Friday, December 22, 2006

Merry Christmas....Time for an update!

I have to start off by saying Merry Christmas and happy Birthday Jesus!! Things have not slowed down one bit in the Turner household. I finally finished up my Christmas shopping! I really did not enjoy Christmas shopping this year. Oh why you ask? Well why don't you sit back, grab a cup of Joe, and I will tell you all about it. First of all my kids are SPOILED rotten. Not just a capital S but all the letters! The reason I could not find anything to buy is because they have EVERYTHING already. Seriously there was not one thing out there that I could think of that we don't already own in some way shape or form. They all have a Nintendo DS, they have a digital camera, they have bikes, and scooters, and roller blades, and build a bears, and cabbage patch kids, and American girl dolls, and game cube, the big kitchen, the train table,the basketball net, the puppy, and I could go on and on. How did my kids get so rotten?? Well I know I have to take some blame, obviously we have not been teaching a lesson in going without. The thing is every Christmas a birthday we have all this money coming in from all the grandparents and stuff. Because we live so far away they usually send us money to buy stuff for them. So my parents are divorced and they each send $100, then Ben's parents send another $100, then we throw in $100, and then the great grand parents send $25 so each kid has over $400 to spend two times a year, so that is $800 per kid per year. Times that by four for 4 kids and you have $3200. So every year we get $3200 dollars to spend on junk for the kids, not to mention all the stuff they get from friends at their birthday parties and what not. CRAZY! Yes we have accounts open for all them and we put some of that into there to save. Regardless it all comes down to way too much stuff for 4 kids under the age of 8. We seriously have to purge the playroom just to make room for more. Don't even get me started on the playroom, and how it is always a mess even though I have it all organized in bins, and drawers, and how my kids never take are of there stuff, and and and! So there you have it.....Why Christmas shopping sucked this year. I will post pics of the opening of present extravaganza!
Well I have to admit my kids are not the only spoiled ones around here. I have made a haul this year! First of all I got my new camera, (a few months back, which does not really count b/c it is for my business. Then last week I got a new 17" mac book pro!!!! Again it is for the business, but I probably did not have to buy the best computer on the market for it (spoiled part), then for Christmas I got an IHome for my Ipod. Awesome! Then Ben and I pooled our Christmas money and got this amazing outdoor patio set. I have been searching online and cannot find a picture so I will have to take one and post it later. Anyway it is amazing with 4 cushiony chairs, and a slate tile top with a gas fire pit right in the middle. We sat out by the fire last night and it was heavenly! I still have one present under the tree that I have not figured out yet. You see I am terrible at waiting to give or receive presents. The kids and I have been bugging Ben every day to open them. He is a stickler for the rules and is making us wait....Well sort of. The other day Camryn woke up before Ben and I told her if she told me what my Christmas present was I would tell her what hers were. Enter IHom for my Ipod. I didn't think she would really tell me. Well I guess I sort of did, I mean she is 5. I know I know! I am terrible. I don't think Ben has ever had a surprise on Christmas because I keep giving him hints. So here is the recap....Christmas is great! We are all excited! We are all very spoiled! We love Jesus!

Another milestone that was reached this past week is our 8th wedding anniversary. We made it past that 7 year itch which I must admit was not very itchy. I nearly forgot about it all together and was working on my computer when I felt someone behind me. I turn around and Ben was standing there with 18 yellow roses and a box! He told me I had 2 hours to get ready (does he know me or what) and that I had to wear this, extending box! I grab box rip box open and find gorgeous Italian white gold necklace and pendant. What is the difference between white gold and Italian white gold? It is from Italy I guess! So I put on my new gorgeous necklace spent the full two hours getting ready while jamming to my Ipod on my Ihome, and we went to dinner at our favorite restaurant, and saw the movie The Holiday! It was great!

