Monday, December 27, 2010

musical christmas

This year the girls had their piano recital in a nursing home in Coeur d'Alene. Alice played We Three Kings and Adaline played The 12 days of Christmas. They did so well. We are so proud of their hard work. They put in lots of time practicing. Adaline played her song 10 times a day, all 12 verses. I have to say, at times I felt like I was going bonkers, but she was determined to master that song. Adaline also played her song at the Betty Kiefer Elementary Christmas program. It was so cute to see all her friends gathered around the piano singing while she played. At the same program, Jack sang his heart out. He is so loud. At one point all the other kids were unsure of the words to a song, but he was just belting it out. They followed his lead. It was hilarious. I'm so grateful for music in my life. I love that my kids want to sing and play and make music. I hope they don't get tired of it.

Alice playing at her recital
The girls with their piano teacher Joette. Just look at that face.
Who wouldn't want to learn from her? She's the greatest!
Jack singing. He is on the top row in the middle.
Adaline playing while her friends sing.

christmas sunday

This is my only picture of all my kids in their "Sunday clothes". I also love the star in lights over my oars. That was Brittany's idea 3 years ago. It's my favorite!
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This year Jacob and Jack joined us girls at Nutcracker. Jacob had never been and really enjoyed it. Jack did pretty well sitting still. He was on my lap the whole time. He loves music and didn't seem to mind there was no talking. James sat out on this one. I'm sure he was much happier having our babysitter Olivia all to himself. As I am looking at this picture I'm wondering, where are these kids' coats????
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Sunday, December 26, 2010


Another Christmas Eve tradition we have is taking care of our tomten. He is basically a Norwegian gnome who looks after our farm. There is the nicest book about him that I read to the kids. It is called "The Tomten" by Astrid Lindgren. After we finish the story (There is also another book about him, called "The Tomten and the Fox". Sometimes I read this one too.) we set out a bowl of oatmeal on the patio for him. The theory is that if you leave some porridge out for the tomten on Christmas Eve, he will watch over your farm for the year. If you forget, he will not take care of things and he will even play tricks on you. Do we have a real farm? No. But, I love my Norwegian roots!
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2010 nativity

We have had the most wonderful Christmas this year. Thursday, we went to a great party at the Coffey's. We did it all; bunco, the flour game, white elephant, ugly Christmas sweater, amazing food. On Christmas Eve day we shopped and had our traditional lunch at "the family Mexican restaurant". After the men of the house took naps, we went to the Boyer's. This is the third year we have spent the evening with them and other friends. We love playing barnyard mix-up and dressing up for the Nativity. When we get home, we always open presents from the kid's gift exchange and do our own family Nativity. This year we changed things up a little bit. Jack wanted to be the angel. He sat with his hands clasped under his chin and his eyes closed like that the whole time. I finally said, "Jack, will you open your eyes for the picture?" He said, "No Mom, I have to keep praying." What a cute kid. James decided to be Joseph. Adorable. Alice and I were wiseladies. Adaline makes the perfect Mary. Jacob chose to be the camera man this year. Good thing! I never want to forget this!
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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Snowmobiling- Bloom Peak

It's no fun not having my brothers and Dad living nearby to go play with... fortunately I was invited to go riding with a friend the day before Christmas Eve. This place is called Bloom Peak. We had a grand time!

Monday, December 20, 2010


Our Thanksgiving was amazing, again, since my brother and his family came to spend it with us. There was a ton of snow and it averaged about 20 degrees but we managed to have so much fun. I was sad to cancel the turkey bowl this year. It was just too cold. We kept to all of our other traditions though. Here are some highlights. Turkey dinner, cousins snuggling (they're never too big to snuggle), Brad shot a huge deer (thank goodness! It's his last year to hunt in Idaho almost for free) and date night. For our date this year we started at Texas Roadhouse, browsed the army navy store (Brad was modeling for us) and ended up, as always, at the Coeur d'Alene resort for pictures and warming ourselves by their roaring fire. We are so glad David and Trish and Britt and Brad come spend Thanksgiving with us. They can count on the drive being long and my kids being noisy and the rolls being store bought but they come any way. I'm especially happy that Britt and Brad make the effort to take off work and leave their loved ones to spend time with us. We love you guys!!!

p.s. I don't know why some of this is in italics

Sunday, December 19, 2010

my man nacho

My kids are in a Nacho Libre phase. All of them. That means we have lots of wrestling and rough-housing. I have Jack coming and wrapping himself around my leg or waist and yelling "It's the anaconda squeeeeeeeze." Then there are the drawings. Jack is quite the artist. These are all pretty self-explanatory. My junk counter was getting overwhelmed by the stack of drawings so we chose the best ones and taped them up above his bed. I took close-ups of the ones that make me giggle every day. Enjoy!

greenbluff 2004

Is it possible my girls were ever this little?! Or this cute? I miss those cheeks!


Here is another load of pictures from our Greenbluff trip. The pony rides are a tradition since we moved here. We have pictures of Ada and Alice as little ones riding. I might try to find those to post. Adaline is still dreaming of a horse. When I see her with one, I almost want to take the plunge, one way or another. Cute kids jumping off hay bales. We were practicing action shots. Perfect illustration of "Determined James", pulling the wagon. He insisted on doing it himself, for a lot of the time. It was slow going...

Friday, December 3, 2010


The kids and I went to Greenbluff to pick pumpkins and get fresh apples and pears. The kids always ride on the ponies and then they have to play along as I photograph them all day. What fun!! I have more pics but the computer is not cooperating. I'll try again later.