Wednesday, December 30, 2009
The next morning we listened to Jake get up at 6:30 to use the bathroom, then pause in the hallway before racing into our room to announce that Santa had filled all the stockings and left them in the hall. This was our first Christmas in this house and it was fun to figure out how to do the "reveal." It was also fun, as always, to watch Haley and Jake and their drastically different reactions to their Santa presents. Jake bounces and shouts and races from toy to toy, while Haley freezes with a huge grin on her face while she takes it all in. These kids are so amazing and we feel so blessed to be able to surprise and delight them; Christmas is certainly 100 times more fun with kids!
We spent the entire morning opening gifts (with lots of play-breaks), and the afternoon snacking and playing and reading by the roaring fire as the snow drifts grew outside. The entire town was shut down and we were grateful we hadn't planned any travel, as all the highways and airports were closed. But despite being stranded from friends and far from family, we felt the love from you all and hope that your holiday was just as wonderful!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and a very Happy New Year!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
The kids of course couldn't get enough of "Grandma Ann," and the week flew by all too quickly. It was a much-needed and much-appreciated visit, and the only thing that would have made it better was to have my brothers and sisters out here also...you're all invited next year!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
However, when it came to raising our daughter I felt very strongly that she not be limited to the "helpless heroine" stereotype. I read a study once that said girls today very rarely hear that they are brave, smart or strong. Haley certainly went through a Disney princess phase (as most 3- and 4-year-olds do) but over the years we have encouraged her to be brave and strong and to stick up for herself. I often wondered if it was sinking in.
Then last night we watched "The Wizard of Oz" as a family for the first time. Haley followed the story carefully and was concerned for Dorothy when she was captured by the flying monkeys and locked up in the tower. But a moment later she turned to me and said, "Why doesn't she get up and find a way out of the witch's castle instead of just sitting there and crying?"
Hurray for our brave, smart, and strong little princess!
Sunday, November 01, 2009
He can't help it if he's more darling than fierce.
Haley's costume was purchased, but we made her shoes; they turned out great!
Tic-toc, tic-toc, who's afraid of the big, bad croc?
We were too busy setting up for the Trunk or Treat to get good shots of our Wendy and Pan costumes - but that's probably for the better.
Jake decided to wear last year's dragon costume instead of Hook. They collected an insane amount of candy trick-or-treating in our new neighborhood.