Saturday, December 27, 2008


So, I just love Christmas! It is the absolute best time of the year and I love it even more when we get to see our children enjoy it and celebrate it. On Christmas morning, Glory and Grace walked us downstairs for the big morning. After we were all seated with our presents in front of us, Glory said," How 'bout we turn off all the lights and blow up the candles and sing happy Birthday to Jesus?" Well, we did that minus the "blowing up" part!! Glory knew how to start that morning right. We had a great time opening presents together. You see, for a long time, Grace has been wanting an American Girl doll, the black one named Addy. We found it on eBay and yes, I won the bid! Can anyone say I rock? Yes, I rock because I fought long and hard for that doll and about cried when I won! You woudn't believe the look on Grace's face when she opened that doll. She held her up high, then wrapped her up in her little arms and as Grace's long blonde hair blended with the thick black braids of her sweet doll, we all heard, " Oh, Addy, it's my Addy, you're my sweet girl and I'm your little mommy." It was one of those moments. Addy and Grace have been inseparable since then and now Glory's doll, Julie, has a friend! I'll get a pic of that soon!

Dad with Justus. They're both a bit tired here!

My cousin, Vero, at her house here in Tucson, where we all went for Christmas lunch! It was so fun and Justus loves his Vero! Vero is short for Veronica.The first pic is of my cousin Debbie Ruth and my mom. They were working in the kitchen together and we had a great meal. Did I mention I also love Christmas because I love to eat? We so love to eat, Jonathan and I both! I wish Christmas was every day...

Christmas, Anyone?

This Christmas was awesome! My favorite one yet! Santa really does have the best job! My parents got the kids this Thomas the Train set that Justus will grow to love, I'm sure! They have spent hours each day enjoying it!
My mom got me this beautiful rosemary plant for the table. I love it. It smells really great and since I'm into cooking more and more, I love that you can have something pretty on your table that you can just tear off and put on your chicken. Any great recipes with rosemary?? I'd love them! Grace thought the bush needed a small trim so it would remain a perfect circle. Gotta watch that girl!

We started Justus on rice cereal Christmas Eve. He took to it pretty good but he really just wanted the spoon! From a medical standpoint, the American Academy of Pediatricians recommends starting solids at 6 months of age. Justus is 5 1/2 months and we felt that he was ready. The La Leche League advises that babies be on mom's milk for a year before solids but that wouldn't be good for us. I'd be a dairy farm by then and a grouchy one at that. Also, parents should introduce solids in the am so if children have any allergic reaction, it can be noticed while awake rather than something bad after they have gone to sleep. We gave him his cereal at night, oops! I was just too excited to use my orange baby spoon!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Just Some Thanks..

So, this posting is to thank those of you who faithfully read the Drolet Diaries. This week especially, I have very much missed our friends and family. When you read and post comments or even just tell us you read, it means alot to us. This is our best way to connect and communicate and we wish all of you an awesome Christmas with your families and friends, even the far away ones!


So, I cannot for the life of me figure this out. Last week, my friend Maggie and I went to Target to walk around. We got a few things and put them in our carts. She had one cart, I had another.
WE walked out to the van and then decided we'd just keep our stuff in the cart and walk across to Michael's to look at some crafty stuff. As we got near the end of the parking lot, our carts just totally stopped, hers and mine at the exact same time, same place. Weird!! They were totally locked in place and wouldn't even back up! Nothing was stuck on them, there were no sensors on them, NOTHING!!! We had to leave them there and go get the van! What was it??Do you know?? It's driving me crazy!

The Perfect One for Us......Birthday Boy!!

Yes, Jonathan turned 33 on Friday, December 19!!
Funny story....we really wanted to try out this new restaurant for his day, called Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse.So we got there about 7 because it's very far away and the girls usually retire around that time so they were very tired and Justus is getting more teeth, so we were in WAAAAAY over our heads. Glory fell asleep in Justus' carrier with her legs dangling onto my lap, Justus needed bouncing the whole time through and Grace curled up in a chair with her coat and fell asleep.Needless to say, we got our food and took it home! Happy Birthday to Jonathan!!
WE came homeand drank some wine and called it a night!
Here's 33 reasons why Jonathan is the perfect one for us!

1. He had me from Hello.
2. Great coffee.
3. Makes the girls laugh.
4.Takes Glory to school.
5. Great on the grill.
6. Makes awesome brownies!
7. Knows how to make the bathtub sparkle!
8. Gentle.
9. Firm.
10. Teaches the girls how to ride a bike.
11. Teaches them again when they forget.
12. Compassionate.
13. Calms me down.
14. Fires me up!
15. Kind
16. Honest.
17. Generous.
18. Takes care of our family.
19. Hopeless romantic.
20. Celebrates the little things.
21. Snuggles with the girls.
22. Hard worker.
23. Great hot-chocalate maker.
24. Changes the grossest diapers.
25. Runs errands for me while I change the diapers!
26. Good conversationalist.
27. Doesn't stay angry long.
28. Forever friend.
29. Handsome.
30. Concerned
31. Feeds the frogs for me.
32. Does laundry.
33. Lets the whole family pile in bed on Saturday and eat breakfast together( my favorite)!

