End of the semester!
Exams are over,
grades are in
and the kids have a day off of school,
which, around here, means
I had heard of a place called Horsely
where the Habour Seals come to have their babies.
So, with a GPS,
a full tank of gas,
some travel tunes
and lots of snacks
we headed off in search of seals!
We found our way to Horsely,
navigated along the dunes
(with A leading us! LOL!)
and were rewarded with some fabulous views of seals!
The girls had fun walking along the dunes
and looking at the seals.
K and I even managed to spot a few frolicking in the water...
but I think that the boys may have had the best time
splashing in the puddles,
stomping in the snow,
and spelunking along the dunes.
Then A suddenly decided he didn't want to wear his hat!
After that...he was off again!
And all was well! LOL!
Today was a wonderful day...
a rare day where we get to sleep in...
and it was made even more fabulous by what we woke up to,
a gorgeous blanket of white!
So, after a family breakfast,
we all bundled up and headed out to play
I walked out the door to a full on war...
(yes, I was the last one out,
putting gloves on an 18 month old slows you down a bit!)
Even A got in on it...
not too bad for his first attempt at a snow ball!
Don't let her cuteness fool you,
she was more than willing to attack!
After the snow ball fight,
C pulled out a sled,
secured some cord to it,
and became A's personal driver...
I think he liked it
(you can decide which 'he' I am referring to!)
Then we headed out for a little walk around town!
After all that play,
it was time for some work!
and a little creativity, a la Calvin and Hobbes!
I got a new camera for Christmas!
I love it, seriously love it!
It has become like my fourth appendage
(my phone being my third!)
Any way, it was sunny,
and lightly snowing...
so I headed out to see what there was to photograph,
and some one followed me!
she became the subject of my pictures!
I love the red... and the wellies!
But I think this might be my most favorite of the day...
her smile is so natural
and I can see her personality peeking through!
They don't happen often
mainly because we don't have many weekends without something going on
but this was one of those weekends.
So, we pulled out a favorite of C and mines...
Facing the Giants.
I think the kids saw it back in Germany
but none of them remembered it
and by the end,
both K and I were crying.
Of course, popcorn is a must!
A thought that he needed to be keeper of the popcorn,
doling out bites and bowl refills as he saw fit!
of course, A got the best seat in the house!
I have four kids,
really, I do.
And I am very aware of this fact...
but, I spend most days (really pretty much everyday)
all day with one ...
And, not only is he the one around the most,
but he is just so stinkin' cute!
And my other shadow
(she had brown eyes first)
is the dog!
So, of course,
these two have become buddies...
Chena is so patient with him as he crawls on her,
sticks his fingers in her eyes, ears and mouth...
and is rewarded with the "crumbs" he drops for her at dinner and snack times!
But my favorite part,
is when he gathers his blankie, monkey and crawls over for some snuggles!
Well, if you can call screaming and clinging to his big sister a visit...
We attended the 100 OG/MxG Children's Christmas Party at RAFM this past weekend...
there was lots of fun...
the Big Guy in Red himself...taxi'd in on on KC 135, escorted by a few elves!
A seemed to be enjoying himself,
even tolerated the elf costume mom put him in.
Em was a happy camper
E was a terrific helper
as was K...
Then it was our turn to visit the man in red...
Em hopped right on up,
smiled for the camera
and told just him what she wanted...
he asked for Duct Tape and rope...
(yes, I am concerned)
and questioned who was behind the beard
Then it was A's turn...
death grip on mom's arm...
dad tried...and got the death grip.
He finally agreed to go to K...
until she walked up to the big guy...
then he no longer thought she was cool either!
And, yes, even Santa himself was laughing...
So, you've heard of 'elf on the shelf'
the holiday craze that's sweeping the 'net?
Well, me being me, and not quiet able to follow a trend....
and the fact that we are all very homesick for Alaska...
we are going with our own version
"The bear up there..."!
Check back here daily,
to see what name the kids choose
and then to see what adventures await!
The Bear Up There
How does Santa know if you are good or bad?
Does he call or text your mom or dad?
How does he watch you both day and night?
Is he following close, not letting you ought of sight?
No, Santa has help to keep an eye on you.
He assigns a bear to stick to you like glue!
Every morning when you awake, try to spy
from where I will be keeping an eye!
I'll watch to see if you follow and obey
the rules and things your parents say.
I'll gather the info and make my report
then each night to the north pole via a special port.
I'll tell Santa the things that you have done
and I won't forget any, not a single one!
Some things will make him happy, some things will make him cry.
I will be back at your house before the sun hits the sky!
So there you have it, that's how it's done...
It's the animals that help get the North Pole run!
Before we get started, there are two rules to know...
First, if you touch me, I loose my magic and must go.
And second, I need a name and it must come from you...
so get started thinking of one or two.
Remember to be good and spread some holiday cheer!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
We are back home after a whirlwind trip to Germany...
Just over 36 hours in country,
almost 20 hours in the van,
two bakeri visits,
two amazing German meals (schnitzel mit pommes) enjoyed,
three hours in a water park,
six bottles of apfel schoule brought back,
one missed chunnel crossing because of passport cues (it wasn't a huge deal),
and the most amazing smiles ever from Kirby!
I have to say as a parent,
there is no greater feeling than seeing
pure joy and
the pride of accomplishment
on your child's face!
The five Bennett's loaded into the van early Friday morning,
several hours after we put her on the bus...
and headed off to Germany to watch my baby run in the
DODD's European HS Cross Country Championships!
It was a snowy,
covered with anxious parents,
The girls headed towards their starting area,
huddled up for some words of encouragement from their team captain,
did the "Lancer Rumble",
and then waited anxiously for the starting gun!
(the remaining five Bennett's were waiting anxiously for the starting gun too!).
Suddenly the pistol fired and they were off...
Kirby ran a great race, passing folks even at the end...
her run to the finish was beautiful!
But the smile on her face was the best!
Her team didn't do so well, finishing 7th out of the schools in her division,
but she had her best time yet at 23:44 and finished fifth on her team and 29th over all
(out of a field of 50 girls)!
in no particular order...
*softly snoring kiddos
*my kids singing praise music
*the golden silence of a favorite meal...
*Kirby's text tone
*the squeal of discovery in the backyard
*the happy puppy whine when she learns she is about to go on a run
*the contented purr of my kitty in my lap
*baby claps... cheering in his own way
*Chris' ring tone on my cell
Kaitlin ran her last home cross country meet on Saturday...
and as soon as she crossed the finish line and got a hug from her daddy,
he and Eli took off for a cub scout camping weekend!
lots of dirt,
foil packet dinners,
"Not in my back yard",
wet camp chairs,
hot chocolate and coffee,
making lots of fabulous memories!