Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas 09

Some of our family traditions - some typical, some not!

Robert and the boys go out and cut down a tree. Robert brings up the supplies and rearranges the furniture, then puts the lights on. The kids and I do most of the decorating.

Oma makes a gingerbread house for the kids to decorate and of course, eat. She knows everyone's favorite candies to include.

This is the time of year we break out the jigsaw puzzles and do at least 2 or 3 over the holiday. The kids look naked, but aren't...they just recently decided sleeping shirtless was a good idea until they realized how much warmer shirts can be!

Kids with Aunt Elisabeth's in front of the tree they decorated at Oma's.

The funny thing is that on Christmas Eve they spent a good bit of time playing with this cardboard box. Typical kids!!

Christmas morning started bright and early, especially considering the boys weren't asleep until close to 11. We heard them checking downstairs frequently and reporting back to one another. iTouches were the big gift to each this year, along with books, Wii games, puzzles, LEGOs, and games. Spencer got a camera to take on his trip. Robert got his usual Soduku daily calendar, allen wrenches, polar fleece, etc. Cortney's biggie was a wetsuit for the next triathlon season.

After the presents were unwrapped, everyone found a comfy spot to settle in for the day! Merry Christmas 2009!!

Blizzard of 09

A big snowstorm was anticipated to hit during the day of the kids' last of school before winter break. As a result, school was canceled and they missed out on an all-school bowling trip (done in pajamas) plus an afternoon of movies, parties, and gingerbread house making. The snow started in earnest around 3:30 that day and we ended up with about 16" of beautiful snow. We were housebound for a day and a half, and it was a full three days before I got the van out again. It was a fun event and I'm convinced the blood-alcohol level of the whole town was at an all-time high that Friday night since no one could go anywhere, the semester was finally over, and frankly I think we were all just happy to be home, at least for a while, till cabin fever set in!

The pure, unadulterated snowfall!

Snowmen - they were adorned and dressed, but I removed that before they melted all the way!

These pictures show why the minivan was left at home for several days. Each time we ventured up or down the famed Harding Rd (in the 4wd truck) with its hairpin turns, there was a new set of auto casualties. With a ditch and rock wall on one side, and guardrail and cliff on the other, there is little margin for error. The wrecked cars added to the problem by squeezing traffic down to one lane in parts.

Grant's Karate Strip Test

Grant earned his first stripe on his purple belts are green, blue, brown, then black. It'll keep him busy for a while, because some of those belts you have to have for 6 or 12 months. He's focused and committed!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Grant...Future Teacher?

This just in from Grant's teacher:
Thought you would enjoy this Grant story...this afternoon during math Grant came to me and said that he thought the group activity was too chaotic. :) He then made the suggestion to have me do the activity on the board with the whole group. (good idea!) So I smiled and asked if HE would be the teacher and run the activity with the class. At first Grant thought that I was kidding (like I tease!). So he went up front as I informed the class that we had a new teacher named Mr. Martin. Grant, er...I mean Mr. Martin did an excellent job of facilitating the group activity. I called Mrs. Marshall on the phone to come watch it was so cute.

Saturday, December 19, 2009