Saturday, December 31, 2011

Cherry Limeade

One of my favorite treats is going to Happy Hour at Sonic! I love their cherry coke; but I also love their cherry limeade! On pinterest, I found a sweet Cherry Limeade concoction!
You need: 1 two liter Sprite, 1 ten ounce jar of maraschino cherries and 1 can frozen limeade! Simply mix ingredients and enjoy! It was very refreshing and yummy!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

365 Project

So, this may be considered a New Years Resolution...
Melissa, over at Stafford Stories did this with her son Grayson for 2011 and is going to do it in 2012 as well. I am always looking for another reason to make my camera flash and think this will be a neat idea! So, starting January 1st I will be taking a picture a day of Klayton! I want to capture his personality and the changes he makes in this project and have made a list of photo ideas based on that, these are my ideas for January if you want to follow along:
1. Eyes
2. Black and White
3. Smile
4. Feet…bare, with shoes.
5. Sleeping
6. Playing
7. Eating
8. Hands
9. In his pajamas
10. Drinking from straw cup
11. Standing
12. Sitting
13. Daily Routine
14. Climbing
15. Close up
16. With a favorite toy
17. In his carseat
18. Being mischievious
19. Doing something fun
20. Waking up
21. On the move
22. Brushing teeth
23. With books
24. Playing with mommy or daddy’s cell phone
25. Full body
26. In the stroller
27. Tired
28. Happy
29. Favorite outfit
30. Bath time
31. Random
Obviously, I am going to need ideas for future days, if you have any please share!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

10 on Tuesday

1. I am claiming these verses today, "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:" Isaiah 26:3-4
2. This afternoon I was able to have lunch with my Pastor's wife and daughter, so fun!
3. When I came home from lunch I initiated, Operation: Get This House in Order! Its amazing how quick a mess can be made.
4. Still no snow in the forecast and this makes my husband very sad.
5. Any New Year Celebrations planned? How about a New Years Resolution? We will probably just stay home and enjoy time as a family. And a New Years Resolution, yeah right! If I don't have the determination to change something now it will probably stay that way..
6. Does anyone else have a problem losing baby socks?! I tell you, it seems I can buy Klayton a new package of 6 socks and within a week we only have one pair that hasn't been lost.
7. I might have mentioned this last week; but I will say it again...I am addicted to pinterest.com! So many neat ideas!
8. My brother and his wife bought us a little thing that makes donut holes and cake pops! So neat! I used it the other day instead of making a regular cake and made cake holes...it gives you the impression that it is not as fatting as a piece of cake.
9. I don't know why; but I found this funny. Yesterday we were at the mall. I overheard a conversation where a man was asked, "What year did you graduate?" His reply, "1995, or actually in 95ish."
10. Well, I think Klayton is trying to sneak up the stairs and that means I must sign off, Happy Tuesday!

Monday, December 26, 2011

14 Months (A Week Late)

I have quickly discovered that getting a 14 month old to cooperate with getting a picture is not an easy task! Hence, the reason we are a week late!
Klayton you are 14 Months Old!

This Month:
*You went to the library for the first time and you really enjoy exploring their toys and books.
*Have been taken off baby food completely!
*No longer drink from a bottle, even stopped taking one before bed.

*Weigh 20 lbs...crazy! You feel much heavier!
*Check in at 30 inches in length.
*Wear 12 month clothes.
*Are in size 4 diapers.
*Wear size 4 shoes.
*Love to climb the stairs.
*Enjoy playing in the kitchen cupboards and drawers...this means you take everything out; but don't always put it back!
*Do not like spicy food.
*Love to walk and it has now become your main mode of transportation!
*You are a night owl and love to sleep in! Definitely our child, daddy and I really love this about you!
*Still love music and dancing to it! Grandpa Thrasher says you are a pentecostal!
*Try and take your shirt off, so funny! You can get your hands out of your sleeve; but haven't managed to pull your shirt over your head YET!
*You get really hyper before bed, it is fun to get hyper with you!
*You love to chase and be chased.
*Have a fascination with mommy's purse...don't think your future wife will appreciate you going through her purse.
*Are constantly on the go, you can't seem to sit still.
*Still trying to get you to put food in your own mouth. Had a small success with french fries! But, I guess I can be thankful that you don't put a lot of things in your mouth.
*Are such a determined and stubborn child! Oh my...going to have to teach you balance!
*Have recently become more of a cuddle bug, love those moments!
*You have so many toys and yet you choose to play with the Christmas decorations, dvd cases..
*Love to play with mommy and daddy's cell phones.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Day

Do you remember those days where you went to bed excited for Christmas morning, it took forever to fall asleep yet you were the first one awake? Well, I'm 29 and I am still this way...needless to say Joseph and I were both up this morning WAITING for Klayton to wake up!

