Wednesday, December 31, 2008

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas from the whole Pickett clan! We spent the Christmas holiday in Driggs, ID!...okay, maybe Driggs doesn't' warrant an exclamation mark-- it is really tiny and REALLY snowy; But, we had a great time and my mom and dad are talking about moving there! (but let's be honest, they have been "talking about moving" for like 10 years. So, here we are Christmas Eve in our brand new jammies!

This is the picture my dad captured of the Tetons in the ten minutes that it actually wasn't snowing! Good thing he was in the right place at the right time! SO BEAUTIFUL dad!

Christmas Eve must include a program of course, and here is our reverent Joseph!

Mary and Joseph and 'blanket Jesus'

After the nativity, we had a talent show-- Addison break danced AND snapped! Laynie danced (sort of), Kelly tried to break the world record of how many different instruments he could play Jingle Bells on in 60 seconds...he ALMOST did it too!

Christmas morning was unfortunately not as exciting as others have been...Addison was throwing up, and Kelly and I had been up most of the night with him! But, that said we still had a wonderful is Hailey with one of her 3 presents...she told me she loved it :)

And this is me and my sisters playing the Wii Fit that I got for Christmas! Although it is exactly what I wanted, I'm a little mad at it when it tells me things like, "Is that Annie? I haven't seen you for 5 days, you really should exercise every day!"... thanks for the reminder!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Where do we live?

It started snowing Wednesday morning and didn't stop until Thursday night! We had almost 30 inches when all was said and school and lots of snow= heaven for Addison!

Our house in winter least it's Christmasy!

Here are some artsy shots that Kelly took...he did make a little path to the mailbox so Mr. "come rain, snow, sleet, or hail" can still deliver the mail!- Yeah, he didn't come on Thursday, but he DID make it today!

The light post in our front yard....

Our van...? I think that's what's under the mound of snow!

Laynie's 3!!

Could it be that our Lyanie is THREE? Of course her cake had to be PINK, and at the last moment she added that she wanted a CareBear...I did my best.

Birthday Girl! Nana sent her a whole box of fairy princess costumes complete with wands, wings, and fairy slippers. She was disappointed to learn that she still couldn't fly even after putting on her wings!

The fairy princess clan! And I thought I was being a stingy mom for only letting 4 friends come over...Woah, 4 GIRLS is like 10 friends! It was one loud, crazy, noisy, girly party!

But they are pretty cute...

And when the party was over- CRASH! Here is my exhausted fairy princess!
Happy Birthday Laynie! We love you so much!

Monday, December 15, 2008

New Appreciation

I recently had the DELIGHTFUL experience of taking care of my nieces and nephew over night...and I'll tell you what, 6 kids is a lot! Thus my title: "new appreciation"-- for my mother, mother-in-law, Sara, and all the other women out there that have 6 kids!(or more) I guess it may have been a little easier if they hadn't ALL been 5 and under...but what am I even talking about? it was a breeze and Kelly and I are planning our triplets as I type...
So here they are peacefully eating lunch in their cage, what? I MEAN fort! They were thrilled with the taped-up cardboard peices that I started putting together...until it fell apart and Lucy told me I should "just ask Kelly to do it."
Bath time with just the girls...all six at the same time may have been a little crowded, plus we've started to talk about privacy and modesty at our house...I know some of you are thinking "you've JUST started that talk?"...better late than never I guess!
My favorite quote from the weekend was when I took Addison, George and Lucy to the grocery store. Like the typical bribing mother that I am, I explained to them that if they were super good, they could pick out a treat.
"So", I emphasized, "No Screaming." and Lucy immediately followed up with "Unless we're bleeding!"
"right Lucy, you may scream if you're bleeding." I said.
And agin Lucy followed up with wise words: "But, not very loud right?"
See, hasn't her mom taught her well?
In other news, we have a cute Charlie Brown Christmas Tree, which I love and Kelly hates...He likes the big bushy kind I think. But it's Christmas, so he let me have my way. Why do my kids look like such rag-a-muffins in every picture I post? Oh well- We have been inside a lot due to FREEZING temperatures...I'm talking like 10 degrees...for the HIGH! It hurts your face to go outside, so we stay in and eat treats! What is Christmas time all about anyway?

And Finally, I got my WA state license to counsel all figured out and started at LDS Family Services last Thursday. The client I saw first heard me getting oriented with the secratary and must have been worried that it was my first time ever at counseling, cause he asked me if this was my "first rodeo." I was happy to reassure him that it was not my first rodeo, that I just had a new bull...or...something...

Friday, December 5, 2008

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Okay, here is our fun mantle loaded with Christmas decoration, and I love it! Actually, first I tried to fit most all of our decor on the mantle and it was a little too crazy! So, I moved a few items to the new dining-buffet table that Brent just MADE us! (PS we LOVE it!)

See how I strategically put the play-nativity and the plush Christmas tree right down at the kids level so that way they wouldn't have to touch my nice Christmas decorations... yeah, that strategy didn't work at all...

My favorite nativity- thanks mom!
Speaking of nativities, our stake is having their annual "Nativities from around the world" right now, and last night I got to sing with a small group to kick off the first night. AND, I did a solo, AND it was accapella! I asked Kelly how I did, and he said it was hard to hear (there were no mics!) and maybe that's better that it was hard to hear...