Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

...Christmas love and hugs from our clan to yours!

Monday, December 21, 2009

McKee Tannenbaum 2009

As we typically do, we got our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving.  David couldn't understand why we didn't just take the first tree we had needles and a trunk, and that was good enough for him, so he didn't get why we dragged out the process! :)  But we persevered until we found "the one".

Then we got to the part David was excited about...pulling it on the cart!

Then we went to Starbucks for our annual treat...

...and now the tree is trimmed, the stockings are hung, and we're just waiting (not-so-) patiently for our company to start arriving!


School news

I am delinquent in posting about it, but on December 11th we completed our halfway-day in school!  Due to schedule restraints, we didn't have the chance to have our typical halfway-day celebration, but we did pick up donuts while we were out and about, and the kids were very happy with that. :)

This past Friday, we completed our work and celebrated the commencement of two weeks' of Christmas break by enjoying some hot chocolate and butter cookies.  We're thrilled to be on vacation!!!

By the time we got our work done and started our break, Mindy was all tuckered out from "helping" the kids do their work...she is the official schooltime pencil-attacker, paper-skidder, ankle-biter, and overall (very cute) distraction!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Happy birthday to my mom

Happy birthday, Mom (Grandma)!
We love you!


Friday, December 18, 2009

A four-legged Christmas elf

...who says "meow"!  I'd forgotten the joys of having a kitten helping with Christmas activities!  We continue to thoroughly enjoy Mindy.  She is a very sweet kitten and full of the energy and mischief that any kitten should be.
Here she is helping with Christmas sewing...

...helping with Christmas decorations...

...and she especially loves helping with gift-wrapping!

Brave girl

Abigail recently had to undergo a spine and brain MRI to check for complications stemming from an anomaly in her spine.  We are VERY thankful to report that she is clear -- no complications!

She was super-brave for the whole thing.  It was a very long MRI but she did the whole thing without sedation...the nurses were amazed and I was so pleased.  She has been learning about letting Jesus' love show through her behavior, and at some point after we were done, she asked, "Mommy, did I let my light shine?"  ...oh, my sweet baby girl!

Ice skating debut

Yesterday I took the kids ice skating for their very first time...and they LOVED it!  We stayed for the whole 1 hour and 45 minute public skate and I couldn't believe how much they progressed from first step on the ice to last lap before leaving.  Abigail was very brave about trying it (and what a lot of work it was for her -- talk about physical therapy!) and she even figured out how to glide a little; David worked tenaciously to figure out how to do it on his own...and how to go fast, of course. :)  He fell a LOT -- including some full-body wipeouts -- but he got back up every time and tried again!
 Before we took to the ice

If at first you don't succeed...

He certainly did an amazing amount of 'trying again'!  I was so proud of him.

Abigail wanted to hold my hand the whole time she was on the ice (which was perfectly acceptable), but here she is being brave for a picture.  She was much more comfortable than I had expected her to be and did great!

Abigail was tired out by the end -- we all were, but it was extra-hard work for her due to her CP -- and she asked to spend the last fifteen minutes of the session resting.  I took off her skates, tucked her in under David's extra coat, and she zoned out!

One of the highlights of the trip for them was watching the Zamboni do its thing.

They also got to watch a few minutes of a hockey game happening in the other rink.

Another family and I exchanged picture-taking so we could each have pictures of us with our kids...a nice treat!

So that was our grand ice skating debut.  We enjoyed it so very much that I joined the frequent skater program so that we can go several more times over this next year.  At bedtime last night, the kids were already clamoring for me to set a date for our next skating trip -- so it was definitely a successful activity!

And just for the record, after twelve or so years off the ice, I did pretty well considering. :)  I was not anywhere near as graceful about it as I used to be, but I managed to not fall even once (phew!), and on my solo laps, when the kids wanted to sit and rest a minute, I even re-figured out a few of my simple skills from the olden days.  And also just for the record, yes, I have also re-discovered some muscles that I had forgotten I even had...boy, do I feel old and out of shape!!!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Happy birthday, Krystle

Happy birthday, Krystle!
We love you...

