Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all our dear friends and family near and far. Ours was a white one (though this pic wasn't taken today). We had a wonderful day of staying home and just enjoying our crew of six :) Big gifts of the day were a Wii from Santa (we are probably the last people on earth to own one, but better late than never...thanks S.C.!) :) AND even bigger than the Wii news was the addition to our family of a little dwarf named Cuddles (a hamster that is!)...Shelb is over the moon by the newest baby girl of the family. Hope you all had a lovely laid back day....I'd love to write more, but we're off to sunny So. FL bright and early in the a.m.! So until the New Year....adios! :)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Never-a-dull-December!

Well, in keeping with normal tradition our Dec. has been absolutely insane. And in the midst of thinking about trying to leave for FL (I say "thinking" as we are seriously considering not going)....but in case we do I didn't want my blog to be empty of some Christmas pics! :) So, here ya' go for those of you who haven't given up on my blog yet :) Above is our little jaunt to see Santa at our local downtown mall last weekend (not the easy/quick task we thought it'd be)....this was one of the best shots I could get of the tired crew...the three oldest are showing off their new do's :) They all desperately needed haircuts, esp. Hailey who is in "grow mode" now til next Nutcracker! :)
Seeing the jolly ol' fellow. Ash was very unsure again....she would only go near him if biggest sis was holding her :)
Snow, snow, snow. I am sick of it honestly. It's has snowed all of Dec, or so it seems. We never see this much here in So. Indiana...but at least the kids have fun it it esp. on their first snow day a couple weeks ago. Ash loved sledding with all the big kids!
She is all smiles when Ali goes down the hill with her....Ash seems to be the one all the big kids fight over to sled with :)
Dylan was a sledding maniac, until he slid into our deck post and got a bloody tongue :(
Leave it up to Shelb to find a big slab of ice. We had the weirdest snow this day...snow covered in ice....it was crackly to the step...
The neighbor gang....we feel so blessed by all these kids (though we missed Miss Mad...she must be a warm girl at heart like me and wanted to stay inside!) :) And I think Ash is wondering "what in the world is Jacob doing with that snow??" :)
Sledding solo!
And a few snaps from our mini Steg Christmas last Friday at Kev's parents....isn't this the sweetest of Ash? It's one of her fav. positions....she was watching the train go around under the tree here.
And as is always the case, Nina (and Poppy) Stegs had a marvelous spread of delectable food for us to enjoy (complete with an Edible Arrangement of fruit!)....but the reason I show this picture is to spot out the special addition to the feast...look closely behind the punch and to the left of the ham....lo and behold there is a new Christmas meat :) Yes, Nina spoils her grandson :)
Hailey's big gift of the night...her new mountain bike in her fav. color-blue! :) If only it wasn't snowy and cold out, she would have been peddling away :)
What every girl w/o a hamster yet needs--A Hamster potty :)
Dylan was one of the funniest acts of the night with his over-the-top excitement over EVERY gift. He would fly through the air after he received a gift just to give the gift-giver a hug! Hilarious! He LOVES presents...and especially loved his new Batman cave!
Here's a far-off glimpse of Poppy trying to protect himself from the gift-giving-hug of Dylan :)
Ash opening up one of her gifts....she got really into it this year...well sorta. The first gift she opened was the cutest little Gap shirt from Nina and Poppy. I'm guessing she wasn't all that thrilled about it cuz she got right up and walked that shirt over to Nina and handed it to her and said, "I no like!" :) LOL! Ya' can't say the girl isn't honest!
She did show much surprise and excitement over her zhu-zhu-like doggie :)
Awww, don't Brian and Anne look so sweet together by the beautiful Christmas tree?! (this is Kevin's brother if you don't see the resemblance and his lovely wife :)).
One of the best pics I could get of Nina and Poppy and the kids...yes, this is normal drama for Shelby :) And Dylan HAD to have that thing on his head...and I guess Bailey the dog sneaked in for the photo shot too :) Never a dull moment!
Special thanks to Nina and Poppy for an awesome evening of food, gift-giving, laughs and love :) They are the ultimate in hosting and generosity!! :)
A fond memory of our arctic jaunt to the Indy Zoo last Saturday with Nina and Poppy S. I had such high hopes of this being a splendid event and although we did have lots of fun, I think I still have complete body frostbite due to the cold and my lack of proper layered clothing. But, on the bright side the Kev and the kids and his parents stayed warm enough! How nice for them :)

