Friday, December 28, 2007

Some of Our Memorable Gifts

Verna gave me this book of fabulous scrapbooking ideas - I can't wait to try them out!

This was my gift from Tami - Matt's cousin - at his family Christmas party. I first saw this gal at Women of Faith, and have read a couple of her books since then. She's a hoot! I even got Matt to watch one of the DVD's with me on the 28th!

Matt's mom made him scrapbooks for his first 4 years - they were precious! It's fun for the boys to go through them and see what daddy was like when he was a boy.

The Rachel Ray Furi knives - oh, this was cool. Jay bought these for all the gals at the office. I've already cut my finger - they are sharp, sharp, sharp! I'm just certain my cooking will improve based on these knives alone!

Guitar Hero - the picture and the title should say it all, but I must insert that it took Chance 3 days to beat the game on the "Easy" level, while Matt was stuck a few gigs back. He has played it incessantly for the last two nights - not just to catch up, no no - he must beat his 8-year-old, and prove that he can Rock better than anyone in the house. I must admit, Metallica's 'One' sounded pretty good by the end of last night.

The kitchen stool of my childhood - only I'm pretty sure ours was Avacado Green. Great job with the white, Matt - I'm not sure I wanted an exact replica, but I did want our boys to pull this stool up to the counter when they need a glass, or when they want to help mom cook - what a great gift.

The inscription on the box said "When God is in your heart, God is in your life." Thanks, mom - this is the most fabulous bracelet. I love it!!

This was my present from Colton so I could "practice my hairstyles." Matt apparently tried to gently suggest things on my list that I might want instead, but Colton would have nothing of it. He was so proud of his purchase - isn't she cute??

Thursday, December 27, 2007

We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Wow - what a week! Standby for the lengthiest of posts - we have had a fabulous Christmas season this year - laden with more blessings than we can possibly count!

It all started December 22nd - when the boys did their traditional sleep under the Christmas Tree. Every year, we drag out the air mattress, and Matt and the boys sleep under the twinkling lights of the trees - they tell stories, and Christmas wishes, and fall asleep dreaming of the magic of Christmas.

Then, the air starts to leak out of the airbed, and life doesn't seem so magical to the biggest guy on the mattress - so he humbly crawled back into our bed around 4:00 am, thinking no one would be the wiser. He forgot he was sleeping by Colton - the fact that he dared leave the sacred mattress on "Sleep Under the Tree Night" was the first thing Colton brought up when he woke the next morning.

We went to a fabulous service at church on Sunday, then headed to my parent's house for my family's Christmas celebration. Dad was hip-deep in the middle of doughnut making when we got there, and we were all salivating at the thought of fresh doughnuts. It took just a tad longer than my dad either remembered or anticipated, so we had fresh doughnuts at about 4:00 pm - but, oh what a way to ruin dinner. They were fabulous! The kids spent the afternoon sledding and 4-wheeling with Judd and Matt, and came back exhausted, freezing, and all-smiles just as it was getting dark.

On Christmas Eve day, most of us slept in - extept my hard-working brother got up at 5:00 because he had to work that day - thanks for being quiet on your way out, Juddy! Once the lazy ones got up and around, we made a couple batches of crepes, ate leftover doughnuts and sticky buns - and so the feasting began. We had so many munchies and crunchies - oh, sweet, full tummy bliss! We tried a couple new dips - one was a hit, one was a miss. The Reuben Dip from the crock pot cookbook will never, ever stink up my kitchen that way again. The Mississippi Sin Dip, a la Big Mama was so fabulous that we had it two days later at Matt's family gathering. It was a great time of food, presents, visiting, and family. The cousins were unfathomably nice to each other the entire day - this may have had something to do with the Wii, but whatever it was, it worked. Theresa took the kids carolling, and at the end of their stint they carolled our house - it was so fun to see them singing in a big group of people! What a fun, fun time. We didn't leave for home until about 11:00.

INSERT - Jake came, too! He had much fun playing with his new doggie cousin, Raleigh. We had driven the truck so that we could bring the 4-wheeler, so there was plenty of room for our favorite, four-legged friend.

We got home at 1:00 - and Santa was TIRED, TIRED, TIRED. There was still Santa wrapping to do, stockings to fill, etc. Thankfully, the boys were exhausted, and slept in Christmas morning until about 9:30!!!! Can you believe that? Who ever heard of kids sleeping that late on Christmas morning? I guess that's our reward for giving them a day chalked-full of fun on Christmas Eve!

