Saturday, December 29, 2007


Today, i wasn't sure what I was going to do with the boys. I knew that I wanted/needed Rich to work on the basement (we are so close!), but wasn't sure how to entertain the boys. Well, I decided I'd take them sledding this morning. They knew they had to nap this afternoon so that they could stay up to watch part of the game, so this was a good way to wear them out!

They all absolutely loved it. I definitely got a work out though because I went up and down the hill almost as many times, just none of them were on a sled :) Plus I had to pull, or carry, Max up the hill :) But no matter, we were the only ones there, so we had a blast! See for yourself!

Friday, December 28, 2007

School vacation week

Well, here we are on Friday and both the kids and I have managed to remain unscathed... so far! We have actually had a pretty busy week since christmas day, I am looking at 5 more days with them though :)

Wednesday we ended up doing a little shopping and mostly hanging out, I think. I actually can't quite remember what the boys and I did :) Although I do remember heading to the Texas Roadhouse for dinner to celebrate my Mother in law's 60th birthday. She even rode the saddle!

Thursday my cousin Allison came over, she's 10 and the boys, especially Max, love her!

Then we ran to 2 doctor's appts, 1 for Max in which he needed to have his face (sinuses) xrayed. I wasn't expecting that one to go very well, but after about 1 minute of him not wanting to do it, he did great! The other doctor appt was to find out Tim likely had a double ear infection. A little antibiotic and he is fine :)

Then we came home and the boys all took 2 hour naps while Allison played the Wii and I folded a little laundry and read for my upcoming class. Eventually, we decided to make the cookies that Lilly had given the boys. Both Sam and Max donned their new aprons and mixed up their batter.

Can you tell which set of cookies Sam did and which ones Max did? :) I really didn't try to control how they were done :) But they had fun :)

Friday, the boys got haircuts and then my sister came over so I could go grocery shopping. The boys were psyched that they didn't have to go :) Then I took the older two to see Enchanted. I thought it was cute, but it was a little too girly for them :)

And so here we are now. I'm going to d more homework and figure out what we are planning for the weekend. Hopefully working on the basement :)

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Xmas everyone!

We had a great day and I owe most of it to Rich. He always makes the whole dinner for my family and he pretty much spent most of the day in front of the sink! Even my brother commented on it.

Although my boys were tired, they had so much fun and I can't say how many times I heard, "This is the best day of my life" from my kids this morning.

But really, I had all my siblings, my parents, along with my gram, 1 of my aunts and my cousin there. We had a great time and despite tired children, I had a great day. Hopefully although my husband was a crazy man who made an AMAZING dinner, I hope he had a good day too. But really I love Christmas and I love my family. Here's some pics...

XMas Eve

As is our typical plan, we spent XMas eve day at my in laws. There are some things that you can pretty much always count on and this year some that you couldn't...

You always know that Kim will bring the beer bread, Tracy will have tons of stuff for all the kids, and that it will just generally be pure chaos with 5 kids around xmas presents.

However, I do not typically have Spam served along with the turkey. Apparently, this was a staple in the Person household growing up. Thank goodness I didn't meet him until college!

As usual, we left with more than we went with, but the boys were happy. As is my family tradition, the boys (and me) all got new jammies to wear for bed. This year the boys had also been asking for robes, so I got them robes and slippers too. Here is a pic:

We did almost get caught by the oldest around 9:20, all the presents were out in the palyroom and under the tree, so I headed him off in the hallway. He then yelled at me that we hadn't gone to bed yet! More posts of xmas day later!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

one more clip from advent show...

This was the final song of the night and the kids were adorable. Sammy is very funny in the background...

Friday, December 21, 2007

Christmas advent show

As I mentioned the boys had their advent show this week and they did amazing. The school does a really good job with each class... of course I get sappy every time I see them up there :) Here is one montage. I have to post the other video once I get it uploaded.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Quiet house

My house is so quiet!!! The boys are out of school for vacation, but since I still have to work, my mom took them until Sat. morning. This is a good thing, even though I already miss them :)

We had the advent show the other evening and the boys were absolutely amazing. I'll post up a video and pictures soon. I have to get them off the other computer:)

Saturday, December 15, 2007


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Friday, December 14, 2007

Daddy's cheering section...

