Nick is my sweet 7 year old. He is in first grade and he's a fabulous kid. Nick is very smart, very sensitive, very into Star Wars, bakugan, Wii, playing, learning, and loving life! He's a super kid and a pure joy to be around. His contagious smile and sweet freckles melt my heart. Nick is a perfect big brother and I am so proud of him and honored to be his Momma!
Adam is my baby. My youngest and most cuddley, yet awnry child! He is quite the comedian at his young age and is sure to be entertaining. He is sweet, loving, funny, and innocent. He has a perfect smile, an hilarious sense of humor, and he is totally genuine. Adam is a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day!
A mother holds her children's hands for a while...their hearts forever. ~ Author Unknown
I never knew how much love my heart could hold until someone called me "mommy." ~ Author Unknown
If at first you don't succeed, do it the way your mother told you to. ~ Author Unknown
I'd rather be a mother than anyone on earthBringing up a child or two of unpretentious birth...I'd rather tuck a little child all safe and sound in bedthan twine a chain of diamonds about my [carefree] head.I'd rather wash a smudgy face with round, bright, baby eyesThan paint the pageantry of fame or walk among the wise. ~ Meredith Gray
I hope everyone has a safe and happy celebration. Best wishes for 2010!! My best friend and I had a good laugh as we thought how much our New Years Eve plans have changed over the years. It will be a quiet night at home with the family and a few special party touches. We'll all be together, safe and sound as we say good-bye to 2009 and hello to the wonderful memories 2010 will bring.
We woke up to a beautiful snow fall this morning. Too bad I have a lot to do today and no extra time for snow to get in my way. Adam's b-day is this weekend and his party is tommorow. Of course falling on the heals of Christmas, I'm not ready. I see a busy day ahead of me and no time to fight snowy roads. Oh well...at least I have 4 wheel drive and lots of determination!!
This is the neatest site. I found it while visiting MckMama and she made these cake balls on lollipop sticks for her children. She used white chocolate dyed various colors with food coloring. A little sprinkles for decorations and you have a really tastey snack. What I love about these is how versatile you can make these with food coloring, different sprinkles, a variety of cake mixes, etc. I am going to make some and I will post about the adventure, err I mean fun experience as I let my kids help! Check out this site. Let me know what you think about Cake Pops and Bakerella.
1 box cake mix (cook as directed on box for 13 X 9 cake)
1 can cream cheese frosting (16 oz.)
1 package chocolate bark (regular or white chocolate)
1. After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into large bowl.
2. Mix thoroughly with 1 can cream cheese frosting. (It may be easier to use fingers to mix together, but be warned it will get messy.)
3. Roll mixture into quarter size balls and lay on cookie sheet. (Should make 45-50. You can get even more if you use a mini ice cream scooper, but I like to hand roll them.)
4. Chill for several hours. (You can speed this up by putting in the freezer.)
5. Melt chocolate in microwave per directions on package.
6. Roll balls in chocolate and lay on wax paper until firm. (Use a spoon to dip and roll in chocolate and then tap off extra.)
7. Decorate with sprinkles if desired.
She recommends only melting a few pieces of chocolate bark at a time because it starts to cool and thicken. It’s easier to work with when it’s hot.
Every year I host Christmas Eve dinner for my Mom's side of the family and we exchange our gifts with them then. After a wonderful dinner we all gather down in my family room and exchange gifts with each other.
Daddy...will you open this for me? Ray loved it as much as I did.
Checking his stocking!
Look Mom and Dad!
Buzz Lightyear. The only thing he asked for!!
His face says it all!!
Waiting until everyone is ready to begin opening present!
If you notice, looking through the blinds in the living room, it is still dark out. Yes, we were up and ready at 6:10am!!
I could not ask for more!! Santa did a great job this year and they boys were thrilled with the MANY gifts Sants brought this year. Their excitement and joy is better than any present I could ever receive. It is all about the children and each year I make sure it is the most memorable Chrismas yet. I was once told, traditions and memories are made when they are young and I will carry on the fun forever!! Those are the memories I want to remember and create for their future. Merry Christmas boys!! I love you!! May you always remember these special Christmas times and how important family is.
Last week I posted about Nick's first Christmas and this week is Adam's turn.
He is 11 months old here (and like Nick, sitting on his Uncle's lap). Adam's reaction is very different to Nick's. Nicks screamed and Adam laughed and didn't care. Of course that doesn't suprise me. They have both been very different for most things since the beginning.
Christmas party at the Elks club and each child got a special early present from Santa.
Anyone who knows me know that I LOVE CHRISTMAS. I love the music, the lights, the decorating, shopping, wrapping, and making cookies. I also love to include my children with all of it. Nick didn't feel like helping me make cookies on this particular evening, but Adam was totally excited about it. Below are pictures documenting our fun.
Patiently waiting until Mommy gathers all of the supplies.
Stirring with all of his might.
Carefully placing the sprinkles.
The finished product!!
And this is what Nick and Ray were doing while Adam and I were being festive...they were in the Wii Zone downstairs in the family room. Lego Star Wars Wii that is!
Nick's first REAL encounter with Santa Claus. He was only 3 weeks old for his first sit on Santa's lap. Here he is 13 months and not impressed. The funny part is, it's his uncle playing Santa. He enjoyed Santa much better from a distance. Boy, the years go by fast!!!
Hi, I'm Alison. I am 34 years old, I am a busy Momma of 2 young boys. I run a household, I work full time and I am a wife to a wonderful husband. We met at Indiana University of Pa. I have been married for 9 lovely years but we have been together for 15! My life has turned out exactly how I had dreamed and in my eyes, it's practically perfect! Welcome and thanks for enjoying my happiness.
Ray is my wonderful 33 yr old hubby. We met our freshman year at collge in 1996 and have together ever since. He is a high school physics & chemistry teacher. In addition to teaching children, he is fantastic father to his own. I could not ask for a better man to be my life partner and best friend. We may not agree on everything, but in the end, we agree on everything that is truly important. He is a great man, perfect father, loving husband and I could not ask for more!
Husbands & Wives
A perfect wife is one who doesn't expect a perfect husband. ~ Author Unknown
I dreamed of a wedding of elaborate elegance; a church filled with flowers and friends. I asked him what kind of wedding he wished for; he said one that would make me his wife. ~ Author Unknown
My best chosen friend, companion, guide, to walk through life, linked hand-in-hand, two equal, loving friends, true husband and true wife. ~ Sir Charles Gavan Duffy
He's the funniest, smartest person I know. It doesn't mean he doesn't bug me and I'm sure I bug him sometimes. ~ Sarah Jessica Parker
While we try to teach our children about life, our children teach us what life is all about.
- Angela Schwindt
There's no other love like the love for a brother. There's no other love like the love from a brother. ~ Astrid Alauda
Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero. ~Marc Brown
A brother is a friend provided by nature. ~Legouve Pere