Friday, January 8, 2010

Catching up

This is probably going to be the longest blog post I have ever done. I figure why not just try and recap the last month and a half all in one blog post :). I have gone through a bit of bloggers fatigue, but am feeling better now. I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years!

We spent Thanksgiving with my parents at our house. We had a wonderful meal with them, and had a special time. The placemats on the table were ones Evie and I made. It was one of our fun homeschool assignments!

We went and cut our Christmas tree a few days after Thanksgiving. That is always a super fun family outing.

Evie found this crazy tree. We thought it looked like it had bull horns!

Here's our tree!

Evie's birthday was the first week of December. We went with my parents and Jeff's parents to a Mexican restaurant near us. Here's my two most favorite people in the world :).

Evie kept talking to the waitress, and the waitress thought she was pretty sweet. She came out with a huge sombrero and put it on Evie's head, then the workers all sang "Happy Birthday" to Evie in spanish. Then they gave her a heaping plate of fried ice cream. Normally you have to pay for, but the super sweet waitress just gave it to us for free. Evie wore the sombrero for the rest of the time...

Except for when I wanted to give it a try...

Then we went back to our house and Evie opened her gifts. She got some wonderful gifts. She truly was blessed this year.

One huge blessing came in the form of our fabulous neighbors. They have pretty much adopted Evie as their granddaughter, and she calls them Nana and Papa. They blessed her with some amazing gifts for her birthday and Christmas. I was blown away at how much money they spent on her. It was humbling, and such a gift from God during this season in our lives.

We have gotten lots of snow this past month, and we were able to make a snowman while the snow was packable. This poor snowman did the limbo before he fell over. For 2 days he looked like he was going to tip backwards. He finally did on Christmas day. We haven't been able to make another one because the snow has been too powdery.

On Christmas Eve, we went to my parents house. We had a wonderful dinner.

Then we celebrated our Christmas with them.

Christmas morning, Evie was up bright and early! She had fun opening her gifts. Notice the Barbie camper in the background (that big pink thing). That was one of her gifts from our neighbors!!

Here's our beautiful tree. We learned this year that the Christmas tree is a symbol of Christ's death and resurrection. When you cut it, it symbolizes Christ's death. When you put it up again in your house, it symbolizes Christ's resurrection.

Here Sierra is getting in the Christmas mood.

Jeff's parents came for lunch on Christmas day. We had a great time with them.

The birds have been coming like crazy this year, especially the cardinals. My dad has blessed us big time with bags of bird seed. He keeps buying it for us so we can enjoy watching the birds. I thought that was so sweet of him.

So that is a month and a half in one blog! Whew! That was one long blog post! I hope you all weren't bored to tears :). I missed all of you!


SchnauzerMom said...

I definitely was NOT bored. Looks like you had a great holiday season. I think it's so cool that your neighbors have become attached to Evie. That gives her 3 sets of grandparents, great! Love the photos, thanks for sharing.

busyHSmom said...

Hi! Don't know if you remember me (busyHSmom/Michele). It has been ages since I visited the Long Hair Loom. Found your blog via Liliana.

Looks like you have been too busy to blog! No need to've just been too busy DOING life to blog about it! I confess I am a rather sporadic blogger myself.

Love the suits you! ;-P

Jen said...

Thanks SchnauzerMom! Yes, we feel blessed that she has 3 sets of grandparents :).

Hi Michele! Yes, I remember you! It is so good to see you on here! How have you been? Thank you so much for commenting. Like you, homeschooling keeps me busy :). I do enjoy blogging. I wish I was more consistent with it!

April said...

I really enjoyed all the pictures Jen! And it looks as though you had a wonderful holiday season starting with Thanksgiving! As usual, you and Evie (and ya'll's hair!) look beautiful. And it must be so nice having your families close-by - including the new grand-parents! That is so sweet.

I'm glad to see you posting again, but I agree that sometimes you just need a break - or are just too busy! :)

Jen said...

Aww thanks April! You are so sweet :). I've been in the mood to post some hair pics lately. Your hair fork/updo was inspiring! We really do love living near our families. It has been wonderful!

Daisy said...

It looks like you had great holidays Jen! I loved looking at the pictures, Sierra made me laugh!
That was really nice of your neighbours, it's amazing how the we can see the hand of the Lord so clearly sometimes in our lives.

We also had ( they moved a few years ago) such awesome neighbours but to this day we remain very, very close friends, they are just like family to us.

Jen said...

Hi Daisy! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season too :). Sierra is quite photogenic don't you think? Lol

Jules said...

Great photos. Jen, you always look good in photos. What's your secret? lol Glad you had a great holiday season.

Jen said...

Thanks Jules :). My secret? Just making sure I only pick good pictures of me to put on here. Lol.

Caitlin Wray said...

What a lovely daughter you have Jen! Your family looks happy and fulfilled in these photos! I love the cardinals, we hardly ever get them up here in Winnipeg :)

Jen said...

Thank you Caitlin for visiting my blog, and for your comments :). I feel very blessed to have my family! As for the cardinals, this is the first place we have ever lived that had this many at one time! They sure are beautiful.