Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Just some Pictures

Lately, I have not had any words or inspiration to write.  But I do have hope that this continual nausea will pass one day and I will not feel like I am dying a slow painful death.  Funny how a little growing baby can cause life altering effects!  I guess I find joy in watching Ethan play and grow... lately all he has wanted to do is play outside in the snow, and we have LOTS of it!  Happy New Year to all of you!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to you all!  We had a very Merry Christmas!!!  It was a beautiful day and so fun to watch Ethan enjoy his FIRST present... after that he was not too interested in his presents... and just look at the picture of the Christmas tree... all those presents were for Ethan.  We had to prod and encourage him to

 tear open the pretty boxes.  We figured we should have just let him open one and then leave the rest for next year, but we endured and around 7:00 pm we finally opened the last present!!  We are so thankful for the time we could spend together playing with new puzzles, stuffed animals and books!  It was great.  (We even took a mid day break and went outside to play in the snow for a couple hours).  Micah's mom, Rose is here with us for a few days and so Ethan has been really enjoying playing with his "Nana".  

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas day too... we are so thankful that God sent His Son so many years ago.  What a perfect gift... much better than toys or other things that were wrapped under the tree!

Monday, December 22, 2008

My Visit to the Big Apple

I have always dreamed of going to NY city... and why not?  All the romantic movies have scenes in the city and it just seems to be so alive and fun.  Well since I am on the east coast visiting a friend - we decided to make the short trip up to the BIG CITY.  I had no idea!!!!  We walked 100s of miles (or so it seemed) and barely saw the city!  I guess I have always had a romantic view of the city - so it was different than I imagined, but still very fun.  Micah was glad that I got to experience one of those "I want to to before I die" kind of things without him.  I think he has always dreamed of making it through life without having to go to NY city... I still wished he could be there.  It was noisy, busy and crowded (but like I said... I enjoyed the experience!!!).
Here are the major highlights:

Here we are - two pregnant ladies with our tea and hot chocolate in Time Square.

Central Park... or at least a tiny corner of that massive park... it was hard to walk around in because of all the snow and ice... I wish we could have seen more.

Rockefeller Center and the big Christmas (Holiday) tree.  This place really surprised me.  I expected it to be open, but it is just shoved between all the giant buildings around it!

(in the picture: Aybars and Kelly)
After walking hundreds of blocks (we were going to get a metro pass, but couldn't find where to buy one... and also we left the map of the metro system at home.... so it never happened), we stopped at John's Pizza to fill our hungry bellies and to rest our throbbing feet.  I just had to have pizza in NY city... so I was not disappointed it was the best pizza I had eaten in a while!  On the way back to the train we walked through Macy's .... IT IS HUGE!  Then we ran to catch our train and then just collapsed and sat quietly all the way back home.  I would have loved to see ground zero, the statue of liberty, and more of Central park - but overall it was a wonderful trip and I enjoyed that first visit... maybe I can convince Micah to come back with me.... hum... on second thought... maybe not!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

East Coast Wedding

I have been absent from blogging for a while. I am on the east coast helping Krystal (a former student from the class of 05) with her wedding. It has been a fun/extremely busy trip. Today I am visiting with a dear college friend and we are headed to NY city... I am sure I will share pictures. It is a fun birthday present for me.... Ethan and Micah are ruffing it at home without me... and I SURE MISS THEM!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Christmas Cookie Tradition... Past Down

Yesterday and today.... the oven has been busy... it is Christmas cookie baking time.  I love Christmas cookie baking.  I think I inherited it from my Grandma and Aunt... who every year would get together and bake trays of beautiful cookies.  I remember as a kid looking at those trays in awe!  How did they make so many different kinds and how did they get them to look so beautiful?  Since that time I guess I dreamed of the day when I could give beautiful trays of cookies away.  Every year I venture out and make one new Christmas treat... just for fun.  This year I chose a Peppermint Melt-a-way...  I wish I could tell you how it tasted, but since the little baby is not really into food lately - I could only smell the pepperminty treats!  While I have been baking Ethan has been right beside me (although I had to admit the second he was down for a nap I zapped into action and got AS MUCH DONE AS POSSIBLE without his help)... when he was not right beside he has been redecorating the tree.  He figures that "climbing" the tree is the best way to re-arrange the ornaments... how I have to watch that little guy! 