We had a wonderful day as a family, playing with all of our Christmas toys. We had waffles with Matt's new "hotel style" waffle maker, and the Guitar Hero showdowns were quick to start. Colton drove the tracks off his track-hoe, scooping up all kinds of paper, packing peanuts, and strewn about cardboard. We left late in the day for Verna's house, and arrived in time to have a late spaghetti dinner before we opened more presents. One of Verna's presents was kind of an emotional one, which Matt had predicted might make her cry - and because of this prediction, we get one of Colton's more memorable quotes (from Shrek the Halls) . . .

"Christmas ain't Christmas 'til somebody cries!" Oh, if you could've seen his face when he busted out with this one - what a cutie!

The 26th is traditionally Matt's family's gathering - it works well, because usually everyone is done with their other family obligations and can attend. It was another fun evening of family, food, fun, visiting, presents, etc. This is where we usually take our annual family Christmas picture, and make sure we get a picture with Matt's Granny. I had a bit of a slip-up this year, and will forever be reminded by the cousins of my inability to curb my extreme potty mouth. I had the audacity to say the "S" word in Granny's house - yikes!!! I'm sure I'll live it down in a decade or two. It was great to see everyone, and to participate in activities that have been traditions in Matt's family for decades. My favorite is when everyone gathers in the living room, and Matt's uncle Sam reads the Christmas story from the book of Luke (goes well with the previously mentioned potty-mouthed side of me, doesn't it?) - there's just something magical about the words and the story - it stirs even the hardest of hearts - Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without it!

We headed home the next morning - overflowing - our stomachs, our hearts, our car. It was a fabulous couple of days. Again, we had taken Jake with us - but this time we had the car. The drive there wasn't so bad - everyone was still exhausted from the late Christmas Eve night, so all three backseaters (the boys & Jake) slept most of the way to Yakima. The way back was a different story - it was mid-day, no one was tired, and Jake was not content to lay on the floor of the very cramped car. We stopped at a rest are to re-arrange, but to no avail - a growing Great Dane cross can find no comfort in the back seat of a compact car, with two boys taking up most of the room. I'm certain he's made his last car trip. But, the cramped, eventful ride did make a great opening for Colton's next most memorable Christmas quote . . .

"Daddy? I wish we had a Chihuahua!"

Saturday, December 22, 2007

What a ride . . .

Story about Christmas!

It was the day after Christmas at a church in San Francisco. The pastor of the church was looking over the church when he noticed that the baby Jesus was missing from among the figures.

He hurried outside and saw a little boy with a red wagon, and in the wagon was the figure of the little infant Jesus.

So he walked up to the boy and said, "Well, where did you get your passenger, my fine friend?"

The little boy replied, "I got Him at church."

"And why did you take Him?"

The boy explained, "Well, about a week before Christmas I prayed to the little Lord Jesus and I told Him if He would bring me a red wagon for Christmas I would give Him a ride around the block in it."


Friday, December 21, 2007

If his teacher only knew . . .

Chance only had 1/2 day of school yesterday-a rigorous, challenging day of candy, cookies, presents, and movies - and now he's on Christmas vacation - Woo Hoo!!

When I picked him up, I said "Hey bud, was it nice to have an easy day?"

His response, "Mom, we haven't done anything in weeks!"

Me - "Chance, did you forget about the huge France project we just completed last night?"

Chance - "Well, we certainly haven't learned anything real in weeks."

And I paid how much tuition this month???? Just kidding, Amanda!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Christmas Questionnaire

I'm totally cheating today, because 75% of the 4 people that read my blog already got this on e-mail. Oh well - it's all good for posterity's sake . . .

