Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Stage Mom

To the naked eye this is just a video of Ava singing Christmas songs...but if you look closely, you'll see her CaaaaaRAZY mother bobbing her head and using jazz hand finger points in order to keep Ava on beat. Just like an episode of Toddler's In Tiaras. Awesome. The sad thing is...I didn't even realize I was doing it! Ava, I apologize in advance for embarrassing you at all future dance recitals, soccer games, gymnastic meets, school assemblies....etc, etc. I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I'm sorry.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

And A Partridge In A Pear Tree!

TIRED. I'm really tired. It's been such a fun holiday. I don't know who had more fun, the adults or the kids...what a great Christmas! We had the Blyth clan in town again this Christmas. Nonie, Grumpa, Jason and Jessie all came to stay at our house (Colin and Kelley unfortunately couldn't make it). We had a blast drinking, eating, playing with the kids, and getting really spoiled!

Christmas Eve, we had our family friends the Parkers over for crab. The kids decorated gingerbread men...
Check out Miles' shirt. Such a mess.
Sammy liked the candy
Nonie and Miles

Just before dinner...SANTA (Smelly Claus) arrived!! Ava was SO excited!!

Miles...not so excited!

CHEERS!
Christmas morning came early at our house. 6AM to be exact. Ava ran into our room and shook me awake saying: "Mommy!!! SANTA came! He brought me a DOLL HOUSE!!"
This one opened presents very carefully.
The aftermath
That night, we all headed to my parent's house for dinner. Ava with her best friend JJ.
Batman and Buzz Lightyear

The greatest Grannies in the world!
Jess and Jas. Future Bendites!
Cheese!
The Grout Girls
This Christmas was one of my very favorite yet. Sorry this post is so short on words...my brain is functioning at a lower level than usual today. I need some SLEEP. Good night!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Gingerbread Houses

We had the cousins over this week for some gingerbread house building. We went with the ghetto-gram-cracker-style-house this year. What a great excuse to play with your food and get a sugar high.
Ava with her masterpiece
JJ with hers.
I didn't get a picture of Jakey with his house, he was too busy keeping Miles entertained with boy stuff, but his was beautiful too!

PS...FYI for my busy mommy friends. I just picked up a sugar cookie decorating kit at Trader Joes for 99cents! Comes with 4 cookie cutters, dough mix, frosting & sprinkles...GREAT deal, and kept the kids entertained for at least a half hour!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas Abstract {By Ava}

We call this "Tree"
And this is "Wreath"
Duh.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Okay Mom, I'm Ready to Go...

Miles dressed himself this morning. Sissy's undies and dad's shoes over PJ's. A budding fashionisto??

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Weekend Warriors

Last weekend we were Busy Busy Busy!! Saturday marked the first weekend of Mt. Bachelor Ski School for Ava (3 Saturdays, 6 hours a day), then my mom took the girls (Ava, me, Kylie and JJ) to the Nutcracker here in Bend and out to dinner at Red Robin (thanks Mom!) then we headed over to Kylie and Ole's house to watch the rest of the Apple Cup (ahhhh, so frustrating!) with the guys and an impromptu slumber party...

My little ski bunny with her buddy Sadie ready to hit the slopes. They tore it up, video to come!!

Listening intently to the teacher.

All the kiddos (minus Carson) at Kylie's house...ready for their first slumber party!!
Down for the count...under the piano!
Jakey snoozin
On Sunday, we ventured out to get our tree!!
Cali and Monty in Dog Heaven.
Ava was a bit tired (understandably) that day...I think this is the only time she smiled the entire day.
The snow is DEEP!
A great way to end our day...with another fit from my beautiful daughter!
Now, I am sad to say, we have been home all week with the kids who are suffering from a bout of pink eye. I guess too much partying will do that to ya!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Hate To Brag But...

