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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

tree tradition

it's always been a tradition. since pete and i first started dating we have always gone with his family to cut down our tree. it's usually the weekend after thanksgiving so on friday before heading out to start our round of visits we put away all the fall things and pulled out all the christmas things. this is the first year that mia started to get into the decorating. after several broken ornaments she began to wonder whether this was really a good idea. once we got her out of the ornament box and into a few things that wouldn't shatter upon impact she decide it was okay. she loved decorating the banister and finding places for things. after rearranging the living room for the real tree it was down to the basement for the second tree. this is the tree where all the handmade, baby handprint, treasured memory ornaments were to go. you know the ones that evoke a memory the minute you open them. decorating was reserved for family time later in the weekend where we could enjoy ourselves and not rush.
saturday we all bundled up - it was really cold! - and headed out to a new place. it was fabulous! they had reindeer for the kids to look at, santa and mrs. claus were there for pictures, there were huge wooden trains and tractors to play on, and they took you out to the trees in a horse drawn wagon. we had a great time! asher is very into horses right now and he loved seeing them up close. mia walked right up to santa, hoped up on his lap and had a nice little chat. this is a switch since our picture with him last year is literally her sitting there crying. we found a great tree and so did pete's family. we had a good time walking among the trees and just being together.

with the christmas music playing and the house nice and warm, we decorated both trees on sunday. my family helped us with our upstairs tree and then we did the sentimental tree downstairs just with the kids. mia loved finding her first christmas ornament with her picture and then finding ashers. each of them have a bird that grammie gave them to put in the tree (a symbol of good luck) and the birds were a big hit as well. there are already things that you just know will be looked for every year. let the christmas season begin!


so i'm late in getting this up here but the sentiment is still the same. how amazingly blessed we all are is relvealed to us everyday. i know there are some days when the kids are crying, pete is late, dinner is falling apart on the stove, i'm tired and the phone is ringing all at the same time that feeling thankful may not be the exact thought on my mind but i am. everyday is a new blessing, a new miracle, a new chance to watch the wonder as my children experience something for the first time. to realize that we are truly blessed just to be together. this is why i love thanksgiving. the one time the entire country stops, slows down, and remembers that we all have so many amazing things to be thankful for. how can you not love a holiday that celebrates the things we already have. a holiday that is there to remind us all of the truly important things in life. those things that sometimes go unnoticed but that we are so grateful for and couldn't stand to be without. our little family is so blessed. and if there is ever a day i might lose sight of that (even momentarily) i have two amazing kids who remind me of the importan stuff everyday: love your family, love God without abandon, share, take turns, find comfort in your family (and occasional a stuffed bunny or blue blanket), enjoy every moment, feeling better (especially if this includes a band-aid) is key and hugs and kisses make the world go 'round.

so what did we actually do? well, pete played in the annual turkey bowl - a touch football game his dad started about 30 years ago that guys from all over the city play in thanksgiving morning while the wives are cooking and football's not on yet. poor pete, he has some pretty sore toes as a result of the cold and an ill fitting pair of cleats. (sad thing is mia predicted this for him. when we talked about daddy playing her immediate response was "Daddy play football. He hurt his knee." thankfully it was not his knee. we think this is from when pete played softball this summer and would come home after sliding with scrapped up knees.) then after naps it was off to the wilson household for the big dinner. it was nice to be with family and enjoy each other's company. the kids had fun playing with each other and chasing grandma around the house. a game that never gets old. =)

we celebrated with my family and the kids great grandparents on saturday at my parents house. it was great to have so many people there that we don't get to see very often. we had my sister-in-law melanie's baby shower earlier in the day so it worked out perfectly. it was a very nice shower and a nice time at my parents. it's so great for the kids to get to see their great grandparents as often as they do. we try (not that word) to see grammie (my mom's mom) about once a month. we're not as good at this as we used to be but we're looking to get back into the swing of it here. they get to see my dad's parents a few times a year. mia has a complete love affair going with both of her great grandmas and believe me the feeling in mutual. it's so amazing to watch them together. count this as a definate blessing to have these relationships. it was also the last time we'll see jeff and mel as just a couple. their little one is due in january so flying for christmas would be pushing it. the next time we see them they'll have a new baby! so excited for them.

