Wednesday, November 26, 2014

JYC 2014. November 26. Our Anniversary.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Journal Your Christmas 2014. Cover, intro, back cover.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Almost Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Build a Bear and other November fun

Last Saturday, we went to Build a Bear! We had accumulated a stash of coupons and gift cards, so we decided to go. We arrived right before the store opened, along with about 15 other kids and their families. Fortunately the kids had enough time looking through the windows to decide quickly what they wanted, and we grabbed our bears and got started.

Elijah chose a bulldog which he named "Lucky Dog" and even recorded his voice to go into it! Kirsa chose an "Elsa Bear", and Ingrid got a brown bear which we named "Lollipop". She is now obsessed with Lollipop and drags it all around the house, which I am thankful for because now her sleeping bear (which she calls "HeyBear") can stay clean in her bed. (They are also pictured here with Little Bunny and Beautiful Bear, which Elijah and Kirsa made last February when Grandpa and Grandma took them to Build a Bear).

In other news, it's apparently "Movember" and all men are reminded to go to their doctor's for their checkups and such. Chris has been growing his facial hair, now shaved down to a mustache, in honor of men's health.

I returned from Texas to discover that Elijah had started a notebook for him and me, which we are to pass back and forth, writing letters to each other. He wrote me a couple (extremely sweet!) letters while I was gone, which I had to photograph and save forever!

The kids have been busy in school too, and coming home with lots of projects. Elijah made this poster after learning about community helpers, which says that he wants to be a "road worker" when he grows up. Kirsa made an "owl baby", and Ingrid made two different turkeys and a leaf painting.

We had lots of snow and very cold weather a week ago, and had to remind the kids how to put on their snow stuff and stay outside for more than seven milliseconds in the cold. The snow is mostly melted as of today, and no more forecasted anytime soon. Now our 9th Anniversary, and Thanksgiving, are coming up next week!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

While the Mommy is away...

Monday, November 10, 2014

Meeting Baby Isaac!

Last week, I left my sweet kiddos with Chris and flew to Texas to meet my darling new nephew Isaac, visit with his parents, and see Louise, who is one of my relatives from Denmark. It was so much fun!

Isaac is essentially the most darling baby in the history of the universe. He is sweet, curious, interactive, and an amazing sleeper. I spent most evenings putting him to sleep and then just laying him across myself while we watched a movie or chatted. It was fun to give him a bath, help change and dress him, deliver him to his mama for feedings, snuggle and kiss and love him, and get to know him a little bit.

It was also super fun to see Louise! I had met her before, way back at Paul and Megan's wedding, but of course she has grown up a lot since then. It was fun to hear about Denmark and her perceptions of America, and especially to eat the Danish foods she made while I was there. She is just delightful and I can't wait to see her again at Christmas!

Most of our time revolved around Isaac, as it should, but we also managed to watch a few movies and eat delicious meals. I came home thinking I should probably get back to cooking great food again now that my kids are no longer infants and needing to be held constantly during the dinner hour. :) Paul and Megan look like they are perfect new parents, and their new baby is a pretty relaxed little guy!

It was such a wonderful time, and we were sad to say goodbye. I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone again at Christmas!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Happy Halloween 2014!

Happy Halloween! Chris and I realized on the morning of Halloween that we had not carved the pumpkin yet, so he left work early to be able to carve it in the afternoon. The kids had fun watching but still don't want to help with any part of the process, although Elijah drew the sketch for the face. I think it turned out wonderfully, and they were all very happy with it too.

After dinner, we all waited in anticipation for 6:00 to roll around so we could start trick-or-treating. Ingrid was very confused and kept trying to go upstairs to take her bath. Finally we got started! Ingrid came along for our cul-de-sac and the one next door, and then I took her home for her bath, milk, and bed. She went right to sleep and stayed asleep, despite trick-or-treaters coming to the door right under her bedroom for several hours.

Elijah and Kirsa stayed out with Daddy and went around part of the neighborhood before coming back with loads of candy a little after 7:00. They took quick showers and hopped into bed. Chris and I stayed up to sort candy and hand out to the trick-or-treaters at the door, who were all cute and polite and funny. One of them, about 10 years old, confidently offered to buy our house for $11. Another said, "Ooh, you got the good candy! God bless!" It was pretty fun.

Overall it was a happy and successful Halloween this year!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Halloween Costumes