Monday, November 30, 2009

Look of the Week {Sassy Stripes}

My mom bought me this cute striped dress last month...I liked it and all, but come was only three colors...I could not resist the temptation to sass it up a bit with some pink, green, red, and black striped tights...Please excuse the shoes, I about threw a fit when my mom told me she wouldn't run out that very minute and buy me some shoes with stripes on I had to settle for boring polka-dots. That woman needs to realize that one must sacrifice for fashion. I obviously didn't get my fashionista genes from her!
It's cold here in Bend, so in order to complete the outfit, I just had to put on my 80's inspired stripped puffy vest. This kept me warm and added even MORE great color to the ensemble. Simply Divine!
Because I'm such a caring big sister, I had to get Miles in with the fashion of the week too. Here he is striking his best pose for the camera, in his own sassy stripes.
Work it Miles, Work it!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Hey Baby, Want Some Turkey??

This weekend was a blast...we had a great time hanging out with good friends and family, who could ask for anything better? Our best day? Thanksgiving of course!
We worked up our appetites with a bit of sledding Thursday morning. We piled the kids and the dogs in the back of the car and drove up to Bachelor where we met the Vigeland clan for some time in the snow. The girls (Jadyn and Ava) LOVED sledding and flew down the slopes with no fear much so that I thought about going to buy them helmets (then Galen called me paranoid so I didn't).
I think they may have hit a bump right when I took this, look at Galen's face! ha.
Miles getting in on the action.
Ole carted all 3 of these crazy kids to the bathroom. Guess he was training for when they have their next one!
After a morning of fun, we came back home for a nap and some cooking (this year we made the pie, cranberry sauce, and mashed potatoes). Then headed over to Babbie and Papa's for dinner. Ava got herself all dolled up for the occasion...
We had a blast at my parent's house..eating WAY too much and drinking copious amounts of wine (except for this girl...she's due any day now)...
Ready to eat some FOOD!
Our wonderful Host and Hostess with their prized bird.
CHEERS! These kids didn't eat much, but drank a ton of the sparkling cider. Miles on the other hand, ate all of his turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce all blended up together (Gag!) he loved the stuff!
Dude, I'm stuffed. Time for a nap.
The girls doing a dance routine, some after dinner entertainment.
Good Night!
The kids (except for Miles) ended up staying awake till about 11:30~! And the adults kept the party going till around 2AM. It was such a fun night, but I think we all paid for it the next day!! Having kids and being hungover=Not so much fun!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Look of the Week {Neck-alicioius}

Can't decide what to wear for your play date with your cute next-door neighbor boy?
Don't worry, I've got the answer...Make a statement with lots-o-necklaces!! This "piled on look" is all the rave in Hollywood these days, so why not create this for yourself?

If a bright colored patterned dress isn't doing it for you, glam yourself up with accessories galore!
It's easy, just grab your mommy's shoe box of old jewelry and put EVERYTHING on. I promise you'll be the envy of every preschooler on your block.
Warning: All of these necklaces can weigh you down, and you may need to discard a bunch of these mid play-date. If this happens, be sure to have your mommy help you take them off, or you'll end up getting them all stuck in your hair like I did, ouch!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Puppy Love

A Boy And His Dog
Bottle Protector
Jungle Gym

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A Visit With Auntie Jessie

Last Thursday and Friday we were lucky enough to have Jessie come to Bend on business. I don't know who has more fun, the kids with her or Jessie with the kids. I think we have a future mommy on our hands, I'd be willing to bet they start popping out kids in the next year or so. Hurry it up guys!
Mommy in training...doing the early morning feed for me!
Best Buddies

Monday, November 16, 2009

Look of the Week {Red Rocks}

No, I'm not turning this into a fashion blog, I'll leave that up to the pros...but, inspired by Ava getting so glammed up each day in a new "eccentric" fashion, I've decided to do a weekly post called Ava's "Look of the Week." Here goes:

According to all the fashion mags, bright colors are in this season, so Ava suggests wearing a bright colored tutu and leggings for that pop of color. Then match that up with any dingy sweatshirt and be sure not to brush your hair to give you that
"Just Escaped from the Insane Asylum" look.