Klayton woke up around 8:45, we hurried downstairs to read the Christmas story, open gifts, enjoy orange rolls for breakfast and head to church for Christmas morning services.

When we came home today we enjoyed our traditional Christmas dinner: Apple and Onion Chicken, mashed potatoes, corn and rolls!

After dinner the rest of our day was spent in our pajamas, watching movies and relaxing as a family!

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and in spite of all the commercialism and gift receiving that you took time to celebrate HIM!

Christmas Eve

This rarely happens, a picture with me in it! Yay! And you will notice several others throughout this post! Were all dressed up to go to church for a Christmas Eve service!

After the candlelight service, we came home and opened our stockings! This year we all got new stockings! The "boys" have sports themed ones and I have a snowman stocking!

One of my favorite memories this year is holding Klayton in my lap as he opened his stocking stuffers!

And Klayton and I enjoyed watching daddy open his stocking stuffers!

I love Christmas and this year I was reminded to be thankful that I have THIS Christmas with my boys!

Christmas With Family

Yes, I am doing several posts on Christmas! I just have so many pictures and things to write about and decided I might be able to keep your interest longer if I break it up into several "shorter" posts!
My parents, brother, his wife and my brother in law all came up for Christmas Eve Day...my sister sadly had to work. Normally everyone comes on Christmas Day; but with this being on a Sunday this year it didn't work. So, they all came up and we spent the day eating homemade pizza, snacking on strawberry cream cheese balls and toffee balls. We also did some gift exchanging!

Klayton quickly got the art of opening presents down and had to help Grandma out! After all the present was from him, a Grandma cup with hot chocolate and a chocolate spoon! I'm sure she will think of him everytime she drinks from the cup!

Daddy, didn't need any help opening his games and gift cards to Olive Garden!

Now that I think about it, Klayton only helped those receiving presents from him! Because here he is helping Grandpa!

Opening presents is hard work! Good thing Aunt Brandy was up from Oklahoma so Klayton could catch some shut eye!

And, who knew the day wasn't even half over!

New Christmas Traditions

I really want to teach Klayton that Christmas IS about Jesus and His birth. I don't want his first thought to be Santa Claus or presents...by the way we don't do Santa, in case you are wondering! Anyway, this year we decided to make a birthday cake for Jesus and sing Happy Birthday to Him on Christmas day! So, last night Klayton and I made a birthday cake...

Yes, Klayton doesn't seem to interested in the baking part!

But, I'm hoping as years go on that its a tradition we will continue together!

We enjoyed the cake today, it was yummy; but I didn't get any pictures!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree

This past weekend I found this idea on Pinterest and thought it would be fun to do with Klayton and maybe he will let me do it with him for the next few years to come for Christmas!
Oh Christmas Tree, you are going to be beautiful!

Different from all the others.

Because this one is hand painted with love.

Etched with little footprints.

That will let Mommy and Daddy reminisce about these days, this Christmas as the years go by.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Kitchen Story

There was a little boy, named Klayton...

He loved playing in the kitchen cupboards,

and drawers.

He just never knew what he might find in a drawer,

and there were so many drawers to choose from.

He especially enjoyed digging for buried treasure.

He never knew what he might find...

And when Klayton didn't find what he was looking for, he still kept his smile..

And simply moved on to another drawer.

Unfortunately, the story ends here as he found a no-no drawer and his mommy decided the pictures should stop and the mess must be cleaned.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

10 on Tuesday

1. Between keeping Klayton off the stairs, Klayton emptying out my kitchen cupboards, Klayton opening presents under the Christmas tree...I have been very busy!
2. Yesterday we took Klayton for his one year wellness check...yes two months after his first birthday! He weighed in at 20 lbs (5th percentile) and measured at 30 inches (33rd percentile)! I really thought he would weigh more, he has been quite the lug! I guess he keeps his skinny figure by being so active...
3. This past weekend my sister and her husband came up to do Christmas. We had pizza, opened presents, did a little shopping, watched a movie, went to church and enjoyed Sunday lunch with them...it was great! Unfortunately, I may not have cooked enough food on Sunday and let them leave still hungry...oops.
4. I have so much to get done and no energy. Ugh! I hate knowing my things to do list keeps growing and growing as I sit here being a bum...yes a bum. May I tell you I didn't even get out of my pajamas today; but in my defense I did manage to get a load in the dishwasher!
5. You know that yearly Christmas letter...there won't be one this year. I guess for now it will have to be bi-yearly...maybe I should start working on 2012's letter????
6. Christmas will soon be here! Its my favorite time of year! I'm really excited for my brother and his wife to be coming for Christmas this year! And, I really can't wait to see his wife's baby bump!
7. I'm in the mood for a nice cup of hot chocolate, to bad I don't have everything I need for it because I make a mean cup of hot cocoa!
8. FYI, in case you didn't know...for the month of December at Subway you can get either a 6 inch meatball or 6 inch cold cut for $2!
9. I'm in the mood for a Christmas movie...do you have a favorite?
10. I have two blog posts in the making to help make up for my quietness on here of late! Happy Tuesday!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

