So to start off our week of Christmas fun with family we did Grahmcraker houses with Whitney, Teagan, and Paige. This is Kenna creation. The suckers were trees and she made little bushes with the jelly beans. It was completely eaten by the end of the day. We also made some cookies at Grandma Murray's house. Whitney came with us, because her and Kenna could not be separated for the first week. When we finally did separate them it was traumatic for both parities. Even though the cookies didn't turn out, the picture made it look so easy, the kids had fun making them. They had no idea that the cookies we gave them later were not the ones we had tried to make. At Grandma's house you can basically have what you want. Even if it is banana cream pie for breakfast, fudge for lunch. You name it, it has been given. Even Little Bryn had learned the power of a smile given to Grandma or Grandpa. Grandpa arranged for Santa to come by their house on the 22nd. It was so cute the girls were eating dinner and jumped and ran when the door opened and they heard him. He had brought a box of candy canes and helped them put them on the tree. He stayed for about 20 minutes talking to them and playing with them. It sure made their day. It has been snowing like crazy! Kenna is calling it "real snow" not sure what she means by that. She has spent tones of time out in the yard playing with the snow. She made tons of snow angels (they sort of resembled a snow blob). In her new Christmas pajamas. We let her open this gift after she made cookies for Santa and mixed up some sprite and eggnog for him. She has told everyone that Santa came and ate the cookies and drank the eggnog, that is proof enough to her that he is real!
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
To Grandma's house we came! We got to Idaho yesterday evening. Monday and Tuesday seems to have blended together. We went Monday night to Newark, NJ and stayed in a hotel, then caught a flight Tuesday morning (7am) and arrived in SLC at 10:30. My mom and dad were there to pick us up. Kenna could hardly contain herself going down the escalator. As soon as she saw them she started to dance a little. We then stopped by my Grandpa's and visited with him and then hit the road to beat a storm to I.F. The girls were fabulous little travelers. Kenna did her "I am so excited" puke when we first got on the plane (Brad caught that instead of the bag) and when we landed (bag caught that one). Other than that the travels were uneventful and for that we are thankful. Since arriving in Idaho Kenna had played her little heart out with Paige and Whitney. She is in complete heaven. Bryn is being spoiled by Grandpas and Grandmas. She is unsure of exactly who they are, but has learned that a smile to one of the above mentioned has more power than anything else on earth. She is such a good baby, even with an ear infection she is a happy camper. We (by we I mean Brad) left our camera card at home, but brought the camera, oops! I will try to figure out how to post video. Hope you are all well wherever you are for the holidays.
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Sunday, December 16, 2007
Brad is done with his 1 semester of 2nd year. No sooner had he finished his last final than he was struck with the dreaded gumboo. He has been coughing sneezing and sounding horrible since. Better be sick now instead of during Christmas. He was a dream and all though he was sick he still got up and went with Kenna and I on Saturday to the church to help put together some Christmas baskets for some of the ward members. After putting some together we went and delivered about 8 of them. Kenna had a good time putting fruit, baked goods, some toys, hats and mittens etc. into the baskets. Her favorite was picking out a Christmas decoration to go into the baskets, she liked the snow globes so that is what she put in every ones. Today we had our ward Christmas program, still sick, Brad got up and sat in the meeting with the girls while I sang with the choir. At one point during the program the young men and women had to come up to sing, Brad being in the YM's left Bryn with a lady sitting behind us and told Kenna not to move. (She listens so well to him, if I had told her not to move she would have moved). In the middle of the song we hear Kenna start screaming "THAT IS MINE DON'T TAKE IT! GIVE IT BACK! IT'S MINE IT'S MINE IT'S MINE (IT'S MINE repeated until Brad is done with song and returns to seat).Even with the threat of a toy taken away she still didn't move! A random boy had wondered over to the bench and tried to take her Snap and Style doll away. When Brad told the kid to back to his mom he just wondered to the next bench and tried the same trick. Unfortunately for him it was a family with 4 kids and you mess with one you mess with all. Defeated he wondered out of the chapel. We still don't know who he is or were he came from? I am now finishing up laundry and picking up the house so we can pack and head to Idaho for Christmas. Kenna is very excited to see her Grandpa and My Grandpa Norby who she refers to as her GREATEST Grandpa instead of Great Grandpa. Off to the wonderful world of laundry. Just for posing the question Do you like laundry? How about mating socks? Post answer in comment section.
