Thursday, November 20, 2008

Love Note

Ellie wrote this little note for me today. She obviously needs a little work on her grammar, but how sweet. I love she, too.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Snow Gear

Micah was certainly not a fan of this little bit of snow. I am not sure what was bugging him the most-the hat he wouldn't keep on, the stiff feeling of being bundled up like the kid in A Christmas Story, the cold temperature outside, or the hot pink snow pants. :)

If only you could have all been here this afternoon when we sorted boots, hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, and snow pants for SIX CHILDREN. You would have felt soooo sorry for me. You would have showered me with coupons for free pedicures and bottles of strong tequila. And then you would have reminded me that this is why people only have two or three children. But we got through it and everybody, including Micah, has the proper gear in their neatly labelled drawer. Ahhh. I don't have to do this again for another year.


The weather has officially turned cold. I am not really sure how it snuck up on me, but it did. We enjoyed the cool days of fall along with the warm days of fall. We got excited when we had a couple of cold days and a little bit of snow. But now, it seems, the cold is here to stay.

Last night seemed especially cold. The boiler for our house broke down. Broken boiler=no heat and no hot water. Thankfully it wasn't much colder because we have in-floor heat in the basement and would be very bad for that to freeze up. Aaron stuck around this morning and managed to finally find the right parts. After many phone calls, $170, and a trip to Minneapolis to pick the parts up, we have heat and hot water again. Yay! (I should mention that we do have a gas fireplace on the main level, but that doesn't help out in the basement or the upper level where the bedrooms are.)

One thing is certain. I am most definitely not cut out to be a pioneer or Amish. Boiling water to hand wash (ugh) dishes was old before breakfast was through!!!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Not Thanksgiving

We had a completely stress-free pre-Thanksgiving get-together today. (Enough hyphens already!) Not all are able to get together for the official Thanksgiving because of jobs and other family commitments. Today the food was perfect, the weather was spectacular, and fellowship was fun. The kids caught salamanders and snakes and ran around outside. The adult boys played football (which they will likely be sorry about tomorrow). We even got in some games! It definitely was a good day.