Thursday, December 31, 2009

Christmas card!!!

(Once again, we are not sending Christmas cards out in the traditional way - see the end of this post for more on that...We hope you enjoy this online version! If you regularly read my blog, some of these stories will sound familiar...)
As I looked over last year's Christmas letter, I was reminded of the struggles we believed we had faced. Then I went over the photos from this past year to remind me of any big happenings I could talk about in this year's letter. Amazingly, I found nothing. At first, I thought, "That can't be! There must be some huge earth shattering events I could write about...!" *scrolling, scrolling* Nope. Nothing. I was a little sad. I love writing about the fun stuff we do, which is why I blog, of course. Anyway - I realized that not having any major events over the year means one thing - nothing happened! YAY! Do you how happy it makes me to tell you that we had a wonderfully mellow year? Sure, we experienced some ups and downs, but nothing like the year before! I believe we persevered through the 2008 year and that this year was one filled with new growth!

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4

As the year of 2009 began, our family was made up of Mom, Dad, Moses and foster son Pumpkin (obviously, this is his 'secret identity' for the purposes of this blog). Before the month of January was over, our family grew to include 17 year old foster daughter Pickles (again, her secret identity =)!) Remember how we want 12 kids? Having 3 under the same roof at the same time certainly gave us a taste of what it could be like! There were mornings when I taxied Dave and Pickles to school, while the younger boys were barely waking up in their car seats. Having more kids, I needed to get my act together a little more and organize meals and chores on a regular basis. Pickles was a great help w/the boys and it was a beautiful thing to watch her bond with them. I believe God knew what He was doing when he placed Pickles in our home with the 2 young boys. I can't remember if I talked about this before, but as it turned out, Pickles was in the early stages of pregnancy when she came to us, but we did not find out until March. I could write a book about that time in our lives, but I think I will simply say that I thank God for the opportunity to mentor to Pickles. I thank God that I had the chance to be pregnant at least once, so I could share my thoughts and knowledge. It hurt sometimes, and I cried because I really felt like God was 'showing off' that when we couldn't seem to get pregnant, He was placing a pregnant teen in our home. I am over all that now, and again, I feel like I could write a book! My feelings aside, spring was a fun time experiencing (even second-hand) the miracle of new life.

And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:3-8)

That's not all we have to say about new life and babies - this past spring Dave

attempted to hatch chickens in his 4 year old classroom! He started out with over 60 eggs and approximately a dozen hatched (yeah, that's not many, but we have since learned from our mistakes - stay tuned for next spring's hatching attempt!). Oh what fun it was to go to his room every day and see little beaks poking out of cracked eggs, new chicks under a heat lamp, or a few of them running in the plastic kiddie pool! Those little buggers were such a mood uplifter! On a normal day, the promise of a pancake breakfast will work wonders to get me out of bed quickly, but I must say, I bounded out of bed to see the chicks quicker than that! As if

that wasn't enough to fulfill our urban farming dreams, Dave helped me

build garden boxes. Not just two or three, but 16!! Not everything I planted did well (my mint never got started! Weird...) but some things did better than I expected (yay! Basil!). One of my favorite parts about gardening was that the boxes were located at my best-friend-in-town Tracy's house. The other part I loved was the fact that all summer Mo came along and got to see

where some of our food was coming from. In our family this year we have been making some changes in what we eat. For instance, we've been buying more local foods, which makes me a little sad because it means less trips to one of my favorite places - the grocery store! But we've been getting to know some local farmers and finding other sources for our food. This shift is by no means complete. Believe it or not, I am learning to cook using foods like quinoa, fresh vegetables and pasture-fed meat!

The summer of 2009 was one of the big events we had been looking forward to...we celebrated 10 years of marriage with a party at Kohler Andrae State Park! We reserved the group camp and a shelter and invited most everyone we knew! It was a beautiful day by the lake and brought back memories of our wedding, another beautiful day by a much smaller lake. The summer also brought about a few changes in our house. For starters, Pumpkin moved out and joined his dad and family early in July. Don't even ask me if that was hard, because you know it was! But the good news is that we were at peace with it. It helped so much to be able to release him to a family...again, I could talk about this more, but I think you can imagine the gamut of emotions! Shortly after, Pickles moved out as well. We felt like empty nesters! I couldn't help but ask God where He was taking us next. Just when things in our house seemed to be really mom had a seizure. There really isn't any answer as to why, other than the fact that people who have sustained a brain injury are more susceptible. Again, we felt it was a time to persevere and push through. Shortly after that, we were able to take 2 sisters for emergency foster care! Thankfully, Dave was home and willing to stay with the kids and his mom was able to come over and help out, as I was able to be with my mom while she recovered and my dad was gone on business. If that wasn't enough, we got a follow-up call to bring a possible pre-adoptive foster daughter home from the hospital, all within the same week! Suddenly we were a family of six, four of whom were under 5!! Oh the milk we went through! Oh the giggles! Oh the little socks and the diapers and pullups and oh the HAIR! Since all the foster kids were girls at that time I had to go buy some new combs and hair doo-hickeys! I learned a lot about little girl hair! The sisters were in our house for about 3 weeks, which really gave us a taste of what it's like to have twins or something! We considered it a blessing to have them, but once they were gone we could really focus on Fabi (her secret identity) and her medical issues. Shortly after her arrival, all 4 of us were on our way to Delaware for a

