Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Christmas Traditions

OK so after reading the Blog on favorite gifts I thought I would pose another question. Which by the way you can comment on our blog. We would love to hear from you. Or you can email us-you know our emails.
Here is my question.....
What is your favorite Christmas or Holiday tradition?

I have several:
1.) a 3 way tie- Our annual Christmas Eve party. I love seeing all of our friends, plus well, I get to cook and talk, what more could you ask for on Christmas? One of my other favorites, getting out all of our nativity scenes. We have 6 of them. Each one means something totally different and special. Someday I hope to inherit the one from my childhood but for now we have made room in our living room for the entire city of Bethlehem that I married into, The thing is HUGE! This is the one nativity the girls are absolutely not allowed to touch, mainly because it is going on it's 3rd generation and I don't think the camel could handle another surgery. The fact that the girls cannot play with this one of course intrigues Katherine to no end. I know when I am not looking she plays with it because every now and again I find all of the animals surrounding baby Jesus-This is quintessential Katherine "that is what really happened Mama, it was just the angel, animals, and baby Jesus, oh yeah and I guess Jofiss (Kay's version of Joseph) and Mary where around too." At last, Cutting down our Christmas tree. Every year since we moved to Oregon (with the exception of last year in the Condo) we have made the drive to Sandy, Or. and cut down our tree. This year was special because for the first time in 6 years we got to do this on a Sunday! Which means we went to a big Farm instead of this guys backyard like we always did on Mondays-ahhh, the life of having Sundays together again! This years tree is my favorite thus far. Mostly because I let the girls decorate it and I have chilled out and didn't move any ornaments around-nothing like a 3rd child to make you step back and say "yep it looks perfect just the way it is"!

2.) Christmas morning Frittata and Leftover Mexican food for dinner all while staying in our new Christmas Jammie's! OK this one is a tie too because I love that it is always just our little family (the 5 of us now) and it always will be, sorry extendo family you can come on the 26Th or stay still the 23rd but Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are all ours!

3.)Zoo Lights!

4.)This won has become a bit of a joke with us and our friends the Irwins but it is still a favorite....A walk around downtown to see the big Christmas tree in Pioneer Square-or what inevitably happens-Santa Land at Macy's!

5.)This will come as a shocker to those who know me because I don't make desserts but making Christmas cookies with my girls is definitely a favorite. This really is the only time I bake all year! I think I love this because I have such fond memories of my Grandma Ethel and me at our kitchen table making christmas cookies. Our favorite, well her special recipe for snowballs of course-and guess what, That is Ethel's favorite too! There is really nothing better for me as a Mom than cooking with my kids!

Alright now it is your turn, let us know of your favorite holiday traditions.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Back to Back Posts!!!

Hey everyone,

I hope you are all enjoying the holiday season thus far. We had a great Thanksgiving again this year at the Peters. It is so nice and stress free. So far getting ready for Christmas has been pretty smooth. We got our tree up and decorated. I hung the lights on the house. Julie took care of the rest of the indoor decorating. The house is looking festive. Ethel and Katherine even have our little fake tree from last year up in their room. It has become there new night light.

Ethel received her report card this week. I think it is her first report card ever. We started home schooling her midway through kindergarten and I don't think we received a report card before then. Maybe we did and didn't even look at it, we were pretty sour on that school. She is doing well in school. The report cards consist of +, and -, and other "grades" like meets, exceeds, needs improvement, ect. It's all very confusing. Reminds me of a salary review at work. In the comment section of her report card it did say, Ethel always tries hard and is willing to participate, and is respectful and helpful towards others. That's a good review, right? She really is enjoying school. I think she knows about 100 kids there. She obviously gets that from Julie. Julie told me a story of two seventh graders arguing over who's known Ethel longer.

On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, Katherine fell in the bath tub and cut her chin. We went to the ER and she got four stitches. This makes seven stitches all together for Katherine to go along with breaking her elbow last year right before Christmas. She had her stitches out on the following Friday and seems unfazed by any of this. I asked if we could not go back to the hospital for a year, and she said "but I am going to learn to ride a two wheeler this year." referring to her bike without training wheels. I guess she plans on crashing? Her school is going fine. I think she would just as well stay home instead of going to preschool, so different than Ethel.

Ruthie is becoming a little ham. She makes noises and laughs all the time. She is always grabbing at phones and remotes, anything with buttons. She wants to eat all the time. Last night she rolled herself under the Christmas tree, knocked over the Nativity scene, and started grabbing branches and shaking the tree. I swear it all happened in about 3 seconds.

That's it for now.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

What was your best Christmas gift?

I though it was about time I actually post on our blog. I was intending to be on top of posting maybe a couple of times a week, but once the blog was set up Julie was off and running. And doing a fine job! So now the pressure is on to meet the standard she set and come up with a good post. Here I go. It looks like Christmas is approaching fast. This reminds me of the best Christmas gift I ever got. I was 7 years old and living in Dallas, Tx. My family was in the mists of moving to Phoenix, Az. I was more than apprehensive about the move. My parents still talk about how I drove them nut with all the questions I asked about Phoenix. And I thought there were no bad questions. Anyway, My first grade Teacher Mrs Parker and I had built a strong relationship that year. Initially I was scared of Mrs Parker. She had a reputation of being all business. I was one of the older kids in the class due to my September birthday, and it was like she expected more from me. She pushed me from the get go. I did not like her. After a month Mrs Parker and I started to click. I was doing more work, had more responsibilities, and more privileges than the rest of the class. On the last day before the Christmas break, my last day at school before we moved, Mrs Parker pulled me aside and told me that she was going to miss me and that I was her best student in the class and gave me a gift. It was a pocket knife. When you are a 7 year old boy or really a male of any age there is a central question you ask yourself, " Am I man enough?" It's a question of status really. Am I man enough to climb this fence? Am I man enough to run faster than this kid? Am I man enough to catch this ball? Do I have what it takes to hang upside down on the monkey bars? To skip bars or go backwards on the monkey bars? Can I jump off the top of this slide? How long can I pop a wheelie? These are the questions of little boys. Am I man enough to have my own pocketknife? Mrs Parker said yes. It was a great gift.

So what was the best Christmas gift you ever got? Was it a special dolly? Maybe a truck or a G I Joe? Was it jewelry? Tell us.