Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Our Family

Here's another post with a "real" picture of our family, along the same lines as the "real" kitchen photo in the last post. We recently became members of our church and someone so kindly took photos of the event. It's a pretty classic capture of our family, complete with Phil's great expression, Henry sucking on all his fingers, Kate asking me a question during a 1-minute event (totally unrelated question, I might add), and Addy scratching her stomach. Should have used this for our annual Christmas card.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

16 Sticks

I have really avoided the notion of Christmas baking for years. It just seems like an excuse for eating more during a seasion when eating is quite easy. I can think of much better ways of making family memories and traditions. However...you don't see your neighbors in North Dakota for six months or more (the duration of winter), so, in the name of building relationships, I decided this is the year for baking. Sixteen sticks of butter later, here are the results.





The decorating day was also "jammie day." Jammie day, in definition, means every meal is a breakfast meal. Somehow that works out better for the kids than the mom. I'm still waiting for my very own "jammie day."

This shot is for all of those who so kindly commented on my last post. This is not a "Better Homes" kitchen. This is my kitchen, and I'm proud of it.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Deck the Halls

Phil started out decking the halls at the end of November. I wish it weren't so cold outside; I would retake the photo so you can see the huge piles of snow in our front yard now. True love - a man who will go on an icy roof in frigid cold weather to put lights on the house for his wife. I wonder how far his love will go when it's time to take the lights down in frigid-ier weather.


Last year our Christmas decorations were pretty sparse since we were still working on the basement until Christmas Eve. This year we pulled out all the stops - two trees, even.


Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Beat of a Drum

Kate started asking us about a year ago if she could take ballet. We found a studio and enrolled her in the fall. The lessons are twice a week and the monthly tuition is pretty reasonable. I didn’t realize, though, that there is so much more to it than that. The kids started practicing for a Christmas performance in October. Also in October I was hit up for a hefty costume fee. As the day approached, I found out I would also need to pay a hefty rental fee for a second costume. Then I found out I would need to buy a pair of shoes for each costume, new tights, and a new leotard to go under one of the costumes that I had paid a hefty costume fee for. Add to that extra practices and a whole week of my life consumed by performances and dress rehearsals….all to see my sweet middle child dancing to the beat of a different drum and smiling her face off with pride. Priceless.

















Sunday, December 14, 2008

Angel Diva

This weekend Kate performed in a Christmas ballet. She was in two dances, the second of which was an angel dance. This costume was much prettier than the other, and I couldn't resist getting some photos of her. She agreed as long as she got to choose some of the poses. She's such a diva.








Saturday, December 13, 2008

Petits Fours

This is vindication for me - all of you who voted against me...over and over and over...(you know who you are) - Dave sent us these from Swiss Colony instead of the annual gingerbread house. There is mercy in the man.
I can say that we didn't procrastinate at finishing up this project. So much for my December diet.
***I just found out that instead of sending us a gingerbread house kit, Dave and Bev sent a completed gingerbread house to a child in the hospital in our area. Pretty cool.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

The Best

Well, apparently I saved the best for last. As I was editing the photos from the previous post, I wondered several times that I remember taking many more photos and getting better photos. I realized my file names went from the 9000s back to zero and low-and-behold the other photos were found.
I love how my kids get so excited to give gifts and see their siblings get cool stuff. It makes me happy.






I also love the suprised face. It makes me happy.

Jammie pants that Aunt Maggie made. They made Kate happy.

Kake has Cake

Our little Kake-y turned seven last week. We celebrated with polka dot cake, a princess crown and lots of girl-y gifts. Fun was had by all.

She put up a pathetic show with her candle blowing abilities. She must get that from the Carroll side, because it's certainly not from her mother.






The Blacks came over for the festivities and Obed enjoyed Henry's newly-acquired punching balloon.

I love this one of Obed peeking around behind Henry (wearing the birthday princess crown)

All the kiddos (if you look close you can see all six)