Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Bladen (4 years old) woke me up early this morning by putting his hand on my face & saying 

"Mommy, Mommy, I made breakfast for the family.  Come & eat the toast I made." 

He proceded to wake up the rest of the family & was THRILLED to "feed" us his toast.  The kitchen was a disaster.  Bread was open & hanging off the counter, bread slices were carefully laid all over the counter & kitchen tables, & each piece of bread had 1/4 a bottle of pure cinnamon dumped on top. There was a stool next to the stove where he had climbed up & searched my spice cupboard for the cinnamon.  Bless his little heart.  

We all sat down & forced our "toast"
(aka flaming hot cinnamon bread)
down & thanked him for thinking of us. He was SO proud!  Later this morning I pulled him up to the counter on a stool & REALLY taught him how to make cinnamon toast & showed him how to work the toaster, how to butter the toast, & I let him taste the difference between cinnamon & cinnamon/sugar.  He's SO excited to try to make "real" toast for us again tomorrow.  I love my kids. Seeing him want to do things for us & for his 4 year old self to have the initiative to try something like this on his own really makes me proud.  I love you Blade.




Christmas Fun

 Christmas morning is always fun no matter where you are.  This year was a first for us.  We've never spent Christmas by ourselves in our own home before.  We've always gone to family's houses or had family come to our house.  It was sad not having any family with us Christmas morning, but we still had each other & that made everything wonderful.  We spent the entire morning opening gifts.  The kids get 3 gifts from us because Christ got 3 gifts the day he was born.  However, the kids still have grandparents & Aunties & Uncles who send gifts to them.  We had a blast.

There were SO MANY pictures that I just picked a few to put on here otherwise you'd be bored to tears seeing pictures FOREVER.  But we had a wonderful Christmas & we are SO grateful for our friends & family all around the world.  Thank you all for your love & your gifts.  We miss you all. 


I got Cadence a dress to wear for her talent show
audition.  She's singing "Let it Go" from the movie
Frozen & she wanted to dress up like "Elsa."  This
dress looks pretty close to Elsa's dress.  Cadence
was thrilled.


My mom bought me a nail polish rack for my
bathroom.  Yes, I hoard  nail polish.  This guy
holds 96 bottles & it's already almost full.
My name is Dani & I LOVE nail polish.


Auntie Tarrish sent Bladen $20 & a toy mustache.  We tried to
get him to wear his mustache & he cried & screamed because
he didn't like the way it felt.  He was literally scared to death of it.
We felt bad for laughing, but it was hilarious.

My transformer lover.

Auntie Char gave us an amazing family gift: a popcorn machine
for family movie night & night games in the summer.
We're going to have a blast with this.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Canyon LOVED his sock monkey from Auntie
Tarrish.  Can't you tell?
(he really did. . . he was just so sick)

Craiger was NOT scared of his mustache.


We got a couple family games from family this year too.
We're playing them all for New Years tonight.  The Potters
LOVE games.
Cadence's gifts 2013

Cadence loves all her new gifts.

Lorien's Gifts 2013

Lorien is thrilled with EVERYTHING.

Taya's Gifts 2013

Taya is SO excited about her castle & her many new toys.

Bladen's Gifts 2013

What a happy little boy Bladen is.

Some of Craiger's Gifts 2013

The rest of Craiger's Gifts 2013
He wouldn't sit still for a picture with his gifts though.  He
just wanted to play with his train, fire station, airport, & garage.

Canyon's Gifts 2013


A sick, but sweet boy enjoying his new toys.

Trek's Gifts 2013
My Gifts 2013
Trek got me a Dyson Vacuum & my daddy got me a beautiful
red peacoat as my "daddy gift."  It was a great Christmas.

It was a beautiful Christmas.  And even though there were lots of new presents & toys to enjoy, we are always grateful for the greatest gift we've ever received: our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.

Merry Christmas!


I Think They Like It

The kids LOVED their toys from Santa!








Poor Canyon was SO sick.  We ended up taking him to the ER
& he had RSV.  Poor kiddo had a miserable week.  But
now that it's a week later, he's finally getting back to his
old self again & NOW he's LOVING his new toys.

Santa Came!

The girls wrote Santa some beautiful letters & put them next to a plate FULL of Christmas goodies & hot chocolate on Christmas Eve.  They gave me permission to take a picture of their letters because I thought they were SO cute.




We woke up bright & early on Christmas morning & Trek & I sneaked downstairs to see what Santa brought.  I HAD to snap a few pictures before the kids came down & starting playing with it all.

Craiger got a really cute train set that he can set up & work
all by himself.

Bladen got the Hot Wheels Triple Loop Track.

Lorien FINALLY got the Friends Lego House she's been
wanting ALL YEAR LONG.

Cadence was surprised with 2 sets of Minecraft
Legos (which she didn't even know existed) & a
plush Creeper from Minecraft.

Taya wanted an Elsa Barbie from "Frozen" & not
only did she get her barbie, but she got a little
castle house to go with it too.

And Canyon got a little light up ride on train toy.


The living room was pretty full with all the wonderful gifts the kids received.  Thank you Santa for the wonderful gifts.  We hope you enjoyed your goodies & the reindeer food for your helpers.






Monday, December 30, 2013

Surprise Pajamas

So on Christmas Eve night, we were just getting ready to sit down to watch a movie before we went to bed when my phone went missing.  I ALWAYS have my phone with me & we couldn't figure out where it had gone.  Each of us looked throughout the house trying to find it & Lorien finally found it on my bed along with 8 wrapped gifts with our names on them.  Santa had arrived a little early to get us ready for bed.  The kids were SO excited that he was so secretive.


What was inside these magical packages?  Christmas Jammies of course.

Poor Canyon was extremely sick so he didn't
want to participate in ANYTHING.  But he
got some Jake & the Neverland Pirates pi's.


Craiger was excited to get Ninja Turtles.

Bladen loved his Angry Birds Star Wars Jammies.

Taya got cute monkeys.

Lorien is our zebra print lover so these were perfect.

And Cadence looked cute in her pink leopard print.

Santa knows mommy always wears some form
of Mickey or Minnie Jammies.

And Daddy got Batman this year.


Thank you Santa for our new jammies.  We love them all.