i think there is or i just think so since i want there to be...but i see a
bit of a resemblance from when i was preslee's age to her now! from the dimple,
the chubby legs, the eyes, the barely there hair and that big smile!!!!

we had a great xmas.
fun with both sides of the family. lots of laughs, good food and so many presents.
dillon had so much fun opening presents. we barely had time to see who the were from. he opened all of preslee's presents too. (thanks to everyone for all of the gifts)
sledding was way too much fun. i think mandy and i might have had the most fun. we even did tricks and jumps along the way. i have a huge bruise of proof!

***we are home and tucked away with the big storm upon us***

it is snowing, blowing and not so great outside. round two comes tomorrow.
glad to be in the house. watching UP with the kids.

now i am back and kids are in bed and i am laying on the couch watching a movie.

today i got lots done.
"lots" meaning started to clean my scrap room. lots more to go.
but a start is good enough for me.

it is on my to do list for tomorrow too.
"more cookie" is dillon's favorite saying. "more money" is his other.
part of his gift from my parents (nana and papa) were dollar coins. so ever since we got home he loves asking for "more moneeee" he runs to his bank and puts them in. he gets so excited.
we just laugh. and when he asks for "more cookie" it is so hard to say no. we obviously have to or he would eat 100/day. but when he says it-it is so darn cute.
preslee is getting closer and closer to rolling over. she is getting so big. i can hardly believe it.
time goes way too fast.

yesterday we took the kids to the pool. we all had a great time.
today drew went ice fishing with his dad. they came home with lots of fish.

off to relax and watch this movie.


we wish you a merry

christmas. today. happy new year.

this is a picture my dad emailed me one random day. it made me laugh.
so happy new year to you all.
i hope someone @ your christmas day celebration looked this
darn cute in a holster, hat, gun and a smirk!

kids are sleeping.
drew is out with clients.
me. sewing and a date w.tivo/criminal minds and uploading to etsy
goodnight. xoxoxo


"do not step on your sister"

do not step on her, watch out for your sissy, be careful, she is just little, do not put that in her mouth, she can not eat that, she does not need her mimi, do not sit on her, she is trying to eat, please let pres play by herself.........
new phrases in my daily talk!

some of my new favorite things in the house.
love pres's new wall art. got another cute one for above the changing table. i love them both.
all of the daily run to the mailbox to get the mail. oh how i love opening xmas cards!
and dillons art. so fun to have this art displayed. and his report card from flyers!
and our beautiful tree. oh how i love it simple with lights.
next year we will decorate with all of our ornaments with the kids!

pres is sleeping.
drew and dillon are @ the grocery store.
the house is silent. not for long.
we have been sledding, wrapping presents, playing, @ holiday parties, seeing friends, doing art, unwrapping presents, baking (nothing more than buns), and getting ready for christmas.

we saw santa again. didnt want to see him as you can see.
dillon loves sledding. pres was not so impressed. but did not hate it. loved being outside!

we are packed. or partially packed. and ready for the holidays.
to drews sisters today. and after santa comes we are off to my parents farm!
excited for these two days full of family, food, laughter and fun! can not wait to see you all.

this morning we are doing our own little xmas with just us four! so excited to see dillon open presents this year! it will be a different scene than last year. he might be just as slow opening but he will be so excited when he does get to play with his new things!

happy holidays to everyone.
remember what this holiday is really about.
it is not about presents, the tree, the lights or santa.
so celebrate with your friends and family.
bring JOY, be JOY and celebrate with JOY!!!!


baby it's cold outside

so so so very cold!
wish it was warmer and wish i was sleeping. but waiting for my wreath cookies or "swags" as we call them in my family. we do not take the time to make them into beautiful wreaths. they taste just as good as a little swag!
so as i wait i sew and now blog too and a little jay leno.
making the swags for cooking club cookie exchange tomorrow night! i think i have made these for 3 years running now. i do not dare go too far from my comfort zone b.c i do not want to screw something up and have to make them anyway! and these are pretty hard to screw up!

what we have been up to @ the barkers
trying to get play time outside. i have been getting quite a work out in the afternoon when preslee sleeps. we go out and dillon wants to slide down our hill in the yard which is fun but then i have to pull him up. i am running out of ideas of how to trick him in to coming back in the house! he is gong to catch on soon that "riri" (the dog) is never in the house.

my parents were here this weekend. dad and i had booths @ the holiday boutique here in town. mom even stayed all day with us! we all had a great time! can not wait for the spring show.

sat night drew and i went to a house warming.birthday party @ a friends!
play dates with friends.
SIOUX hockey game. ((a night with just drew and i and we got to see our good friends too))
saw santa. was supposed to go again tonight to see him come through town on the train. but i forgot. we were out running errands and came home. oops!
girls night! so many fun nights out with my girlfriend! those nights are so fun. thanks girls!

working on a new hair style! :) trying to recreate drew's awesome hair from his first grade picture. just missing the cool chains!

the best christmas present you can give this year is a present to someone in need. and let me tell you it is the best feeling buying things for people who you know will care and be so happy about what they are opening. christmas has gotten so much about how much and what more can we get and who gets the best gifts. we need to remember and remind ourselves of all that we have and give to others! it really is the best feeling!

pres thought santa was cute and liked sitting on mrs. claus's lap.
dillon not so much. the first try it was cling on to mom's neck
and this second try i talked him into mrs claus's lap. he is still not so sure but wanted the cookie so he tried. did not last long!

well my "swags" should be set now so i can move and bag! :)
then off to bed!



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