We had our official new year's eve celebration with the kids at 9:08. Dad had found some sparklers, so they each let one go on the front porch. They also got to stay up an hour late watching a movie and have popcorn with real butter. I know, we're party animals!
As I was packing up the christmas decorations today, I found a present we forgot to give Sammy. His sister loves to play dress up, so after halloween, I got him some costumes to play with. This was the coolest one, so I saved it for Christmas. We can see how well that plan worked! It is the coolest costume, though. If you push the button on the bottom, it says "take me to your leader." He really enjoyed it, then moved on to his loader - robot construction!
I always tease Maryann for having so many pictures of her kids...now that I have my cool camera, it looks as if I am going to have to eat those words... We all went to the dentist today, then to the park. It is a special treat to have Dad at the park. It just doesn't seem worth it to go on the weekends when you live on 150 acres. It's good to have him there. He really pushes Pearl, which is why she looks so pained in so many of the pictures. Fun times!
So, the only Auntie and Uncle that Pearl and Sam are not seeing this year are Maryann and Brian, who live too far away and have too many babies to brave the airport system in iffy winter weather. There are a lot of things I love about Maryann, I think mostly because we have such different talents. Can you believe the tutu she made for Pearl? She is a very resourceful student! And, the one thing I complain about the hulberts is their UTTER lack of time sense, but I think the kids appreciated the presents much more than they would have amidst the craziness of Christmas day. She also knitted Sam a super hero cape, which he excitedly ran around with shouting "I a superhero, I can save the day" for about a minute, until he decided that the box was an even better toy. When he couldn't fit inside it, he tried to put it on his head...we're definetly not ready to leave home yet. Pearl really enjoyed her photo shoot, especially the part where I asked her to dance on the table. What a ballerina! I have to mention why she's laughing so hard...she likes to make up her own jokes, that only she and her friend Makayla think are funny. The joke of today was...what do monkeys eat when they don't like bananas anymore? Ostriches! I'm still not sure where her sense of humor comes from...
This is Pearl pontificating on the Safety rules - like, always wear a helmet, come in before it gets dark...she is definetly one cautious kid!
Lizzie loved Sam's new scooter...it's a good thing Sam took a nap so she would get a turn. I did bring the little tricycle so Lizzie would have something to ride too, but all the kids wanted the scooter. Lizzie was actually pretty good at it...I should have made Mara buy one for her this christmas too. I have a feeling there will be a lot more playdates at my house...she can at least ride Pearl's while Pearl is in school! I was very proud of my cautious daughter -she actually started to glide by the end of the day (never mind that Lizzie and even Jack were gliding within 15 minutes...different skills...)
So, I got a Nikon D60 for Christmas from Jared basically because I am a spoiled brat and was jealous of Maryann and Sara's pictures. I still have to learn Photoshop (in a big way) but I was so excited about my first pictures - especially of Sam. Pearl holds a pose, but Sammy moves too fast. This was one of my favorites - it definetly would have been blurry before, if I had even caught it! Sam was sad because he was playing light sabers with Dad and he was hitting too hard and got in trouble. I think he was mostly tired...but it was still too cute! More to follow, for sure!
I could hear Pearl talking to Santa, even from the back of the room. She appeared to be trying to convince him that she was a good girl...nice to her brother, cleaning her room...she listened very intently to his message to her...
Ok so no posts in a while...I know. I thought I should get our pre-christmas parties up before christmas comes, though...
One fun thing we did this year was have Pearl's friend Tegan and her family over to make gingerbread houses. They were really yummy, but they fell apart (despite all the engineering expertise we had available!) It was fun anyway, the kids just cared about eating cookies and sampling the candy. We did end up busting out the emergency graham crackers, and were able to make small houses for the kids. Fun times!
Yes, I was in charge of Sam and Evan when they both decided to eat a christmas tree light ( yes, eat, as in crunch crunch. I did fish the wire and the base out...). Sam has since decided it was "yucky" (I think he was following the "in" crowd...oh dear, wait until he's a teenager...) and luckily there have been no signs of a perforated intestine.
Sam and I went with Grandma, Auntie Annie, Jack, Auntie Mara, and Lizzie to LA to visit great grandpa Rikalo. The highlight, of course, was the BEACH!!! It was great, we relaxed and the kids had a good time together. It was nice to see Grandpa, too:)