Monday, December 27, 2010

Guess what Rose #1 wished she got for Christmas...

On Christmas night we had a spot of sobbbing at our house. You see, Rose #1 has been wanting a Nineendo DS for a good long while, and so far Santa has not obliged. (Exhibit #1 of why: We didn't see her or her cousin at Christmas dinner at all - they were too busy playing DS.) Her cousin has one, and she really, really wants one.

So we have to think about ways that Rose #1 can earn $100 so she can buy her own Nintendo DS. So far I haven't come up with much. It's hard to earn money when you're 8 years old. She'll just have to content herself with playing her cousin's:

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas Eve!

It's Christmas Eve, which means that it's Christmas Pageant day! All the Roses are in the pageant this year!

Rose #2 is a King's Page. She has a very important job as the head purple king's page. She has to carry the train of the purple king. This is a big responsibility. Doesn't she look up to the task?

Rose #3 is a cherub. She has been waiting and waiting to be a cherub, and yesterday she finally got to put on the cherub costume. She is very cherubic.
Here are the king's page and the cherub together. Rose #1 is in the children's choir and doesn't get to wear a costume. We'll get a shot of everyone together tonight at the real live show.

And my niece Beatrice is a green king's page. Isn't it great that she gets to be with her cousins in the pageant this year?

Merry Christmas Eve to everyone! I hope Santa's sleigh lands lightly on your roof tonight and many, many presents show up under your tree.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

So thankful...

Thankful that we have a warm house this morning, when it's -2 and -22 windchill.

Thankful that my oldest baby made it home last night from skiing. Not my best parenting decision ever, to send her to skiing. I honestly did not realize how bad the roads were going to be as the day wore on and we got 15" of snow!

Thankful that my husband's car is a truck, has 4WD and the darn wheels are so high. He made it to the bus dropoff with zero problem last night to pick up our skiier.

Thankful that we had the sense to turn around yesterday midday when we decided (like FOOLS) to go to Macy's to see Santa. Also thankful that we somehow managed to get our minivan unstuck after we got it stuck. It involved me reversing onto Ayd Mill Road (stupid and dangerous) and then pulling over so H could get back in the car. We had our NIECE with us! I had three little girls in the car! I am very thankful we got back home.

Thankful that church is cancelled today. I don't remember the last time that church was actually cancelled due to snow, but I'll tell you that the side streets here in St. Paul are impassable until the plows show up, and our church is on a side street.

Thankful that we did our grocery shopping on Friday night. I'm usually not one of those people who run to the store when there is a storm coming, but I'm glad we did it this time.

Now I've gotta get back to work. I'm speaking this week at a web seminar and I have to finish preparing my remarks. I am thankful for the opportunity to do this speaking gig but of course I'll also be thankful when it's over...

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Snowy Saturday...TODAY... BLIZZARD!!...Update!

This picture doesn't tell the whole story...

It is a veritable blizzard here. We tried to go out with Rose #2 and #3 to see Santa at Macy's and we got completely stuck exiting Ayd Mill Road. So we turned around and barely made it home. It is scary out there - very, very snowy and the driving conditions are awful.

We sent Rose #1 to ski school today, which seemed like a great idea this morning, and as the afternoon wears on seems worse and worse. I'll be much happier when I see her little face coming in the back door. Scary.

Update: Rose #1 is home! A very scary afternoon waiting to confirm she was safe. Thank goodness she got home all 100% fine (and sort of exasperated that I was worried!).

Snowy Saturday...Last Saturday...

Last Saturday it was snowy. So we went sledding!!

Here's Rose #2 and #3 after sledding, all snowy and tired, so they lay down in the snow.

I dragged them home from our neighborhood park in the sled. It was such a gorgeous snowy day, all sunny and beautiful.