Merry Christmas

Wesley '08


Updates For Judah's Book

--I keep a word document of the boys updates and funnies, I've never shared them on here before, but I may start.--

Judah hasn't seen Paul since Saturday.
This morning he saw Paul's pajama pants laying on the floor and he got excited and said "DADDY!" I was about to tell him that daddy was at work when he picked up the pajama pants, stroked them lovingly and said "Hi daddy!"

Judah brushes his teeth about five times a day. It's one of his favorite activities. This morning he brought me his toothbrush and the diaper rash cream and told me he wanted to brush his teeth. I'm rather grateful he didn't try loading his toothbrush on his own!

Judah definitely takes after me when it comes to sleeping... if there's something better to do why bother with sleep?! Last night he was feeling sick, and Paul wasn't expected home until very late, so I took Judah into our room and laid in our bed with him. Every 5-10 minutes he would either make a funny noise or reach up and "beep" my nose trying to make me laugh. He would put his hands on either side of my mouth and feel if I was smiling at him, and if I was it just egged him on. It was too funny for me to not laugh.
He did this for over an hour and a half! I eventually took him back to his crib to fall asleep on his own, and within one minute of being in his own crib, all alone in his room, he was fast asleep.

When Judah cleans up his toys - which he does very well when asked, but not at all if he's not asked! - he almost always breaks into song, singing "Clean up, clean up, everybody clean up..." and he sings it over and over and over until it's all cleaned up.

Judah is mimicking the things I say and do to Wezzy. This week I have heard a lot of "No, no Wezzy. No, no." And if Wesley is crying and I can't get to him right away Judah will sit beside him and pat his stomach.
If Wesley is sleeping in another room Judah will ask (with great concern!) "Where is Wezzy?"



Our plumbing got backed up.
When I flushed the toilet stuff came up the shower.
When I ran the dishwasher our laundry room floor got covered with an inch of water.
When the washing machine was running the kitchen and surrounding carpets got a soaking.
I ran all these things at the same time, and discovered it all within seconds of each other.
Not a happy moment.

That evening we ate supper by candle light so that we didn't have to see the mess and to help disguise the smell.

The next day Paul was off work and he surprised me with an hour long massage at the local School of Massage. I've been to a few different spas before for massages that were a lot more expensive than this one, and I must say - the student was amazing! The whole place is set up nicely. They have the music and lighting and the student aimed to please. I'd definitely go back to the School of Massage over a regular Spa. The *only* negative thing I could possibly say about it is that the rooms were just thick curtains, not actual rooms. It wasn't a big deal to me, but some people might care.

After the massage I went to our local Goodwill. They had all their childrens clothes for $1! There were a whole bunch of like-new jeans from Gap and The Children's Place so I bought Judah a few pairs in his next size. I found some cool things for myself and a few books for the boys. I forgot how much I love second hand stores :) It's not so fun with little boys, but a couple hours in there alone is a lot of fun!

We have been sick the past few days - Wesley is currently fighting a fever, Judah seems to have a sore throat and a cough and Paul and I have sore throats and just feel miserable.
It's not a whole lot of fun, and we hope it goes away soon!


The other day I momentarily lost Judah in the house. I couldn't find him anywhere, and he wasn't answering me when I called. I eventually found him fully clothed sitting in the (empty!) bathtub, eating a banana and playing with his rubber ducks. He'd even pulled the shower curtain closed. He smiled at me and said "Hi! Bath?"
We almost exclusively shower the boys rather than give them baths, so it is a huge treat for Judah when he gets to have a bath.


While Spencer and Steven were visiting this past week Judah took to calling me by my first name - 'cept he couldn't get it quite right and it would come out as "JAY-CA-CA." We laughed a little bit more than we should have and now HE laughs as he says my name. But he switches back to mommy - or "my mommy" - pretty quickly since "Jay-ca-ca" doesn't seem to hear him when he talks. :)

It is so much fun to see Judah's thoughts coming out as he is getting more and more words added to his vocabulary. The other night he was eating some spicy sausage and he turned to our friend Blaine, with eyes wide open, and said "BLAINE! It's hot!"
He does love hot food, and will eat stuff that I won't. It makes Paul so proud.

Pile up!

See?! He really does love his uncle.


My brother and his friend - who is practically my brother anyway - came to visit this week.
We had tons of fun :)

Spenny is becoming a child-lovin'-guy. So cute.
He even got puked on and didn't die.

Wesley loved his uncle.
Judah did too. But the pictures are still in the camera.

They went to this old Train Depot with me so I could see if I liked it for future photo shoots.
Steven was a great model.
And then Spencer took this shot of me.
I love the look of the Train Depot and will definitely be back there!!
I did a photo shoot on base this week - you can check out the images HERE.


