Tuesday, December 30, 2008

My Big Heart

Arabella handed me a note on Christmas Eve that said, "Mom Mi big hart is fl ov love." It took me only moments to translate, and it made Mommy's big heart full of pride. She loves to makes books and notes to anyone and everyone, but she usually asks us to spell out the words for her. On that day she sounded them out on her own, and I could not have been more proud of her effort. Fast forward to Saturday. We went up to Mount Shasta for some ski lessons and then a trip to the Skating Rink. As most of you know, Arabella aspires to be an "Ice Skating Princess Singer" when she grows up. She was very excited to go to the rink and try her hand at skating. We took her last year and she got out there while holding an instructors hand, but she was very apprehensive about it. I had assumed we would have more of the same this year - Arabella skating along the edge, holding onto the side or holding onto someones hand as they skated with her. It was like that for the first 20 minutes or so, but suddenly my girl got the hang of it and she was all over the place. Gary and I were both completely amazed. My big heart was again full of pride - as was Daddy's and her own. She was so very proud of herself. Here are a couple of pics from that day. I haven't even had time to edit Christmas photos, but I thought I would pop these up for our family. You would have been so astounded at our little Ice Skating Princess Pooh Bear.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Let Me See Your Marbles...

I have another "Blakeyism" to add to my collection. Last night when I was putting him to bed, I was laying on his bed with him after story giving him a hug. He bent down and kissed my shoulder (he is very kissy) and then pushed my head sideways and said, "Mommy, I was to see your marbles." He was looking at my neck and referring to my moles. I like his marble term better.

These are some pics from Mount Shasta this past weekend. He really loved skiing, but he loved eating the snow even better. He had the time of his life. I had a hard time getting a picture with his tongue actually in his mouth. When we finally ended our play session and got in the car, his cheeks were rosy with excitement. He is such a good little man.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Ring, Ring...

Gary and I attended Christmas parties on both Friday and Saturday night this past weekend. The kids have been begging to open presents for the last 2 weeks, so we gave in on Saturday night before we left for our night out and let them pick out one present to open. Arabella automatically went to this purple tote decorated with her name on it with a mystery gift inside. This gift, from Claire in Pennsylvania, had been taunting her since it arrived last week so I was not surprised when she chose it. It was a bedroom door bell - shaped in a pink princess crown. Our babysitter, Carol, arrived about 15 minutes after the gift was opened. Arabella was very excited about it. She informed Carol, "Whenever I ring this bell, it means that I need something and you should come to me." Nice, huh? Just what she needs. Of course, I immediately informed her that she was not to summon anyone to her. She obliged with a sly grin as though she knew she was being a little turkey and thought it was big fun. What am I going to do with this Princess?

These pictures are from Mount Shasta on Sunday. We took the kids up there for our favorite Thai food and some light skiing on the mountain. They ate more snow than they skied, but that was the fun of it.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Oh, Santa!

This picture sums up the Santa experience better than I could do in words. That little boy behind those hands is my precious Blakey, Olivia held nothing back in her opinion of the jolly one and the super model to the right is my little Pooh Bear. Oh, poor Santa...

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Fam

I should have used this on our Christmas card. Lynette took this picture, and I love it. Every one is so real...just as they always are in this photo - no posing. I love these people.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Say Cheese!

The kids were warming up in front of the fireplace after bathtime the other night with Daddy, and I grabbed my camera for a photo op. What is with Blake's cheese face? Is that a genetic kid trait? He gives me joy, as usual.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Christmas Tree Cutting 2008

We got a Christmas tree last weekend as I was too impatient to wait for today to go cut one, but we accompanied our friend, Thad and his family, to Castle Crags today purely for the adventure. The kids loved trudging through the forest (they even found a bit of snow to throw) and Gary got to use his chainsaw. I am not sure who was more excited about it - Gary or Blake?:) Boys will be boys...