Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Year's Resolutions

I thought deep and hard about my New Year resolutions for 2009. Most of them are the same ones I make every year, but I did add a few new ones. If I share them with you, I will keep them, right?

I am going to continue to be a lifelong non-smoker. (see, this is easy!)

I am going to give up eating dark chocolate cold turkey. (super easy!)

I'm not going to buy anymore fabric unless it's on my list, really nice, or I need it.

I'm going to make sure I have lipstick on every time I leave the house.

Better Family Home Evenings.

Build up our food storage.

Scan all my negatives onto the computer.

Detail my home.

Stop drinking diet coke. (maybe?)

Oh yeah, lose weight, exercise, be nicer to kids, blah, blah, blah.........

I bet your resolutions aren't as ambitious as mine.


Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas Eve

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. I have been so busy with Christmas, going to my brother's wedding and playing with our toys, to blog about our Christmas.

The best part of Christmas happened late Monday night when Bert made it home safely. The weather was so bad in the Northwest that he got stuck in Las Vegas an extra day. Flying back to Seattle was the least of my worries, I worried about him driving 2 hours home on icy roads. Every Christmas is different for us, as an airline pilot Bert never knows if he is going to have to fly over Christmas. We got lucky this year, it was wonderful to have Daddy home.

We spent Christmas Eve at home with just our family. It was nice and quiet. One of our newer traditions is singing the "Nativity Song" and adding the people and animals to our Playmobil set as we sing. Travis loves our Playmobil nativity set. I recorded it, but for some reason it won't up/down load on the blog. I guess you weren't met to hear our wonderful singing. LOL

Later we played some games. The boys all decided they were tired and went to bed early. Bert and I were in shock! Of course once they were in their beds they couldn't go to sleep. I stayed up late messing around, which I regretted in the morning.

Monday, December 22, 2008


I did it! I'm so proud of myself. I drove in the snow four times! Friday I went to the store so I could buy diet coke and food. Friday night I drove to my brother's house for a party.

Saturday I went out for our yearly Santa picture. I would have been really bummed if we hadn't gotten one. Nathan tried to get all teenagery on me and tell me he was too old and cool for a photo with Santa. Well I nipped that in the bud. I told him he would get his picture with Santa until he goes on his mission. I'm such a good mom.

This Santa was the real deal. He knew my boys needed to clean their rooms. Travis and Marcus went right home and cleaned their room. I don't know how long it will stay clean, but I'm a believer. It started snowing again Saturday night, but I went out for an hour to a cookie exchange party. Hey I know my priorities when it snows: Diet coke, photos with Santa, cookies, parties and food.

We are snowed in again. Things would be fine if Bert was home, but he was stuck in Vegas for two days. He is on his way home right now. I worry about him driving on the slick roads.

Friday, December 19, 2008


This week has been a busy, on-the-go-week for the Wagners as we prepared for Christmas. I want to share some of the wonderful pictures I took of a few of these special times.


The kids met at the church and then they drove around town and sang to many members of our ward. After caroling they went back to the church for hot chocolate and cookies. Nathan had a great time and I was lucky to get this picture of him singing.


I was very excited about the opportunity for the boys to serve during the Christmas season. A nice group of primary children sang Christmas songs at one of the local retirement homes. The residents loved seeing the children and were very impressed with the Cub Scouts in their uniforms.


After our visit we went straight to pack meeting where we had a great time making ornaments, singing, playing games, and watching several of the boys advance in Scouts.


Saving the best for last! Marcus was asked to play Joseph in his preschool Christmas play. I was so excited, he did such a good job, and was so cute! Well, all the kids were cute, but Marcus was the cutest.

OK, this blog is one big lie. We have been stuck at home for the last 3 days. Winter break started early for the boys, Merry Christmas to me! They are driving me crazy already! I'm really bummed about the plans that were canceled this week. This is my reality.

Those of you who don't live in the Puget Sound area are probably mocking me right now. But we freak when it snows around here. I am too chicken, you know what, to drive in it and I feel I am doing my community a service by staying off the roads.

