Thursday, January 28, 2010

Went to Chillis!

On Friday, all of my family went to dinner to celebrate my Dad's birthday. The nice thing is my parents get us all gift cards for dinner for Christmas. We use the gift cards around my Dad's birthday every year. This year we went to Chilli's. I love Chilli's!!

Here I am with the guest of honor. 

Now going around the table. Here goes:

After my dad, my brother, Robert and my Mom.

Uncle Ernie.

Lane brain.

Monty, Marion's boyfriend and Marion. 
Ayla sat on Marion's lap for most of the night. Like I said, she loves her aunt Marion.

My sister-in-law, Carolyn.

Last but not least, Kurt and I.

I couldn't chose what picture to share so I shared both.

Now some cute pictures of Ayla:

Love this one!

We wanted a picture of Lane and Ayla together to show how they have the same hair style. I guess Lane needs a haircut. They are both so cute!

It was a yummy dinner! Thanks Mom and Dad for the yummy dinner!! And once again, happy birthday Dad!!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

I got the last thing I wanted for Christmas!

A month ago my friend, Leah asked me for my address. I was so excited because I secretly was hoping to get one of her adorable little sheep she made for Christmas. Well, guess what I got in the mail last week?

You guessed it! The adorable little sheep. 
I love it! I am going to keep it out all year, even though it is a Christmas sheep. I want to be able to look at it every day and think of my dear friend, Leah. 

I put it next to the sign she made me last year. 

Thank you so much Leah for the cute little sheep. I named him Shawn. I love you and I miss you so much!! 

Friday, January 22, 2010

My Dad's little birthday party!

Tuesday was my dad's 61st birthday. Happy Birthday Dad!!

We celebrated it at our family dinner on Wednesday.

I made him a simple cake. 
I usually do this one in all chocolate but this is what the cake is supposed to look like – a confetti cake.

Here is my dad with cake. Rated "PG-13"

And here he is with cake. Rated "G"

Ayla so loves her Aunt Marion!

Not so much her uncle Robert!
She is scared of him for some reason. She doesn't take well to strangers and I guess my brother doesn't hold her much. She sees him almost weekly. He tries to play with her but she won't have it. I guess you need to come over more often bro!

I had to get a picture with my dad.
I totally laughed about his face in this picture.

So we took another.
But I laughed even harder because:

I thought he smiled like the narrator on "Santa is coming to town."

I wanted a picture with my mom but she wasn't having it. She told me to cover her face with something. I guess I filled that request.

3D hands
Lane brain was there.
Notice Ayla in the background? She is so cute!

A cute picture of my sister-in-law, Carolyn.
I think it is a good picture of her.

At last but not least, my awesome uncle, Ernie!

We had a great night. 
Thanks mom for the wonderful dinner!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

What we got for Christmas!

I know the title of the post is "What we got for Christmas" but I want to share a couple of things before I show what we got.

First off, my mom and I got our hair done again. This time I did my mom's hair without my friend, Melissa there to coach me. Luckily my sister was there and she had worked at a salon before as a receptionist. She helped me with the blending of the back of the hair but I did everything else on my own. I was proud of myself.

Here is the before picture.

Here is the after.
I think it turned out marvelous.

On Monday, Melissa came over and cut my hair.

Here is my before picture.
You won't see my after picture until later in this post. So just hang tight.

The second thing I wanted to share before I show you what we got, is that I made an ornament with Ayla inside for gifts for the Grandparents.

Kurt and I took this picture in Ayla's room. Then used some Photoshop magic. We gave this picture to every one this year.

Here is the second picture we did the same to.

I put both pictures inside an ornament, put fake snow inside and then tied a red bow on top. Then I put them in these beautiful boxes to wrap them. I think they turned out wonderful. I made a couple for us too.

Now it is time to show, WHAT WE GOT FOR CHRISTMAS:

Starting with Ayla.

Santa brought her a cute little baby doll.

Grandma and Grandpa Perry gave her this toy vacuum. I mentioned I would show this in a later post and here it is. I love the picture I chose to share because Ayla and Kurt are looking at each other, sharing a moment.

