Well, not exactly.  But when you have a family that has most of its birthdays in May, you are bound and determined to have enough sweet stuff (birthday cake/ice cream/cuppycakes) to last you until December.
Just within our immediate family, there are 3 birthdays:
  • Chris ~ May 1st
  • Dyson ~ May 11th
  • Denym ~ May 21st
Then there is the extended family's birthdays:
  • Dylan (nephew) ~ May 14th
  • Macie (niece) ~ May 18th
  • Carol (Chris' mom) ~ May 19th
  • Derrick (nephew) ~ May 20th
  • Dawn (Chris' sister) ~ May 23rd
  • Janett (aunt) ~ May 28th
That's a whole lot of cake in one month!

My sister-in-law (mother of 3 of these May babies), says to keep your clothes on in August!  It's a fertile month!

Happy birthday May babies!!!
 
Here are a few Christmas-time shots of the family put into a slide show that I forgot to post (amongst numerous other posts waiting in cue).
 
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Happy birthday Chris, my love, my king, the father of my children!
You are celebrated this day as the hero of our family!

It is your day to shine.

May love envelope you this day as you set forth to conquer another year.
May your goals and aspirations be met with accomplishments along the way.
May happiness grow within your heart and the sparkle shine brightly within your eyes.
May your meek and gentle spirit bring comfort to those who have lost or mourn a sadness within.
May your strength provide the example to those who are week and doubt their faith.
May your testimony of truth provide the confidence in others who have strayed along their way.
May your steps bring forth a path for our children to follow and then to one day lead upon their own.
May our children continue to look to you for knowledge and guidance in their every way.
May my love and admiration for you lift you and fill your heart always.

And may God so forever shine his ever-lasting love upon you.

I love you!
Happy Birthday.
 
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Me and the 2 little ones have been haunted by this sight for the last few days.  Well, actually it's been a waste basket at the least full of snot rags per day (note my description of used tissue here). Nobody likes the sniffles but in my opinion this has gone on too long! 

I cannot remember the last time I was feeling under the weather let alone having 2 of my little ones not feeling well right along side me.  Come to think of it...I don't believe that's ever occured.  I just don't usually get sick! 

And any one who knows me, knows I HATE getting sick and that I have a difficult time in dealing with those who are.  So you can just only imagine how much patience I have had in dealing with my daily duties around the house and with the kiddos with not feeling well.

But then...enters my hero!
Chris was so generous and sweet that he let me sleep for a few hours without interruption.  And to top it off...I awoke to a clean house!  Floors were mopped, dishes were done & the main bathroom was clean.

But that's not all.  You see, he had already worked a full day, then came home took care of me, all 6 kiddos, cleaned the house plus made it to his business meeting that night...oh, & did I mention he made sure to stop by the store on his way home to grab me some gatorade?  Well, he did.

I cannot be more blessed than to have a man like him!  I love you hunny!

 
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I'm not sure about the rest of you but I am really anticipating eating Thanksgiving turkey.  Not just the trimmin's but TURKEY.  I must be needing the protein or something.
Instead of having sugar plums dancing in my head...I've got turkey breasts, turkey legs, turkey sandwiches, turkey tacos & even turkey casserole parading past my eyes. 
Anyone else out there having the same dreams?
Perhaps it's the fact that we are planning on attending 2 Thanksgiving dinners this coming week.  Or perhaps it's the fact that turkey is where it's at baby.  
(My hubby, Chris would disagree with me right about now...he is salivating for some of my sister's ham...she cooks a Mean Ham!)
So fire up your grill, warm up your oven, throw some coals in your pit or heat up some oil...We're havin' Turkey tonight!
...or atleast sometime this week.  :)
Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!
 
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A lot has happend over this past month...

...like for instance, Dagyn's birthay celebration.  

Since Dagyn got a 'newly refurbised' bike for her birthday, we decided to celebrate by taking a bike ride to the nearby park (or should I say, water retention area).  Chris had painted Devyn's old bike purple, added some bells & whistles (well a bell, a basket & some streamers) & I drew some silver pin-stripping decals on it ~ she loved it! 

Devyn, unfortunately, wasn't home to join us (he was at football practice) when we got the spur-of-the-moment idea to go.  Even without all of us there we still managed to have a great time.

Chris left me with the 2 little ones while Dylan, Dagyn & Dyson followed along with him to Mickey D's for some burgers & fries.
During that time Dyxon, Denym & I enjoyed playing 'chase down the mountain' (running down the slope/hill), hide-n-go-seek behind the trees (well actually, Denym just curiously watched Dyxon & I) & catch with the soccer ball that we brought along with us. 
Afterwards, when Chris & the others got back & we had eaten...we all played a very short game of (one-base) kick ball.  I think everyone ended up just kicking the ball 1 time.  If Devyn was there, I know we would have had to drag him away from playing all into the night... Even if he had just finished practicing football for 2 hours.

The kids also enjoyed playing in the trees & running around while Chris & I got to chat for a moment or 2 in between all the action.

We all knew it was time to pack up and head home when Denym spotted the moon.  Good night moon.
(more to come...)
 

Having 6 children, more than 1/2 of them under 5, there was NO way we were going to be able to make it to Midnight.  So, we decided to celebrate Mormon Style with sparkling apple juice & a countdown at 10pm (and that was stretching it).  Towards the end, I wasn't quite sure if I was going to make it either.  We may be shooting for 9pm for 2010's celebration.

As you will notice there are no pictures of Devyn.  That is because he was not there.  He was spending time with his dad, Wayne this year. 

I was there however.  I am in the last picture (well, my hand is).  I was taking the pictures of our family's event so you will only get a glimpse of me.

Enjoy!


 

A couple of books we are currently reading...

This book is being read by only me (thanks to my friend, Julie!).  I couldn't put down the first book, Twilight.  I decided to buy the book to read after I went to see the movie with a few friends of mine...Julie Klunt, Jill Eubanks & Sharla Carpenter.

I have to admit...I have NEVER wanted to read a book after I had seen the movie.  But, something grabbed me with this one.  Curiousity might have got the cat...but in this case for me it was the 'vampires'.

I love a good suspense thriller...this also had the drama/love story behind it.  Or was it the other way around???

Any hoo, so now I am reading the 2nd of the 4 books, New Moon by Stephenie Meyer.   Cannot wait for the next one!

The Christmas Sweater, what a good book so far.  Chris is almost done reading it.  I suppose if we had more time on our hands we both would have read it in an afternoon.  Yes, it is that good and pretty easy to read.

We have both decided to read it to our children this year to hopefully instill a valuable lesson.  Reading this may become another Christmas holiday tradition with our family.

"IF YOU COULD CHANGE YOUR LIFE BY REVERSING YOUR BIGGEST REGRETS, SORROW, AND MISTAKES...WOULD YOU?"