Saturday, December 18, 2010

Nutcracker 2010

This is the 2nd year that Mallory has been in the Nutcracker here. She was a little Soldier this year. She was not happy about this at first but then came to like it. Her scene is in the fight scene which is pretty busy. We have been practicing since late September for this. It has consumed my life and for the last 3 weekends we have had performances. It has been CRAZY to say the least!!

Gramma even flew in to go to her performances...which is a big deal. No one likes to visit here from my family! Ha Ha Ha

After her last performance of last weekend we had a little party for her. She has been up super late the last 3 weeks with long dress rehearsals and performances. She did a super job! Now lets have Christmas!!!

Just a random cute picture of Mallory by her pink tree in her room! Too Cute!

Jillian's Birthday

Jillian finally had a birthday party with her friends. Her birthday gets sandwiched in with Michael and Mallory's birthday and then Thanksgiving. We took some of her friends to see Tangled, which is the cutest movie ever. Can't wait to buy it! Then we had dinner and cupcakes. She had a great day turning 6!!!
Silly Girls!

Gramma gave her the Rapunzel doll...she loved it!
She has wanted a purple caboodle forever. She was excited!

Sunday, December 5, 2010


Oh did we have a super crazy Thanksgiving. I may never celebrate it again. The thought of it makes me sick!!! In fact we all got sick...all 26 of us who celebrated together! Michael's parents and some brothers came to our house this year. We were excited to have family come visit here...we don't get too many visitors in these parts. We had I think about 26 people for dinner! It was a bit crazy, but we did and it turned out alright. The next day Michael and his brothers left to go hunting. So, the girls and kids stayed behind to get...SO SICK!!! I have never heard of such an awful violent flu. There was 7 of us throwing up all the same night. It really was something!!! The boys ended up getting it also and had to cut their ever so precious hunting trip short. I was so glad. We needed help!
My sis and I made these turkey shirts while we were together.
3 big turkeys...oh, the site of that makes me nauseous!!!

We needed 2 turkeys so Michael experimented with his rotisserie hook on his grill. It tuned out really good.

California Fun

Over veterans Day we took a quick little trip up to my Sister's. We met them at Disneyland for the day and then stayed at their house and play for a few days. We went to American Girl so the girls could buy their Birthday presents. Mallory has been wanting Lanie all year and finally got her. Jillian bought Julie after much talking into. She really wanted Lanie but Mallory threw a fit, of course. I think at one point I had all three of my kids crying in the store. It really was awful. We won't be going back for awhile!

Here are a few Disney pictures.
We waited and waited to see Rapunzel.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Thankful Board

Here is my 1 Thanksgiving craft for the year. I am surprised I even got it done after all my Halloween stuff. So, everyday we take the paper out and we all write down what we are thankful for.

I used a foam board and spray painted it brown. Then I used the largest size coin envelopes, cut them down and glued DPS on it. Pretty easy, right?

Sunday, November 7, 2010


Today is the number 10! A big day for sure. My little baby is a DECADE old! That totally ages me, right? Mallory talked me in to having a party for her, I guess I am easily persuaded when she says she wants a cupcake party. My head immediately started spinning! She helped me with most everything, that she could help with. We made paper cupcake invitations.

Instead of party bags, we made party tins for all her friends to take home. They turned out cuter than I thought. I will be making more (especially since I bought the special can opener for this project). Then I cut out vinyl cupcakes with the girls initials on them (thanks to sure cuts a lot).

This brown one ended up being one of my favorites!
Mallory's favorite was this cute pink one.

I do really love this one too!
For the craft we made paper cupcakes. You cut down a paper cup, put a Styrofoam ball in it and pin on paper circles...lots and lots of paper circles! To make it easier I did the first layer that needs to be hot glued on. I was glad I did it before. It took a little time.
The night before I stayed up till one sewing little cupcake softies. The next morning Mallory said," I didn't know you knew how to sew." Thanks Mallory!!! She loved them though.
I was so happy the theme was cupcakes. They are so much easier to make and so much less intimidating than making a cake!

We had to decorate the door with some good old vinyl lettering!

We are nearing the end of our Nutcracker season (but who's counting) so she had just come home from her practice.

Here are the cupcakes the girls made. I think they turned out so cute, and they weren't too hard for them.

Here are the crazy girls eating pizza!
Mallory and her friend Brielle.
Her cupcake stick says Birthday camera takes lame inside night pictures!
We fit all 10 candles on 1 cupcake!
Present time!

Today, Sunday is her real birthday. After church she opened family presents. My mom crocheted this little blanket for her American Girls. Isn't it so cute??? Good job Mom, you make me proud!!!
This was from Jillian. She got Mallory a bunch of nail art from Sally's. She was so excited!
OOPS! Jillian handed her the wrong present. It was her main one from Michael and I. She does looked shocked.....
...her own pink ipod nano!
Gramma got her a Vinylmation notebook (we are Disney Junkie's for sure)!
She got money from her Grandparents to buy a certain somebody this week. Pictures to come after our trip to Hollywood!!!

We made it though our crazy birthday week. One more to go!!!