10 on Tuesday-Christmas Wish List

All I Want for Christmas:

1. Gift card to New York and Company, Kohls or Penneys. Then I can do some guilt free shopping for me!
2. Cash so I can get my hair colored!
3. Snowman decorations.
4. A straw cup, you know those cups with a plastic straw that can't be pulled through...one with a cute design.
5. Cricut Cartridges.
6. Cream or brown chair covers for the 4 chairs around my dining room table. Covers that cover the whole chair.
7. Bumble bee decorations.
8. God to answer 3 major prayer requests...
9. Knee high socks and over the knee socks, preferably argyle.
10. And finally, peace on earth and goodwill toward all men! Lol! Maybe jewelry beads.

• Working on this Christmas list was tough...when I was a kid I didn't even have to think twice about what would be on my wish list!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Bedtime Adventures

We have a tradition in our family to sleep under the lights of the Christmas tree at least once during the Christmas season.  So, last night we made a huge pallet on the living room floor and snuggled in as a family. What a sweet time together, yet I don't see us wanting to do it again this Christmas season. During the night I wake up to the sound of Klayton fussing.  I "wake up" as much as I can, considering its the middle of the night and within a minutes time I'm fully awake as I realize that my child who was snuggled next to me when we dozed off was missing.  And for that matter he couldn't even be found on our pallet; but I can still hear him fussing.  My eyes started searching the room and discovered him walking across the room! Oh my word, if he could only talk and tell me what he was doing. I quickly brought him back to the pallet and the rest of the night involved me becoming pillow less as he took over the pillow and most of my covers and being pushed into the bookcase.  Oh, the adventures of a one year old....

Sunday, November 27, 2011

I May or May Not Have...Saved a Life

Yesterday, after the victorious win over Ohio State , for those that don't know Michigan beat Ohio for the first time since 2003. Moving on, we decided to try and finish up our Christmas shopping. It was cold and very windy. I was carrying Klayton, purse and diaper bag as I usually do. To get to our van from my parents house we have to walk up a flight of cement stairs. Joseph was running to the van in an effort to get the doors open and ready so we wouldn't have to stand in the cold longer than necessary. I decided to increase my pace and promptly fell forward into the stairwell...ruined my brown boots even more, scratched up my leg, bruised it slightly and Klayton went away with a smile thinking it was fun because he didn't even touch the ground! So, I may or may not have saved his life in that fall...

Missionary Wife: The Beautiful and the Ugly

**I have decided to do a serious of posts about my life as a MW (missionary wife). This is just a way to let you briefly peek into my life.**

So, life as a missionary wife can be very interesting. There is more to it than traveling the country side, enjoying the sites. There are aspects of it that are beautiful and then there is an ugly side. I love being a missionary wife because I know I am right where God wants me!
Some of you may not know what a missionary does. A missionary is someone who feels God has asked them to be a witness for Him here in the United States or abroad. My husband believes we are to be missionaries in Norway where we will tell others about Christ and will start churches. But, before we can get to Norway and so we can devote all of our time to sharing Christ with Norwegians and starting churches we must do this thing called deputation. Currently, Joseph, Klayton and I are on deputation, we travel around the United States for months at a time sharing with churches about our burden for Norway, hoping that they will take us on for financial support. Usually, a missionary will gain financial support from one out of twelve churches they have been in. In our case this can make deputation very long as we have alot of money to raise.

The beautiful side of being a missionary wife is I get to meet and make new friends, visit historical sites and states that I have always wanted to see. Visit fun places and catch up with friends that I wouldn't otherwise see. Sometimes I get spoiled by churches we go to, like one time a church member of a church in New Mexico bought me my very first Coach bag! Yay!
The ugly side of being a missionary wife is that there are moments of being homesick, feeling lonely. Sometimes you don't feel like you can be yourself because you are constantly being watched. Some people think that as a missionary wife that there are certain luxuries I shouldn't be allowed, like carrying my Coach bag. It can also be hard to be in church after church and not pick up a new supporting church.

