Saturday, December 29, 2007

Sick Family

Well, the stomach flu has landed and hovered over our house for a few days. Daphne was sick all day Christmas morning - never even opened a package. Then Mia was sick the night after Christmas. Jac was sick Friday morning and now Jeff is winding down his flu on Saturday night. Yuk - let's just hope Dr Mom doesn't get it too. We are heading to Chicago tomorrow! Can't imagine traveling under those conditions.

Wish us luck!

Mia the Big Girl


Unless Mia is super hungry it is hard to keep her in her highchair for more than 5 minutes. Jeff discovered that she will continue to eat if you let her be a big girl and sit at the table. Hmmm. Looks like it is time for the independent woman to join the big folks at the table.

Plasma Car


Jac and Mia received a Plasma Car from Aunt Misty and Uncle Doug. It is pretty cool, although I think Jeff and I have had more fun with it so far than the kids. (Don't worry we don't exceed the weight limit.)

Christmas Morning


Santa came! He did a really good job at the Carey house too! When Jac came down the stairs with Jeff Christmas morning he was in shock. He literally said nothing for at least 5 minutes. No expression, no smile and he didn't want to get down. He was definitely speechless. It didn't take too much coaxing to get him to start opening presents. He opened all of his presents and only got bogged down when he would get cars. He would want to play with the cars instead of moving on. Mia did well, she got into the swing of things as the morning went along.

GeeGee and Papa joined us for Christmas morning and Aunt Daphne was supposed to be there although she was sick with the stomach flu and we never saw her. Poor thing.

It was a fun Christmas with lots of blessings. Here are some cute pictures from the morning.

Feeding Mia


Jac is becoming a big helper. He even has been able to help feed Mia. Here is a picture of Jac sharing his banana.

A Girl and Her Blankie


Mia sure is attached to her Blankie. Here is a picture of her carrying it around. And another picture of her signing 'blankie'.

Dr Seuss


Last year for Christmas Jac and Mia received Dr Seuss books from their Aunt Misty and Aunt Daphne. They got a lot at Christmas and then would receive 2 books every month for the rest of the year. Jac has become very attached to these books. He likes them for the their content I am sure. But he also likes them because they are all the same size! He will sit and pore over them for 30 minutes at a time. Here is a picture with him carrying around "Green Eggs and Ham".

Christmas Eve

We had a lot of fun on Christmas Eve. Jeff, Daphne and I went to the children's service at church and enjoyed despite the fact that we got to stand the entire time with 50 of our closest friends. (We were there 30 minutes early, by the way.) We came home and Jac got to help Papa and Dada light all of the luminaries, he had a lot of fun with that. Our neighborhood is a little over the top, and every year has a fund raiser where you are highly encouraged to buy and light luminaries to line the street. I would say about 95% participate. It is very pretty.

We all helped to set up a few toys for Mia and Jac for Christmas morning. That way when they came down they would have something to play with while we all got situated. It worked out well and we had fun struggling with all of the plastic parts.

Christmas at the Carey's


We had Christmas with the Carey's on the Saturday before Christmas. It was a lot of fun with everyone there. This is the second year in a row that we have had everyone in attendance! Jac and Mia both got great presents and ate a lot of good Grandma food. (So did Jeff and Dawn - food and presents!) Here are a few pics from the package opening.

Jeff and I were also able to slip away for church service on Saturday. It is always fun to see the St James crowd, Jeff says it is like going back in time. We saw Mrs. Humphrey, Mrs. Smallwood and Pat and Marina and a few other folks that Jeff knew. I must say that it is nice being back in Missouri just to catch up with the past every once in awhile.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Snow People


Look at all of the little snow people!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Snow Day

We had our first snow of the season today and Jac got to build his first snowman. He didn't want to come in, although his hands were bright red! I will try and get a picture of the snowman (only 2 feet tall, rather an ET looking thing) tomorrow. We have more snow falling right now, so maybe he can build the snowman's big brother tomorrow.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Bonhomme School Christmas Party

We attended the Bonhomme Nursery School Christmas Party today. There was singing and cookies and then we all played for a bit.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Growing Boy


This is a shot of Jac this morning after he ate lunch at 10am. He had been snacking since he woke up. I fixed him eggs and toast for breakfast, then he continued to snack some more. Finally at 10am when Mia was napping I told him he had to eat lunch. He said "o-kay", drawing out the "kay" in a grudging way sounding older than he is. Then he proceeded to eat a full lunch when Mia woke up. We snacked in the afternoon had dinner and then he continued to eat right up until he went to bed at 8pm. Surely this is a growth spurt!

Mia's New Skills


Mia has added some new skills to her repertoire. She can now throw things in the trash can! And it is a great added benefit to the household. We seem to produce a lot of trash and when I give it to her and say "Mia, please throw this in the trash" she toddles off and behold she does it! Very useful.

She has also added the words "cracker" and "banana" to her vocabulary. She signs "bunny" and "baaas" like a sheep! I think she will be running soon as she has figured out how to bend her left knee and move pretty quick, although the right one remains straight. She looks like a peg legged pirate. Maybe by Christmas we will have a runner.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Cooking Breakfast


Jac likes to sit on the counter while I get breakfast ready, Mia was angry that she wasn't included.

Hide and Seek


Mia and Jac were playing a little hide and seek behind Daddy's clothes yesterday morning. In the first picture you can just see a little leg under the clothes. And then Daddy came in and ruined the fun!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Oh what a night

Quite the interesting night last night. Mia and Jac both went to bed with slight fevers. Neither one of them had any other symptoms. Mia woke up at 1am, so I gave her another dose of Tylenol and put her in bed with us. She sort of tossed and turned for 30 min and then Jac woke up. Jac needed in the big bed also and of course me being the softy thinking he was sick ended up letting him. Another 30 mins later the two of them are laughing and giggling, so much for feeling sick. So they both were put to bed, protesting.
We all woke up as usual, except Jeff now is in bed with a stomach thing! Good thing I went to bed at 9pm last night. It may be a long day.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Prayer List

If you have an extra two minutes today, if you could say a small prayer for the people in my life who have a need. I would greatly appreciate it. Just ask for blessings and safe keepings for these individuals. Some of them are traveling, some of them are grieving and some of them are just clumsy and have recently fell down=) and some just need a little extra love in their lives.
David Grandel
Sharon Grandel
Misty Grandel
Doug Grandel
Daphne Grandel
Heather Locke
Jim Carey
Mary Jane Carey
Zachary Gottschalk
Magen Gottschalk
Christi Wooley
Joseph Murphey
Kara Long
Amanda Surrec

Monday, December 3, 2007

Gee Gee's Birthday


Yesterday we celebrated my mother's birthday (Gee Gee) at Zio's. Happy Birthday Mom!