Friday, December 25, 2009


Merry Christmas Everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying time with their family and friends. Please also keep in mind those who can't be with loved ones this year especially ones overseas. We are having a wonderful day and I have a ton of pictures to share.

Christmas Eve morning we woke to blizzard warnings and 2-3ft snow drifts! Aaron got the white Christmas he had been hoping for. After the sun came out and the snow started to melt we all knew that it was only time til it all turned to ice. Which it did. But we had a lovely Christmas Eve dinner at Nana's then went to communion.

Unfortunately, I didn't take any Santa or morning gift presents cause we were just focusing on enjoying our time. Mom made Christmas bread and I made ham steaks, bacon, and eggs. Oh my goodness was it good. Addi got a Leapster 2 and a VTech camera (which she has taken over 250 by now) and Sydnee got a cute baby in a sling, a talking puppy just to name a few. After the morning, Mom and Carson went to Anson's family's dinner and the other siblings went to their Grandparents for presents. Here are some pictures we took this morning.

I love this one of Sydnee giving me a hug.

Girls were dancing

Baby Sydnee looking tooo cute!

Sydnee's little area she has been playing in all morning with the toys she got today.

Aaawwww, Aaron got socks lol j/k he loves them. (And needs them!)

My cute little family. To think we will have another little girl to add to the mix.

Sydnee and her daddy

Tom and the girls came over to exchange gifts.

Addi got some cute clothes, books, a leapster game, and this really cute jacket.

Shelby showing off her money. I gave the girls a little diamond necklace with their initial on it.

Mom got Kenzie an art set cause she has really been into it lately from what Tom says.

Sydnee wanted to open a gift bad but she was patient.

After Tom and the girls left, Aaron really wanted a Christmas dinner and even though I'm making yummy tacos tonight he was really craving that turkey and dressing meal. So we bundled up and headed to Furr's for a great Christmas lunch. Luckily we got there before a huge rush. Aaron got a plate of turkey, ham, roast beef, with the fixings and was in Heaven.

Sometimes it is so hard to get that little girl to smile...
So a little update on this Christmas about Kimber:

How far along? 22 weeks

How big is Baby? 10.5-11.8 inches and a little over a pound. The size of a papaya. (She is still my Jellybean)
Total weight gain/loss: gained 3lbs since lasted checked at Thanksgiving.
Maternity clothes? going shopping for clothes the January 2nd for good sales since I only have FOUR shirts I can wear lol.
Stretch marks? just recycling the old ones lol
Sleep: sleep is still erratic and not continuous but I think I'm getting enough rest at night.
Best moment this week: my belly really popping out now and enjoy this Christmas with my family this year.
Movement: LOTS! She is very active after 6pm and its so cool when its just enough to feel but not kicking the crap out of you!
Food cravings: I want a bean and cheese burrito with extra cheese and a large vanilla dr pepper EVERYDAY!!!!
Gender: GIRL GIRL GIRL...that's what I'm good at :)
Labor Signs: Ive started to get one or two contracts everyday, but that just my body getting ready for this little one.
Belly Button in or out? In so far, but it will flatten out in a few weeks
What I am looking forward to: hospital tour, getting a house so to do a nursery, and continuing training for work, and bringing in 2010 with my husband.
Milestones: I am over half way done, feeling good, hip doesn't hurt anymore, and the baby is growing right like she should :)
Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

My 2010 Book List

This Fall, I read two books by Jodi Picoult ( My Sister's Keeper and Handle With Care). After reading those I fell in love with her style of storytelling. I LOVE reading and many of her book plots intrigue me. There is always a twist at the end of her stories which really make the book worth reading.

One of my goals for 2010 is to read as many of her books as possible. So, below is a list of books I hope to have read by the end of the year. Most are by Jodi Picoult but a few at the bottom are from Oprah's Book club, and then the last is a very controversial book right now that I have really been wanting to read to make an opinion for myself. All of these books are very large but I find very much worth my time, I hope ;).

Right now, I am working on Nineteen Minutes, which so far is really good. Her books are pretty thick but I can finish it in about two weeks if I make sure to read at least an hour a day (which will most likely be on my lunch breaks lol)


Assistant district attorney Nina Frost prosecutes child molesters. She has seen too many criminals slip through the system. Her husband Caleb is a stonemason. No walls can guard them from the shattering discovery that their five-year-old son Nathaniel has been sexually abused. He's been left mute, unable to speak.

