Daniel has been busy doing this! I feel like a bad parent because I think this is all he has done since he got his laptop. He does manage to eat, sleep and use the restroom! Does this count as family time with him and Dan on their laptops and me reading together in the living room!?!
Daniel's bag of coal! There really wasn't any coal in there, but I told him he would a bag of coal! He thought it was funny!
His favorite gift that he received was his new laptop! It was something he didn't really think he wanted but was VERY excited to get.
He also got lots of DVD's (he watches them on the laptop), a CD, cologne, books and as a family gift we got the Tony Hawk Ride for our Wii (it has been played but I was taking a nap when Dan and Daniel were playing it. I'll get pictures later). So our Christmas was very good. Great gifts, family and good food!
For those of you who have been following our blog since last year may remember how our gingerbread house turned out last year. It was not pretty! A tornado ran through the house year and it did not make it :) So this year I tried again. The house is still standing! I actually bought a pre-bulit kit. All I had to do was put the decorations on it! So much easier than last year! Maybe next years will be even better than this one!
I always get excited to put the Christmas tree up every year. But this year I wanted to make the tree different than I usually do. In the past we would put ornaments that we have gotten over years from people and what we have bought. But this time I went with a theme. My inspiration was a big bow (at the top) that was cream, gold, and silver. It looks really pretty when the lights are out. And it makes me happy! Daniel in front of the tree. I think he'll enjoy the Christmas season as much as I do!
Daniel went trick or treating this year! He went with a friend across the street and he dressed up as Phantom of the Opera. He got alot of candy (plus what we still have leftover from handing out)! He had lots of fun and his costume looks great!
We finally got a closet organizer set for our master bedroom closet. When we moved into our home there wasn't any rods in any of the closets. So we are slowly trying to customize the closets. But I'm excited to have shelves and rods in my closet to put our clothes on instead of the closet floor!
Monday was the 5th anniversary of Deirdre passing away from breast cancer. We always remember her by getting flowers that she would have gotten herself. This time I decided to get pink roses. The pink is for Breast Cancer Awareness month. And to honor mothers, daughters, wives and many others who have lost the battle to cancer or who are currently battling cancer. My hope is that one day we can find a cure and that breast cancer won't be such a scary thing to watch someone go through. We love you Deirdre and never does a day go by that we don't think of you and what loving, kind and wonderful wife, mother, friend and mammaw you are!!
I had the day off from work yesterday and decided to clean the house. Here is what I did: -cleaned the sliding glass door (our dog leaves her mouth and nose print on it) -swept and mopped the kitchen, bathroom, and entry way -cleaned out the microwave -washed 5 loads of laundry (it was REALLY nice to get into bed after a long day to fresh smelling sheets and comforter) -unloaded the dishwasher -loaded the dishwasher back up -dropped clothes off at the Salvation Army -dust the house (and the sneezed all day) -vacuumed the whole house including the stairs (the stairs I hate to vacuum!) -made a grocery list and planned meals for the week
So this morning I was planning on sleeping in but I woke up at 8! Oh well! My house feels clean and that's a good feeling! I just read for most of the day!
I feel silly buying this candy! I was in Hy-Vee looking at their huge selection of Halloween candy and just happened to see at the very bottom shelf a bag of chocolates for Stephanie Meyer's New Moon! So I had to get them! I just hope that I'm not the only adult out there buying this bag of chocolates! :)
We were given this clock from my father-in-law. It was my mother-in -law's. She got it from an antique shop and took it in to get it working again. I'm not for sure about the history behind it (or if there is one). The only things we know is that it is at least 100 years old. Danny (my father-in-law) found the key to wind it up every few days. So now it works again. It is really cool to hear the tick tock and to hear it chime!
We found this weird looking bug outside on our house after church today. No one has any idea what it is. All I can say is it gives me the heebie jeebies! If anyone has a clue as to what it is, let us know. It was in some kind of web.
