Saturday, January 15, 2011

Muddy Buddies

Brooklyn and Jeremy didn't have school this last Wednesday for who knows what reason. Anyway, they each got to invite a friend over and they had fun playing all day. Bennett and Brooklyn made Muddy Buddies.
Enjoying the fruit of their labors. Bennet said to me this is why she loves coming to our house and I said "because we make lots of treats?" She said, "No, it is just so much fun!" I love that girl. It is always nice when your child has a friend that you really like and fortunately for us Brooklyn has a few that I really like.

Jeremy's 1st basketball game

Last Saturday was Jeremy's first basketball game. He had a really good time and even made a couple of shots.

We were using our new lens that we are obviously still learning how to use. I still liked the picture of Jeremy getting the rebound even though it is blurry.

at the gameI just thought this was a cute picture.

New Years Eve

We went to the Larman's for New Years Eve. Benson had to work so he wasn't there. We had a good time. Mike did fireworks and made really yummy food. We celebrated the new year at 9:00 so we could get the kids home and in to bed at a decent time. Even with an early celebration we didn't get home until 10:00. We got home and Laura let me sneek off to a party my friend Melinda was having. It was a fun night. I just wish Benson was there to celebrate with us.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Christmas time

We had a great Christmas. On Christmas Eve after we went to the snow we kept up with our tradition of going to The Outback for dinner. It was really yummy but decided that maybe next year our tradition will be just going out to dinner and not necessarily to Outback because it is so darn expensive. But the food was yummy and we had a good time. After that we came home and the kids got to open 1 present. Another tradition is opening a new pair of pajamas to wear that night. Ryan holding his new jammies.
The kids in their new pajamas. Don't they look so cute. We were in such a rush to get them to bed because we had so much to do that we forgot to read A Christmas Dress for Ellen or even the Christmas story. Luckily we had done that once already a few nights before.
Opening presents on Christmas morning. If you look close you can see Jer going, "OHHHH" all excited about his new skateboard. Thanks to McKinley for the wheels and other things (I forget what they are called.) Benson bought the deck at a shop in Portland. The bottom of it is a picture of the St. John's Bridge and a map of the area. It is really cool. Then Jeremy's other really exciting gift, his DS! Notice the jealousy on Brooklyn's face.
Then she got to open her big gift, a keyboard. She will be taking piano lessons.
Ryan got a train and train table. We woke him up to open presents and he was still groggy until he saw the train table. He then jumped out of my arms and ran over to it to play. Here he is opening one of the parts to the train.After all that we got dressed and headed to the airport to pick up Laura. It was a surprise to the kids that she was coming and they were very excited. When we got home Jeremy wanted to go outside and ride his skateboard so we headed out and it was fun for me to play with my new lens that Benson got me for Christmas. I love it!
Jer on his skateboard. He picked it up pretty fast. Jeremy loves doing tricks. I then explained to him that part of the trick was staying on the board after it landed.
He picked up his mad skateboarding skills from me. See I stayed on the board...
Benson fell off!
The background isn't so great but the man in the picture is!Brooklyn so happy that Laura is here.
A few days later the kids made candy bar trains.
If you look close you will notice that Brooklyn got her ears pierced. She used some Christmas money to get it done. She was very nervous to the point that she was crying a little bit but she still did it. She looks really cute with them pierced.We had a great Christmas. I am sad that it is all over. I am grateful for the memories that I have of this year and the time we got to spend as a family. Being together as a family and celebrating Christ's birth is truly the most important part to me.