Friday, December 31, 2010

Christmas Fun

So for the first time we had Christmas day in our house which was actually really fun. Lovely not hauling everything around - thats for sure! Guess which stocking is Melia's? Now they are cute stockings - don't get me wrong - but they just seem so much less special without the individualized stockings my mom has made for each of us over the years. I let Melia and Kyan pick theirs sicne I already had three my lovely mother in law has given me and just needed two more. Kyan picked one perfectly in sync with my others and you cant even really tell which one is his. Melia on the other hand...


First year having a fake tree. Nice in many ways - we had it up ALL december, Talia didn't eat needles off the floor, I didn't sweep needles off the floor and no one got spiked when removing ornaments every five seconds. So good idea - sad to not have the fresh tree smell though.

Talia got a lot of help opening her presents.
One of Kyan's presents made noise when you moved it so when he went to choose which one he wanted to open he listen to them to get the one that said, "Checkered Flag here I COME! Vaarroooom". That was a hard one to buy and sneak home when he was with me. I moved it so carefully but when we turned the corner on the way home it went off so I had to leave it in the Van since we all know he went through all the bags when we got home.

She loves big boxes. I was tempted to give her a movie in a box like this but I refrained. =)
Talia helped Vance put together his new computer chair by sitting on the cushion. Very helpful!


This seems like a creepy familiar picture - like this is what Kyan did a couple years ago at her age. You should have seen this orange when she was done with it. Well maybe its better that you didn't...
Kyan never looks at the camera but at least he is in the picture right?

Every once in a while I can get them to all smile during a picture. Just not at the camera =)

Merry Christmas!!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Ornament Exchange

So this year I got to host the ornament exchange party we have decided to make a tradition of. Its a lot of fun and a great excuse to get some of the girls together. The theme this year appeared to be awesome earrings! =) I think Kathy started it but due to my taking a picture about an inch and a half from her face she closed her eyes in fear so I didn't get a lovely picture of her modelling her red set but Barb is here showing off her Christmas Tree (which I promptly stole at my first opportunity). Lisa also had some fabulous earings I attempted to take a picture of but she sweetly requested it not appear here.

And Joanne showing off her fashionably mismatched pair.

Des and Lisa T.

Nancy, beautifully pregnant with TWINS Larissa, and Lisa C


Joanne, Jan, Kathy (there's her earrings!), and Barb


Lots of lovely treats and ornaments and good times had by all (so I decree)!

What we do with Ironing Boards at our house



I don't iron. Its overrated. Vance brings out my ironing board and asks if I want a new one to which I reply - YES Iwant a mini one cause I only use it with sewing and don't want that beast in my sewing room. So he dismantles it and hangs it in my basement as a surfboard.

Melia LOVES IT and 'practised her skills' for a long time.


We taught her how to charge the wave.


She sang "Queen Of the Wave" the whole time!! And really Merliah and Melia sound pretty close!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Famous people!

I have to share my experience's with famous people!

1. When the first Harry Potter movie came out my little brother looked EXACTLY like him. He would go around town and people would all do a double take and then (since they knew him) would go off about how much he looked like Harry Potter. Then one weekend when I stole him away with me we were at the baptism of one of Vance's neices I think and as we left a young boy almost fell over staring at Tyler and finally asked if he could have a picture with Harry Potter. My sweet brother said yes and the little boy got a picture with Harry Potter which probably made his week - if not his life!

2. My husband grows out his beard during school. Im sure you haven't noticed. He has often been referred to as Grizzly Adams and he has always enjoyed the reference. This past weekend we went to his work Christmas party and the guys he works with mentioned he looked allot like the actor from 'Hangover'. Strangely enough we have never seen this film. (We also don't recommend it - due to comments from the guys he works with) They showed Vance a picture and I can see the resemblance. Later on in the evening when we were about to get going a guy came over to our table and sat beside Vance staring at him and then asked him how filming Hangover was.
Vance: ummmm
Guy: I've never met anyone famous before.
Vance: really?
Guy: what are you working on now?
Vance: I can't really talk about it yet but you are going to love it!
Guy: Why is everyone looking at me and laughing
Vance:well you just kinda get used to it when your famous. just smile and carry on
Guy: okay. cool. can I have your autograph?
Vance: well I don't have a pen
Guy: Oh I'll go get one!!
(guys leaves)
Vance: can we leave now?
Me: (laughing so hard I can't talk)
(guy returns)
Guy: hey I got a pen
Vance: oh cool ummmm whats your name?
Guy: says his name
Vance: okay
Vance writes:

To Name
Best of Luck.
(illegible scribble as signature)

Guy: wow thanks
Vance: see ya
(guy leaves)
Vance: lets run
(we run)

I seem to be surrounded by famous people!!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Flower pictures

Really you are welcome not to care but these are some of the strange and cool flowers I took pictures of so I wanted to put them on here.
When we were buying the flowers for Savana's reception we went to this wholesale flower place. Its about the size of Costco totally filled up with different flowers. And cheap! There were a variety of flowers I had never seen before and since I took Melia she was in heaven. Okay so I actually had no idea that they colored flowers with food coloring! Is this common knowledge? Where was I when this information was given out? I totally thought that we could grow all these crazy colors of flowers! well you learn something new everyday I guess.

