Friday, December 25, 2009


12/21 - the Rim in Payson

Didn't think we'd be seeing snow in AZ...
hence Owen's shorts and my flip flops.

My feet have never been so cold!

Falling snow is so pretty...and such a rare thing for us.
12/22 - Sally's first snowfall

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 18, 2009

I Collect Stars and Kids

Last year I put this ornament in my cart at Target.
When loading up my car I realized it never made it onto the little checkout conveyor belt.
So I put it in my glove compartment to pay for at my next Target trip.
A year later (that would be 3 days ago) I remembered to take it back.
Didn't show up in their computer anymore so they just gave it to me.
And that's how I got a free $1.99 ornament from Target.

This is the Target star I bought this year. And love. Been filling our tree w/stars our whole marriage.

And this is a cute picture.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

When in Monterey, Get a Monterey Pine


Mostly because they are the cheapest ones on the mountain.

But also, they smell good and barely shed.

Which I'm sure any freshly cut tree would do.

But I wouldn't know cause
this was my first time cutting one down...ever!

I loved it.

And by loved it, I mean I loved taking pictures of it.
Collage for Nichole

Justin had mandatory study hall Saturday
so we got help cutting/transporting the tree from friends.


We love our hairy, awkward tree.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

They Ate their Veggies for This

Pacific Grove Christmas Parade - 12/3

Seriously this is a big deal...Drew ate broccoli, cauliflower, AND mushrooms without crying to go see Santa.

Owen cried (over one little piece of mushroom), but he still ate it.

I need to find a Santa to see every night.

Thursday, December 03, 2009


My $10 bench from Craig's List got a new paint job.

And it converts to a desk.

My $20 Craig's List dresser also got redone.

They both look fabulous from far away in dim lighting.
My painting skills are not the best.

But it's about time these got done!
They've been sitting in my garage for 3 months.
I was touching up the bench/desk in Sally's room
the night before my family got here.
Apparently I need deadlines.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Mini Tree Decorating

They loaded up the tree
Justin used last time he was in Iraq.
And took their work very seriously.