Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas 2008

We had a wonderful Christmas yesterday! Today I feel like I am in a Christmas coma. Ha! We are so worn out and we have another Christmas this evening.

Daddy had to work on Christmas Eve so Peanut and I spent the day getting ready for Christmas. We cleaned the house, made all sorts of yummy foods, and finished up wrapping presents. We had a fun day together. Peanut had first experience making cut out cookies too. She was a great helper!
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Before going to bed she got to open one present which was a very cute new pair of pjs to wear to bed. We also left Santa a plate of our homemade cookies for his special late night visit.
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Note from Daddy: My favorite moment on Christmas day was watching Cora discover that Santa had eaten her cookies, leaving crumbs on the tiny dish. You could see her process this, and when I asked "Who do you think ate the cookies?", she said "Santa ate them... Santa ate them." She handed me the dish and immediately noticed there were new gifts under the tree. I caught all this on our new Sony Handycam:

Christmas morning Peanut didn't wake up until 9:40! That won't be happening in a few years. Dobbie, Papa, and Gigi all arrived at 10 a.m. We had yummy cinnamon rolls and coffee and the opening began. Peanut had a ball opening her presents. She wanted each new thing opened so she could inspect it before moving on to the next present. She got so many fun things! Thank you so much Dobbie, Papa, and Gigi. It was so fun for all of us to watch her this year. We would have all been content with just her opening things but we each got to enjoy our own presents. She got the cutest wooden mixer set and dozen egg set. As soon as she opened the eggs, she took one to the mixer, pretended to crack it open, and dump it in the mixing bowl. So funny!

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She also got her very own Bitty Baby American Girl doll. She immediately fell in love and said, "Baby!" when she opened it. She gave it a precious welcome home kiss!
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I made her a couple of handmade gifts for Christmas this year. One was a little owl bag that I think will hold her new baby's belongings. I also made her a patchwork quilt out of Mimi's nightgowns so that each night when she goes to bed she can be snuggled under Mimi's love and warmth, something the rest of us still here can do each day with hugs and kisses. She took it to bed with her last night and to her nap today.

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After we finished with the gifts, our living room looked as if a tornado had hit!
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Of course we had a wonderful Christmas lunch together when all the present opening was finished. It was so fun to pull out my nice plates, silverware and crystal glassses.
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Papa had to work last night, so he headed home in afternoon to squeeze in a nap before heading out. The rest of us enjoyed pie and watching Peanut play with her new things. She was pretty exhausted by all of the festivities at the end of the night.

We were thankful to be with family on this Christmas Day and enjoy seeing Christmas through the eyes of a child. What joy, excitement, and innocence she brought to our holiday!

We hope that each of you had a blessed Christmas wherever you are.
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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Baby It's Cold Outside....

Christmas Angel
It is a bitterly cold day here in our little area of the world. We are having subzero temperatures...wind chill has even been at -25 degrees! Can we say Brrrr? I am very thankful for electricity and our wonderful little gas insert that my father-in-law inserted into our fireplace. It runs on gas so if we lose electric we are fine! There are MANY people in our area who have no electric today. Gigi was out for 12 hours. We are also under a wind advisory as the wind is blowing and howling. We are also expected to get snow tonight. To top this all off, we were hit with a major ice storm on Friday. There is a thick layer of ice on everything right now. It is really pretty on the trees, but not so good with the way the wind is snapping the limbs.
California Sunshine
Yesterday Peanut and I got to spend the afternoon with my good friend who lives in California. We always look forward to seeing each other. She was a good friend from my youth group years and we have remained friends as the years have flown by. She is such a sweetie.
California Sunshine
In a previous blog I told you that we had gotten an ornament to remember the baby by. I wanted to share a picture of it with you.
Kept Forever in the Heart
On the back it says, "Kept forever in the heart."

We also have been getting an ornament for Peanut every year. This year I picked an angel ballerina ornament because she is our sweet angel who just love to dance!
Christmas Angel
If you would like to see some of the things that I have been making for the holidays, be sure to visit Along the Daisy Path.
Christmas Angel