much needed beach vacation!! We rented a house one block from the beach and spent every day there. For me (Mel), that was one of the best vacations. I was happy not to be criss-crossing all over the map. I loved having our own kitchen to prepare healthy meals, being so close to the beach and having enough space for everyone to get their own room. It was cool to see the ocean in the morning and at night, on a sunny day and on a really stormy day...we were there over the week of Moses' birthday too, so it was fun to decorate the house and celebrate by making sand castle cakes and riding waves!

As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. James 5:11

(The first day of school pic by the apple tree!)
Fall began another season in our lives. Moses started Creative Play preschool, three days a week for half days. It was nice to see him take to that really well and it gave me a chance to spend time with Fabi one-on-one. At the time, she had a feeding tube in her nose and just about every week we drove down to Children's Hospital for an appointment of some kind. I got kind of sick of doing that but on the days I felt really crabby, I was reminded of all the people that were helping us make that possible! My aunt lives a few miles north of us and is a reliable and loving babysitter and taxi for Moses! Friends helped pick up Mo and once even dropped him off in the morning. None of what we do in this family would be possible if it weren't for the support structure we have in place. There are so many people helping in physical ways but the number of people praying is astounding! Most likely, if you are reading this, you are one of those people, so thank you! It means so much to us! Before Thanksgiving, Fabi had surgery to move the tube from her nose to her stomach. Dave and I celebrated his birthday at the hospital that night...again, not the ideal way to celebrate, while our family was split up and one was recovering from surgery, but we tried to laugh a little. If it wasn't for the perseverance in our hearts, we might have felt a lot worse!

This past few weeks we have been finding things to celebrate each day. It was our first round of Christmas programs as parents, and oh my, did our sweet son put on a show! If you are interested in seeing the video, let me know! We laughed so hard and many people at church said it wouldn't have been the same without him! We had a video camera, a digital camera and eyes full of pride. Moments like those remind us that whatever may come our way, we have each other. More importantly, we have Jesus. While we may have been scurrying around finding presents to show family and friends how much they mean to us, God has sent His Son to save us all from our sin. There is no greater gift.

...and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3

Merry Christmas to all of you! We pray that this letter finds you in good health and spirits, or maybe you're persevering through some things of your own. We'd love to hear from you - please keep in touch! If you don't know how to get a hold of us already, leave a comment and we'll get you our info...if possible, it would be great to get together in the new year!

Mel & Dave, Moses, & Fabi

We hope you enjoyed this green version of our Christmas card! (If you still wish to receive a paper copy, leave a comment.) There are lots of reasons we decided to do things differently this year (again!)'s a few:
1) Save postage. We love you, but we're cheap!
2) Save paper. You just recycle those cards after you read do recycle them, don't you??
3) Save printing costs. See reason #1!
4) Save stress. Nothing to print, sign, stuff, address...
5) Expand our options! Now you can see a practically limitless amount of photos.
6) Our greeting to you is saved in cyber-space for posterity! Yes, we can be that vain sometimes!
7) It went so well last year...we heard a lot of positive responses, and even some people who said they'd try it themselves. Welcome to the dark (green) side! (Sorry that was a goofy Star Wars joke...)

Moxie, because words w/X's are cool!

