December 2008

Bode and Courtney and Family and Kids22 Dec 2008 09:15 pm

Courtney opens a present

Want to know a secret? We started opening presents already. We’ll be leaving on Christmas Eve and the kids will be staying at Grandma and Grandpa’s house after we visit for Christmas. We thought it would be better to spread out the opening and give them some time to play with the toys. Maybe some day we’ll wait until Christmas to open all of the presents. One of my favorite memories is getting to open one present on Christmas Eve. You had to think so hard about which one to open. It was always fun when someone would pick the present that you were giving them. We always waited until after church and dinner.

On Sunday, the kids and I played and played with some of the new toys. Courtney received a Barbie zoo doctor toy set. Bode was playing with it and was looking for the doll and cracked me up.

Bode: Where is that barber?

Me: What barber? (really confused)

Bode: That tall barber.

Me: (looking around and pausing) Oh! Barbie? (and I hold her up.)

Bode: Yeah.

Yep. This was our first venture into the world of Barbie. Probably the last time barber and Barbie will be mistaken.

Bode received a book from his school. It was called “School Bus” and is one we checked out from the library before. He had it for a day and I caught him in his room flipping the pages and sounding out the first word on each page to figure out which memorized phrase went with each page. He’s been very into letters, sounds and words lately. We read a lot of books to the kids and yesterday Bode decided he wanted to read the school bus book to Courtney. He sat down on the couch next to her and did a great job. I have a video of the second time he went through it for her. Today Courtney tried to sit on Bode’s lap, like she does for us, when Bode was reading it to her. However, his arms weren’t long enough to hold the book with her there. It’s a lot of fun when they are sweet.

Family22 Dec 2008 04:14 pm

christmas card 2008

Merry Christmas from our family to yours. The 2008 Christmas letter is now available for your enjoyment. Don’t forget that you can post comments regarding these updates. Don’t you always have comments to add to people’s letters?

Bode and Courtney and Kids and Outdoors11 Dec 2008 11:07 pm

kids on sled

Yay! We finally have snow. It sure makes it feel more like ski season. Bode put on his skis out in the yard and was sliding down our little slope in the front yard. He had a blast. Check out the video. Both kids thoroughly enjoyed riding on the sled as we took the dogs for a walk on the snowy sidewalks. Coming back up the hill got interesting, but Bode got out of the sled and walked all the way up. I was proud of him, especially since he was trudging in deep snow.

We haven’t gotten the kids out skiing yet but are hoping to do so soon. I know Bode is excited and can’t wait. I’m not so sure about Courtney. She loves skis inside but doesn’t always want to get dressed up to go outside in the snow. I’m hoping the real deal will appeal to her more. I got new skis delivered last week and both kids were fighting over who got to stand on them in the living room!

More snow please.