Thursday, December 30, 2010


down time.  yessssssss. 

I LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR.  the period of time right between christmas and new years.  it is the time to prepare for a whole new year.  how great is that?  fresh slate!  new, new, new!  

i have eli in his room right now going through all his clothes, weeding out the "too small" items.  then he will begin a resolution list {9 goals, now that he is 9}.  i have a list a mile long to complete before january 1st.  it will get done.  the last few days i have been transferring ALL of my photos onto a hard drive so they are nifty and neat and very accessible.  while i have been doing this i found this little gem tucked away in the 2005 photos/vids.  i had just flown into LA.  emily and doug were living in encino at the time.  the boys were 3 or 4ish.  cute and chubby.  emily and i decided to make a trip to the sherman oaks {?} costco.  hot weather + mid afternoon = slobbering in a cart at costco.  i love how he was looking for someone to cuddle up with at the end.  


Saturday, December 25, 2010


birthday boys

a quilt for c.j.

the party attendees

waiting for the show to start!

ida and a bird from the show

who has arrived???!

making sure the kids are all on the nice list


the kids were all stunned and amazed.

eli, thrilled at the combination of lego + sorry. too good to be true. pretty easy to please.

ida's crabby attitude, christmas 2010

the christmas morning puffy, smiley family picture. yes.

this time of year is always so busy. a good kind of busy. a happy kind of busy.

birthdays and christmas and family parties seem to run one into another. this year we celebrated eli and c.j.'s birthday by a lasagna smack down at our house, some presents to open and tickets to Seussical the Musical. we had a great time. the play was fun and colourful, ida sat through the entire thing happy and quiet. GOOD FOR HER.

we were all able to get together last night for christmas eve at mom and dads. we ate, acted out the nativity, had a talent show/sing-a-long and then had a very special visitor drop by. a bonafide santa claus arrived and chatted with the kids for a while. the kids could not believe it. santa claus, here????! HE WAS DELIGHTFUL AND PERFECT.

this morning was christmas. it was an early start. so early, ida and c.j. are both napping right now, it's noon and i am feeling a bit heavy eyed myself. eli was easy to please this year with simple lego, a couple of books and a looney tunes dvd. ida was grumpy, scowled most of the time, didn't want to open any of her gifts and was more interested in elis things which caused some problems. i had a brain wave while i was eating the really dry coffee cake i made for breakfast. next year we will do christmas in shifts. if eli wants up early we can wake, open gifts, whoop it up with him then head back to bed until ida wakes a couple of hours later {naturally}. it just may be a more pleasant way of celebrating christmas until ida can deal with it. they are so far apart in age that the early rising is fun for eli but not for ida. MUST STRATEGIZE NOW FOR NEXT YEAR.

in a couple of hours we will head back out to mom and dads and have a nice christmas day meal. it's going to be awesome. i'm going to eat like there's no tomorrow and then start thinking about tomorrow and the next day and the next... 2011, you will be here before we know it. MUST BE PREPARED.

merry christmas.

Friday, December 24, 2010

merry christmas folks

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

i present to you... NYC

Sunday, December 19, 2010

i love new york

well, we have walked our legs to bloody stumps, our eyes are blurry and tired and our hands/faces are cold and chapped. we punched manhattan in the face and i have about 1,000 pictures to prove it.

will post when i get home tomorrow morning and get my wits about me.

enjoy the above until then...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

a great big fat awesome long weekend straight ahead

doug & emily + new york city = FUN FUN FUN

can't wait

yes, the blue chairs are airplane seats. old school seats with ashtrays in them.

oooooh boy.

we had a hairy hectic day here. cj had a great big shoot. i was getting things ready.
ready for what?
ready to go to manhattan. yes, manhattan. did you hear me?!? HAHA!!! MANHATTAN!


we have only left eli once when he was 3. it was when we met up with doug & emily and hit the sundance film festival. that was 6 years ago. now 3 kids later {between the 2 of us} we are meeting up with doug & emily in manhattan for round 2. why manhattan? doug has been shooting a film there for the last who knows how long, eh em? emily needs a break, we want a holiday, manhattan sounds like a perfectly perfect location {especially this time of year} soooooooo LET'S GO!

so many places to eat and see and go and shop and eat and eat and eat. we have tickets to "a prairie home companion" on friday night at town hall. other things on our list: statue of liberty, central park, the guggenheim, moma, skating in rockefeller, walk the brooklyn bridge, max brenner chocolate, purl soho, see a broadway show, attend the temple and hang out on set with doug. we shall achieve this list and anything else we can do/see squeezed in between.

ohhhhhh, i'm nervous. please fly steady plane, get us there safe. kids have fun with grandma and grandpa. {thanks mom and dad} we'll see you in a few days.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

experiencing technical difficulties...

back of the infamous christmas quilt

front of the christmas quilt

watching the muppets "christmas carol" under the christmas quilt. c.j. was sad and cried at the end. you can tell he is gearing up for it... poor, poor tiny tim.

things in our house are frying. dead. stopped working. gonzo.

the microwave, the phone system {all 4 phones} and now the iMac in our den. it's weird, every button on the microwave works BUT the "start" button, the phones ring BUT are dead when i answer them and the iMac sounds like it is running and the apple tv is functioning BUT all it shows me is a sad black screen... this has all happened in about a 4 day span. they must have all gotten together and decided to crap out as a group. is it a protest?

i finished 2 quilts this week. 2 years ago, sandra and i started sewing a christmas quilt. 2 years ago. sheesh. i decided to finish it up, so i packaged up, sent it to my talented cousin sylvie and within a few days she shipped them back to me quilted. how awesome is that? soooo i bound them and it got put to good use. the other night c.j. and the kids watched the muppet christmas carol {according to the advent calendar schedule} and cozied up with the quilt. yes.

ok, we just had sloppy joes and it's 10:00 pm. what? too late for a sloppy joe? no. way. jose.