I do need to get out today or tomorrow, I am almost out of diet coke and other groceries. We are also expecting more on Saturday night. Wish me luck driving!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Our Christmas Letter

I finally stopped blogging long enough to write and send our family Christmas letter. Since I know everyone is really interested in our lives, I will share it with you.


We wish all our family and friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 2008 was an eventful year for the Wagners in many ways.

We started the year with a trip to Disney World. We took the boys out of school (we are such good parents) and went to Orlando the second week in January. We spent seven days going to the four different parks. We came home exhausted, but with priceless memories.

Bert's status in the squadron changed in August when he became the Executive Officer (XO). Bert and Diane had a chance to enjoy some time together when they went to Command Leadership School in Newport, RI. Diane learned much about the Navy and the responsibilities that come with Command of a Navy squadron. Bert also went on two detachments: In February, he "visited" Italy and Germany, and a few weeks ago he returned from Japan. Bert now has some time at home to help with the homework, dishes, laundry, light bulb replacement, and other manly duties. He also flew many trips for Alaska Airlines, but most of his time was devoted to the Navy and the squadron this year. Alaska Airlines has not been immune from the financial woes of the country. There has been much discussion of furloughs, but for now Bert is safe.

Diane kept herself busy as a mom, wife, den mother, miniature dressmaker, and family historian. She still hasn't figured out the whole XO wife thing, and probably won't until Bert is finished with his command tour. In September, she attended a doll convention in Orlando for her birthday. It was wonderful to meet other collectors and hang out with people who share her interests. Other memories this year include: Almost killing a goat at Disney World, going to Portland with her mother, an appendectomy for Mother's Day, and walking the Freedom Trail in Boston. In October she started a family blog ( check it out if you want to keep up on our "fascinating" life.

Nathan is now a teenager. He is in the 7th grade and doing well in school. In May, he became a member of the National Junior Honor Society. He enjoys band, soccer, tennis and participated in cross country this fall. He just became the Deacon's Quorum President and Patrol Leader in Scouts. His parents still like him, he is a great kid and doesn't have a teenagery attitude yet.

Travis is 9 and in the 3rd grade. He enjoys Cub Scouts, soccer, tennis, and playing with his playmobil and legos. He is doing well in school and his favorite subjects are Math and Art. He has his first male teacher, whom he likes a lot. He is a sweet-natured boy, who is discovering his talents and interests.

Marcus is 5! We can't believe it. Usually by this time we would have added another little brother to the family, but he will remain the baby. He knows how to work the whole baby-of-the- family-thing. He is in his last year of preschool and loves it. He loves books and video games. One of his favorite pastimes is spelling words with his letter magnets on the refrigerator. He loves girls and admits it.

During this Christmas season, we hope you are all safe and healthy. Even during these troubled times it is important to remember our blessings: Family, friends, and faith in the Lord.

Bert, Diane, Nathan, Travis, and Marcus Wagner

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A couple of weeks ago I did "Testy Tuesday" but today I want to share with you a list of all the things I totally did didn't do these past two weeks! Enjoy, and then join in with some of your own.

I did not go Christmas shopping last week and buy myself a few things too.

I did not have a meltdown about Travis' messy bedroom the other morning.

I do not have a stash of Almond Roca, because I really want to lose weight.

I did not buy more fabric the other day, because I know I already have too much fabric, and I have self control.

I did not spend time blogging when I should have been working on our Christmas letter.

I did not let my son go to the dentist and then to school in the dirtiest pants ever. (it's not my fault!)

I did not quit in the middle of my workout last week. I love to exercise!

I did not feed my family yucky leftovers and then feed myself cereal a few nights ago.

I did not skip church because there was a little snow on the ground. I love to drive on ice.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Counting Down the Days Until Christmas

I didn't realize I had so many ways to count down the days until Christmas until I decided to photograph them. I started doing advent stuff for me, but now it is totally for the kids. They love it, me not so much anymore. Who needs to be reminded in five different ways that they are running out of time?