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Some of both – but I like wrapping paper the best . . .
2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial, plus pine scented candles to help with the fake-out!
3. When do you put up the tree? First weekend in December or so.
4. When do you take the tree down? If Matt gets the Airhogs helicopter he wants, immediately after Christmas!
5. Do you like eggnog? Yes!
6. Favorite gift received as a child? I don’t exactly remember, but it wasn’t an umbrella . . .
7. Do you have a nativity scene? I think we’re up to 5 now – by far my favorite Christmas decoration.
8. Hardest person to buy for? Usually my name drawn from either my family or Matt’s family.
9. Easiest person to buy for? This year, it seems to be Chance.
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail – the Christmas letter and picture is one of my favorite things to do all year.
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? I don’t exactly remember, but that wasn’t the umbrella either.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? A Christmas Story. Over, and over, and over, and over.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? In August, after Chance’s birthday. That’s the last big thing before Christmas, and I can start hiding stuff away to put under the tree.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Oh my, yes – from one family drawing to another!
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Christmas Crepes or Overnight French Toast – they tie for the best Christmas breakfast.
16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? Multi-colored – not my choice, but multi-colored
17. Favorite Christmas song? Little Drummer Boy, but Colton’s also got me on to Away In a Manger – also Did You Know? By Todd Agnew
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? We change the oil in the car the week before Christmas, and again right after – does that answer the question?
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? If I sing the song . . .
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Angel
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? The whole present hoopla starts on the weekend before Christmas at Matt’s dad’s house, and presents are opened on several occasions from that day until the 26th at Matt’s Granny’s. It’s a zoo . . .
22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? The hustle and bustle often blocks the view of the cradle.
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? I do love the whole sage green, cream, and gold thing.
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Smoked Prime Rib, a la Wilbur Ellis
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? Time to breath, or maybe even read a book.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Joyeux Noel

Joyeux Noel!
Merry Christmas from France!
Chance's class had a "Christmas Around The World" open house last night. The kids have been working for about 3 weeks on this large project (I felt like I was in CWP again, only Chance's stuff turned out better!). They had to choose a country and research their Christmas traditions. Chance chose France (with some help from his teacher). He had to write a 1-1/2 page report, find artifacts from France to "bring the country to the classroom", learn to say Merry Christmas in their language, find music from France, construct a poster for visual aid of the facts he learned, make a flyer to hand out at the open house, and wear a costume representing someone from France. WOW!
I was pretty intimidated by the amount of paperwork coming home at first, but quickly got in the spirit of things - anything for an excuse to shop on eBay, right?
Soon, I had to temper my enthusiasm and, well, ummmmm, let's call it "Type A" personality, and try to let Chance actually do the project himself - without worrying about how I wanted to arrange the poster, or correcting grammar to the nth degree, or thinking things had to be just so. This was a totally easy thing for me - I mean, I'm so laid back about this kind of stuff ;-) Okay, that's a complete lie, so it was a growing experience for both of us!
Chance did an absolutely wonderful job. I got to go during school yesterday and listen to his presentation to the class. He read through his report really well, and the kids had some good questions for him - a couple of them stumped us both! He got a little confused about French artists, and tried to pass off our $$ Store poster as a Monet painting, but otherwise knew his stuff really well! He can tell you how tall the Eiffel tower is, how many steps to the top, how big the highway is that runs underneath, percentages of religions, French capital, language, Christmas traditions, etc. It was a pretty neat deal.
The kids all had little display tables set up throughout the classroom for the open house. When we walked in, we were handed a passport, and got it signed by each country as we visited their table. The kids sat by their displays, signed the passports, and answered questions from the folks walking through. Matt and I put up a small-scale version of the Eiffel tower next to Chance's table, which reached the ceiling in his classroom! Countries represented included: Russia, England, Japan, Netherlands, India, France, Togo, China, Hawaii, and Mexico.
Thanks, Mrs. Anderson, for putting together a fun & challenging project, and a great evening for the kids and their families. It was a pleasure.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Amid the Hustle & Bustle

Wow - there's a lot of hustling going on - a lot of bustling, too! I have many pictures to share, many blog posts swarming in the back of my head, just waiting to get out. Somehow, though, they aren't coming to the forefront. Amazingly, thankfully, Jesus is.

We spent part of the weekend at a family Christmas party that was far from perfect, and left us all wondering. I have spent the last couple days worrying about present counts, if anyone will open an unequal amount, or if everything I chose will be appropriate and welcome - and I've been wondering. Chance has two Christmas things at school, so we've been practicing, rehearsing, singing, and preparing - and I'm wondering if nerves will get him or if he will remember all he's practiced and come through - either way, it will be far from perfect, but somehow still okay.

This world is so imperfect, yet we try to make it just right. Especially for the holidays. Our families are imperfect, but somehow during Christmas, if anytime, we want them to be just so. Our homes are far from perfect, but we pull out all the stops and decorate them, making them a perfect haven for the story of Christ. Can you believe He came into this hustling, bustling, competitive, showy world? For us?