Friday, December 12, 2008

These pics are from the Desert Museum, such a fun place! I think the girls enjoyed eating Grandaddy's icecream the most! I like the hiking. It's a great place to walk off too much hot dogs and chili!
Leave a post and tell what your favorite Christmas tradition is! I'll start....mine is driving around with hot cocoa and looking at Christmas lights and singing Christmas songs. We should do that tonight!

Santa's Coming to Town!

Santa stopped by the local Fry's grocery store last night! I think I heard he needed apple cider for his elves! Wink, wink!You better believe we waited in the one hour line to see him and get this picture! While we were in line, we discovered that the girls LOVE and I mean, LOVE blackberries and raspberries. I bought 6 containers to snack on while we were waiting and the girls ate every single one! I just love this time of year!

First Things First!

So last week, we got a huge surprise! Dad and Christine flew Monica over for the long weekend with them. We had NO idea. We had tons of, eating, shopping some more, and we especially liked the Desert Museum! I really like the pic of Monica kissing Justus. The girls got some great cooking time with Gran! Glory's turning into a little Rachel Ray!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

More Thanks.

What a great week. I love this last pic of Jonathan and Granny walking down the hill. Granny had a stroke giving birth to her last child and her left side is totally numb but that doesn't slow her down. She'always in the kitchen cooking or cleaning and she enjoyed going to the park with the kids and I. At lunch we went around the table and told all the things we're most thankful for. There's so much....
little pudgy fingers that grab my hair, 4 feet padding into our room every morning, "Momma, we're hungry.", morning coffee, freedom to worship God without fear, our health, Jonathan's job, Christmas trees, clean laundry, clean water, tall mountains, sand between my toes, a strong marriage, giggling girls at bedtime, our van, a family that loves and cares for us, Blue Bell icecream, true friends, more true friends, shoes that fit, our home, blankets to keep our children warm at night, presents under a tree, my job, hot chocalate, 3 healthy pregnancies and 3 healthy babies, a husband that adores us, a good rainstorm, getting my hair washed at the hair shop, oatmeal, Grace's brownies, a good book, people that serve our country, razors(it would be terrible to never shave your legs!), grandparents, good debates, a good argument with Jonathan ( I usually win!), making up after a good argument, leaves falling from a tree, a cold Coke, bedtime prayers, baby bottoms, Grace doing my hair, cozy pajamas, full stockings on Christmas morning, Easter Sunday, food in the pantry, raspberries and GrapeNuts, my little sister, chasing the girls, talking long-distance to family, I Love Lucy, kids' questions about God, faith, hope and love....and the greatest of these is love.

Madera Canyon

Today, after our meal, we headed south to Madera Canyon, a scenic mountainous area 30 minutes from our home. We had our good shoes on so we could do a little hiking, which turned into running down the hill with Glory winning every time! That pistachio pudding must have weighting me down! It was really fun til Glory fell and scraped up her palms a little. I felt sorry for her and volunteered to carry her all the way back up the hill. That was a workout.Not sure it's one I'll repeat.


Glory and Grace doing the doll's hair

Beautiful Granny taking a break between the Thanksgiving food preparations.

What's going on, Dad?

Grace is 4!!!

It's been 4 years since our Grace Rebekah entered the Drolet world and 4 wonderful years at that! Grace's birthday fell on a Tuesday and after gymnastics, she wanted Carl's Jr. for dinner, so we went there with Finley and "Miss Cami" and Cami brought cupcakes and Tinkerbell crowns, We all had fun. The following Sunday afernoon we had her birthday party at the park and it was perfect. A friend from church, Tara, made this beautiful cake and the weather was gorgeous. Grace wore her Tinkerbell costume and had fun with her friends.
This second pic is of Granny feeding one of the guests! We got a kick out of that! It was really neat having Jonathan's mom and grandmother here for the celebration.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

A Post with No Pics...Yes, for now!

