Wednesday, August 23, 2023

It's been a while...

 So it's been a couple years! We had this thing called Covid happen and I apparently stopped blogging. Actually, life got really amazing, and then extremely hard. Now it's been so long that I just haven't even thought of adding to this blog. But the threat of it being removed because I've been inactive for so long is the reason for the post. I use this as our digital scrapbook. Our memories. And I'd forget all the little things if I didn't keep it up.

Sunday, November 8, 2020

December 2019!

December 2 - Christmas Tree Hunt at the Family Farm
December 3 - Christmas decorations and stories
December 5 - Berg's turn to put the star on the tree
December 6 - Co-op Christmas party and Eben's Choir Concert
December 7 - Christmas Brunch and Lego Competition
December 10 -  Christmas cookies and making nativities
December 15 - Christmas Pageant at LC3
December 20 - See Dada's Christmas decorations at work and bring them cookies
December 21 - Star Wars movie, Youth Group Christmas Party, making the gingerbread
December 22 - White Christmas Sushi party with the Norquists and Miss Lissette's birthday
December 23 - Gingerbread Party with the Schocks, Holmes and Poplins
December 24 - New Christmas Eve plan - the Jingle Bell 5K Run at Wright Park with the Nobles and Norquists
Mama and Dada won the costume prize - an apple pie
then out to Legendary Donuts
Christmas Eve service
Home for Advent - one advent for each kid: lighting the advent candle, the calendar, the love jar, lighting the tree, special drink, reading the scripture, peppermint wreath, candy box, and pick a stocking.
then we open our Christmas jammies and watch a Christmas movie while Dada works on smoking his brisket (which ended up taking all night - he didn't sleep!)

December 25 - Christmas Day!! We sing, "Happy Birthday" to Jesus and blow out the candles on his cinnamon roll birthday cake, read Luke 2, open stockings, have breakfast and open presents while Mimi, Grandma and Grandpa, and Anny are there, then the rest of the mama family comes over and we do our scavenger hunt (a ski vacation!), play games, open more presents, play with toys and feast.

December 27-28 - At Whidbey Island with Dada's family we go on walks, have puzzle competitions, play games, watch TV and Miss Toni and Paul come to give them their massage presents.
December 30 - Rhein Haus with the Adams
December 31 - New Year's Eve Polar Bear Party
Opal made polar bear cookies, Eben, Kivi, Jasper, Berg and Pella polar beared
10:00 Crew                              Midnight Crew

Thursday, November 5, 2020

November 2019!

Nov. 1 - Lakes Cross Country Dinner

Nov. 2 - Kivi's Cross Country Meet - the girls and boys made it to State!
Nov. 4 - Mama's 44th Puzzle Race Birthday Party

Nov. 7  - Pella's 8th Birthday at Great Wolf Lodge with Berg and Mama and Dada
Dada bought Pella this amazing pass that let her do everything - high ropes course, mining maze, glow golf, candy feast, the water park and Magi quest.
Pella, you are our family's darling! We love you and how you are helpful and encouraging, smart and funny you are. As our little performer, singer and dancer/tomboy, you are friendly to everyone and have tons of friends. You have your own little fashion and love to talk. You are daring and love to have fun usually doing some sort of outdoor activity. You are a great reader and ahead in math. You and Berg are great friends and you love dollhouse with your sisters. You hate to have your hair brushed or put on shoes. You love Jesus and are great at memorizing verses. We are excited to see how God uses all these gifts for his glory in your life! Happy 9th Birthday, Little Chuggy!

Nov. 9 - Kivi's XC State race
Nov. 11 Outing with Mimi to see the big slides in Ruston

Nov. 12 - Tuff earns mud pie by finishing a phonics box!

Nov. 13 - super low lake tide

Nov. 14 - Kivi's XC banquet She got the Most Motivtional award!

Nov. 16 - Tuff's Rhino Rootbeer 5th Birthday Party!
We had a rootbeer tasting contest, a rhino riding competition, rhino scavenger hunt and cookie decorating.
Only our Tuff could come up with this great theme! Everything you do is big, over the top, and done with grand bravado. You are excited about life, learning and fun. You are our mega performer, are friends with lots of people older than you, adults included and you are not shy to talk to anyone in the most confident way. You keep our family on our toes and are helping us not get stuck in a rut with discipline. You are a great big brother to Coal and Swiggy and they look up to you in everything! You three do everything together and you are a good leader - usually. You are very strong and have many opinions and we pray that you will use your strengths to further God's kingdom and spread His love to many! We love you so much, Tuff! Happy 5th Birthday!

Nov. 21 - Swiggy paints with cars and busts open his head.

Nov 23 - Family Birthday celebration for our November babies!
Nov. 27-28 - Thanksgiving trip to Ocean Shores
Beach walks, trips to the movie theater with Mama and then Dada, girl's made a quilt, D and J paddle boarded, switch games, puzzles, a chocolate taste test, fun Trader Joe's snacks and Thanksgiving meal.