Monday, January 26, 2009

It was hard to say goodbye to Marissa. It feels like a part of our family is missing until the next visit when we are together again. I am so thankful we are able to have these bits of time as a family and though the distance is hard, we know we will be together again soon.
Thank God for e-mail, the postal service, phone calls and facebook! Love you Marissa, you bless us in so many ways!

Cooking with with kids

The kids wanted Mac and Cheese with pigs in a blankets. Total comfort food in this house and I was happy to have the kids help.

Family time

Along with fitting in family outings, we also spent time staying cozy at home. We made good food and played Operation, relaxed on the couch and just lounged in our jammies. Phil took Marisa out for dinner and a movie and also showed how to chop wood. I thought I would take some pics of this momentous event, grabbed the camera and ran outside to see these two doing this....

In the middle of winter and loving it!

This winter has been easy on us as far as snow fall. Oh we still have snow but we have received breaks in between which has been great. During these "breaks" we have experienced below freezing temperatures a few times and wow, that is pretty darn cold! But life still moves on and we are stronger for it. This is my mantra, I say it everyday and I'm starting to believe it!

On to the good stuff.

Marissa stopped by for a visit and we were so happy she did! Phil took a few days off and we squeezed in some great family time. We took the kids sledding which is about a 20 minute drive from the house and you can see in these pictures we had fun! Diana was her usual goofy self, Gabe was fearless and screamed "this is totally awesome all the way down. Marissa was cracking up watching these crazy kids and joined in on the fun as well.

We took the kids bowling and played some air hockey as well. I would love to have an air hockey table!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Happy New Year

It's been awhile and I have so much to share with you but little time today so I will leave you with a couple of Kid Quips.

Gabe found 4 pennies, when asked what he was going to do with it "I take Mama to dinners".

I had an early hair appointment so I dropped the kids off with Phil.
The next day I was driving with Diana, she is starting to read more and sounds out most words on signs while I drive.
Diana-"Mom what is a B-A-R?".
Me-"Its called a bar and they sell beer."
Diana- "But a tavern sells beer too". "Is that a bar?"
Me-"Sorta, a tavern is a place where you can eat food and drink beer. "Wait, how do you know what a tavern is?"
Diana- "When Pop was driving me we passed a T-I-M ummm..a tavern."
Me- "Oh you mean Timbers Tavern."
Moments pass
Diana- "So a liquor store is a store where the kids eat licorice and the daddy's get drunk".

Clearly Phil had has own way of explaining things to our daughter.