I had to put some pictures up of the kids on Christmas Sunday. I think that they look absolutely adorable, but I'm their mom and of course I think they are. the only way that I could get Bryson to sit still to get a picture of him is to give him an ornament to play with. I put Baylee's hair in foam curlers. I was putting them in my hair and of course she wanted to have them too even though she has curly hair already it turned out really curly I loved it. Here are some pictures of Christmas morning. Baylee loved her sun glasses and carrys them around with her everywhere she goes. Bryson loves this toy and really likes the bear on top that dances. This year we had all of my family up for Christmas, and that doesn't happen very often with 11 kids and all. My family always has a Christmas Eve party and so that is where we went Christmas Eve. It was tons of fun and lots of food and goodies. Then Christmas day we had our morning to ourselves and then went to Darin's parents to open presents and had dinner their and then visited my parents and came home. It was a full but fun Christmas.
I love the snow. We are getting so much of it. The only thing that I am worried about is where are we going to put it. We broke the record of the most snow fall in 24 hrs. It was like 32-34 inches is what the news said and we are supposed to get some more this week about 8-10 more inches. I love watching the snow fall and playing in it, and Baylee does too. I tried to get Bryson out in the snow just for a little bit and he through the biggest fit over getting dress it just wasn't going to work out. Baylee on the other hand loves to be out side and if she could she would wear her boots all year long. She is a typical girl and loves shoes. The first snow storm we had my nephews over and we all had a blast playing in the snow. I pulled them behind me on the 4-wheeler on a sled and went sledding down the little hill of snow on my street. We all had tons of fun.
We had a snow storm this Friday and Saturday and it was supposed to be 6-8 inches but it only ended up being maybe 4 or 5 inches if your lucky. I love the snow and loved last years amount of snow that we had. Anyways up in the mountains though their is a lot of snow, so that is where Darin is this Saturday all day. Playing in the snow with his brothers and dad. Last night he was getting ready to go out today and was finding his helmet and found some old helmet and put it on the kids it was so cute. Bryson is in this stage where he knows to smile at the camera. What a cute smile he has. Baylee is such a daddy's girl. She follows him everywhere he goes. When she wakes up in the morning the first thing she asks is "Where's daddy?" if he isn't around. Never hi mom or anything but where's daddy. She loves him so much. I have been cooking tons with my sister Holly and sending out Christmas cards. I wanted to get an early start so that I didn't have to hurry so much when it got closer to Christmas.
This week we were planning to all go and get our tree but Bryson fell asleep and so Baylee and Darin went and picked out the tree and then Baylee and I decorated it together. She had tons of fun, but now she takes the ornaments off and plays with them. This year might be another year of a half decorated tree where the bottom half is missing and the top half is fine. Darin also put the light out on the front of the house too. Baylee loves the lights. Everytime we turn them on she is always saying CHRISTMAS LIGHTS!!!! She gets so excited about it. It's more fun this year because she is starting to understand more things about this time of year. Bryson is so interested with the lights. He crawls to the tree and trys to tear pieces of it off. I have tons of pine needles on the ground from him doing that. I now know why my sisters and mom have fake trees. I think that I still want to have a real tree still. Bryson has learned a new trick, he picks his nose, I mean he really sticks that finger up there like theirs gold:) It is so funny. He just sits their and smiles at me when he is doing it. Baylee has started to just randomly start singing out loud. I love it. She sings I Am A Child Of God and The Itsy Bitsy Spider are he favorites. Darin has been out in his man cave half the week tinkering around out their. I have been just doing the same old thing nothing new.
This week Bryson took his first steps the day after Thanksgiving. He took a couple of steps and then did it again right after that. Today he took a couple of steps to my dad too. Then the yesterday I gave him a hair cut. at first it was supposed to be a trim around the ears and neck. Then I wanted to shorten it up a bit and then out came the buzzer. I stuck a #4 on their and went all around his head. Darin didn't want me to give him a hair cut in the first place. I can understand why now. I know I not a beauticaian but I was just giving it a try. So anyways I started cutting his hair while Darin was outside playing in the new snow that we got that day with Baylee and when he came in it was buzzed. He was shocked at first but Darin actually likes it. He tells everyone that Bryson has his hair now:) I on the other hand don't like the hair cut at all. I loved his longer hair I just wanted to trim it a little. Everyone says that he looks older now and I don't like that too much becuase his still my baby. I took these pictures while he was sleeping but eventually he woke up. Baylee has had a good Thanksgiving. She had fun playing with her cousins and hanging out with them this week. We have all been a little sick too this week so that is why it took me a while to post something. Darin has been going with his brother out hunting and helping them out finding something to shoot. He has also been cutting up deer and has been keeping busy. I made a pumkin cheese cake for our Thanksgiving dinner with Darins family, and butching Bryson's hair.
Darin has been hunting and hunting and hunting. He never got an elk and this deer season he was seeing deer but not the one he wanted. Well finally he found the one that was good enough for him to shoot at, he shoot it in the neck and he went down. Darin was with his brother Jayson when he got it. Darin's other brother Brent was with them but about 500 yards away. It is actually a really big buck. It's the biggest that I have ever seen. It's a 4 point buck too. Sorry about the pictures these are ones from his phone. Darin was so excited about the buck that he kept going out to look at it all evening. He could hardly sleep and he kept telling me the story of how he got it, I think that he has told me about 3 or 4 times over. I'm proud of him.
