Monday, December 29, 2003

New Doggy Door

Two weekends ago we had a contractor come out and replace a window, in our kitchen, with a door. This provides us with easier access to our back/side yard and also instead of getting all bundled up to take cooper out we now just open the door and out he goes. We are loving this new exit! Here is a before and after shot of the wall.

Wall Before
BEFORE

Wall After
AFTER

Thursday, December 25, 2003

Merry Christmas To All

Family

"The shepherds were abiding in the fields and the angel of the Lord appeared to them, announcing: 'Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy. . . . For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord' (Luke 2:10-11).

"The shepherds with haste went to the manger to pay honor to Christ the Lord. Later, wise men journeyed from the East to Jerusalem, saying, 'Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. . . . When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh' (Matt. 2:2, 10-11).

"Since that time, the spirit of giving gifts has been present in the mind of each Christian as he or she commemorates the Christmas season. Our Heavenly Father gave to us His Son, Jesus Christ. That precious Son gave to us His life, the Atonement, and victory over the grave.

"What will you and I give for Christmas this year? Let us in our lives give to our Lord and Savior the gift of gratitude by living His teachings and following in His footsteps. It was said of Him that He 'went about doing good' (Acts 10:38). As we do likewise, the Christmas spirit will be ours."
(Thomas S. Monson, "What Is Christmas?")

Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Twas the Night Before Our Christmas

And all through the house not a creature was stirring, well maybe one little one called Cooper. Since Santa makes his yearly stop a day early at our house (because the girls are so good ;->), we started our Christmas traditions tonight by having the girls open one present. They both received new Strawberry Shortcake pajamas and then we read a great childrens book by Carol Heyer called The Christmas Story.

The stockings were hung on the wall with great care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there...

All I Want For Christmas is...

Every body's sick
and that's bothering me
These doctor visits
are costing more than money
I don't know just who
to blame for this catastrophe!
But my one wish on Christmas Eve
is as plain as it can be!

All I want for Christmas is a healthy family,
a healthy family, a healthy family!
Gee, if I could only have a healthy family,
then we could all wish you "Merry Christmas."

It seems so long since I could say,
"Mr. Doctor, we don't need thee!"
Gosh oh gee, how happy I'd be,
if together we could all party.

All I want for Christmas is a healthy family,
a healthy family, a healthy family!
Gee, if I could only have a healthy family,
then we could all wish you "Merry Christmas."

Friday, December 19, 2003

Nice Christmas Story

I've heared this story a couple of times and I wanted to share it with others.

Years ago, Jack Smith told of a poignant story of two young boys at Christmastime.

I didn't question Timmy, age nine, or his seven-year-old brother, Billy, about the brown wrapping paper they passed back and forth between them as we visited each store.

Every year at Christmastime, our Service Club takes the children from poor families in our town on a personally conducted shopping tour. I was assigned Timmy and Billy, whose father was out of work. After giving them the allotted $4.00 each, we began our trip. At different stores I made suggestions, but always their answer was a solemn shake of the head, no. Finally, I asked, "Where would you suggest we look?"

Could we go to a shoe store, Sir?" answered Timmy. "We'd like a pair of shoes for our Daddy so he can go to work."

In the shoe store the clerk asked what the boys wanted. Out came the brown paper. "We want a pair of work shoes to fit this foot," they said. Billy explained that it was a pattern of their Daddy's foot. They had drawn it while he was asleep in a chair.

The clerk held the paper against a measuring stick, then walked away. Soon, he came with an open box. "Will these do?" he asked. Timmy and Billy handled the shoes with great eagerness. "How much do they cost?" asked Billy. Then Timmy saw the price on the box. "They're $16.95," he said in dismay. "We only have $8.00."

I looked at the clerk and he cleared his throat. "That's the regular price," he said, "but they're on sale; $3.98, today only." Then, with shoes happily in hand the boys bought gifts for their mother and two little sisters. Not once did they think of themselves.

The day after Christmas the boys' father stopped me on the street. The new shoes were on his feet, gratitude was in his eyes. "I just thank Jesus for people who care," he said. "And I thank Jesus for your two sons," I replied. "They really taught me more about Christmas in one evening than I had learned in a lifetime"

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Christmas Shopping Finished

Here we are 9 days prior to Christmas and we are completely finished with our shopping. What a nice feeling to know that we don't have to (although I'm sure we still will) go out into the shopping madness that this last week prior to Christmas will bring. A huge public thank you to Kelly, because she is the one responsible for this huge accomplishment. Come on, you didn't think I was the one who deserved the credit, did you?

How is everyone else doing? For those who are not finished yet, good luck and be safe out there!

Friday, December 12, 2003

Family Movie Night

For family movie night we went to Cinemark Movies 14 to see Disney's Brother Bear. This was a good movie with a great story and an even better ending. Also i couldn't help but think about the similarities between Megan and Koda at many points in the movie. The girls both sat and watched the whole movie and were very good. It was also the first movie that we enjoyed having the whole theater to ourselves. It was like our own personal showing.

Megan's take:
I was proud of when Kenai couldn't kill Koda's mother. I liked the music when they say "Tell everybody I'm on my way".

Tuesday, December 9, 2003

Quick Trip to Chicago

This past week our family spent a few days in Chicago, mostly courtesy of my employer while I attended some Adobe Photoshop training. The training was decent, nothing too spectacular, but that was probably about the best part of the trip.

Trip to Chicago

I ended up being sick almost the whole time, the pool was closed until the last day, and the girls didn't feel like listening to anything that we had to say. We managed to quickly walk through a beautifully decorated Crate and Barrel store, spent some time in a large Disney store (not that we didn't just spend a week at the largest Disney store), window shopped at a few other stores and spent some time in the Water Tower Place. We also saw a very cool Lego Santa, sleigh, and reindeer at the The Shops at North Bridge (Can you believe I didn't have my camera with me?).
Another time, another day this would have been a fun little trip.