Friday was spent exploring the military base for locations for future photo shoots.
I think we hit a jackpot of a location in the paintball field where they had the abandoned tank, helicopter and an airplane! I love the look the equipment inspires and can't wait to do a real photo shoot here!


Sugar Baby

This is why you should never leave groceries on the table to put away later... he was up for three hours past his bedtime, hyper as anything.

Paul walked into the room and Judah looked up at him, grinned, and said


Uh oh!

Guess who got caught playing in the presents?!


Judah and his friend Baynham



There is something so completely wrong about this commercial - a credit card that will help you spend your money more wisely. It's a pretty ingenious way to market a credit card. It looks appealing, sounds appealing, and yet the bottom line is that it is still a credit card and it is enabling you to purchase things you couldn't otherwise afford.

We had a great Thanksgiving. Paul's parents and brother were here for the long weekend, and on Thanksgiving day itself we had some church friends over for a meal too. It was fun.

I did three photo shoots in three days - one shoot being for total strangers. That was pretty exciting.

I didn't hit any sales on Black Friday this year - the past two years we have been up before the sun, standing in lines- but not this year. Something about having a baby that wakes up every 3 hours around the clock kind of kills ones enthusiasm for willingly loosing sleep.
I did quickly stop by our local Goodwill to see if they had their items on sale (I'd heard rumors...) but the rumors proved to be false and nothing was on sale.

Now that Thanksgiving is over I think I will get our tree up. Before Thanksgiving I kept opening our bins of Christmas decorations and Paul would tell me to close them up and not even think about decorating. But Thanksgiving is now over, our company is gone, and Paul is out of town for the week... I could get this place decked out while he is gone :)



Wes loves to suck on his lower lip, which makes him look so funny. He does it a ton tho, it's a Wes-ism for sure.
I am working on getting him into a routine, and it is slowly evolving.
He is usually up about 7, so I put him on the floor in front of his Praise Baby dvd and he watches that while I sleep or do chores.
He then nurses about 10 and goes down for a nap in the boys room til 1-ish, at which point Judah goes down for his nap.
Then the rest of the day just happens. No routine has been attempted.
I am not a routine type of person. But Paul thinks I should be. So the morning routine is for him.

Wesley went to his first hockey game on Saturday night. Some friends invited us, and they have a little girl about a month younger than him. The babies didn't care much for each other. Or the game. But I had fun with the other mum, and Wesley was given the puck that opened the game. That was kinda cool.


Judah has entered the stage where he loves to take his clothes off. I often find him with one arm coming out the opening where his neck is and the other arm through its proper sleeve.
And several mornings when I go to get him up for the day he has managed to strip himself of his pjs. He keeps his diaper on, but I think only because he hasn't figured out how to take them off. He gets double diapered at night, a regular diaper and then a pull up.

The double diapering is one of the greatest tips ever, shared by own momma. Judah pees in abundance. Before August (when I learned this tip!) we were awoken every single night because Judah was soaking wet with pee. We would change the diaper, pjs and sheets at least once a night, pretty much every night. We wouldn't let him drink after 5pm, and yet we still had this abundance of pee at night.
So then my mum shared this double diapering tip: put a regular diaper on, tear through the front part of it a bit, put second diaper on top (we use a pull up for the second diaper.) We have not been up with him once since then due to a wet diaper/pjs/kid/crib.
It has saved us sleep, laundry, diapers and our sanity!

Anyways... back to Judah. He loves to help me. In the above picture he is washing the windows with baby wipes. The other day he helped me do laundry, and some how managed to throw some raisins in there when I wasn't looking.
He loves being given pots, pans, mixing bowls and spoons to 'help' me cook. The other day Paul and a friend were cooking in the kitchen and Judah threw a fit because they wouldn't let him in to 'help' them. They gave him a mixing bowl and spoon (but wouldn't let him in) and he stood by the kitchen gate happily stirring and chattering away.

He's also a gadget geek, just like his daddy. One of his favorite toys is Paul's cell phone, and Judah's recently acquired some of our dead electronics - a hand held electronic game and Paul's old MP3 player. He is currently walking around the house holding the MP3 player (which does not work), with head phones on and bopping his head, as if he is listening to something. But I checked.
Nothing is playing.
He just thinks he's cool.


The K Family

I did a photo shoot today, and I am just itchin' to spend time on the pictures! But I've got a massive to-do list that I need to tackle first. I looked through all the pictures and these three stuck out to me, so I did some quick edits and here they are.
It'll be a few days til I get the chance to do anything with the rest of them, but I wanted to share something! Love you K family :)

Breakfast Burrito

I keep meaning to blog about our favorite breakfast, but haven't taken the time to until now.
About two months ago we discovered Breakfast Burritos and they are the best breakfast!! The best part about them is you can make them in large quantities and freeze the rest to have a delicious, healthy breakfast in minutes.

