December 22, 2013

Coming from a mom with a serious sweet-tooth, it's a beautiful thing when your daughter begs you to let her make fudge.  

December 21, 2013

  Jeff has the next week off of work.  This is how we spent today:

It's going to be an awesome week.

December 20, 2013

Happy Birthday Buddy-Boy

 Yes, the cake is weird.  He wanted a Hot Wheels cake.  So this is a Hot Wheels track.  Lame, I know.
Things that make Erik, Erik:
1.  He must wander as he's getting dressed.  I don't think he could accomplish the task if I made him stand in one place.
2.  He was a lovely lisp.
3.  He hates conflict (but you already knew that).
4.  He's a great reader and has very deliberate handwriting.
5.  Science is his favorite subject in school.  
6.  He loves to wrestle.  And tackle.  And be tackled.
7.  He's not affectionate, but will put up with a smooch on his nice cheeks from his mom every once in a while.

December 19, 2013

  Shelbi's science fair was this morning.  Unfortunately, I had to wait around for the city roof inspector.  Finally he came and went and I rushed over to the middle school to see Shelbi with her project.  I got there just as they were announcing the awards.  Shelbi took first place in her division.  Then they announced over-all winner:  Shelbi!  It's a good day to be Shelbi Foster's mom.
  I really don't want to be one of those Moms who brags on her kids all the time.  But this was definitely the best thing that happened today.  What?  You'd rather have a picture of the roof inspector and his gender-neutral assistant named "J.J."?

December 18, 2013

This is where I sit to update my blog.  It's been empty a lot lately.  Sorry.

December 17, 2013

Shelbi's Christmas band concert
I have a feeling I'm going to have a lot of pictures that look just like this one for years to come.

December 16, 2013

I wish I could pick up that squishy Ry-Guy right now.

December 15, 2013

Christmas morning 2007

December 14, 2013

What do you do at a Hot Wheels themed birthday party?  Race Hot Wheels, of course.

  Erik's friend Javier, in the red shirt, told Erik he was going to have a contest to see who could get the messiest eating his cupcake.  Ryan gave him a run for his money.  After that contest, Erik announced his own contest of who could stay the cleanest.  There's no question who won.

December 13, 2013

Christmas 2006.  That was a good year.

December 12, 2013

 Sydney's Christmas choir concert.  Here she's doing Silent Night in sign language with her BFF Emma.
  Does it seem like this year's December pictures are an awful lot like last December's pictures?  I feel like I'm living my life in dejavu.

December 11, 2013

I found the boys playing mummies in the tub tonight.
I thought it best to take a PG-rated picture.

December 10, 2013

Time for Christmas recitals.

 Shelbi convinced me to play a duet with her.  Yikes.  I messed up.
Sydney switched to guitar recently.  She has lucked out with the nicest teacher in the history of guitar teachers.  We love Mr. Steve.

December 9, 2013

  Went to both girls' spelling bees today.  You probably already know my thoughts on the subject.  We've had good and bad experiences, but this year's bee was pretty uneventful.  I don't think either girl had grand ideas of winning; neither of them put much work into studying.  It turns out two sisters won.  The winner from Shelbi's school has won five years in a row.  Hard to beat that.

December 8, 2013

Christmas 2005

December 7, 2013

Jeff's cute Christmas lights helpers.

December 6, 2013

  When Shelbi was little, I couldn't wait to start doing things with her that I loved doing as a kid.  One of those things was watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at Christmastime.  This was before DVR, so we waited until it was actually on t.v., commercials and all.  She was four the first time she watched it.  I made apples and caramel dip to eat while watching.  Somehow she remembered that the next year, and every year after that and so a tradition was born.  
  These days we have Rudolph on video.  Not quite the same as anticipating the one night you can watch it.  But at least our treats have improved.  And yes, I did make the kids eat on sheets to avoid a mess.  If you had seen what the sheet under Ryan looked like afterward, you would understand.

December 5, 2013

  I want to be Ryan. This picture was taken at about five o'clock in the afternoon.  This is the time when the house is the messiest, the kids are the loudest, and I have to start making dinner.  How nice would it be to curl up on the couch, pull a blanket over my face, and ignore everything to take a nap.

December 4, 2013

Stupid plant.
  The first thing I saw when I walked into Sam's Club this morning were huge poinsettia plants for sale.  Poinsettias are my favorite Christmas decoration.  I bought one to put on my kitchen table.  When I got it home and removed the plastic that was wrapped around it, half of the stems fell out.  Then when I moved it, half of the ones left fell out.  In the picture above, only those tall stems in the back are actually still attached.  The other ones are just haphazardly stuffed back in the dirt until my dinner company leaves tonight.  

December 3, 2013

  Syd's been talking about her 4th grade musical for weeks.  She's been telling us it's hilarious!  We have different ideas of hilarious.  It was very cute.  Ironically, when Shelbi was in the 4th grade, she told me the same thing about her program.  Tonight, Shelbi could hardly sit through Syd's.
   I knew Sydney had a part, but it turns out it was a solo singing part.  If I had known that I would have taken video.  Oh well.
(I don't know why there's a skeleton.)

December 2, 2013

December 1, 2013

    Would you think less of me if I admitted that I still like Legos? Jeff was sneaky and bought this Christmas village set when we were at the Lego store.  I have to admit that it was a little hard for me to share.  (I might be a nerd.)
 My eager helpers.

 Isn't it cool?

November 30, 2013

Playing around with the Bitners.
 The splits contest.  Clearly Sydney won.

It's like a rule that boys must wrestle.

November 29, 2013

  Today was a perfect day-after-Thanksgiving.  A lot of pie eating, and sitting around.  Tonight the older folks went to a movie while the kids stayed home with a video.
 So I got to watch this:
And didn't have to watch this:
It was a win-win.

November 28, 2013

Mmm, Thanksgiving.
  Jill's family joined us this year.  These boys had a ball.  They spent more time planning this "concert," from their cool clothes to the perfect venue to composing lyrics, than actually putting it on.  

The kids' table.  Manners optional.

The rest of us, including some lovely sister missionaries.

He just loves doing dishes.

November 27, 2013

My all-time favorite picture of the boys.

November 26, 2013

The knot Erik made in his pants.  He really didn't want them to fall down.

November 25, 2013

Bailey makes house calls, no matter what you're doing.

November 24, 2013

  Amarillo knows how to do winter right.  It's cool enough that I get to wear my sweaters, and it snows just enough for us to enjoy it a few times a year, but melts just when we're sick of it.
I don't think I could take a whole winter of this.