Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Of course the trip would not have been complete without some pictures...
(The one that looks like it's on her lip is actually suspended in air,
falling from the sky)
Mailee had two big sledding spills early on and after that she was quite satisfied hanging out with me, watching the sledders.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Thanks Mom for the awesome dress/top!
We are officially on "vacation" right now...no school or obligations! I'm so excited for all the Christmas festivities. We most look forward to Christmas Eve, watching the kids open gifts and stockings on Chrsitmas morning and skating with the whole Banman family up at Big White the day after Christmas.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
But I don't feel relaxed...I have realised that anything else that I want to send to my American family or friends will now officially be late from this point forward and that those Chirstmas cards that I have not started will probably not be happening till the new year. How did our life get so busy? How do I slow down when all of the things we are doing seem manditory? How do I make every moment count with the kids when I feel spread so thin?
I want to focus on relationships and enjoying these moments together but I can't let go of all the fun things that are calling my name! How do I say "NO" to costumes for school plays and cookies for this party and appies for that function? I love it all, I just wish it wasn't all smooshed into one month! Perhaps I'll throw my fabulous Chirstmas party in July...
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
And now I have the privilege of seeing through her eyes the amount of love, care, concern and involvement that a Mother feels for her children. I have the honor of feeling the regret of the rude things I may have said through a few selfish years, and the pleasure of being at a place where her wisdom is now more readily accepted and welcomed...(it is so much easier this way, I hope my daughters figure it out sooner than I did :)
ANYWAYS.... Mom, you are so special to me. I am thankful for your empathy, your kindness, your glass-always-half-full attitude, your positive example in your friendships and your faithfulness in your commitments over the years, to AWANA, to the D school, to 3rd grade Sunday school, to my family... You are reliable and trustworthy and caring. I love you so much and I am so thankful for you and the very important role you have played and continue to play in my life.
Happy Birthday, I love you!
And now, some photos!!!!
9 years ago today, you held your 3 day old first grandchild!!
Taking Mikayla to her first "show" Sesame Street LIVE...
you always think of fun and different things for the kids :)
So many great memories growing up going to the 4th of July picnic at Lamonica (and then Buchanan)
The kids feel so supported and loved by you!
I just love this pic...it's a good one!
Another good one I couldn't pass up...
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Mikayla chose this theme over a year ago. She was very involved in a lot of the decisions which was fun and also a good challenge for me who happens to be a little bit on the controlling side...okay, a lot on the controlling side! The girls were able to do a lot on their own and it was really fun to see all their own creativity come out! That makes me so happy!! Mikayla is growing up so fast. I love my beautiful, responsible, intelligent, intense big girl!! Stay tuned for pics of her "real day" tomorrow. Tonight I am DONE and off to bed!!!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
As Caleb is becoming more aware of his body and all the cool things he can do with it, he likes to inform us. The other day he farted and I asked if he needed to go potty. He shook his head and simply replied "No, me just burpin' out me bum"
Monday, November 17, 2008
The "other team's" mascot was quite friendly! Caleb was terrified of him.
Living in the same town as all of Mike's siblings and watching our kids grow up with their special cousins and enjoying times like these makes me so thankful that we live here!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
One of the highlights for me was that my little guy was the ring bearer! He was so cute in his little vest. Here he is looking a little nervous as he gets his boutonniere pinned on.
We did a lot of other fun things while in Minnesota. Our hotel was really close to the Mall of America which was a dream come true for me, a worst nightmare for Mike (and Caleb). The boys were troopers though and we managed to meet in the middle with some shopping and some "other" fun; trick or treating, roller coasters, mini golf, aquarium, movies, swimming...
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Birthdays are such a great time to reflect on a person and what they mean to you! Today was Mailee's 7th birthday. We had a big All American Cheerleader party for her. She was completely in her element cheering away with a smile from ear to ear. It got me thinking how appropriate that party theme was for her and also how well her middle name (Joy) describes her. Mailee is the cheerleader in our crew. She is happy and cheerful and encouraging. She is always excited for others and she bounds through life feeling glad!
When Mailee was opening her gifts, it struck me that she has a thankful heart as she was genuinely thrilled with each gift and took the time to stop and thank each friend before she moved on to the next gift. She spent minutes just reading the cards, she savors every moment in life!
I am so proud of the sweet and precious girl that Mailee has grown into. Three years ago at Mailee's 4th birthday, she barely spoke two words the entire day! She was so painfully shy. She has grown into a social girl and has chosen some really sweet friends. I love my little Mailee Mai so much. She is such a gift of JOY!
Here's a video of Mailee and her friends performing a cheer!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Auntie Terri suggested that they make silly faces..how cute! Terri took lots of photos with her awesome camera, can't wait to see them!!!