Saturday, December 17, 2011

Whisper What You'll Bring to Me...

Oh, how I wish Anna could tell us what she really wants for Christmas!  We are stumped as to what to get her!  Any suggestions??
Anna must be excited about Santa is bringing her =)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Covering All Our Bases

The kids and I had a fun evening taking care of some very important business.

First, we finished our letters to Santa.





 Then we went to the post office and mailed our letters in the special, Direct to the North Pole, mailbox.




Finally, after a fun dinner out (no cooking for Mama - that was the fun part for me!), we went to the mall to do a little Christmas shopping... and to see Santa, of course!

Anna is telling us to "smile"




Other than just being good for goodness sake - I think we have covered all our Santa bases.  See you on Christmas Eve, Big Guy!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Special Delivery

Dear Grandma -
If I could fit in the box, I would be on my way to you.  But, apparently you did not send enough fudge because the box is not big enough. =)


BTW - Thanks for the fudge! It is yummy!!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Concerts - Fa la la la la, la la la la!

One of the great joys of having children is watching them perform in their school and church concerts.  Last week Charlie had his Winter Concert at school. And over the weekend, Charlie and Paige participated in the Christmas Cantata at church.  Oh, the joyous sound of children's singing voices!

Winter Concert
Charlie is in the second row, red sweater vest.  Sorry about the bit that is out of focus.




Christmas Cantata
Charlie is in same red sweater vest, and Paige is in black sweater and red skirt.  Again - video is far from professional.  During one performance I had Anna on my lap, and I was late coming into the other one because I was tending to Anna in the nursery.  I am guessing she was jealous that she was not the star of the show (or at least allowed up on the stage with a microphone- ha!)



Paige has her Kindergarten Christmas Concert next week. I can't wait!  She has been practicing, and I can only hope for a preview as good as this one!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Sweet Fun!

Over the weekend, the kids made gingerbread houses with Jonathan.  They all had a great time!  They all made a great mess!  And they all made some great memories! =)

I am glad that Jonathan is willing to participate in such craftiness with the kids, because I am pretty sure they would never get the experience otherwise.  I love to cook and bake, but I also don't like a huge mess. (Even though I ended up cleaning up most of it anyway so I could have a clean sink and counter to make dinner- ha!)

I was pretty impressed, though. I would have bought one of those kits, but Jonathan insisted upon actually baking their own gingerbread and cutting out the shapes.  So, Charlie and I went to the store to stock up on candy decorations while Paige and Jonathan mixed, cut and baked the housing pieces. (Anna was napping like an angel -- or there definitely would have been a mess!!)






This just may have become a new tradition for Daddy and kids! =)

Monday, December 5, 2011

DSGNWNJ Christmas Party - Our Fun Annual Tradition

On Saturday, we had our Christmas party for the DSGNWNJ.  This is quickly becoming one of our favorite annual traditions =)

We look forward to this event each year...especially the kids.  I am sure it has nothing to do with a visit from the Big Man bearing gifts. =)

We got all dressed up and posed for a few pictures. (Well, we tried, anyway.)





We danced.
Stupid glasses glare




We visited with friends, and made some new ones.
Anna loves making friends

And we had a little chat with Santa. =)
Apparently Santa told them they have been good...I question his judgement! =)

Can't wait for next year's party!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thankful!

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!!

Yes, Thanksgiving -- that little holiday that is slowly getting squeezed out to make way for the bigger,  louder, and brighter holiday, Christmas.

It is a shame that Thanksgiving is getting the squeeze - especially because here in America we have SO MUCH to be thankful for.  (What is even more of a shame is that Christmas is starting to encroach on my birthday, Nov. 19...but, I digress.)

I guess I, and others who love this November holiday, should be thankful that Americans love their food and won't be denied an opportunity to feast.  In addition to that, here is my (very incomplete) list of 2011 thankfuls:

- I am thankful for my husband.  He loves me in spite of all my flaws (that's a whole different kind of list!).  =)

- I am thankful for my children.  There are days that I have considered giving them back (just kidding), but mostly I am overjoyed with them and I miss them when I am not around them.