On Tuesday this week Daniel tried out for the school play. And today he found out that he made it! He will be playing on of the main characters in the play called "Cybermare". He is beyond excited and ready for rehearsals to start. We will keep you updated on things and any pictures that I can put up! Congratulations Daniel!!
Here is Daniel on his first day of 8th grade!! Can you believe that he is an eighth grader?! I can't and I sure don't feel old enough to be the mom of and eighth grader! We are hoping and praying that this year is really great! He has lots of plans to keep him busy this year. Hopefully all those plans come true! Have a great year Daniel!!
1. His ability to make people laugh. He always knows when to say something funny when you need it (and you don't know you need it until he does it!) Just ask him about his voices! 2. He is a great father. No matter how busy he is he always there for Daniel. Especially now that Daniel is a teen! 3. He is opinionated. He is never afraid to say what he feels, thinks, or likes (or dislikes). 4. He is confidant. This kind of goes along with number 3. He has the confidence to say what is on his mind to whoever and whenever. And he doesn't worry about what others will think. 5. He is kind. He is always willing to help anyone, no matter who you are or what you have done. He will be there waiting. 6. He puts God and family first. There isn't much to explain here. He just puts God and family first as it should be. 7. He is a great son. I can't speak for his Mom or Dad, but from what I see he always respect and loves his parents. Through all the good and bad times he maintains a great relationship with them. 8. He is romantic. When I say this one it reminds me of a story. When his mom was sick and in the hospital during her 25th wedding anniversary, Dan had the Chaplin from his work stop by to have his parents renew their wedding vows. It was a surprise to them, but were happy that he did that! 9. He is the best husband. We have been through some tough times during our marriage, but he has (and still is) been there when I need him. He helps me with a smile, joke and a plan. And he is a great provider to me and his family. To me, he is a great example of what a husband should be. 10. He is so smart. And he keeps on learning! I know his Mom is very proud of him. I joke that he needs to write a book on all the information he has stored in his brain. He was always there to help me with my homework in school and he still continues to help when I need some information. He is the go to man!
I just want to say "Happy Birthday Dan!" I'm so glad to have you in my life. I cannot imagine what life would be like without you. You are so wonderful. Making this list makes me think of many things that I could write about. Thank you for the last 15 years and here is to many more birthdays ahead!
Dan has gotten into some poison ivy and it is on his face as you can see from the above picture. And on his arms and legs.
He went to the doctors today. They gave him a steroid shot in the office. We then proceeded to the pharmacy to get his other medicines. He is to take Claritin and Prednisone in the morning. Apply an antibiotic cream to his rash twice daily and take Zyrtec in the evening! Right now he home resting and trying to see out of his eye! He should be fine soon!
Daniel's birthday was on Thursday! He turned 13! I had the day off from work and I took him out to lunch and a movie! Danny, my father-in-law came over for dinner and cake and to watch Daniel open all his gifts!
Daniel got a new comforter set for his bed, Inkheart DVD, Inkspell and Inkdeath books, Harry Potter DS game.
It is hard to believe that he is 13 now! He is growing up SO fast!
After breakfast on Saturday morning we took our parents to the River Market in Kansas City. We also saw the steamboat Arabia. This picture is the back of the boat where the rudder is. It was pretty big when you are standing there looking at it. This gentleman that Daniel is standing with is one of the men who help find and preserve the artifacts from the Arabia. His name is Bob Hawley.
This is the snag that sunk the Steamboat Arabia in the Missouri River.
The paddle wheel is a replica of what would have been on the boat. But the engine is the original from the steamboat.
Here is the paddle wheel from a different angle. This thing was huge!
My parents came in Friday evening and spent the night at our place. So I had this great idea to invite my sister Rosie and her family to our house for breakfast on Saturday morning before we went out. Here is Little Micheal eating biscuits and gravy. Here is my Dad. That is probably the only picture that we have of him smiling!