*** A little action based story... this morning our power went off early... at 6:00 the house was freezing cold!  In fact I felt like the fridge was warmer than our house.  We lit candles and build large fires in the upstairs and downstairs fireplaces.  I really thought that I wasn't going to be able to finish all of my cookies, but thankfully the power came back on at 9:00... I immediately turned on the oven..... hoping for extra heat in the house.  Not sure why is was so cold... it is only -17 degrees right now???

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas Wreath.....

While Ethan played outside (something he would do all day if he could)... I gathered branches to make a wreath.  I figured I could work on my Christmas decorations and stay warm in the 32 degree weather.  I took a picture of the finished work, but it hardly does it justice.  This wreath is huge (probably 3 ft by 3 ft...) and in the picture it looks slightly odd (truly it looks round to me... maybe it is because I took the picture at an angle), but on the fireplace I think it looks magical.  I just love getting ready for Christmas.  Tonight we are decorating the tree.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Our Christmas Tree

Today we hiked up our mountain and found a Christmas tree.    It took a lot of looking and some debate, but finally we both agreed on "the" tree.  I think mainly because Ethan was getting heavy and we had a pizza cooking in the oven that we knew we needed to get back home for!  It was fun to be able to be together as a family and to enjoy this brief moment in the day. Ethan had so much fun playing in the snow - he found that his snowsuit is slippery so if he laid down on a hill he could slide down... it was hilarious!  When he saw dad climbing through the branches of the tree to cut it down - he found a small "tree" (aka bush) and climbed up onto it.  He is so entertaining... such a boy!
Well, it is beginning to look more and more like Christmas around our home and that is a good thing!  Sometime this week we will dig out the ornaments and lights and decorate the tree, but for now we are enjoying it natural - it is beautiful!  

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Winter Clothes

I love hand-me-downs!!!!  I love friends who send them to me!!!  Thank you Jessica and Stephanie for the boxes of winter clothes!  Ethan is set for winter weather!  And boy does he like to play in the snow.... I am thinking I might go look for a snowsuit for me so I don't freeze while playing with him.  Again, thanks so much... I so appreciate both of your thoughtfulness!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Thanksgiving in Reno...

Finally, I am sitting down to tell about our trip West.  It was a great time with family and friends.  Some of the highlights are as follows:

Ethan had a ton of time to play with his cousins.  Since we live out in the wilderness it has been hard to find buddies to play with.  Ethan soaked up the attention and the chance to push and torture Seth.  Poor Seth... the last evening my sister-in-law asked Seth if he would like to go play with Ethan and Seth said, "No!"  I am sure Seth is enjoying life again without Ethan!

Another highlight was meeting up an old friend of mine.  Andy was one of my best friends throughout Jr High and High school.  Over the years contact was lost and just this past fall we have been able to get back in touch.  It was so great to be able to visit him and his family.  His wife is amazing and has become a dear friend - and just look at his two boys... they are adorable.  (they are pictured above and Andy is picture below with Ethan).

Another highlight for me was just being able to be with my boys on this trip.  Micah and I were able to spend moments talking and just enjoying each other.  Ethan is always a joy - he makes us laugh continually.  Over the holiday we were able to share with the family that he is now a big brother... wow did I say it?  Yep... so now you know too!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Home Again.. home again... YEAH!

We are home!  After 12 hours of traveling we arrived home to our home sweet home...... and it is covered in snow... completely beautiful.  We traveled to Reno, NV to spend Thanksgiving with the Weller side of the family.  It was a fun/busy time.  We are so glad we got to spend time with the parents, brothers, sister-in-laws, and the nephew/nieces!  It was a blast.  I will write more about some of the fun factors, but for now we are off to find the rest/sleep we "seem" to have left behind!