December 22, 2010

Peace & Love

Jake's Aunt Cheri is an amazing photographer and anytime I need anything photo-related, I can count on her to make me something I'll love. She did our Christmas cards this year and it seems fortuitous that she used "Peace & Love" as the greeting. I had another miscarriage a few weeks ago, my 4th in a row, and it has been hard, very hard get over. We have had such an outpouring of love that it has brought me peace that I didn't think I would find so quickly. I'm still grieving, but I'm doing so with the love and support of so many, and with the peace that they and the Savior have given me. The other night I was struggling and turned to my scriptures. I opened them at random to John and read chapter 14. Verses 18-27 says, "I will not leave you comfortless...Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." These words make me happy and I know they are true. So Peace and Love to your families from ours this Christmas season!

Thanksgiving 2010

We had an amazing Thanksgiving this year! Jake had to work on Thanksgiving day, so we celebrated the next day and since this is the first year we're back in So. Cal., we decided to have a big Camp/McCammon feast.
It was so much fun to have 23 members of both Camp and McCammon families on one long table! I love having a houseful of family.
Jake's Grandparent's from Arizona were also able to join us, Grandma Van always spoils the kids with treats! It was neat to have 4 generations of family together.
My parents came up a couple of days before Thanksgiving to help me out. My Mom and I spent two days cooking and you know what, it was so much fun! We chopped, cooked, chatted, tasted and then sat down on the couch and immediately fell asleep each day.
The menu, I wish I took pictures because the food is my favorite part next to family time!
-Brined/Roasted Turkey (I use a variation of my Mom's recipe, it never fails me!)
-Green Bean Casserole
-Succotash
-Yams w/Marshmallows
-Yams w/Crumble Topping
-15lbs Garlic Parm Mashed Potatoes
-Chestnut Sausage Stuffing
-Apple Sausage Stuffing
-2 Raspberry Pretzel Salads
-Cranberry Sauce
-Turkey Gravy
That is just what I made, thanks to my wonderful family that brought all the other food, including another delicious turkey.

Ahoy Mates! Let's Celebrate!

The night before Eli turned 4, I was laying in bed with him, begging him to stay 3. He said, "I'm sorry Mom, I don't know how, but I just keep growing." Like him, I'm amazed at how this year just flew by, but I loved every minute of my 3 year old and will love every minute of his 4th year. He wanted a pirate party this year (is that like a rite of passage for this age? Seems like they all want pirate parties). These are some of our mateys that joined us, I had to invite some ladies for Brynn but I thought it was funny how they split up, even at this age!
Per tradition, I let the birthday boy pick the menu. It doesn't vary much each year...this year it was wrapped lil smokies, veggie straws, grapes and oranges.
We had a treasure hunt for the goody bags (a few pirate necessities tied up in a paper bag)
We walked the plank
This is the cake I made this year, thanks to FamilyFun.com for the how to. It was by far the easiest cake I've made for a birthday. Definitely going the easy cake route from now on. It's always the biggest stress and you know what? The kids never care!
Singing happy birthday to Eli. I love the little look he is sharing with his cousin Lily, too cute!
Blowing out the candles, which turned out to be trick candles! Whoops! Pretty entertaining and then frustrating for a bunch of 4 year olds.
yum, yum cake. Here's an Eli fact: He prefers vanilla over chocolate. But if chocolate is offered and there isn't a vanilla choice, he'll still take it.
The kids always love a pinata and the best part for me: I used all our leftover Halloween candy (sshhh don't tell my kids) to stuff it!
Eli's present from me, Jake and Brynn came in the mail after the party...what could it be??
A Playmobil pirate ship! That sucker took Jake and I an hour and a half to put together. But it is sooo awesome. I see why people love Playmobil.
Happy Birthday my sweet son! My life would not be the wonderful adventure it is without you. I love playing cars, airplanes and of course pirates with you. I love all our endless conversations, putting puzzles together, going on walks, teaching you how to cook and color and count. Every single thing about you is precious to me, even the tantrums and the "5 more minutes Mom!," because I know it's all fleeting and I'll take every moment I can get. Love you Eli!