Friday, December 30, 2011

A new Family Tradition ~ Elf on the Shelf!

We started a new family tradition this year with the Elf on the Shelf!  If you are not familiar with what the Elf on the Shelf is here is a little info~Have you ever wondered how Santa knows who is naughty and who is nice? The Elf on the Shelf – A Christmas Tradition is the very special tool that helps Santa know who to put on the Naughty and Nice list. This interactive holiday hide-and-seek tradition is perfect for children and families of all ages.

Each night, after the family goes to bed, the scout elf uses his magical Christmas powers to fly back to the North Pole. Once there, the elf will make his or her daily report to Santa and visit with elf friends where they will tell stories about their beloved families, play with the reindeer, and of course, sneak some of Mrs. Claus’ cookies!
Before the family awakes each morning, their special scout elf will fly back to their home from the North Pole. However, since these elves like to play games, don’t expect to find them in the same spot!  While some like to hide in the freezer (probably because it reminds them of the North Pole) and others prefer to sit on the fireplace mantle or hang from the chandelier, these elves love to play hide-and-seek with their families.
On Christmas Eve, the scout elf will listen for Santa’s bell and then fly back to the North Pole until the next season, wishing every girl and each boy a Christmas of peace and a year full of joy. 

Shelby and Presley named our Elf ~ Wally!! The real fun behind the Elf is finding him in the morning and discovering what kind of mischief he got himself into overnight! Enjoy!
Meet Wally!

Wally was chillin by the ginger bread houses the girls had made and was having him a little snack!
Wally coloring!

Hiding in the curtains!

Reading in his hamak! Ha!

Swinging on the beads!

Hiding in the fridge!

Found Wally hangout with Barbie...hope Ken and Barbie broke up!

Silly Wally gave the kids mustaches haha!

Watching TV!

Hiding in the stocking!

Wally...spelled out his name with Cheerios!

Just hanging out!

Waiting for the kids to get up!

Us Elves like to stick with the 4 main food groups...candy, candy cane, candy corns and syrup!

Taking a ride with his friends...sled style! Ha!

Snow Angel!


Enjoying a chocolate kiss!

Hiding in the presents!

Thought this was funny Presley left Wally a note to take back to the North Pole...Shelby and Zane were on the naughty list!

Wally  enjoying a bath while on the phone! 

3 more days...till Santa comes!

Riding the reindeer!
Wally toilet papered our tree! Haha!
See you next year Wally!!! 

Monday, December 26, 2011

Thanksgiving in our New Home!

Better Late Then Never! 

This past Thanksgiving was very memorable for Chad and I because we hosted our first Thanksgiving dinner in our new home, AND we survived our first Turkey encounter. Well, meaning, that we cooked my first Thanksgiving feast and it turned out picture perfect!! 

The girls made homemade Thanksgiving place cards!! 

Sweet Potatoes!! 

(wish I had taken a picture before we had cut it)

Mashed Potatoes!

Green Bean Casserole!

Rolls and Stuffing!

Thank you Mimi and Pappa for the yummy gift basket!!

Gobble, Gobble! Thanksgiving Party for Miss Presley's Class!

Tootsie Pop Turkey...How cute are these lil guys!! =)
We made 28 of these little guys for Presley's class friends!

Presley setting at their classroom handmade table ha! Getting ready to draw her place setting .
Thanksgiving feast line!


All of the first graders enjoying their Thanksgiving feast!

 Passing out her Tootsie Pop Turkey to her friends!

Our little Pilgrim!
Happy Thanksgiving 2011

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Happy Halloween 2011

We hope you all had a Spooky Halloween! We're beginning to fill the chill of the crisp cool air even here in Arizona, so we know you're welcoming fall/winter(snow) too! We even pulled out our jeans this weekend! I love this season!

On Friday 10-28~we took the kids to the Phoenix much fun!!! HOWL~O~WEEN at the Zoo!!
The horror awaits...dare to be scared! There was tons of different activities, they had them broken up into 3 different levels! They had a zombie graveyard, escape an alien invasion, haunted trails, trick-or treating and a music DJ!

Boo at the Zoo!

Lions and Tigers & Bears Oh My!

Zoo employees dancing to Thriller!

Alien Invasion!

Check out Big Foot in the background!

Mad Scientist Laboratory! Shelby was shocking everyone around her!

This one was for Mimi...The Wicked Witch (Wizard Of Oz)

Ghostbusters...the Marshmallow man!

Happy Halloween from the Jackson's 2011

Don't eat all of your kid's candy!!