Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas #1

Last weekend my family celebrated Christmas.  Since everyone got married, having Christmas on Christmas day became a little rushed and hectic.  So, now we have Christmas the weekend before – for a whole day and sometimes longer.  There is always a plentitude of food – my mom is an excellent cook, and especially a fantastic bread baker; my sister-in-laws are also fantastic cooks, some of them specializing in candy treats.  Beyond that, it is loud – filled with laughter, kids shouting, people talking, and paper ripping.  I love it, and I am exhausted at all the same time.  So, here a few little pictures and highlights of that time….

Madison started “walking” with this awesome shopping cart, and sharing? with her cousin, Landen.

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Family Photos

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Trying to get pics in the matching pjs…. you take what you can get! 

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Not Much

I don't have a whole lot to blog. Parent Teacher conferences came and went. Madison joined me there til about 5:30 since Jeremy was still at work and my first conference wasn't til 6pm. It was fun to have her there, but I once again realized how dirty the school's floors can get. Friday, Tara, Grace, Madison, and I went walking. I had some getting lost drama/stress, but was able to walk it out. It was good to see Tara and Grace; it had been a few weeks. Friday was actually a very comfortable day weather-wise. Jeremy and I watched Ramona and Beezus on Saturday. It is a very cute movie. My favorite line: "Who will love a girl named Beezus? Ramona- "umm... Jesus" So funny... and true! That's about it. Madison is being Madison - removing every scrap of paper from any surface she can reach, moving along the furniture, pulling up on everything, "talking" a mile a minute, clapping, singing, etc. Basically, she is still the ball of fun we love. We look forward to Christmas... just have to get a few things together. Blessings in the coming week.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Sunglasses and Snowmen

Madison and I were reading her new beach book.  One of the pages had a picture of sunglasses on it, so we got out her sunglasses.  This is the first time she has tolerated them - and enjoyed them!  I like the contrast between the snowman on her shirt with her summer shades.  Note all her teeth showing!

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Best Toy

So, I know I just posted, but we found a really cool toy – one that she can’t hurt, and it doesn’t hurt her … it is safe, but oh, so boring to monitor her here.  Don’t know what it is?  Obviously, it is the bathroom sink.  We sat her in it, and she played with our loose sink handle and watched herself in the mirror for a good 20 minutes.  She threw a fit the first time I tried to take her out, so I thought, “Who is this hurting?  My job as a parent to sit on the toilet lid and watch her; it is super easy”…. and you have to admit (after viewing the pictures) she was pretty darn cute to look at.  :) Have a great Monday!

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Getting into trouble

It is getting to be hard to keep Madison out of things.  I have realized that our house is full of things.  I would say there are few things she can actually break or be in serious danger with, but there are things that I just don’t prefer her to mess with – pads of paper, pens, folded clothes, and the list goes on.  We obviously can’t move everything out of her reach…. she just keeps growing; so, we just keep an eye on her.  One word to describe that – exhausting (and she’s not even walking!).  She has “permission” to get into the tupperware cabinet and the pots and pans; so, while I cook, these are her go to spots.  She has somehow had some trouble crawling lately and watching where she is going at the same time.  Just today she ran into the chair leg (a bruise on her cheek is starting to show from this attack) and the door frame.  She may have just been tired; who knows?  Here are a few pics of her antics:

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Jeremy starts his new job with the Ohio EPA on Monday.  Please pray for confidence in the abilities God has given him as well as a good transition to a new workplace and co-workers.  My parents come Monday-Tuesday; book club on Wednesday; and Parent Teacher Conf on Thursday = busy week.  (What I am saying is you may not see many blogs this week…..)  I hope everyone has a great week ahead.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


So, Thanksgiving was about a week ago, but here is the post.  We went to the Thanksgiving Day sale at church on Thursday morning and then headed to my parents for lunch.  It was, as always, fun, loud, and perfect.  (I say perfect, but I just mean that’s what all the family commotion is to me; although I would like more adult conversations at times…) Here are the first Thanksgiving food pictures

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And one of cousin Landan laughing at his cousins… what a cutie!


Madison took a short afternoon nap which was a bummer because we were headed to the Bricker Thanksgiving, and we were hoping for a well-rested little lady.  She was quite shy and fussy for the beginning, but eventually branched out a little bit.  Here is her exploring Great-Grandpa’s glass end tables.


I stayed until Sunday morning.  On Friday, my younger brothers and I worked on my parents’ yard.  It felt good to be out in the fresh, crisp air.  Friday night they came back with their families for dinner and the evening.  It was good to hang out again.  Jeremy went home on Friday evening, so he could work the OSU vs Michigan game on Saturday.  On Saturday, Madison hung out with Grandma and Grandpa while I tried to find some pants (tried… and failed).  Sandy, Steph, and I went to see a movie that afternoon (Love and Other Drugs) – not worth your money unless you like seeing too much of Anne Hathaway and being verbally abused with language.  The story could have been good without all that stuff, but it was ruined with all that in there.  Disappointment!  Saturday night, we had some more family time; here is Madison getting to know Helen, my doll from when I was little. 


That night, Jeremy returned.  We had a delicious breakfast on Sunday morning – scrambled eggs and English Muffin Bread – before returning home.  It is good to be home….