She got this TinkerBell costume form Grandma and Grandpa Perry.
Look at how cute the wings are.

They also gave her a Snow White costume and her first Barbie, "Snow White."

Ayla carries Snow White everywhere. And now she will wine for her when she can't find her. She will say, "Nooo, White." It is so cute!

My friend Tonya and her daughter, Shaylyn got Ayla this cute stuffed dog.

They also bought the dog an outfit. I loved it and so did Ayla.

Now Kurt.

Kurt got a PlayStation 3 and some games, I will show you the games later in the post. He also got a movie from me. It was "Beetlejuice."

Now for me.

I received this beautiful little soap/cake stand from my friends, Laura and Mary Leigh. Laura and Mary Leigh have these little stands around their homes that they have made. Mary Leigh has posted about them on her blog. You can see them here. I just love them! I was so excited when they gave me one for Christmas.

Next, my dear friend, Ann gave me this wonderful picture. I have seen it in her home and in one of the Relief Society rooms of the church. I love this picture! There is nothing more precious than a mother teaching her children to pray. This picture is not easy to get. It is out of print. Ann had to go through a relative who had the copy write to it, to get it. So sorry, if any one wants a copy, I won't be able to get it. Not only did Ann go through a lot to get the picture she wrote the sweetest letter to me on the back about being a mother. Thanks Ann!

The picture is hung up in Ayla's room for 3 reasons, one, I think it is appropriate, two, I want people to see it and every one goes into her room and, three, it has a pretty white frame and Ayla's room is the only room that has white frames, so it matches perfectly.

I also got "Moonwalker" on DVD from my hubby. I wanted it because I used to own it on VHS and it has my favorite video of his, "Smooth Criminal." I love "Thriller" too but I love the choreographed dancing in "Smooth Criminal" more.

Now for the last thing I got for Christmas:

I want to give you a little background first and from the things I tell you, you will probably guess what I got.

Here goes:
I love "The Beatles" they are my all time favorite band. When I was 16 all I wanted for Christmas was The Beatles Anthology album. I woke up Christmas morning hoping to get it. I got a lot of other wonderful things but It wasn't there. All I wanted was that album. I was so heart broken. One, because I felt so guilty for not being happy with what I got and, second, I didn't get it that morning.

Well, that Christmas day went by and by the evening we were at my sister, Marion's in-law's for the night. I opened some gifts there. After every one was done opening gifts, my brother-in-law brought out the last present of the night and handed it to me. Every one watched me open it. It was The Beatles Anthology album. I broke down in tears. I was so happy. My brother-in-law's mother had gotten it for me and told my mom not to buy it.

I got the "Yellow Submarine" figurines for Christmas when I was 17.

I bet you know what I am going to say I got for Christmas this year.

You guessed it, Beatles Rockband.
Not only was it The Beatles Rockband but it was the limited addition.

I was so happy to have Paul McCartney's guitar.
I think his guitar was so awesome. I once saw the guitar in Vegas, signed by him.
Oh and BTW, this is the after picture of my hair cut.

Here I am rocking out!!

Here is Ayla rocking out on the drums.
Thanks for the tip, Leah!

Kurt rocking out!!
Kurt wanted to get a second guitar because I always want to play the guitar. So we got John Lennon's guitar to go with the kit.

Here is a picture of all the games we got for the PlayStation. I am not as big of a fan of Band Hero as I am of Beatles Rockband. It is getting more fun though. I wouldn't have wanted Rockband if it were not for Beatles Rockband. They were genius to come out with that one.

I like to play "Little Big Planet" too. It is a really fun game. It is really adorable. You get to create your own little puppit in the game.

We have had a lot of fun with our new toy. I enjoy Rockband the most. I like to sing because I know most of the songs. I usually can't carry a tune and Kurt was surprised at how I sing them. I told him it was because it is The Beatles and I have been singing them all my life. I love to sing and play the guitar at the same time. I really get into it too. I start dancing and every thing. I love it!!!

All I can say is we were extremely blessed for Christmas!!! I think we were a little too blessed but the best thing is that we are loved by those who mean the most!