Deck the Hall’s @the Kent castle!

This weekend we cleaned the house took down all things fall/thanksgiving and began gearing up for Christmas.. As with everyone I know pulling out the totes and totes of christmas stuff is a bit of joy all in itself! So we began…

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After all the totes were pulled out and the santa hats were found.. we headed off for our annual tradition of ‘going on a tree hunt’ – (this is year 8!!)

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Lydias first trip!

going on a tree hunt!

going on a tree hunt!

Aunt Heathers first time cutting down the tree.. she picked hers out RIGHT away!

Aunt Heathers first time cutting down the tree.. she picked hers out RIGHT away!

WE found it!

WE found it!

our babies

our babies

#5's trip!

#5’s trip!

love this shot...

love this shot…

big brothers cut

big brothers cut

2nd brothers turn

2nd brothers turn

you know sis has got to try!

you know sis has got to try!

The tree lot we go to has santa .. :)

The tree lot we go to has santa .. 🙂

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tradition.. Each child has a box.. and in it goes their ornaments.. (they get one a year that describes them that year) They were sooo thrilled to open and explore.. then they each put theirs on the tree. IT was so cute to see Selah’s all in one spot on the bottom of the tree:)

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lights first!

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

 

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cherished moments

all finished and so very beautiful!

all finished and so very beautiful!

So that is just a peek into our weekend!! Now to begin our count down to Christmas and #5’s arrival! Love this season and all the joy it brings!!
~Jessica

 

Brother’s Christmas Wish!

Brother meeting Lego Man

Brother meeting Lego Man

Once upon a time, in a land far away,
Lived a young strapping lad, who really loved to play.
He liked his fast cars and his costumes that changed
him into anything that he could imagine that day.
One day he received a box full of bricks
that could stack and lock and sealed with a click,
He started by making all things that could go,
But soon he made castles with these bricks from LEGO.
Now, LEGOs are not easy, they are no small task
Just ask his dear mother, who dreads him to ask,
But this young Lad could build, with the greatest of ease
even while sick or with a case of the sneeze.
He dreamed of a land so distant and remote
that was filled with these bricks, just the thought made him float,
One day his wish granted, he received LEGO land Tickets
he was so overjoyed that he’d go there for Christmas.
The day had arrived that he dreamed of so clear
through the gate he went in, while his family stood near
Riding rides, Shooting lasers, Building towers so many
He built race cars and won all the races he raced in.
He saved a princess & dragon eggs, and watched 4D movies,
while wearing cool shades that made him look groovy.
He could not believe that the day was all over,
he played LEGOs all day and could play them some more,
But home he went with a smile on his face
having felt so lucky to have visited this place
Now on lives the legend of this famed LEGO kid,
who played LEGOs for hours and did what he did
all those who know him, know he’s a smart guy
with such talent and skill, they call him LEVI.
Love Dad
2013
The amazing day captured in pictures!

The amazing day captured in pictures!

North Pole Breakfast

Around here we don’t do Santa.. (SUE ME 😦 ) But we do have an annual North Pole Breakfast.. which simply means, we do all things Santa, snowmen, reindeer, ect… My kids look forward to it every year (as do I 🙂 This allow’s our Christmas Day to be filled with thoughts of Jesus’s Birthday. So TODAY (christmas eve) was our breakfast. I was up last night making the table and getting the kitchen ready for the morning so we would not delay and begin making breakfast right away.

A place setting for Levi

A place setting for Levi

With red & green pancakes made my superman, sausage, oranges, pineapple, reindeer mix, peppermint marshmallow’s, hot chocolate and OJ, it was a yummy start of Christmas Eve!

DSC06157Every year they get a little something from the ‘north’ one year it was sock’s, or mitten’s and this year we did their special ornaments.. because by chance their special ornaments was also their experience.. (we only do 2 gifts for each child and then they also get 1 day -experience with us-) This makes it more fun! And lets them know they are each special…  It started back in Nov with Superman.. who got this from me..

Superman's special day..

Superman’s special day..

Brother is going to Lego land.. HE Live, breaths lego's!

Brother is going to Lego land.. HE Live, and breaths lego’s!

Taco is getting the opportunity to ride on a horse.. or as he calls it "rodeo show'

Taco is getting the opportunity to ride on a horse.. or as he calls it “rodeo show’

Sister is only 2 so we are doing simple.. she loves smoothies so off to the smoothie place (she got an owl ornament with 'big sister on it')

Sister is only 2 so we are doing simple.. she loves smoothies so off to the smoothie place (she got an owl ornament with ‘big sister on it’)

And sweet Chickie did this the entire time!

And sweet Chickie did this the entire time!

 A few more pictures of us just having fun at our breakfast!!!

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Love this time of year.. and getting to make so many memories! Now for naps and then off to Church for Christmas Eve services!! YEAH!

Merry Christmas!

Jessica

DIY… this and that

For Christmas this past year i wanted to make a bunch of the gifts we gave.. although i wanted to do more i was able to do 5 or so really neat ones.. Thanks to good ol’ pinterest!

The first one i made was a scarf for my Sis n law…

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I used Fabric Juice i ordered off Amazon..(the tips were med..but i think i could have gone with wide) I wrote the verse

“she is clothed in strength  and dignity, she can laugh without fear of the future. Proverbs31:35”  I got the scarf at 5 & below… it was time consuming but i loved the end results!

The next thing i made was this:

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cake taker for Supermans Grandma… she makes the most AMAZING cakes (11 layer to be exact) and she needed a personalized carrier right??:)

(i sell the decals over on my site http://www.etsy.com/shop/Delightdesigns2 ) I loved the way it turned out..

I am watching two little girls 4 days a week so for their parents I made this:

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Each girl’s little foot .. i LOVED it.. Made one for me..yeah not as cute… (plate walmart $4.00, paint i had on hand.. Vinyl i sell in my shop.. custom order)

And lastly it was my in-laws 35 anniversary this year so as thier tag on their present i made this ornament..

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There is just something about a homemade christmas!!

(i did make a fort kit for my niece but i forgot to take a picture..:(

Did you make any fun christmas gifts??

~jessica