Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas morning...part 3

Grandma English got us a wii for Christmas. I have been so excited for the kids. I love that they can play together and get up and move. There is a little learning curve, but so far we are having a blast.Grandpa Bob let me talk him into getting "Disney Dance Dance Revolution" for the wii. Watch out. We are on our way to the big time with all our hot moves. (Ahem...)And, My mom and Tony gave us some money and we bought the (used) TV. Thanks everyone for all of your contributions to our Christmas. Is is WONDERFUL!

It seems that Santa had a little trouble landing on our roof. He tore off several singles in his attempt. (*sigh*)

Christmas morning...part 2

Opening presents!

Stay tuned...Up next, the Wii!

Christmas morning...part 1

I don't know how Santa did it. It sounded like a hurricane last night, but somehow he came through and Christmas morning started EARLY!

Christmas eve gifts.

Woke by the wind and fear that our house would blow away or a tree would land on us, this is what I found.What I woke up to at 6:15am

Stay tuned. More to come...

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Birthday weekend

It seems like my birthday really starts the Christmas rush. This is a happy thing for me. This year was no exception, and since it is a full 15 days after the happy day and I am just now getting the chance to sit and write about my day.

It all started at 6:30 in the morning actually. It WAS a Saturday, so I do wish it would have waited at least another hour or so. But...the first snowfall of the year must be sledded on, and sledded on quickly before it goes the way of frosty and melts away.

By 7:30 am, we, well, the kids anyway were out sledding. I joined them when our friends came down. It was great snowman building snow. I still remember the first snowman we ever made out here, it was about 10 inches tall. We would bring out the Mr. Potato head pieces and stick them in balls of snow because that was as big as it got. But this snow, it was real snow! And the snowman was a much more respectable size.

After breakfast and getting dressed for the day it was time to go get a Christmas tree. We haven't had a real tree since Aspen was a baby and we lived in North Carolina. There was just no point if we were going to pack up and head to Utah for most of Christmas.

This year, however in not a pack up and head to Utah year. (sob) So off to the Christmas tree farm. The librarian at Cedar's school had a little tree farm at their house/ mini farm. It looked so much like Christmas with the snow, it was wonderful! Fun to get it from someone we know too! It is a white pine which means it is full and beautiful.

Next was off to a birthday party. (Not mine.) Olive's was invited to a friends party and her nice mom called up and invited the other two along. We are a buy one, get two free family. It was at fun expedition, which is similar to Chuck E Cheese, with a few "older kid" attractions. It was a lot of fun for everyone. I love it when I am friends with my kids friends moms. It makes get togethers like these sooo much more fun.

The funniest part of the party was when the kids played laser tag. There are six 5 or almost 5 year olds who have never played before, my oldest two and three kids who are just there. One of the unknown kids breaks down when we get into the arena. Poor girl is scared to death and the man running the thing has no clue what to do. He tries to get one of us moms of 5 year olds to "chaperon" her. This little girls has no idea who we are and she is starting to hyperventilate. We suggest that she might not want to play and she immediately starts to calm down. We all thought it would be one of the little kids, but they were super excited.

The little (big actually) suits that they have to wear are heavier than some of the kids, I think. The kids can't hold up the gun without using two hands. Then, when they shoot each other they are about 1/2 an inch away and they shoot over and over and over, then follow each other in a little parade line. It was sooo funny! The man in charge actually had to ask the mom's to leave the kid alone and stand against a wall because we were trying to break up the parade. We all just laughed that the mom's were in time out.

Then it was home to decorate the tree and have dinner.Aspen made my cake. (All by herself.)

A very fun day.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Happy Birthday Olive!

Today my baby turns 5.
I can't believe it.

Tuesday she had a birthday party. I tried in vain to get her to have it at McDonalds. That is the easiest birthday party EVER! She instead decided that she wanted a pinata party at home. That means my house had to be fit for however many kids plus their parents. (I don't know if it is just out here, but not many people drop off their kids at a birthday party and then come back and get them. A lot of the parents stay. It's ok, it just makes for a LOT of people.)

So, after the house was cleaned and the big day is here, 13 kids show up. (Plus 7 parents stay.)

Olive was in heaven.

(I just survived.)

Then yesterday we headed with Olive up to Knoxville to the pediatric pulmonologist. Asthma is a new beast to us. They changed her medication to a 2 puffs, twice daily inhaler plus singulair. And a rescue inhaler. Phew!

After we got home we still had a few hours before we needed to pick up the kids so we decided to go and get Olive's present. For her birthday she wanted to get her ears pierced. She was so excited and even though she knew that it would hurt, she said it was ok. Thank goodness there were 2 girls there so that they could do both ears at the same time. After they did it she said, "Ouch!" Then a few seconds later she started crying. It didn't take too long though. She was really excited and keeps saying every time she looks in the mirror, "I can't believe I got my ears pierced!"

This morning she was up bright and early. We opened presents and had the traditional chocolate chip pancakes. She asked for pizza for dinner, "The kind you buy." (I guess she's not as excited about my home made pizza as I am. Oh well.)

So that's it. That's my baby. She has a personality to charm a wild lion. She is determined. She is observant. She is brave. She is friendly. She is cheerful. She is unselfish. She is beautiful.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Homework, DONE.

This is what we are doing right now.

I love it when my children spontaneously burst out in craftiness. Mostly because they seem to get along sooo much better when they are creating.

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