Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas card outtakes

I love getting mail this time of year.....Christmas cards!!!!

But at the same time, it makes me think, "Ugh, Christmas card photo."

In my head, the picture, the outfits, the scenery, the attitudes.....all perfect!

But in reality.....NOT.SO.PERFECT.

Where's Cru???

There he is! Cheesin' with a mouthful of gum!

There goes the gum!

"Look at Mommy, damn it!"

Cru!!! Leave your tie alone!

No words.....

Everlee, quit eating leaves!!!! Why does this have to be so difficult?

Seriously....Reese, thumbs up? No, not thumbs up! And Cru, you look like you're constipated!

Sibling love....

Who set her right in front of a stick?!

Wish you were part of our family, huh?

Not the whole hour and 250 pictures were a bust.....

And actually, when it's all said and done, I think I get more enjoyment out of the outtakes than I do the good ones.....that's life! That's life with my kids, my husband, and me (screaming, sweating, getting pissed off and acting like a crazy woman) behind the camera....the Buchman way!

I'm thinking maybe an outtake Christmas card next year????

Sunday, November 27, 2011


It was a wonderful, filling (in every sense of the word) day!

Our day began at Chet's parent's house. The kids always have a blast playing with their aunts and uncle.....once they are finally all out of bed!

Chet's parents always do an amazing job preparing such a delicious lunch for all of us!

Everlee enjoyed numerous bites of mashed potatoes, stuffing, rolls, and pumpkin pie on her first Thanksgiving!

So special having her here with us this year!

After lunch, we watched the kids play and relaxed. Then, like we do every year, we headed to another feast with my mom's side of the family. This year, my uncle's side of the family joined as well.....I think there were like 50 people there! Good thing my aunt and uncle live in a massive log cabin home!

I didn't take many pictures during the day, but my heart is full of wonderful memories!

We continued traditions over the weekend with putting up Christmas decorations and spending as much time with family as possible!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving 2011

from our family to yours!

So much more to much to be thankful for!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


I can't believe I forgot to mention this in my initial post! Monday night, Everlee slept the most she's ever slept - went to bed at 9:30 and didn't wake up until 6:15am! After she downed her bottle, she went right back in her crib and slept until 9:30am!

Monday, I took all three kids to the doctor's office for Everlee's nine month well check. We were there for about an hour and 20 minutes, which is actually somewhat of a short visit for us. Everlee is doing great! She weighs 20 pounds .5 ounces (75th%) and is 28 3/4 inches long (90%). She was so patient and good while the doctor was examining her. She totally won him over with all her smiles and giggles. He kept telling me what a patient, laid back, people person she already is - that credit goes to the two wild indians she spends her days with! I knew he was smitten with her when he never once brought up my health or the Jayhawks (you probably have to know our doctor to understand).

I'm thankful I had to only raise my voice a couple of times (like when Reese threw her stuffed animal across the room, then ran after it, put it in time out, and spanked it. Also, when Cru stole one of Reese's animals (I think she brought six!), which prompted Reese to chase after him until he threw it behind the bed.). For the most part though, they behaved.

After well behavior at Everlee's appointment, I took the kids to the donut shop for a special treat!

While we were downtown at the donut shop, the BPU workers were putting up the Christmas wreaths and lights.....we've got some timing! Here was the view from our van!

Yes, they were working directly above us! Cru loved every minute of it and asked all sorts of questions about what they were doing.

Monday was also Papa's birthday! So, after our busy morning, we went to his store to give him a bunch of birthday hugs! We had supper with him and Grammie that evening and look forward to celebrating again when Ty, Audrey, and Charlee are here this weekend!

Sam wanted to join in on Papa's birthday fun!

Not bad for a Monday!

Almost turkey time!!!!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Cutie and Spongebob Square Pants

We had absolutely nothing going on Saturday, so I thought it would be fun to another (FREE) Thanksgiving craft! Chet was thrilled to be included this time.....ha!

The first part of the craft involved going out doors, which I thought would be no problem since it was supposed to hit mid-upper 60's. Boy, was the weather man off!!!

Didn't stop us though! Let the leaf hunting begin!

The kids were totally into it just like when we hunted for sticks, except they kept getting a bit distracted.

Leave it to Daddy to get them back on track....and of course BRING ON THE FUN!

Everlee supervised and froze with the rest of us!

Fun times!

After lunch, we started working on our turkeys!

We collected enough leaves to probably make ten turkeys!

I'd like to introduce you to Cutie (Reese had too much attitude to take a picture with her masterpiece)

and Spongebob Square Pants!

What unique new members of our least until Thursday.

Later that evening, Chet decided he wanted to grill, and Reese and Cru insisted on playing outside during that time.....cue freezing temps again!

So not ready or excited for this cold weather!

Everlee threw a fit until I bundled her up too!

No, they aren't Christmas lights. They are Halloween lights that have turned into Thanksgiving lights....that's the way we do things 'round here!

Looking forward to a wonderful week!