(not everyone is in the picture but most of us before the final few left on sunday)
we hope all of you had a wonderful holiday filled with family, friends and little reminders everywhere of all the blessings in your life.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

crazy life

life has been ... well ... just life i guess. i haven't really been in the mood to sit down and figure out what to say lately so i just haven't done it. lame excuse for not updating anything for a while i know but it's the truth and that's all i got.

it's been getting colder but of course even that changes daily. it's time for warmer coats, sweaters, jeans and the occasional hat and scarf. we've loved looking at all the changing leaves and the colors. mia usually has to pick a leaf or two to bring with her in the van. she's fascinated with all the different colors and sizes and shapes. i'm sure there's a major science lesson in all of that but it's more fun to just enjoy the leaves and play outside. we've been trying to go to the park while we still can (at least on the days that the weather cooperates with us). it's also time to finish up those last few outside projects before it gets too cold. here's the pictures of our little helpers the last time we were out working in the yard.

as you can tell "baby" is mia's love right now. she's a doting mother and loves to rock and sing to baby. we are often told we need to be quiet because baby is sleeping (which means she has put baby to bed in the cradle in asher's room, turned on his lullaby CD, and closed his door.) we've had lots of birthdays lately and fun at parties. we're getting ready for jeff and mel's baby shower this comng weekend. playing, playing, playing. asher's learning new words everyday. the best one for me is his "hi." he doesn't say the "i" so it's just an h sound that he has the most hilarious little face for. he's walking everywhere now and it's usually his mobility of choice. we've been talking about thanksgiving and what it all means. it will be so nice to have the family all together and to see some people that we haven't seen in awhile (and of course those that we see often too). it's hard for me to believe that thanksgiving is already here. this year is just flying by. i think that perhaps it does that when your kids are little. you simply blink your eyes and another month or milestone has gone by. we take a ton of pictures, i'm with the kids everyday and yet still it's hard not to feel like you miss it. like it all just flies right past you while you were grocery shopping or running errands or doing laundry. it amazes me how much mia knows and the things she can do now. but i'm most amazed at her insight. she can read people so well and simply knows when to offer hugs and "i love you"s and cuddles. asher is changing all the time and adding daily to the things he's mastering but again the thing i love is that he wants to cuddle with everyone. he loves to hug mia and love all over her. (now i will be honest, he's a big kid and this cuddling can be overwhelming if you're a small kiddo or not used to it cuz he'll love you right off your feet...just ask his little friend adi. she got some love you off your feet hugs today while we were playing). anyways, i'm rambling, the kids are napping and i prolly better get some things done around the house. talk to you all later!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

first birthday party!

we had a asher's first birthday party yesterday. he is one loved little boy. we had a house full of family and friends. his great grammie and great uncle dave where even able to make it. as you can tell he loved his cupcake. it took him a minute or two to get into it and then he was all about the frosting. =) he was a chocolate mess, but very cute. the kids then headed downstairs to play games, run an obstacle course and earn "medals". they had a great time on the obstacle course daddy designed. asher had lots of helpers opening his presents (which was a good thing since he lost interest in presents and got more interested in dinner). my new little helpers had lots of fun ripping into asher's gifts. thankful granpa wilson was around to help with the assembly of some of his gifts. there was one in particular that actually got quite a few people involved in the assembly (who needs directions?) =) we are so truly blessed by our friends and our family and especially blessed to have our amazing little boy. we love you doodle bug, happy birthday!

happy birthday doodle bug!

i can not believe my little man is a year old already. asher, you have grown so much. it's amazing to watch you explore the world everyday and learn something new with each moment. you are walking and talking now and new words and further steps are coming each day. you light up a room with your smile and your giggle is so contagious. watching you with your sister is pure joy. you love her so much. you can't wait to see her and you love to hug her and hold on to her. like a true little brother you want to do whatever she's doing. following her around all day can make you tired and then you are still my little snuggler. i love when you cuddle in and lay your head on my shoulder. your little body just seems to relax knowing that i'm here. i have to enjoy my cuddles when i get them though because you are definately an adventurous one...and you have the bumps and bruises to prove it! always off in search of the next thing to learn, the next thing to figure out. you love to read and let us know you're feelings at night when it's time to stop reading and put the books away. you fill my heart with a special joy all your own. i am so proud and lucky to be your mom. i love you little doodle bug. happy birthday!

happy halloween

hope you all had a happy halloween. little late in getting this up but well, better late then never. here's our little bo peep and her sheep. it was actually cool enough outside that asher left his hat on most of the time. i think he's becoming a hat guy which is soooo cute! (more pics on that later).
we were then joined by cousin liam as sir topham hat from thomas. he was very snazzy in his little suit and top hat. adorable!
the kids had a great time going around trick or treating and just being together. it was fun to see their faces light up as they got to show off their costumes. mia was so polite and a bit timid. at each house it was "trick-or-treat please." followed by a "thank you." she looked at me about halfway through our evening, "mom, i'm good at trick-or-treating. i say please. i say thank you. i get candy." how can you argue with that? hope you all had a fun time!