Monday, January 24, 2011

Where ya been, Shay?

Did you ever watch the season of Biggest Loser with Shay?
Anywho, she had been gone for like 2 months then when she returned home for a visit, her step-son said,
"Where ya been, Shay?"
It's a favorite family phrase now.
I mean really.
Did he have no idea where she was for the past 8 weeks?!!?

Here's the segway...
I know you're dying to know where we've been?
The Tatwood family has up & disappeared.
Been doing stuff like this:

First of all,
Christmas Highlights:
Utah with wonderful Family

Lots of treats (wrapper or no wrapper)

Thrilled with the Santa goods

A few bumps & bruises
goose-egg courtesy of wall corner on the stair landing
black eye courtesy of tipping over a chair on the wooden floor while scaling it

LOVING the snow play

Spent half of 2010 planning for the Stake Youth Dance of All Dances
New Year's Eve Dance
New Year's in New York

My Californina love is only deepened by gorgeous January days up in Sausalito.

Bay Area Discovery Museum

       This is seriously the view from the parking lot of the museum.

I guess I'm an embarrassment to society.
I was in a rush to get out of the house so I just grabbed
the top 2 floating socks in my drawer.
They aren't a pair.
They both have holes.
I forgot that there's a room where you have to take off your shoes.

Teaching our kids we ain't no lazies around here.
Now get to work.

The reds were sick for a whole week.
Double ear infections.
Faucet snot noses.
It was close to torture for all.
But the silver lining is that Gingersnaps 1 & 2 had some good sibling bonding time.

And here's a sweet moment worth documenting,
(if you're not feeling sentimental right now...skip this)
After I was completely exhausted, ready to throw in the towel, questioning my capabilities of being a decent mom, I opened up a book my friend gave me & the first thing I read was this scripture,
"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
I immediately felt so blessed that I have the awesome responsibility to shape these 2 babes into people.
They are my treasure.
How lucky I am that I get to be with them every day.
Maybe I'll make a vinyl sign out of that.

Tat's been making hobo stoves in his spare time.
This isn't his, but the same idea.
& when asked why, he proudly boasted,
"The ward campout's coming up.
If people are lucky, I'll give some away as door prizes."
Brothers & Sisters, bring your lucky rabbit's foot & you may be so fortunate.

We went to a friend's birthday party & he brought his homemade stove & denatured alcohol.
You KNOW he stole the show.

And last, but definitely not least,
Grandma is in town!!!
You know the drill...
cleans off my washer & dryer
takes the kids for walks
does the laundry
wakes up at night with Buddy the sleep devil
offers to clean out my car
bakes cookies, then delivers them to the neighbors
bakes peanut butter bars
 cleans my windows
We've also been playing a bit.
Santana Row

Our favorite candy store in Los Gatos

And that's where we been, Shay.


Matt and Jessie said...

So fun! Looks like you guys have been crazy busy!
So glad that your momma is there for a visit! She is just about the best!! LOVE HER!
Glad your kiddies are back to feeling good! You are the best mom and those days of discouragement hit us all! It is nice to know that Heavenly Father is so full of mercy and knows exactly what we need to hear to keep us motivated for this crazy mom job!! Love ya friend!!

Stephanie said...

AWESOME! Love it all.

Ashley said...

You are so funny, I love the "Where ya been, Shay?" Hilarious. And please do make the vinyl sign! Enjoy your cute mom-- then send her over here!

McDonalds said...

You have been missed in my cyberworld...and you have no idea how jealous I am of you because you live so close to San Fran...seriously my favorite city of all the rest (and I have been around:). (We were engaged on a romantic trip there...can't top that).

The Mostess said...

Blerg--fuggy picture of me alert!!

That NYE dance was amazing--the decorations, music, and frozen pizza to boot. Mmmm.

I shall not comment on the vinyl. I will let Ashley's encouragement stand on its own.

Love the gingersnaps. So cute. So glad they are all feeling better.

Hobo stoves--one step above knife throwing. Who did we marry????

And that's where we have been, Shay!