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

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.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Sunday Ritual

Seahawks and Popcorn...who could ask for anything more?

Friday, November 12, 2010

She's Back In Full Effect: Ava's Look of the Week

Ah yes, it's that time of year again. The weather is colder, and Ava can no longer get away with wearing just a swim suit or a dress around town anymore. It's time to bundle up...and this girl LOVES to layer. Here are some pics from the last few, uh, "creative" days. Gotta love winter time!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Friday, November 5, 2010


It's been awhile since my last post, and almost a week since Halloween. I apologize. I've been working 2 mornings a week at the office to help Galen out and for some reason, can't find anymore time in my days!! But, enough complaining...lets talk about Halloween, shall we?

On Friday, Coffey made her yearly Fall trip to Bend. We took some pics, went out to eat, shopped, and just lazed around and relaxed all weekend. I don't think I've mentioned, but my dearest friend is PREGNANT and due in April!! I am SO excited and can't wait to meet that little Coffey Bean.

On Sunday, we celebrated Halloween with the Vigeland clan. The kids had a blast trick or treating, and ran full speed from house to house, they were a riot.

Here is my little kitty cat and moo cow. Miles' costume is a female cow, it came with tights. He grabbed it in the store and wouldn't let it go. Yup, that's my BOY!

Trick Or Treat!!!

Jake and Ava on a candy high.

Coffey trying to console a VERY GRUMPY Miles.

Snuggling by the fire.

For more pics, check out Coffey's blog...she's much better at taking pics than I am!!