Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Aaron's knee.....

So we got home from our Christmas celebrations this afternoon, I called out Dr to see if they had the results from Aaron's MRI. He called back, and said WOW, Aaron did it good. He has a tear in the Medial Meniscus, and is to call the Orthopedic Surgeon tomrrow to schedule surgery. YUCK!! Not what we were hoping for. Then the urgent care dr called at 10PM (that is where he initially went to be seen) and Dr.Parrish said that after surgery he will need to be non-weight bearing for 4 weeks. That sucks! Thank god he works a job where he can sit, but it is going to be a long 4 weeks. As it is I really wanted the Christmas lights down off the roof, that is not going to be happening any time soon. We will let you all know when we find out when it is.

Christmas Day

We spent Christmas morning here, opening presents, Savannah dot an IPod,

Dominick a Nintedo DS
and then headed off to The Crittenden's for Christmas there. We had a great prime rib dinner, opened gifts, and played Monolopy Here and Now with EVERYONE!
Savannah played the elf (delivering presents) and Dominick was thrilled with his case of OLIVES from Uncle Shawn!

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Christmas Eve

Every year on Christmas eve, Aaron had read The Night before Christmas. This year Savannah read The Polar Express (thanks Ruby) to everyone, then Dominick read The Night Before Christmas, then Aaron finally got to read it to the kids.

Did the annual picture of the kids in front of the christmas tree, this year Scarlett joined the picture.

Then we put out cookies and milk for Santa, carrots for the reindeer, and sprinkled "Reindeer food" for the reindeer. All traditions we have done for years, it was great!.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Christmas Eve Eve

Christmas is almost here. I miss my family and friends that are not near! It is hard to be excited this time of year. My family is far way (Boston, Las Vegas, and Yuma) and my best friend is in New Hampshire. I love my in-laws, and I am so glad they are here, close by to spend the holidays with. BUT I wish my kids had cousins to play with. I know that growing up having the 8 of us so close created special memories. My kids don't have that. Never did, probably never will. That makes me sad. Though they love their cousins dearly, they don't have the memories that we had of going to our grandparents every year, for every holiday. We have created new traditions, but I still miss the old ones.

New traditions:

~Grandma & Grandpa Sing take the kids to Storybook Land
~We go drive and see Christmas lights
~Aaron reads them The Night Before Christmas, every Christmas Eve
~They open their stockings ASAP Christmas morning
~Aaron and I open ours in bed
~We go to Aaron's parent Christmas day and celebrate with them

What are your traditions? What are your greatest Christmas memories?

May you all have a wonderful, memory filled Christmas!!

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Let it snow frozen fog....

It just does not have the same ring to it. On Sunday we woke up to white everywhere. The kids thinking it was snow, rushed to get dressed and go outside, only to discover it was way more like frozen fog. It was really fine, but they still managed to make snow angels, and snowballs. We still 3 days later have yet to really unfreeze. Strange thing is that if you drive 2 miles down the road towards town, it is as clear as can be.


Friday, December 15, 2006


This has been a strange past 24 hours. Yesterday was the kids Christmas program. Savannah has a solo/speaking part. She did great! Then we went to dinner with Aaron's parents. They left, we got ready for bed and the phone rings. Its my MIL saying they cant get home because a tree has fallen in blocking the road/driveway. So Aaron gets out of bed, get dressed and drives over to help his dad. In the mean time a neighbor comes home, and gets his tractor to move the tree, so Aaron gets there and turns around and comes home. All this was caused by the HUGE windstorm we had last night.

Aaron gets up and gets ready for work, only to have his boss call and say don't come in there is NO power at the office. So he decided to go to her house and help her move her old home office to her new home office. He was getting stuff from the truck and heard a loud POP and he now can walk or straighten his left knee. 2 hours in urgent care, a brace, and an MRI scheduled for next Friday. They think he did something to his meniscus. So now he is hobbling around with the brace on, getting ready to go to work since the power in on again.

Plus the sump pump stopped working this morning. So he will have to dig that up and see what is wrong with it. All while not bending his knee. FUN FUN!

Damn, when it rains it pours....... I think we need a do over for today!!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Christmas Program

Tonight the kids had their All-American Christmas program. They have a new music teacher this year, she is really good. Savannah had her first solo/speaking part. She has never tried out before, and decided that since this was her last year there she would. She did great!!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Storybook Land and Santa

Every year since Savannah was born Grandma & Grandpa Fish have taken the child(ren) to Storybook Land and at the end they see Santa. This year was a little different. Savannah said she did not want to go. I told her then she needed to call Grandma and tell her. She chose not to. So last night in the pouring rain, we all packed into the Tahoe and headed to the fairgrounds. The kids were not thrilled to be there, and it showed. It took a record 15 mintues to go through it. Past years we have been there up to an hour. They rushed through it, did not want to see Santa. Like I cared, I wanted the annual picture. They went, not happilily but then went. I think this is the last year I will get these pictures. I am sad, very sad. My kids are growing up too quickly!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Fill In the Blanks

Fill in the Blank

1. My current favorite song: Silent Night, O holy night!!

2. The last book I read: I am still reading Robin McGraws book, Inside my Heart I just can't see to find time to finish it. Acutally I think I have only read about 4 chapters of it, not that I dont like it, just time issues.

