This is the second year the girls have participated in Jr. Lilac Day Parade.
This year's theme was Round Up.
They dressed up as cute little cowboys and cowgirls and did a dance to Turkey in the Straw.
Anna and Maria love participating every year and I love watching them in the parade. This year Jakey and Skittles were my parade buddies. Luckily there were near the front in the staging so we did not have to stay for all 75 + entries.
The nicest car we have ever owned today was a 1997 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer Edition. It was so nice in face that when Dan bought it I was not allowed to drive it. I had a 15 passenger van that I could drive. Seeing how when ever I went anywhere I had all the kids + car seats + all the crap that goes along with taking a small army anywhere this suited me just fine (but secretly I really wanted to drive it )
When Dan passed away the car was passed down to me. We could still not fit all of us in it but it was handy for errands while the kids were in school and got me to and from college for a while.
Then when Daniel got his license it just made sense for him to drive it. It was a stable car with four wheel drive for the winter. He only hit a few things with it (one of them being our HOUSE!!)
Then when Daniel headed off on his mission Benjamin took over Sonic ( that was the name Jakey gave it when Dan bought it because it was blue and fast, just like Sonic the Hedgehog)
Benjamin was heading home from a dental appointment that did not go so well for him. He was in extreme pain while they were doing a filling and because of such he passed out behind the wheel.
This caused the car to miss a turn, go up on the sidewalk, hit a boulder and roll.
We are so blessed that there no other cars around or pedestrians. The officer that responded to the scene did not cite Benjamin.
Benjamin got pretty banged up, but nothing broken. He went through physical therapy. He hit the seat belt harness pretty hard as the car rolled.
It is scary to see that the only part of the cab not crushed is where he was sitting. The Lord was watching out for him.
We have replaced Sonic with a Ford Expedition. We did not want to go this large but the newer Explorers and cars of similar size Benjamin cannot sit up in. This gives him the room he needs for his height.
Anna and Maria took Choir their 4th grade year. At the end they had a huge concert with other choirs in the area. It was sort of hard to get pictures of them among the hundereds of kids on the stage. Luckily they are fairly easy to spot. They had so much fun at the performance. They love to sing and would practice (much to their brothers disappointment) as much as they could at home.
Jacob is in 6th grade. This is his second year of playing the upright bass. He loves it. Well....maybe not so much the fact he needs to practice every day, but he does.
He was so nervous playing in front of everyone there. It was combined with the local middle school and high school.
He was tucked up in the back because he plays the upright bass he will always be tucked away in the back. Luckily Ben's camera has a really good zoom function.
I love the look of concentration on his face in these two pictures. Such a sweet boy.
He finally saw me in the audience. I just missed his wave and smile.
All in all the concert was relatively painless, except for the seating. It was made for someone who is about 5'3". I had to sit sideways the whole concert with my knees jammed into the persons back in front of me, and because this was a high school auditorium it had the subtle smell of armpit and dirty underwear.
Jakey is hoping to continue playing orchestra in junior high.
This year we got fancy with our gingerbread houses. Usually we just use graham crackers for the walls and roof of the house but Benjamin cleaned out the gingerbread dough sheets that were on clearance(50 cents a package). We put them in the freezer and waited......
Bake the sheets on parchment paper then when they are still warm from the oven cut out the pieces using a template. This takes all the guesswork out of putting together a house. Each piece fits in perfectly. This made my Type A personality very, very happy.
It is very important that after you have cut out the pieces to let them cool completely before building. I let mine sit stacked up with parchment between each layer in a cool dry place for 24 hours.
I used Wilton's royal icing recipe because it is very simple and gets great results every time.
I was able to assemble all six houses in about 30 minutes.
Let the fun begin!!
Each person gets a gingerbread house decorating kit. Everything needed to make a really yummy house.
Jakey posing with some of the beautiful creations.
We have only been doing this for the past three years but it is so much fun. I cannot wait to see what we come up with next year.
He husband Blair is more often in trouble with Linda than naught, so we felt it was time he had is own paddle.
He is also a big time gamer so I decorated the other side with some logo's from his favorite games.
For the Brown's, Guhl's, and my family I got some quartz tiles and put a favorite quote of mine on them. I really love how they turned out.
Christmas Morning. Mom is barely awake. The camera was about as focused as I was.
Jake loves trains. He got some tracks so he could expand his track set to cover our entire dining room table.
This is a close to a smile as we get with Isaac.
Benjamin finally got his Red Rider B-B Gun after asking for it for several years. He immediately went out back and shot his eye out. (just kidding)
Maria visited with Santa. She decided this is her last year sitting on the old man's lap.
We went on the Santa Cruise on Lake Coeur d'Lane to see Santa's village.
It was a bit chilly.
But as you can see, everyone was thrilled to be there.
Linda's youngest, Harely got to enjoy some hot cocoa.
So did Loucylle and Bumski
They had Crazy Hat Day as school, my son wore a bucket on his head. I don't know if he knew it was crazy hat day though.
Anna and Maria are in the school choir and put on a holiday performance during school hours. I was so glad I was able to attend.
Skittles got a jacket to keep her warm on her walks. We get some very bitter cold snaps and she has not gotten her full wire hair coat in. It will take about a year or two. She is only 6.5 months old right now.
So,,,there is December for you. Went by fast and now we are on to a New Year.
Seeing how a lot has happened since I started this blog 3 years ago, I figured I should update my "about me" In 2010 my huband of 15.5 years passed away very suddenly from illness. Just recently I have found myself married again to a wonderful man who loves me and my children for who we are. This is not to say I am not without my heartache, it just means I am no longer alone in it. It is such a blessing to have someone to hold me when I hurt and to rejoice with when I am happy and most of all to be a wonderful example and friend/ father to my children.