Posted by Brad, Adrienne, McKenna, Bryn, and Lauren at 2:04 PM
Friday, December 14, 2007
Yesterday afternoon I heard Kenna singing upstairs in her room. She was singing the song that Cinderella sings as she cleans the floors. Since Kenna was to be napping I thought I would wait for her to finish her beautiful rendition and then calmly remind her to GO TO SLEEP. As I began to walk up the stairs I head water sloshing around. Visions of a flood upstairs came to my mind and I began to walk with more purpose. When I walked into her room I tried really hard not to laugh. She had put her apron on top of her head and another around her waist. She had taken the lid off the humidifier, put the humidifier on the ground, got a pair of underwear to use as a rag, and was getting her "rag" wet and then cleaning the floors with the water. When she say me she said, "Mom, I am being Cinderella." After I had the mess cleaned up and Kenna had been told sternly not to play with humidifiers and the water within, I went to my room and laughed. I never thought to take a picture of her!
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Thursday, December 13, 2007
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Sunday, December 9, 2007
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Thursday, December 6, 2007
I absolutely love this kid. She makes me laugh 20 times minimum in a day. Yesterday on her way to Preschool she screamed, when I asked what was wrong she said "I forgot to tell Santa something! Mom we have to go back I have to tell him so he won't forget!" What did you forget was my reply. "That I want a Island Princess Barbie says Hello". Now for those of you that are as confused as I was at to what in the world an "Island Princess Barbie says Hello" is this is it.
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Tuesday, December 4, 2007
This is funny go to the sites below to see my family as elves and Kenna, Bryn, Whhitney, and Ryan being elves. So funny! http://www.elfyourself.com/?id=1160195432 http://www.elfyourself.com/?id=1159955127
Posted by Brad, Adrienne, McKenna, Bryn, and Lauren at 9:02 AM
Sunday, December 2, 2007
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Saturday, December 1, 2007
Brad and I celebrated out 7Th anniversary a few days early on Friday. The Clayton's watched the girls for us so we could go to dinner and a show. We rode the train downtown to Maggianos (we literally walked off the train out the terminal door and into Maggianos) had a wonderful dinner. After dinner we walked the few blocks to the Avenue of the Arts and went to the Academy of Music to see The Drowsy Chaperone. We have never laughed so hard is was absolutely hilarious. It is a show within a show. So here it is a die-hard musical fan plays his favorite cast album, a 1928 smash hit called "The Drowsy Chaperone," on a record player and the show magically bursts to life in his living room. It is a tale of a celebrity bride and her groom on their wedding day. The die hard music fan walks you through the show tells you about the 1928 stars and is really what makes the show. It is only a 1hr 50 minute show. It is worth going to if you get the chance. In fact it is on tour right now and for those of you who are a hop, skip, and a jump away from Salt Lake City it will be there June 24th to the 29th 2008 at the Capitol Theater. We had a good time and enjoyed being together, we are looking forward to the next 7 years.
Posted by Brad, Adrienne, McKenna, Bryn, and Lauren at 2:53 PM
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Some may argue that Loops were designed to help medical personnel see in better detail the the things in which they are performing procedures on. As you can see they were clearly made for cutting your preschoolers fingernails. I feel this could be a new marketing strategy for them. In fact when I came downstairs with a mound of laundry I saw this laughed and then immediately had an entire Saturday Morning Infomercial come to mind. It went a little something like this; Tired of accidentally cutting your infants skin while cutting her fingernails? Or listening to your toddler whine about their fingers hurting because you have once again cut those minuscule fingernails too short? Those days could now be over simply call 1-800-LOO-PS4U and with 4 easy payments of $19.95 (plus shipping and handling) you can own a pair of Loops just like the ones you see Doctors wear on T.V. if you have seen a doctor wear them during your surgical procedures you should call Binder and Binder now to file your injury claim!
Posted by Brad, Adrienne, McKenna, Bryn, and Lauren at 5:21 PM
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Bryn is such a good baby. She plays well by herself, isn't needed or fussy. She is 5 months old now and is so fun. Here are some of her favorite things to do. Play in her exersaucer. Have her sister hold her. She is completely in love with Kenna. They do a lot of snuggling on the couch. Kenna is soft and gentle with her. If Bryn starts to fuss she will go running to her saying "It's okay Bryn I am here". I love it. She is a rice cereal fan. And is so cute sitting up at her highchair. It is a good thing she make noise every once in a while or I would forget about her!
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Sunday, November 25, 2007
I can't believe our little Kenna is 3 years old already! Time goes by so fast! She has been so excited all month for her birthday. Friday night we took her out for a birthday dinner, she chose pizza. We tried a place called Bertucci's Brick Oven Pizzeria. It was the best pizza we have ever had! Because it was her birthday they gave her free ice cream and put a candle in it, we sang to her and let her blow the candle out. It made her day. She wanted Brad to take her shopping for a "beautiful dress" so her and Brad went to Target and she chose a dress with black velvet top with pink (of course) satin with a chiffon overlay for the bottom. Brad tried and tried to get her to like a black and gold one that had a matching one for Bryn but it was not happening. She told us she wouldn't wear it, only the pink one. So the pink one she got.
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