Here they are in our freezer:
The recipe is on my other blog. Click HERE.


Sweet Potato Fries

I used most of my Sweet Potatoes to make Sweet Potato Fries. YUM! If the stores weren't so crazy right now I'd go back and buy 20lbs or so to make more fries. That would be $5 for 20lbs of fries. I think that's a great deal!
Maybe after Thanksgiving they'll still be on sale and I'll buy them then.

I made Judah and myself about a pounds worth yesterday and the rest of the fries are in the freezer. I am hoping that they work out just as well as fresh! Once you get on a roll peeling and cutting fries it's not such a big deal to do 5lbs verses 1lb. We'll see if I think that way about 20lbs verses 5lbs if I do buy more!!

These fries are delicious! CLICK HERE for the recipe. SO worth making!

Picture This

A couple of weeks ago I found a listing on craigslist for 73 pictures frames. I contacted the man to see if I could buy just a few of the frames - what would anyone do with 73 frames?! Anyways, he said I could, so we went out there one evening and I picked out my favorites and ended up with 13 frames.

A good friend had recently done some decorating with picture frames. She painted five of them red and has them hanging in the hall on the way into the kids play room. The kids art is displayed inside the frames. I love it! But it's not "us" (*ahem*, the Paul part of us) so I can't copy her idea!

Here's what I've got so far;

Two of them I left alone, as they have a lot of character and got a lot of compliments and I couldn't think of anything better to do with them. They hang, empty, by our front door.

Ten of them I spray painted a champagne color. Spray paint is seriously so much fun!! These are hanging in our Family Room. They're also empty.

I can't decide if I want to put something in them or leave them hanging empty on the walls. If I were to put something in the frames, what do you think I should do?

Oh yes, and the 13th frame is in our kitchen. We had a super ugly phone jack in there so I covered the frame in paper and covered the ugliness up. It looks nice, I promise.





Sweet Potatoes were .25 cents a pound at Walmart, so I bought 6lbs of them. The truth is though I have never bought sweet potatoes before, so I'm not quite sure what to do with them! I don't like sweet potato casserole, so that is out.
What is your favorite way to eat sweet potatoes?
Seems like a lot of people saw the mistake on the recipe, but it's fixed now!
So I hope you didn't try making it with 1/2 CUP of milk! It's suppose to be a half gallon!

I like to keep myself humble by making mistakes like that every now and again...

Effortless Egg-less Eggnog

I made this drink Friday night and it is seriously so yummy and so easy! It tastes very festive - I definitely recommend this for your holiday gatherings.
Isn't the jug so cool? I picked it up at Target a while back. It's huge!! It's got 1/2 gallon of milk in there and it still has plenty of room.
Anyways, check out the recipe blog for the Eggnog recipe and enjoy!


Jokes on Me

I have this horrible habit of not being able to remember jokes. Up until this week I have never shared a joke (unless I am reading it from somewhere!) with anyone, simply because I never remember.
So this week I was talking with two friends and they start cracking jokes. I had just read a whole bunch of great jokes a couple of hours earlier, so I thought I'd join in.

"Where does a one eyed man buy clothes?"
They didn't know. So I answered;
"A second hand store."

They looked at each other.
And then looked at me.
Totally confused expressions on their faces.

I didn't understand why, and I was like; "What?! Don't you get it?"
And they said "No... not really."

And so I repeated it, only this time correctly;
"Where does a one handed man buy clothes?"

And they started laughing.
Very hard.

And told me my mistake.

And I think I turned red.
And have decided joke telling is not for me.


How I Spent My Friday Night

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Remember when we went to the GOURD FARM way back when? I made a center piece out of 5 of the gourds I bought, and am finally blogging about it. I think it looks kinda cool. Definitely different.
I spray painted them all silver and then found an old wooden tray and spray painted it to match. I added acorns in the bottom of the tray and placed three gourds and three candles in the tray. Then there is a gourd on either end. And that, my friends, is my fall center piece.
Five gourds down, two to go!


Our newest addition

I got it! And the camera has been dubbed Frank, after the wonderful customer service man that I placed the order with. He (the camera) is now a big part of our family. And the boys are already sick of him.
I took Frank with me to get Judah up from his nap and this is the face I got:

I think I am more in love with Frank than the boys are. Which is fine by me since they aren't allowed to touch him.

Welcome to my world sweet baby Frank.

Wouldn't it be cool if Frank won a Shoot Sac from Jessica Claire - it'd be the sweetest New Addition gift ever. Jessica Claire, who is an amazing photographer and designer of the Shoot Sac, has teamed up with Mammoth Men and is giving away TWELVE Shoot Sacs loaded with the mens favorite things. Cool, eh?

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