I do not like the word resolution! This is the entry I found on
Main Entry:resolution
Part of Speech:noun
Definition:determination, strong will


aim, boldness, constancy, courage, dauntlessness, decidedness, decision,declaration, dedication, doggedness, earnestness, energy, firmness, fixed purpose,fortitude, guts*, heart*, immovability, intent,intention, judgment, mettle, moxie*, obstinacy,perseverance, pluck, purpose, purposefulness, purposiveness, relentlessness, resoluteness,resolve, settlement, sincerity, spirit, spunk, staunchness, staying power, steadfastness, stubbornness, tenacity, verdict, willpower
As our Christmas letter points out, perseverance was the theme for us in 2009, but I think we need a new word for 2010. There are so many things I always say I am going to start doing in a new year, but this year I plan to be bold, undaunted, dedicated, earnest, purposeful and steadfast! At the beginning of the month I started a list (me? A list? HA - I know you're shocked!) but it's not quite what you're thinking. I've been reading other people's 'life lists', if you call them that, and wanted to put down a few things of my own. So here it is! It's sort of a work in progress...I really felt like I wanted to get to 50 things, so some of them are a little weak...while others are quite strong!
Do you have ideas of things you'd like to accomplish like this?
1) visit Europe (Spain, Portugal, Poland, Germany, England, Italy, name a few!)
2) visit Australia
3) Have a lot of kids (12, if possible, but I guess I could settle for 7...)
4) Use my Grandma's wringer washing machine for a summer
5) Hike the Appalachian Trail
6) Missions trip to an orphanage
7) Camp/Hike/Bike every state park
8) Visit every National Park in the US
9) Have professional pics done of Dave and myself every 10 yrs of marriage
10) Sew a garment that looks decent
11) Get my Masters' Degree in Spanish
12) Bike 100 miles in one year
13) Eat a meal totally grown/harvested and prepared by me
14) Finish Mo's baby book - well, at least til age 5
15) Volunteer regularly at an abortion alternative type place
16) See a Komodo dragon in the wild
17) Write my life story (more or less) for my kids
18) Try one new recipe every week for a year
19) Go on a women's retreat - spiritual or otherwise
20) Have the upstairs of our house re-done, complete w/a master suite
21) Actually learn all the positions that make up a football team and what they do (I've got baseball down, but that's easy!)
22) Adopt more Amish ways of life - cook large quantities w/other ladies, live simply, do it yourself, etc
23) Encourage my son to be a voracious reader, like I was
24) See a moose in the wild
25) Sponsor a child through Compassion International
26) Help my grandfather label and organize all his old pictures, while recording some cool stories he loves to tell
27) Build a nest egg (what exactly is that? I just mean have some savings stocked up)
28) Keep up my piano/flute skills - take lessons?
29) Act in a local theater production or get the drama team going at church again
30) Make all the curtains for my house
31) Run a 5K in less than 30 minutes
32) Pass the citizenship test
33) Write/mail at least one letter a month
34) Go to a spring training game for the Milwaukee Brewers
35) Enter something in the county fair
36) Go down the Mississippi River in a house boat
37) Go to a Duke vs. UNC basketball game (bonus points if it's during March Madness!)
38) Visit Duke University (bonus points if it's during March Madness!)
39) Hang pics in my house again!
40) Start a photo book of the foster kids
41) Make a prayer board, to display pics of people we are praying for
42) Meet Aaron Kampman in person
43) Take dance classes again (bonus points if it's w/Dave!)

Sunday, December 27, 2009

The days of Christmas!

You know how you celebrate more than once? Isn't that awesome?!
Weds (12/23) started some craft projects...for gifts...nothing like waiting 'til the last minute, right??
Thurs (12/24) we opened our (nuclear) family presents! Moses was so excited to wake up to presents! For me, the best was my new exercise mat that Mo and Dave decorated for me =) We also celebrated at church - I was in the drama, for the first time in a long time...I was so nervous but it felt so good to be doing something up there again! After church we hit the road (in the rain =( !) for 'home' to celebrate w/my extended family at my Grandpa's house. I loved hearing Mo make my uncles laugh, seeing the great grandkids crowd around my Grandpa and eating the good food!!
Sat (12/25) We had stayed overnight at my parents so we woke up and opened presents from them - we laughed b/c Fabi was so fast at ripping the paper off but then would shove the box away from her! She got right into the tearing and even opened one of my presents! Then we watched the Disney Christmas parade and taught Mo some more of the characters...or at least the ones we knew! Then we came home and just lounged around...ah yes, a good way to celebrate our Savior's birth!
Sun (12/26) Church again! No complaints, it was all worship today! We also got to see a Packer win (and Giants loss), which means they are in the playoffs! Mo and I played outside in the snow, which you know makes me happy!
Hard to believe this month of celebration is almost over...

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Imagine week behind...

