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December 2008

Sledding Fun

Sledding on Christmas

The snowstorms have provided us with plenty of powder. While it does make for slick roads it also does make for some fun snow games. We took the kiddos over to uncles to sled down their Bunny hill in their backyard. The kids and even us enjoyed it. After sledding we headed to uncles to drink hot chocolate and play games. A little video for remembrance and even pictures!

Happy Holidays!

Christmas 2008
Originally uploaded by Isela Phelps

Our Christmas celebration went beautifully. The children had fun and
hubby and I enjoyed seeing their happy faces. The weather left us indoors most of the time, only hubby and Boyo ventured outside to shovel the snow from our driveway and help the neighbors clean theirs. We tried going to visit my BIL, however, the inclement weather made us turn around right away. We got to his house and Sam dropped off a turkey and we turned right back. We got about 10 inches of snow just in one evening and although the snowplows are very good around here, due to the holiday, they were a bit slower than usual. It was quite scary being outside when the snow kept coming down in buckets. Thankfully, we made it home and we stayed inside...nice and toasty.

Mom wasn't able to come visit this Christmas, but we spoke on the phone plenty and I chatted via Facebook with my brother quite a bit. Of course, my presents didn't get there in time for Christmas but neither one of them minded much. No one has ever complained about receiving a late present ;).

I called my Grandma and Grandpa in Mexico and I even called my Dad! Talking to my Abuelita is always nice and it makes me homesick for them and their company. The relationship with my Dad is still shaky and I don't know if we will ever have the nice close relationship that I yearn to have, however, calling him on the phone is taking me in the right direction. Definitely a great time on the phone with my family.

May your holidays be happy and safe.

With Much Love,

The Chubbette Purling Sprite :)

Ticked Off at My Camera

I am so mad I want to smash it against the wall...but I know that smashing won't fix the problem. For a few weeks months now, it has given me fits. An error message keeps appearing anytime I want to use the Flash and then sometimes it doesn't want to shut off, just stays on. I kind of need to turn it off so I can get the error from the flash to go away. I have been putting it off sending it to get fix for three reasons

1)It is out of warranty and it may cost an arm and a leg
2)it may take forever to get it fixed
3)The closest repair shop is in California which means I have to ship the blooming thing to get it fixed

I love my camera. Next to it, my next more loved "item" is my bike. I am just so pissed that it got broken...I baby it more than I baby my kids!!! I don't even know how it got "damaged" was it like that from the factory? Is it the lens? I am so clueless when it comes to cameras but I am just so fed up with the non-working situation.

To sum it up...I am just pissed at the darn thing!


Our First Snowfall of Winter 2008

Firstsnowfall2008 Big fluffy flakes coming down! If I were a skier or a snowboarder, I would be delighted but I don't do either...yet! It started snowing at 7am and by around 10am we had about 6-8 inches. Our family loves to go outside and shovel snow in our driveway and in all our neighbors driveways...we love being outside and talking to our neighbors while we all work together. It always reminds me of the hymn, "Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel". It is truly a blessing to be able to work together as a family. I was able to snap a few photos of my little family while they worked...note how even Wondergirl is helping to shovel! It is the first year that she actually helps. She told Sam, "this is hard work, Dad!" But despite being hard work, she shoveled with all her might and helped cleared the entire sidewalk. I love my family and I am grateful for the time we are able to spend together being of service to others. 

Children's Choir Performance: Little Benny in the Spotlight!

Little Benny has been taking choir lessons since September and yesterday was their first performance. They delighted the parents and grandparents with a beautiful Christmas show. She is a shy little thing and performing in front of a crowd took her out of her comfort zone but she did splendid! Her soft voice can hardly be heard over all the other little voices but seeing her little lips move is a moment to be cherished. I would like to share a short video clip of my Little Benny's performance, I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Happy Birthday Princess


She has enriched our lives with her presence. Her very laughter is enough to dispel any sadness or gloomy news around our house. She is our little angel, our little princess. Happy Birthday my little love.

For her birthday, we had her closest friends (all our little neighbors) come over and have a princess party. They all came dressed up as princesses and they had cake and ice cream. She loved having all her friends over all at once. They watched a princess movie, played with make up (kids make up), jewelry (plastic) and colored with crayons. Overall a really nice day for my little princess.

Although her birthday bash turned out a success, in the evening we had to take a ride to the Instacare unit here in town. She had been complaining of pain in her mouth, I thought it was just that she bit her cheek, unfortunately it wasn't that. She has little sores all over her cheeks that are preventing her from eating anything. A few days ago also she contracted pink eye from one of the kids at her preschool. She was on antibiotics for the pink eye. I am grateful she is well and although she has been plagued recently with a bunch of ailments, she is still our happy little one. She is truly a blessing to our family. In the worst of times, she just starts singing and makes us all forget our troubles.

Happy birthday little Nyah. Momma loves you.

At the Dinner Table

Boyo The best conversations happen around dinner time at our house. We always try to have dinner together as a family just to bond a little more as a family. Today, Boyo came down the stairs wearing a plastic firefighter hat and the following conversation took place.

Sam: so what do you want to be when you grow up?

Boyo: a firefighter!

Sam: what else do you want to be?

Boyo: I don't want to be a Doctor, I don't want to be an Engineer, nor a Vegetarian!!!!  ;)

Vegeratian and Veterinarian got a little confused  in his head :)

Christmas Edition MeMe

A friend sent this to me via email and I thought it would make a fun way to give you a hint of the type of person I am.  Feel free to copy the questions and answer them on your blog.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?

Wrapping Paper

2. Real tree or Artificial? 


3. When do you put up the tree?

A day or two after Thanksgiving

4. When do you take the tree down?

After January 6th

 5. Do you like eggnog? 

Only if it has rum but can't have that so I do not touch the stuff

6. Favorite gift received as a child? 

A little broom and mop

 7. Hardest person to buy for?

Husband--he always says "don't get me anything!"

8.  Easiest person to buy for?

My children

9. Do you have a nativity scene? 

Yep, 1.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards?


11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?

Can’t think of one.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? 

It is an oldie movie (black and white), can’t remember the name. My hubby probably knows the name to it....EDIT: I remembered: It's a Beautiful Life

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? 

All year long!

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?  


15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? 

Pozole, Tamales, Enchiladas, Atole…anything Mexican

16. Lights on the tree?  


17. Favorite Christmas song? 

Silent Night

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?

I prefer to travel but we tend to stay home. I like it when we get to go to NY for Christmas.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's?

No (I know, I am pathetic!)

20. Angel on the tree top or a star?

Neither. We have a little Logan Temple on the top of our tree.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?

Christmas Eve

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?

I dislike that the stores start putting Christmas decor around October and as soon as November rolls around, they start playing the music.

23. Favorite ornament theme or color?

My current favorite ornaments are all the crocheted ornaments I purchased from this one lady at the Novemberfest show. Every year since Sam and I got married we would go to Novemberfest to pick up one or two ornaments. I went this year and the lady wasn’t there. Sam said that she probably passed away. I was distraught. Anyways, I love those ornaments. I also love the ones we picked up at Disney and the NY Taxi one.

24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? 

Mexican food all the way: tamales, pozole, more tamales, more pozole. 

25. What do you want for Christmas this year? 

I certainly do not need anything but I would love to have a new vacuum, a pair of dumbbells in size 12.5 lbs and 15 lbs, a Livestrong cycling jersey, some new cycling socks…but most of all, I just want to spend it with my husband and children. I want to see my children’s faces when they open their presents.

26. Who is most likely to blog about this? 


27.  Lights, blinking or always on?  

Always on.  Blinking lights give me a headache.