Sunday, December 27, 2009


So the day after Christmas I decide to take Ginger to go see The Princess and The Frog. We were originally going to at 1:40pm but for some reasons the line was super long so by the time I got to the tickey booth it was already 2pm. So we went at 4pm. We get there and there are no seats for us to sit together. She has to sit on my lap. That pissed me off. I paid for two seats and I only get one. The movie was wonderful. Ginger was great. That was her first movie theater experience and she was delightful. After the movie I decided I was going to talk to a manager and see about getting reimburesed for one ticket since Ginger had to sit on my lap. On the way there I lost Ginger. I couldn't find her, anywhere. There were a ton of people in the theater waiting to watch Avatar. So it was crowded and I couldn't see her. And I'm screaming her name and she's not answering me, the panic is now clawing at my throat and ready to burst. I'm being stared at like I'm crazy or a bad mom. Then a lady comes to me and grips my arm and basically takes charge and tells me to tell a manager and looked in the bathroom with me. She tells me to stay in one spot and she'll go look for her aswell. A few minutes later Ginger is found. She had somehow doubled back. I was terrified to move anywhere. Cuz' I was stationed close to the exit and I didn't want her to slip by me. And I felt that no one would recognize her like I would. One worker actually told me to calm down and not panic. I just looked at him and asked if he had kids, and he was all no... but I have a sister. Okay I know sibling love is strong and I remember when Erin got lost on the beach in Italy and I was scared and terrified. But this... this was different and even if you are a parent and never lost your kid I don't think you could fully know the full terror that comes with that. I'm so glad that she was found and okay. I got home and just bawled like a baby. Ginger doesn't even know what went wrong. I've taught her before to say 'here' when I call her name, and I didn't hear her. I hope to never have to go through that again. Mom... I don't know how you survived Erin's lostness.


So Santa brought Josh a giant sticky hand in his stocking for Christmas and Josh LOVED it, he pretty much mastered it. He was able to stand in the middle of a room and hit both walls in the same swing without losing rythmn. He was also able to do that with the kids, one would be on one side and the other on the other. Silly Josh. Anyways, Josh was showing Austin his mad skillz when Josh decided to see if he could hit him with it. Here is how it turned out...


Don't you just love them in there Spongebob jammies!! (Thank you guys for an awesome Christmas Eve!!)

Christmas Eve was AWESOME!! We went to Dani and Brent's house and it was so great to do some of the traditions that we haven't done in many years. Like caroling!!! That was so awesome. And yes we had the reindeer antlers while we did, it just wouldn't be the same if we didn't. It was fun to have Josh there and have him join in as we did this. It was great to show him some of the traditions that I grew up on. We were going to do a nativity scene as well. But it got to be late so when we got back we had hot cocoa and then opened presents. Well we just opened our christmas eve jammies and the Kynastons opened up all gifts from family, and from each other. It was fun to watch. It was like looking into the future for me. The absolute delight on there faces was so fun to watch. Before we left there house Dani looked up on Norda Santa and looked where he was at and Ginger was just amazed and so into it. Drove home and then set out the plate of cookies and a cup of egg nogg (cuz' that what santa likes to drink when he comes to our house).

What a wonderful day Christmas morning was. Ginger was just delightful. And though Zoey is young she still enjoyed everything as well. Mostly the stuff that she could put in her mouth. When Ginger woke up we should her the plate of cookies and egg nog (egg.noggin as she likes to say) that santa ate. And she just couldn't believe it. She just so darn cute, opening her presents, and Zoeys too. She LOVED the clothes that mom and dad bought her. And thought that candyland looked fun. It's just awesome to enjoy christmas all over again except this time as a parent. Although man... it sure is exhausting to be a parent on christmas day.

I know this video is dark, but it's Ginger when she first turns the corner and sees the presents that santa left and the plate of eaten cookies and the empty cup of egg nogg that santa ate.

This one is just us opening presents

(sorry if this a little much too many pics and videos, but I figured my mom would love it)

And then later Christmas day Ginger's best friend, Kodie, came over to give Ginger her christmas present. Ginger was so happy. She got a Zhu-Zhu pet. They are kind of weird. But better than having a live hamster. It was great to have friends come over and visit us on christmas.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

The finished product

So earilier this month I was asking people for a glue gun so that I could finish a christmas project with Ginger cuz' the regular white glue just wasn't working. I ended up buying one cuz' they weren't that expensive. So now I have one of my very own for future projects. Here's what it ended up at the end. It was fun to make and Ginger enjoyed putting the eyes, buttons, and ear muffs on. Great project for us to share. It's a tree garland. I think it turned out pretty great, if I do say so myself.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

It's a bird, no a plane, no its.....


Ginger really wanted to have a cape so I tied one on her and then I thought that Zoey would be super cute with one, and I was right, cuz she is. I thought Ginger would just fly around the house but she kept saying 'super sleuth' lol. She got that from Tigger and Pooh super Sleuths. And they wore capes. So cute. They sure do make my days sometimes.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Sledding = Disaster

Happy Snow Day!
Josh digging out our car so he wouldn't have to do it the next day, and he also went to the store.

Ginger making a snow angel, so cute.
Ginger in her "snow shoes" that we made for her, boy did she hate them when we put it on her

that tree looks like it should collaspe from the weight of the snow.