Looks like a pinecone to me!


They soo look plastic!



It totally looks like a chick with her hands on her hips! pippy long stockings?


fabulous color!

purple cabbage I believe?

looks like pumpkins but I think they are peppers? thats what they felt like anyway. apparently Melia picked one up off the floor (so she says) and pocketed it and it came home. so apparently when I said on my declaration form that I hadn't brought any plants, fruit, vegetables... I lied.



Flowers we actually chose for the wedding. I really was slacking cause I totally didn't get Vana's bouquet!











Out and about San Diego flowers.


The End but really just the beginning of a new obsession I think. I never thought about it before but if you have cool flower pictures they are sometimes even cooler in black and white! My mom printed off a bunch she had taken in San Diego for the reception in Calgary and they were AMAZING! I may have stolen some and put them up in my house =)

Friday, November 26, 2010

Carlsbad Reception



Ready for more reception pictures? These ones are from California? ME TOO!! In case you are curious I am definately making progress on catching up! The outfits may be rather familiar =)

The other two were sleeping so this is our concious family in front of the temple.


Two wedding quilts made for Savana - one by my mom and one by her sister - to cover the valuble pieces of her history - or geography I guess =). She was born in Africa, raised in Canada
and then migrated south of the border. It's okay - we love her anyway. =)


OK So the funny part about this picture is how long I looked at the candles trying to figure out what was wrong with them. Finally it hit me that Savana's initials are backwards. Her name was Savana Woodruff so clearly the S should be first and W should be second. Then (fortunately before I switched them) my second realization came that it was not ALL about Savana anymore. Her husbands name is Will. W and then S is not backwards - its fine but let me tell you that didn't stop me from having that niggling feeling in the back of my mind that something was out of order! Apparently I do have some OCD tendencies =)


Playing with my camera again. The little boys were playing in the water in the centerpieces so there were splashes all over the table but the tablecloth's must have been water resistent cause the water just sat on the table in drops - very fun.



Her cake was fabulous - thats white chocolate shavings on top. Very fun! They had a mixup at the cake store the day of the wedding and one of the layers of her cake was sent out to someone elses wedding. Fortunately the layer left behind was the same kind as hers and they just had to re-decorate the top to fit her colors. Increase her stress level of course but it all turned out well in the end. She was just a bit late for the pizza party/ family dinner. Don't worry she still got pizza.


These were my flowers as a bridesmaid but Melia strongly disagreed that I should be the only one with flowers. She later realized that the Bride had even cooler flowers and tried to steal them right as she was coming out of the temple and everyone was trying to take pictures of them. I had to speak firmly to her and let her hold mine.


Savana trying to figure out how to get her flowers back without a brawl.



Not being allowed to go in the temple did not sit very well with Melia. She sat on the sidewalk and would not be moved while waiting for Savana and Will to come out. We finally managed to drag her away when we found out they would be coming out a different door. Really not a bad quality though right? We are told we should stand in Holy Places and Be Not Moved? She's got the right place to stand (in the temple instead of outside but since she wants IN so bad I think she has the idea) and she's facing the right direction so the rest of raising her should be easy right? right? just say yes okay!



The best family pictures we got. I figure everyone is cute and mostly happy so we win right? The fact that the only reason Kyan was in the picture was because he got to hold the flower means nothing!


The blurry one is always the best right?


Pretend we look normalish in these k?



Are you pretending? good

Just for the record - they told her to do this. She thought it was fantastic that she got to hold Vana's dress!


Mom, Dad, Talia, Missy and Tyler
Missy had like the perfect dress to match Savana's vision! She has had it for a while so clearly she and Savana share some of the same vision.



I have to say I am totally jealous of my mom's little suit. It is soo cute and fits me, I mean HER fabulously I must say. I told my mom we should institute a Dress swap so I can wear all her cute clothes. She looks better in most of my clothes than I do so it would actually work out well for both of us I think. Good sales eh? but true actually. I'll let you know if it works out =)


Daddy and my sweet angel or little rage as she is better known. =)



Tyler and my parents. Tyler had a nice week just hanging out on the beach and staying at the Banana Bungalo. Strangely enough he didn't want to hang out with us while we went everywhere with our little angels =)