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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

time flies

I didn't realize that it had been so long since I posted anything! I guess I will recap what has been going on, seems like we have been on the go a lot. Chad and I were just talking about how much busier our lives are now yet we see people a lot less, so I am not sure where we are spending all of our time!!

We were lucky enough to spend Thanksgiving weekend at my aunt and uncles place in KS, we
also celebrated Christmas with my mom's-side of the family. My grandma has been gone for over 14 years and the family is still getting together every year for Christmas as well as other holidays, I think that is great. So many times that gets put off to the side and quickly ends - we are still going strong!! Charli got to do lots of fun things while we were there! Her list includes:
-sleeping in a BIG (queen) bed
-falling asleep watching cartoons
-being pulled in a wagon by big horsies
-riding a horse
-eating lots of popsicles!
We had a nice time there, it is always a nice trip to Kansas!

We have already started with Christmas parties, hard to believe!!

Harper is getting big, fast. He is a really good baby. It was new for us to have a baby that rolls around! If you remember charli never did that, so when we put harper down and turn around to find that he is 180 degrees in a difference direction and on his tummy - it is surprising :-) He has been eating beans, peas, carrots, and squash tonight...seems to like them all so far. He has really enjoyed playing with his tongue so after he swallows he puts his tongue out and pinches it with his lips. He is totally in love with his sister and smiles from ear to ear when she is around. They enjoy the morning time together a lot. After almost 6 months the "newness" has not worn off one bit for Charli and he is still her "little buddy". Harper is sitting up, mainly with support...but big sister has a hard time letting him to anything alone which makes learning a little less easy for him! In the flip side I am sure he will quickly pick up on some things that we are less than excited about that she will pass on :-)

Today is a snow day at our house, we are enjoying our time at home. I do find myself wondering...just how many times can a person play uno and candyland before being a "professional"...I have to be getting close.!!

Charli's great-aunt Janice gave her a little goody bag of body glitter and lipgloss. Every inch of open skin has been initiated with glitter...and mom and dad can say the same. Janice, thanks :-) Actually, she has been having a great time with it so we really do appreciate you thinking of her!

Charli got a new dollhouse from Lynn for Christmas, she has enjoyed playing that in her room too...she is starting to grow up. I had to take her to the dr last week for a sinus infection. The dr. informed me that she is no longer a toddler, and asked if I was ready for "this". The answer is no, not even close! Harper is almost closer to be one than a "newborn" and soon Charli will be closer to "4" than "3". When did I become a mom of two kids...let alone two kids this big?!! Times DOES slow down, right?!! (if only that were true!)

Off to the pictures. They are out of order, but I did the best I could between games and rationalizing with a 3 year old why we can't have m&m's, cookies, candy, and other "not yucky" things between breakfast and lunch!

We hope things are going well for your families...
on a quick note, I hope you are all keeping up with Landon and his journey via his page. He has had a rough week after treatment last week. Courtney will be having the baby next Friday, if she makes it that long. her poor body is ready for a break and went into labor last week, which they were able to stop. Please pray for this family...they are so important to us and we can't wait until they can say this nightmare is "behind" them, whatever that means for us.

as charli would say "one girl and one boy"

Charli the wizard and Charlie the grandpa

my mommy and daddy! They have been married for 45 years - that is becoming unheard of anymore...way to go mom & dad :-)

aunt Joyce always has a lot of answers and wisdom to share, but to find out she was holding out on sharing this little book with me was heartbreaking. Who new there really was a handbook on how to raise a, this is going to make life easy-street for us!! Joyce actually let us keep this book and it is sitting in Harper's room! It is actually a grammar book :-)

the three amigos!! On my side of the family these are the only girls...the boys far out number them, but these three can give all of them a run for their money any day :-)
ryen- macey-charli

these two were in heaven!

"one boy and one girl"

showing off his muscles

she gets so excited to see and help with him in the morning! he is great motivation to get her out of bed some mornings! :-)

"no pictures please"

Charli playing with her two doll-houses!

this house even has a door-bell! how exciting, don't ya know!!

she was too funny opening this gift - she was running around in circles to get the paper off, she just couldn't do it fast enough!

very excited about candyland!

buds from daycare!

christmas bingo!

this is what happens when dad is in charge of putting on the tights. it never ends well. Lesson learned.

she is a super-star!

we decorated the tree, I found my "first christmas" pretties to hang too!

she was a great helper!


Anonymous said...

Looks like the daycare had a great party. Lynn is so smart with picking out presents!!! Guess she has lots of experience.
The tree looked good and I am glad you let Charli are building memories for all of you.

The Wiechman's said...

I can't believe how grown up Charli is in these pics, and Harper too! By the way you look GREAT! Hope all continues well for you this holiday season.

Anonymous said...

I love the outdoor family pics, you all look so cute! It looks like you are all keeping busy:)!! Have a great weekend!

Deqlan said...

What gorgeous pics, love the family photo - is it possible for your kids to get more gorgeous with each post you do? Hugs and blessings from South Africa!

Grma and Grmpa Preister said...

Great pictures, Brenda! Love the family picture! Love you all! XXXXOOOOPPPP

Rachelle said...

Awesome pictures Brenda! I especially like the one of Charli in the tights! Harper is getting so big - he's not a tiny baby anymore! You guys have been busy - the daycare party looks like it was a lot of fun!

Anonymous said...

What a great looking family you have Brenda. So much to be proud of!!! I love the pic of Charli with her tights up over her arms, hilarious!! Thanks for posting about Landon too, you're the best! Love and Hugs from Iowa!!