December 25, 2008

Christmas Morning!

We actually weren't "jumped" by the kids until 7am this morning! We couldn't believe it! I woke up around 6:30, and heard the t.v. on in the loft...but was afraid to move for fear they would hear me! I scored an extra 30 minutes of sleep before Boston threw open our bedroom door saying "Santa already came and he got me a cool telescope!"

Phil and I were totally surprised! We even put up a gate so they wouldn't go downstairs! Boston said he "forgot" about why that was there. Sure. We were born yesterday. At our house Santa gives one gift and it's always left unwrapped in front of your gift pile. After talking to the girls...we found that he was the only one brave enough to sneak down and take a peek! Ha!

Phil and I snuck down first and made sure to take pictures of their piles...before the madness began. The kids naturally started creeping down after us and then Boston yelled, wow Seattle got a cool toy too! Phil and I were both confused. Apparently, he only had eyes for his own gifts and didn't pay attention to anything Santa brought for anyone else when he came down earlier! (When I was young, Tyler, Sarah, and I would take turns waking up the earliest every year and jam downstairs before my mom and dad woke up so we could see what Santa brought for everyone and then report back. It was a TEAM effort.) Boston was all about the ME! Phil and I were cracking up! If you knew Boston...this would be what you'd expect!!

My grandma started a tradition of making us stockings that looked like us, so we would always know which gifts were ours! My mom has kept up the tradition...except Madison and Seattle are still waiting for theirs. (No rush mom:) We let Madison use mine this year. I decided to try themes this made shopping for each one easier! Madison's theme was Fancy Nancy.

Boston's theme was everything "space" related...hence the telescope!

Brooklyn is really into history and traveling, so her theme was all travel related.

Paris was basically anything "barbie" related.

She loved the phone that her uncle "B" got her!
Anything she could layer on...she did!

This was Seattle's gift from Nana...her and Madison both love it! The best is when they turn it to Spanish mode! They both don't even seem to notice!
Christmas was a success! Phil and I enjoyed our gifts from family too! Thanks a bunch!

December 24, 2008

Santa's Magic Sleep...(mixed with a little "magic" of our own!)

Every Christmas Eve, right before bedtime, we bake some cookies for Santa, drink our "Magic Cocoa" and it's off to bed for everyone! The kids were seriously excited this year! The older they get, the harder it is to outlast them! Phil and I were getting desperate...and we were soooo tired! Somehow we randomly started performing some horrible takes on Christmas carols out in the loft, while they all were having a "sleep over" in Boston's room. We knew they could hear us...and boy were we beyond bad!!! I was singing opera style, while Phil would chime in with a dry monotone version of a verse I had just sung! was pure torture! The kids all became very quiet and finally Boston asked us if we could stop. He said that I sang pretty good, which was a stretch at best, but dad was giving him a headache! We ignored him and just kept singing...within minutes they were all out! Poor things. We'll have to remember our act for next year!

Paris...thoroughly enjoying her cocoa!

Brooklyn looking a bit like an evil elf...and Boston pretending to already fall asleep...NICE TRY!

Madison with more cocoa on her face, hands, and outfit, then in her usual!

Pretty excited for Santa tomorrow!

The "great" parts of Christmas Eve!

Blake arrived just in time for dinner...and surprised the kids by walking in the door with his "hoodie" on, picking up Boston, and throwing him on the couch for a full on "tickle time"! I was in the kitchen so I missed most of the action, but he laughed because the kids didn't even know it was him until he took his hood off! Yet they were still laughing and having a great time! Now we know, as long as you tickle and play with our can come into our house whenever you want! SCARY!

It's always been a tradition in our family, that on Christmas Eve, the kids get to open the presents from our grandparents and extended family...kind of a prelude to Christmas! When Gramma Debbie and Papa were here last, they left a bunch of presents for everyone, so the kids were getting pretty excited!

Phil get's so excited when Christmas or my birthday come around, that he usually ends up giving me presents early. In this case, I got 3 presents early! He gave me a sweater and a light jacket earlier in the month, because I'm always cold...and he knew I could use them. Isn't he sweet? This one, I am glad he made me open early though, because I always open gifts on Christmas morning in my PJ's!

It was a "Pajama Gram!" I've never gotten one of these before...but it was packaged so incredibly cute!!!

He even had my name embroidered on them! I'm kind of cheesy like that and am a collector of PJ's! (My name is there...because I know people who would steal them! J/K) So he did an EXCELLENT job!

Madison kept secretly opening presents throughout the month most of which happened to actually be she only had 1 left. (in case you didn't notice) Seattle is borrowing some of Paris' presents to strike a pose with.

Seattle has been taking steps for a little over a month now and loves to just stand places. So here's another one of her poses.