I know there are less than 19 more days now, but I am just getting around to posting now. I collect Santas so he was a perfect addition. Plus I think I bought him from a kid selling wrapping paper and stuff for their school. Usually the chalk is missing or broken though.

This is Travis' favorite. He is obsessed with Playmobil. I use to be very possive and controlling of this one, but over the years the boxes have ripped or disapeared, the toys have broken. I don't care anymore, let them play with it.

I bought this beauty at Costco.

Who doesn't love chocolate? Enough said, the boys take turns eating them.

I picked this idea up on my mission to Germany. Elder Uchtdorf talked about the Advent wreath last Sunday during the First Presidency's Christmas message. It isn't exactly like the real ones in Germany, but I made it with what I could find years ago. It is my favorite way to count down to Christmas. We light a candle every Sunday for four Sundays before Christmas on Christmas Day we light all four.

How do you count down the days?

Monday, December 8, 2008

He's a Believer

Travis and Santa have had a 10-year-long-complicated relationship. His feelings about Santa have evolved from complete indifference to fear and loathing to adoration to questioning his existence. This may be his last year as a believer, but then again.......

I have put together a collection of Travis' Santa pictures for your viewing pleasure.

1999, 1 Month Old

Just happy to be held.

2000, 1 Year Old
He hates him, he really hates him!

2001, 2 Years Old

Even sitting on Daddy's lap Travis is still freaked out by Santa.

2002, 3 Years Old
At least he isn't screaming, but he doesn't look very happy.

2003, 4 Years Old
Hallelujah! He loves Santa!

2004, 5 Years Old

Travis now understands what he needs to do to get Playmobil for Christmas.

2005, 6 Years OldCheck out the little book in his hand. He brought a Playmobil catalogue to show Santa what he exactly wants.

2006, 7 Years Old

He was on Santa's lap a long time listing what he wanted that year.

2007, 8 Years Old

Notice the big catalogue! Last year he wanted a very expensive gift from Santa. I told him Santa doesn't give gifts that big and if he really wanted it, he would have to pay for half of it and Santa would pay the rest. I told him what his share would cost, thinking he would never have that kind of money. He went upstairs and a few minutes later he came down with the money in cash and gift cards. He had a bunch of birthday money and I hadn't taken him to the store in a long time. I couldn't believe it, I had been foiled!

We haven't done our yearly Santa photo yet this Christmas. Travis has had several questions and observations this year that have been funny.

Travis-"We should have elected Santa for president this year!"

Me- "We are cutting back on how many presents we are doing this year."

Travis-"What about Santa?"

Me-"Santa is going through a recession also, you will still get something from him, just not as big."

Travis-"Doesn't he have a credit card?"

Me- Explaining what credit cards are and how they should be used wisely, blah, blah, blah. I don't think he understood.

Hope you enjoyed Travis' travel back in time. They grow so fast!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Happy St. Nicholas Day

One of our favorite family traditions is St. Nicholas Day. My husband grew up in a predominantly German community and always received a small gift on St. Nicks Day. I served my mission in Germany and loved the tradition. We started doing St. Nicolas Day when Nathan was very young.

On St Nick's Eve the boys put their boot/shoes outside their bedroom door. They put carrots inside their shoes for St. Nick's horse. In the morning they find a small gift in their shoe and poop (whoppers) all over the floor. This morning at 6:00 I was awakened to the sound of packages being opened. I opened my bedroom door and saw this

I asked Travis and Marcus if they loved their new toys, they said yes, I took the above picture and went back to bed. Nathan is too mature and teenagery to wake up that early, but he enjoyed his new book when he finally woke up.

We almost blew it though. Last night after Bert scattered the poop all over the hall and stairs he threw the whopper bag in the garbage! Marcus and Travis found it in the garbage and Travis had many questions for me.

Travis- "Why was there a whopper bag in the garbage?"

Me- "What are you talking about?"

Travis- "Are you St. Nicholas?"

