Merry Christmas!

Wishing all of our friends and family, both near and far, a blessed Christmas and a wonderful new year!  We are thinking of those for which this time of year can be tough, whether it is because of the loss of loved ones, or being far from family, or suffering through other trials in this life.  May you all experience the peace promised to us as we quietly contemplate the blessed miracle of Christ's birth.  

Joy to the world, the Lord has come!


Snow Days

Front yard

Decorating the tree
We had snow days on Monday and Tuesday!  It's probably the one time of the year I don't mind the phone ringing at 6 in the morning.  When your husband is a busy teacher you rarely get to see, it makes the day even more special.  We got a tree and trimmed it, played in the snow (and did lots of shovelling - ok, Stu did the shovelling...) baked, and just enjoyed spending time together.
Mr. Snowman getting buried.
Oma's Christmas tree.
Picnic snack after playing outside
The backyard
C-note always draws whatever is going on at the time...
Decorating the gingerbread house.  I found the recipe on Food Network.  Just add a couple of tablespoons more water. ;)


Five Months!

She rocks herself when she's sitting on our laps, and when she's standing, she loves to jump!  She loves to be where the action is. and is always moving, grabbing everything she can get her chubby little hands on.  Of course whatever it is, it goes straight into her mouth.  She loves to giggle at her brothers, who are always being goofy and trying to get her to laugh.  That or snuggling and kissing her.
Five months old...but it feels like she's always been in our lives...  I always consider it a blessing to forget the first tough weeks of the newborn stage!
So that's what I look like!
She loves the bath!  These days we don't use the blue tub.  She was too confined in it so just lays in the big tub and splashes and squeals to her heart's content!