So, I have really missed blogging. I'm going to get back in my routine soon. This weekend Jonathan and I spent some time getting pictures and such hung up on walls. The guest room is totally ready! Our first houseguests come next Saturday, Mom and Granny!
Grace, aka Tinkerbell, turns 4 on Tuesday. What memories! That girl gave me my first stretch marks and a grey hair by my belly button. She's already made her mark and we love her to pieces.
Tomorrow we have 2 b-day parties to attend for the kid's friends. But one is for triplets. So we had fun shopping last week!! Four presents in one day!
I cannot wait for Christmas. I wanted to set up the tree today but I thought that might be a bit too excessive! Maybe tomorrow? I love Christmas trees. and glitter, and gold sparklythings on top of big presents.
Yesterday Grace and I baked some oatmeal chocolate pecan thingies and we almost ate the whole batch ourselves.. I better watch out. Grace is becoming quite thechef in the kitchen. Glory is becoming the artist. She makes pictures of turkeys and barns and little baby Jesus' and then she asks me to mail these pictures to Jonathan's boss at EcoLab! Random!!
Justus ALMOST rolled all the way over today. Anytime now.
OK, I'm going to bed now before Piglet Boy is ready to eat...AGAIN!
Oh, you absolutely HAVE to go get Blue Bell's new flavor....Snickerdoodle!It's fabulous! Go now!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Shake Your Booty??

So, now whenever Justus is screaming, the girls hover over him and sing to him. They sing, " Shake your booty, shake your booty! Justus, little baby, shake, shake your booty." It actually helps. Whatever works! Had to mention it! Whenever YOU feel like screaming or having a conniption fit, just do the booty dance. Someone at the Drolet house will probably be doing it too!


In early August, we went to a wonderful restaurant with Dad and Christine and I totally forgot to post those pics. It had a beautiful view of the mountains and great food. This top pic is of Kylie and the girls. Kylie moved with her dad and brothers to California and we miss her alot. We're going to get her address so we can be pen pals. My mom took this pic on one of the nature trails by our house.

Lovin' on bubba!

Grandaddy Drolet

Gran and Glory! Look at those smiles!

Gymnastics....or Golf??

Grace and Glory are currently taking gymnastics classes every Tuesday at 4. Grace loves it! Glory, not so much. She has since informed me that she wants to play golf! I figure kids can try a little of everything until they find their niche, so we're looking at a golf class here in the neighborhood for kids! My Uncle Don would be proud!
Anyway, we'll see!

All in a Nutshell!!!!

Oh, my word!!! So much has happened since last posting, my head is spinning!!! I'm gonna write write write and get it all out of my system. It relieves stress and heaven knows I could use that right now!!!

We moved Saturday before last into our beautiful clean new home owned by our France-moving friends. We are renting it while they're gone and it will be well lived in!!! And appreciated ! It's perfect for us and now we have a guest room with a queen size bed. Our new tempurpedic mattress should be here any day. Yes, we did need that!

I never WANT to move again in my life, but since that may not be practical, Lord, just let it be far, far down the road. It's awful and I don't use that word often! Awful awful, awful!

But at least everyone has clean underwear and socks...let's rephrase that...underwear and socks!

Jonathan is kickin tail with EcoLab. He likes his job and he's working long days to learn everything he needs to. It's pretty demanding right now and we're very thankful for this new opportunity for him!

Pamela, my sister, is now engaged to Mr. Eric Brown. I'd like to congratulate them! I'm very excited for them both. Pamela and Eric will most likely get married in Houston around mid-June!! Still waiting on a picture of the ring to post!!!!! Eric lives and works in Austin to give you some background! He enjoys basketball and board games. And he inspired Pamela to pay off her car! I love that! Which she did! Pamela is going to be a beautiful bride and I CANNOT wait to go dress shopping!

Halloween was awesome! I'm eating candy right now! That darn candy!!! The Ariel bride, Tinkerbell and Pumpkin Boy all had fun! Hmmm, what to be next year?? Oh, and we went to see High School Musical on Ice a couple weeks ago when my mom was in town! It was really fun!

Congratulations to Barack Obama, our new president-elect! Our prayers and taxes are with you! Please lower them! I thought his acceptance speech was very good!

OK, my hands are tired of typing! I'll put some pics up now! Grace will be 4 on the 18th of this month!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Still Here!

Thanks to my friend, Wendy, I am reminded that there are friends who check our blog alot and I haven't posted in nearly a month. We just moved and are still! You know how that goes and Jonathan's working away with EcoLab and working some really long days. So we've been too busy. However, asap I will have some great pics. And some exciting news about my sister!!!!!! Yes, you can guess. Oh, and we're a van family now! HA! Never thought I'd say that! So, we love you and we'll get all the updates on here soon!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Field Trip Day! and other things

Today Glory's going on a school field trip to a pumpkin patch. She was out of bed in a flash when we reminder her of it! She had her little princess light-up cowgirl boots on and a spider ring! What a match! A few weeks ago I planned to go along and take Grace and Justus but Glory informed me that, " I'm a big girl now and it's better that I go alone, but can I please take a Luncheable?" So I decided not to make a huge deal of it, but gosh darnit, I WILL be at the Thanksgiving feast no matter what she says! :)
Dancing in the living room!!!
A dad and his boy!!!!!