I got this totally cute idea from my sister, Chris. She's been doing a coupon book for her daughters for the past few years and it's always been the one thing that her girls keep requesting year after year, so I thought I'd give it a go this year with my kids. I made up eight coupons for each of them and they can redeem them at any time throughout the year. I made this cute little book at my last scrapbook retreat... it was intended to be a recipe book filled with the recipes that all of the other scrappers had sent in. I knew I wasn't going to use it for that, but I thought it was so cute that I had to make one anyway. I knew that I'd find something cute to do with it! I just added a few ribbons on the ring and made a label for the front and now I'll just re-use it year after year!
Friday, December 25, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Well, the day has finally arrived.... Hayley had her orthodontist appointment to get her braces on! She handled it like a trooper. She was a little bit anxious, but also a little bit excited! Her big dilemma was trying to decide which color bands she wanted on! I dropped her off and ran a couple of errands and about an hour later came back to her with the bottom braces on...
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Hayley just held her 3rd annual Christmas Cookie Exchange. The girls all had a great time and they did a fabulous job with their cookies! So many creative ones again this year!
McKenna's Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies...
Lara and Hayley sampling all of the goodies and trying to decide which one is the yummiest and which one is the most creative.
Mari, Jessy, and Savannah tasting all of the cookies before voting on their favorites!
The winners (AGAIN!!) for the second year in a row! Mari won for her Yummy Peanut Butter Buckeye Bars and McKenna won most creative with her Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies. I guess peanut butter is the flavor for 2009!
Monday, December 14, 2009
We've unintentionally created a tradition of trekking up to Bellevue Square to visit Santa every year. I think we've been doing this for the past five years! We all just enjoy the atmosphere at this mall and we love the festive decorations. It's so pretty and as you stand in line to wait to see Santa, you get to walk through his 'workshop' and as you look out the workshop windows you see Santa's reindeer (led by Rudolph) flying through the air! Very cute! After we visit Santa and put our requests in, we do our family shopping. Wes and I team up with each of the kids and then we split up to shop for each other. After about 45 minutes, we meet back up and switch kids and do the same thing.
I had to include this picture of Hayley... just thought it was super cute of her...
Another fun thing about going to Bellevue Square is that we get to see Snowflake Lane. Each night at 7 p.m. there is a performance on the sidewalks with lots of fun, energetic music and dozens of live drummers. The 'show' lasts for about 20 minutes or so and it ends with a 'snowfall'! Here's Hayley posing with her very favorite animal in the world... PENGUINS! She's been hooked on them for years!
After we finished our shopping we headed to the Bellevue Botanical Gardens to see the lights. The temperature was a chilly 34, but we still had a fun time. Thank you to my friend, Carmen, for suggesting this! It was absolutely beautiful and just amazing to see what they did with lights! If you're able to make it to Bellevue, I highly recommend this event! Another bonus: it was free! (They do ask for a donation at the gate).
Another cute thing they do at the Botanical Garden is they give the kids a sheet of paper to search for about 20 different animals... Luke is amazing... he found 28! :)
Here's our attempt at a Christmas card photo... not sure it's going to make the cut... actually not sure that a card is going to happen this year...
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Well, I think it was another successful Cookie and Ornament Exchange. So many delicious cookies and candies... our baking skills seem to improve every year! Thank you to everyone who was able to make it and we missed the few that weren't able to be there... next year! I love seeing all my friends and I think this is such a fun way of starting out the Christmas Season!
Tammy's cookie.... so delicious, they truly tasted just like a Snickers Bar!
Lisa's Andes mint cookie... loved these!
Dorothy's Pizzelles... her family recipe!
Gina's Lemon Quarters... poor Gigi... 2nd place yet again!
Tammy has been our official ballot counter for years!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Luke and Hayley both got a little too close to Mr. Octopus! We pulled them to safety just in time!
Hayley often asks if she can use my camera when we're out and about... Here are some photo's that she took while at the Seattle Aquarium. We think she does a beautiful job and that she really has an eye for interesting perspectives.