Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas Celebrations!!!

This year we had many Christmas celebrations with family.  It started last Wednesday when we spent the day with my mom.  We had some really yummy food, opened presents, had more yummy food, did some shopping, played Scrabble, had more yummy food....you see the pattern?  Here's a few pics from our day together!

Marissa opening her FAVORITE gift....Polly Pockets!








The next day, we did some last minute grocery shopping and did some cooking for the upcoming Holgrimson celebrations.  I also got the urge to paint my bathroom so I ran to Wal-Mart which by the way was a huge mistake since the lines were extremely long.  I painted my bathroom and put all my new linens that I had got for Christmas up and I was so happy that it was done.  That night we packed up the kids in the van with some hot chocolate and went looking at Christmas lights which is when we discovered our van heater quit :)  Oh, the joys of car ownership!  Nevertheless, we found some pretty lights on houses!  Here's some pics of my new bathroom!  I'm very into grey right now so hence my bathroom is now a shade of gray!




Christmas Eve morning, we celebrated Christmas as the "Four" family.  We started off with Marissa's favorite donut breakfast and opened our packages.  Marissa had some awesome reactions this year and was very sweet helping her brother open his gifts. 









We then headed to G & G Holgrimson's house for Christmas Eve dinner and package opening!  We enjoyed some more yummy food and enjoyed family time! 






Christmas morning we headed out to Great Grandma & Great Grandpa's house early for stockings, cinnaminn rolls, bacon, packages, play time with the cousins and a yummy ham lunch!  Here's a few pics from the day!









Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Preschool Christmas Program

This morning we had the great pleasure of watching Marissa perform in her preschool Christmas program.  It was so fun to see my girl up there singing her songs that I know they have been practicing since September :)  Here's a few pics from the program!  I didn't get that great of pics because of lighting and all the people in front of the stage but hopefully you'll get the idea!


Group Picture






One more picture to share from yesterday!  Our sledding extravaganza!!!  Tony ended up getting hurt and needing an X-Ray.  Fun Fun!


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Birthday Weekend!!!!

We had an amazing weekend celebrating my 32nd birthday!  Thanks to my whole familiy for making my birthday special!  We celebrated the whole weekend long!  Festivities kicked off on Friday, when my mom took us to Pazzaluna in St. Paul for dinner.  It was AWESOME food and great ambiance!  Mom had bought me my favorite DQ cake so we went back to her house for presents & cake!  Marissa even got to spend the night with Grammy!  Saturday, Mom and I went for some spa time :) and met up with Tony and the kids for lunch at Totinos.  Tony and I got to go on a date last night.  We went to The Lexington on Grand Avenue.  It was a great dinner and we even got to stop by Caribou Coffee on the way home for me to take advantage of my free birthday drink!  Sunday, we met up with my Holgrimson family and had a great Brunch at the Tavern Grill in Blaine.  Thanks again to everyone for all your calls, cards, presents and time spent this weekend!  I truly felt loved!  Marissa was the cutest calling me "birthday girl"  all weekend!  Here's some pics we took!

Marissa posing by the tree!



Grammy & Marissa at Pazzaluna

Marissa with her "birthday girl"


Me & my babies

My Package Helpers


The "Four" Family


The Lexington
The Holgrimson Family of 10


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Winter....Random Thoughts!

Winter is here and has SLAPPED us in the face.  The kids went 4 days before leaving the house.  Marissa was so glad to have preschool again just to get out.  Tony's car wouldn't start yesterday and his tire went flat.....and it took 2 hours both ways to get home.  Lovely.  My van almost didn't start when it was time to go to preschool.  It took several tries before it finally gave in.  It's freezing and I wonder each year why we live here.  It's going to be a long winter.....my 4 year old is going a little stir crazy already!  I'm looking forward to Tony's vacation next week!  When the car thermometer says -6 WITHOUT the wind chill....I know it's time to start looking for vacation ideas.  We came up with some ideas of where to go on a family vacation and I'm thinking we should book TODAY!  Gives us hope to get out of this place for a week! 

With all this time indoors, you would think I would get more done.....Hmmm...guess, I better get busy.  Maybe, I'll just go to Caribou for their $2 hot drink special today before picking Marissa up from school.  That sounds way better than laundry.....Here's to hoping Tony's car starts again tonight :)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Closet RE-VAMP!

Post #2 for today!  Yesterday, we decided to re-do our closet.  The goal is to eliminate some furniture in our bedroom as our dressers are taking up too much space.  So, the more we can fit into our closet....the BETTER!  So here is some before and after photos.   I still need to do some more organizing and maybe Goodwill some more things but this is a start! 

Thanks to IKEA for a inexpensive way to organize our clothes!  Gotta love IKEA!

THE BEFORE.....









THE AFTER......






Brody is 5 MONTHS OLD!

Brody is officially 5 months old today!!!  Can't believe how fast it is going!

What he is doing at 5 months.......


He weighs approximately 18 1/2 pounds!

He wears size 3 diapers!

He is wearing 6-9 month clothes!

He is getting better at eating cereal when he wants to do it!  Still VERY messy!

He STILL doesn't sleep through the night.  He gets up at least once sometimes twice in the night!
He LOVES his jumperoo & exersaucer!

He adores his Big Sister or Sissy as we call her.  He watches everything she does.  She can get him to smile and laugh so easily.

He still snuggles with his sissy in bed and both of them could easily fall asleep holding hands and snuggling.

He does a lot of talking and Marissa does a lot of interrupting what he is saying. 

His eyes are turning very blue!

He loves it when it's storytime in the afternoon and his sissy reads to him.

He likes to be laid down in his crib for nap time with his music playing.  He is SO not a snuggler....

He is the perfect fit to make our family complete.  We love you Brody Man!



Tuesday, December 7, 2010

4 year old check-up!

Marissa went to her 4 year old check-up yesterday!  She is still in the 90th percentile for height!  She is 42 inches tall!  She had to get one shot which did not go over well.  The older she gets the harder it is to convince that it's going to be OK to get a shot.  Oh well, that's over for another year.  Doctor said she looks perfect!  Today she gets to celebrate her bday at preschool.  She is bringing in treats and because it's her bday she gets to be the leader!  That is so exciting for her!  Last week I brought her in to get her 4 year old pictures taken.  I took this pic right before leaving the house.  I'm so proud of my big 4-year old! 


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Happy 4th Birthday, Marissa!

Marissa turned FOUR years old yesterday!  We had a great day!  Here are some pics from the day!

Barbie Cake

Family Pic

Girl Cousins

Chuck E Cheese Group Pic

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Random Pictures....

Post #3 for today....Here are some of my favorite pics of my kids from last week!  Busy weekend coming up with Marissa's 4th birthday!!!  Golden birthday 4 on the 4th!