^Jared & Krystle in the Grand Canyon earlier this year

Everyone's in the Christmas spirit

A pile of catnip and a piece of tissue paper puts dignified Molly in a downright jolly mood!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Our version of Christmas elf

David loves mornings.  I love mornings, too, but I love them for their peace and quiet.  David, however, hits the ground with lips flapping and feet running!  This morning he woke up waaaayyy too early and got busy 'mowing' the carpet with the mower he built recently...and even wearing his 'Christmas' hat.  Mindy is interested in the early-morning fun...but note Molly's rather disgusted look (while she is sitting on the heater vent)...

Monday, December 07, 2009

Happy birthday Caleb!

Belated (on the blog) happy birthday, Caleb! (I did remember to call him on his actual birthday, which was December 4th!)
Caleb and his girlfriend Kristen came for a visit in November and so we celebrated his birthday with him a couple of weeks early...


Saturday, December 05, 2009

A magical night

Last night we took the kids to the Nutcracker Ballet for their very first time.  It was wonderful!  It was magical for them...and perhaps even more magical for us just to watch the kids' faces and see it all through their eyes.
Here are our beauties in front of our tree before we left...

...and at the show...


December snow

Today we experienced something we haven't had since we moved south...snow in December!!!  We loved every minute of it!


Friday, December 04, 2009

Laugh for the day

Mindy is determined to catch herself a fish or two...

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Thursday, December 03, 2009

Making a comeback

...when I am this far behind on the blog, it's hard to get going again...but rather than trying to catch it all up in one shot, I will just try to jump back into daily life and catch up on the past month in bits and pieces as time allows.

November was, indeed, an insanely busy month.  December, so far, is crazy, too...not to mention that I am the only healthy one in the household (and I am very thankful to be healthy enough to care for my sick family!).  We have several lovely variations of the current viruses going around...fevers, stomach bug, pink eye, cold/cough, sinus infection...I am tending to runny noses, soothing fevered brows, and washing my hands obsessively!!!  :)

Here are a couple of pictures of my darlings a couple of weeks ago in the huge leaf pile they made with their daddy...

A note to my northern family and friends...see the snow shovel in the bottom left corner of the picture?  This -- and not snow -- is what we use them for here in the South! :)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Who stole November?!

I have been spotty on blogging lately, and probably will continue to be for most of this month due to schedule demands.  I have only one weekday this month that does not have some kind of outside commitment in it...and I'm guarding it valiantly, as befits any near-extinct thing, but I'm not holding my breath! :)

Despite the busyness, there are many good things that have happened and are scheduled to happen during November, and I don't want to lose sight of being thankful each day for each task that the Lord has allowed me.

That said, when I'm this busy, only the highest-priority things get done, and blogging usually falls behind...but when I have a spare minute or two, my faithful sidekick and I will make sure we post something!


Mothering is not for the faint of heart...

...and mothering a boy requires a special measure of grace!!!
I looked out the window the other day to see this...

And this morning I heard David call from the living room, "Mom, come see what I caught!"
He was very excited, so he brought it inside to show me!

I am so thankful -- far-beyond-words thankful -- to be a mom!
...even during those "I-deserve-hazard-pay" moments. :)

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

All in a day's work

After a day of snuggling...

...and figuring out how the computer works...

...we're all tuckered out around here!

Welcome home, Mindy!

Yesterday we were able to bring Mindy home.  So far she is proving to be everything we hoped for in a kitten -- she is very friendly, she loves the kids and seeks them out for attention, she is smart and playful, and it was a very nice bonus that she slept peacefully all night long and didn't keep me awake!

She made it clear right away that she will let us know when she has something to complain about...she complained very loudly the whole way home because she didn't like being cooped up in the carrier...

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She is pretty brave about exploring.  I was relieved that she loved the special home David had spent so much time preparing for her...his face was aglow when she discovered it!

She likes to explore "up, down, and all around" in typical kitten form.

She has very good taste...she discovered the knitting basket, sniffed all of the yarn, and decided to taste Abigail's wool.  In a day or two, she will start learning that "pssssst!" means she needs to find a different activity!

I had forgotten about kitten-proofing the house...anything that dangles is considered fair game for grabbing and biting!

She loves to play with the feathers on a wand that the kids picked out for her.

And this is what Mindy looks like when Molly comes to stare at far they just face off and hiss from afar, but we hope that they'll be good friends soon!

This morning Mindy is happily exploring and helping Bruce with his work, purring charmingly as she sprawls on his papers and walks on his keyboard.

Isn't she cute?!  Who can possibly resist a kitten?!