Saturday, December 25, 2010

It's Christmas, it's Christmas...

We make the kids 
(and Zoe...what an obedient puppy)
wait at the top of the stairs 
so they can all go down 
and witness the magic that is Christmas
It's a bit torturous of us 
I know...

Our pictures are very lacking this year. 
See that deathly ill thing lying on the couch in the background?
That would be me.
I got through all the Christmas Eve festivities...
Caroling and the nativity
without a hitch. 
The children were nestled all snug in their beds
and I was finishing up some last minute wrapping.
When out of no where
 I was so rudely ambushed by the Grinch!
Headache, fever, nausea 
set in and I literally thought I was going to die!
I barely made it downstairs to see
the kids open presents Christmas morning.
Then my poor sweet husband 
had to get our kids dressed in their holiday best
 do the girls hair (a feat in itself)
prepare the dish we had to bring
finish wrapping the presents for the cousins
drive up the snowy canyon
 to spend Christmas day with the family...
while I lay huddled on the bathroom floor
What a gem he is!
I think it is safe for me to say,
this was 
(for my sickly self)
My kids still thought it was pretty great...

Friday, December 24, 2010

The Stockings Were Hung By The Chimney With Care...

( they're not by the chimney...)
We have a family tradition that Daddy reads 
'Twas the Night Before Christmas
to the children  
just before we tuck them into bed.

Then they all sleep together in the same room
(with visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads)
Although I'm curious
 as to how much of the sleeping thing
 is really going on...

Merry Christmas to all...
and to all a good night!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Me and My Big Ideas...

To make a long story longer...

This is Smith. 
He is the last of five, our little caboose. 
Although Smith is 5, has started Kindie, and is a self-proclaimed big boy, 
he will irrevocably be our baby.
 Now with that title comes some pretty awesome perks! 
The biggest one being getting major aid in the “clean up your toys” effort.
(He is well aware of this perk)
As every mother of littles knows, the amount of accumulated toys verges on the side of ridiculous! 
Lego’s and trucks and blocks...oh my! 
About a week ago I was sitting in the epicenter of one of Smith’s tsunami’s
frantically making,  
 “to chuck” piles. 
Smith asked me WHY everything was in piles and instantaneously burst into tears as I explained their destinations. 
Unbeknownst to me...
those piles were apparently full of precious sentimental heirlooms
 that Smith was simply not willing to part with. 
Separation anxiety was in full effect! 
I’m pretty sure more than half of those toys
 had sadly taken residency under his bed
 or wedged behind his dresser
 for who even knows how long.
 Unfortunately for Smith,
 I’d been having one of those
 “I’m just an unpaid servant in this house” days. 
Out of no where that mean mom alien voice spewed from my mouth.
 I screeched about him having way too many toys, 
we WERE giving some of them away, 
and half of them were crapolla happy meal toys anyway
 (think I just admitted, out loud, to the obscene habit of feeding my children Mc’ D’s).
 That sordid threat clearly amplified the tears
 into full blown meltdown mode. 
While thinking of what my next move to console 
“the baby who barely has to do any jobs” 
would be,
 a crafty idea popped into my head. 
I could hot glue all that plastic garb onto a frame 
that we could hang on Smiths wall. 
He gets to kinda keep his toys,
 and momma gets to kinda consolidate the crap.
 Artsy, Homemade, and Green all rolled into one.
Martha would say it was a good thing!
 After a bit of coaxing and an even bigger bit of bribery,
 he tearfully agreed. 
Needless to say, the frame quickly became a really cool idea.

To make the frame all about Smith, 
I'm adding a few of his favorites to the mix...
a couple “playmo guys,” 
a ton of lego’s, 
and a dash of vintage, retro finds 
that I’ve been collecting for that special
 “someday I could do something with this” 

It's taking forever 
to puzzle piece everything just so
but turning out pretty stinkin' awesome...

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Kinda famous...

So a few weeks ago I was reading
and she was talking about how she loves homemade Christmas gifts.
She's dedicating a whole week of blog posts to 
the goodness that is homemade.
You could send in your wares in hopes to get picked...
I sent her a little something 

The "Frame of Misfit Toys"
Every single thing on this frame is about The Nielsons. I read past posts on her blog and found out things they love, places they've been and things they do (sounds stalkerish...really I'm not...really) I just wanted it to be super unique and all about them.

Even the domino means something...
4 kids...2 parents

Can I tell you how excited I am????
I have been checking her blog everyday
hoping to get a glimpse of my homemade gift...
Each day that went by
with no "Frame of Misfit Toys"
I started second guessing myself.
Maybe it's not as great as I thought it was...
Maybe she thought "what the heck is all this junk"...
Maybe it got totally busted up in the mail...
I don't have a website so maybe she won't pick it...
the doubter in me went on and on!
But today it was there and she loved it
It made my day...
(I'll tell you the LOOOONG story of how
 I thought of doing these frames on the next "I Made It Monday")

Friday, December 17, 2010

Turning 12...

Christian is now 12...
12 is a big boy 
an almost teenager big boy...

Having a birthday party with friends is great...
sharing your birthday with Christmas decorations
...probably isn't so great

This "tweener" age is pretty funny.
Christian got an awesome chetah sunggie
from one friend.
Another friend gave him this rainbow glittery card
and was VERY proud of it!
Man I love boys...
Happy Birthday little (uh... big) He He!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The gift of music...

