Sunday, December 17, 2017

Santa Claus comes to our town!

I love living in a neighborhood where they do things like this πŸ’š❤️πŸ’š❤️πŸ’šπŸŽ…πŸ»πŸ€ΆπŸ»





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Brian Mckell
Sales Rep-Post Acute Care
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Medline Industries, Inc.
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

2017 Christmas Card(s)

I got very indecisive and ended up spending way too much time making this happen. The red one is what we finally ended up printing our 200 (!!!) copies of!

Because I'm funny


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: chelsea mckell
Date: Tue, Dec 12, 2017 at 9:56 PM
Subject: Our Christmas card
To: Meredith Smith
Cc: Debbie Smith , DAD Steve Smith, Lindsay Smith, Steve Smith, David Smith, B, Megan Smith, Bobby Whitney


Hey Mere, so I just drafted up our Christmas Card.
Let me know if you'd like any edits before I go print a few hundred of these to mail out to all our relatives. 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Bedtime, daddy style

I came home from our youth activity at church around 830, grateful to walk in the doors and find everything dark and quiet.  Yay,  Brian actually got them all to sleep at a decent hour. 
But then I couldn't find Brian.  
Checked our room,  his office,  the basement....
Then finally found him asleep in Charity and Brianna's room.  No doubt he laid down with them to tell them stories...and successfully read everyone to sleep including himself.  😊😏😴😴😴😴

Mailing out Christmas cards!

I employ these kiddos to get our cards stamped and addressed.
Literally employ.... they get ten cents per card completed well.  They're very money-motivated this month for obvious reasons.  
With tons of cards to mail,  there's some decent earning potential here ☺
Plus I like that the addressing is done in kids handwriting.  I think that's adorable.  
And of course,  they're learning how to properly do mailings.  I bet there are teenagers who don't know how to do it.  
I got 200 cards printed - the most we've ever done,  since Brian's company will reimburse up to $50 for Christmas cards and I found a Groupon for 200 5x7 good quality cards from Staples for $45. Same-day pickup.  Boom.  
So... It's one of those years where everyone and their dog is getting a card from the BC McKell clan :)

Monday, December 4, 2017

Santa piggy

#LighttheWorld Day 3

Their encouragement today was to keep the Sabbath day Holy by reading the Friend magazine together :-)

Best apology & explanation note ever

Bennett's teacher told him he needed to write a note to his mom explaining his poor choice today.    

Going bananas

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Breakfast in style

I can get them to eat large quantities of a super nutritious smoothie as long as it's in a fun cup 😁😎

Friday, December 1, 2017

#LighttheWorld Day 1

We're excited to start this December initiative to focus on Jesus Christ more. 
We took today's suggestion very seriously and picked out LOTS of toys to donate πŸ˜‰ Feels good to clean out the playroom! 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

A well loved guinea piggy 🐷

"homemade"(?) Cards from Chelsea

I'm not sure people understand how much work goes into making these cards.  It takes a lot of effort to look this creatively cheap!  First I gotta save old cards like for forever.  Wedding cards,  birthday,  baby showers,  etc.  Then I gotta chop off where others have written on them.  Then rewrite the words on the cards so it somewhat makes sense. Then find an envelope ✉ that's only semi-used,  so the post office doesn't reject it. Then put stickers alllll over. 
SO MUCH EFFORT TO SHOW MY LOVE!!

Thanksgiving morning 5K fun run

So much fun!! 
I registered 18 of us to do Dan's Turkey Trot.  Expensive but worth it! This is our second year.  We'll have to make it an annual thing! Lucked out with perfect weather. πŸ‚πŸπŸ‚πŸ
I didn't race it - I just went with Courtney. She needed piggy back rests every few minutes :) Brianna too :) Bennett and Charity stayed back.  
Maybe next year I will train and try to win it or maybe I'll just keep being happy with staying with my kids the whole time :-)

Nativity setup

We have about 6 nativity scene decorations,  but this one is the most fragile so it gets a special safe spot.  
Loving the Christmas decorating!!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Christmas begins!

