Out with a bang

We escaped last week’s theat of 2′ of snow (we ended up with 1′ of heavy, wet, nastiness instead) and now tomorrow it is supposed to dip below zero again. I love this type of weather – I love storms and snow and winter – bring it!

It’s been a little while again so here are a ton of pictures. I can’t even remember what was going on here…just another day in the house with Megan.

Orca’s favorite outdoor activity in the winter is stealing hats. I can’t remember if I wrote about this last year but she absolutely drives the kids insane. She chases after them at the bottom of the sledding hill and pounces on them – stealing their hats and then she’s off and won’t give them back. It drives the kids nuts!

Christopher continues to prove he’s one bad dude when it comes to kung fu. He got his yellow belt a few weeks ago and is still enjoying his classes.

This is also the time of year when we get to go to dance recitals. I can’t believe I’m saying this but it is getting more enjoyable (or at least tolerable :)) to go to these. Colleen has really gotten a lot better – taking classes twice a week makes a huge difference. This is Megan’s first year and she wasn’t so thrilled to be performing. She barely smiled at all and was even yawning through parts of her number. They are so cute out there at that age no matter what they do. I think the parents like it more when the little ones do some random things on their own to liven up the program.

Either Megan’s timing was perfect and none of the other girls were paying attention or…well…you decide.

Colleen is all the way on the left (yes, she’s the one holding up all the legs in this picture). She gets to initiate what the girls do as the wave travels down the line. I tried to get her to pick her nose or do something else really silly so all of the other girls would have to do the same thing – maybe next year…

We also got to see Megan at her preschool show. Last year we missed all this because we were in the middle of changing Megan from one school to another. Megan had fun with this one and definitely knew the songs and what to do.

And we also just had the annual fire department children’s Christmas party. It’s always a fun time for the kids. Santa rides in on a fire truck and every year we get two huge inflatable bouncy slides donated for the event. Colleen wasn’t so thrilled to be another year older – santa gave her a bottle of skin lotion this year ๐Ÿ™‚

This was santa’s reaction while lifting Christopher onto his knee…Christopher thought that was really funny when santa was groaning ๐Ÿ™‚

The kids have been out sledding at least once a day almost every day for the past few weeks. Colleen has stopped using her hands when she slides down the hill…and Megan has stopped using her hands and feet…I’m not sure what tricks they go to from here…

Here’s Pat Benatar, Christopher, and Colleen getting ready to sing in choir on Christmas Eve. For part of this service they brought in these 12′ high puppets that took 3 people to control. They were way cool and thankfully haven’t resulted in any nightmares for the kids.

And here’s Colleen wrapped up in her Purdue Christmas snuggie playing her DSi on Christmas morning.

And Megan later on that day playing with some new dolls. We had an awesome Christmas and know we’re blessed with our health and family and jobs and everything else, and are looking forward to a great 2010 ahead of us.

2 Responses to “Out with a bang”

  1. Brooks Thompson says:

    So many fun events, so many happy, smiling faces from our grandchildren -your family is truly blessed with all you have and how wonderful your children are. We are having your cold, blowing weather tonight. Dad and I went out earlier this afternoon and had dinner on you at Applebees before coming home to a warm house. Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas and we hope 2010 is a great year for all of you!!!

  2. Grandpa T says:

    Ditto for me. My vote for the weirdest photo goes to raspberry hands. Enjoyed all of them and glad to see the happy faces and involved in so many fun activities. Thanks for dinner at Applebees (also for lunch tomorrow – we both took food home). Hope you all have a great New Year.

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