Paris hanging out with Blake, finally decided she'd open one of her presents. She is so silly. She only opened a few presents on Christmas Eve because she wanted "them to last longer"! That so is not from my side of the family! We would rip through all of them if we had a chance!

Boston humoring me with a picture, while begging to open some presents!
All the kids, ready to dig in!

December 19, 2008

"Don your gay apparel" A.K.A The Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

We've had quite a few Christmas Parties this month, but none with such a unique theme! I guess it was inspired from the song, "Deck the Halls". Anyway, we were all told to "Don our gay apparel", so Phil went out and found the sweetest vests ever! He went to the Goodwill first, but thankfully, decided to swap out the vest he bought me from there for the upgraded, (non grandma perfumed) Walmart versions!

Amy and Rob...she got their gear at Savers...if anyone's interested!

Bettijo and Heath...I believe she said all their gear was actually in her mom's closet! Yikes! I mean great wardrobe!

Deborah and Jeff...I forget where they got their Christmas garb...Savers???

Spencer decided to take it to a whole new level...and I was a little surprised that he was the only one!
Spencer...I think this was all in his closet! Notice the FUBU jersey!! Yeah, his legs are shaved...above the knee! Sandy was wise to stay out of this shot...and apparently avoided all further shots too! Sorry babe! As always it's just fun to hang out and eat!
These were all the shots I got...sorry Cynthia and Mike...I'm sure you're so sad you didn't make it into the Christmas Sweater Hall O' Shame!

December 3, 2008

Back on Track...

Okay, so it's been a while...almost a month to be exact since I've posted last! Shame on me. I have been taking the pictures...keeping mental notes of what to write down...then just slack on the execution! I'm going to apologize now for the million posts that are about to hit! I really have been trying to make this my "journal" so to speak...atleast by documenting some of our highlights throughout the year, so I'm going to get caught up! I finished all of my Christmas shopping officially on November 24th! Even the stocking stuffers! Crazy or what? Phil was so impressed! He walked into the spare bedroom and saw that we had what seemed like a million presents wrapped and sitting on the bed, and asked what's all this? I was so pleased to tell him that these....were all the presents ready to be placed under our tree this year! So since I'm all done shopping...I've been keeping myself busy with the usual mundane tasks that come with choosing 5 kids as your housemates, and lately that has meant staying away from the computer! I hope everyone's Thanksgiving was great! I will be posting a current post again soon!

November 29, 2008

Boston's Room...finally finished!

We've been collecting things for his room forever! It's way too easy. He just really doesn't have a choice...he has to be a Red Sox fan. I hear they can be pretty good, so that's a plus! It could be worse...don't talk to Phil about it. (Cubs fan)

Wally Joyner was in Phil's ward when he was growing up, so we have a few autographed bits of memorabilia laying around. Perfect for the room!

This is his new bed. It has a desk, which he was way excited about! There is
already talk of a fort to be made under this beauty!

Here's the sweet mural I painted a few years ago, that now seems complete with the border finally up!

A huge thank you to Gramma Debbie for helping me repaint the room! That was a huge inspiration! So 2 1/2 year project is finally complete! Yay!

November 27, 2008

Give Thanks!

Since we moved out to Arizona in 2005, it has just worked out that every year my family, Pittson side, usually comes out for Thanksgiving. This year Shavonne has had some complications with her pregnancy and she's on complete bedrest at her home in Utah, since Halloween. My mom, Sky, and Blake have all been taking turns making sure she and Haven (her 18 mo old) are well taken care of. So since Mom was staying in Utah...Sky, Blake, and Tyler live there made sense that they would stay there this year.

So we were cool with just not cooking a turkey (remember, I hate meat, and Phil is not a turkey fan) and sticking with Prime Rib (Phil's favorite) this year. Most of Phil's family lives in Utah so it's kind of expected that his parents usually stay there and do Thanksgiving with everyone there, but this year they surprised us and said they wanted to come to our house! It was pretty sweet.

We started out the day by going to "JIB" which is our slang for Jack in the Box for breakfast. We knew they would be open and Phil's dad has a routine of going to the nearest fast food joint to read the newspaper every we decided to join him. After breakfast it was back home to chill and play some games. Normally there would be cooking involved...but we decided a couple of weeks ago to make reservations at Claim Jumper this year for dinner! I'm a fan of being with family on Thanksgiving...but where...doesn't bother me!
My mom sent us a "Stick the hat on the turkey" game, which the kids had a blast making everyone take a turn!

Papa had more fun sticking the hats on the kids than the turkey...
but he finally made it!
Gramma Debbie was a great sport too! She had no problem wearing the beatiful bow for a blindfold! Boston someday I'm sure...will be mad about this photo.
This is where we all lined up. Can you guess which hat is Madison's?

