Our Family

Our Family

Friday, December 28, 2012


We had an AMAZING Christmas! Christmas Eve was nice and quiet all day just getting last minute cleaning done and we let the kids open 1 present during the day since we wouldnt be home til late and that way they could actually play with it for a while. We went to dinner at my brothers at 530. It was all so yummy! I love being with my family!! We then packed up and headed to Kamrins parents house for our pjs and do our toasts. Its tradition that we do that every year. We headed home to get the kids to bed so Santa could come. First they had to lay out the reindeer food we made with our friends and leave carrots for them also. We also left Santa cookies and my kids insisted he needed some of my friends homemade danish so I added that along with some milk of course. Im sure Santa didnt mind after all that danish was AMAZING!!! We all went to bed so Santa could come and pay us a visit!
Christmas morning we woke the kids up at 7 to open their gifts. I loved seeing their faces all morning! Santa was very good to them!! We just took our time enjoying all the presents and ate some danish for breakfast. We had to be to Kamrins grandmas at 10 cause Elder Hammond was calling! It was so good to talk to him! He sounded so happy!! After a good long talk with him we were all starving and ate lunch. We then did our gift exchange. We surprised his parents and grandma with the photo shoot we did. We made a book for his parents and a calendar for his grandma. Kamrins sister Shaless had my name and gave me the most amazing gift ever! Ill be honest I was a bit confused when I first opened it. It was a book and the cover was a picture of all 5 of us after Kamdyn was born. As I opened it I thought it was a book of pictures of my kids. I started to tear up. Then someone (not sure who) said "Its a book of your blog" I started bawling. It was all of 2010 which was the year Kamdyn was born so it covered my pregnancy and his birth. Thats why the cover was our family pic after he was born. Its a priceless gift and a absolutely love it! I hope to get the rest of the years of my blog someday. This is like my journal and scrapbook since I dont have much time to make real ones at this time in my life. After we were done there we headed home to grab presents for my family and headed to my other brothers house to exchange gifts with them. They also did a big dinner but we decided to just go home cause our kids were tired as can be and wanted to play with their stuff. Kamrins parents brought out all our gifts and to see what Santa brought the kids. We then had an early bedtime cause we were all so tired!!! We are so blessed to have such amazing people in our lives!!!! I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!!!!
Opening 1 present Christmas Eve

The 3 babies in their matching pjs

Leaving the reindeer food

Best sandwich ever!!

First Christmas for this sick girl

Crying as she looked through her book of grandbabies

First Lost Tooth

I have been wondering for a while if Jay was ever gonna lose any teeth. There was no sign of them even being loose and all the kids his age I know have lost at least one but most had lost multiple. FINALLY a couple weeks ago he showed us he had a loose tooth. I was so excited!!! On Dec 23rd as we were putting him to bed he showed me it was barely hanging on. I asked if I could just pull it out and he told me no way! He came up from bed 2-3 times showing us that it was even closer to falling out. Finally he came running up yelling it fell out and he was leaving a trail of blood as he ran to the bathroom to wash up. 30 seconds later Maddie comes running after him bawling hysterically cause he was bleeding. It was actually pretty funny the way she was reacting. I do love how close they are and how concerned they get about one another. So  it was a big deal here the next couple nights. Tooth Fairy one night and Santa the next. He already has another loose tooth so guess the Tooth Fairy will be paying a visit again soon!!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Hammond Cousin Photo Shoot 2012

What do you get when you try and take professional pics of 6 kids 6 years and under and 3 of which are under 1 year???? A whole lot of chaos thats what you get!! Even with that being obviously Kamrins sisters and I braved it and decided that would make a great Christmas gift. We went to the mall a while back and bought the girls fancy dresses and then got the boys little suits to match. We then decided that we would do a Christmas outfit if it was possible but if not the fancy ones would do. Well picture day came and boy were we in for a treat!! Apparently both my sister in laws babies didnt nap much that day and one wasnt feeling goo. Brynlee was sick also. We survived and even got some great pictures. After the shoot is when the real adventure started for me. We went to the parking lot and of course the van didnt start. Long story short my sister came to my rescue then we took Brynlee to the doctor and got home late. Just as I sat down to relax a firm knock on our front door scared the crap out of me. It was the cops. They were coming for our neighbor. They were out there so long hauling stuff in and out of the house most of the night. Just lovely huh?!?! Oh well at that matters is we got ADORABLE pics :-) 

How sweet is this?!?!?

1 baby crying....

2 babies crying.....

3 babies crying!!!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Maddie turns 5!!!!

On Dec 21st my princess turned 5!! I cant believe I have been her mom for 5 whole years!! I think she had a pretty good birthday. My sister came and took her and Jay to lunch, went to a bounce place with her bffs (as she calls them) and had a little party for her that night once Kamrin got off work. She got lots of Justin Bieber stuff, make up, a Monster High doll oh and a bike!!
I always say you are 5 going on 15! You love everything girly and Justin Bieber is your crush right now. You love getting yourself ready and sometimes mommy wished you didnt :-) They need to make stickers for girls like you that say "I dressed myself" or "I did my own hair" You have to put on perfume daily. You used the rest of my $50 bottle so for your birthday we got you your own that you wouldnt get in trouble for using. You make me laugh and keep me on my toes. You are the best big sister ever! You are always looking out for Kamdyn and Brynlee. You are mommys big helper and daddys princess. At 5 you still have daddy wrapped around your little finger. Maddie we love you so very much!! Happy 5th Birthday Princess!!
Love, Mommy
Birthday girl going down the slide

Kyrie, Maddie, Savvy, Jaydan and Kamdyn

He loved how the floor felt

Snack time!

Her reaction to this cake was PRICELESS

Her very own perfume

Seeing her new bike

Saturday, December 22, 2012

1st Annual Hammond/Nelson Christmas Party

My friend Angel and I decided we wanted to do a big Christmas party with our kids. Since they only had half day Thursday it worked out perfect to do it that day. We started when her oldest got home from school and it was jammed packed from then until we left at 830 that night and we only left then cause Kamdyn was SO tired!! We didnt even get to everything we had planned. Angel gave them little goody bags with little Christmas toys and let them each pick a Christmas beanie baby. We decorated cookies, made reindeer food, made personal pizzas, watched Christmas shows and exchanged presents. Us adults survived by drinking ALOT of Mt Dew :-) It was so much fun!! My kids had a blast and so did I! I love hanging out with the Nelsons!!! They are amazing people!! On my title it says the first annual because Im hoping its a new tradition we do for many years to come!!

He kept sneaking spoonfuls of sprinkles

The mountains of frosting and sprinkles

The aftermath

We cant wait to leave the reindeers food out!!!

Their Christmas puppet show with their new beanie babies

Ummm I think he likes it :-)

Savvy, Maddie and Kyrie with their new BFF necklaces and bracelets

The mountain of olives is Kamdyns

I had never tried danish and my friend made this from scratch and WOW!! Its so delish!!! She gave us 2! One for now and one for Christmas morning!!! Thank you Angel!!!!