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Getting Ready for Christmas

Last weekend was very busy for Peanut and I. Friday night we spent the evening with Dobbie who encouraged me to finally start working on the bag that I want to make for Peanut for Christmas. It is almost all cut out. I hope to finish it tomorrow because you know, Christmas is in like 7 days! Wow!
Quizzing Quizzing
On Saturday Peanut and I headed to see our friends. Their daughter was in a big quizzing match for their church. We got to see her quiz twice and she quizzed out both times. We were so proud of her. Peanut cheered her on too!
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Afterwards her quiz team headed to Chuck E. Cheese to celebrate. We got to go too. This was Peanut's first time and possibly last time to go. Ha! It was noon on a Saturday afternoon. I think every kid and their families were there right then. Peanut had a good time, though. She loved all the rides.
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That evening we went to Friend's church to see her church's Christmas Cantata which she sung in. It was spectacular. Peanut loved listening to the singing and orchestra and watching the ballerinas that were in it and the actors. Her favorite thing was the baby that got to be baby Jesus.
On Sunday night Gigi invited us to come to his church to see their Christmas musical. Gigi has started going to a small country church in the area and really likes it. He knew quite a few of the people that attend there and has gotten really involved. I am thankful that he has found a great group of friends there. He had quite a good time showing off Peanut to eveyrone and of course, they already knew all about her. :)
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We finally got some snow this week! We had been getting rain instead of snow. Peanut was terribly excited about getting out to play in it so we headed to Gigi's. She went sledding and just played. She had alot of fun.
Snow Day Snow Day
I have been busy making Christmas goodies this week for gifts. Peanut and Daddy had fun sampling the yummies. Peanut liked testing the hot chocolate that I made.
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Peanut also got to talk to her cousin from Ohio who is just a few months older than her. Dobbie and I got such a kick out of their little conversation. Peanut was sure to tell her that she loved her!
Phone Call
I hope to be back before Christmas but if I am not, I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed Christmas.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Weekdays with Daddy

DSCF8678Since I work weekends I'm able to watch Peanut twice a week while Mommy teaches preschool. Our mornings usually start with Peanut calling for me (well, she actually wants her mom when she wakes up) in the morning.

Picking out the stuffed animals and babies to bring downstairs with us is always a difficult decision for Peanut to make, so I usually end up with an arm full of every stuffed animal in Peanut's room while she carries her favorite baby.

Her first requests in the morning are for apple juice and gum. We have a conversation about needing to eat first before we chew gum. By the time I return from the kitchen with her apple juice, Penaut has selected a DVD to watch, and she's quick to ask "Watch Elmo?" (Audrey Hepburn movies are also a favorite). So I cue a video and return to the kitchen to prepare breakfast (and coffee)... which typically consists of scrambled eggs, sliced cheese, grapes, and a few bites of whatever daddy is eating.

When the video is finished Peanut breaks out her toys, tends to her babies, plays hide and seek and stacks wooden blocks. During the summer we'll travel to the park that is conveniently two blocks from our house.

DSCF8681There are train tracks within view of our kitchen window. We no longer notice the sounds of the train, but Peanut hears it every time. She gets a surprised look on her face and wants me to rush her into the kitchen so we can peer out the window. If we hurry we're able to count the cars as the train rumbles by. Peanut waves her arm and points her finger at each one as we count (we counted to 123 the other day).

Peanut loves to help daddy wash the dishes. She's perfectly happy playing at the sink with a small stream of water and a sink full of bubbles. Some days this will occupy her for an hour.

After we eat lunch we have about 30 minutes of play time before Peanut lays down for a nap. If I tell her in advance that nap time is coming soon then she'll often ask to be laid down. Her routine for naps involves selecting a baby to scurry upstairs with. She asks me to sing a song (Silent Night is her current favorite) and say a short prayer. Peanut lays down without a fuss, making sure her favorite stuffed animals are with her.

There are my favorite days of the week, and it won't be long before we add another child to our routines!


Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Pictures

Following are some pics that I wanted to wait to show you.  They are the pics I used in our Christmas cards this year.  The cards are all in the mailbox uptown, waiting to be mailed, so I think it is ok to show the pictures now.  The pictures of Peanut by herself are ones that I took this fall of her at our local park.   The family picture was taken at our county's historical museum as a fundraiser.  Hope you enjoy!

Friday, December 12, 2008

We're Still Here...

I am so sorry that I haven't blogged much lately.  Life has just been busy, busy, busy.  I don't even have any pics to put up.  I am a bad blogger mom!  

I just can not believe that Christmas is so close.  Where did fall go?  We do have our Christmas tree up and decorations up.  I am so thankful I did it when I did it, because I don't think it would have gotten done otherwise.  I will get some pics taken of our tree and such to show you.  I know you are all just dying to see our decorations.  I do love Christmas so much.  I love Christmas lights, Christmas music, Christmas movies, Christmas books...I love it all.

I do have to be honest and admit that this Christmas has seemed very overwhelming to me.  My emotions are in full swing this year.  I had a close friend ask if I thought it was due to being pregnant and with all that has happened.  I don't know.  I do feel very fragile these days. 

Last Sunday Hospice had a Holiday Service of Remembrance for those who passed away this past year under their care.  My dad, Peanut and I went.  I think it just brought a lot up to the surface again.  It was a very nice service but made my emotions very raw.  

