Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Traditions

One tradition I love doing with the kiddos is doing ginger bread houses. It's messy, frustrating to get the house to stand up, and extreemly fun with kids :) I saved some Halloween candy this year and we put it to work for us. I also found an extreemly easy and sticky "glue" or frosting that made getting our houses to stay up a lot easier than those kits they sell! It came from Martha Stewart.

1 lbs powder sugar
5 tbsp meringue powder





1 cup water
Beat for 7 minute and put in zip lock bag with a hole cut in the corner for pipping.


My sad attempt at a snow man. It's my Texas snowman...melting from the heat :)



Another thing we love to do is see the kids reaction to Santa. Cohen was in heaven! Santa has story time here every morning and although I found him to be a lousy story teller, he did keep the kids entertained and Cohen loved hearing from Santa. He's a little too creepy for my likes so don't be too excited about seeing their pic with Santa. My favorite is when Cohen was asked what he wants for Christmas he said he wanted a DS (which he already has). When we asked him why he asked for that his simple answer was, "I want a DS that never runs out of batteries". Oh! I get right on that. And Jace's answer was simple, "treats". Done.
As you can see, Carter was not amused. I'm secretly hoping for a screaming picture from Carter next year with Santa. Those really make the best pics!
We also went down to North Park Mall (a huge mall for rich people :) where they had this amazing train step up. The boys loved seeing all the trains and Justin and I were quite impressed with the replica of down town Dallas!


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

And for my next act....




I am so going to do this. I get so sick of the kids making a mess with the books. This is my next project for sure! Click HERE for tutorial. Pics to come...

I also really want to do this one too. As the kids draw more and more, I think this will be come really handy. Plus I have a huge wall I would love to fill up! Click HERE for tutorial.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Dallas Arboretum

A few weeks ago my great friend, Dana, invited me to the Dallas Arboretum. Until going here, I was holding onto my opinion that Texas does not know how to grow plants or flowers due to the multiple failed attempt of my parents growing up (at no fault to my parents, they really did give it their all). But then I went here.... and oh my gosh was this a place of pure beauty! The boys LOVED running around and having a picnic out side. It was perfect weather (as always here in Fall time of Dallas) and we defiantly hope to go back again soon! They were having a pumpkin festival at the time and had tons of houses made out of pumpkins. Here is my plethora of pics from our day there (note: not one of these did Cohen look at the camera).

Our little group.
Savannah was wiped out by the end!
Notice number 5. Thanks for the warning.




And this is one thing I saw that I had to take a little shot of. Crazy dress right?!



I call this one, "Cohen's reenactment of the First Vision"

House of squash.


Jace loved throwing all the straw around every where. They also had a hay maze that both the boys were thrilled to jump around on.

This girl is my favorite! Jace is also in love with her and calls her Vana (Savannah).

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thankful

I have SO much to be thankful for this year. We have had a ton of life changes this year and I am so grateful for all of them! This year for Thanksgiving we headed over to my sister's for a small dinner with our 2 little families, minus Justin.

Enter sobbs here, and here is my little sob story:
Justin has a total crap schedule for the holidays. Coming into his intern year I knew it was not going to be pretty but we really got the bum end of the deal. Justin was on call yesterday from 6am to 9pm and he will have that same schedule for Christmas Eve and have to be back to work at 6am on Christmas Day. He has been crazy busy at work, even too busy to pee, (seriously, he went all day with out going because he never had time to) So we literally do not get to see Justin at all for the holidays. My luck, he will probably have New Years off, which is, in my opinion, the dumbest holiday on this planet. It ranks up their with St. Patrick's day, a day for the drunks.

Anyway, back to my thankful attitude. My sister and I attempted to make Thanksgiving as special as we knew how and cooked everything. Aside from one pan of rolls getting a little too brown on the bottom, everything was perfect! Kelly did a great job with her first Turkey and the kids had fun playing all day with one another. And although Justin was not with us which was a huge downer for me, I am SO grateful for his job and the many opportunities it will provide for us in the future (that is if Obama care does not ruin it for all the doctors :)
The two Thanksgiving day Chefs.
Starting early, it was about midnight when we took this picture, and that big yellow thing was a mustard covered ham that was about to get smoked.
Dinner is served!
Kelly with her first turkey!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween Weekend

With 3 different times that we got candy, the boys were in 7th Heaven with loads of their favorite goodies. We had a great Halloween and the best part was that Grandma and Grandpa Sacks was able to share it with us. We also got to go to the BYU vs TCU game at Cowboy stadium and although the game was once again a frustrating BYU game we still enjoyed almost the whole thing (all except the bad predictable BYU plays and annoying bad reff calls).
Limo ride to the BYU game!
Cowboy Stadium. This is one of those places you have to see to believe. It has the largest TV screen in the world.

Isn't this a complement? Or in other words, your mom is hot, right? Why Thank you.
I have a slight obsession with Bronco. I think he is just divinely yummy.

Notice the ginormous screen above their heads.
BYU proud through thick and thin.
Carter as Melman from Madagascar with Papa.
We went the super hero route this year with Cohen and he loved how "strong" his muscles were when he put this on.
My little Bella-rina. This is my sister's little girl. What a cute cat right?!
This was Carter's expression the whole time he was a lobster. He was not amused.
The happy Halloween crew (mine and my sister's kids).

We went and visited a train station the last day John and Kathi were here. The boys were in Heaven!



IMPOSSIBLE to get these 3 kids to all look at the camera AND smile!
Here is a better idea of the Cowboy stadium.
video