Monday, December 29, 2008
By the way, look at this hair he now has! I tried to capture his troll doll look, but no luck.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Despereaux was dropped off at our house the night of your visit. He's so small and cute. I really don't want to seem unappreciative, but he's the only gift I would like to return! Please come back to get him. He hides underneath the refrigerator and runs through the kitchen. Duke won't even attempt to kill, oops, I mean play, with him. Please, please, PLEASE, come back for him! I would hate to hurt Despereaux by beating him to death with the broom...
Thursday, December 25, 2008
This morning we are in our matchy, matchy pjs (new tradition). They didn't have any in Aiden's size, but he's in his Christmas shirt and Santa hat.
We had Ali read the Christmas story this year. It's really important for us to reread it each year to understand that in the grand scheme of life it's not all about us. That's why I had Ali and Aaron take a few of our neighbors a little something. I want them to know about altruistic values and selfless giving.
We were lucky enough to have Erik's younger brother, Carl, come to our house to celebrate. His mother and grandmother were also here. We had the children open gifts. I am so happy that they all get along so well, now. They're each just about a year apart: 11, 12, & 13.
Look at the enormous table. We put all 3 leaves in the table, hoping that all of our invited guests would show. We were minus 4 guests, but we wouldn't have minded unexpected visitors. I had Erik google napkin decorations and he found this little lily to make. I forgot to take a picture of our food spread. It was very traditional and the green bean casserole was a little undercooked. It seemed that everyone was happy, even cranky Aiden.
I believe Aiden is teething. I can't imagine! He won't even roll over, but he's biting, chewing, and drooling on everything. He's sitting with assistance from the Boppy pillow. He had so much fun opening his gifts. He was really interested in the paper and toys. I am so thankful for him. This time last year...extreme morning (all day) sickness took over. I was actually very terrified about having a new little life to care for. Now, I wake and want to kiss his squishy cheeks and hear his amazing giggle! His fat, squishy legs have so many rolls, that it's hard to clean them. He's wonderful!
I feel really blessed today as I reflect (and drink my real eggnog). I am so happy to be loved and cherished by my wonderful husband and children and my extended family. I have been praying for my friends and their families and know that prayer is how best I can help them. Life can change in a moment, so, each moment is precious and welcomed! It's so nice to hear my family laughing in the next room. They are happy! Now, hearing guitar hero, is a different story...
I hope that everyone has a blessed day and New Year!
"Religion and good morals are the only solid foundation of public liberty and happiness."
--Samuel Adams, letter to John Trumbull, 16 October 1778I hope and wish that everyone's Christmas day is full of happiness!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I decided that I'm too fat, too old, and way too picky! Everyone had something negative about every pose, but we had to get a couple for the family. It was quite an experience. I hope the next time we do this, it goes smoother!!!
Guess how much our photos cost...way UNDER budget!!!!! I almost always stick to the budget we set!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
I'll post pics later.
Aiden was cranky, even after a long nap. So, after we left, he fell asleep again.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
I got to meet Erik's new boss, Jenks. He was not as I imagined. The only person who was as I imagined, was his supervisor.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Aiden is having so much fun with his big Christmas gift! We decided to give it to him early. He tries so hard to get the frog in his mouth! Then he gets mad and the little veins on his forehead begin to poke out. Erik and I had so much fun watching him play with this!
Monday, December 8, 2008
Update: Aiden has not even tried to roll over. He wants to be held constantly and screams when I place him on his tummy. He's now holding onto the bottle or bra when eating. He enjoys pancakes over bananas (shame on mommy for feeding him pancakes) and is interested in what we eat and drink. He loves going for sushi to see Echo and the ladies! He is always really gassy, especially when we tried to do our Christmas shopping this weekend! He still HATES his carseat, but LOVES bathtime! He is not sleeping through the night ... wah, wah, wah =( He wakes once to nurse and come to bed with us. He has cankles =)! Love it! He has three strands of hair that is 2-3 inches long. Those strands usually stick straight up in the air! Love that too! Right now he's especially cranky and wanting his bath, His little lip is poking out and he looks so cute!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
There were so many things that are going through my mind about the gun show. First, I did enjoy it, except for the people constantly playing with tasers! Second, don't you think that after 4-5 times of them announcing to hold your gun so that it points up, that these people would finally do it. I say these people, because they are in their own world. Erik is part of the group too.
Before even getting into the show, I almost make Erik leave. Stupid parking...stupid people! I'm still mad, but Erik fixed everything and made it better. Smoking! Blah, yuck, ewwwwww! How can they do that?!!! WE walked through too much smoke from cigarettes! Wait in line (without Erik but with Aiden) with people holding rifles, hand guns, AR 15s, dead stuffed squirrels, etc. My nerves begin to fray! Finally Erik comes back and fixes it again making it all better.
We finally get in and OMG...1300 tables! No, I'm not kidding-there were supposed to be 2000 tables. People of various sizes, genders, and ages all drawn like flies to meat at these tables. I saw thugs, gays, straights, and children all looking at the items like Ralphie looked at his Red Ryder BB gun! Some were not knowledgeable and purchased $150-200 cheap guns. We were on a task...furniture for Erik's new AR 15. Thank you dear father-in-law! You made Erik so happy! Furniture, for the non-gun folks, means the grip, stock, and the front end. We were looking for olive drab (od) green. We found some pieces, but didn't purchase them.
I saw many signs, but the one that caught my attention: Pre-Obama Prices. That was funny, but probably true. We got the kids air soft m16 (play) guns. They had so much fun in WV with those. Yes, my children have been schooled on the rules and know more about gun safety than many of the adults I saw at the show. I did feel a little uneasy about how some people were holding their guns, but the announcements helped with that.
After, we went shopping in the "ghetto" and it was my idea! What peaked my interest was the filing cabinets lined up along an abandoned parking lot. They were surprised when a redhead got out and began asking them questions.
I didn't take any photos. I was a little too nervous at the gun show and "ghetto" parking lot. I did enjoy myself, but am glad that we don't go to every gun show. Afterwards, we went Christmas shopping and out to lunch and are almost done with everything! Whoo hooo!!! Stocking stuffers and little stuff are left.