Well, I made it half way through December before really falling behind in the celebration posts! I took some pics over the past week, fully intending to post them, but didn't. So! Here's the week in review!
Tues (12/16) I don't remember doing anything to elaborate, but I know we ate smiley faces!
Weds (12/17) We went to see Donald Driver at the Piggly Wiggly again! We had gotten his new book as a Christmas present but just gave it to Mo early so DD could sign it.

Thurs (12/18) and Fri (12/19) Again, nothing too elaborate but I took a pic of the kids b/c Moses was sharing his legos so amazingly well! We also went on a nature walk, complete w/boots, snowpants, hats and mittens, much to Fabi's delight! The girl is obsessed w/mittens I tell ya!

Sat (12/20) One of the best celebrations yet...Nana was visiting the cousins in another city and we both connected through iChat. It was awesome to see all the cousins! For those of you that don't know, iChat is like a video-phone, but it's free if you have a Mac, the software and internet connection. The kids kept putting on different hats and making faces at each other, Dave was hanging Mo upside down in front of the camera and one of the cousins brought a pet chicken in the house! We laughed so hard when it tried to fly away and then settled on the back of a chair!! I kept remembering that ride at Epcot Center - does anyone else remember this? - where you go through the various forms of communication over time. At the end there is this part labeled 'The Future' and they use video phones to call each other...the future is here my friends! LOL!
Sun (12/21) Bake sale at church!!! We haven't baked any cookies this year (I hardly ever do at Christmas) so it was really neat to get a wide variety of desserts there.
Mon (12/22) Wrote notes and cards to the great grandparents and attended a swimming
birthday party! The boys had fun - Dave tossed Mo in a bunch and Mo jumped in and swam on his own a lot. There was a slide too - when Dave took Fabi down, she wasn't exactly pleased, but hopefully we can get her in a swim class soon.
So there you have it! Fast forwarding through the week...speeding our way to the end of the year...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas program take 2

Monday was the Christmas program at Moses' preschool. We started by doing some crafts together and the kids sang some adorable songs! I had never heard some and I wrote a few down for next Christmas. I liked this one..."Oh I took a lick of my peppermint stick, it was yummy! It used to be on my Christmas tree, but now it's in my tummy!" We celebrated with his class afterwards by eating cookies and drinking cold milk =)

Christmas program take 1

Sunday was the church Christmas program and Moses sang on stage w/the other preschool kids! Super funny to see how they all acted up there and only confirmed our thoughts that our son was born a performer. He picked out his orange and blue rugby shirt to wear, and even though it didn't seem Christmas-y to me, I was thankful for the bright color later! It was easy to find the kid in orange when the rest were wearing typical holiday colors! He really wanted to wear a tie, but alas, there was no button down shirt that fits. I think he still looked handsome and we were very proud of the way he sang.

At one point Moses figured out that they were taping and projecting the program on the big screen...which was cute, until he started hamming it up and basically turned to the screen to watch himself! I mean it was still cute, but he quit facing the audience and started making faces and such...everyone was laughing of course and the video we took is hysterical! I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate a Sunday in December!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Quintessential All American Saturday

Today Moses went to his 2nd McDonald's birthday party. Someone from his class invited him and we were excited! Mo celebrated by stamping his own wrapping paper!
The adults got to enjoy the party too - Dave met some of the parents I have gotten to know over the months of dropping off and picking up the kids. We had a few laughs when the birthday boy came out of the play structure DRIPPING w/sweat! The employee who was assigned to the party was a former student of mine, so that was a special treat. She did a great job talking to the kids and managing a large order. Before I left I got to talk to another former student I hadn't seen in 8 years! It's so weird when you see them all grown up...I am proud of both of those kids! I feel so blessed to see them as adults and to know that they have stayed true to themselves and their beliefs. Ah, are too good to me!


FINALLY FRIDAY! We all went to the arcade! We didn't even get in the door and Mo found the ride he wanted to go on!
See? He still has his hat and coat on!
This one was cool, though, b/c there's another seat and then Fabi could join him. I don't think she really wanted to, but since he was there, she was willing to try it. Honestly, I don't know who had more fun...I love trying to beat Dave in the basketball game and playing Nok Hockey (but he calls it Air Hockey - weird!). I even passed all the levels of the dance game! Mom, we should get one of those that hooks into the TV - it is such a good workout! Later, we all squeezed into the dinosaur game, which of course, the boys liked - guns were involved! (And yes, I didn't bother to comb my hair before going was just the arcade people!)

I think my favorite thing about the arcade is that we can spend around an hour there and $8 buys a fun family date! Do you have any inexpensive family date ideas?