A highlight of the zoo for Shelb was getting to see the starfish (they had quite a few and this one in particular was moving all over :)). This was a highlight for me as well cuz it was one of the only places I was warm :)
And this is the best shot I have of Ash and her awesome "Sharon shirt". For those of you who don't know, my mom's friend, Sharon, in FL makes awesome embroidered shirts...she did 4 personalized ones for Ashley for her 2nd b-day. This was a cute "gift" one she made for Ash for Christmas. I love it! And I'm so bummed the one she made for Shelb got lost in the mail :( Darn postal service! :( Thanks, Sharon!
We spent one evening last week making lots of treats to stuff in our teachers' goody bags. We gave most of the teachers 31 lunch totes (personalized bags with their monograms on them)....the kids enjoyed helping make the goodies...Ash really got into making the pretzel/rolo treats! :) Yumm!
Sweetness :)
Some of our sweet creations....and we also made puppy chow, chex mix and truffles :) Super Yum!
Shelb was a huge help on the Santa Nutter Butters :) And below is the super AWESOME gift my Aunt Sue sent to Hailey right after Nutcracker. It's the most incredible Nutcracker music box. Plays like 12 Nutcracker songs and has 3 different scenes where the curtains close and reopen and all the dancers move around. It has been a big hit this holiday season. Can't thank Awesome Aunt Sue enough! She is one of the most creative gift givers I know!
So, that's all I've got for now. I'm feeling very run-down, very overwhelmed at the thought of trying to pack up 6 people in the next couple days while also trying to get Christmas stuff ready for tomorrow and Sat to have our "perfect" holiday. We still aren't done shopping either. Nothing like last minute. But, in the midst of it all I know how very blessed we've been this year and I am trying to keep that in the forefront of my mind when I feel those tinges of stress. So, until next time....Merry Christmas and happy end-of-2010!

Friday, December 10, 2010

A Couple Pics :)




Just a couple quick pics of last weekend (borrowed from Hailey's friend Sophie :)). Lots more pics and news to come, but for now this is all I can offer. We are plum tuckered out over here. Nina and Pops left this morning...we had a wonderful time with them both here :(....but it's just been a long week for me....I am feeling very burned out. Wishing December didn't feel this way.....but trying to keep it in perspective......hope everyone is doing well out there! :)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Nutcracker Live Feed

Just a quick post for those of you interested in watching Hailey dance live this weekend via internet. Her BIG Nutcracker Party Girl debut starts on Friday and goes through Sunday. As in year's past IU is streaming all 4 performances via live feed, so if you are interested and have a free 20 minutes I know Hailey would love for you to see her dance in her big role. She's in the very first scene (the party scene...and is a party girl--one of Clara's 4 friends) and she will actually be on stage when the curtain goes up (though you won't see her yet). She'll be the one by the Christmas tree with another party girl when the lights go on. I think she's the easiest to see since she has a darker coral-colored (and white) dress. The scene is only 20 minutes long (for those of you who have a hard time sitting through ballets :))...and she is the girl who falls asleep and gets carried off the stage by her "dad" at the end :) It's a very exciting role for her and she's been SUPER busy preparing for it! I hope those of you who can't see her in person will watch her from all around the country (and world!) :) She would love your support....and your prayers...for a safe and healthy weekend of wonderful dancing! More info and pics to come after the craziness ends on Sunday.....(but for now just know we're doing well and enjoying having Nina Gritz here to help (and Pops flies in today!) :).....

http://music.indiana.edu/iumusiclive/streaming/

She'll be performing Friday, December 3 at 8pm
Saturday, December 4 at 2pm and 8pm &
Sunday, December 5 at 2pm

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!!

Happy Turkey Day for our Crazy Bunch of Turkeys! As you can see the Steg photo shoot humor never ceases :) Here's a few out-takes from our Turkey Day Morning!
(yes, Ash& Dylan are complete hams (or turkeys :))
finally a normal-ish shot :)
While Thanksgiving is all about turkey for most, in our house today it was ALL about hamsters! (see below) No, the "triplets" (Huey, Duey and Luey) are not ours...they are on loan from Shelby's 1st grade classroom as a trial run for possible hamster ownership in the future. But, let me tell you, these lil' buggers are FAST! (they are dwarf ones).
More to come later on the busy Steg life.....but hope ya'll had a lovely and blessed Thanksgiving Day surrounded by family and friends!

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Costume Debut!

The highlight of every Nutcracker season for us is......the costume fitting! Today was that day for our Party Girl. She was sooo excited. And I might have been even more excited than her (you see, it was always my dream to be party girl too, but alas I was too tall (or not a good enough dancer) and had to be a party boy).....So, here it is.....THE costume! :)
It really is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship and is apparently the "favorite" dress of the wardrobe crew. I think Hailey was among the first of the girls to try on her costume so they have her first pick. I'm not sure she picked this herself as I was in the hall with the rowdy wee ones by the time she got it on...but I heard all the costume girls (and some fellow Nutcracker dancers) say it was their favorite party girl dress. It really is beautiful...almost like a coral-color and has lovely lacing with flowers on it. I assume it'll look great on stage! :) And even better on her when she has a mass of pin curls in her hair. I love that behind her hangs her blue angel costume....reminding us of the distant memories of that role she started out in...and how far she's come.... :)
And here's the back shot (it's slightly narrow in the shoulders so that's why it's not zipped all the way....they will let it out a bit for her performances).

But, sooooo exciting to know what dress is Hailey's and to be only 3 weeks from performance dates! Can't wait!!!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!!

Trick or Treat from 50's Poodle Skirt Girl, Shelby; Athena (the Greek goddess of Wisdom), Hailey; Cowgirl (aka Wild West Cutie!), Ash; and Superman, Dylan! :)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Fall Photo Update!

