Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Feels like Christmas

They have been playing Christmas music on 106.3 since October 15th. I made my first Christmas purchase on my sorority shopping trip on November5th. Troy and I have been hanging Christmas lights together since November 7th. Despite the early start to our Christmas season this year, it just hasn't felt like Christmas until Sunday, when we got our tree up.

Oh sure, there is always the standard fighting with the lights. You would think after working with lights for several weeks, we would be pros, but we still have our share of tangles and sets with sections that just won't light up. This year we realized we had forgotten to get eggnog, which is traditionally drunk at our house after decorating the tree. But regardless of the mishaps that sometimes go with the process, I think that putting our tree up is one of my favorite parts of the whole Christmas season.

I love searching through the box of ornaments. It is such a walk down memory lane. Each year I buy the kids a new photo ornament and it is amazing to see how much they change in even one year's time.

I also love the quiet moments that we enjoy after turning all the lights down, when we sit back and see how the tree has turned out for the year. I don't know how it happens- but each year the tree gets more beautiful, despite the fact that we really haven't acquired any more ornaments and it is the same artificial tree that we had in previous years. I love the whole idea behind the tree- the symbolism of everlasting life that our Savior provides for us. To me, it also represents the memories of so many happy Christmases that have past, as well as the hope of many more to come. I hope I never get to the point in my life where I don't want to have a tree because without one I am not sure it would really ever feel like Christmas. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

3 Years Old

It is just crazy to think that my baby is 3 already. The boys were asking yesterday, what time she actually turned three and that caused me to do a lot of reflecting. I remember the exact moment that she came into my life, 3:53 am, November 22nd, 2002. She was quite anxious to arrive and was born before the Doctor could even make an appearance. It amazed me again, as it did with the boys, the incredible amount of love and joy that I felt when they laid her in my arms. And since that day, 3 years ago, those feelings have only deepened and gotten sweeter. That little babe that I fell in love with is now a big girl who hasn't worn diapers for 8 months, who loves to read, who is incredibly stubborn about doing things for herself, who adores her big brothers, who loves baby dolls and painting fingernails and who thankfully isn't too big yet to fit on my lap.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Oh Brother!

Yesterday we were coming home from school and Genna was making silly faces. All of the sudden Connor gets very excited and says, "Mom, Genna just made crosseyes!" He started giving her high fives and coached her onto several more performances! Silly brother!

Thursday, November 03, 2005

The Girl Who Cried Bobcat

I got an email this morning from the Game and Parks Warden. It turns out my "bobcat" is just an unusually large and trim domestic cat. When we saw the badger, I went online and found the pictures to back up what I saw before actually calling it a badger. I should have done that yesterday as well. I feel pretty silly for not getting my facts straight before getting all excited over it yesterday. Today I will try not to let myself get too worked up as I clean the closets and do the laundry. At least this fairy tale has a happy ending. It is supposed to be in the 70's today- sounds like great weather for playing outside after school!

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Wild Animal Kingdom

Remember the days before Discovery Channel and Animal Planet? Over the last month, we have had quite the wildlife show right in our very backyard. It all started with what I thought was a squirrel in the top of one of our evergreen trees that turned out to be 2 sleeping RACCOONS. Then the Sunday before last, we were cleaning up from lunch when we thought we saw another raccoon by our electrical box. It turned out to be a BADGER. Now that was a littel scary, because I've heard they can be pretty mean animals. We had just went downstairs to verify on the computer that it was indeed a badger that we had seen, when Connor comes down exclaiming that now there was a FOX out in the field. Wow, we had lived in our house for almost 2 years and not seen even a deer.

Anyway, cut to today when I was getting ready for lunch. I was looking out the window and happened to notice something moving in the field. I thought at first it might be my neighbor's dog that often gets out. With closer inspection, I realized it was a cat, but definitely not any of the ones that typically roam around here. I was excited and terrified to recognize that it was a BOBCAT. I was able to take a few photos. I didn't dare go out to the edge of my property to get a better picture. It hung around our area for about 2 and a half hours more. My neighbor was able to get within 15 feet of it before it saw him and ran away. I was able to talk with the Game and Parks Warden and he said that we didn't really have anything to worry about unless it hung around for a longer period of time. He said that they are typically very shy, low profile animals. He said we should count ourselves lucky to have been able to get the glimpse of the one that we did. Reasurring as it was, to talk with him for a while, I still have to admit, I am a little leary about sending the kids out to play.

I truly do love nature and I feel blessed to have been priveleged to see some animals from my kitchen window that most never see even when traveling down the road. However, I hope I don't seem ungrateful for wishing that the next Wild Animal Kingdom episode that takes place in my backyard will be a deer or some other species without sharp teeth and claws.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Happy Belated Halloween

Sorry this is a day late, but I wanted to share some pictures of my cute kids from yesterday and the pumpkins we carved. My mom took these photos and I have to give her alot of credit, especially for the pumpkins because they had flashing lights inside which made it difficult to photograph. Thanks for all the fun pictures, Mom!

Just wanted to add a few random thoughts from my day also:

*Krispy Kreme Pumpkin Spice donuts are DELISH!

*Tom Osborne said, instead of focusing on what life can do for you, focus on what can you contribute to life.

*I really miss my kids when I don't see them all day long.

*I thought I was anti Mary Kay, but after going to a party at my friend Wendy's tonight, I can honestly say my skin feels great! And I think we all deserve to pamper ourselves more than we do.