Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!!

Well, I was going to post some pictures of today's "cleaning out" project however when I try to import them, it's coming up with some random typing in the text box!! So, I will just write some thoughts I have right now.

This year is ending with a lot of emotion for our family! Below are my "hopes and dreams" for the year 2010!!

Laugh each day
Love every minute
Enjoy each day as it comes
Work hard
Play harder
Talk to God and know that he is in control
Live intentionally
Enjoy life's little moments
Learn something new
Leave work behind to enjoy home

Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Monday, December 28, 2009


More pictures...

Can you tell what she was excited to get! This child talks about babies ALL THE TIME!!!


Here are some pictures of Kayin at Christmas. For those of you who are waiting for Chrismtas Eve pictures...they are on my dad's camera which we didn't have a cord for. Of course, when I went to Walmart to put them on a CD to bring home and blog with--THEY WERE CLOSED! So, once I get those, I will be sure to post them!

Kayin had a blast at Christmas this year! She enjoyed being a little elf and delivering presents to everyone! At one point, however, when we came home after three Christmas' she said, "Mommy and Daddy, I don't want to open any more presents! I am too tired!"

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Funny Girl

We have been attempting to let Kayin dress herself...this is what she came up with tonight! Yes my friends, it's her shirt put on her legs! If this doesn't bring a smile to your face I don't know what will!!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas Vacation part 1

Well, holiday break is upon us and we have to keep our lil' missy entertained somehow. Today, I decided to break out the makings for a gingerbread house. She had a great time and I can't believe how meticulous she was with the decorating and placement of candy. I am pretty sure a couple of pieces snuck their way into her mouth.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

10 on Saturday

I know--it just doesn't have the ring of "10 on Tuesday" but this week has thrown some major curveballs for our family and I am just now getting to the blog. I am still wondering how people can do it everyday! Proud of you kids!!

1. Have any of your children ever just broken out in song singing at the top of their lungs? Today when Kayin woke up (5:45 I might add) she was belting out "Jingle Bells" like we had never hear before! She definitely loves to sing and hearing her that early this morning was a start to a great day!

2. On Tuesday, my mom's mother had to have half of her foot amputated. She is diabetic and has a long road ahead of her. The prognosis doesn't look good but with family, friends and the power of prayer we are hoping she can heal from the surgery, manage the physical therapy, and get some high caloric/high protein food in her. The next three weeks will be critical as it will show if she can heal from surgery. Christmas has always been her holiday so the time we have will be extra special here at our house with the family prior to going to see her!

3. Justin's grandfather passed away early this morning. He hasn't been well for quite some time and he has joined his queen up above. He was a man full of laughter, a great sense of humor, and most of all a big heart! He will be missed by a lot of people! The memory I have of him is from our wedding and seeing him "gettin' jiggy with it" out on the dance floor was pretty comical. Not to mention the 3 grandfathers complaining of the "damn heat out here" with their tuxes!!

4. Always count your blessings....EVERY DAY!!

5. I have been saying this quote since seeing it on my grandparents Christmas letter: We are too blessed to be depressed.

6. During this time of year, I love the late night 5 minute conversations my husband and I have when he gets home from work. He knows exactly where to find me--on the chaise lounge in the living room. I stay up waiting for him just to look forward to these talks. Needless to say, we need each other like we never have before this week!

7. Christmas break has started and although I will have two weeks off, it's going to be a pretty full schedule! Christmas with my parents/brother & sis in law, Christmas with dad's parents, hosting Christmas at our house with the Bumgarner side (mom's family), visiting Grandma after the big holiday meal and letting the great grandkids open their gifts with her, hosting an UGLY sweater/Husker party, day away in Omaha with a girlfriend, the in-laws coming for a visit, my Auntie Char's birthday party (21 all over can that be??!!), attempting to finish Christmas cards--although the more and more I think about it, they are looking like they might get out as a New Year's card, and maybe....just maybe....looking at some school stuff.

8. I was hoping we would make it through the new year without anything "hitting" the house. However, picked Kayin up from daycare yesterday and she was running a low-grade fever. Today, coughing, congestion,, here I go again with Cloroxing everything and hoping nobody else gets it. Luckily, we have a week until the house is full with family!!!

9. Why is it that when it is hot outside, our dog wants to come in, but on cold wintery days, he wants to dally-doodle outside! I swear Harper must be part wolf or something....he ABSOLUTELY LOVES THE SNOW!!

10. Please, please, please keep our family in your prayers. It has been a long week and next week is right around the corner!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Kayin and I decided we would stay in today for snow day #2!! It was way too cold outside! We were so busy around the house that lil' missy decided not to take a nap and she teetered out about 7:30...what a sweet precious face, huh?! She loves, loves, loves the Christmas tree and actually "wrote" Santa a letter and told him that she is not going to be on the NAUGHTY luist this year. I guess all the kids at M's having been talking about the different lists that Sanat has....
This was a craft I saw on someone's blog a couple of weeks ago and decided I would give it a whirl. It's a super easy thing to do and goes great with Kayin's bedroom!!!
Kayin and I decided we would stay in today and clean out some toy bins for Toys for Tots annual toy drive. She unearthed several things she had forgotten about and by the looks of it, is ready for summer!


Snow Day #1 was filled with playing outside!! Kayin was enthralled with the white fluffy stuff and stuck it out like a trooper! She actually cried when we told her it was time to come in!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Christmas Countdown

And don't worry, we didn't forget about a PINK tree in Kayin's room adorned with all the ornaments she has received as gifts!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Our house is starting to look like Christmas! I have been busy decorating here and there the last couple of weeks and since our color is silver, most likely will stay up until after January! Of course you don't get the full effect when you can't see the white lights in person, but on some nights, I go out to the living room to just look at the twinkling white lights on the tree and gaze at the nativity scene. This year, we are really talking with Kayin about the meaning behind Christmas. Although she thinks it's mostly about presents, she is starting to understand the story of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus.

I had found this idea in a catalog a couple of years ago and came across silver ornaments at Hobby Lobby 75% off last year...completely forgot I had them, but they decorate our "family" wall perfectly!
Here is what we call our "family" wall. We have taken some pictures on the Brinkmeyer side and are waiting to have some taken with the Lees side. Hopefully after the holidays, we will be able to arrange the pictures in some sort of family tree fashion (the shelves will not NOT be relocating...although they look great, they are a pain in the a** to put up)!!!

Here is the nativity seen on top of our tv cabinet. It takes center stage!!
Due to the new furniture, our tree had to find a new home in the corner! I have always had the tree in front of the window but this new location is working out quite well!

Downstairs sofa table decorated with santa, garland, and Christmas tree. We have a total of 6 trees downstairs (and they aren't all full size either)!!

Pictures, pictures, and more pictures!

Kayin and I made a lakehouse picture frame for Aunt Mimi to thank her for the fabulous time we had down at the Ozarks during Fall Break! Needless to say, you can see what Kayin pulled off of the frame!! (They are little flip flop stickers)!!