Thursday, December 25, 2008

More Christmas Fun

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Merry Christmas

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Merry Christmas - Don't Pee Your Pants

I know that Elf Yourself is a not a new thing but I swear it makes me laugh every time I see it so what better way to wish you all a very Merry Christmas than by making you laugh along with my family! Hope your Christmas Day is extra special. (That's my dad alongside my girls)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Beautiful Little Family


This is my brother, his wife and his little girl. Aren't they cute? They, too, were bundled up for the Christmas parade. Then Joey bought a light up pacifier just for fun and let Robin have it. I wonder if it made her eyes go crazy!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

One Funny Kid

My nephew, Trent, has had the best sense of humor since he began interacting with people. He just knows what is funny and he loves to laugh. While we were waiting for the Christmas parade to begin, he wanted to show me his boots. Then I just had to capture his song on the video too. He made it up - saying "I got the school bus. I got the school bus." Oh, I just love this kid!
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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Small Town Pageant




Last night we bundled ourselves up and drove downtown (7 entire blocks) to watch my home town's Christmas parade. Half the town was out sitting on the curbs enjoying the excitment of Christmas. There was someone we knew with every passing group and my dad kept waving and shouting "Hey! That's my neighbor!" I experienced a great sense of nostalgia as I watched the color guard march with one of the 4 members never quite moving correctly to the cadence, the high school band wearing flashing rudolph noses, the group of guitarists that obviously didn't bother to tune their instruments before hitting the pavement, and then one tractor after another pulling the floats. Yes, that's small town USA for you.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Will Someone Convince them it's Winter!


Each morning my 2 oldest children come out with capris and short-sleeved shirts on. Additionally, each morning the outside thermometer reads 42 degrees or less. There seems to be a little "disconnect" going on in our home. I usually make one or two comments and then let them make their own choices. So, this evening they left the house with short-sleeves on. (At least Natalie took a light jacket.) But after standing outside for a few minutes they realized Mom might truly be correct - it's COLD OUTSIDE IN DECEMBER!

One Cute Kid

This past week Camille has been called a boy several different times. Funny how that doesn't even phase me. (If she were my firstborn I would be definitely be upset). This little one loves to laugh and her sisters are the best at getting giggles out of her. We are having so much fun with her in our home.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas Program

We just got home from our Elementary School Christmas Program. The kids performed by grade level and they truly were cute to watch. Amanda was so focused on the conductor and knew every word and hand motion. Allyson sparkled and smiled and especially enjoyed the funny song they sang about snow. I wasn't sure the night was going to be worth it when we were frantically trying to get dinner shoved down throats, showers taken, hair styled and the right colored tights onto little legs. I should've known that there truly is a special spirit watching children sing.






Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Oh, do I love him!

We've been married over 17 years now & I know I am one lucky lady to be the wife of this man.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Yeah! It's done!


I've been asked to lead our youth musical again this upcoming Spring. Thanks to my awesome sister, Cyndi, we designed this cover for our programs, advertising, scripts, etc. If you're interested in getting a copy of the script, let me know. Our performances are March 14 & 15. Mark your calendars!

Little Miss Madilyn







This is my niece, Madilyn (Ashli's little girl). Troy shared some of his frozen yogurt with her and once she got past the coldness, she LOVED it.

Thanksgiving Fun


We have been having so much fun around here that I've been a slacker on updating my blog. Forgive me and enjoy the photos of our adventures. We took the kids to see "Bolt" (I highly recommend it!) and Ashli splurged by letting the kids take a ride on the train. Look at the pure joy on their faces!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I got scolded

Camille had her 15 month check-up today and she has gained 7 pounds in 3 months. Not only is she off the chart, she's OFF THE CHART! (She weighs 31 pounds 6 ounces - you should see my biceps!) So, the doctor asked me "What are you doing, Mrs. Scribner?" I couldn't bring myself to tell him about her 4 poptarts for breakfast, cheetos & chicken McNuggets for lunch, ice cream for snack and rootbeer with dinner. JUST KIDDING!! (How many of you were ready to pick up the phone and scold me too?) Actually, the kid doesn't eat that much. She just loves her bottles and she's having about 5 of them per day.
So we have to change to lowfat milk and he would like her completely weaned from the bottle by the next visit in 3 months.
However, if any of you are wondering what to get her for Christmas, perhaps this treadmill for kids would be a great idea.

One down, Twenty-Seven to Go......




I bought these tins in January (yes, January) with the idea of decorating them to store all the Christmas cards I save from each year (that are currently in plastic bags with the year written in Sharpie ink). And since January "decorate tins" has been on my to do list. Well, guess what got checked off my to do list today!!!!!
Now let's see what the next project to tackle is....hmmmm.


