Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Vacation Begins

Our Christmas adventure begins! My parents arrived on Wednesday night around midnight so the kids were really excited when they woke up and found a "suprise" in Kolsen's room. Mom and dad spent a few days learning about their new motorhome and then we got to carpool home together. We have been busy visiting relatives and friends and doing activities everyday! We should be tired by the time we get home.

My parent's new motorhome. WOW!

Gingerbread houses, everyone got their own to decorate.

Kassidy (and Shawn) celebrated their birthdays. We didn't get candles on Shawn's cake because we didn't want to call the fire department (just kidding honey!).
Kassidy with her birthday cake face. We gave her a piece of cake and she at EVERY crumb. She loves dessert.

Friends from church. (starting at the Left) Kirk, Phillip and Melissa went to youth group with me and we did many crazy, fun things together in high school. Bonnie and Ed (on my right) were our youth group leaders. Attending youth group each Wednesday night at their house was definitely one of my favorite things in high school.

Hayrack ride in Inam, KS where my brother's family lives. They took us for a ride around their city park to see a live nativity and luminaries.

K-man shooting cans with his gun. He would tell us which can he was going to shoot and then he would hit it. He thought he was hot stuff. We are excited to share with cousins next week when we visit Shawn's parents.

K-baby didn't like Santa at all!

K-sis thought Santa was okay, but only while Nana was sitting on Santa's lap for her. :)

K-man sitting with Santa. Of course he asked for a John Deere.

K-girl thought Santa was okay and she asked for a pink bridle for Blackie (nana's horse).

Another hayrack ride after visiting Santa. This one was in downtown Hutchinson.

Plus, while driving down we stopped in Lincoln at Runza and ate dinner with my Papa Bo and Aunt Sid. We saw my cousin Keith and his family, but forgot to take pictures. The kids also enjoyed jumping on Asher's jump house in his basement and playing Kenny and Staci's new WII they got for Christmas.

and we still have over a week to go. Tomorrow we open presents. Friday, stockings from Santa and aebleskivers for breakfast. Saturday, we drive down to Shawn's parents for another week of fun!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Getting In The Holiday Spirit

I went a little bit picture crazy on this blog entry, but we did so many fun things this week that I had to find a way to include it all.

We have had a busy week! We are trying cram all our Christmas activities in before we leave for our annual Christmas trip to Kansas. Since both of our families live in Kansas, we always travel down there for our Christmas holiday. We love spending time with our families and celebrating Christ's birthday with our loved ones.

We have been busy shopping, wrapping presents and spending time outside doing winter activities when the temperatures get in to the teens.

Our new fake tree. Usually we like to do a real tree, but since our tree will only be up for 3 weeks this year, we decided to go with a fake. Notice the bottom foot is bare, that is because ALL of my kids love the ornaments so they slowly get moved to the top of the tree as they play with them. So far K-baby hasn't unwrapped any of the presents, but her eyes did light up when K-sis had her birthday last week. You could see the wheels turning in her head when K-sis opened presents and you could tell she was thinking, "that was what I'm supposed to do with those boxes."

My Christmas villages. The kids love turning on the lights every time we are in the room.

The kids all in their p.j.s for our trip out to see Christmas lights. They had a great time looking at the lights around town and drinking their hot chocolate. Everytime K-sis would see lights she would shout, "there's some!" She loved every minute. We are really looking forward to seeing lights in Hutchinson with Nana and Papa. The people in Hutchinson go crazy with lights and themes for whole neighborhoods so there will be lots of lights to see.

K-man's second day skating. We went down to the local school, just a few blocks from our house and tried the outdoor skate rink (this location has 2 rinks). K-man had a great time and didn't want to quit when mom got cold.

K-girl loved ice skating too! She even skated without help, but prefered to hold on and push the umbrella stroller while she skated.

We also managed a visit to our town's huge sled hill before we went ice skating. The kids had fun going down the hill on my parent's old tobagon sled. It was quite a hike from the bottom up.

The Hospice House North of our house about 1/2 a mile finally opened up last month. One of the ladies that works there also attends our church. She let us know about different opportunities to volunteer and the kids and I were excited about getting to help out. One of their needs was for people to come in and cook meals for the residents and their families, and since my kids LOVE to help me cook, I knew this would be a perfect opportunity for us to serve in our community together.
Since this was our first time to help out, I decided to try an easy recipe with ingredients that I knew I had at home. We made Tiger Fudge, a recipe I got from my good friend Deb Pierce from when we lived in Columbia, MO. So, on Friday morning I gathered up all of my ingredients and all four of my children and we headed off to make our recipe. The Hospice House had a great kitchen and the kids loved helping to stir the ingredients.

K-baby helping out at the Hospice House (snacking)

K-sis - breaking up the Tiger Fudge

K-girl and K-man helping to break up the fudge. K-man even washed all of the dishes for me.

Sprinkles and frosting with a little bit of cookie! The kids had a great time making cookies with mom. We were hoping to deliver some of these to our new neighbors, but ended up eating them instead.

Bedtime book reading with mom.

This is the cookie that K-sis made for Heather!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

1st day of Ice Skating

Winter has finally hit the Minnesota area. I was beginning to think that winter wouldn't be too bad, but this week we had snow everyday and the high for today was 8 degrees. We are definitely dreaming of spring and summer.

One good thing about living in the North during winter is that there are plenty of winter activities for us to participate in. Today we took the kids ice skating for the first time. We went to Fargo this weekend and picked up 3 pairs of ice skates at Play It Again Sports. We went to the indoor, open skate time at our local arena today. Brrrr! With it being so cold outside we probably shouldn't have even gone outside, but after making it from the van and in to the building it wasn't so bad. Of course I put our camera in the camera bag and then promply left that bag at home. I did remember the diaper bag, my purse and two other bags with skates.

K-man and K-girl LOVED skating and thought it was the best thing ever. They didn't want to leave when the open skating time was up. They had some really nice skate walkers that they used to get started, but then K-man didn't even need that after about 15 minutes. K-sis didn't really enjoy skating since I was also watching K-baby, but after daddy arrived she did enjoy some spins around the rink while sitting in the umbrella stroller. :) K-baby loved this too! I am wondering if my jogging stroller would push around on the ice as nice as my little one person stroller so I could do both girls at once???

It was wonderful (but still cold) in the indoor arena and of course there were only 2 other families there using it during the day. They also happened to be homeschool families that we knew so the kids had a great time playing with their friends.

K-sis in her new shoes, p.j.s and hair bows...notice she is sharing her crown with her horse.

K-man scooping the yard to make a snow fort! The boy LOVES to shovel!

K-baby, snack time!

My new beautiful purse that my mom made me!! I love it!!!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Busy, busy, busy...

My parents came to visit us for the week of Thanksgiving and we had a wonderful time! Since we live so far from our families we are always greatful that they are willing to make the time to travel up and see us. We did lots of different activities, walks, playing at the park, cooking, games, bowling and even camper shopping (for my parents). We had lots of pictures....

K-sis made dirt and worms, yum!

K-girl made pizza bagels

Nana read books

Papa and K-man enjoyed playing cards and drinking hot chocolate.

K-sis, cooking with her shirt ON.

Making turkey cookies with our shirts OFF.

Nana and Papa even got to go to co-op class with us. The kids were excited when Nana got to play with them in PE. Papa was busy helping mama with K-baby.

We switched carseats around a lot this week, so of course K-baby had to try out K-man's booster seat.