Friday, December 31, 2010

Uninvited Visitors

Kolin went to let the dogs out back and found these two curled up and trying to stay warm. Needless to say the dogs stayed in the house. They are fine with our cats, but think the outside ones are annoying and really don't like them anywhere near the house.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Oh Isis

Isis can jump over the make shift fence, but do you think she can figure out how to get back where she's suppose to be? Nope! Instead she's rather howl and whine until someone comes to save her.

I waited a good 10 minutes to see if she would at least attempt to jump back over. In the end Brennan was sent out to 'save' the puppy.

Isis started whining as soon as she saw him. Tail was wagging and she was sooooo excited. Brennan told her that he'd be there in just a minute to save her. The entire exchange was super cute.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Too Cute!

Karis made this caroler at Sunday School a couple of weeks ago.

One little girl

wasn't quite ready to wake up with the others.

Kolin decided to break out the old SMURF card game that he and Uncle Kevin used to play when they were little. I think this will become a Christmas morning tradition.

Friday, December 24, 2010

And the stockings.....

There is one little hook left...can't wait to see it filled next Christmas

Our half filled tree. Little 2 year olds really like ornaments.

Instead of milk, Ryanne thought Santa needed some pedisure...

Merry Christmas Eve!

Tonight we went to Christmas Eve service. Afterwards we came home and the kids got to open the presents they bought for each other. They all have fun picking out presents for the person they picked.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

If it weren't for the little people

I honestly think I would skip Christmas this year. I just can't seem to get excited. I'm just not feeling it.

However, since there are 5 little people who are positively excited I'll do what I can and make it fun and memorable for them.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Karis' preschool class had a birthday party for Jesus today. Cake included!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Gingerbread House Day

Every year the 4th grade classes make gingerbread houses. Today was Taryn's turn. Kolin got the chance to go with her and they both had fun.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

100 Books in 2010

100+ Reading Challenge 2010

What a neat idea! I love love love to read!!!!
I already keep track of everything I read at, but thought it would be a great idea to keep track on this blog as well. I read a little bit of everything. Pretty much whatever catches my eye at the moment while I'm wondering around the library, checking out the new items online or anything that has been recommended to me.

1. Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
2. Jacob (Nightwalkers #1) by Jacquelyn Frank
3. Gideon (Nightwalkers #2) by Jacquelyn Frank
4. Elijah (Nightwalkers #3) by Jacquelyn Frank
5. Abandoned by Cody McFadyen
6. The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride #1) by James Patterson
7. Witch & Wizard by James Patterson
8. School's Out --Forever (Maximum Ride #2) by James Patterson
9. Darkness Revealed (Guardians of Eternity #4) by Alexandra Ivy
10. Damien (Nightwalkers #4) by Jacquelyn Frank
11. Nanny Returns by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
12. Noah (Nightwalkers #5) by Jacquelyn Frank
13. Vision In White by Nora Roberts
14. Even Steven by John Gilstrap
15. Saving The World and Other Extreme Sports (Maximum Ride #3) by James Patterson
16. The Final Warning (Maximum Ride #4) by James Patterson
17. Moon Called (Mercedes Thompson #1) by Patricia Briggs
18. Blood Bound (Mercedes Thompson #2) by Patricia Briggs
19. Primal Heat (Primes #5) by Susan Sizemore
20. Caitlin's Guardian Angel by Marie Ferrarella
21. Bonemans Daughter by Ted Dekker
22. Bed Of Roses by Nora Roberts
23. Dark Sky by Carla Neggers
24. Max (Maximum Ride #5) by James Patterson
25. Fang(Maximum Ride #6) by James Patterson
26. Black Hills by Nora Roberts
27. Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
28. Original Sin by Allison Brennan
29. Eight Days To Live by Iris Johansen
30. Dead In The Family by Charlaine Harris
31. Hush by Kate White
32. Iron Kissed (Mercedes Thompson #3) by Patricia Briggs
33. Bone Crossed (Mercedes Thompson #4) by Patricia Briggs
34. Killing Floor (Jack Reacher #1) by Lee Child
35. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
36. Return To Sender by Fern Michaels
37. Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy #5) by Richelle Mead
38. Look Again by Lisa Scottoline
39. Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows #1) by Kim Harrison
40. Savour the Moment by Nora Roberts
41. The Search by Nora Roberts
42. Orange Is The New Black by Piper Kerman
43. Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
44. Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen
45. Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood
46. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
47. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
48. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
49. Mr. And Miss Anonymous by Fern Michaels
50. Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #2) by Maggie Stiefvater
51. How to Marry A Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks
52. Raised By Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
53. Vamps And The City by Kerrelyn Sparks
54. Be Still My Vampire Heart by Kerrelyn Sparks
55. Just Breathe by Susan Wiggs
56. The Undead Next Door by Kerrelyn Sparks
57. All I Want For Christmas Is A Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks
58. Secret Life Of A Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks
59. The Geometry Of Sisters by Luanne Rice
60.Forbidden Nights With A Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks
61. American Assassin by Vince Flynn
62. Chasing The Night by Iris Johansen
63. Vampire And The Virgin by by Kerrelyn Sparks
64. Worth Dying For by Lee Child
65. Sacrifice (Vampire Academy #6) by Richelle Mead

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Results Day!

Taryn, Ryanne and I met up with Miss Patty this morning to find out the results of her EEG. The EEG came back normal. We start weaning her off her meds tomorrow morning. It'll take about 5 weeks and then we'll have another EEG. We'll actually go up to Rockford to have the EEG done. We'll be able to meet with the dr. and get the results the same morning.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Pics Final Take

Karis' Birthday Party

Even with the nasty weather lots of friends showed up for Karis' birthday party this afternoon. She had a great time and it was nice having friends over.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Way To Go, Jadyn!

The entire cast did a great job tonight! Jadyn had one line in the play besides the singing. She had the crowd laughing and laughing hard!!!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Aladdin Jr. Dress Rehearsal

Tonight was the dress rehearsal for Aladdin Jr. Jadyn was super excited to finally get in full costume and make-up and do a total run through today.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas Pics Take 1

This could have been our Christmas picture this year, but it wasn't exactly what we were looking for.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

We love our Elf!

You never know where you're going to find him when you wake up.

Monday, December 6, 2010

It's Sleep Deprived EEG Day!

Kolin got the late shift and I got the early shift. The older Taryn gets the easier it is to keep her up, it just happens to be a little harder to get her back up.

She did great! She was getting a little whiny, so I told her to close her eyes and go to sleep.

We'll go see Miss Patty next week for the results.

Crazy Hair!

Saturday, December 4, 2010


One little 2 year old who isn't so sure what all the white stuff is.

One puppy who is absolutely thrilled to play in the snow!

One 11 year old who is stealing snow off the roof of the hot tub room and we're not exactly sure why....

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Prechool Christmas Concert

Karis' Christmas concert was tonight. Anyone that knows her knows that she doesn't do well standing in front of large crowds or being in a room with a whole bunch of people. It's just not her thing. Until tonight we still weren't sure if she was going to participate or not. With a little help (bribery) from Aunt Katie, Karis got up there and sang every song as loud as she could.