* On Tuesday we hosted our small group Christmas party. It was so nice to relax, enjoy our friendships, and laugh - ALOT!
* It is snowing!! We are going to have a white Christmas. I am so excited. It just seems more like Christmas with snow on the ground. While we have just a dusting, enough to cover the grass, the mountains have been getting lots of snow - 30 inches over a 3 day period. On Saturday we loaded up the kids to go skiing, well Lance and the two older ones skied while Mauryn and I held down the fort in the lodge. It was a beautiful day and not too crowded, considering Thursday when they opened the mountain there were 4000 people there to ski. The kids both did great skiing. Morgan does an excellent job and has advanced to some harder runs. Landon is still learning, but can get down the bunny slope on his own and Lance's back and legs are thankful! Landon just needs to work on getting back up after he falls. I am sure he will have that down before the end of the ski season. Lance's knee held up great. He was a little worried how it would go since his surgery last March but it felt good. He did have a little swelling and soreness afterwards but a small price to pay for him to do something he loves and instill that love in his children.
Can it really be eleven years?? Oh how young we were - you were in vet school, I was in my second year of teaching. We had so much to learn about each other and life back then. It has been a journey with many twists and turns we never would have expected but through it all we come out stronger. Thanks for eleven great years and I look forward to many more years on our journey together. I love you!
This is my favorite picture from our wedding day. My friend Rochelle took it as Lance and I left our wedding reception. There is just something sweet about it.
Our final activity of the day was to break open a pinata. Our intentions were to have the pinata outside, but it rained so we had to improvise and do it inside. It worked out pretty well. It was so fun to watch the excitement and pure joy of the kids. I was impressed with how fair they were in taking turns and making sure everyone had even amounts of candy and toys from the pinata.
Landon took a header off a decorative bridge into a bed of rocks. The goose egg bump has gone down but he still has a little battle scar. I don't know how many times in 3 1/2 years this boy has hit his head and had some type of injury. It's a good thing he likes to wear his ski helmet. I might start making him wear it all the time.
* Morgan had her Christmas program today. I only made it in for a bit second service, we had lots of sick people or people who forgot to show up for nursery. It was a bit crazy this morning, and the frazzled feeling started when we all OVERSLEPT! Lance and I are both morning people so we never set our alarm for Sunday morning, there is just no need. Well, today would have been a good day since Lance woke up at 8:05 am! We were all sound asleep. We got ready, had breakfast, and made it to church by 9:05 am so I could get the nursery open and Morgan could get to practice. Anyway, someone with a speaking part didn't show up, so Morgan was asked last minute to take on this speaking role for the program. She did a great job! I am glad she was willing to help out and not nervous about speaking in front of a group (that skill she does not get from her mom!)
We woke up to snow falling yesterday morning! What a wonderful surprise. It was a beautiful snowfall and the kids were thrilled. They bundled up and went outside to play in the snow. They really wanted to make a snowman but it just wasn't good snowman making snow. I had to laugh at them when they went outside - instead of wearing a hat Landon just sported his all time favorite ski helmet and Morgan was wearing her spring jacket over her fleece because she couldn't find (or rather didn't look) for her coat.
Morgan had her first gymnastics meet almost two weeks ago. I can't believe I didn't post about it (bad mommy!). For her first meet, it went really well. I am so proud of her! After the meet they receive a certificate where the judges write down a positive comment for each event and then they marked down anything that caused a deduction. As we went over Morgan's sheet it was great to see she has all the skills and most of her deductions were for little things like bent arms and legs - things she can keep refining in practice. What really stirred my heart that day was watching her coaches and how positive they were. You sometimes hear stories of coaches making mean comments or yelling at the gymnasts if they make mistakes. After each event the coaches were encouraging, giving hugs and high 5's - so much positive reinforcement and building of self esteem. Morgan's participation in gymnastics is about her following her passion for the sport. This is the first time in her 8 years where she has truly been "into" something. I am encouraged that her coaches are working on building self esteem, good work habits, and other lifelong skills. They understand that they are teaching these girls more than gymnastics.
An update from my post the other day: The baby went home to be with our Lord yesterday. She passed away in the loving arms of her parents. After meeting with the doctors the family chose not to continue life saving measures as the baby was unable to breath on her own and her organs were failing. Thank you to everyone who was praying for them. Please keep this family in your prayers through this very difficult time.