Having a place to go is home, having someone to love is family, having both is a blessing!

Sunday, January 18, 2009


I tryed uploading more pics but once again this is all I got! It is getting really frustrating! But atleast this is something:) We had a wonderful Christmas this year! We spent it with just ourselves and I think that was a first.....we have always been with some extended family! It was great to be able to hang our stocking on the chimminy with care(sorry couldn't get the pic to upload!) and be able to stay in our jammies all day:) We just played games together and played with new toys, it was alot of fun! We always tell the story of Jesus the night before Christmas so that it can sink in and we can really feel the spirit of Christmas. Christmas morning the excitement is too much to be able to calm down for a spiritual story so we let the kids go crazy and have fun!

I was totally spoiled this year by my hubby! He got me the Cricut Expressions and alot of scrapbooking stuff(thanks to Adrie:) and also a Micheal Buble Christmas cd! I also got alot of wonderful framed pics from my mother in law, they were awesome, thanks so much!

Jason was excited to get his first drill and bits! He also got quite a bit of hunting gear and a bow from his parents! He got alot of videos about hunting and golfing that will be very useful I am sure! We together got brand new cookware which is awesome! I let him open it because he always would complain that we needed new stuff:) He was really excited and we have loved cooking with it! Thanks to my mom who got it at Kohls the day after Thanksgiving, thanks mom:)

This was one of Alyssa's favorite gifts! Her and I went to the movie together and she loved it, so grandma Debbie bought her the blanket of Edward so that she could have her very own Edward:) She sleeps with it every night:) She was spoiled like the rest of the kiddos and I am not going to attemp to list everything but she did get her alarm clock and globe!

This year like usual Kenzie asked for something random, this time it was a director's wand! She loved it when she opened it, then about an hour later she came up to me and said,"mom I can't believe that Santa actually remembered to get me this and now I don't even know what to do with it!" I told her that every night when we sing our family song, love at home, she can direct it, she liked that idea. She also got Hannah Montana games and Moonsand!

Weston had a great Christmas! Besides the awesome fishing pole and tackle box that grandpa Joe got him he also got a monster truck remote control and airhogs plane and helicopter! He was very excited and can't wait to go fishing!

Olivia's big present was her baby doll set! It came with a stroller, high chair, swing, bouncer, carseat, and diaper bag! Santa also brought her a new baby that she absolutely loves! She also got some clothes and crayola markers for toddlers!
Landon was so easy to please of course because he had no clue! He loved his stuffed puppy and also his busy ball center!
We hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year, we sure did!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Christmas eve.....

I wanted to post many more pics of Christmas eve but I am having sooo many problems uploading them and these are the only ones I got~

We had are really good friends over Adrienne and Justin and their two kiddos Colton and Hadley! We had alot of fun opening up jammies and playing games! We also had WAY TO MUCH to snack on, but what is the night before Christmas for?! Jason read a Christmas story to all the kids after they all got into their pajamas.

We hope that this can be an ongoing tradition with the Gilberts now that we don't live close enough to our families:) We are so thankful that they are in our lives!

Jason always has to be silly in pics, nice expression honey! Olivia is in love with Justin, she had to sit on his lap practically the whole night and even got mad when Adrie wanted to sit by him, it was really funny but a little odd......she wouldn't even go to Jason, she loved playing with Justin's beard!
Alyssa got High School Musical Jammies of course!

Kenz got Hannah Montana....what a surprize!

Weston got star wars, and he wears them almost every night now:)
you can't tell but Olivia got Tinkerbell Christmas ones!
And last but not least Landon was stoked about his batman jammies!(Actually I was the one who LOVED them on him....isn't he adorable?!)

Sunday, January 4, 2009

J-E-L-L-O Pudding yum!

Livs loves pudding, can you tell? She also loves the bath.....NO WAY?! I think she knows what she is doing when she eats like this because she knows that she gets a bath when she gets really messy:) I swear she is the cleanest child because most of the time I end up bathing her 2 to 3 times a day! I love this little girl, who wouldn't!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Landon's first present:)

Getting the mail:) Thanks Wes!

This is winter here in Ladysmith! This is one of our two big pine trees and little Weston by our mailbox. Whenever I have a chance I have Weston go out and get the mail for me! He always wants to go through the snow and not on the shoveled driveway.....boys ya gotta love them:)

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Alyssa's 10th Birthday!! Double Digits!!!

For Alyssa's birthday she wanted reeses Ice cream and chocolate cake, so I took it a step further and made her a chocolate, reeses chips, carmel, whipped cream and chocolate syrup cake! Like mother like daughter she LOVED IT! We had fun celebrating her birthday. Most of you know that Alyssa got her bike stolen when we lived in Utah, right before we moved. Well, all she wanted for her birthday was another bike but Jason and I felt bad because if her bike wouldn't have been stolen then she could have asked for something else, so we surprized her with something else that she really wanted.....her very own MP3 player. She loved it! It was so exciting to suprise her because she really wasn't expecting anything but the bike:) She had a great birthday including wonderful cards from grandparents and great grandma and grandpa Roe. She ended up with a bunch of cash and is excited she has some money now:)

We are so very blessed to have Alyssa in our lives. She is vibrant and outgoing! She is very strong in what she believes in and is not afraid to stand up for herself or others. She teaches me little lessons all the time. I especially am so thankful for such a helpful daughter, she is amazing and I love her so much! Happy, Happy Birthday Alyssa!

Eating the trim:)

We strung kixs around our tree and one day I cought Olivia eating them! It was so funny....I had to capture a picture:) She is so funny!

Decorating the tree!

Decorating the tree was alot of fun this year because we made the decorations! We put Christmas music on and enjoyed making our tree original! It was alot of fun with the kids. Landon decided to take a nap, but the rest of us got the job done:)

Our Christmas Tree!

Getting our tree was very ccccoooollllldddd!! We managed and ended up with a great one! We had fun picking one out!

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