Fourteen-year-old Trixie Stone is in love for the first time. She's also the light of her father, Daniel's life -- a straight-A student; a pretty, popular freshman in high school; a girl who's always seen her father as a hero. That is, until her world is turned upside down with a single act of violence. Suddenly everything Trixie has believed about her family -- and herself -- seems to be a lie. Could the boyfriend who once made Trixie wild with happiness have been the one to end her childhood forever? She says that he is, and that is all it takes to make Daniel, a seemingly mild-mannered comic book artist with a secret tumultuous past he has hidden even from his family, venture to hell and back to protect his daughter.

Delia Hopkins has led a charmed life. Raised in rural New Hampshire by her widowed father, Andrew, she now has a young daughter, a handsome fiance, and her own search-and-rescue bloodhound, which she uses to find missing persons. But as Delia plans her wedding, she is plagued by flashbacks of a life she can't recall. And then a policeman knocks on her door, revealing a secret that changes the world as she knows it.
What happens when you learn you are not who you thought you were? When the people you've loved and trusted suddenly change before your eyes? When getting your deepest wish means giving up what you've always taken for granted? Vanishing Acts explores how life as we know it might not turn out the way we imagined; how doing the right thing could mean doing the wrong thing; and how the memory we thought had vanished could return as a threat.

Can we save ourselves, or do we rely on others to do it? Is what we believe always the truth? One moment June Nealon was happily looking forward to years full of laughter and adventure with her family, and the next, she was staring into a future that was as empty as her heart. Now her life is a waiting game. Waiting for time to heal her wounds, waiting for justice. In short, waiting for a miracle to happen. For Shay Bourne, life holds no more surprises. The world has given him nothing, and he has nothing to offer the world. In a heartbeat, though, something happens that changes everything for him. Now, he has one last chance for salvation, and it lies with June's eleven-year-old daughter, Claire. But between Shay and Claire stretches an ocean of bitter regrets, past crimes, and the rage of a mother who has lost her child. Would you give up your vengeance against someone you hate if it meant saving someone you love? Would you want your dreams to come true if it meant granting your enemy's dying wish?

Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life on his family's farm in remote northern Wisconsin where they raise and train an extraordinary breed of dog. But when tragedy strikes, Edgar is forced to flee into the vast neighboring wilderness, accompanied by only three yearling pups. Struggling for survival, Edgar comes of age in the wild, and must face the choice of leaving forever or revealing the terrible truth behind what has happened. A riveting family saga as well as a brilliant exploration of the limits of language, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is destined to become a modern classic.

The trial of a midwife in 1980s Vermont. Sybil Danforth, with several hundred deliveries to her name, claims the mother was dead when she opened her to save the baby. The prosecution claims the mother was alive and the operation was illegal. The story is narrated by Sybil's daughter, portraying the trial as another round in the persecution of midwives by the New England medical profession.

Liga lives modestly in her own personal heaven, given to her by natural magic in exchange for her earthly life. Her two daughters, gentle Branza and curious Urdda, grow up in this soft world, protected from the violence, predation, and village prejudice that once harmed their mother.But the real world cannot be denied forever—magicked men and wild bears break down the borders of Liga’s refuge. Now, having known heaven, how will these three women survive in a world where beauty and brutality lie side by side?

Friday, December 18, 2009

Candlelights at the Ranch and Miracle on 34th St Parade 2009

So it has taken a week to get these up. I have been work my job for a week now and so far so good. Definitely in the mind set of being there for a long time. I will be getting maternity leave of 6 weeks so that is good. Just signed us up for insurance which have really great benefits.

Christmas is exactly a week away and all shopping is done :) I do have to work Christmas Eve 9-6pm but I get Christmas Day off WITH PAY!! Same as New Year's Eve and Day. Addison is getting very excited to open presents. No set plans on Christmas day though since my family does everything Christmas Eve.

Last Friday, Aaron, the girls, and I went to the Ranching Heritage Center for the yearly candlelight walk.
First person we saw was Santa and Addi had a huge smile the whole time!