More Jabbering

We all think our kids are the cutest and I'm no exception. So here's yet ANOTHER video of Camille talking away. She just makes me laugh!!!

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Our little Molly

Last week the performances began. Allyson is in the show "Annie" playing the role of Molly. We were all there to cheer her on and boy, was she GREAT! She just shines on that stage. You can see that sparkle in her eye, can't you? (Yeah, it's been there her entire life) Four more performances to go then we can enjoy a little break from the routine.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Remembering







Today is Veteran's Day and last year we were honoring the life of my grandfather who served in WWII and had just passed away. Amazing how quickly a year passes by. I look at the picture of Camille and see how much change can occur in 365 days.
Had to share the fun picture of my two aunts and our shopping spree! Remember? I still don't know how we fit all of those boxes and bags into the car along with 6 people!



Sunday, November 9, 2008

At the game

Here's a video clip of Camille at the game - flirting with the macho manly fans. (I'm not smart enough (yet) to figure out how to rotate the screen so that the video is upright.)
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Fight on!








Yesterday we packed up the kids and drove down to Los Angeles to attend the USC vs. Cal football game. The kids were great and loved screaming, cheering, waving their pom poms and eating cotton candy and hot dogs. The people around us were so amazed that we would bring our 4 children to the game - especially Camille. But even she had a great time.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

11 years

That's Natalie (age 1) on the left and Camille (age 1 ) on the right. Yep - same dress. Amazing that some hand-me-downs can last 11 years. These two are the most alike looking of all my girls. (and they both have struggled to grow hair.) While Camille was wearing this dress on Sunday I found myself having flashbacks of life with my firstborn. I sure have changed in those 11 years. And I have loved every minute of raising these children. (ok, well ALMOST every minute)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Never quiet in our home

Just wanted to share.
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She was a Skater Girl....

A few young men were riding their skateboards at the Halloween party on Saturday night and Camille was just mezmorized. Usually she wants nothing to do with strangers - and especially men - but since they had these magical moving machines, she was willing to come close enough and try it out herself. We somehow managed to miss the HUGE smile she had on her face.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Halloween Time











Yeah! I love this time of year. Cooler weather (yeah, right! It was in the high 80's all week long), changing leaves, and trick-or-treating time. This year Natalie sewed her own Pebbles Flinstone costume (thanks Aunt Cyndi!), Allyson donned the Egyptian garb to be Cleopatra, Amanda was a snow princess and Camille cheered on for USC.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Fashionista


With a house full of girls we have a lot of fashion savvy. And the older they get, the more interested they are becoming with shoes, hairstyles, jewelry and stylish clothing. But the BEST part is the posing that accompanies dressing-up.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Big Fresno Fair











I love taking my kids to the fair because I love to watch their faces when we see all the animals. (You've got to listen to the conversation I'm having with my older kids during the movie.) Oh, I am such a cotton candy junkie. Passed that on to my kids as well.
We always have to take a picture infront of Kerman's agriculture exhibit (home town girl).

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

All age 5





Here we all are in our Kindergarten photos (me, Amanda, Allyson). Do we even look like we're related?

Kindergarten Field Trip





What a treat to join Amanda's Kindergarten class on a trip to Storybook Land. These park has life-sized showcases of nursery rhymes where the kids can see the wolf sleeping in Grandmother's bed, enter the witch's house with Hansel & Gretal, fall down a hill with Jack & Jill, and sit on a tuffet with Little Miss Muffet (and there was one scary looking spider).
This park has been around for years and brought back memories of coming myself as a child. Very special for me to now bring my own children.
For those of you from Fresno, remember this?



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What in the world?


Imagine my surprise while searching for the neighbor boy's ball in my backyard bushes and finding THESE growing on one of our trees! Tons of huge, green, unidentifiable fruit.
See, we planted an orange tree in 1998 but it died. Then 2 years later it started growing. So for the past 8 years we've had a beautiful tree, with no fruit. When I made the discovery I promptly told Troy.
Why he waited until we had company sitting at our kitchen table, I'll never know.... but he went out and picked a bunch of the fruit and put them all in the CENTER of the kitchen table (where they stayed for 2 more days until I disposed of them.)
Our conversation turned into a type of science lecture. After slicing one open, we decided they were oranges since that's what they smelled like. We'll have to wait until the remaining ones on the tree ripen to see exactly what we are growing in our backyard. Kind of makes me feel like Jack & the Beanstalk.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

We're obsessed with the chubs!



This is one CHUNKY MONKEY and we are loving every square inch. Good thing being bald and fat are cute when you're 14 months old.