Where’s the snow I ordered?

It seems like we’ve been blessed with white Christmas’ for a long, long time. We got a dusting of snow tonight but there isn’t much chance it will stay on the ground another few days. The kids are certainly ready for Christmas regardless. We love getting packages and tons of Christmas cards each day, and racing to see who can find Cookie (our Elf on the Shelf) first each morning – this is a fun time of the year. The kids have all been earning crazy days at school for being on good behavior. Christopher’s class won the read-a-thon so they got a pajama and movie day. Megan’s class has a pajama and stuffed animal day tomorrow. Colleen’s class wins the overall craziness award – Monday was jersey day, Tuesday was duct tape day, today was mismatched clothes day, and tomorrow is pajama day. What fun! And then we get a week off to be mellow for a bit. Colleen’s teacher obviously forgot that just a week ago she sent home a note saying she had to talk to the kids about putting “Kick me” and “Kick me in the shins” signs on student’s backs and chairs. Can you believe that one year ago we were all happy & healthy, and now a year later we’re back to being happy & healthy, with so much craziness in between. I’m sure we’re all counting additional blessings throughout the holiday season this year – I know I am. And keep sending us good news!!!

Here’s Colleen’s “duck” tape day pic:

Be safe over the holidays. Here’s a video the Eden Prairie Fire Department made – crazy how fast the dry tree goes up!


We had an awesome progressive dinner in the neighborhood this past weekend. We hosted Spain this year and had 18 people at our house at one time chowing on paella, patatas bravas, jamon Y queso, olives, tortilla espana, and of course sangria. I didn’t get a chance to take a picture beforehand so all I have to show for Beth’s crazy hard work is empty dishes!!! We had a really fun time – great food and great company. We all started at one house for appetizers, then split into two groups (Spain or Mexico), then went to France or Brazil (we drew France out of the bag), and then all ended up back at one house for dessert, drinks and funky shots that seemed to keep coming & coming. The last thing we remember as we strolled home after midnight was a drunken serenade of Sesame Street’s “The people in my neighborhood…”. Fun times šŸ™‚

This past Saturday both Christopher and Megan tested for their next belts in kung-fu. They both passed – barely šŸ˜‰ Christopher is now a blue belt and Megan is an orange belt. Right after that we rushed to the Eden Prairie Fire Department’s annual kid’s Christmas party which is just for the firefighter families. It’s a low key event that is always fun and we get to see santa! After that I took Christopher and Megan to ring bells for the cub scouts. Luckily it wasn’t super cold this year – the kids (with Megan leading) sang Jingle Bells about 200 times in a row!!!

Just like last year, here are a few previews of pics from our Christmas card – hope you enjoy them!

And this time of year wouldn’t be complete without several dance shows – either at basketball games or the high school.

Remember how I took the scouts to the police station last month? I asked them all to write thank-you letters. I can’t stop laughing at this one (for the record, I didn’t see it happen – hee hee).

Have a very Merry Christmas everybody!

2 Responses to “Where’s the snow I ordered?”

  1. Brooks Thompson says:

    Wow! What a hectic December, but what a lot of fun your whole family had. Sure wish we lived closer so we could go to their different dance performances and kung fu lessons. So glad you are all doing so well. The Spanish food must have been yummy and Beth must be a good cook. That’s a great way to get to know your neighbors better. Hope you all have a Happy New Year. Love you all very much.
    (I’m glad we have a fake tree – how quickly do they catch fire?)


  2. Dave T says:

    Did you watch the video? I think the entire tree was gone in less than 30 seconds – crazy!

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