3. The last book I bought: Some hardbacked books, for the 2 year old in the family we adpoted this year through Aaron's work.

4. The last cd I bought: It's a Christmas gift, and she might read this so I can't tell ya.

5. Another CD I wanted but didn't buy: The James Taylor Christmas, well almost any Christmas CD, I have tons but one can NEVER have enough.

6. What I'm wearing right now: Grey yoga pants, red long sleeved shirt, and white socks.

7. The last gift I bought for someone: Just did some more shopping online, but again can't tell you what because I KNOW that person/family reads this :)

8. The last time I laughed heartily and loudly: Saturday night, we took our friends our for dinner to celebrate Eric's birthday, and then they came back here and we played games, and drank a few drinks. Need I say more.....

9. My favorite holiday ornament: Ones that are evenly spaced out, and all match.

10. My house smells like: Douglas fir trees, thanks to the tree we cut down on Saturday,and finally got put up in the house last night. Plus a variety of winter candles that are burning.

11. The first thing on my to-do list tomorrow is: Laundry!

12. If I could sit on Santa's lap and believe that he'd bring me whatever toy I wished for, I'd ask for: Toy, hmmmm....... Canon Digital Rebel XLI with the extended lens.

13. If I could holiday shop in ONE store, all expenses paid, I'd shop at: Nordstroms

14. If an angel alighted on my doorstep today and said, "I'm here to grant a Christmas wish," I'd wish for: my long distance family and friends to be here for the holidays, and their return flights to be delayed FOREVER!!

15. When I see a bell ringer while out shopping, I: Dig in my purse if the kids are with me, they love to donate. By myslef, smile and wish them a Merry Christmas in reutrn.

O Christmas Tree O Christmas Tree

NO! I am NOT pinching, grabbing, or hurting him, I am tickling him because he has hit the age where he will NOT smile, no matter what. Silly boy!!

We finally got our tree up last night. That being said, I am NOT happy with it. I wanted it to be as tall as possible, that mean touching the ceiling. It does NOT! It just seems that nothing is going my way this season. I am in a funk. I dilike my tree, kids are constantly fighting, work is stressful, we are running around like chickens with our heads cut off.

I did buy some new ornaments this year, we have had the same ones since we were living together that first year. I really like them, but when did they become so expensive. 4 little tine silver dollar sized ornaments for $5. And that was at a discount store. Not some fancy store. Not the ones I really wanted that are $20 each.

Here is the tree. With only 4 presents under it. I have yet to get any more wrapped. Time just escapes me. Where does it go?

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Change is in the air......

Some days everything remains the same, others it seems are full of change.

Yesterday was one of those days.

Aaron is having a rough time at work, he finally thinks its time for a change. He had a meeting with his boss (who is a great friend, and boss!) and let her know he was frustrated, drained, and that January 1st he will be job hunting. Now that is not normally what happens. But he trusts her, maybe things will change, maybe they will understand that his family will come first whether it is while he is working for them, or not. I am proud of him. His health/life is too important to loose over a job. What that means, I'm not sure. Will we be here in Albany, or even here in Oregon? I am open to change, I love change. Let's just see how much change he is ready for, as he dislikes change alot!

Savannah has struggled for the past 1 1/2 years as a Level 5 gymnast. This year it had come together. Last night they told her that she is moving to Level 6 on Wednesday. She is thrilled. She cryed. The coach (who does not yet have children) did not know what to think. I have told her that hard work pays off in the end. And she has been working her butt off this year. But I am afraid that she will now struggle with Level 6 skills. I guess life is always an uphill battle. She better her her armor on again and be ready to fight to stay a level 6. Good Luck Princess Buttercup!

Monday, December 4, 2006

Busy weekend,

Savannah had her meet, then we went to PIR (Portland International Raceway) to see their festival of lights. They had a great time, there were some impressive light displays. But I think the thing the kids like the most was that we were actually driving on the speedway! :)

Then Dominick turned 9 yesterday. We took him and 4 friend (and grandma/grandpa Fish) to Chuck E Cheese. It was a fun time for the boys, Dominick does not like cake so we had cupcakes and chocolate chip cookies. They played games, won tickets, and traded them in for great (well maybe to them) prizes. I do have to say that I think 5 boys were much louder than the 12 girls I had at Savannah's slumber party a couple of years ago. They scream like girls, and the whole way to Salem, they did not stop talking, shouting, screaming, and making boy noises!

Happy Birthday Dominick!

Sunday, December 3, 2006

State championships!!

Savannah competed at the Oregon Gymanstics State Championships yesterday! She had her best beam score EVER! 9.25 , this from a girl that could/would fall off the beam 2 or 3 times or more on a bad day. She totally stayed on, acted like she owned that beam and rocked it! She also scored her high all around of 35.20!

State is set up funny, they divide by level, then age. So she only had 3 of her 15 team mates in her session. This is Maria K., Kelsey G, Savannah S. & Savannah C. (I know I know, who thought there would be another Savannah on her team)

We are so proud of her!! Way to go!! Good job girls!