Now I see where Harrington gets it from.
December 21, 2008
Saturday we made "Trish's Brownie Pancakes" , you can go to kobialkafamily.blogspot.com to get the recipe. Then we made some ornaments and window decorations. The kids had a fun time chilling with mom.
We took some pictures today after church. Odelia is wearing her Christmas dress from last year, but I did make her some new bows. And Harrington is wearing his typical Sunday attire. He did get his new Volcom dress pants a few weeks back. I wanted to buy him a sweater vest but couldn't find one I liked. My kids are polar opposites so we couldn't get them to smile at the same time, except for when they made silly faces or when Harrington had his hand over Odelia's face. Harrington took the one of just us, he said he was trying to get the nativity in too.
December 20, 2008
A big thanks to my Sassy Apron Swap Partner, Marla. I hit the motherload of good stuff from her. She even got me a subscription to EveryDay with Rachael Ray. For those of you that know me, thats the perfect gift. I love magazines, I subscribe to 5 magazines already and this is one I don't have that I have wanted for a while. She even got me the Christmas mini cookie cutters I have wanted since last year. I bought the Fall ones after Thanksgiving last year, and I have loved them they work so great to make cut outs in pie crust tops. A picture of me in my apron, Harrington took it, I think he did quite well. You can see the bulge in the middle from my baby belly.
This package totally made my day. I tried to go on my partners blog to thank her, but its a private blog. So if you read this Marla send me an email so I can log on. firstname.lastname@example.org
So excited to use all my new stuff!! Money is tight this year so I told my husband no presents, just a few things in my stocking (I don't want the kids to think I was on Santa's naughty list.) What fun it is to open a present that I new was coming, but had no idea how many extras there would be. It's a Christmas miracle, and I am so greatful! My kids are gonna have so much fun making cookies when they get up from their nap.
Are we really ever ready for anything? Probably not. I think sometimes we get all caught up in the hustle and bustle of it all we forget why we celebrate this time of year. I have always thought of myself as someone not tied up in materialistic things and that I enjoy the season more than I plan for it. The last few weeks I have been sick with a cold, and have been grumpy and sleep deprived. I have been yelling more than usual and the other night I went shopping and was so tired I didn't even enjoy it. And for those of you who know me well, that is not typical. Usually I enjoy retail therapy, I crave it. Anyways, on Thursday night I went to Relief Society and the Stake President shared a story of a Christmas past when he had a son die a few weeks before Christmas. It made me want to go home right then and hug my babies. So tonight as tired as I was from being at home with the kids all day, making and cleaning up dinner; (Without the help of Zeb, this is his busy time of year at work.) I snuggled in bed with Harrington and Odelia and read them a book. Usually book reading is Zeb's thing, it gives me time to myself to unwind. But he wasn't home yet and I know they needed that time with me. I am so looking forward to tomorrow, to play with my kids, do some crafts and maybe even let them cook in my kitchen. Am I ready for Christmas, probably not. But my kids are ready to just have mom to themselves. I might even sneak a room cleaning project in to get them ready for what they are getting for Christmas. Harrington loves to organize, as long as I am calm and let him help. He's even slightly neurotic at times, definitely my kid. So to anyone who is reading this who feels like they have so much to do, just stop it... stop it right now. And realize that no child cares if all the projects are done, if the house is spotless or if your postman got the collage you made him. Have a very Merry Christmas and enjoy the tender moments you share with those you love.
December 13, 2008
I have two very precious children and one on the way. My eldest Harrington is much like his mother (before children) and sleeps about 11 hours a night soundly. We call him a lunk head, that's probably why he wets the bed. He doesn't get up even to pee. Which brings me to tonight. My daughter is a night owl and not a sound sleeper, about 10 last night I heard, "Harrington needs medicine, he's coughing". Sure enough her brother was hacking up a lung sound asleep. So my husband walked down the 5 steps to take him some medicine which he swallowed completely asleep. I wish I had thought to take a picture. Then this morning my Eliza (the little girl in my tummy) woke me up to pee at 2:05 am just in time to watch Martha Stewart's canning show. It was great, but then I was up and decided to go online to check Saturday's specials. They have a few things I need at Toys R US for the kids and Zeb so I decided to set my alarm to wake up at 5:40 and go get what I need before Zeb leaves for work at 7. About 3:50 I heard my sweet daughter cry out in her sleep, so I went to see why. She must have had a bad dream. I asked if she wanted me to turn her TV on, to which she replied "Yes mommy, you lay down and sleep on snow white with me. "(That's her pillow) So I turned on the TV, snuggled her in her blankies and layed down. About 2 1/2 seconds later this is what I saw...
I know that she is mine and I am partial, but she just looked like the most beautiful sleeping angel to me. Having children has definitely cut into my sleep, but who wouldn't love to get back out of bed to snuggle up to this sweet little girl. I took this picture so I can show her when her babies are little just how much I loved her, even at 3:50 in the morning. So thankful for a loving Heavenly Father who entrusted these sweet spirits to me.
December 12, 2008
First and foremost I hate taking pictures of my pregnant self. However my niece Desie asked me too and because I love her so much I decided to oblige. But don't expect anymore shots when I am embarrassingly huge.
Me at 22 1/2 weeks pregnant. Not my best picture but then again I am not a great photographer. Side Shot of my belly.
Princess Odelia's new Hair, a few sassy new photos.
Look at that pout.
Princess Odelia's new Hair, a few sassy new photos.
Look at that pout.
Some day my prince will come.
I am an angel.
Odelia's hair was rapidly approaching her butt, and she hated getting it brushed or braided. She screamed when my friend came over to cut it. But she calmed down eventually when she got to hold her barbie doll. Plus I bribed her with a chocolate bar. Now she tells everyone she meets that she got her hair cut, she is so proud. Between the new hair cut and her going potty on the toilet she has just grown up over night. I think she's getting ready to be a big sister.
December 8, 2008
I have soooooooooo many projects to get ready for Christmas. I was so proud that this Saturday I finished my Peace & Joy sign, Odelia's Jewelry box, and a bunch of bows. I still need to make her bow to go with her Christmas Dress but I haven't decided if she is wearing the same dress from last year or if I am buying her a new one. I loved her dress last year and if it still fits it will probably make a return visit. Then I can buy new shoes and make a cute bow to match. Maybe even a sweater. The dress is silk so I just have to take it to the cleaners. Harrington will probably just get a new tie and vest. I will wear whatever fits and Zeb doesn't do Christmas outfits. I still have a bed and two dressers to paint as well as move the office in to the basement so we can get started on the nursery. Whoo.. so much to do. I better go. I love you all and hope you are enjoying the Christmas season.