Monday, January 16, 2012

Swagger Wagon

A couple of months ago we traded in our cool card for what I like to call the Swagger Wagon!  I never thought I would drive a min-van, but I am now the new owner of a 2012 Honda Odyssey! AND I LOVE IT!!!

Previously we owned a Honda Pilot and just felt like it wasn't meeting our needs.  That sounds crazy because we are a family of four and it seats 8, but not without me or someone else having to jump over the second seat to get into the back.  Well... that got old and it seemed like we   I was having to jump A LOT!  Not to mention that public parking spaces seem to be getting smaller and everyone else's vehicles were getting larger!  I would find myself driving around trying to find a parking space where I could open both back doors to get a car seat carrier out and squeeze in to try and unbuckle another car seat.  It was very frustrating!  I was often tempted to put ugly notes on peoples doors to explain why they had a nice white door ding on their car and explain that if they knew how to park, it wouldn't be there.  Ok, enough venting.... where was I? Oh yea, the SWAGGER WAGON! 

Some of my  friends had vans and talked about how much they LOVED them. So, after a few months of me kicking the idea around, I thought some random weekend in November was the weekend to go and look.  It was a hard decision and we had talked ourselves out of it, but decided to take the plunge and I DON'T REGRET IT!!!

I remember when I got the Pilot, I cried!  I was so sad to see my GMC Envoy go.  I LOVE IT!! It was the best car ever!  But, I was about 2 weeks from giving birth to Asher and felt like we needed something larger for our growing family.  The room was great, but I LOVED the Envoy.

Saying Good-bye to the Scratch Mobile

When I got the SW (Swagger Wagon) I insisted that I get to pick the color and everything... I wasn't going to settle on what they had.  If I was going to get a SW, it was going to be a cool SW.  I got it loaded with everything: leather, sunroof, back- up cam, etc! 

Not excited about the switching...

I feel very blessed to be able to get this van! It has definitely made traveling and even running errands with the boys very easy  manageable!

Unfortunely, yesterday as I was driving down the road, I got sick! I couldn't pull over fast enough to get out and threw up all over the dash!  YUCK!!! So, the new car smell is gone! And I can't even blame it on the kids! Anyone know how to take throw-up smell out of a car?

Thursday, January 12, 2012

CHRISTmas Morning

When I started this blog, it was with the intent of keeping up with our lives and to see how the boys have grown and change.  And also to help family and friends experience the moments with us that they otherwise miss since we all live away from each other.  So bear with me as this post will contain lots of photos that only grandmas and grandpas will ooh and aah over  (and of course mommies and daddies too).
Baby Keston's 1st Christmas

Asher coming down Christmas morning

Asher seeing all of Santa's loot

Trying to get a Christmas morning picture

and like so many other picture attempts, it turning into a wrestling match

So excited about Mickey jammies

Keston opening his first gift

Shayne opening his gift.  He thought it was just a cell phone case, BUT it is also a wallet!

Asher opening his Mickey CD player

and then doing a little jig

Hot dog, Hot dog, Hot diggity dog

Everybody now....

Showing Dadda his Tootles

Shayne surprised me with a North Face jacket... He's the BEST!

opening presents is a hard job....Baby Keston obviously built up an appetite


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Christmas Part 1---CHRISTmas Eve

So a friend of mine did her Christmas post in more than one post... and I thought that was genius!  We had not ONE, or TWO, but SIX! Christmas celebrations!  See why I thought posting Christmas in multiple post was such a great idea!   This doesn't even include our church Christmas gathering or work parties!

This year, we did something we have NEVER done before... we woke up in our own beds for Christmas morning. Since we were going to be home Christmas Eve, I made a roast and thought Asher and I could spend the day baking and doing fun little Christmas projects.  That idea sounded better in my head than what actually happened. 
Asher saying something.
He was more interested in eating chips that baking!
UGH!!! Boys!

Wanting to share his chips

Keston... check out that look!  All of you that don't believe my stories... this look explains him! SASSY!

Christmas Eve dinner
Shayne is covering his eyes as he is praying.  When Asher prays, instead of bowing his head, he covers his eyes. 
For our Christmas Eve dinner, I thought we could have a nice family dinner around the dinning room table. I even  bought chargers to go under the China.  Chargers are kind of a joke at our house because we went to two Christmas parties and they had chargers under the plates on their tables.  When I was shopping at Walmart, I came home and told Shayne that they were calling my name and I had to buy some.  Heck, they were 98 cents!  But, our baking day was a complete disaster, so we just ate at the kitchen table... some of us shirtless!  Food taste better that way, don't cha know!

After the boys went to bed, it was time for Santa! Santa was so excited to come to our house and leave his loot! 

It was a very Mickey Christmas!!!  Stay tune for Christmas Day!!!