I have always loved Kathy Mattea's version of Mary Did You Know? It's not a far stretch to imagine being that girl - an imperfect vessel to be used for the Glory of God. There was no way she had a clue as to the enormity of the 33 years in front of her - but she obeyed. Thankfully, she obeyed.

What has caught my attention more this season was brought about by a song by Todd Agnew that I heard a few times on the radio. It's called Did You Know? - but it's from Jesus' perspective. I know my mind cannot fully comprehend or even appreciate the Triune God concept - I am thankful for it, and study it, and I try, but I know it is beyond my human thinking. It's why songs like this are so intriguing to me.

How much did He know? He knew all of it before He came down - but as a 1-day-old baby, how much did He know? He was still 100% God, yet he was 100% human - and a helpless baby, at that! He is the one who told the angel to tell Joseph His name - but did they have to teach the baby His name, even though the God already knew it? As that baby looked into Mary's eyes, did he remember creating them? He knew of His impending death on the cross - of the nails that would scar his hands - yet he chose, as his trade, to pound more nails than we could imagine. Did he wince as he pounded?

I can't even fathom. But I can praise. I can sing loudly with the song and ask the questions - thankful that my salvation doesn't depend on knowing the answers, thankful for an active mind that would try to understand the enormity of His sacrifice, thankful mostly for the sacrifice in itself. Halleluiah - What A Savior!

Here's the song-------

Did You Know
Todd Agnew

Were Mary’s the first eyes you saw
Or did You remember choosing that shade of brown?

Were You surprised at the shepherd’s crazy story
Or did You know You wrote the song the angels sang?

What was this life like for You?

Did You know?
Did the cross cast its shadow o’er your cradle?
Did You know?
Did You shudder each time Your hammer struck a nail?
Did you know?
How much heaven and how much earth
Were in this baby at His birth?
Did you know?
Or did you wonder?

Did you remember the brightness of Your glory
Or did You just notice it was cold and dark here?

Did You know Your name or did you have to be told?

Were You just a baby or were You as old as time?

What was Your life like?

Did You know?
Did the cross cast its shadow o’er your cradle?
Did You know?
Did You shudder each time Your hammer struck a nail?
Did you know?
How much heaven and how much earth
Were in this baby at His birth?
Did you know?
Or did you wonder?

Merry Christmas - may each of you pause from shopping, crafting, hustling, and bustling long enough just to wonder. It'll make your season . . .

Thursday, December 13, 2007

A Christmas (Program) Story

Colton's Christmas program was at the church today. He is officially on Christmas Vacation - lucky little kid. It was a great concert, filled with all the stuff you'd expect when you try to herd about 45 3- & 4-year-olds on a stage.

They got all the 3-year-olds lined up, and then the 4's marched in. One little boy, oblivious of the line, didn't follow behind the kids already arranged, but marched right in front of them - then had to scoot them all out of the way as he made his way up the steps to the back of the stage where he was supposed to stand.

The stage was still set up from our Christmas drama last weekend, so it was beautiful with garland, trees, and a manger scene in one corner. One little guy, every time a song or verse mentioned Jesus born in a manger, turned and pointed to the manger - you can imagine how many times this might happen in a Christmas concert . . .

Some kids sang loud, some sang VERY loud, and some didn't seem to know the words or want to sing at all. Maybe they had practiced them so often the last couple weeks, they were just no longer interesting.

One little cutie kept stomping his feet for emphasis on various songs. "Happy Birthday to You" STOMP - "Happy Birthday to You' STOMP - "Happy Birthday Dear Jesus" STOMP, STOMP - "Happy Birthday to you!" STOMP! There was a song in which the children actually were suppose to stomp to the beat - I think that little guys' mom was relieved that some choreographed stomping actually occurred, instead of the seemingly random stomps she had seen up to this point ;-) Many of the parents around her were trying to be comforting by saying things like "There always has to be one each year, doesn't there?" and "He is soooooo cute!" or even "Jim, videotape that kid - what a hoot!" I felt a little sorry for her - I don't think she found it as funny as they did.

All the kids were dressed in the Christmas finest - many girls had beautiful dresses on - you could tell they all felt special. One of the boys must not have liked his Christmas sweater very much - he tried to take it off during the performance! It was interesting seeing the incredulous looks on his parents' faces as he showed off his belly to the crowd, until his teacher helped him get things back in line.