Friday, November 25, 2011


I saw this recently on a blog and thought it would be fun!

If I could live anywhere in the US...
*I would live on the ocean shores of the Atlantic. Maybe Virginia Beach? Sleeping to the sound of ocean waves is so peaceful.

If I were to have more children...
*I definitely hope this happens. I would love for Klayton to be a big brother! A sister would be fun!

If I could have any talent in the world...
*I would probably be a violinist or a singer. I have always wanted to play the violin and constantly wish that I had a beautiful voice to sing with.

If you met me in real life...
*Well most of my readers know me. But for those that don’t, you would learn that I’m a private person, with a purse fetish, who loves to capture the moment with a camera and is forever in love with my baby boy!

If money were not an object...
*I would fix up the house we are living in. Get a new vehicle, maybe a Pacifica? Buy a new wardrobe…hire a maid.

If I could meet one celebrity...
*Mmm, maybe Sandra Bullock?

If I could only shop at one store for the rest of my life...
*I guess if this meant I couldn’t go to grocery stores,I would stick with Target. Because my family could still eat and I could buy cute clothes!

If I could chose one animal/pet...
*I would get a dog.
If I could go on a trip right now...
*Somewhere relaxing, warm, fun…maybe Hawaii?

If I had to choose between a house cleaner and a personal chef...
*Without a second thought, hands down, every time I would choose a house cleaner. I hate cleaning, it’s a job that never ends. Ugh.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! There is so much to be thankful for not just today; but everyday!
5 Quick Things I am thankful for:
1. This man...he is a great husband and daddy! Love him!

2. This boy. He brings joy to my life every day.

3. Being a mommy. Love it and wouldn't trade it for anything. I'm even thankful for those dirty diapers, because if I didn't have those that would mean I wouldn't have a baby of my own to love.

4. My family. God has added to my family this year by giving me a new brother in law and a new sister in law! So thankful for a family that is always there for me!

5. My mom-my friend. Yes, she is a part of my family, duh! But, there is just something extra special about her that I can talk to her everyday and about whatever.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

First Haircut

I've known this day has been coming as the hair was beginning to grow over the ears. Well, I wanted to take Klayton to a "cute" place, you know a place he could sit in a fire truck or an animal chair. After making tons of phone calls, we found out there was a place like that near my grandparents! I was so excited until my grandma informed me how much they would probably charge...I called hoping that an infants cut would be cheaper; because really he doesn't have THAT MUCH hair! Apparently, you pay to sit in the chair because infant cuts start out at $18 and depending what they do and the length of time they may possibly charge more...I just couldn't get a straight answer. So, it was off to Cost Cutters for a $10 haircut!
I'm so glad we decided on the "cheap" place because little man slept through it all!

Klayton didn't even flinch when she buzzed around the ears...

I should mention that I find this pretty cute...daddy holding his baby for his first haircut!

And about 10 minutes after the haircut began, it was over and Klayton woke up! Unaware that he just had a haircut!

Doesn't he look cute?

And, we now present Klayton with a certificate for his first haircut...he doesn't seem to crazy about it!

Monday, November 21, 2011

13 Months

Klayton you are 13 months!

This month:
• Started drinking from a straw cup! Yay!
• Transitioned to a front facing car seat
• Had your 1st haircut
• You were introduced to pizza, ravioli, nutrigrain bars, lasagna, toast, chocolate milk, sunny d, potato soup, baked beans...
• Went to Rhode Island

• Wear size 4 diapers.
•12 month clothes
•Wear size 3 shoes, some 4
• Love to be hung upside down.
• Like to drink from mommy and daddy's cup at dinner
• Eat a cup of yogurt and a piece of buttered toast for breakfast
• Do not like cottage cheese
• You are now taking steps
• Likes to pretend to bury things
• When focusing intently on something your mouth hangs wide open as you concentrate
• Very vocal
• Still love to clap
• Constantly on the move, you can't seem to sit still for a second
• Hate having your diaper changed in the morning
• Love chocolate, vanilla pudding
* Enjoy being chased
* When you drink your chocolate milk, you literally chug it from the straw, hilarious!

Some things I dont want to forget:
• This is from a while ago; but it must be recorded! Your fake cough! When we took you into see Dr. Klein back in August, we inquired about a "cough" you had. We didn't think it was real; but seriously how many babies have a fake cough?! While we were in her office you indeed coughed and she started laughing and confirmed it to be a fake cough! You sure know how to get attention...
• When I give you pudding you get so excited! Your legs start kicking! When I have a spoonful ready, I just have to hold it still and you dive in for it! No surprise that it ends up all over your face as well as on me!