Saturday, December 29, 2007

Opening Presents (Videos)

Okay, I was a bit slacking on the photos this year. I took video at Grandma and Grandpa's house on Christmas Eve. Christmas morning, we were all in our pajamas and all too excited to get out the cameras. But, here are two videos of the kiddies opening presents. One of each.

First Maddie:

Next Brendan:

Friday, December 28, 2007

Toys, Toys & More Toys

Okay, now that Christmas is over our house looks like a Toys'R'Us testing facility.
We have toys in every room, on every flat surface and Brendan still has some money to spend!

If any of you know Brian & myself you know we had to go shopping the day after Christmas. We went to Michael's (boys went to look at Best Buy) & Target. It wasn't as bad as we thought it would be.

Anyway here are the photos of our toy covered down stairs....
Madelyn next to some of her toys...The boys working on Pirates....The front door...In front of the hiding space under the stairs...The toy box....

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Christmas Day

Christmas morning the kiddies didn't get up until 7:30ish (and yes I was up!) but of course we had to open presents before breakfast.
Later that day (after Lulu's nap) we went to Jim & Sharon's house to have dinner with them & Sharon's large family. Santa even made a guest appearance.
Here are some photos...
Madelyn after she stole mommy's chair...Brendan & Madelyn being surprised when Santa & Mrs. Claus came down....Brendan with Santa....Madelyn wouldn't sit on Santa's lap by herself so Sharon helped...

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas Eve Photos

We used the video camera more than my camera but here are two photos that I did get.Here is Miss Lulu.
The boys playing.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

BIG Snow!!!!!

We got LOTS of snow last night. It is hard to tell some places it is around 6 inches, in other places it is about 14 inches or more.

Here is Brendan and Mojo out in the backyard.

Here is Maddie checking out the snow through the front window.

Of course, as soon as I shoveled enough to dig the cars out, we had to go sledding.

Here is the first video of Brendan going down, and then Maddie going down. The sledding hill we go to is straight down on one side, and has two hills on the other. The snow was not packed down enough, because usually with a good shove, Brendan can make it down both hills. Here, he kept getting stuck, and needing a second push.

Poor Maddie.....her first time down I was trying to control her speed a little. Her rope got tangled in my hand, it turned her sideways, and she did a face plant.

Here is one of Maddie making it down without an issue.

And, here is Jen trying not to pop Brendan's sled :)

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Wayne County Light Fest

Friday night we went to the Wayne County Light Fest. They close down a few miles of road, and have many light displays set up all along the way. At the end, there is a place with refreshments and a Santa Claus for the kids.

We made a video of this one. I tried to edit it, and keep it short. Only showing the highlights of the lights, the kids in the car, and of course, Santa. The background noise where Santa is at makes it a little hard to hear the kids.

Friday, December 14, 2007

BJWC Tree Lighting

My girls club had it's City Tree Lighting on Saturday, December 1st. Santa arrived at the end of the Holiday Parade on a float covered with lights & the reindeer were lifting up starting to take off!
But being that I was the one to speak in front of everyone I didn't get any photos of that. And to top it off the minute Santa's float pulled out onto Twelve Mile it started to snow! They were those big fat snow flakes too. So last minute we moved Santa's chair to the Police house in were the fire trucks are kept. (They were out since we had all 3 in the parade.)

Here are the photos:
Me talking....(hum, don't do that much do I?)Brendan telling Santa what he would like for Christmas....Brendan taking a photo with Santa...Maddie thinking of talking to Santa...(she wasn't quite sure of him)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Tree Hunting

Finally getting our tree pictures on-line. Sorry for the delay.
We took the kids out to a tree farm where we got to cut down our own tree.
There was a horse drawn wagon...The kids all bundled up...Reindeer...The boys walking...The girls walking... (Maddie seeing Brendan getting a ride up top of course wanted one herself)Brendan finding the perfect tree...The boys cutting it down...And setting it up at home. A lot bigger then we thought.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Christmas Cookies

Well in a later post I will explain how I now have more time to be on the computer but until we get there...
Here is Master Brendan helping me bake some christmas cookies.Brendan being funny.The best part - eating raw cookie dough.After having a cookie press for about 3 years we finally learned how to use it.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Walking in Mama's Shoes

While I was getting dressed, Lulu stole my shoes and Brian's hat. Brian ran and got the video camera to record it. Stealing shoes seems to be one of her favorite things to do lately.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Christmas Countdown

This was from this morning, when Brendan was still in his pajamas. Hey Mom, who does this remind you of????

Friday, December 07, 2007

Early Christmas

Jen and I decided to get an item that we can share for ourselves for Christmas. I am sure that you will be able to figure out what it is :)

Here are a couple short videos to test putting them on-line. First, Brendan showing off the tree, and telling everyone Merry Christmas.

Next, LuLu doing here famous no music, of course :)

Of course, I said the gift was for "us" but really, we both wanted it for taking videos of the kids, and sharing them like this.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Our Georgia Christmas

Well I have finally gotten around to posting some photos of the kids opening their presents from our Christmas in Georgia.
Here is Maddie knowing that she is not suppose to be playing with Brendan's toy.
Brendan with his HUGE pile of toys.Daddy helping Madelyn open hers, her favorite things together-a purse & a book.Maddie won't let people hold her but she will give kisses like crazy.Maddie & Brendan being silly by dressing like presents.Brendan loves board games - he really wanted this one.Aunt Leesa also had given Great Grandma some things to bring down for Lulu - she had to try it all on.Maddie being cute & giving out smiles.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Thanksgiving in Georgia

Now that we are home and sort of getting settled back into the swing of things are some photos from our trip to Georgia for Thanksgiving to see Papa & Grandma Tatz. (I will post more later)
We got there at about 11:15 at night so the next morning the kids get up and of course want to play outside where it is a whole lot warmer than at home in Michigan. Plus Papa let Maddie have one of her presents early so she was ready to play.
Here is Brendan checking out Papa's pond.Here is Brendan riding on Papa's tricycle that he has for the kids.Here is Maddie all excited about having a big wheel of her own. (She uses Brendan's all the time)
And of course we can't forget about Thanksgiving Dinner. Here is our dinner spread (well most of it anyway).Here is Brendan chowing down on some bread. (Madelyn was not in a taking pictures mood)

Monday, November 19, 2007

Our Puppy

Well now that Mojo is pretty well used to us we have found out some really funny things about him:
He thinks his job is to lay by the fire all day.
He likes Maddie the best right now (she is really good with him too)
Brian took him to the park & he was tracking/following Brendan's scent & did really good about staying with him the whole time.
He thinks that when ever he walks past some one (specifically kids) that they have to pet him.

Here are couple photos of our new Mojo at work.
And here is cute one of the kids playing with their leap pad games & books together.