Ginger is loving walking through the snow

See how unhappy she is? Boy she really hated those on her.

But obviously she's much happier now

So as most of you know we were hit with a pretty nice snow storm that left us with 16 inches of snow! It was CRAZY I have never seen that much snow in life, that has been on my doorstep. I'm glad that I was able to just enjoy watching it and didn't have to drive in it. Well the day that it all came down I took Ginger out to build a snowman, but we couldn't cuz' the snow was to powdery, we did make snow angles though. That was cute. And after a few minutes Ginger was done and wanted back in the house. The next I wanted to take Ginger sledding on the small hills by our apartment. Josh took the car work, he didn't feel like trying to ride a bike in 16 inches of snow. (I don't blame him) Let me tell you taking the girls all by myself was one of the biggest mistakes of my life. I took Zoey in the stroller thinking it would be easier, but it wasn't since obviously I couldn't push her through the snow so I had to pick up the stroller with her in it and take her where we needed to go. And then I had to double back to get Ginger where I had to pull her on the boogie board (we didn't have a sled and it worked pretty good too), but Ginger would get upset if I left her to long to carry Zoey so I would have go half way put Zoey down, double back to pull Ginger to Zoey pick up Ginger since she kept falling off the boogie board. I did that 3 more times till we got to the little hill. Some other kids were there and had already set up the snow so it was packed down and all we had to do was go down. Well Ginger was already crying cuz' she was cold and Zoey was starting to fuss, I took Ginger down once and she loved it but got snow all over her and started crying and didn't stop so I made her go down one more time and then we could go. We were there for MAYBE 5 minutes. Both girls were crying hysterically and I still had to take them back. I had to carry Zoey in the stroller again. And then I had to carry Ginger cuz' she wouldn't sit on the boogie board. I had an audience at this point. It was great that they didn't offer any help. I was so physically exhausted and struggling for breath that I started to see spots. Man was I glad to be back home. I will never try taking them sledding by myself ever again.

Needless to say, I didn't get very many pictures of our sledding adventure. Just these two.

See the trail of footprints behind her? that was made by me with the pull and drag moves I had to do. Ginger wanted to walk for a bit... crazy girl

See how deep it is? Crazy!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Dance Performance

On Wednesday Ginger's dance class had a little performance for the parents to watch. It was to show what the kids had been learning. It was so much fun to go and watch and Ginger loved to dance for us. Although she did get distracted and she was shy at first. And Zoey LOVED watching it. She was just entranced by it. It was wonderful to watch. And fun. I'm so glad that I put Ginger in this class!

I've put up a slide show and 2 videos, I totally restrained myself from putting up the other 5.

Here's Zoey just focused on watching it!

Thanks Grandma!

My grandma made a blanket for Zoey and mailed out to me back in June. She asked last week how Zoey loved it and I told her that Zoey doesn't have one but Ginger loves hers so much that it's basically falling apart, grandma made one for her too. Well it never got sent to me and we were really worried and so the next I went to the post office but it was closed. Apparantly it closes early on saturday. So I decided to chance it at my old apartment building and see if the clubhouse maybe had it. I thought that was where it was sent to. And miracles of all miracles they did!! They still had it. It had been sitting there since June and they were wondering about it the whole time. My goodness I just couldn't believe it. Thank you grandma for the blanket! It's beautiful.

And here's Ginger with her blankie. Ginger was super excited that Zoey has a blankie just like her.

And it keeps us really warm! I know this first hand since I ended up rocking Zoey back to sleep last night and used it to keep us warm :). I love you grandma. I hope Zoey will love her blankie as much as Ginger loves hers... well I hope she doesn't end up eating it though.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Are you my Mother?

So I know this woman from church/playgroup and she finally came to playgroup (she's normally super busy so she doesn't go that often) and she was wearing this gorgeous nest necklace with little eggs in it, one for each of her kids. She said she made it! I couldn't believe it. She then invited me to her house on Moday where she'll show me how to make one. I went and made one and it was super easy and it turned out super cute! Here's mine! With 2 eggs for my 2 little birds.

UPDATE: so i made one for my mom, my sister and my sister in law for christmas and they loved it! mom's had 4 beads, erin's had 2 (one for Alex one for her) and Desi's had 3. And they loved it! Desi has had many compliments on it which makes me happy! And she's already making noise on there being room for her 4 th child, when she hasn't even had her 3rd! so fun taht they love it!


This thanksgiving we spent it at my Aunt Dani's house and it was wonderful. I'm so thankful that even though I moved a couple thousands of miles away I still have family nearby to spend the holidays with. The food was delicious! The company delightful. I enjoyed meething Dani's friends that came to dinner as well. The kids had so much fun. I love hearing kid laughter on the holidays it makes that much more holiday-ish for me. I'm thankful for my husbands job which allows me to be a stay at home mom. I love him so much. I'm so blessed to have Zoey come into our lives healthy and happy. She's the sweetest baby you'll ever meet. I'm thankful for Ginger's... everything. Even though she drives me crazy more often than not, she's just wonderful. She brings joy into my life everyday. Not a day goes by that there isn't something that she does that doesn't make me laugh. I'm thankful for my brother Austin coming to Virginia. It's been so great having him here. It makes being far away from my family having him so close by. Happy Thanksgiving! (better late than never;) )