With little time to spare as usual all I can provide is a little photo glimpse of our fall festivities as of late....We had some lovely semi-professional pics taken by a mom from our church a couple weeks ago at the beautiful Spring Mill Park (remember when my awesome friend, Jill, took pics of the kiddos here last year?) I don't have the professional pics to show off yet, but here's a few I snapped with my not-so-great camera :) (not quite sure what Hailey is cracking up about in the above pic :))
And this pic would be adorable except some buzzing bees in the plant to the left had Shelby's full attention and concern :) Alas, my life of trying to get good photos of 4 children :)
More proof of the non-cooperation of another Steg kid....Ash had thrown her hands up in dismay...she was DONE with pics! But, isn't the water wheel in the background beautiful. Such a pretty park!
Hailey practicing her party girl part (with a pumpkin as her doll) and Ash as her under-study :)
Our trip a couple weeks ago to our church pump. patch. I love that our church does this...makes for great photos...if we had a more cooperative photo bunch! The above pic was the best I could get!
Our fam. amidst the pumpks! :)
You see what I have to work with here...they only wanted to make funny faces...esp. love Hailey's half-dead look :)
After much hemming and hawwing we finally decided on a big pumpkin (and 4 small ones for each child)
Ash is very happy about her lil' pumpkin hiding in the background. Have you noticed how blonde she's become? People are commenting about it all the time lately. I guess I never noticed til now....Hailey is really our only true brunette...interesting.
It's been very windy here lately....which was awesome for Iron-man kite-flying!
If kite-flying were an Olympic sport, daddy could win for sure! :)
A little jaunt to our church pumpkin patch party/fall festival....we could only stay for a brief time before our park photo shoot...but it was a beautiful fall day and actually very hot. I show this above pic cuz it was the humor of the afternoon. You can't see it, but Ash is crying over fear of the puppet show going on in front of her and running to Hailey for comfort. If you will remember she does not like any type of animated/dress-up thing (i.e...Disney is bad news for her and Halloween might not go well this year either!) :) Her siblings finally calmed her down, but it wasn't easy :)
Leave it up to Dylan to find the one hole in this blow up toy to put his head through...can you see him?? :)

And no party is complete w/o cookies! :) Shelby was apparently in deep thought over what sprinkles to add to hers :)
I love this shot of Ash with her daddy (and lollipop in mouth) :)
Shelb started ice-skating lessons last week. Isn't she a lovely big-eyed beauty?! :)
And then the highlight of my week last week was Hailey and ballet....it was parent visitation week and I was able to watch 3/4 of her classes :) She was most annoyed by my constant presence, but oh well! :) Check out her flexibility above!
She is a lovely graceful sight to see :)
ummm, ouch, but impressive! :)
Her very full pilates class...she's on the far left in the front with the green shirt :)
Getting down in jazz/musical theater class! She has quite the rhythm in her step!
I know this above pics is terribly blurry (bummer we didn't have Kev's parent's camera!)...but check out Hailey's leap through the air during jazz....nice!
More gracefulness!
And more...
and some pointe-action :) I love watching my girl dance!
Last Friday we had Shelby's school fall festival....we had very little time to bake, but she did make this pumpkin cake for the cake walk :) She was very proud of it.
Here we are at the festival. Ash was the pink poodle that Shelby was at this age (and no this isn't her real costume....that's saved for Halloween only :))
Dylan as Darth. This was supposed to be his real costume, but he's not a big Star Wars fan yet, so we got him something more up his alley for Halloween. But, he loved the ghost painting on his cheek! :)
Kev-the caramel apple man! :) Bless his heart. This was supposed to be my job, but I had already spent time setting up for the festival that afternoon, so he graciously let me have a break and hang with the kids while he sold apples. Proof that he is a man of many talents! :)
Darth Dylan mixing up some concoction :)
Ash--a woman with her own style :) (in my FAV. outfit from Nina in FL!) :)
Dylan shooting hoops at his fall-ball sport shorties practice...he loves b-ball now!
Me and my two littlest ones after Dylan's last b-ball game :)
Showing off his fall ball certificate. He had so much fun playing soccer, t-ball and basketball for 6 weeks.
Shelby had her last Upwards Soccer game last Saturday. They tied. It was a great season of great fun, but we are glad to not have to get up at the crack of dawn on Saturdays anymore! :)
Ash on the pot! Ok, so she's not really potty-training yet, but I bet she could do it if stubborn-ness wasn't her best friend! :)
Hailey spent a spectacular 3 days at Bradfords Woods camping with her school class. It's a tradition here in our city. She had a blast! I only got this pic b/c I had to pick her up for her first Nutcracker practice the first night of camping. Great timing, go figure! :)
And then I had to post these pics cuz you can you believe it's been so hot we could go sprinkler-jumping in October!? Crazy!
Not sure who came up with umbrella idea (probably Shelby), but they apparently thought it was great fun!

I am so blessed by the smiles these kids bring me! More pics to come soon of Halloween fun.....Happy Autumn to ya'll!