This is the best cleaning schedule around!

This is the best cleaning schedule around!
Perfect for busy moms!

December 31, 2009

Christmas at the Shipman House

After a long fun night of spending Christmas Eve at Mamaw and Papaw's, we hurried home to get ready for Santa. Poor Gauge didn't make it. He crashed on the way home and there was no wiggling him. Grace however gladly helped us set out cookies and milk for the big guy and some carrots for his faithful reindeer. She always insists that we drag the coffee table over to the tree so Santa will be sure to see his goodies!
Picnik collage

In the morning before all the fun begins, I have to get a good picture of the kids in front of the tree!


Next, Daddy reads the note to the kids that Santa left them.
santa present collage
When I was a kid, our stockings were always the first thing that we opened. I think that we were more excited about them then all the presents under the tree. My kids love their stockings too.
stocking collage
This year we decided to do something different. Instead of Daddy handing out the presents, we let the kids pic out a present for each other. All of Grace's presents were wrapped in the white paper with words and all of Gauge's presents were wrapped in green paper. This made it easy for them to differentiate. They were so so stinkin' cute. Gauge would pick one out and hand it to Grace and she would do the same...they would then look at each other and say "Merry Christmas Sissy....Merry Christmas Bubby!"
unwrapping presents collage
In between opening present they had a blast rounding up the paper and putting it in the trash bag. Such good little helpers! Once it was all over, it was time for Mommy and Daddy to untie the bazillion twisty ties so they could actually play with their presents. I think that Gauge's favorite presents were his tubs of animals. Grace's favorite present was her camera. She spent the entire day and night taking pictures of everyone and everything!
present collage

 I am such a blessed Mama! There is nothing better than seeing the joy and magic of Christmas through the eyes of your children!

December 30, 2009

Rolling, Rolling, Rolling

The {whole family} went bowling!

Bowling collage

We had a blast yesterday hanging out with all the cousins and aunts and uncles
at Blue Fusion. It was the perfect way to spend a cold winter evening!

Thanks Aunt Gwen for the gift certificates :-)

Wordless Wednesday: Just trying to help



December 28, 2009

This is how you...

Celebrate {5} years of happiness....

With a Minnie Mouse cake custom made by Mommy

Cake collage

Lots of pictures so we can remember every moment

Modeling your new Minnie Mouse dress
birthday pose collage

{HAPPY BIRTHDAY} sang by your entire family

Lot of presents
presents collage

And great times with cousins!

Towards the end of the party it was snowing.....
What a {beautiful} way to end a {beautiful} day!

Happy Birthday Sweet Baby Girl!

December 25, 2009

December 21, 2009

Kickin' it off: Party #1

We kicked off our Christmas Celebrations at my husband's parents this weekend.

{Sibling Love}


Grandma and Grandpa with their Grandchildren

Our little family

Gauge getting some Grandma love!

Grace's turn..

Grace showing off her boots

Gauge loved watching all of the adults act silly during game time.

Wait a minute.....was this Christmas or Mardi Gras? LOL :-)

December 18, 2009

{LOVE} is

{LOVE} is watching your little girl swell with pride as you curl, and glitter her hair.


{LOVE} is watching your precious daughter singing Christmas Carols.


{LOVE} is watching 85 Preschoolers sing their hearts out for Jesus!


{LOVE} is watching your baby girl blow you kisses.


{LOVE} is what you feel for the 7 awesome Preschool teachers who poor their hearts into teaching our children.


{LOVE} is what you see in your daughter's eyes when she speaks about her teacher.


{LOVE} is three best friends.


{LOVE} is hearing your daughter say during her bedtime prayer, "Lord let us remember that the best gift of all is Jesus!"

December 15, 2009

National Brownie Day with Cheryl & Co

Last Tuesday I had the opportunity to go to the Cheryl & Co headquarters in Westerville, Ohio with a bunch of awesome local bloggers. I can't even begin to tell you how yummy this place smelled. From the moment you step out of your car in the parking lot you smell wonderful yummy cookies baking.


We all got to wear the latest in baking fashion too ;)

We were able to watch the entire process of how the delicious Cheryl & Co cookies are made. From the mixing of the batter, to baking,

to icing. Did you realize that every single sugar cookie that comes out of the factory is iced by hand! Isn't that amazing!

We also got to visit their test kitchen where they develop all the delicious cookie recipes.

We were giving our opportunity to try out hand at cookie and brownie decorating. It was fun, but let's just say that I better leave that to the experts :)

I had a blast at Cheryl & Co. Thank you so much to the entire staff for welcoming us so warmly. They were also so kind to send us all home with a huge bag full of cookies, brownies, and gift cards. What's even cooler is that they are going to be sponsoring a giveaway for a box of stay tuned to Peanut Butter and Pickle Reviews for that.