Monday, December 25, 2006

Christmas Day
We started the day with stockings, and ended it with a marathon game of Clue (with Paul and Miranda only; Sonya probably would have eaten Miss Scarlett). In between, we took naps, ate caramel rolls, took more naps, had Christmas dinner, watched TV, and toured Wauneta, looking for the best Christmas lights. Christmas dinner consisted of: ham, corn pudding, rolls, roasted sweet and white potatoes, frozen fruit cups, and triple-layer chocolate pie. Yum, if I do say so myself :)

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Christmas Eve
After we went to church, we came home and opened presents. Well, actually, first we read the Christmas story, and made the kids drink eggnog. I love eggnog, so I figured at least one of the kids would, too. No such luck. Then it was on to presents. Paul and Miranda seemed genuinely happy with what they got, although Paul's main gift (which is also for his b-day), a Nintendo DS, hasn't arrived yet. Miranda's main gift was a glow-in-the-dark Doodle Bear. Olivia's big gift from us was a Snow White dress-up set, so she's now sleeping with the shoes, crown and purse. She put the rest of the outfit in one of her drawers so she can wear it tomorrow. I have a feeling we're going to be seeing a lot of Snow White. Sonya pretty much wandered around looking confused. She didn't say a word the whole time. I'm sure it's all pretty overwhelming when you're only 16 months. Anyway, it was a blast. Tomorrow is Christmas dinner, and yours truly is fixing it, pretty much for the first time ever. I'll let you know how that turns out.....

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Olivia's three!
As you can see, we celebrated Olivia's birthday with a Spongebob theme. Don't know what she sees in him! Aaron took a picture from the church Christmas program during one of the 3 seconds that she stood still. Then he had to take Sonya down to the nursery, so he didn't get any pictures of Paul and Miranda.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

One concert down.......
Last night was the Wauneta Christmas concert. Thankfully, in our school, we can still call it that, and also can still sing songs about baby Jesus. Miranda's grade, along with K and 1st, sang 4 songs--"Play the Band, It's Christmas Time," "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," "The Little Drummer Boy," and "All I Want for Christmas." I was happy with how they sang, but their stage behavior was a bit lacking. We'll continue to work on that....
Paul's grade, along with 4th, did a musical called, "Humbug!", which was based on "A Christmas Carol" by Dickens. However, the main character was a grumpy teacher named Ms. Ebenezer. The three guides were Mr. Marley, the school's custodian (Paul), Coach Copperfield, the P.E. teacher, and Ms. Nickelby, the music teacher. The kids did an outstanding job. I must say it was probably my favorite musical that any of my students have ever done.
The saga will continue next week at my Palisade concert.....

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

My tree after "The Sonyanator" had her way with it.....
Yep, it's fun having a new walker in your house at Christmas time. As you can see, all of the ornaments have been moved to the top half, and the garland is.....a mess. Oh well!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

We spent Thanksgiving in Chadron, and were blessed to be able to spend it with both of my brothers and their little ones. It was a great time!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Merry Christmas, 2006!!!
I decided that doing my Christmas letter on the blog was right up my alley!!! So, here goes.

As I reflect on this past year, several things come to mind. First of all, Aaron lost both of his grandmas this year. His Grandma Good, who was well into her 90s, was very sharp mentally. She passed away last spring. His Grandma Behrends, who was in her early 80s, had suffered with Alzheimer's for a number of years. She died in November. We were able to attend both funerals. Although we were saddened to lose them, there was a great comfort in knowing that they were both believers in Christ. It was a reminder to me to be thankful for the Christian heritage that Aaron and I both have.

The summer was filled with several trips and events. Many of our days were spent at the swimming pool, while quite a few evenings involved the baseball field. Aaron went to North Omaha on a missions trip in July, while the kids and I made the trek to Chadron to see Grandma and Grandpa. Thank goodness that we have a DVD player in the van!!! In August, we went to Callaway, NE, and visited Rod and Diane Ready, and their son, Grant. Rod had been our principal for the past several years, Diane had become a dear friend, and Grant was Paul's friend/big brother when they lived here in Wauneta. In early September, we went to Colorado Springs to visit my brother Perry, his wife Katy, and their daughter Elizabeth. We had tons of fun there. Of course, when you're used to a town of about 600 people, going ANYWHERE is exciting!!! We also spent several days in Shoshoni, WY, visiting Aaron's parents and his sister Heather and her family. We're happy that Heather, Jason, Emma, David, and Timothy have moved from California to Gypsum, CO. Hopefully, that means we'll be seeing them more than once a year! During the summer, and also this fall, we were able to see my brother Tyler, his wife Krisa, and their son Jaedon. Good times!!!

Aaron's big project of the summer was replacing our toilet, bathtub, bathroom floor, and sink. He learned a lot about plumbing and carpentry--probably more than he wanted to know. He also worked on siding our house. His parents came for almost a week to help with that project. It's about half-done at this point. So, hopefully when I write next year's Christmas news, I will be able to say that our house has new siding!

As you'll read by scrolling down, I went to Germany in early November. Other than that, our fall has been mainly devoted to school and its activities. Paul and Miranda are in the 3rd and 2nd grades, respectively. They are both avid readers, and are taking piano lessons. It's fun to be able to play duets with them. Olivia is almost 3. She is busy, outgoing, and, did I mention, busy??!! Sonya is 15 months. She just started walking. She is also the reason that our Christmas tree only has ornaments on the top half!

Well, that about sums it up. I'm sure I forgot some things, but I guess that's how it goes. Most of the above pictures are from trips we took.

God bless you all. Merry Christmas!


In early November I hopped on a plane and flew to Germany, where I visited my friends, Ivan and Delores Flaming. What can I say?? It was an incredible experience all the way around. I love flying, and it was interesting doing it on my own. Of course, huge Kudos to Aaron for making it possible for me to do this. He held down the fort in his usual very capable style. The kids did great. Some highlights of the trip included touring castle ruins, cathedrals, attending a dress rehearsal of the Basel Symphony, enjoying the beauty of the German countryside, and shopping at some very neat little shops (and Wal-mart, of course). I also got to do a flute/piano duet with Delores at a church service. This is something we often did here at our church, so it was very special to me. I should mention that Delores and Ivan are dorm parents at the Black Forest Academy, which is a boarding school, primarily for the kids of missionaries. So I got a small taste of dorm life, also, which was fun. It was just awesome!!! I got bit with the traveling bug and can't wait to do it again--next time with Aaron (and probably when the kids are older!)

Ok, here goes. Everybody else has a blog, so I decided to go for it. After several "false starts," I think I'm figuring it out. I'm not a genius when it comes to computers--I just married one!

I'll start off by posting some pictures we've taken throughout the year, mostly of the kids.