Saturday, October 31, 2009


PLEASE NOTE: THE COSTUME CONTEST ENTRY DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL 11:59pm NOVEMBER 2ND! Send your entry to Jason at And I am so excited to post this. My Grandma has a great entry. She is the "House Elf". I LOVE IT!


We had an awesome day! It started with hockey, then a long day of hanging out at home. Then the fun began. Ethan was the Operation Game. I'm pretty proud of myself over this. : )And Elliott, of course, was the surgeon. He hated the hat, so it didn't last much past this picture. We started by going to the Zoo for trick-or-treating. This was a great way to begin.That is a bearded dragon. ICK! The boys LOVED it. After that was dinner at McDonald's, this was to cut out the "can we eat some candy" during trick-or-treating. It worked (patting myself on the back). My friend Shannon's boys are staying with us, and Ethan had a BLAST going to houses with them. They are all old enough to get it, and be polite and enjoy every minute. Elliott hung out in the stroller and we watched the boys and walked from house to house with them. They made BANK (in the candy sense of the word). No one needs or will ever eat that much candy. By the end of it all, they were all exhausted! I didn't have to say anything about bedtime, they all just came in and got ready for bed, and went. Hopefully they will sleep in, because I would like to. Hope everyone had a great Halloween.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Getting Excited!

Halloween is coming up. Yesterday, after picking Ethan up from school, we went and picked out pumpkins. Elliott was so excited about them!Ethan couldn't wait to carve his tonight, but he did not like having his hands dirty and kept asking when he could go wash them. This is his design. He wanted it to look angry. And............the finished product. He is sooooooo happy with it, and it works perfect with the body that Grandma bought him last year.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


When I was home I had an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment with my family. Our family finished an entire pizza and bread sticks from Little Ceasers with no left overs what so ever. I think that was a first for us. I don't know who ate more. Ethan or Elliott? I'm so proud of them.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The first 2

Here are our first two entries for the Halloween Costume Contest.
Elliott, The Wizard.
Tracy, The Chef.


Saturday, October 24, 2009

Halloween Costume Contest '09

Don't forget about the first annual Guge Family Halloween Costume Contest. We are already receiving entries. Every one is allowed to enter! All you have to do is email a picture of you with your costume on. (or your kid with their costume on.)
The deadline is Oct, 30th, 2009.
Happy Halloween.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Our Little Monster.

Today Elliott turned 1! His birthday party was on Sunday. We had a Monster theme birthday party, and we made monster brownies. Everyone loved them, and they turned out SUPER cute!
This was the present from us. Ethan wrote To: Elliott From:Ethan From: Mom From: Dad on it, and colored a picture on the other side. He helped Elliott with all the presents.

And Dereck thought that shoes were possibly the worst present EVER! Elliott didn't seem to think so. : )

In between gifts was just too exciting!And in the end, he had a tray full of toys and a tummy full of sugar. It was a great party.

I cannot believe it has been a whole year since this............

Monday, October 19, 2009

Just can't say it enough

Again, Jaymee helped us out. I swear, if it wasn't for her, I don't know what we would do. I can always count on her, always. It's amazing to me that with an e-mail, phone call or text message to her, she is there to help us out with whatever it is. Jason and I wanted to have a date night on Saturday night, and I had arranged for Shannon to keep the kids for us. Unfortunately, for Shannon more than us, Nate came down with the flu and was extremely contagious. So I asked Jaymee if she would be willing to keep them. I should have known that she would do whatever it took to make it happen. Even if it meant that her night out with Dereck turned into Papa John's pizza at home with all the kids. I can't begin to explain how much this means to us. I could not have custom ordered better friends. She even came to our house to get them, and kept them overnight. When she got here, the boys were outside, and she got out of her car with her camera to capture the most incredible picture of Elliott. I can't stop staring at it. And then, as if she hadn't spent enough time with us, Raigan and Jaymee came to our house Sunday afternoon for Elliott's birthday party. I loved having them over. We had a great time. Isn't she the CUTEST?!?!

Hockey Time

Well, Ethan is back on the ice and full speed ahead. Friday night, he practiced super hard and then the mites skated inbetween 1st and 2nd periods at the Billings Bulls game. He did awesome. I am so happy to see him back to himself. Elliott has gotten really comfortable with being at the rink, and we spend our time getting up and chasing after him. At the Bulls game, Elliott knew exactly where Borris the Bull (the mascot) was at all times. He loved him! We had a great night of hockey, but none of us were ready to be back at the rink at 9:30 Saturday morning. UGH.
Here is Ethan skating at the game. He's #2.
Jason took the boys to stand with Borris for a picture. Ethan is still one of the smallest on his team, but he is also one of the best. It's so funny to watch people be surprised by his skills.Ethan at practice.
Another practice drill.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Love havin Daddy home!

Ethan and Elliott are definitely enjoying their time with their Daddy. He has been great with them. Ethan and Jason work together on math, telling time and adding money. All things that I cannot do because I get too frustrated and we end up mad at each other. They also spent this morning at the park working on hockey stuff. This is a very familiar sight at our house.
Elliott LOVES playing ball and reading books, and spends hours with Jason laughing and teasing and playing. It's the cutest thing ever!

