Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Our family is so blessed to have lots of family nearby to celebrate the holidays with, so we have had lots of celebrations with both sides of the family. The celebrations started back on Friday, December 17th with Danielle's side of the family. All the kids were soooo excited to have an early start on visiting with family, eating yummy food and opening Christmas gifts.
We took quite a few different family group shots; the kids were getting antsy with all the pictures. :-)
Here's Danielle & Danah with their Grandma Imogene (Dinah's mom).
And here is Danah with her boys and Taggert! LOL We took lots more, and the kids were quite happy when we were finished.
The gift exchange is a lot of fun. We take turns from youngest to oldest, opening gifts and exclaiming over everyone's presents. A few highlights:
Kyle received a new LEGO game, Atlantis. He was so psyched!
Delaney received the new Pictionary Man game. She's played it at a friend's house before and was definitely excited to get her own game.
I received a mug with the saying, "All I want for Christmas is PEACE on EARTH and really cute SHOES." Too funny!
And Kenny received a baking pan to make individual little brownies or whatever, so that each piece has its own nice nice crispy edge. (He's weird that way, the kids and I fight over the soft middle pieces.)
Then we went on to a couple of celebrations with Kenny's side of the family, starting with his mom's side.
Kyle was the designated Santa, announcing all the gifts and who they were from. Since Kyle's not known for his ability to be quiet and hold still, this was a perfect job for him -- keeping him busy throughout the evening. We also gave Dee the camera, and we ended up with quite a few unique shots from the celebration.
Kenny's sister Kim and her husband Ed, obviously having a good time. LOL
Their son Michael, cheesing it up mightily for the camera!
Kenny's Uncle Rich, giving quite the pose for the camera!
And who knows what Kenny was doing here! Then next thing we know, it's almost time for Christmas Day! On Christmas Eve, we let them open a gift each -- so they opened each other's gift. They got each other a DSi game -- do they know each other or what? Delaney got Kyle, "Zorro - Quest for Justice"; and Kyle got Delaney "Super Mario 64".
Kyle got a new MP3 player from Santa (which he was QUITE happy about), and Delaney got a couple of new wii games from Santa including The Beatles Rock Band (new songs for her guitar!). They received many other gifts; they are so lucky to have such nice things. After opening our Santa and immediate family gifts, we had Kenny's dad's side of the family over to our house.
A highlight of the celebration, was Michael receiving a $10 bill in a card and being so excited that he "mock fainted" on the ground in delight. Hilarious!
It always makes me think of a Clint Black song "Slow as Christmas" -- "Every Christmas day makes every other day seem long, And what seemed would never get here has so quickly come and gone." How true is that? It's hard to believe that the Christmas celebrations are now behind us.
We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, and wish everyone the best for the new year!
Ken, Dani, Dee & Kyle
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
We'd like to send out a Christmas Challenge to everyone to see if YOU can decorate your Christmas tree. Aunt Danah did it, but her comment wasn't all that complimentary to the game and something about her contacts drying out while she was doing it. Up for it? :-)
Try it! And let us know what you think...
Ken & Kyle
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Both kids are old enough now to be really helpful when decorating (no more surreptitiously moving ornaments so that there isn't a big glob of ornaments in one spot that Kyle could reach), and it was a lot of fun trimming the tree together.
We actually have FOUR Christmas trees! Delaney and Kyle each have a miniature one in their room, and we also have a soccer Christmas tree. I'm sure this isn't all that shocking to most of you, and yep -- it is in the soccer room. :-)
The soccer ornaments were taking over the family Christmas tree, so they had to get their very own tree. :-) It's a white Charlie Brown-ish fiber optic tree. It looks really pretty in person, but I'm having a hard time getting a nice photograph of it.
I'm trying to enjoy the holiday season and not get too pulled into all the holiday stress (and calories!).
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
They had two games scheduled for Saturday. Their first game Saturday was a decisive win. I think it ended up being 6-1, and Delaney got two goals. She played really hard, and it was hard to believe that she was as sick as she was just a bit ago. We had all dressed in layers for really cold weather and with the sun out -- it actually ended up being pretty nice out!
Their second game was a shut-out with a 0-0 score. Both teams had several shots on goal, but neither could get the ball in the net!
Then we were off to the hotel to relax, let Delaney hang out with her team, and Kyle wanted to go swimming! Our next game was EARLY Sunday, at 6:45 am our time. We had to be AT the field at 6:00 our time. UGH! It was horrid in so many ways. :-) Not the least was the FROST on the ground at the field, check this out:
Is that just wrong or what? It was FRIGID! I literally couldn't feel my toes by the end of the game. The freezing weather didn't hurt their play, as they won this game 5-0 -- and Delaney got another goal.
Now they were in the final game, playing the team that they tied 0-0 for the championship. Thankfully it was later in the day when the sun melted the frost away and warmed things up a bit. Not sure what happened with this game, but they just got out played. It certainly wasn't their best play of the season, and they lost this game 1-5.
I think Delaney's energy just completely gave out later in the evening. Obviously, being sick all week and then playing four soccer games in two days probably wasn't the BEST thing to do -- but she would have been miserable to miss the tournament. She went to bed early and is taking it easy this week to ensure she doesn't relapse.
What a great fall season Delaney's team had. They finished first in their league and second in every tournament they entered. Can't wait to see their next season! Delaney also tied with Michelle for the most goals in the season -- way to go, girls! Winter training next...
Ken & Dani
Monday, November 1, 2010
We also had
Delaney in her costume a pirate stop by, and she was definitely strong-willed. She didn't need anyone to help her out -- she could handle it all herself! She kept her annoying brother away with her own pirate sword held off Zorro with her own amazing sword skills!!!
Once she proved herself, the two decided to join forces and scour the neighborhood for
candy treasure! Watch out neighborhood, here we come!
They proved to be an unstoppable force. The
candy they collected will last them forever treasure they found seemed never-ending!
Monday, October 25, 2010
Kyle was part of a centipede! He's the third one from the left - how cute is that?!?
He even had a small speaking part, so he got to go up and use the microphone too.
Everyone did a wonderful job, and while Kyle enjoyed it very much -- he wasn't upset to be done with practicing and go back to the regular school routine.
He had a great soccer season with his in-house Crown Point team this year, The Dome. While he likes trying for goals, like the one he snuck in here:
He seems to enjoy playing defense the best and even likes being goalie!
Unfortunately, he did catch a little something and got sick for a couple days and had to miss his last soccer game of the season. Bummer! But he's looking forward to winter training and starting his very first travel team in the Spring.
Delaney's soccer is still going strong. Her Three Lions team is doing really well so far, they just played their league tournament this past weekend. Their team placed 1st in the league, and 2nd in the tournament. Great job, ladies!
No soccer games on Halloween weekend, but they still have one more tournament to go for the season.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Both sets of grandparents were there, as well as many other family members to celebrate with her. Her cousins, Michael and Teresa, were one of the first to receive an autographed bookmark. :-)
Delaney was a little uncomfortable with all the attention, especially when people she didn't know stopped by. So she asked her Dad to sit with her until the signing was over, which while she loved the honor -- I think she was relieved when it was over.
Thanks to Borders for selecting her bookmark design initially allowing her the chance to win first place at the Library of Congress's Official Bookmark contest as well as for honoring her at the store and just making the overall experience a wonderful one!