Friday, December 21, 2007
Another evolving family tradition is that each child gets to have a sleepover during school breaks. Many parents think that we are nuts to invite kids over 4 at a time but when you already have 4 kiddos at home, 4 more don't seem like too big of a deal. Plus, I'd rather get it all over with in one crazy night than stretch it out for 4...
A and T are really good about including their younger brothers in their activities. I'm really proud of them for that. One day soon, we'll be having their friends over, too. Eek!
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
- Christmas Cards are DONE!!!
- Christmas shopping is DONE!!!
- Took a ride on The Polar Express with the kids and close buddies this past weekend.
- Had 13 houseguests (Jenn's Family) for 5 days for Thanksgiving and it was a blast!
- Had 5 houseguests (Matt's Family) for 4 days just prior to that.
- "Snow" in Tucson and I was wearing flip flops, of course.
- Jackson graduated and had a birthday.
- Halloween-Two Spidermen, a girl in a bathtub, and a skeleton-type thing.
- Carving pumpkins with power tools-gotta love that husband of mine...
- Sorry excuse for a trip to the pumpkin patch
- Busy with work-mostly post placement services and adoption finalizations, which I love.
Stay tuned for pictures.
***Why is it that I can see the bullets when I'm typing up the post, but they don't show on my blog? What am I doing wrong??
Monday, November 26, 2007
After dinner, the kids (and adults!) changed into our pjs and headed over to the train depot to meet Mrs. Claus. We were lucky enough to have Xander's best church and preschool buddy, Evan and his mom join us on our trip. Xander felt pretty special to be the one with a friend along for an event!
How cute is this picture? They are on the lookout for the north pole.
Xander meeting the conductor.The boys' side of the train.
Once we reached the north pole, Santa boarded the train and gave each child a bell.
Needless to say, the kids slept quite well that night and the little boys played with toy trains for the duration of the 4 1/2 hr. drive home. the next morning. So glad that you could join us S and E!
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Janine had feeding a giraffe on her 'things to do before I die' list so on Thanksgiving Day, we all headed out to the zoo to make her dream a reality. Here's the proof:
And here she is with the rest of her family.
Aunt Nini and Uncle Brice
The Sisters Clowning Around
Grandma Johnson loves to bowl so that's what we did on the day after Thanksgiving. Here's almost all of us. (Faith and Rebecca were MIA and Matt was behind the camera)
We had a great time with everyone. We went shopping several times and went out to dinner, played card games, etc. It was fun just to visit and spend time with one another. We are blessed to have such a wonderful family. As you can see below, Matt was a little emotional when it was time for James to leave and wanted to make sure that he gave him a proper send-off. (Actually, he was just being a great BIL and trying to crack his back.)
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
If it helps, I am rolling my eyes at myself as I type this-can't believe that I am blogging about my dog. I guess I have become one of 'those people.' ;o) ...just wait till you see the family Christmas letter.
So, Jackson passed his 8 week dog obedience class. He has come a long way but whoever told us that he would calm down by the time he reached one year old was full of you-know-what. We have already signed him up for the next class and have our sights set on his second year!
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Daddy's boy Audrey made a new pal, Ava, and they were inseparable for the four days of the trip.
The Whole Brood on the beach.
Some observations from this trip were how nice it was to travel without a baby-although we would gladly have it the other way, and how nice it was to see the kids play with each other when they didn't have tv/video games, etc. to distract them. Here's a rare shot of A and T proving that they can in fact get along...
After almost eight hours in the car (4+ in line to cross the border) we made it home last night safe and sound. The kids are already asking to go back!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
It was scary, but we let the dog off the leash in public for the first time so he could fetch a stick from the water. He loves to swim! And yes, he is now also a canoeing enthusiast but no matter how nicely we asked, he refused to help paddle.