Wednesday, December 24, 2008
While Mom and Dad Christmas shopped, Baylee came over for the day to entertain Jack and Sam. Together, Jack and Baylee constructed this house from panels of gingerbread, tubs of frosting, and packages of candy. With a little help from Uncle Chad, our sweet, little carpenters built this house from the plate up. Didn't they do a great job?
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Soon after Sam was born, my mom came to visit. We were shopping for a double stroller when she asked me if she could buy a gift for Sam. We saw these beautiful painted canvas monogram sets at a little baby boutique, and I told her that would be a great gift. We were able to have them custom-made with his initials and the colors of his room. They didn't arrive until after she had gone, but they really look great above his crib. In fact, we've come to realize that Sam appreciates them the most. Check out his maniacal behavior and laughter at the mere sight of these wall hangings. This happens EVERY time he catches sight of them.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
We hosted Thanksgiving dinner for Rick's parents and Rick's sister and her family (including her in-laws). We ended up serving dinner for ten; fortunately, they all brought food and helped clean up! We have a couple of Thanksgiving traditions. The first is our tablecloth. Every year, everyone who sits at our table writes down what he or she is thankful for on the tablecloth in permanent marker. We have done this for three consecutive years now, and it is a lot of fun reading about how God has blessed us in the past and then adding our new thoughts. The second tradition is decorating Christmas cookies! Jack really enjoyed decorating (and eating) the cookies. Even Sam enjoyed some frosting after a quick grab yielded sweet success when I wasn't paying attention (top picture). Once they are all frosted and sprinkled, each family takes home a plateful. For me, these traditions make it feel like Thanksgiving--even if some of the people I love aren't there each and every year.
My baby brother got married! Randy and Stacey tied the knot on November 22nd, and we felt so blessed to witness their marriage ceremony. Rick and I were able to leave the kids at home with help from friends, neighbors, and family (thank you, all!). On Friday, we enjoyed the rehearsal dinner (maybe a little too much, as evidenced by the bottom photo) and reuniting with family.