Monday, December 6, 2010

advent update

ida & the sugar cookie

eli & the millenium falcon christmas cookie

hot chocolate by the fireplace @ grandma and grandpas

hey this advent calendar is working! we are having some simple, fun activities that are keeping us in the christmas-y spirit! we made cookies, drank hot chocolate by the fireplace, had treats and came up with our 2011 family motto/theme. for our theme we threw a piece of paper in the middle of the kitchen table and throughout the day, everyone was able to put down thoughts or words or phrases that came to their mind. when we were finished, the page was full of really good things. as i read through it this morning, a thought/scripture immediately came to my mind that sumed up everything we had written down {i love you inspiration, thank you}. i quickly did some searching through the scriptures and this is what i found:

"Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God; See that ye love one another; cease to be covetous; learn to impart one to another as the gospel requires. Cease to be idle; cease to be unclean; cease to find fault one with another; cease to sleep longer than is needful; retire to thy bed early, that ye not be weary; arise early, that your bodies and your minds may be invigorated. And above all things, clothe yourselves with the bond of charity, as with a mantle, which is the bond of perfectness and peace."

it is perfect. i read it to c.j., he agreed. so, there it is, our 2011 burton family theme. it feels really good and heaven sent. what will we do with this theme? we will memorize it, review it every family home evening, have it hanging in our home and strive to live it's message. this message is found in the doctrine and covenants which is equally perfect as this is the book of scripture we will be focusing on this year as well. awesome.

back to the advent, here is the list of activities we will be doing for the next week:

dec. 8. make paper snowflakes and hang them on the windows
dec. 9. watch home movies
dec. 10. watch the muppet christmas carol
dec. 11. ichat with grandma and grandpa burton
dec. 12. drive around to see christmas lights
dec. 13. make a christmas craft

tonight we are making egg nog shakes. c.j. will be whipping those up as he is a shake makin' pro.

we just finished up our 2010 christmas card. it is pretty good this year if i do say so myself. look for yours in the mail! {and if you don't think we have your current most accurate address, please send it to me ASAP.... you won't be disappointed!}

Friday, December 3, 2010

coldplay christmas

let her load and enjoy.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

the secrets of the universe + the loch ness monster

lumpy trees, stars & the loch ness monster

THE purple tree by popular demand

colouring fun!

it is december folks.

i printed, organized and stuffed the advent calendar last night. eli just pulled out the first awesomely exciting suggestion of what to do today. "colour christmas pictures???..."
ooookkkkk.... {he is getting too old for this stuff, plus it didn't help that ida was sacked out on the couch not participating}. colouring is FUN! let's do it!! hurray! it's advent calendar fun!!!

by the way, here is a list by day of our advent calendar activities this week {i know the schedule so i can be prepared, but the kids don't know}.

dec. 1. christmas coloring
dec. 2. decorate sugar cookies {***made the dough last night, cooked them today, see thoughts...}
dec. 3. make hot chocolate and drink by the fireplace
dec. 4. TREAT! {i have placed in some pockets little chocolatey treats}
dec. 5. create a family theme/motto for 2011
dec. 6. make egg nog shakes
dec. 7. TREAT!

***sugar cookies. love to eat them, hate to make them. wow. what difficult finicky little morsels. it's the flour and the rolling and dough sticking to the counter top/the cookie cutter/the rolling pin and my hands. i did get better with each batch that i threw into the oven, perfecting my skills... but those first few... WOW. not good. the cookies we will decorate tomorrow are wonky stars, saggy trees, rocking horses {which look like the loch ness monster} and several star wars characters that i decided to throw in just for the heck of it.

on another note, last night eli found out. on the way to cubs, eli turned to c.j. and said, "dad, a couple of kids in my class told me today that there is no santa claus. is that true?". c.j. said all he could do was smile nervously and look straight ahead at the road. {do i tell him, do i not tell him.....} "yes, eli, there is no santa." then the conversation went something like, it is important to have and enjoy the christmas spirit, remember what we are really celebrating, it is fun for little kids, keep it a secret, etc, etc... it might be a different christmas this year with eli knowing we are sneaking the presents under the tree and ida just old enough to be really excited about "santa claus". two totally opposite ends of the spectrum.

alrightttt! ida just woke up. the coloring-o-rama is in full force. the most wanted "christmas-y" type picture printed out? anything from GREMLINS. no santas or elves, just gremlins.

sure, why not.