Seattle's new trick! She pretty much does this with all pencils, pens, & straws. Where does she find these things?
Our dinner reservations were at 2:00PM and I was surprised at how many people go out on Thanksgiving! They had a "Thanksgiving Menu" that had 3 courses. You could choose from Soup or Salad...then a sourdough roll served with your choice of a main course 1)Turkey Platter with stuffing, 2)Prime Rib, 3)Salmon, or 4)Vegetarian (roasted veggies on a skewer). They all came with your choice of mashed potatoes or a baked potato. Then dessert! You could choose from Apple Pie (with a couple scoops of vanilla ice cream) or Pumpkin Pie with whipped cream on the side! The kids were all in heaven because they had the Turkey platters and their dessert choices were the "build your own Sundaes"! It was a platter for each of them that came with ice cream in the center and then all these different toppings in their own cups for them to choose what they wanted! I was really jealous! Then to top things off...they gave all the adults $10 gift cards to come back. Since there isn't a Claim Jumper in Utah...we scored his parents too! So, we'll definitely be going back soon! So for any of you ever interested in venturing out...I have to say just for the clean was way worth it!!!!
Later that evening, we got the Christmas lights started. I should have taken a picture of that! We had to stop...because we got a serious thunderstorm that dropped a huge amount of rain and drenched everything for like an hour! So this is take 1. I'll put the updated pictures up soon.
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend! Thanks Gramma and Papa for was fun!

November 25, 2008

Nap Dates...

Anyone up for a nap date? Skip the play dates...make sure they play hard first, then feed them a bunch of food...then take them for a fifteen minute drive with Christmas Music around noon. They don't cry, they don't ask for anything, no fighting, no toy messes...just a little drooling and the occasional twitch! That's my kind of date!

I was seriously craving some Soup and Salad from Olive I convinced Sandy to join me for lunch! We took our four kids and Spencer even joined us. (Sandy's husband) Phil was too busy at work to break he missed out. It was so yummy and afterwards we decided that since she watched Madison that morning, we would move the party to my house...and let her have a little R&R during the afternoon! As soon as I pulled into the garage I noticed they were both totally out! So I snapped this shot before my "smooth extraction"! Aren't they cute?!

November 22, 2008


Sandy, Kisten, and I roped our husbands into going to see Twilight with us! Phil hasn't read the books, but I think he and the other guys were interested only because we were so interested and the possiblity of "action" later. Guys are so offense, but seriously! I didn't expect much...because the books are sooooo great, there was no way the movie had a chance to compare, but I think that it was good! I was pleasantly surprised. I was worried that Phil would be lost...because he didn't know the background on I was being annoying the entire time and whispering the details in his ear. (Later, I found out that we all were doing this!) Phil said he thought it was good, "...I'm interested to see what the next one's going to be about." So there you have it. I liked it...of course it doesn't compare to the books...but worth watching! And the husbands all seemed to agree that they thought it was "good" so you can even feel comfortable dragging your better half along!

Daddy Daughter Hike

For an Achievement Girls' Activity, they had a Daddy Daughter breakfast and hike! Phil said it was fun and he actually listened when I asked him to take a picture...he took me literally...and this is THE picture...but atleast I have one, right?

I didn't I don't have much commentary here, but they had a pancake breakfast complete with all the fixings, a short hike up at Estrella Mountain, and ended up playing a game where the dad's had to guess things about their favorite movie, show, actors...etc. He got one wrong...her nickname. He said it was "love bug"...which is what he calls Madison and Seattle...because he doesn't have a nickname for Brooklyn. What a dork! Anyway, she does have a nickname that I've called her since she was's "Goose." (She wanted to know what the bumps on your arms were when she was cold once and I told her they were "Goosebumps" and she called them "goosedrops", it was so cute I started calling her "goosedrop". It's since been shortened to "Goose".) Aren't nicknames funny?

We have a bunch around this house!

If you hang with probably have already heard all of these, but now you'll know their cheesy backgrounds!

PHIL-FLIP (short for Flipip, which is what he recieved on a credit card solicitation once!) I probably call him Flip more than Phil.
SUMMER-HUMMINGBIRD/HUMMY (my family, and Elena refer to me as these...they started when I was really, really young! I think I used to jabber so much it was like a hummingbirds wings or something...right mom?)
BROOKLYN-GOOSE (already shared)
BOSTON-BROTHER (he's the only it's singular. Just brother! It's just always stuck)
PARIS-PURSE/PARE-PARE (Purse was just what you got when you say Paris really fast. When she got older she told us that she chose a new nickname...Pare-Pare. Madison only calls her by Pare Pare.)
MADISON-LOVEBUG (They're both so young that these two nicknames are just the products of baby talk still! We'll probably have some cool ones soon enough!)