- I am thankful for tiny hands...look at these cute pieces of art that I have been treated to recently.
Paige's handprint turkey




- I am thankful for Down syndrome. Yes - you read that right. Having Anna in our lives has opened our eyes and hearts to so many new and beautiful things.   She is also teaching us so much about the type of people we want to be...patient, kind, understanding, patient, and did I mention patient?

- I am thankful for my parents.  They have always been supportive of me - but have also told me when I was being a bonehead. =)  I also am thankful that they are still married after 40 years (on Nov. 27th)! Happy Early Anniversary!

- I am thankful for my sister whom I don't get to see nearly enough.

- I am thankful for my in-laws. They are fun, welcoming, and I am lucky to have them as my family. (BTW - my in-laws also just celebrated their 40th Anniversary on November 13 -- Congratulations!)

- I am thankful for my husband's job...that he has one, and that he works so hard at it so he can provide for our family.

- I am thankful for health insurance. We have used our fair share that past couple of years.

- I am thankful for good health.  Though we have been to the doctor a lot, we are all in good health. In fact, we just had Anna's annual cardiologist check-up.  She is good to go for another year!

- I am thankful for my friends, both past and present.  I am thankful for the women who have known me for years and still want to be my friend.  And I am thankful for the women who are my friends today, and are willing to help me out with watching my kids, or praying for us, or just listening.

- I am thankful for my children's teachers.  I will probably be even more thankful by the time that this long weekend is over =)

- I am thankful for my God.  Without Him, there would be nothing else to be thankful for. I am thankful that he loves me in spite of my sins, and that my salvation is secure in Jesus.

This list could go on and on and on...but, I am sure you all are wanting to get to your turkey, or football.  So, I leave you with this Turkey Day blessing...


May Your Stuffing Be Tasty;
May Your Turkey Be Plump,
May Your Potatoes N Gravy Have A Nary A Lump,
May Your Yams Be Delicious,
May Your Pies Take The Prize,
May Your Thanksgiving Dinner
Stay Off Of Your Thighs!

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Goal!!

Fall Sports have finally wrapped up.

Paige ended her soccer season on high note, scoring 2 goals on her last day!

The Steal!

The Break-away!

The Goal!!!!!!!
Looking forward to next season!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Well, this has got to be one of the craziest Halloween's ever!

We had a major snow storm on Saturday (12+ inches) that downed trees and knocked out power all around us. Halloween festivities were canceled all around, including the event that we were excited to attend.  I was completely bummed because I worked hard to make our costumes this year...and even Jonathan and I were planning on wearing costumes.

School was canceled today because the schools were still without power -- meaning no Halloween party or parade.

But, fortunately,  Trick-or-Treating was still ON!!!

So, we donned our Angry Bird costumes (that I made, all by myself, by hand)  and hit the streets =)












It was a crazy Halloween - and definitely one we will remember! =)




Monday, October 24, 2011

Buddy Walk 2011 - What a Great Day!!

On Saturday, we laced up our sneakers and enjoyed the DSGNWNJ Buddy Walk!  What a great day it was!!

Anna's Banana Pants team had over 40 people turn out for the walk and raised almost $2500!! (not all funds raised were reflected on the website because it didn't take into account day-of registrations and donations as well as a couple of mail-in donations.) 

To say we are blessed is an understatement.  When Anna was first born and we were learning about her having Down syndrome and what it all meant, I remember thinking and wondering what had I done so horrible that God was punishing me.  And now, 3.5 years later, I sit and think and wonder what I have done so great that God is showering us with such blessings.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! To everyone who came out and walked, donated, prayed for us on Saturday, and throughout the year.  Your support and encouragement mean the world to us.



PS - check out the new glasses =)