Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas at the Haynie House

I wanted to hurry and post our Christmas decorating. So, here is my Christmas Eve post.

I love these little houses, they remind me of Christmases when I was little. The kind of memories you can't quite figure out when or where they are from but you have them in quick flashes. When TJ Maxx had these houses on sale a couple of years ago, I got my three favorite ones.

Frosty, with his missing lights.

It took me awhile on Pinterest to figure out exactly what to do with our banister, but I finally got it exactly how I wanted it.

Our nativities.

The Christmas Tree.

The kids' memory tree. We may need to get a bigger tree next year.

Christmas cards.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Front Room - Decorating for Thanksgiving

We bought a new house in May.

Because we like house projects we thought we'd really enjoy fixing up a foreclosure.

It was a lot more work than we thought.
I now look back at my plans of having everything finished within a few weeks and realize just how laughable that is. So, don't look too closely at the photos, we still need to fix the crown molding and do window coverings. I also have plans to redo the banister, however that one will for sure wait until sometime next year. But, for the most part I think it's turning out well.

This is what it looked like before we bought it.

We had to remove wall paper from the entry wall.

Here is the finished product.

The girls decorated for Thanksgiving while I was gone for the weekend. I came home and found the Halloween decorations in a huge pile.
Ok, I'll admit I did try to rearrange things, however when Ella woke up the next morning she put it all back to how she had it.
Ultimately she did a really good job, so I let her keep everything where she placed it. And I added a couple of extra touches.
Of course that morning while the girls showed off their work, they had some fun with Dad.

These girls have their dad wrapped around their fingers.

She's so proud of herself.

This is what it looks like when we don't have a holiday season going on.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Grandma's Grave

Between sessions of General Conference we took flowers to Grandma Smith's grave.

Klara had a hard time understanding why people are buried.
Or as she put it "why people get put in the ground".
Which made for an interesting conversation. And pretty much ended with "but why" regardless of how I tried to explain it.

She wanted to be in on all the flower arranging.

Of course, the boys were just being boys.

And here they all are after we finished, as you can see the cemeteries in southern Arizona are very sparse (to put it nicely).

I love this picture of Mom and Dad. I think it's wonderful that my Dad goes out every 6 months and puts new flowers on her grave. He did a great job this fall, the flowers looked beautiful.
It's nice to go out there with my parents. And definitely a good family activity during the conference weekend.

I just wish we would have had more time to look at the other graves of family members. I want my children to get to know who their ancestors are with the Gila Valley surrounding them as they read the dates and names on the grave stones. I want them to imagine what it would have been like farming and working in that area. I want my children to have a gratitude for the strength and dedication that is in their family's past. I want my children to understand the many testimonies of the people who were instrumental in bringing them to where they are right now. In short, I guess I want my children's hearts to turn to their fathers.

I miss my Grandma and wish my children could have known her.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween 2011

Clue Halloween

Colonel Mustard - Mr. Green - Professor Plum - Mrs. White - Mrs. Peacock - Miss Scarlett

We were a little rushed because I was trying to hurry and finish the chili before we left.

As you can see the kids all waited patiently.

We did make it to the church house, even if there was a couple of puffy eyes from crying.

Now we get the smiles, after trunk-r-treating.

A huge Thank You to Grandma for all the help with the costumes!

Ella's Costume
- She wore her Christmas dress that I got at Gap during the Columbus Day sale.
- Grandma sewed up the stole with some furry/sparkly fabric she bought years ago.

Alec's Costume
-I found the green coat in one of Grandma's closets downstairs. I'm guessing I should thank one of my brothers for picking it up during the thrift store chic period.
- The green baret was from Sabra's hat collection.
- The facial hair was all Alec, with the help of my good eye liner.

Bryce's Costume
- Alec's scout shirt, with some a yellow scrap of fabric from Grandma's fabric stash.
-The hat I found at Party City for $6.
-The medal I found at a thrift store for 75 cents and I tweaked it to look like an army medal.
-The name tag was printed out on an old shipping envelope.

Klara's Costume
-Grandma designed and sewed up the apron in under an hour. She used paper plates for the the template. For the material she use white fabric that doesn't fray, sewed lace around the edge, and a ribbon in the middle for the belt.
-The choker is a black ribbon tied in a bow at the back of her neck.
-The hat is simply extra ribbon from the apron, that I bobby pinned to her hair.
-I had her wear a black skirt and shirt.

I love this picture, but Ryan got cut out so I'll use it to show mine and Ryan's costumes.
My Costume
-I wore a favorite black dress with bright green gloves that Ryan's sister gave to Ella years ago.
-The shoes and hat I borrowed from Sabra. She also had an ostrich feather I put in the hat.
-The earrings with the peacock feathers are from Forever 21 and cost about $5.
-The necklace is from the Pretty Princess Game.
Ryan's Costume
-Ryan wore clothes from his normal wardrobe. But then again he is a computer guy! Hee Hee
-I sewed up the bow tie, by cutting up an old tie and looking up bow ties on pinterest.

One last picture at the end of the night, and I forgot my gloves.

Sabra and Luca came to the ward party and then dropped by for a visit.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Playing with my Camera

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Fat Lip

Last week Klara fell and hit her lip against her knee. She got a huge fat lip. She couldn't walk on her leg either because her knee hurt too much. Every time she'd try to stand, she'd shake uncontrollably. So I carried her to the sofa where she spent the rest of the night.

It was also pretty obvious she was the baby of the family after that. Ella and Bryce fought over who would get the movie for her to watch. Alec kept checking on her. Basically she was pet and pampered the rest of the day.

The lip!!

She fell asleep on the sofa holding onto the ring pop, Ryan brought home for her after he found out she got hurt.