Monday, December 22, 2008
We have just really begun our vacation and it has been so relaxing and great! We have slept in, watched cartoons in our pj's, made candy and cookies, played in the mounds of snow, shopped, stayed up late watching dumb Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel, played video games, and wrapped presents.
Everyone is home from school so it has been nice hanging out with our brothers and sisters that we don't get to see during the school semesters.
A few highlights from this past weekend:
1. On Saturday, Mom D, Jess, and I all went down to Great Lakes Crossing to do a little shopping. It was unbelievably busy!!! I mean, we figured it would be busy considering it was the weekend before Christmas, but we weren't expecting that busy! It took us 30 minutes to get from Target to the mall- and they are only 2 miles away from each other!!! and then we couldn't find a parking spot at the mall!!! We ended up leaving and getting stuck in traffic again thanks to a mall security guard who was trying to direct traffic and had absolutely NO clue what he was doing!! Let's just say he made a whole lot of people really mad, including us!!
2. On Sunday night, I played the piano in the Hadley Community Church cantata. I accompanied their choir in 3 songs. The choir director is Halle's piano teacher and a good friend of ours, so she asked if I would play. It was actually really nice to have something to practice and the cantata went really well!!!
3. Jessica is getting new flooring in her bedroom. They pulled out all her soft, white carpet and put in hardwood flooring. Well, actually it's that stuff that looks like wood, but it's not. Brad, Dad D, and Scott all worked on it this weekend. I will take a pic tomorrow as it is a huge mess in there right now!
I have enjoyed our vacation so much already and we haven't even gotten to Christmas yet!! I hope you are having a wonderful vacation as well!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
8. Christmas parties- nothing beats a bunch of food, family/friends, and holiday cheer all in one place at one time9. Christmas shopping
Friday, December 12, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Even though we are all sad about Grandma, our Thanksgiving weekend was packed full of food, family, and fun! The week leading up to Thanksgiving was pretty low-key, which was nice. We really didn't do a whole lot, except make food for Thursday's meals. On Thursday, we had a nice brunch with the DeLanges and Williams. We had Honey Baked ham and turkey, overnight omelet, cheesy hashbrowns, warm apples, sweet potatoes, jello, apple pie and cookies. Everything was delicious!!! Dad D. talked about Thanksgiving and read Abraham Lincoln's "Declaration of Thanksgiving" before we ate. It's amazing how great of a writer/speaker Lincoln was and how his priorities were so godly. The brunch was a nice start to our day. We sat around for a couple hours, just relaxing, looking at store ads, and watching football before we headed off to my parent's house for an afternoon dinner. My mom had a turkey, stuffing, jello, corn, rolls, cheesy carrots, salad, pies, and pumpkin cheesecake. Everything tasted great even though I didn't eat a whole lot because I was still stuffed from earlier. Bailey ended up coming with us to play with Halle, so we didn't see them hardly at all. We all played the Wii and watched "Elf". My cousin, Lauren, was in town from college. It was nice to see her too.
Halle and Me
Me, Mom, Allyson
Halle and Bailey getting ready to watch "Elf"
Parker looking sweet even though he has stains on his shirtFriday started at 5:00am for me. I was up and getting ready to stand in line at Target when they opened at 6am. My mom and sister met up with me right as I was walking into the store. We got everything we wanted to get, which was nice. We always go Black Friday shopping, so we are used to the crowds. There's something exhilarating about standing in lines and fighting crowds to get a good deal. I will never forget the year Brad went with us to get a camera at Circuit City. It was so jam packed in the store no one could move. Brad ended up getting everything he wanted while we went over to Target. Even though it was crazy, it was so fun!
Inside the store
Sunday we had church in the morning and then Scott, Al, Brad and I all went and saw "Australia". It is so good. I would definitely recommend it! It is a little long, but you don't realize it because you are so engrossed in the story. Definitely a Must-See!!!
Also, a couple times this weekend the kids all went out and got pulled around on sleds by the tractor. They had so much fun! Parker rode with the tractor driver and they hooked up 2 sleds for the kids. They had fun falling off, doing tricks, etc. I didn't go out this time, but maybe sometime later this winter I will get on and try it!
Corey, Bailey and Halle
The girls stayed on, but Chad and Corey kept falling off!
That was our weekend! Absolutely PACKED!!!! And to add on top of that, we got LOTS of snow all weekend long. Sunday night we got 6-8 inches!!!!
We were for sure planning on having a "snow day" on Monday, but even though over 200 schools closed, Lapeer didn't, so Jess and Halle had school. We were mad!!! We were hoping for a day to recoupe from our weekend.
Brad's grandma's health has deteriorated so quickly this week that it is only a matter of time now. We have been watching Chad, Corey, and Bailey every night this week, as Brad's mom and aunt want to be with their mom as much as possible. We haven't even got any Christmas decorations up yet and have no clue if we will ever get them up. Oh well. It's not that important considering the circumstances.