This look is great for trips to Costco and the drug store with Mom. It can also be paired with a pair of snow boots and a rain jacket for those cold winter days. I just love the comments I get from all the people in the store, they love me, they REALLY love me!

Monday, November 9, 2009

She's Baaaack!

For awhile there I thought Ava's obsession with dressing herself had gone by the wayside, but for the past couple weeks, she's been at it again in full force. She went to school in this last week, and I told her teacher to get ready to see the "real Ava"...I think she looks so cute...just look at that pose!
Mr. Miles is doing great as always. This is his favorite face to make, he loves to suck on his lower lip. The alligator is his new best friend. He has to have it whenever he sleeps, loves to chew on it's tail. I guess it's better than than a binkie like Ava had!

Thursday, November 5, 2009


Better late than never... Here are our little goblins:

My skeleton and my princess
All the cousins ready for a night of candy collection
Ava was SO excited about all the candy. But someone (I won't say who, cough...Galen) took out all the good stuff for himself!
Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty looking fabulous
My wonderful mother made the princess dresses for the girls. They LOVE these dresses and dance around and sing in them everyday. I am SO lucky to have such a talented mom who's always willing to drop everything make something for these kids. Love you Mom, MUAH!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Scooter Stands!

I have great camera LIVES! I turned it on today and it magically started working. I don't get it...I'm beginning to think Ava and Miles somehow sabotaged it so I wouldn't take so many pictures of them on Halloween. I dunno, but I am so happy I don't have to buy a new one.

Anyway, on to bigger and better things. Our little Scooter (Mr. Miles) has been pulling himself up to standing for a couple of weeks now. Is it just me or does anyone else think this is WAY too early to be doing this? I mean come on, he's only 6 months old! Miles LOVES to stand. He pretty much climbs onto anything he comes across from the dogs, people's legs, Ava, the rocks around our fire place, whatever. I think we may have a future rock climber on our hands. Whenever he gets to standing, he's so proud of his accomplishment, and as it is very cute, I'm tempted to nudge him back down with my foot...I'm not ready to have him learn to walk just yet...

After watching this video, I've noticed that in most of my posts and pics with Miles, he's not wearing any pants. I swear we own pants for him, and he's in them when we leave the house. My kids like being naked I guess. I don't remember if when she was this age, we always had Ava's pants off too or not, but that could explain her love of undressing down to her undies whenever we get inside.

Monday, November 2, 2009


Dear Blog,

I am sorry for neglecting you. I really do have a good excuse though, a couple really.
First off, two weekends ago, Ava came down with the flu, H1N1 to be exact. She got it from our neighbor who was taken to hospital with symptoms and positive for H1N1, the poor girl and her brother were so sick and got croup on top of it all, aweful. They're doing fine now, thank goodness. Ava had her first H1N1 vaccine a few weeks ago, but not the booster for it yet. I think with the first round of the vaccine, Ava was able to fight it off pretty well. She had a very high fever, hovered around 105 for a few days, and was pretty tired and grumpy, but she didn't get the cough or soreness that they say comes along with it. We laid low last week (obviously) and made Ava a little bed in the playroom where she just hung out and watched movies and drank all her favorite drinks and ate whatever she wanted (this backfired on me once she got better as she expected to get anything she wanted and expected it to be served to her immediately). She was better after 5 days and is back to her usual self. The rest of us somehow escaped Ol' Swiney all together...knock on wood.

The second reason I have not posted in so long is because my camera is broken, and what's a blog post without a photo? Boring, that's what! I bet half the people who even read this blog didn't give it a second glance cause they saw there's not pics with this post (that's what I do anyways:) So, what's a girl to do? I'm lost without my camera, though I think Ava and Miles have been delighted not to have a camera in their face every two seconds.
Anyway, those are my very legitimate reasons for not posting for awhile.

So, instead of a picture, I guess I'll tell a funny Ava story from yesterday. While we were driving, Ava kept saying some weird made up word, something like shoobatoot or something like that. I said, "Ava' what's that mean?" And she says: "Mom, don't you know?...shoobatoot is Spanish for Fart!" ha. She's so funny :)

Once my sister sends me her photos of Halloween, (which knowing Kylie could be next year) I'll be sure to put them up. The kids were SO cute in their costumes this year!

Sincerely Yours,