Sydnee looked so cute bundled up like a little Eskimo baby.

What you do is walk around to these different early settlers house and see people re-enacting how families spent Christmas in the old west. There was a depot where some Cowboys were and one of them gave Addi some 'Cowboy Candy' (which is a peppermint stick). She held tight to it and ate the whole thing. Then we went to the 6666 barn to get hot chocolate and hot apple cider. Sydnee was chugging the hot chocolate.

The next night Tom, Shelby, Kenzie, Addi, and I went to the 5th Annual Miracle on 34th St Parade. Growing up in Lubbock there was one parade per year and it was the 4th on Broadway. For five years now they have the Miracle on 34th St Parade to help with Toys for Tots. Local companies and organizations enter floats to be in the parade and the Marines walk to collect toys for the Toys for Tots.
Here are the girls waiting for the parade to start. They all look the same its funny.

Here are some of the floats.

In the middle of the parade Addi was getting a little restless lol

This was one of Addi's favorite cause she just adores fire trucks and trains.

The US Marine Corp put lights on their vehicles as well. This one is a 5 ton.

And of course at the end of any holiday parade you have SANTA!!!!

After the parade Addi and I went to the store and they had these cute little shopping carts for kids. Addi now asks for one every time we go.

Tom took the three girls to The Polar Express train ride this past Wednesday. I was working so couldn't go but Addi had a blast with riding a train, seeing elves, Santa, drinking hot chocolate, and getting a special bell. Hopefully I will get pictures of that soon :)

Friday, December 11, 2009

The Christmas Sweater

Last night, my whole family, and I mean my WHOLE family went to go see a special showing of Glenn Beck's A Christmas Sweater. The book is about redemption, forgiveness, and going through the storm. It is loosely based on his life experience and a great holiday book. I don't think there was a dry eye in the theatre.
The hardest part in our lives are the storm's we walk through, but do we ever regret walking through the storm to the other side? We can stay in our bitterness, depression, hatred, and loneliness and be a Victim or we can take that step forward trust in God that we have purpose, there is a lesson, and be a Victor!

Aaron is a huge Glenn Beck fan along with my whole family. Glenn Beck is very tell it like it is. We us to listen to him on the radio in Phoenix almost every afternoon we were in the car. Definitely check out his book and others and maybe even his show :)

Monday, December 7, 2009

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

There is 18 days til Christmas and I have ALL my shopping done except for one gift. Pretty good, huh? We have been in Lubbock for over a week now and the current temp is 25!!

Mom put the tree up yesturday but is waiting to do ornaments for all us kids to help but I dont know how that will work lol. Aaron and Erik put up outdoor lights and they did a great job. I thought I would also change my blog background to go with the season :)

As of now I am starting my new job on Monday and very excited to do so. I am planning on making this a career and staying with the company for a long time *fingers crossed*

Little baby girl is growing big and all her test came back normal and healthy. Thank you Lord!!! We have decided to name her Kimber Bryce-Bailey Klein

KIMBER: Leader Of The Warriors

We think that is the perfect name for her :)

Below is how big she is:

I have wrapped all my gifts and I can't wait for Christmas morning for the girls and Aaron to open all thier gifts. We are going to see Glenn Becks's The Christmas Sweater on Thursday and then the Candlights at the Ranch on Friday. Very excited for some holiday traditions I use to do as a kid and share with the girls. Pictures to follow.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


YYYYEEEEAAAA!!!!!! So we made it her early Saturday evening with a storm front coming in behind us. The 12 hour drive wasn't bad but tedious. The girls did very good in the car watching movies. Sunday was cold with a high of 43 and raining and then yesterday was 50 or so, but today brought snow this morning and there is more to come!

Sorry the picture is bad.

Aaron and I have scheduled our assessments for what we are hoping is our new jobs tomorrow and Thursday so please pray that we are offered the position :)

The four of us are living in one room o but Aaron is doing a great job of making it our space and homey. We are enjoying the cool weather and taking it one day at a time. We have our goals and one by one we are going to achieve them. We did a little Christmas shopping today for Addi and have budgeted out for the gifts we need. ill be doing some shopping with my mom this weekend so that will be fun.

Please pray that this job we are going for is the one God wants us to be at and succeed for our family.