Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Posted by Kim at 7:02 PM
People often mention that Rachel and I look a lot alike. I think it's sweet that my little girl looks like me when I was little. I realize it will probably not always be true so I enjoy it now.
Posted by Kim at 6:18 PM
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
The energy in our house is downright electric. I can't say I remember having things so keyed up before (as a parent) so early in the week. Since Sunday the kids have been absolutely giddy. The packages continue to arrive from our beloved family and Amazon. Treats are being delivered from our friends and neighbors. All the while we're baking and wrapping up a storm. It's really quite exciting. I'm hoping when Christmas arrives we don't all feel disappointed...but of course that's just silly because we've never been disappointed.
Rachel is a little skeptical of this guy. But she has asked for a swimming baby.
Dave has this whole week off (again? you might say, yes, again!). We love to have him here for all the merrymaking, plus the new skate park is officially open. That may be adding to the giddiness. He is IN LOVE with Team Pain's self-proclaimed "masterpiece".
Here we are at the grand opening ceremony on December 13. Sort of a belated birthday present to Dave from the city of Colorado Springs. Happy day.
We painted our ceramic ornaments yesterday and it was great fun. As the kids get older they appreciate more of the traditions we keep and it makes it even more special.
The favorite tradition by far though is "promises". At the start of the month I fill an advent calendar's pockets with promises of things to do or allow for that day. It takes a bit of planning and commitment in the execution but it is the kids' favorite thing in December. I try to promise things that I would like us to do anyway, like ceramics or gingerbread houses or driving to see the lights. This year's favorite promise was a trip to the grocery store where the kids could pick out 5 items each. The boys got their own cart and a spending limit. It was way better than when I have taken them in the past (this summer) and they stay with me and ask for things every ten seconds. They got to see how much their junk really costs, make some careful choices and have fun. Promises make the whole month a delight. (I have a story that goes along with the whole concept, from my mom, if anyone wants a copy.)
Oh, the love and anticipation! Electric.
Posted by Kim at 7:28 AM
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Posted by Kim at 6:39 PM
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
In December we celebrate Dave's birthday and Jake's birthday. We also celebrate Dave's dad's birthday and my nephew's birthday and my sister's birthday. Though we don't do much to SHOW our celebration to our out-of-town loved ones we celebrate with prayers and thanksgiving and many happy thoughts sent their way. We know it's not the same as a fancy card or gift, but it's what we offer.
Posted by Kim at 7:05 AM
Monday, December 15, 2008
Posted by Kim at 3:37 PM
Thursday, December 11, 2008
To honor Dave on his birthday I want to write about how terrific and diverse he is...he digs, gardens, composts, clears trees and their stumps, chops firewood, moves boulders, knows how to make me feel warm all over, pulls frontside airs, kills mice, cooks delicious Chicken Tikka Masala(and a lot of other things), researches and invests in stocks, helps with homework, plays with "a good doggie", gives amazing, thoughtful gifts, runs, swims, cleans(mostly just dishes, but what would I do if he did everything?), plays the guitar, oh, and he saves lives.
Posted by Kim at 4:44 PM
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Posted by Kim at 5:00 PM
Friday, December 5, 2008
Posted by Kim at 8:20 AM
Sunday, November 30, 2008
We followed up with a trip to the movies. The kids went to see Bolt while Dave and I saw Four Christmases. It was hilarious! When we returned home I tackled dinner and the rest of the crew hit the hot tub. Followed up with some football. It was a low-key, fun-filled day. I love my family.
Dave and I did a bit of shopping on Black Friday, mostly to buy a new camera so I don't miss out on documenting our exciting Christmas season. Merry early Christmas to me. Dave and I rented Run Fat Boy Run and laughed A LOT.
Snow fell and fell so Ben went sledding with Evan. Rachel built her first snowman with Dave and went sledding for the first time. This is the part of winter we all love. It's still novel and fun and the hot chocolate really makes it all warm and wonderful when you come inside.
We visited the pool and made homemade chocolate chip cookies. We bought and decorated our tree. Grandma and Papa will arrive for a visit tonight.
November continues to be my most content, peaceful time of year. "Because I have been given much, I too must give..."
Posted by Kim at 8:02 PM
I know it's been a whole month since my birthday but I am going to give a brief recap anyway.
Posted by Kim at 7:24 PM