Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Family Updates

Yeah, it's been a while.  Since Nils has been gone and I'm still unpacking there's less time to keep up with this lovely family blog.  Still, that doesn't mean I can't share a few updates.

Jane is now in kindergarten!  She's lovin' it and probably having more fun than doing any hard core learning.  But hey, that's what kindergarten is for, right?  

First school picture!
And talk about milestones... Jane lost her first tooth!  She did it all herself.  First it wiggled a little, then it wobbled a lot, then voila!
"Look Mom!  My tooth came out!"
She was, indeed, visited by a very generous tooth fairy. 

And that's not all folks... This girl is on a roll.  She's learned to ride a bike without training wheels.  The one upside, I guess, to having packers put all your stuff in boxes is that the training wheels got separated from the bicycles.  Because there were no training wheels when the bikes first arrived and Jane really wanted to ride, she got on Harry's little bike, practiced a little, and then moved on to her own bigger bike.  Talk about easy for Mom and Dad!  Once the training wheels did finally arrive and got unpacked... didn't need 'em.

And Harry?  He started preschool in September. The biggest treat; Daddy got to take him to his first day of preschool!

Okay, smile for the camera.
No, Calvin... I said SMILE.

And.... Harry has fallen in love.  Yes, folks, our little toddler has found true love.
I'll love you forever.
Sadly, we had to play the Capulets and break these two lovers apart.  Let's hope everyone survives the separation.  I have a feeling the kitty will be fine.

September also marked our first visit from Daddy!  We had lots of fun visiting the Aquarium in Salt Lake, going to the water park, playing games, and catching up on much needed Daddy time.  Can't wait for his next visit in November!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Life Moves Forward

Here are a few fun pictures of what we've been up to the last few months!

Jane and Harry ready to help shovel snow.
Winter in Millville!  So beautiful.
Jane and Harry's birthday party.
The Bergesons at the lake.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Christmas Pajamas!!!

This year I finally got out some material I had purchased 2 years ago to make the family Christmas pajamas.  I bought red t-shirts and did the ornament design to make my life easier.  Hooray for Christmas jammies!

Happy Thanksgiving!

We had a nice Thanksgiving this year, celebrating with just us.  Our church group organized a bigger gathering the weekend before.  Leading up to Thanksgiving, I put together a "count down" that hung in our living room (the envelops).  We picked one each day and recognized something we were grateful for and did an activity.  My favorite was reading the book Stone Soup and then making "stone soup" for dinner without the stone.  We learned that live is more fun when we share with others.  We enjoyed doing the "thankful" tree too, using the trees I made for Halloween.  

Happy Thanksgiving!
There are so many things to be grateful for -- we hope to remain thankful year-round! 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween to Ye!

Rather than be too wordy, I'll just share some pictures of our Halloween celebrations!
Pirate fairy Jane and pirate mate Harry!  I enjoyed making these costumes (all except for the white shirt and tights).
Enjoying the party at the embassy!  Everyone did a great job and I especially thank friends (like Shennie and Tina) who helped keep an eye on Jane and Harry while I handed out candy and helped with face painting.   

We hosted a Children's Halloween Party again this year.  Activities included the Spider's Lair (upgraded to the guest room) and a Forbidden Forest filled with flying witches!  I plan on keeping the trees up on the walls throughout the holidays, decorating them for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Waste not!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Family Picture time!

We try to be good about taking the occasional family picture, taking advantage of nice weather and good backgrounds.  Here's what we came up with this year.  Enjoy!

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Witch's Brew!

Last year I started a tradition of having the "witches" leave something behind for the kids to get them excited for Halloween -- a Halloween book, an activity, candy, etc.   Jane tries to see the witches flying around or hopes to catch them when they come to leave the surprise.  So far, I haven't been caught!

For one of the activities (by far the most elaborate), I gave the kids some ingredients to make their own witch's brew.  I used edible, less-frequently-used items from the kitchen and pantry.  At the end I kinda hoped that we could drink it, but as you look through the pictures, you'll see why that didn't work out.
What the witches left behind for the kids to find.
The kids enjoying putting the ingredients together.  It was fun to hear them say, "I need more Vampire Tears!" or "Can you pass the Bone Powder?"
And then, what we all expected... It all just started to get mixed into a big, huge, mess.  Luckily, I was ready and just dumped it all into the sink before it ended up on the floor.   It didn't taste good anyway. 
I was glad I used ingredients I didn't care about so when it came time to throw it all in the sink, I didn't feel bad.  Next time I think I'll plan it out better so we can actually enjoy drinking it in the end. Still, the kids had a great time mixing things up and making a yucky brew!