how big Emersyn is getting - such a sweetie! You are such a fun mom - I am going to use some of your fun ideas for my kids if you don't mind!