Hmm what else, so much going on. The kids are officially on Christmas break and I could not be more happy. We are all excited to be able to sleep in every day! Although apparently my internal alarm clock did not get the message because it keeps going off at 6am. Bing I'm awake!

yesterday since it was the first day of their vacation we took them on the Atlantis Submarine. I thought it was way kind of boring and way over priced, luckily we got extremely discounted tickets, and even then I say it was not worth it. I will say for kids that are not old enough to snorkel ( like Corben) it was real neat. Anyway it was a fun day, we spent the rest of the afternoon at the pool of a hotel in Waikiki pretending to be tourists.

I went to get my hair done a few weeks ago and I told her to go crazy. I ended up being 5 inches shorter and a red head! Yikes! shev even had to color my eye brows because they are so blonde. I am still trying to decide if I like it or not. I think I like the color but not the cut. I should have done one or the other but not both. However it is less then two weeks later and I already have roots. Except this time they are actually lighter then my hair color which is even more annoying.

note new necklace Italian white gold necklace in picture!

The girls were in the Christmas parade this year for cheerleading. They had to march and cheer 3 miles! They did great and boy were they cute!

Here is Londyn, and her friend Hayden watching the parade!

The casting director of Lost called me again and I got to do another episode. It ended up that I had to go at 5am and be a nurse but they never did get to our scene so I never even got on screen. Gosh darnet! Next time I guess. I did get to meet the girl who plays Claire, and the guy who plays Jack's dad. I also got to read the script and find some more clues to the show!

Well a have a busy day of editing pictures and purging the kids toys ahead so I better get going. Have a Merry Christmas and I will see you all back in the New Year! Mele Kaleke Maka!


At 12:02 PM, Blogger L said...

So excited to get an update!! I didn't really enjoy Christmas shopping this year either. Being out here, it seems there are much fewer good deals and prices, so I ended up spending a lot more on people when I don't have any more money than other years. Frustrating!

I love the pictures of course. I think your hair looks great, so apparently you can pull off any hair color! I do think you should go back to blonde someday, though ;) Wow, Londyn's hair is so blonde! I just laughed when I saw that cute picture of her. What a doll.

Have a wonderful Christmas!!

At 4:43 AM, Blogger Heather said...

Merry Christmas to you too! My Christmas shopping sucked b/c this was the first year I was rushing around to have everything done before I went home. And I was completely lost on what to get people.

The submarine ride we did when were there and I can't believe people pay 90 dollars to do that. I am glad we had the military discount b/c it is not worth that. It is cool but not that cool. Hey we did see 2 sharks which they dont hardly see.

At 4:45 AM, Blogger Colleen Salter said...

Cute kids. How can you not buy presents for them. We had the Salter christmas a bit early because we are in Grunthal and watching Kaylee open her gift and get all excited is so FUN. I can't wait to see her open and play with her other gifts.

Your hair looks great and the necklace too. What a great husband. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Love the Salters.

At 9:21 PM, Blogger my life is brilliant said...

Your hair looks so good! I love it! And I also have recently become a huge fan or "Mele Kalikimaka." :) Great song!

I'm totally up for lunch when I'm in Hawaii! That would be awesome!

At 1:11 PM, Blogger pinksundrops said...

Merry Christmas Turners! I sure wish I had the resolve you do to have four kids!! You do it so gracefully. Hope your day is filled with wonderful and fun surprises!

At 6:44 AM, Blogger Darlene said...

I'm glad that you had a wonderful Christmas. And as always you look great! I've never watched Lost, but I'd tune in to see you do your cameo, so let me know if you're ever going to be on. Have a great New Year.

At 8:17 AM, Anonymous Tannis said...

Merry Christmas!!
Alyssa, I love the hair color. It totally suits you!!! I would say stay that color, but I can imagine keeping up with the roots when you are a blond going darker! Sounds like your holidays are going great!
I sure wish I could sneak into my mom's suitcase on January 10th!

At 11:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Just a suggestion from someone who could be your mother. If your children have so much materially, have you ever considered giving them a small gift from that grandparents so they know they have remembered them and then starting a college fund with the rest.
My observation has been that the more we give our children the less appreciative they become. Actually, less is more. More joy


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