(**oops, I'm falling behind! Sorry! But here's 3 new posts in a row =)!)

Today we celebrated by having some good friends' kids over! When they arrived, Mo and Fabi were asleep, so it was kind of boring that Sofia fell asleep! (Aww, isn't she cute!)
Later, all 4 kids got to play together in Mo's room! Mo was so happy to see Samuelito! He tolerated the girls, I guess =)!

Every time we get our families together I am reminded how blessed we are to know them and to share so many passages of life together. When we met, none of us had kids. Now we have boys that can play cars together and girls that can tag along behind them! We have seen job changes and prayed for each other when we had struggles. It's a beautiful thing when you can call friends family!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

No this is not the weather channel!

I know it seems like all I talk about lately is the weather! But - here we go we got a bunch of snow!!!! So much that they called it a snow day and Dave didn't have school =) It wasn't nearly as much as they were predicting, which I guess is another thing we have the lake to thank for. Or not! I would have loved more fluffy white stuff! This stuff was pretty heavy and wet. At any rate, we celebrated by going sledding! It was the best. Fabi wasn't totally into it, but the rest of us were enjoying it! I didn't get to take pics of sledding b/c the battery was dead by that time, but I do have pics from around the yard - Enjoy the slideshow!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Two spikes!

Tonight we are having a spike in the amount of snow (YES!) so we celebrated
w/a different kind of spike!
We went out to play this afternoon but stayed in tonight since it was dark and snowing even more! But we're excited and ready to go sledding tomorrow!

Monday, December 7, 2009

So many things to little time!

We woke up to SNOW!!! Only about 2"-3", but enough to go out and play!! That is how we celebrated of course =) And there were so many photos, I found it hard to narrow it down to just 12...ENJOY!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

I'm going to make you wait another day!

I'm still learning how to use my camera, so no pic of the tree yet! But I do have some of my favorite ornaments! But first, let me tell you that we celebrated in an extra special way today...Dave's Mom/Nana came over today! And she brought presents! Lucky Moses got to open one before his nap. We even had dinner together at a Chinese buffet - Fa ra ra ra ra, ra ra ra ra, anyone? I am most definitely enjoying this month of celebration! I can't wait to see what next week brings =)
On to the ornaments...This one is a picture from the first Christmas card after we bought the house. We dressed in holiday colors WISCONSIN STYLE! Moses tells me this is his favorite ornament!

The next one is a corn husk angel. I have no idea where I got her, but she is so delicate...I usually hang her towards the top of the tree, under the cross.

Again, I don't remember where I got this angel, but I love the colors and the mini nativity scene that is carved into the front. As I said before, I'm still figuring out the settings on the camera
and I think this one is a little too blurry, but you get the idea.

This ornament is from my mom. It says, "A daughter is a little girl who grows up to be your friend." I don't think I need to explain why this one is very special! I love you Mom!

This little house is from Sam and Maria - Maria said all the houses in Venezuela are painted in bright colors. This ornament is special to us b/c their family is...FAMILY. We are so blessed to have them in our lives!

Isn't this one cute? I know it's hard to see, but that's a picture of Dave and his siblings from when he was 8 or so...? There may be a date on it,
but I'm too comfortable to get up and check! Moses likes this one too b/c it has his uncles and auntie on it!

This next one is from one of our trips - I thought it was from when we went to Washington state, but Dave thought it was from the Washington Island (WI) ferry! So now we are thinking of looking it up...but either way, it was a trip and a boat ride and it just reminds me of all the adventures we go on!

The next one is an outhouse - yep, it's blurry but you are seeing correctly! The sign says 'buffalo chips'! I got this one in Montana. We were on the VW Van trip - we were on the road for 3 weeks or so and covered a lot of the western states! When we were in Yellowstone, we came across a random parking lot that had been overtaken by some bison - we drove the van in and got pretty close. One kept snorting at us and I was a little scared he wanted to ram the van! But we laughed a lot b/c they mostly belched
really loud, snorted and just stared at us. When we left, they didn't want to move so we had to maneuver around them a little...that was the trip I think I remember the most. So many states - so many parks - so many laughs!!!

This last one is also from a Florida! Some good friends (Hi Stephanie and John!) lived down there for a while and were so sweet to host us even when they were living in a motorhome! We drove all the way down to the Keys for a night of camping...I will never forget that trip either! Definitely a lot of good laughs and beautiful scenes.
Well, that's about it...there are so many more that I could talk about! Do you have any favorite ornaments?

