Monthly Archives: December 2009

are you ready?

i apologize for my absence of late. with all the nausea, i spend a lot of time lying down on the couch… and not a lot of time taking photos of my kids or anything else. i did, however, snap a few photos on Sunday morning as we were waiting to leave for church…. here’s one of my favorites:


but i’m pleased to say that despite feeling crummy 75% of the time, i am almost ready for Christmas. i purchased my last present(s) on friday. my gifts are all wrapped. and our tree is up (and already dying – i haven’t had to add water to it for a week ‘cuz the sap/pitch hardened on the bottom of the stump) and our house is decorated. i mailed all my outgoing packages (last friday) and even heard that one arrived (in NYC) yesterday. so now i can sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride. sorta. well, not quite. 


i have to clean (at least the downstairs) this week ‘cuz we’re hosting Christmas Eve. but it’s low key. dave will make chili. i’ll heat up some yummy loaded cheesy potato soup we have on hand and there you have it. yumminess and family togetherness. i’m excited about the kids’ presents. and about dave’s gifts. but i can’t tell you about them…. not yet, at least.


auntie taryn is coming over to watch the kiddos for a few hours so i can get some stuff done (work for Strategic – i PROMISE, Kristi!) and still be able to enjoy a nap when the kids are napping. auntie taryn ROCKS!



lately, davey’s been saying some things that make us smile – or melt our hearts – or make us really frustrated…. here are a few of those things:



- "My best friend Daddy" (12/8/09)

- "I can’t fall sweep [asleep]" (daily at nap and bedtimes)

- "Baby can’t fall sweep" (speaking for samantha at nap and bedtimes)

- "i yuv you too Mama" (12/3/09)

- "I jus need dat" or "I jus need dis"

- "I have two pee pees" (speaking of his diaper contents, not his body parts)

- "I woke up" (every morning and afternoon)


how am i feeling?


lots of people are asking me how i’m feeling these days. the answer: pretty crummy. i’m nauseated 90% of the time. lots and LOTS of dry heaving. i mean lots! i’m tired a lot. some days i barely make it through the day. other days, i just "suck it up" (an old motto of mine!) and do stuff anyway. it’s all in my head, right?


i’m still trying to finish my Christmas shopping. and our Christmas cards (waiting for a photo). and i’m working on a "journal your Christmas" album. 


so right now, everything is "one day at a time." sometimes, it’s more like "one minute at a time."


we had dave’s Christmas party (for work) on Friday night. as usual, we had a good time and we’re so thankful for his job. we stayed out late with some friends and we enjoyed the break – just being "us" and not parents for a few hours. and last night we went out (without kids again!) with a few other couples for a big birthday dinner for our friend Tim. it was a long drive to a delicious dinner. and now we probably won’t get out together (without kids) until next year!  :)


not your typical museum

since dave took the week of thanksgiving off from work, we planned an adventure with the kids. on wednesday morning, we headed to downtown bellingham to enjoy some tasty rocket donuts before venturing further south for a NEW experience….. the childrens museum.


seriously. a museum for children. the museums i knew as a kid, aside from one in philly that had a beating heart that you could walk through (so cool!) were all about walking, looking and NOT TOUCHING.


not this museum. the entry fee was only $5 per person (and sam was free)! and every exhibit was MEANT for kids to touch. learn. explore. davey had a blast climbing onto a boat, driving a semi truck cab, playing with some cool sand, going fishing, buying food, operating a crane…. and more. sam was pretty impressed with the place, too. 


so without any further explanation:





oh christmas tree

we got our tree today! the earliest ever for us. and we’re pretty happy with it. tomorrow, we’ll bring it in the house (we always let it sit in a bucket of warm water in the garage overnight – i’m not sure why, but i heard that’s what we’re supposed to do). and we’ll move some stuff out of the living room, add the tree and DECORATE it!


we all liked this one, even davey. dave and i were ready to take this. we’d only been out there for 90 seconds. it wasn’t super cold. but why wander when you’ve found a keeper? but davey didn’t want us to cut it down. "not this one," he said. 


so we kept walking. and then we found this one:

and, again, he liked it. but told us "not this one." so we had a little talk. and it turns out that davey just liked wandering among the trees. he didn’t really care WHICH tree we chose.


so we chose that one. that second one…. it was a far better tree than the first.


sam was in the stroller b/c i forgot her shoes. i was SURE they were in the car. they were in the stroller. the OTHER stroller. back in our garage. i got lucky we had this stroller (even though it does NOT do well "off roading") so i didn’t have to heft her around!


so after less than 5 minutes in the field, we headed back to the pathfinder with our beautiful tree. while dave tied it to the car:


davey and i headed to the "yittle house"


to pay for our christmas tree:


i’m eager to decorate the tree… ‘cuz then i can wrap presents and put them under (or behind) it! i have cool wrapping paper this year (red & white houndstooth… thanks, alissa!) and i have (please don’t hate me) MOST of my shopping finished. just my youngest niece, my husband and my father-in-law to finish. not bad, eh?!  :)  i even have all the stocking stuffers i need for dave and the kids!

december 1 – housing

happy first day of december!


what did you do today? i mentally prepared myself. then i loaded the kids into the car and headed out. only to turn right back around (when i was a mile and a half down the street) to return home to get the stroller. sheesh!


back out we went. to walmart. and then to the mall. i purchased ALL of the stocking stuffers i need for davey, samantha and dave. whew! i HATE getting stocking stuffers. so i’m glad that’s finished. i also purchased one Christmas present today. and i used my Kohl’s bucks on something for me (a new purse). 


i saw on Elizabeth’s blog that she and Ellie assembled and decorated a gingerbread house the other day. i fell in love with the idea and found a $10 kit at Target (hers was a $10 kit from Costco) and tonight Dave, Davey and I decorated the house!



samantha did not appear to be pleased with her role of on-looker and gum drop taste-tester… though you couldn’t tell that from this photo:




the finished product:



here’s the side that davey decorated (aside from icing application, that is):


it was a fun evening and i’m thankful to Elizabeth for sharing her story on her blog…. so i would be motivated to try it. for dave and i, we’re pretty sure this is the first time we’ve EVER decorated a gingerbread house. so fun to share the experience with our davey!!