christmas card photo shoot 2009....

This was supposed to be a family photo shoot, but the boys were sick on the original date we had planned for it and then we couldn't find another date that worked with Eric's work schedule and the photographer. It would have been nice to get all four of us - maybe next year! It was hard to get a very good shot of the boys together. Cannon was not interested in smiling and once we finally got him around to it, Charlie was usually completely distracted by something else. Also, Cannon couldn't stand by himself so it limited our options. When I got home and told Eric how things went, Eric said to me "You really didn't think it was going to go any differently did you?" Hmmmph. I guess not.

Look at Cannon's face on this one...looks like he is having a blast, right?

This one makes me tear up. I love it.

Okay, looks like we are done....
And the final choice


while i was away...


Anybody there?

It obviously has been a while since I updated. Here are a few things we have been up to over the last month or so:

- All 4 of us were very sick. Charlie started it all, then I got it and then Eric and Cannon followed. Eric and I both had sinus infections, I had an ear infection, Eric had strep throat and Cannon got his first ear infection in both ears. Lots of antibiotics were given out around here.

- I had a booth at our community Holiday Bazaar. I had just baby items including appliqued onesies, burp rags and quilts. The onesies and burp rags did pretty well, but I only sold one quilt. I guess they were just more than people wanted to spend, but at $30, they really are a steal. If anybody is needing a cute shower gift, let me know! :)

- We moved to Utah! I made a trip a few days before Thanksgiving to meet up with Eric and look at apartments. My mom and dad watched Cannon for us which was such a huge help. We found a place that we like (you know, for an apartment at least!) and then Eric, Charlie and I drove back to Idaho on Thanksgiving day to pack up all our stuff. Our parents all came together and prepared a delicious Thanksgiving dinner that was waiting for us as we arrived. Friday morning we loaded up the Uhaul and got out of town. We had to be to SLC by 6:00pm to get the keys to our apartment. We rolled into the parking lot around 5:30. The only people we know here were out of town so Eric had to unpack the truck all by himself while I kept the kids out of the way. The truck was unpacked and we had the beds ready to go by bedtime. We spent the rest of the weekend unpacking boxes and getting reacquainted with all of our stuff that had been in storage for the last year. -I changed Cannon's carseat to forward facing for the trip. I was planning on keeping him rear facing for much longer, but he really likes it...I don't really have the heart to move him back.
-Cannon has had a rough month. It all started with teething, then the cold/ear infection mentioned above, then back to teething and now he has some sort of stomach bug I think. He was throwing up all day yesterday. After getting throw up in my hair, changing his clothes 4 times and doing 9 loads of laundry, I was ready for the day to be a distant memory!

- Charlie wrote his first letter to Santa. His list included a Nintendo DS, and toy ATM machine and the game Lego Rockband. His list keeps changing and of course keeps getting longer by the day.
- The boys are sharing a room for the first time and it has been a rough transition. I don't think the sickness they have had has helped, but they just love to wake each other up. Of course once Cannon is up, he just cries and then that makes Charlie upset. Needless to say, Charlie has spent some nights on the couch. He has even been asking to sleep on the couch so he doesn't have to hear Cannon. I am really hoping that this gets better soon.
- We went with the Hoolahan's to see the Christmas lights at Thanksgiving Point. You drive through and look at the lights and then at the end you can visit with the reindeer. Cannon really liked looking at the lights.
I just like this one because Charlie looks like a ghost.
Charlie wanted nothing to do with the reindeer. He was just sure one of them was going to poke his head through and bite his hand off. Eric finally talked him into getting a little bit closer, but just for a second.

-We put up our Christmas tree. Cannon is surprisingly uninterested in it. We put it up later than usual because I didn't want to be fighting him, but he really doesn't care about it. He is always surprising me! He helped to put on the first ornament.

Once we were done they just wanted to lay under it and rub their faces on the soft tree skirt. My 2 little sensory boys.
We tried to get some pictures of the boys together by the decorated tree but it was not happening. Cannon was DONE. Charlie was up for a few pictures...only because I bribed him with a candy cane.
- We went to the local mall to visit Santa. I will post that picture later because I have to scan it in, but after the santa visit GPa, Charlie and Cannon took a ride on the train around the mall. The boys loved it. My dad said Cannon had a ball waving at everybody with both hands as they rode by.

- The December kit at Freehand Scraps went live on the 1st. With the move I was unable to complete anything for the gallery, but check out the other girl's work. It is a very cute kit!

just like my mommy....

The other day we went to Michael's to get some ribbon. We passed the dollar section as we made our way to the ribbon and Charlie noticed this little book that said Scrapbook Kit on the cover. He grabbed it and just squealed "Mommy, can I pleeeeaaase get this scrapbook kit? Please, please, pleeeeaaasse?!" I didn't look too close at it, but said sure since it was just a dollar. His face lit up and then he yelled "Oh my goodness! I am getting this so that I can scrapbook just like my mommy!" He carried it around proudly showing it to every other customer we ran into. As we made our way to the register he said "I am probably going to need you to give me some scrapbooking lessons since you are the best at it!" How could I turn down that request?

Once we got home he asked me all day when I was going to give him some lessons and when I was going to print some pictures for his book. He requested the Rafiki pictures from Halloween and one for Michael Jackson (side note: He is now completely obsessed with Michael Jackson and even went to see the movie last weekend. I must post more about this later!)

He was very particular about which pictures he wanted on which page and where he was going to put the stickers.

He LOVES this book. He wanted to take it to school the next day to show his friends and teacher so he set it by the door so he wouldn't forget. He also likes to put it on his nightstand at night just in case he wants to look at the picures.

He was also very excited that I was going to put pictures of it on my blog and has been visiting it all day to see if I posted them yet. He was pretty dissapointed they weren't posted by the time he went to bed so I promised they would be up in the morning.

Here they are buddy. So happy that you wanted to scrapbook just like your mommy. Love you!

freehand scraps november gallery....

Like I said before, I really liked this kit...And I was especially happy that I liked the pages that I made with it. Sometimes, I have such great products to work with and it seems like my projects just don't measure up in my mind.

I have been holding onto these pictures of Charlie's Lion King experience for a while. I would have never thought originally to use this color scheme for this event, but I think it ended up working out.

I just knew I had to use this little elephant embellishment on a page of Cannon. So cute! I just love that patterned paper with the little birds on it in the bottom right of this page.

The cloud embellishments and the Crate Paper diecut paper was so fun to use! This page really was a struggle to put together with lots and lots of rearranging. I think this is the only page I did not do any stitching on this time.

On this one, I did some hand-stitching around one of the clouds and a few raindrops. It did not take all that long to do, but I don't think it really stands out so I am not sure it was worth the time.

Check out the rest of the gallery and the kit at Freehand Scraps. The rest of the designers did an amazing job!
I really have been in the mood to scrapbook since I made these pages last week, but the holiday bazaar is in 2 weeks so I must work on those projects instead! Isn't that the way it always goes!?!