Last night we put away everything Thanksgiving πŸ¦ƒ  and took out everything Christmas! πŸŽ„
We only got about half done putting everything up so it looks like  a Christmas explosion πŸ’₯ in our front rooms.  
It was so sweet seeing the kids excitement.  There was lots of "hey,  remember this! I remember it!" exclamations.   I'm so grateful & excited we have established some traditions they recognize and love.  Good healthy family traditions are so important.  
Looking forward to another day of setting it all up! 

Young but capable!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Brought Julia to Art Class!

Grandchildren Ornaments

Sent these to Brian's mom for her birthday!
I've been planning this gift for many months.  Super excited we finally made it happen.  I just had to park myself in Fred Meyer at the photo kiosk,  put Charity in the drop in childcare play area next to it,  so I had no distractions.  Took forever to print,  size,  cut and insert photos correctly.  Broke 3 ornaments in the process (fortunately had backups). Shipped it next door at Post Net for more than the gift cost to make! 
Totally worth it!!
I love making gifts for people that I'm proud of and excited about! 

Lil turkeys

They'd be adorable this Thanksgiving morning all snuggling and snoozing together... if they hadn't been responsible for keeping me up half the night with their various "needs"....

I love them and am grateful for them anyway!!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Monday, November 20, 2017

Best Sunday of the year!

The kids did so great! Charity got a big laugh out of the congregation when she loudly yelled into the microphone 🎀 : "I AM BLESSED WHEN I KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS!!! "
Plus her adorable random arm waving and head bopping with her cute little pigtails swishing around. Can't she just stay 4 forever?!
Brianna, Bennett, and Courtney did awesome too. They had their parts all memorized and they spoke them with total confidence. Proud mama day!

Birthday friend

Courtney was SO excited to attend her bestie Kristin's birthday party.  Cute pajama theme.
Funny how she's just 3 months older,  but almost a foot taller! 
Bennett was crushed he wasnt invited too.  Tough life lesson  - some parties are just for girls! 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Just going on a walk

Super sweet little sisters cruising the neighborhood on foot

Courtney Rose

No, that's not her middle name. But it should be, with how obsessed she is with roses! If you wanna make Miss Courtney's day, bring her roses. Pink ones especially.   Bonus: she'll keep them in her room and sniff them before going to bed because somehow she believes it ensures good dreams. 

Bro & Sis

Sleeping baby on handsome Daddy

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Friday, November 17, 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Popped in on Brianna πŸ’―πŸ”’πŸ”£☑

I was actually just at school for Courtney and Bennett's art class,  but when I went to put away supplies in the art room,  I walked in on Brianna's math class! Because she's in a combo,  they separate for the main subjects.  I love this. I think it's such an advantage.  They get a specialist teacher,  and a 10-1 ratio! 
It's so fun seeing my kids in their school environment,  so I can picture exactly where they are and ask better questions in the evening when we chat about their days.  

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

SuperPoser

Well this is a new one...

Cousin Duet!

I love their enthusiasm for music & piano!

18th Bday gifts for my girls

By "my girls" I mean the girls in my YW group at church of course :) But I sure hope I get to make these for my own girls when they turn 18 someday! And I hope they are making the awesome choices in life that Hannah is!
It was so fun going over to the Fullmer's home tonight and presenting the video slideshow. Got them bawling.  Mission accomplished.  Video link: https://youtu.be/eGZzyQkC2Zk
This is my 4th I've done - first Camryn, then Calli,  Jinna,  next month is Liliana! 
This is a screenshot of Hannah's text to me.  But NO,  she did not write that over and over... My phone does this all the time! Randomly with different people! spazzy phone,  ugh.  SO WEIRD.  

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

My big girl is still my little doll....




Brianna's Christmas dreams coming true involve getting an American Girl "Truly Me" doll! 

Tot Shots

Crafting queen πŸ‘‘

TaDa!

I made this for Meg's Bunco hosting night!
It was our 2nd Bunco night with the neighborhood ladies. We were both hesitant to join, since it's on Monday nights. But just once/month, and only 2 hours, so it's worth it for the chance to get to know our neighbors better.
I have to host in March! Good motivation to get my house and hostess skills fine tuned :)