To start out here are a few fun Abby-isms:
During breakfast Christmas morning, Abby commented that she didn't think that Santa had come yet. Mike asked her, "How are we going to find out? Should we check the internet or should we just go into the piano room?" (Last night we watched the NORAD Santa tracker for a few minutes and the piano room is Santa's designated destination.) She looked a bit perplexed so I repeated, "Do you think we should look in the piano room or should we look on the computer?" When I said computer, she lit up! Apparently, she is still learning about Christmas protocol, but at least the internet can answer any question. (By the way, after we checked NORAD and assured her that Santa had, in fact, made it to Michigan, she decided that checking the piano room would be appropriate. That is when the magic began!)
I saw Abby sitting on the couch with her Book of Mormon. I asked her what she was reading about and she said, "Um, Keni Ramohi" (pronounced kee-nye ra-moe-hye). I am not familiar with this individual. Maybe he is from the sealed portion. His name fits in well. Later she was reading her scriptures and she read that "Mary was Jesus' mommy and every night they sang lullabies."
Our friends gave us from zucchini bread for Christmas. Abby really liked it. She later asked me if she could have some more "bikini bread". Very cute.
And for our Christmas day:
We had a great Christmas day. After breakfast (and convincing Abby to check the piano room) we opened gifts. Santa brought Abby a princess suitcase and backpack. He brought Briton a xylophone. Mom and dad, grandparents, and extended family et.al. sufficiently spoiled the kids with much appreciated gifts.
Later in the afternoon, the missionaries joined us for a very yummy steak dinner (finished off by our own local and impressively award winning Sweetie-pie). After dinner we watched a lovely new movie that teaches about Christ's visit to America. It was touching. We had a very nice afternoon.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
To start out here are a few fun Abby-isms:
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Some with explanations - others only require a minimal amount of imagination.
We thank mom and dad...6.5 lbs. of mashed potatoes coming right up!
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Sunday, December 20, 2009
"Abby, what did you do yesterday?"
"I went to the North Pole! And I rode a train and we saw Santa in his little cabin and we roasted marshmallows!"
We had a great time yesterday (at the recommendation of some friends) at a local Christmas Tree farm. They have a little train that took us into the woods...all the way to the North Pole! (You know, we are pretty far north up here.) We arrived at Santa's cabin and Abby was so excited to see him! She had to wait her turn to sit on his lap. (She did a good job waiting.) When it was her turn, she was so excited that, as she ran up to him, she was saying, "I want a princess suitcase." (She came up with that one on her own and has been asking for it for several weeks now.) Briton also got his turn on Santa's lap. The picture isn't very good, but he was all smiles.
We visited (along with our other train-mates) with Santa for a while and then stepped outside the cabin for hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows as we waited for the train to come pick us up again.
We had such a fun time and look forward to making this a family Christmas tradition!
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Saturday, December 19, 2009
A video and an article that have been just what I needed:)
The Light of Thy Childhood Again, by Boyd K. Packer, Church News, 11/28/2009
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Friday, December 11, 2009
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The kids enjoyed decorating our tree. We cut it at a choose and cut farm a couple miles from our home and we love it!
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Last week the kids and I accompanied Mike to a work training in Chicago. (If we wouldn't have gone he would've flown: 1.5 hour drive to the airport + 1 hour wait in the airport + 1.25 hour flight to Chicago + .75 hours before he'd be at the hotel = 4.5 hours OR 4 hours in the car with me and the kids. He opted for the latter. Thanks, Mikey!)
Looking through my pictures, there are a lot of Abby (and hardly any of Mike since he was at work while we played) so this post is going to be about Abigail...
The Shedd Aquarium is really impressive. A bit spendy, but it was worth it for our splurge day.
- Chicago Temple - taking the kids to see it during the day and switching off with Mike so that we could each have a chance to attend
- American Girl Store
- McDonald's PlayPlace - really, Marinda? Yeah, we were worn out from lots of traveling so it was very nice to not feel guilty hanging in the hotel and having the big excursion of the day be to McDonald's
- That work paid for lots of it
- Driving around in downtown and having my GPS go in and out because of the VERY tall buildings (or because it was giving up trying to decide where I was going)
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Thanksgiving always begins with the annual Nielsen Family Turkey Trot. T-shirts were replaced by beanies this year. We lovingly called them the devious penguin hats.
Saturday was more cousin and grandparent (Mary and Frank) time.
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