An excerpt from the parable "Freddy the Leaf" by Leo Buscaglia was read.  It is a simple story about a leaf learning about death and life.  After Freddy has fallen from the tree and joined the earth, the parable ends with this line that hit me in the heart, "Most of all, there asleep in the tree and ground, were plans for new leaves in the Spring."  Our fall was filled with the bitterness of death but the spring will be filled with new life as we welcome a new member to our family.  God knew that we would need this new life.  He knew that this would be the perfect time for us to have another child join our family.

As the service progressed we listened to the song "To Where You Are" by Josh Groban.  If you have not heard it,  you should listen to it.  

"Fly me up to where you are,
Beyond the distant star.
I wish upon tonight,
To see you smile.
If only for awhile,
To know you're there,
A breath away not far,
To where you are."

Then during a prayer led by a Hospice Spiritual Care Counselor, a part of the prayer hit me between the eyes.  
"We remember our children who have gone before us, and grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  We remember both those who lived within the womb and those who danced upon the earth."
I was so overwhelmed with emotion over the child that we lost and began to realize that we should have a beautiful 6 month old child with us this Christmas.  I know that the reasons why both my mom and our child were called to Heaven at the times that they were are beyond my understanding and I trust that God is in control.  It is still difficult.  

Christmas just seems to be bittersweet this year.  Mom and baby are together, there is a child who is healthy growing within me, and we have a gorgeous, little girl who is so full of life.  It will be ok, I know that...but there will be moments so full of emotion for me, I am sure.  

This past Wednesday, Hubby and I went on our first date since before Peanut was born and she is 2 1/2!  How did that happen?  Ooops!  We went out for lunch at Panera Bread, saw a very powerful and incredible movie..."The Boy in the Striped Pajamas," and hit Starbucks before heading back.  I also asked that we venture into Hallmark and look for an ornament to have in honor of our baby and Mom.  We found two perfect ones and came home with a Willow Tree ornament.  I will get a picture up soon of what we picked.  I don't want to each Christmas, we will have that as a remembrance of the special lives that were with for a moment and one for quite a while.  

The other ornament that we really liked had this beautiful sentiment on it, "Every life leaves something beautiful behind."  It was a hard choice but I am happy with what we picked out.  

This is where I am right now.  I have much to do to get caught up and ready for Christmas.  I will be spending the next few weeks doing this and remembering.  

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008

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I am sitting here listening to the new Rosie Thomas Christmas cd. That will make hubby very excited. I should be busy decorating for Christmas but I think I'm going to work on that tomorrow. We're supposed to get snow and I need snow to decorate. Ha! Peanut and I just watched the first half of The Polar Express together and she was completely mesmerized by it. It was so fun to watch her expressions and hear her oooohs and aaaahs during the movie. We'll watch the rest after naptime. It is so fun to see Christmas through her eyes this year. She is so taken with the holiday decorations going up and the Christmas music. I hope the next few weeks go nice and slow so we can just enjoy our holiday together as a family.
We had a really good Thanksgiving. Dobbie and Papa invited us and Gigi to come over for dinner. Daddy's sister and her family were going to come but their plans changed. Then we decided to invite some of the boys from the group home that Daddy works at to come. That also fell through due to some bad behavior on their part. So it was just Dobbie, Papa, Daddy, Peanut, Gigi and I and ALOT of food! It was a wonderful day mixed with a feeling of missing Mimi. I knew the holidays would do that. Even Peanut asked about her and then quickly added, "Mimi with Desus (Jesus)." She will not be forgotten!

We helped Dobbie on Wednesday evening make some of the yummy food for Thursday so she wouldn't have so much to do before the meal. Peanut had a ball helping. Watch out Rachael Ray!
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Cooking Cooking
She was very excited to have her Grandpas, Grandma, Daddy and Mommy all together on Thanksgiving.

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As you can see there was lots of wonderful food. We are so blessed!
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We all are very thankful for family! They mean so much to us, those near and those far! We love you all and hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving.

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Happy Thanksgiving
And I just now realized, there is no picture of Mommy and Peanut together. Isn't that how it always goes? Well, I was there too, feeling very pregnant by the way! We are so thankful for a smooth sailing pregnancy thus far. The baby is VERY active. It has found my bladder to be a good punching bag already. I love, love, love feeling all the movements. There is NOTHING in the world like it. We are at 21 weeks now, just over halfway!

Well, I'm off to drink some hot chocolate, watch a good chick flick, and get my Christmas cards finished. I will post the pics that we are including in our cards soon. Wanted to get them mailed out before I put up that up. :)

Love you all!