Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas memories

We got back home today and had an absolutely wonderful time with family and friends. We were there for about a week and it still didn't seem long enough to see everyone and do what we wanted to do! But we made the most of the time we had. I even got some scrapbooking in, which I haven't done for over a year. Now the bug has bitten again. I'm somewhat organized and know what I need to work and want to keep working on it. I love going through pictures and putting them on paper and journaling about what happened. Right now I'm on spring of 2006 so the kids look pretty different! I'm a very sentimental person - I love looking back and remembering great moments.

Here are some of the fun memories from this last Christmas:

Opening presents at Josh's parents house. As you can see, there are kids everywhere! :) 9, to be exact. But they all play really well together so it's a lot of fun. Just keep some motrin handy because of the noise level.

Opening presents at my parents house. It looks like a lot of kids but those are just mine. :)

Playing games at Uncle CR and Aunt Helen's house with cousins. Always a fun time!

Owen was tired today and decided to lay on the kitchen floor while my mom was making lunch. A nice, comfy spot that's not in the way. :) Rachel thought it was a great idea so she joined him.

A not-so-fun memory would be taking Rachel to the ER Sunday night at 11:30. Sunday evening she had been crying and holding her ear so I guessed she had an ear infection. But I thought giving her motrin would get her through the night and we could figure out what to do on Monday. I had given her motrin at 7 and within 20 minutes, she was happy and seemed fine. She went to bed but then around 10:30 woke up crying and in pain. This was not good. I couldn't give her motrin again until 1 and didn't have tylenol to alternate. We sat with her for an hour but she wasn't even content sitting with us and kept crying. So instead of enduring a sleepless night with her in pain, we decided to take her to the ER and lose sleep while getting her some relief. It was a good decision.

They gave her tylenol there and one dose of the antibiotic needed for her ear infection. Then, Monday morning I picked up the prescription and a bottle of children's tylenol and children's motrin. She was not in pain and I was able to scrapbook for the day. Today she has had no pain medication at all and is back to her normal self, which is happy and playful most of the time. I tend to forget that after she has been sick because she is horrible when she is not feeling well.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Love this time of year!

I love so much about this time of year. I almost said everything but then remembered the shopping trip I had yesterday and decided that wouldn't be honest. But I'll focus on the positive. I love the snow when I'm warm inside and can watch it fall. I love the lights and decorations outside. I love the yummy foods and hot drinks. I love the anticipation of Christmas and time spent with family and reflecting on the One who was born. I love the special music and children's performances that always make my eyes tear up, even if my children aren't performing.

This year has been fun because Tori has been in several performances. She is in the children's choir at our church, Abba's Choice, and her ballet class is also in the Christmas recital. Last Sunday was our church's Christmas program and Tori did her ballet special with 3 of her friends who are also in her ballet class. Here are a few pictures from the evening:

Brendan got a little tired during the Christmas program.

And one more picture just for fun - this is from Thanksgiving weekend. No, Owen is not praying. The poor little guy was so tired Saturday night that he fell asleep during supper! He slept for just a couple minutes and then looked up, surprised, and finished eating like nothing had happened.