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Baited breath!

We put up our Christmas tree today! We haven't had one in at least a year, maybe two, for various reasons, but today it was fun to have Mo's help! He wanted to hang every ornament, right where he could reach, front and center! It was cool to tell him the stories behind a bunch of them. I know you are expecting to see a pic of it here, but you'll have to wait until tomorrow. We were camera shopping and left the old one at the store! Don't worry, they are holding it for us. So tomorrow will be the big reveal but today I pulled something from the archives again. It has nothing to do w/a Christmas tree or the holiday, but everything to do w/one of my core beliefs.
Dave and I visited the Marquette University campus a few years ago and each one of the crosses represented a certain number of lives lost to abortion. There were various signs but this is the one that still speaks to me. And now I've shared it w/you =)

Friday, December 4, 2009

Find the camera!

Today we got to celebrate w/my parents by going to see a light display at the county fairgrounds! It was pretty cool - my uncle helped set it up and he was working in "Santa's workshop" w/my aunt. The entrance to the workshop was either a slide for kids or a door...guess which Mo picked? =) I left my camera in the van so all the pics of him sitting on Santa's lap are on my parents' camera. After the light display, we swung by to visit my grandpa. It is always awesome to see him and especially to see him and Moses together. He makes Mo laugh and Mo makes him laugh too. Tonight he took Mo's cap and put it on his head - he looked so funny!! Then Mo noticed he wasn't wearing shoes and tried to tickle his feet! It probably doesn't sound all that funny to you, but to hear both of them laughing is the best way to forget about everything not so fun that has happened in your day =) Since I don't have any fresh pictures, I'll dig into the archives....
This is my grandpa holding Moses shortly after he was born. I'm typing this through my tears, so forgive me if it sounds weird...I remember that day. I remember how my grandpa just sat there staring at him. I remember how he talked to him and how he didn't seem uncomfortable or anything. He didn't try to pass him off real quick or anything. He made it seem like this was a regular occurrence, holding newborns...=)! Anyway, I hope there are many more chances for us to take pictures of Moses and Great-Grandpa together!

Thursday, December 3, 2009


Guess what we woke up to today?! (Ok, it's not a lot but just that fact that it shows up in the picture means more is on the way!!) What an awesome day! We finally got to see some of what we were waiting for all season!!! Today has been a day full of celebrations!! We cranked up the worship music this morning and Fabi learned a new song! She can sing part of the chorus to Hillsong's Take It All! (If you don't know it, go here and listen.) I was laughing so hard! She was singing, bopping her head and raising her arms, trying to dance by stomping one foot!
Once everyone got themselves ready...
(a belt is the required accessory for a certain 4yo these
days...and apparently, putting horns on yourself in
pictures is cool!),
...we went outside in the SNOW!!!

Brate E Cel part 2

I forgot to include 2 things in last night's post! We celebrated by eating Turkey Tetrazzini, which is one of my favorite things to eat =) Thank you Maria for the turkey! We made bowtie pasta and put the turkey through the food processor. The turkey was so moist, it didn't crumble, like I expected. It turned out to be more of a paste - maybe our processor is just too powerful! At any rate, we combined the noodles, the turkey, some white sauce and peas. TASTY!
Another photo I wanted to add...I have been talking about/looking for a kid friendly nativity set. My friend Margaret gave me one she had used =) Thank you! It's great! The kids like moving the pieces around and I'm trying not to care if they are not in the right spots when they are done. So far Mo has not gotten too rough w/them! You know how boys are right? You'll notice in the pic that one thing is missing! Baby Jesus will be added at Christmas...(and that way He won't get lost!)
Consider yesterday's post a 2 for 1 =)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Brate E Cel

(I'm feeling backwards today!)
Today I got to celebrate by having lunch w/my parents and my kids at one of my favorite restaurants! And today's photos are fresh...

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

This is the month to celebrate...

For some reason today I decided that we need to spend the month celebrating! And I've always wanted to post a photo each here goes!
We celebrated the first day of December by eating pie for breakfast. Not just any pie - a Dutch apple pie from the Gibbsville apple orchard. That's ok, right? I mean, it's not cereal! HA! There's fruit and flour and um...yeah. So that's how we celebrated.

And now for the photo of the day...Moses' Uncle Steve and Aunt Liz gave the kids their Christmas presents early. After unwrapping some Spiderman pajamas, Moses announced, "I've been looking for these!" Despite being a size 6, they fit quite well! He hammed it up for a few photos when we got home =)
I think that's a wink! He's so cute...