Me- "Of course not! Why would you ask me that?"

Travis- "We found a whopper bag in the garbage."

Me- "So? Your dad likes whoppers. Do you believe in St. Nick?"

Travis- "Yes."

Me- "Good, as long as you believe, St. Nick will come."

Travis- "Oh I believe, but why was there a whopper bag in the garbage?"

Me- "Your dad really likes whoppers!"

Now in reality, we never have whoppers in the house except during this time of the year. During our conversation I couldn't stop smiling, I was a terrible liar! I think he bought it though. Travis, bless his heart, is 9 and is still a believer. I will be writing about him and his relationship with Santa in the near future.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Hanging By a Moment

I saw this someone's blog a couple of weeks ago and had to do it. It just looked way too fun to miss out on. Come play along...

1. Put your music listening device on shuffle.

2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.

3. You must write that song name down no matter how silly it makes you look.

4. Title this post what the answer to your last question is.

5. Good luck and have fun!


Throwing it All Away (Genesis)


Waiting on the World to change


Stop and Stare


You Light Up My Life


Big Machine (The Williams Brothers)


No Contest (Chess Soundtrack)


Angel (Jon Secada)


One Love (Hootie and the Blowfish)


You Bring on the Sun (London Beat)


I'm Free (Jon Secada)


Dancing Queen (ABBA) It really did!


Lay All Your Love on Me (ABBA)


Home (Daughtry)


Love is Spoken Here (Janice Kapp Perry)


With or Without You (U2)


I'll Fly For You (Spandau Ballet)


Say (John Mayer)


Hanging By a Moment (Lifehouse)

See! Wasn't that fun? I know, I listen to some weird music, but I'm still sort of cool, I think.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Why I Will Probably Never Get a Mother's Ring

When I first saw a mother's birthstone ring, which has all the birthstones of her children, I though it was a lovely idea. But then something went wrong, my three boys were born in months with ugly birthstones! How unfair is that? This is what my ring would look like.

Nathan was born in August. Its birthstone is the peridot. Now green is my favorite color, but not lime green.

Travis and Marcus were both born in November. Its birthstone is the yellow topaz. The colors of the two different stones go well together, but I like to wear cool colors. The asymmetrical look of two identical stones next to each other also bugs me.

Oh, if only I had stayed pregnant with Nathan for 3 more days, and if only Travis had not been 6 weeks early, and if only Marcus had not been 4 weeks early. My ring could have look like this.

A sapphire and two blue topazes look lovely together. I still got the asymmetrical thing going on, but I could have lived with that.

Does anyone else have this terrible problem? Here I go again being vain and shallow, I know.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Confessions of a Den Mother

My friends, I have wanted to share my feelings about Cub Scouts ever since I started my blog a whole month ago. I have been a den mother for almost four years. The reason I am a scout leader is I sort of accidently volunteered to do webelos way back then. As a mother of three sons and no daughters I felt it was my destiny. I really enjoy my calling, except all that outdoorsy, camping stuff, but I delegate that to my husband whenever possible. I love the boys I work with and we have a great time, but there is one thing I really dislike. It's been a killjoy in the delight of scouting. OK, I'm really bearing my soul here, are you ready for my truth?





I know I've gained some weight since I have become a mother and I know that the camera adds like 50 pounds, but really, I never look cute in my scout shirt! I have yet to see a decent picture of me in my shirt. Is it the color? I usually avoid wearing brown by my face, maybe that's it.

Here are few more examples

Look how big my behind looks in this shirt! I know you are probably thinking it's the mom jeans, but I feel the shirt isn't doing me any favors either.

Here is my shirt tucked in, not good at all!

What am I to do? Am I being too shallow and vain? (don't answer that) I'm not going to ask to be released as a den mother over something as silly as my Scout shirt. Some solutions I've thought of to my dilemma is to make sure I wear lipstick every time I put my shirt on and never have another picture taken! I guess I could also lose some weight and buy a designer neckerchief like Annie.

Thank you for letting me vent. I feel much better now.