They got to hold some jingle bells, and use them for different songs - Colton loved this part! You could see the gleam in his eye when the teachers were passing them out. He didn't want to put them down when the jingly songs were over, and was all smiles again when they picked them back up for the finale. I'm fairly certain rhythm instruments are somewhere in our future.

It was great fun - Mrs. Swedburg and her crew did a fabulous job herding that many children onto a stage and getting them to actually sing some fun songs. We ended the program with cookies in the gym - just in case the kids weren't excited enough and maybe needed some sugar.
Oh yeah, in case I forget to mention - the boy that marched down the front, then parted the Red Sea on the stage to get to his correct spot?? Yeah, that was mine.
And the boy who turned and pointed to the manger the 6 or 7 or 111 times it was mentioned in the program? You guessed it - mine.

The "not remembering the words" or maybe just not caring and not singing? -Mine


The stomper? -Also mine. And, believe me folks, the comments of all the well-intentioned parents around us were not necessarily helpful. Stuff like that is only cute when it is not your child!!!


I'm sure you're starting to see a pattern here - but the stripping off the sweater child? Yep, you're right on track here - that was mine. And yes, I did put on a t-shirt under it so it wouldn't be itchy - apparently that only added to the extreme hotness that he experienced on the stage, which led to the need to try and remove some layers.


As for the bells - well, that was just good, plain fun. He was totally in his element by that point, participating and having a great time. His parents had yet to recover from the earlier episodes, however, and didn't enjoy the good part nearly as much as they should have. Thank the Lord for video cameras - not only will we get to go back and watch the good parts without embarrassment, but we'll have some great blackmail when he's 17.


Colton - I love you so much! You were fantastic - 100% you, and proud of it! Can't wait until the end-of-the-year program - who knows what you'll come up with when you're 5????

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Gift

We were so blessed by our church's Christmas drama performance last night. I am so impressed by the many who put in hours and hours of work to make it a success. The play was called "The Gift" and journeyed the crowd through modern day gifts (waiting hours in line for Tickle Me Elmo), compared to the gift offered by God through His son, Jesus.

After the introduction, the play began with an arrangement of Little Drummer Boy - my favorite classic Christmas carol. A teenage boy from our church was dressed as the Little Drummer Boy, with a drum strapped around his neck, offering his gift of music to the Baby - the boy's dad sang the vocals to the song right behind him. As they finished the "Shall I play for you?" portion of the song, the MLHS Drum Corps marched down the center aisle, and joined the actor on stage for a very cool percussion solo thingy (I'm just so musical).

Colton kept saying (okay, yelling, because it was so loud) - I'm so going to play drums when I grow up mom. I'm sooooo going to play like that.

He got a little scared when The Grinch came out for a part from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas - he did the sarcastic, "It's really all about the gifts, isn't it?" Chance loved it, though, and laughed while Colton crawled in my lap, turned around and wouldn't watch during that part.

As the play progressed, our focus turned from shopping, bustle, and gifts of the season to the free gift offered in Jesus Christ, as well as the gift of adoption offered to those who would accept it, and be adopted in to the Body of Christ. The cast did a little video deal at Pike's Place Market about accepting a free gift - they tried to give away $20 bills to people. You'd be amazed at the minute amount of people who would actually take the gift, compared to the masses that they spoke with. A truly free gift seems unheard of in our day. It was a neat portion of the program.

It was a late night by the time we were done - homework had to be put off until this morning - but well worth it! I am grateful that we went, and blessed by what we saw and heard. Thanks, MLAC - you did a fabulous job!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Twelve Days of Christmas

Thanks for this fun idea, Neighbor Jane!

One holiday movie I recently watched

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas
Last two holiday websites I visited

Three favorite items of clothing

  • Aura jeans
  • Oversized hoodie
  • My yard-sale bargain fake Uggs

Four favorite things to eat

  • Steak & Lobster or Steak & Crab
  • Matt's Creme Brulee
  • Starbucks scones
  • Out

Five things I ate yesterday

  • Lucky Charms
  • Chinese Food from Tree Cafe
  • Fresh-baked rolls
  • Key-lime/White Chocolate cookies
  • Pie at Perkins

Six things I need to do today

  • Pack the boys for a sleepover
  • Pack me for a trip to Tri-Cities
  • Make a shopping list
  • Clip Coupons
  • Laundry
  • Dishes

Seven gifts I’d like to receive

  • Rachael Ray Knives
  • Anita Renfroe DVD
  • Big Picture Scrapbooking
  • A Calendar with my kid's pictures to hang at work (love ya, Darla!)
  • Beth Moore DVD or bible study
  • A Christmas Story DVD that I can watch over and over, cause 24 hours straight on Christmas Eve day just isn't quite enough!
  • The fun word game we play at Pizza Hut that I already can't remember the name of.

