Archive for November, 2007

Christmas Tree

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Well we put up our Christmas tree last night!  We got it on Monday at a great place here in Wausau.  We cut it down ourself.  Monty picked it out and was so excited that he found the bestest Christmas tree:)  Well Calvie was thrilled by all the ornaments and kept screeching at the top of his lungs everytime I unwrapped a new ornament. 

Monty was a great help and he was very careful and asked if each ornament he put up was his and wanted to hear all about when he got it or whose it was. 

 

Ella showed Ollie all the ornaments she put up and would say, “Ollie isn’t it so beautiful”.  It was lots of fun.

 

By the end we had a full tree that had ornaments all in the same area and a little boy (Calvin) who decided it was easier to just throw the ornaments at the tree! 

Secrets

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

Tonight at the supper table Monty ran over to Ella to tell her a secret and Calvin saw it and as soon as Monty sat down Calvin ran over and pretended to tell Ella a secret.  Ella didn’t know what to do because all Calvin was doing was blowing in Ella’s ear!  It was so sweet.

 

OOPS

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

Oops I forgot to put the pic of little Miss Rylee:)  Isn’t she cute?

Thanksgiving Fun

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

What a wonderful Thanksgiving we had!  We were able to get together with Todd’s (yes its me, Charity writing:) family on Wednesday through Friday.  Aunty Kari and her dogs Nala and Thoven stayed there too, so that was super nice.  We went to Todd’s Aunt house on Thanksgiving and had a wonderful dinner and lots of fun seeing everyone.  It was a special treat because some of Todd’s cousins came and we haven’t seen them for a long time so that was super nice. 

 

 

 Friday we went to my Grandma’s restaurant in Wisconsin Rapids and had another feast and were able to meet Rylee Marie Rose for the first time.  She is my brother Adam’s 2 week old baby.  After lots of fun visiting we went to the Rapids parade and then headed for home. 

 

 

 

 

That night we had excellent news.  My brother Zach is back in the states from Iraq!!!  So happy he is home safe and even more excited to see him at Christmas. 

 

Black Eyes, Happy Faces, Christmas & Happy Basement

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

Ok, this will probably be a long post. I was thinking about some of the stuff that has happened in the past week or so and realized that there is a lot going on.

1st the Black Eye. Calvin seems to be our most injury prone child. He is very tough, nothing seems to bother him, but he is getting hurt all of the time. Last week he was pushing a glider swing in our backyard when he went too far. The end result was a trip to the Walk-in Clinic and this…

He’s doing quite well. It only split open one more time. The doctor said the cut wasn’t deep enough for stitches or anything like that. We were glad. He said if Calvin needed stitches we would have had to gone to the ER because the clinic won’t touch anything that close to the eye. He also told me, trying to get me to watch him more closely I believe, that had it been his eye, we’d be headed to surgery. We were very blessed that it wasn’t anything bigger. It was quite crazy, though. He pushed the glider swing and then tried to walk under it as he let go, not realizing that there is another part that is going to come back down and nail him. His head was pinned between the ground and the bottom of the swing. I actually had to move the swing back and up to get him out of there. Like I said, we were very blessed that he only got the cut on his eye.

Halloween came and went with a bang. I already told you how the kids got tons of candy. I finally decided to download these pictures to my PC, so I figured I’d throw a Halloween picture up. Here are the kids in their Halloween shirts. Not the costumes, but still cute.

It seems Christmas comes earlier and earlier each year. It’s not that we don’t like to celebrate the birth of our Savior, but it seems too commercialized and all about Santa and the toys. Every Monday we hold a Family Home Evening. We make sure that the entire family is together that night and we have some fun together. We usually have a little lesson, a fun activity and snacks. Let’s not forget the songs that we sing either. If someone were listening in on our Family Home Evening I’m sure they’d have a good laugh. Beautiful voices just aren’t one of the gifts we’ve been given. We switch who does what each week. This week Monty had the activity. Mom had a brief lesson about Christmas and how we are celebrating the birth of Jesus. Monty’s activity was to decorate the house with Christmas decorations. The kids had some fun with it. Here’s Calvin wearing the Tree Skirt as a dress…

I’ve been especially happy the last couple of days. Besides continuing to work from home we hired a friend to frame and drywall our basement. As most of you know we are running out of room in our house. 3 kids are in 1 room right now, which makes for a very interesting (read trying) bedtime. Our basement has come a long way. It used to flood every spring. We had that fixed. We had only 1 window down there. We had 2 egress windows installed so we could have legal (and safe!) bedrooms. Our staircase was ugly and facing the wrong direction. We had it flipped.

I was planning to do much of the work in the basement myself with the help of many wonderful people who had offered to help. After talking to this friend we decided to hire him. He does construction for a living. He’s really really good at it. I’m pretty sure we made the right decision now. He’s been here the last 2 days. He’s detailed every aspect of our basement plan in chalk on the basement floor. I did some of that prior, but not to the level of detail he’s doing. Today he put up insulation and began framing the exterior walls. He’s framing the exterior walls with steel studs so he can get it up quickly. The interior walls will be framed with 2×4’s. Here’s one corner of the basement so far. Ella likes the pink walls and doesn’t want us to finish them. She wants her room to be pink.

That’s all for now. Mike (the friend doing the basement) is coming back tomorrow. Then it will be a short week for me with Thanksgiving. So far the plan is to go to Marinette to have Turkey dinner at my Aunt’s house. It will be good to see some relatives that we haven’t seen for a while!

Doing well

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

It’s been a couple of weeks since I posted here. My intention was that Charity would do much of the posting, so those of you who actually read this and are in contact with Charity, tell her to post something!

The family is doing quite well. Oliver is growing quickly. I really don’t have a good excuse for not posting pictures of him, but I’m not going to just yet. Our camera broke shortly after my last post (way back in October!). That could have been a good excuse, but it’s not. A friend of ours let us borrow her camera until ours is fixed.

Halloween was a blast. Our church always has a Trunk or Treating activity close to Halloween. Everyone parks their cars in the church parking lot and opens their trunk. All of the kids (little and big!) run from trunk to trunk grabbing tons of candy. So we get a ton there. Then I took Monty, Ella and Calvin trick or treating around our neighborhood for about 2 hours on Halloween. They got tons of candy. We won’t need any for a while at least.

We had a bit of a scare tonight. It really turned out to be no big deal at all, but it freaked me out because I don’t know anything about this stuff.  It really would have freaked my Mom out!  In April we had a new furnace installed. Tonight I was cleaning up in the basement. While cleaning I smelled some natural gas. It was just by the furnace. I called the guy who installed it to see if we should be worried. He was out working anyway (9:00 on a Sunday night, crazy!), so he said he’d stop by. Turns out there was a small leak. He just needed to tighten something and everything was good again. He said it was too small of a leak to do anything.

So long for now. I’ll try to get more pictures up soon. This week we have a guy coming to frame our basement, so maybe I’ll finally get up some remodeling pictures.