Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Of course the trip would not have been complete without some pictures...
(The one that looks like it's on her lip is actually suspended in air,
falling from the sky)
Mailee had two big sledding spills early on and after that she was quite satisfied hanging out with me, watching the sledders.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Thanks Mom for the awesome dress/top!
We are officially on "vacation" right now...no school or obligations! I'm so excited for all the Christmas festivities. We most look forward to Christmas Eve, watching the kids open gifts and stockings on Chrsitmas morning and skating with the whole Banman family up at Big White the day after Christmas.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
But I don't feel relaxed...I have realised that anything else that I want to send to my American family or friends will now officially be late from this point forward and that those Chirstmas cards that I have not started will probably not be happening till the new year. How did our life get so busy? How do I slow down when all of the things we are doing seem manditory? How do I make every moment count with the kids when I feel spread so thin?
I want to focus on relationships and enjoying these moments together but I can't let go of all the fun things that are calling my name! How do I say "NO" to costumes for school plays and cookies for this party and appies for that function? I love it all, I just wish it wasn't all smooshed into one month! Perhaps I'll throw my fabulous Chirstmas party in July...
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
And now I have the privilege of seeing through her eyes the amount of love, care, concern and involvement that a Mother feels for her children. I have the honor of feeling the regret of the rude things I may have said through a few selfish years, and the pleasure of being at a place where her wisdom is now more readily accepted and welcomed...(it is so much easier this way, I hope my daughters figure it out sooner than I did :)
ANYWAYS.... Mom, you are so special to me. I am thankful for your empathy, your kindness, your glass-always-half-full attitude, your positive example in your friendships and your faithfulness in your commitments over the years, to AWANA, to the D school, to 3rd grade Sunday school, to my family... You are reliable and trustworthy and caring. I love you so much and I am so thankful for you and the very important role you have played and continue to play in my life.
Happy Birthday, I love you!
And now, some photos!!!!
9 years ago today, you held your 3 day old first grandchild!!
Taking Mikayla to her first "show" Sesame Street LIVE...
you always think of fun and different things for the kids :)
So many great memories growing up going to the 4th of July picnic at Lamonica (and then Buchanan)
The kids feel so supported and loved by you!
I just love this pic...it's a good one!
Another good one I couldn't pass up...