Thursday, December 30, 2010


What can I say?  Twas the season…and when the day comes and goes, so does my energy level.  The ride on the shuttle up North took an hour longer…stupid road crews filling pot holes held up traffic for a solid hour.  Oh well, I made it to SLC (Midvale) and to the kids by 9:30ish Thursday night.  The “Little Rascals” were all soundly asleep.

Mike and Camille had last minute shopping to do on Friday so we watched the “Little Rascals”.

Camille of course made sure there was plenty to eat, all the time.  I didn’t do a thing…again.  Just played with the kids.

The beds…oh the BEDS.  They turned out soooo darn cute.  Bob and Mike put them together on Thursday so that Friday morning the kids could be surprised and sleep in them on Christmas Eve.

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With a little detail work to be done around the edges…..I think these turned out sooo darn cute!

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Lauren didn’t waste a minute climbing into the bunk…she decided she wanted the bed on top…





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What little girl wouldn’t just absolutely be thrilled to have a dream cottage in their bedroom!

Lauren immediately wanted to fill the shelves with “stuff”.  The bottom where the bed could go…will be used for play area…she already has bumped her head…but they learn to duck once they do it a few times LOL.


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There are a few touch ups to do….but that will come once Christmas excitement is over…


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Owen and Ryan were very excited to see their Bunk House…so darn cute…



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Owen claimed the top bunk and that is ok with Ryan…he isn’t much of a climber anyway, the next day they decided to moved the bunk to the other wall…to open up the window…Owen loves his new bunk house…


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Christmas Day it didn’t take long to stash his goods up on the top bunk..and fill the shelves will all his cowboy stuff.  I am waiting for the house to be adorned with his bull horns…Ryan is ok with whatever, he is more into the Wii than into a bunk bed LOL




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Oh except maybe dropping toys out of the window of the top bunk, that is always exciting to see how or who it will land on LOL



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Even the inside of the top bunk left nothing out, it is beautifully made!  This is the “empty” bunk..Owen hadn’t stashed his “stuff” yet…


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It didn’t take long to figure out that even little feet could make me smile



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There were plenty of smiles ….




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Christmas Eve the children opened presents from each other..Lauren loved her purple horse…

Owen was excited for Lauren

Hugs were plentiful and spontaneous!



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They really love each other and honestly it is fun to see how much!  Brothers can be the best of friends…

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Christmas morning was insane….there was a remote controlled monkey on Ryan’s shoulder (Ryan loves anything that is remote controlled and he can mimic, or better yet will talk back to him by command… along with a giant “big foot” that he memorized the commands within an hour or less.dec 2010C 369

This child is amazing…





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There was plenty of excitement, I was a bit overwhelmed….I didn’t know what I wanted to play with…



There was coloring to do….babies to be fed and cowboy belt buckles to be worn proudly!

silly games to be played (what a good sport)(put dark candy wrapper on the top of your teeth to make it look like you have no teeth) I about laughed myself to death..EGGS to be gathered…lips to be glistened with sparkly gloss…in 5 different flavors of course on top of each other..

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Bunnies to be taken care of and baby bunnies to find hidden in holes, chickens to be fed….work doesn’t stop just because it is Christmas on a farm…

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Goodbyes are never easy to say to the “Little Rascals”.  But we needed to get home so that we could hand out more presents to the other Higgins clan…and I could get ready to go to work on Monday…I was not very excited about that at all.




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Kinlee loved playing with the paper…




Koltyn and Kyler had a wonderful Christmas just like all the other children.  Being a grandmother of 8 is a blessing…and a curse at Christmas, so we have made things simple….I know why my mother just handed out checks!  There were 14 of us with our spouses and 23 grandchildren!   Where have the days gone of grandmas giving out PJ’s?  I like that idea….I think I better bring that one up for next year……

Well another year gone……….I look forward to 2011….new adventures with my sweetheart….better health….NO SURPRISES and I AM NOT GIVING ANOTHER DOCTOR ANOTHER PENNY!

I hope and pray that is……….

on that note….PHEW sure am happy this one is over…..



Terrie said... that's an idea. I just may go with that idea myself next year. I bought fabric to make jamma bottoms this year for everyone but didn't have time. I didn't even have time to shop so Kim and Jenny used my debit card to shop online and have the stuff sent either here or to the store for me to pick up. Maybe if I start in February when it's my slow month, I may be able to get PJ's done for everyone.

joolzmac said...

Sounds like a whirlwind Christmas for you but full of laughs, cuddles and family and that's lovely!
Don't you get extra holidays for Christmas? In Australia, because the 25th was a Saturday, we get a holiday on the Monday for Christmas and on Tuesday we have a Boxing Day holiday so we got 4 clear days off. Yay!

Cheers - Joolz

PS - I gave my girls new PJ's as a last minute gift too.

Pat said...

Those darling little Rascals of yours sure are blessed, but the best thing is, I sense that they know that they are and show their love and appreciation!
Those beds! Oh my goodness how fantastic!
Now you have 12 months to get ready for next year...and I pray it is a happy, healthy and prosperous one!!

Bernie said...

I was exhausted just reading but it looks like you all had a great Christmas. Happy New Year my friend......:-)Hugs

Librarian said...

It is lovely to see the excitement about the new beds, they are really great, and you are right - what child would not love to have such a bed? My favourite pictures are those of the children hugging!
Happy New Year to you, too!

Cynthia L. H. said...

A whirlwind of activity is right!
Yes, I'm with you on the PJ's...that is what I gave my girls this year, with a matching ornament for their tree...
(I gave them Bambi & Thumper PJ's and the ornament, as well, because we have a great memory from Thumper..."If you can't say 'nuffin' nice, don't say 'nuffin' at all!"
;^) ;^) ;^)

Barb said...

Dear Linda, came by to tell you Happy New Year and saw you had posted. Those bunk "houses" are truly amazing - your Huhoney and son are great craftsmen. Maybe Huhoney could have a little side business in 2011 making beds! Linda, both of our families need a break from medical surprises in 2011. Let's just have a healthy New Year! Hugs.

Eileen said...

Happy New Year, Linda!
I enjoyed visiting here, your Christmas looks like it was fun-filled!
And those beds! Really works of art!
I can just imagine all the time and effort that went into them, such beautiful detail work. Thanks for sharing that with us.
And for sharing your family time, your grandchildren are beautiful and you are so Blessed to have eight!
But I so get what you mean about the PJ's!
My grandparents lived in Minnesota and every year they would send a big package to our home (there were seven children in my family) and it was filled with cookies, and socks, pajamas, and underwear for all of us! And we were excited to get it! And my Mom was so grateful too!
Now EVERYTHING is way over the top!

I saw you had posted new and tried to visit here yesterday but blogger was not cooperating. So glad I could get here today!
Health and Happiness in 2011!
Love you!, Eileen

Diana said...

Wow I got tired reading about your Christmas Linda but am so glad that you all had such a great time! Those beds are just something else, beautiful!
I think with eight grandkids, P.J.'s sound good!!
I agree with you on the doctor front! Lets pray for a Happy and Healthy New Year!! Love Di ♥