Most of you know that Rich is in Kansas City this week at the national cyclocross races. (Yes I know fine time for a snowstorm to hit :) ) Usually the boys and I go to whatever races we can to cheer Daddy on. Tim is usually the loudest (and sometimes, I think obnoxious) cheerers in the whole place, yelling "Go Daddy!" as loud as he can. I know that Rich was missing us recently when he heard other kids yelling for their dads, so this is the best that we can do in our absence...

Good Luck, babe! We miss you... and don't you dare come home broken! ;)

those dreadful words....

St. Michael School, Hudson... Closed

I now understand how my mother felt whenever the school was closed! At least daycare is open so I only have the big two. Right now they are outside playing in the snow and later we are going to grocery shop and probably get some stuff to make cookies. we also have to buy Sammy some new snow pants and Timmy some new pants in general. It is going to be a long weekend! Thank god I have a party to go to tomorrow afternoon so I can get a break. It is a cookie exchange, so I think I am going to make spritz cookies like my mom used to.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Out first big snowstorm of the year...

We were all home early and able to play outside in the snow for a while. Here are some pics...

ABC Christmas

Today was Sammy's ABC Christmas play. I'm sorry that the video quality isn't great. I didn't realize the light was so bad. But you can hear him say his line quite clearly. He did such a good job and was so darn cute!

There are a couple of pictures to point out, the first angel is his friend Abby (this is the girl that he makes laugh all the time). The second angel, little black girl, is Adrienne and they are such good buds. The little girl dressed as Mary with a baby is Sammy's crush. He calls her, "The cutest girl in class". So darn cute!!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Single Mom...

Well, as I write this Rich is on a plane to Kansas city. He is headed out for the national cyclo-cross championships. So, from now until Sunday, its all me... I already miss him.

Tomorrow is Sammy's ABC christmas show at school. He is a king and I can't wait to see him. I'll be taking as many pictures and videos as I can take especially since Rich can't be there. next week is the next christmas show, but its the whole school!

Ok, I'm off to bed.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


I left work early today so that I could bring the kids to a playdate at a friends house. It's days like today that I miss being a stay at home mom. I've made pretty good friends with a couple of Mom's from Sammy's class and it was really nice to hang out with them while the kids played tonight.

Apparently, they do this (make dinner while the kids play) every thursday, but since I have soccer and I can't get out of work early all the time, we won't be able to join them much. I'm a little bummed about this because I really do want to build relationships with the moms from school, but I just can't be as involved with the school and the moms as I'd like to be because of work. The kids had a blast while the moms made pancakes, eggs, and bacon for dinner. It was a lot of fun!

I've invited the group over to our house after the holidays, so hopefully I can clean my house by then!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

"Shhhhh, I'm in a timeout..."

So today at lunch, Max was making funny faces so that the other 2 would giggle. And I really have to try to work on this with him, because that is what I hear from daycare all the time. So, I turned his chair around so that he couldn't see the boys anymore.

Well, the other two kept giggling and i watch Max turn over his shoulder, look at them, and whisper, "Shhhh.... I'm in a timeout." While he points to himself! I just had to turn my back and laugh at him.

That kid is such a ham.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

looking forward to xmas

Can I just say that I love xmas? I love buying gifts for people, especially the kids. I love seeing the boys faces when the open their presents. I really just love seeing people smile. As I get older I really am cherishing the time that I do get to spend with my family. As I said before, we are having the Chuplis family xmas on the 23rd, and I can't wait to hang out with my aunts and cousins. I don't see my gram or aunts often enough and we really do have a blast when we are together! Can't wait.

I have a bunch of shopping done, but I am planning on taking Monday off to try and do a bunch of shopping that is left. Mostly, I am looking forward to a day off by myself. Nice and quiet :)

Just got home from soccer and am so ready for bed. 'night!

Monday, December 3, 2007

That was a close one...

Ok, note to self, hide a key to the house outside!

This morning was one of those days where I realized that this is a good idea for many reasons, one of them being, if your 2.5 year old locks the kitchen door, you have a way of getting in without panicing.

Now, that being said, I did not have to call the police, break a window, or go into a complete panic (although Tim burst into tears), luckily I got in on my own. But standing there pleading and trying to explain to a 2.5 year old to unlock the door by turning "the little thingy" while he says, "no, you do it" is not fun.

I managed to get in by jiggling the door knob a little hard and it just allowed me to open it. (I'm thinking some angels in heaven (grampy) had something to do with that). But it does also make me worry that anyone could just jiggle the doorknob and get it open. Timmy even tried it and was able to get it to let him turn the doorknob even though it was technically locked.

What a way to start the day!