Sunday, January 4, 2015

Christmas 2014-lots of pictures.

A Christmas selfie

Alyssa looking super cute.

Scott's list said, legos, legos, legos, clothes, candy, legos, legos, lego.  He did get a lot of legos.  He is making a silly face here.

Brenden, wearing all his hats.  He wanted new hats.  Silly guy.

Caleb with his new socks and shirts/ties.  He also received a lot of gift cards to gas stations and grocery stores.  So great to have him home from his mission.

Daniel with some of his loot.  He received a lot of gift cards for grocery stores.

Breakfast on Christmas Day.  We had orange rolls, cinnamon rolls, eggs
sausage, bacon, hashbrowns, orange juice, and pancakes!!!!

Abby being all sorts of CUTE!

Abby not happy about the Santa hat.

Favorite gift of all time.  I found this puzzle at STUFF, a local consignment store, and it was just the wood cut out.  I then found several examples online of this same puzzle painted.  I e-mailed Jason a picture and asked him if he would work with Brenden, my artist son, to paint it for me for Christmas.  I collect Nativity scenes so this would mean a lot to me.  Jason actually painted this all by himself.  I never knew he had that amazing talent.  I LOVE this.

The puzzle put together.

Jason in his new sweater.

Skyping with Jared.

Skyping with Jared.


Another selfie, not the best because it's blurry, but I tried.

Brenden with his loot.

Alyssa being silly with her gifts.  She thought that displaying her new sports bra was a good idea, she probably won't think so later.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Just in case you need to dress up as the Grinch someday.

I needed to look something like this.

First you need a santa hat.
Then you take your red fuzzy socks and you add white santa fur to the top of them.
You find a fuzzy kelly green sweater at a consignment store.

You stretch the arms out and draw your hand at the end of the sweater.

Then you sew on the lines and put your hand in the sweater to make sure you sewed the lines correctly.

Then you cut around the line, but make sure it's rough edges so it looks like grinch hands.

Buy green tights and get a pair of blacks shorts to wear so you aren't exposing your bootie to the world.

This is the sweater now with the grinch hands.

You beg your artist son to draw the grinch mask on green felt, then when it turns out too small you ask him to draw it a second time.  Then you cut it out and hot clue it to cardboard.  The color is really kelly green, but the lighting was bad.
This is the completed mask with it glued to the cardboard and cut out.
You get green makeup for your face.  You borrow a Santa coat from your friend.

In the end you look like this. 
Another view.
This is how I look normally.  Found this book in Target and had to have a picture with it.  Too funny.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Is it okay to spank with a belt?

I put this question out on Facebook to see what others thought.  I have taken the names and pictures off the comments for their privacy.  Why anyone would ever use an object to spank is beyond me.  So wrong in my opinion.  If you have to spank, and I have done it, then do it with your own hand so you have pain too.   What are your thoughts?

I said:
Is it ever okay to spank a child with a belt? It seems like in the last 10 years this is NOT okay, but yet before that it was? Why is that? What made it okay then and not now? I personally believe it is wrong, but would love to know what you think and why?
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  • This person said:   I don't think it was ever considered okay. Parents just had more rights then and children didn't. Now, everyone has an opinion and is quick to judge others. I don't know if using a belt or other method that has the intention of physically hurting a child was more effective discipline. Which is why it isn't looked at favorably now.
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  • Person 2 said: I was "spanked" with belts with large buckles and horse whips, wooden spoons.... I was terrorized... But then i learned to make them happy and do exactly what they wanted to avoid being hit again. For me It is wrong to "hit" children. I grew up being afraid of my parents even to this day.
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  • Person 3 said:   I believe you should always hit anything with your bare hand....then there's always a chance you'll know the pain you inflict is real. Especially effective when used with walls!
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  • Person 4 said: NO!
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  • Person 5 said:  It's like slavery, or taking lead to ease digestion.

    Now we know better.
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  • Person 6 said:   My father spanked me with a belt... once. And never had to do it again. My mother disciplined in other ways... she had to do it continually! I still respect them both, but my disagreements with my father are much more rational.
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  • Person 7 said:  Why should it matter if they're wearing a belt or not? 
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  • Person 8 said: I personally think any sort of spanking- hand or belt or whatever is wrong. Usually when you spank, its out of anger. And that makes it more of a hit than a discipline in my opinion. The only time I have ever spanked (my child)(name removed for privacy) is when she ran across our busy road without me and was in danger of getting hit by a car. That was only to warn her that by doing that, she could be hurt.
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Sunday, November 30, 2014

The real reason we celebrate

I shared this video on Facebook and I wanted to share it here too.

Click here to see the video.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

flowers for the table

Alyssa looking so pretty!

A cute little side table I have that I put some food on.

Alyssa, Scott, Brenden and Daniel
Here is my Dad and Mom.  My Dad kept hitting his head on my cabinet so I got him a hard hat to wear.  I think he looks cute in it.

My plate that I didn't finish.  

Caleb, my Mom, my Dad, and Jason.

Dan being goofy.

I took several pictures of the children.  This one is my favorite.  They are holding a picture of Jared since he couldn't be there.

When dinner was all done, I let Abby have a couple bites of turkey meat and I let her lick the turkey pan.  She was thrilled and cleaned it up really nice.