Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year! Ring in 2012!

Here's how we spent our last evening of 2011!

Anna, Suzan, Bethany and Brielle enjoying their party hats and noise makers (those ones that make that whirly, high-pitched noise? yeah, Paul really loved those ;) )I thought this one was cute, of Bethany at least. I forget why she is laughing :)Jared, Anna, Suzan, Bethany and Brielle - last group picture this year! ;)After a dinner out of yummy Mexican food (Someburros!), we came back home and opened some bubbly...sparkling cider bubbly :)Bethany smelling it - "mmm! I think this was a good year mama!"Nothing like Martinelli's and M&Ms for a New Years Eve treat :DThen, after the girlies rang in the New Year and went to bed, Paul and I took Jared outside to light up some sparklersA blurry pic but a good one of Jared and his sparklerAnother one of JaredSee all of you next year! Ha! ;)
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Lego Pick-a-Brick Wall

Have you seen this before?Well, for Christmas Jared got 2 packages/gift certificates to go to the Pick-a-Brick wall at our local Lego Store. He was super excited when he opened this Christmas gift. So, this afternoon Jared and I went to the store and filled up his 2 boxes. You fill up the box with whatever/however many bricks you can for FREE! Sweet!He and I then had a blast coming up with our own Lego projects :) First, he made what he calls his "go cart" :)Then, a "Jeep"He also made a hammer, treasure chest, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and a flower box (for the girls - he put it in the center of our dining table for some dinner "ambiance" this evening ;) )

Me? I just made this...The house comes with a side yard of flowers...A vegetable garden on the side...We added a bit of green grass on the back, with a water fountain, some green plants on top and a dog house :)The front of the "mansion" ;) A fancy walkway to the front door. Entry lights on the sides ;)Did Mama enjoy her son's Christmas gift too? Why yes. Yes, she did. I'm thankful he was kind enough to share with me too :)

Sometimes, the best Lego projects are the ones you create all on your own! Especially with your 7-year-old son! :D
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Storytime with Dad

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Chapstick :)

Brielle put on some Christmas chapstick all on her own. What a cutie pie! :)
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Our Christmas 2011

This Christmas we stayed in town. Now being older, especially the girls, the kids were SO excited for Christmas! It was super cute hearing them talk all about Christmas :) Also this year, I took video instead of still pictures. That way you get the "whole effect" of our kids and their excitement ;) Enjoy!

Video from our Christmas morning. **DISCLAIMER! Sorry, it's long (19 minutes)**

Christmas 2011 from Pelikan on Vimeo

Then, we had Grammy, Paul's cousins and aunt and our good friends and their kids over for Christmas dinner. We had a good time with everyone and stuffed ourselves with yummy food!

Ah, Cousin Jayson! He came dressed as Buddy from the movie "Elf." Good one Jayson ;)Jared with Buddy ;)All of the kids with Buddy (although Anna, on the far right end, was NOT up for being with Buddy! ;P )Suz doesn't mind Buddy - Ha! :)Our friends' youngest child with BuddyUs with Buddy too?! Okay ;) Grammy, Buddy, Me, Paul and Anna (still not wanting to leave our side while Buddy was around - can't blame her ;) )That was our Christmas! I can't believe it came and went that fast! Like a blink of an eye, I tell you! Now, we await 2012! Maybe I can get on the ball and get some sparkling cider and fun little cups for the kids to enjoy and cheer in the New Year? And some noise makers, hats or confetti poppers for them too? Lots of cute New Years craft ideas out there!

Hope your Christmas was a very blessed one!
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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to our friends and family! May you experience God's love and glory today!

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this." - Isaiah 9:6-7
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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night! :)

Tonight when we came back from our church's Christmas Eve service, we let the kids open one gift. You can see the gift they are wearing in the video below (ahem, Christmas PJs ;) ). After they put on their jammies they said "can we read a story, mama?" I said "sure! how about "'Twas the Night Before Christmas?" "Yes!" they exclaimed. So Jared started running off to his room. I said "wait bud! we have the book here (in a stack of Christmas books I put out every Christmas)." He said "no! the story from Grandma Carlson!" You see, last year Grandpa and Grandma Carlson sent the kids a voice-recorded storybook of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas." The kids love it! So, of course, tonight they had to sit down and listen/read Grandma C's book :D So cute and sweet! (**this year she sent us the "Frosty the Snowman" recorded storybook - thank you again!!)

Here in the video, the kids sit on our sofa, in their Christmas jammies, listening to Grandma Carlson read "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" to them. What a special Christmas Eve for them! Enjoy! (especially G&G C :D )

'Twas the Night Before Christmas 122411 from Pelikan on Vimeo
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Merry Christmas Eve!


Christmas Google Doodle 122411 from Pelikan on Vimeo
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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Carol of the Bells Dancing

As you could probably guess, the kids are really enjoying the festivities of Christmas...lights, decorations, yummy treats, the tree (and consistently asking us to open the gifts underneath ;) ). One of the Christmas favorites that the girls keep asking for is to listen to Christmas music. I truly enjoy this, as I have a musical history/background (played the violin for 13 years growing up...played in the school and college symphonies growing up and so played Handel's "Messiah," the song "Sleigh Ride" and much, much more! Oh, and I played the hand bells in church too :) ).

The girls enjoy laying on the sofa listening to the music or, and more often than not, put on a little dance to it. Well, they did this the other day and I caught it on tape :) All of them enjoy dancing but I will say that one of them (ahem, Suzan ;) ) "super duper" enjoys it. Sometimes she even dances without music. She just tip toes and twirls around saying "mama, watch my dance!" Cute! :)

Enjoy the video of our ballerinas! ;)

Carol of the Bells Dancing 121311 from Pelikan on Vimeo
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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Virtual Christmas Card

Here's our Christmas card for 2011. I "super duper" like how it turned out! We got our pictures taken somewhere, then, as in previous years, I made the double-sided card in Photoshop and had White House print them. Very cool! White House has the best products and they always turn out beautiful.

Anyways...for those that didn't receive one of these in person, "Merry Christmas" via our virtual Christmas card ;)

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Raindrops

It's been unusually cold and wet here. We're getting a lot of that weather from California (thank you! ;) ). It's been fun! Lots of rain and frigid temps. It also means snow up north (which I'd like to see ASAP before it all melts away ;) )! Like 2.5 feet of snow forecast just for today! That doesn't include the snow they've received these last few days, e.g. at least 8 to 14 inches. Yay! Maybe, just maybe, we can get up there. The kids keep asking "can we go see the snow? PLEASE!" We'll see ;)

In any case, the kids enjoyed catching rain drops when we came home from school today. Too cute! Remember, we don't get much rain here. Our annual rainfall average is ~7 inches and, to date, we've only received ~4 inches. Yup, we're that dry ;) So when we get rain, we REALLY like it! :)

Enjoy the video!

Raindrops 121311 from Pelikan on Vimeo
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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Run, run as fast as you can! You can't catch me! I'm the Gingerbread Man!

The girls made another cute school project this/last week. It's like the Turkey Feathers, if you recall.

Their teacher had each child take home and decorate a gingerbread man (or, in our case, gingerbread girl(s)). Then, she's pinning them onto their classroom board. Cute! The girls had fun decorating the gingerbread girls (with a little help from Mama ;) ). As you can see from the video, the gingerbread girls are decorated in certain colors. The girls did that. They wanted their gingerbread girl to be decorated in "their color" - Ha! ;) After 3.75 years you'd think they'd give up their specific color. Nope!

Enjoy the video!

Girls' Preschool Gingerbread Men 120611 from Pelikan on Vimeo
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