Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thanksgiving Weekend

We had another visit from Papa this weekend.  Yay!  It's my birthday next week, so he met me during my Black Friday shopping and helped me pick out some clothes for my birthday gift.  He stood there patiently waiting while I tried on a bunch of different tops at Ross.  That was a pretty good gift in itself, am I right?  Anyway, we also went to lunch and then he went to our house to surprise the kids.  I ran a couple more errands and came home soon afterwards.  I was grateful that I got almost every deal I wanted on Black Friday.  On Friday afternoon, we decorated Christmas cookies and then went to dinner.  On Saturday, Dad and Michael worked on our clogged toilet.  Gross.  You don't want to know.  Anyway, after they got that done, we ran a couple of errands, went to lunch, went to Bass Pro Shops, and then went to the zoo and rode the Skylift and train.  It was a wonderful weekend!
Papa with our new baby, Maggie
Decorating Christmas cookies!
When Emily and Andrew saw that I had baked the Christmas cookies, they figured out that Papa must be coming, because we always decorate cookies with Papa

A visit with Santa
Nathaniel is just too cool for this anymore

 Fun and games at Bass Pro Shops

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 18, 2012


We did it.  We got a puppy.  Our sweet dog Pupper died four years ago, and the kids (and their Daddy!) have been asking for a dog ever since.  Well, I am finally ready.  Michael and I were on a date Saturday, and we went to the Humane Society's location at the mall.  Michael picked up Maggie and didn't want to put her down.  We took turns holding her and she melted our hearts.  We had planned to get the kids a dog for Christmas, but we decided to go ahead and adopt her now.  The kids were soooo happy and surprised when they met her!  She is getting a lot of attention, to say the least.  She is a German shepard/labrador retriever mix.  

Welcome to the family, Maggie!

Our Fun Week

Andrew woke us up on Saturday morning and told us to come to the kitchen because he had made breakfast.  I thought he meant for the whole family.  Nope.  Just for his Mommy and Daddy.  We had waffles, buttered bread, and a cookie.  Looks like a great breakfast to me!  We even had table decorations.  I love you, Andrew!  Thank you!

On Wednesday, I got to see Emily perform with her school chorus at a retirement home.  They did a wonderful job!  Emily loves to sing.

Here is Jonny with his speech teacher, Ms. Kelly.  He is doing really well, and she is so patient with him.  Can you tell he likes her?  When we get there we sit in the waiting room for a few minutes until she comes to get him.  When he sees her, he walks right up and holds her hand and looks up at her and smiles.  It is so adorable!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Visit with Grandpa and Grandma

We had a wonderful visit with Jim and Carol recently.  They flew in on Friday, Oct. 26 and left on Tuesday the 30th.  On Saturday, we went to get our portraits done, had a late lunch, and came home to watch the football game.  Sunday was relaxing and the kids had fun playing games with Grandma. On Monday evening, we carved our pumpkin.  Well, Michael carved it and the rest of us cheered him on. :-) We're so glad they got to visit!
Emily and Grandpa
Grandpa figured out how to get the recliner to work--with pliers!  We haven't used it in years, and Michael and I were laughing at ourselves because we wish we had thought of that.

Emily, Grandpa, and Jonny

 Nathaniel and Grandma

Daniel, Grandpa, and Jonny

Grandma and Jonny

Grandma and Andrew

Grandma and Emily