Saturday, December 29, 2007

peace & quiet

We had a very quiet Christmas this year. I would have traded it for a crazy Christmas with our families though- we did get a small piece of the craziness when we skyped our families. I didn't realize how much it would affect Kail. He would talk for a little then look at me and say "I want to go home to Utah I hate it here" One time after talking to E he started to tear up. Poor kid, I have to remind him that being in NC means being with his dad and that makes it all better.
Christmas eve we made cookies and set them out with milk, a carrot and letters to Santa. When the kids woke up I could hear Lily tell Kail "Look Santa ate all the cookies" I think she was hoping he would have left one for her. When I came out she said " mom Rudolph with his shiny nose liked my carrot!" She can't mention Rudolph without including his shiny nose. They were allowed to play with the unwrapped presents from Santa right away but had to wait for dad and Niels to wake up- which didn't take long considering all the noise they were making. I bet our neighbors love us.

I thought this was going to turn out so cute (what I need is a high speed camera)
This is Lily's new "I have to smile for the camera" smile
Niels with our homemade decorations, I don't know what's harder getting Niels to look at the camera or....
...getting Gary to. Gary is taking Kail out to go play with his new baseball bat
These tree pictures are really for my parents. Gary picked up this tree a week before Christmas. Kail all month long kept telling us it was time to decorate, we told him Santa dropped it off, he was so excited. This is this nicest tree we've ever had. I almost hated to decorate it.
But we did with all natural candy canes from whole foods, paper snowflakes- it took a few tries to remember how to do it but I got pretty good after the 10th one if I do say so myself. I had intentions of making some globe type ornaments from some finger painted paper Kail did with homemade finger paints but never got around to making them. The faces of the kids is what Santa used instead of gift tags- He's a smart man & knows Lily can't read names yet. After we opened the presents Lily wanted to put them on the tree.

These are the big present that the three of them received from Santa- they are called Bilibo , everyone kept asking "what does it do?" well nothing- my explanation is; it's an imagination toy. You use your imagination to play with it. All I know is that my kids love it. Kail got orange, Lily- pink and Niels- mini blue & green. Plus they are just cool to look at.

We missed being with our families but next year! I hope you all had fun too!

Merry Christmas!!!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

wish you were here, and we were there!

North Carolina is having record highs, yesterday and today we were in the 70's. I've had to pull out the shorts and turn on my air conditioner. I just don't know if it'll really feel like Christmas without snow. Kail wants to go skiing with his Uncle Shawn so much.
These pictures were taken just right out side our building, it's so beautiful here.
There are 3 of these ponds just right behind our building we get geese in the mornings and the other day Kail swears he saw a Pterodactyl. I'm pretty sure it was a Heron or a crane, we go out with our camera now so we will be able to capture it on film & really be able to identify it. And that's another thing to love about homeschooling you get to help your kids learn everything they can about things they are interested in. I love learning too right along with him.

Thursday, December 6, 2007


Yea!!! It's fixed! The salon I went to is called the Hillside Salon and the girl who cut his hair- Ginger has young boys of her own so she did an excellent job and didn't get super annoyed when he didn't keep his head perfectly still.
(these are the worst pictures of Kail but he is sick so that's my excuse)

Nicole wins! Gary and I were having a friendly competition on which present Kail liked the most and Aunt Nic is the new winner. She got him this car it's an Automoblox. It is the coolest toy! We all love it. Now Lily wants one or two. You can pull them apart and it's not too difficult for younger kids to put back together and if you have more you can mix and match their parts. And it's made well- one of those heirloom quality toys-Thanks Aunt Nic!
I had to share with you these pictures of Niels. Notice the bouncy chair behind him, well I was making dinner and noticed that he was halfway out of it so I ran to the sink washed my hands & when I turned around this is what I saw. Don't ask me how he did it but it was so cute to see his little grin- he was so pleased with himself getting to those bags.
Who needs fancy toys when you have paper grocery bags to play with?
Is he not the cutest kid ever?

(by the way I love Whole Foods Market)

Saturday, December 1, 2007


Nicole HELP!!! Gary took Kail to get his haircut today and this is what happened:

He looks like a little girl!
Gary took him to Supercuts (his 1st mistake)
Then got the whitetrash chick (2nd mistake)
& told her just to trim around the edges (3rd mistake)
After she massacred the back she started on the front and gave my son bangs! That's when Gary stopped her & walked out.
Nic- I'm in desperate need of your talents! I'm going to try and fix it tonight but it just might have to wait until I get to a real salon on Monday.