Yesterday, Jason gave me the "go ahead" to spend some alone time running errands and going to the bead store. While I was gone, Ethan and Jason raked the front yard, and then Elliott woke up from his nap and they played in the leaves, and went to the park to play. Jason is such a good Daddy that he even took TONS of pictures.

Ethan doesn't have school today or tomorrow, and this morning really made me wish that Jason would never have to leave and Ethan didn't have to go back to school and we could just spend every morning enjoying being a family.

Monday, October 12, 2009

I have to stop doing this.

I have not posted in so long, I don't know where to start. Lucky for you, I do have some pictures to post. : )

Let's start with the snow. Everyone is freaking out about the very small amount that we have, but a year ago today we had this.

Yep, we had over a foot of snow and branches had broken off everywhere. We are no where close to having this much, and I can't say that I am totally upset about it. I walk with Ethan every morning to school. I load Elliott into the stroller, and we walk the 2 blocks there and back to drop him off and again to pick him up. It's very important to me, so the first morning that it was actually cold and snowing, I decided, NO EXCUSES. We walked. We bundled up, and off we went. I somehow did not get snow boots, a coat or snow pants for Ethan before this day arrived, but he got by. Good thing he hadn't grown too much, and good thing Elliott grew a TON because he is in Ethan's winter coat from when he was 2. Yes, Elliott is HUGE. But they looked so ready to go, I had to take a picture.

On a totally unrelated note, Jason has become quite famous amongst his fellow soldiers from all over the world. In his spare time, he made a Facebook Fan Page for the PT Belt that the soldiers wear in order to keep them from getting run over. It seems very ironic to wear a reflective belt on top of your camouflage while in the middle of a war zone, and all soldiers agree. It took the page just 30 days to get to 1000 fans, and is currently at almost 1700! The 34th Red Bull Infantry Division even wrote an article about him! You can see the article here and you can see the Facebook page here Yes, that's right, when you have 1000 fans, you get your very own Facebook URL. Needless to say, he is proud.

Now onto hockey. Ethan has been having a tough time with wanting to be on the ice, but we still go, and the last couple times have been so much better. On Friday, Jaymee and Raigan joined us at the rink. Raigan was so happy, and never thought twice about telling the kids to get to work. She loved playing with the other "big kids" who were waiting for their siblings to finish, and she and Elliott played together and both had rosy cheeks and runny noses by the time we left. They didn't seem to mind.

After hockey on Friday night, we got to go pick up Jason from the airport. He will be home for 15 days. Ethan was excited to see him and didn't stop talking for 2 days. They have cleaned Ethan's room together, worked on math together, read books, wrestled, and they are watching a movie in Ethan's room as I am writing this. They are the best of buds. It's so great to have him home. We are just spending our time being a family. We don't have any plans. I have made homemade dinners and just took brownies out of the oven. I might as well spoil him while he is here. Dang he is a lucky guy. : )

Hope everyone has a great week.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

A great beginning.

Ethan had his first hockey practice on Friday night. He did great! Not only did he ROCK all of his drills, he made 4 out of 4 shots on a goalie! They were having a competition to see who had the best goal celebration. Unfortunately, Ethan is very humble and does not celebrate his goals. He just smiles and skates back into line. Elliott had a lot of fun crawling all over the rink, and banging on the glass at the players. He even took a step while we were there. I am not going to call it his first step because he took a step, then stopped and sat down to crawl away. He does love all of the attention from the moms there.
I forgot about something from last week! On Monday, Jaymee took the boys for me to take another class at the bead store! I went with a friend who I haven't seen in a really long time. Not only was it great to catch up with her, but we both love working on jewelry. Well here is the product from that class, and a few others I have made recently.
I made this set for a Christmas present for someone. I am not saying who. : )
This is another set for a Christmas present. : )This I just had to make. I love freshwater pearls, and the navy blue w/the silver ones was just too pretty to pass up.

Friday, October 2, 2009

IF............For one day

If for one day I could wake up when my body says I am ready to wake up, instead of being SHOCKED awake by the obnoxious blaring beeps from the alarm, or the banging on the wall from the baby, or the need of a 5 year old to have help getting breakfast.

If for one day I could take a long hot, uninterrupted shower, instead of a quick in wash and out to quickly rush to the aid of a baby who has finished his breakfast, or the 5 year old who needs to know what matches his blue shorts.

If for one day I could take my time getting dressed and ready, instead of having an audience and sharing the bathroom with a baby who thinks he needs to open and shut every door 100 times and a 5 year old that HAS to brush his teeth RIGHT NOW.

If for one day I only worried about me, instead of worrying that the baby may break something, put something in his mouth, fall from something, etc, etc, or a 5 year old finding his backpack, his socks, his shoes, his coat, his hockey gear, making sure they are both fed, bathed, and have a great day.

If for one day I had a maid, instead of me cooking, doing laundry, doing dishes, taking out the trash, sweeping, mopping, picking up toys, cleaning up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and the list goes on.

If for one day you could walk in my shoes, you would see that I am possibly the luckiest Mom in the world.