Eight ingredients my kitchen shouldn’t be without during the holidays

  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Butter
  • Choc. Chips
  • Homemade Vanilla
  • Cream
  • Karo Syrup
  • Oats

Nine Christmas songs I like to hear

  • Mary Did You Know?
  • A Christmas Prayer - Jonas Brothers
  • Did You Know? - Todd Agnew
  • Little Drummer Boy
  • Do You Hear What I Hear?
  • Away In A Manger
  • Joy To The World
  • Silent Night - by The African Children's Choir
  • Frosty The Snowman

Ten memorable Christmas gifts

  • The umbrella - wish I still had it
  • Our first computer - Commodor 64
  • Presents from boys last year about why they like their mom
  • Willow Tree Nativity
  • Matt's t-shirt quilt
  • My leather coat mom bought my Jr. year
  • Christmas Stockings from Julie
  • I got Judd a poster, and it wasn't the one he had wanted, and he started crying
  • The year Matt & I tried to cap Christmas spending, and I ended up with gifts from all sorts of fictional people so he wouldn't go over his spending limit
  • My angel figure collection from Matt

Eleven favorite Christmas traditions
  • Christmas Letter
  • Family or boys Christmas picture
  • Watching "A Christmas Story" over & over
  • Christmas Eve at my parents
  • Taking pics of Matt & the Boys sleeping under the tree
  • Baking
  • Decorating the house
  • Giving gifts
  • Last minute dashes in my craft room - praying for paint, modge podge, and/or glue to dry quickly
  • Putting about 1,000 miles on the car - the miles aren't my favorite part, but the family that we get to see because of them is definitely my favorite
  • Adopting either children or families who need gifts

Twelve fun childhood Christmas memories
  • The total transformation of mom's house from ordinary to Christmas
  • Learning how to fix socks with Aunt LaVerne while mom & dad were at midnight mass
  • Grandma Gladys' house
  • Grandma Laura's inability to keep a Christmas present a secret
  • Christmas in Hawaii with Webb's - Marcia went with me to midnight mass so I would feel more at home
  • Christmas Exchanges and parties at school
  • Waiting until a couple days before Christmas to get a tree - some say we were trying to find "the perfect one", while others claim we were waiting until they got either really cheap or free!!
  • Spraying all the perfume at Mitchell's Pharmacy to find mom the perfect gift - I'm sure you loved every bottle, right mom?
  • Being an angel every year in the play at church with the same white sheet-type costume and silver halos - I think they still use them today . . .
  • Watching A Christmas Story about 55 or 1 zillion times
  • Popcorn balls and Christmas Cookies
  • Midnight Mass

Thursday, December 6, 2007

You Gotta Love The Little Ones

Colton had a report from his friend Eric's house last night.

Mom - good news/bad news from Eric's house.

The good news - they had 10 puppies. 3 blacks, 7 chocolates.

The bad news - she's only got 8 boobies.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Sometimes, You're So Far Behind . . . .

that it's just as easy to start a new race as it is to catch up. There have been so many changes in the past few weeks, and so many blogs written in my head, that I can't keep up with the all! I will attempt to run a photo catch-up post on all the changes in our little world before I start my new race.

Jake changed from this-
-to this. Sick with Meningitis the day after Thanksgiving, although it took us 4 days ant 3 vet visits to get the correct diagnosis.
-to this - a healthy, growing, getting into trouble again puppy. Isn't he getting big?

Darla went from this bubbly, young mother---

-to this. What a good sport! She dressed up as Mrs. Claus for our Wilbur Ellis entry in the Agriculture Christmas Parade. Her and the kids did such a good job!

After many hours, cold bums, hot cocoas, toe warmers, and tears, the boys went from this-

-to this at the hockey rink. They are improving so much!

The good news - only 16 weeks of hockey left. My buns should be completely frozen off by then - so there, Jenny Craig - I don't need you to make my butt go away, I just need my kids to join one more frozen ice sport . . .