This Tuesday was my birthday. It was a good day. Darin went out and did some errands and the kids and I sat at home doing stuff around the house. Taylor got me some movie tickets and so Darin and I went and saw Eagle Eye while she watched them. It was a action packed movie but it was good. Then we went home and I went to the gym for a while. Darin forgot to make a cake but no big deal. I had a lot of family and friends that called and wished me a happy birthday and that was really nice. Monday Darin got a doe and he has already cut it up and has it smoked into sausage and peperoni. He loves to proses he own meat, and I might say he does a really good job at it, since he does it for a living and all. He also cut up another deer on the same day. I help him do the wrapping and odds and ends. So this week has been full of fun. Sorry no pictures my batteries are dead in my camera:(
These are some pictures that we took in our back yard. Bryson had a lot of fun playing with the leaves and holding the pumpkin, but he wasn't too interested in getting his picture taken. Baylee liked throwing them everywhere. She loves to take pictures. She always wants to be the center of attention during them and has the cheesiest grins. We had a lot of fun and they turned out great.
I made this pumpkin cheese cake and I was just really excited that it turned out. I have made two of them so far now. It's been a lot of work to make them. Darin got the recipe out of a magazine and it's supposedly the same one that the cheese cake factory uses. It takes all day and all night to make. It takes 2lbs of cream cheese. I was so surprised by how much it takes. Darin really likes like cheese cake and I think he might have gained a couple of ppounds after this week. Darin took a piece out of the cake before I could take a picture of it.
Bryson was a pirate and Baylee was a caterpillar, but she wouldn't keep the hood on and kept complaining that she wanted to be a pirate also. At least we got her to smile in one picture though. That night we went to the CDA stake center for a little while with some friends and family, but then we left and went to a barn party that my parents ward was doing. Baylee had tons of fun at that. Bryson wasn't feeling to well and neither was Darin, so we stayed for a while and let Baylee play some games and do some trick or treating and then went home. The kids are still young that it doesn't really matter to be out terribly too long and they don't want to feel their bags to the top. I remember going trick or treating as a kid with pillow cases and trying to feel those babies up. That was so hard work and long hours. We did our pumpkin carving a couple nights before Halloween and that was a fun night. Baylee kept trying to grab the knife to do it herself but she loved to scrap all the goo out of the pumpkin, and Bryson just watched and made tons of noise waiting to be feed since he was in his high chair.
I love the picture of Baylee in my boots, it was taken when she was sick earlier this month. She loves to play in my shoes. After church when I take my high hills off she slips them on and try's to walk around in them. I like the others because this is the kids falling asleep in funny positions.
Today I did a lot of baking. When it is cold out like this I really don't want to go outside, so I stay in and bake. I have been baking for about 3-4 hours. It has been a lot of work but I love to bake. Darin says that he likes my baking better than my cooking. Maybe that is because I don't like to cook a lot either. I am trying something new. Darin saw it in a magazine and cut it out for me. It is a pumpkin cheese cake. I hope it turns out. I will have to let you all know. The only thing about baking is that it always has to be something sweet and that doesn't help out with the waist line eaither. Well I thought that these pictures of the kids were cute. They had to be in the kitchen under me the whole step of the way. Baylee had tons of fun tasting the cream cheese frosting I had made, and I had to change Brysons outfit because he liked it tons too.
Earlier this week Darin put Bryson on the rocking horse and he held on and rocked out on it. He absolutly loved every second of it. He had a lot of fun. After taking a few pics. He fell down but was ready to get back up on the horse again, but of course Baylee couldn't let him because she likes to have the attention on her. It was so funny and cute.
Darin went out hunting this whole week and didn't get an elk. He was pretty frustrated by it. It was tough not to get one but the season isn't over just his vacation is. Bryson has been hitting his head on everything possible this week. He gave himself a couple of fat lips and scratched his gums above his two front teeth, but he keeps going. He is such a little dare devil. Baylee seems to talk more and more. She catches everything we say. The good and the bad unfortunatly. Nothing really excited this week. Just a bunch of bumps, brusise and no meat.
I know that I am horrible at keeping up with this kind of thing but what the hay I will give it a try. Today is Darin's Birthday. He is 33 now. He has been out hunting and that is what he usually does on his birthdays. We will have cake and ice cream when he gets home but that's about it. Just to update a little Darin did a lot of side work this summer doing roofing and painting homes. Darin is a very busy guy he doesn't like to sit still for very long. He got a new 4-wheeler this summer. He is having a lot of fun on it now that it's hunting season. Baylee is learning a lot of her colors, some days she knows them better then others. She likes to sing the ABC's to everyone. She is talking up a storm. She loves to play with her litter brother even though he doesn't like it all the time. She is a BIG daddy's girl. She is very jealous when dad comes home from work. She doesn't want dad to hold anyone but her. Baylee is finally potty trained but who knows maybe tomorrow she might decided that she doesn't want to be, that is just how she is. Bryson is a very happy little boy. Very patient and loving. He is standing up against the coffee table and walking around it. Dad got him to stand a little on his own on Sunday. He sleeps all through the night. He is such a big boy. He loves to eat, anything that you put in front of him he will try his best to eat it. He got a few hair cuts during the summer too. I played on a co-ed softball team during the summer. That was a lot of fun and I did my first triathlon this summer. It was a lot of work but tons of fun. That was pretty much our summer. Very busy.
Today Darin had to work which was a bummer but we made the best of it. I made him breakfast before he left to work, and we gave him his presents which was a electric saw. He liked it a lot. Went to church and came home. I really don't like the 12:30 time, by the time you get out the whole day has gone by and the kids are grumpy because it's nap time and it just stinks. Anyways when Darin got home we BBQ and it was great and then Baylee and I went on a walk. All in all it was a pretty good day. Couldn't have asked for more except for Darin to be off work.