My kid (my FOUR YEAR OLD) can read! Yup...Ava has set a goal for herself these past couple of weeks. She wants to learn to read like the kindergarten kids at her school. So...we made her some flash cards...and viola! My 4 year old is reading! I've always said she has a brain like her dad...her retention is amazing...nothing like me I'm afraid! I was that kid in second grade going to the "special class" to brush up on my reading skills. I don't think we'll have that problem with this kid. So, g'on brush yo shoulders off Ava. You deserve it.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thanksgiving, 2 New Christmas Ornaments, and Other Things

Whoa, what a week. I’m sorry Blog World, that I’ve been so MIA. The Bend Blyths have kept a pretty low profile the past week…Mom has been, well, out of touch with reality due to some serious pain meds after a little surgery last Tuesday. Don’t worry, all is well with me, this was a planned, uh, “Christmas present” for me, that’s all I’m going to say about that...I’ll leave the rest up to your wonderful imaginations.
I would like to first and foremost say THANK YOU to my wonderful doting husband who was a tremendous help last week. I don’t know what I would do without him. He is amazing (and makes some amazing mashed potatoes)!
Anyway, moving on…I’m finally off my crazy-fall-asleep-in-mid-sentence-pain-meds, and can actually think a rational (as rational as I get anyway) thought. So, here I am, back in the saddle again, 89.3% rational. Hello blog world. Did you miss me?
Thanksgiving was quiet for us. We went to my Mom and Dad’s for one of the best Thanksgiving meals to date. Turkey was moist, stuffing was gooey, potatoes (Galen’s contribution) were garlicky heaven…yum yum yum. It was great being with just the 6 of us, but I think I would’ve missed having the rest of our family there, I just can’t remember. Okay, I’ll stop my pointless ramblings and show you some pics from the past week…
Kung-Fu Princess


A walk in the woods...


Future Heff.


He didn't take his eyes off the Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thanksgiving at Babbie and Papa's

Puzzle with Babbie

Yum!
Playing Dradle on our kitchen floor. This one's for you Jess.

Until next time friends, until next time.

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Santa Effect

There are so many reasons why this is the most wonderful time of the year.
Here are my top 10 reasons, in no particular order...
1. snow
2. cozying up by the fire
3. hot chocolate
4. Thanksgiving
5. Christmas
6. family
7. friends
8. presents
9. Jubelale
*and last but not least*
10. The Santa Effect

I've recently learned about the Santa Effect and how well it works on a preschool aged child. Don't know what this phenomenon is??? Make yourself comfortable and let me break it down for you...
The "Santa Effect" is quite possibly the BEST threat we parents have ever invented.
By threat, I mean, well just that... I bribe Ava into being a good little girl by threatening her with Santa. It's amazing really. All I have to do is say: "I'm going to call Santa..." and she freezes...I mean stops whatever naughty thing she is doing immediately...and says: "OH NO MOMMY!! PLEAAASE DONT CALL SANTA!! I'LL BE GOOD I'LL BE GOOOOOOOOD!!!" Sometimes she even sheds a tear. Simply incredible (not that I like making my child cry or anything...but I do like getting her attention)! You'd think she'd get used to my threatening to call Santa 10 times a day, but she doesn't...it works, EVERY TIME. Maybe it's because I have Santa's number on speed dial?

Yup, this is scary stuff for a 4 year old. The thought of no presents on Christmas morning is unbearable for her. (insert wicked witch laugh here).

Although I do love the Santa Effect and have used it with reckless abandon these past few weeks, there is a down side I have to warn you about...the ENDLESS amount of questions about Santa Claus that come shooting at you ALL. DAY. LONG.
"How can Santa see me?"
"When can I talk to Santa on the phone?"
"How do Santa's reindeer fly?"
"Why doesn't Santa have a dog?"
"Is Santa nocturnal?"
"Why are all the toys in the store if Santa makes them all?"
"How is Santa going to know what I want?"
"Does Santa watch the weather man?"
"Why is Santa fat? That's really unhealthy Mom."
"Does Santa eat at McDonalds?"
"Does Santa like beer as much as Daddy?"
The list goes on and on...but the payoff for answering a few questions is oh so worth it...a child who listens! Hallelujah!
I'm not sure what I'm going to do when Christmas is over...ever heard of the "Easter Bunny Effect"?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

She's Crafty

Really, really, reeeeaaaaallllllyyyyy crafty.
I'm up to my eyeballs in Thanksgiving crafts, and we've still got a week left till the big day!
Here are just some of our crafts from this week...
Pine cone Turkeys, Hand Print Turkey, Bean Art Turkey...

Ava cut out these hats for her and Miles...

Getting down with some cut & paste.

Miles' first masterpiece.

Ava's zillionth masterpiece.

I am beginning to get anxiety over Christmas crafts. I don't know how many different Santa's I can come up with.