Dre's guitar teacher
might very well be
the coolest guitar teacher around.
He has the kids perform...
on a stage...
at a "for real" venue...
with a rockin' band behind them.
It is an 
experience for these kids!

Teaching Dre to play and love music
has been an incredible gift. Thanks Jeff!!!!

Monday, December 6, 2010

I Made it Mondays...

Every time I walked past the chandelier
I felt like it was missing something.
That little
je ne sais quoi...

It was the shades...
So I just wrapped them in some scrapbook paper
...what a cinch!
Just make the paper shade 
a tiny bit bigger than the shade itself.
 It will slide right over
stay in place!
You could go all out
adding ric-rac, bits and bobs, whatever...
So grab some scrapbook paper and get decorating your lampshades...
everyone deserves to look fancy for the holidays...

Sunday, December 5, 2010

A little late...

We waited for Blythe's
 Grammie and Grampie to arrive in Utah
before she got baptized.

It was worth the wait...

Friday, December 3, 2010

Decking a little more...

Did I already mention how much I love
to decorate for Christmas???
I did...
my bad...
I DO have a tendency to repeat myself,
just ask my kids...
 and my husband...
So as I apparently told you before,
I love to decorate for Christmas!

My sister Polly took these pictures...she is awesome!

Not a surface gets left uncovered...
Not a nook or cranny bare...
Even the children's bedrooms
have an ornament or two to spare...
(put a little holiday cheer in your kids' helps them be happier little elfs!)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Decking Our Halls...

this time of year...
it is truly magical
in every way...
and in the words of Charlie and Lola 
"it is my favorite and my best"
to decorate for...

Slow Down...
Enjoy this holiday season.....

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

My Favorite and My Best...

Happy Anniversary
to us...

5 crazy kids 
and he still
makes my heart skip a beat...

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Dre got asked to Preference
by a really cute girl named Grace.
Her mom and I were friends in college
eons ago...
It's pretty ironic that all these years later
Grace's family moved back to Utah...
 Dre and Grace happened to go to the same high school...
and she asked him to the dance...


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A picture isn't always worth a thousand words...

I was determined to get a Christmas card out this year...
so I decided to start early.
November being VERY early for this gal!
Last year, December got 
sooo CRAZY busy...
 that a Christmas Greeting
from the Snowden fam
 simply didn't happen.
I was...
too worried about everyone coordinating...
too worried about finding an awesome card...
too worried about getting a shot
 where ALL of my kids looked cute...
(you know there is always at least one child who's the "ugly one" by default.)
This year ...
I had grand ideas of how 
they would turn out...
Those ideas of grandeur didn't pan out so much.
If you have children 
and have ever tried to take posed shots of them...
you know my pain.
We were running out of light...
They were sick of smiling...
I was sick of saying 1...2...3...cheese...
through my clenched teeth...
I was fit to be tied...
They were fit to be tied...

Don't let the smiles fool you.
The second the flash went off...
instantaneous mayhem ensued. 
Elbows were being thrown...
she touched me...he touched me...
I'm hungry...I have to go potty...
They all should have been swatted and sent to bed...
(if that was the sort of mother I was...cough cough)
Why do we put so much pressure on ourselves 
for everything to "look" so perfect?
when will we learn???

Now I just need to find a great card....
(I have yet to learn the lesson)

Sunday, November 7, 2010


Here is the caricature from 
our trip to NYC...

The resemblance is uncanny...

(Jen and I are switched from the above picture)

We appropriately titled it...
"Sexy in the City"
Why he put us all in cocktail dresses and go-go boots
with martini's and puppies in tow
is beyond me.
 and apparently we're also in a band
thirty something year old mom's with lotsa kids!
Priceless Piece of Fine Art....

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Start spreadin the news...

I just got home from a fabulous trip to
The Big Apple
 with some fabulous girls.
Autumn in the city...
We laughed
We ate
We saw shows
We shopped
We got our caricatures done
We laughed harder than before
We skated
We got followed by a scary dude while we were getting off the subway at midnight
after Emily so generously offered up the location of where we were staying...
(or were we just thinking he was following us???)
Whichever the case may be...
4 girls
with no less than 6 huge shopping bags in hand
sprinting full speed 
down the dim streets of Washington Heights
at midnight...
A sight for sore eyes!!!!

The first of 3 different Daffy's locations...
Uh...excuse me ma'am... Do we LOOK like tourists????

@ Dylans Candy Bar

This was one of the funniest experiences ever. The guy probably hated us... we were laughing until we were crying!

Walking over to Brooklyn to eat pizza at Grimaldi's

Right after I bit it sooo hard on the ice...
The smile is forced...
I'm thinking
"my elbow is broken."
A 7 year old hockey player snow plow stopped right in front of me...
stared down at the OLD woman lying on the ice
shrugged and then abruptly took off skating backwards...
all the while keeping hie eyes intently focused on me
I'm thinking he was taunting me

FAO Swartz

Emily being our brave tour guide
 sitting in the front (alone) with the freaky cab driver...

...Us other babies just along for the ride

Late night bakery stop...

Making new and lifelong friends on the subway

Being Broadway groupies with
from West Side Story
(I swear I wasn't trying to chest bump him!)

One must always go to Central park
 when one visits the city
regardless of the rain...

Such a fun trip
Soooo sad to leave
4 girls + NYC = good times