Saturday, December 27, 2008

We Could Have Stayed Home and Played Wii....



It began like this. Ideal. Beautiful. Serene. Exciting.





It ended like this. Sad. Worrisome. Painful. Depressing.




Freak accidents happen, and this was one. He was on a run he normally could handle just fine, because he's such a strong little skier! I don't think this will squelch his confidence in the future. I'm sure he'll never forget this Christmas!!!!







Luckily, we were with my ENTIRE family, so I think the attention he got from ten female cousins, two sisters, a brother and two male cousins MIGHT have made
"Tiny Tim" feel better.


God Bless us, Every One!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

OOOHH....LIGHT!

Nutcracker Week + Finals Week = Tears

Next semester, I'm really thinking about being "nice," and just putting ten questions on each test. They'll be worth 30 points each.... Fill-in-the-blank.

"Excuse me doctor, could you put some Diet Coke in an IV for me?"

I've been eating chocolate like a starving puppy dog. I realize I'll be sick from it, but I don't care!

On the bright side, I'll be skiing a week from today.

I came out of that cozy cave. "Mommy, mommy, the light scares me!"

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Personal Epiphany

The indoor expedition due to a snow day = a great discovery.

Get out your flashlight and your spelunking gear. We're going to take a walk into the deep caverns of my mind. It's a little murky in there....an impenetrable darkness. But over the last two days, I've been able to chase away the bats.

Here's my personal epiphany:

***I WORK FULL TIME AWAY FROM HOME****

I'm not sure I've ever fully accepted that fact. I now I accept that I'm not an insane or incompetent domestic goddess. Things are a LOT easier to keep up with when I am...HERE...!

***I'm just extremely busy***

Thank you, snow day. Your icy frigid storm drove me into the cave. It's cozy in here.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Jana...

This is for you!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Simplicity With a Side of Sentimentality


There is nothing like a simple Christmas. For the past few days, I've been reading "Mary's First Christmas" to the Littles before bedtime. As we read, we get to take in the aroma of our Christmas tree and bask in the radiance of its glow.

This weekend, we purchased a FRESH tree, and the kids and I sat around stringing popcorn and cranberries while we listened to Christmas music.

It was all so very picturesque, really. I'm sure they'll be requesting this tradition to take place in the future. There was a little bit of blood involved, but no more than is appropriate when decorating a Christmas tree. (That's normal, right?) There was the saw to cut off the bottom, and needles to string the popcorn. Being rugged is...well...rugged.

SHHHH!!!! Don't tell anyone that the real motive is that I'm trying to keep Christmas as simple as possible. Remember? Last year my Christmas treee didn't get put away until... MARCH.
Everything going on THIS tree can be thrown into the BON FIRE (and it WILL be thrown into the bon-fire ASAP).

I think we'll make paper snow flakes for it this weekend. By the way, if you're just lost this Christmas, maybe this article will help. Obviously, the author never watched ELF. Everyone knows that the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.

Another fun activity to get into the Christmas spirit is to go to a Christmas play to watch your small children sing to their hearts content. When your first grade child YAWNS the second the first chord is played, and continues to YAWN the ENTIRE performance and barely sing, well....that's just good for the soul.

Did I say simplicity with a side of sentimentality? That's a misprint. What I meant to say is Simplicity with a side of "I wonder where else I can cut corners that will not cause my children to feel deprived?"

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Wii Need to Face(book) Facts.

I'm not so sure how I feel about Blogger anymore.

I also don't entirely get Facebook. I actually enjoy the "interaction" and connection with friends. But I don't understand gifts, snowflakes, flair, etc....

I really like getting pieces of flair, but I don't know what to do with them after I get them.

I'm worried that our lives are all trapped inside of these computers. It's a bit like the Matrix. Did anyone see that commercial where two GROWN LADIES were playing Wii in the middle of the day and having a conversation while they "virtual walked" through the woods? It was VERY VERY frightening. It made me want to throw the Wii in the trash immediately.

I just read Fahrenheit 451, and I'm afraid it's a little bit too timely. Was Bradbury prophetic?

I'm not saying I'm giving this all up, I'm just saying that I'm beginning to weird myself out.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Folks, I got nothin'. NOTHING I tell you!

NOTHING!!!

I woke up at 4:30 am this morning and I couldn't get back to sleep because I was worrying about the fact that I don't feel I have enough photos and video footage of my kids. I stayed awake until my alarm finally started going off at 6:00am tossing and turning with concern.

At one point I scared myself when I heard a scream, "Photos! Videos!"

It was a nightmare.

What are memories made of? Are they pictures and videos or are they the lasting impressions stamped on the hearts of our children?

Sometimes I fear that I'm raising a household of comedians, rebel-rousers, and "go-with-the-flow hippies." I'm not sure what impression I'm leaving with my children.

But I will say this: I do hope it is nothing. I hope they have learned to be a blank canvas so that they are not too distracted by their own beauty to see the face of someone who has stamped HIS image on their hearts.

And I can't take a picture of THAT!