Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy 11th to Paul

We were able to celebrate Paul's birthday up in Chadron, which has become a tradition since his birthday falls during break. In so many ways, I can't believe I have an 11-yr.-0ld. Does that make me old??!!

Paul, you're such a fun young man. The girls are a blast, but I am extremely glad we had a boy. I can't wait to see what the next 11 years bring for you!

He chose cheesecake over traditional birthday cake (way to go, Paul!). My mom made these, as well as spaghetti, garlic bread, and a veggie platter.

I was just trying to take a nice birthday picture, and this is the cooperation I get!

Christmas up north

We spent nearly a week up in Chadron, visiting my parents. Both of my brothers were also able to be there, so it made for an awesome time. Here are just a few of my favorite pictures from the week.
Playing a little game of Candyland....not sure if any rules were followed, or if any of the games lasted past 5 minutes, but it sure looked like fun!

My nephew, Gabe, getting in a little cuddle time with Grandma.

The 5 "little cousins" waiting patiently to open Christmas presents (maybe patiently isn't the best word)

Jaedon and Elizabeth....another game of Candyland....notice Jaedon's forehead. The night before, he'd found a marker and decided to write his name on his forehead (he said his name was, "Sam Wiggles")

Tyler and Jaedon

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Eve of Christmas

As is tradition in the Behrends household, we went to church tonight for the Chrismas Eve service. Aaron led the singing and I played piano. We then had lots of wonderful food at a friend's house. The kids were itching to get out of there as fast as we could so they could get home and open gifts. As Aaron was praying after we read the Christmas story together, he reminded us all that the gifts we were about to open were just a small representation of the greatest gift of all, God's son. It was a good reminder to me, as it's so easy to get caught up in the trappings of Christmas.

Miranda asked for a labler. Interesting choice, I thought. She said she wanted it so she could "label her forehead." Well, that's exactly what she did right after opening it. You probably can't read it in this picture but the label says, "Miranda #1." I told her that if she starts labeling Smokey, the labler is mine.

Sonya kept saying, "Thank you, thank you. It's what I always wanted!"

Paul's main gift--an mp3 player. He's pretty stoked about it, which made me feel good, considering he wouldn't even make me a list!

Livvy Lou was pretty enthusiastic...although things hit a snag when Sonya got a "cooler" gift than she did. She was pretty much over it by bedtime, though, although there will probably be fights tomorrow.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Aaron so nicely snapped this picture this morning when all the kids (all 5, if you include the furry one) crawled into bed with me. It was cozy, to say the least!

Mom, this one's for you....Olivia wore her new dress to church on Sunday. She was pretty proud of it, and looked so cute. Of course, it was covered by a sheep costume most of the morning, but oh well.

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Monday, December 22, 2008

4th and 5th

I was tagged by Renee in a new tag game. It's pretty funny, and totally random. You post the 4th pictures from your 4th folder and your 5th picture from your 5th folder.

Wow. Boring pics for this post!! I was taking pictures of our house soon after we moved in. Obviously, this is a kitchen shot. 5th picture from my 5th folder.

And the 4th picture from my fourth folder. Aaron was reading the little ones their nightly Bible story. This picture reminds me of how blessed I am to have a husband who does this!

Now I will tag:


and anyone else who wasn't already tagged!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas in Reverse

Today was the chuch Christmas program. I was happy with how it went, and it's done, which is also wonderful! It was called "Christmas in Reverse" because it took a look at some of the Old Testament stories that led to us to needing a Savior. Again, thanks to Renee for these pics. They turned out great, especially considering the lighting in the sanctuary!

Paul was a narrator, and had a couple of solos.

Miranda was also a narrator and sang a solo.

Lamb and pig....they had some pretty tough lines..."baa" and "oink."

"Ok, I'm really getting tired of this whole production."

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Livvy Lou's 5th

A blast from the past....Aaron found a bunch of older pictures from when we first got a digital camera. Olivia was about one in this picture. The funny thing is, she had no trouble recognizing herself when we asked her who the baby was.

My little 5-yr.-old. She thinks it's time to go to Kindergarten now!

Opening gifts

Sonya and Miranda where quick to try out the new hopscotch rug. Thanks, Grandma!

Cupcake time! (She'd just had a bath, in case you're wondering about the hairdo!)

I love you, Livvy Lou! You make every day brighter!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Great day

My husband is so thoughtful. I was gone all day (went to Kearney with a friend, had a fun time, plus a wonderful lunch), and then had to do some piano lessons. When I got home, he had supper prepared for me, as well as brownie sundaes (my favorite!) Then he gave me this digital photo frame for my birthday. He used his birthday/Christmas money to buy it. How sweet is that?? The photo frame is so cool...plays music, has an alarm clock, calendar, etc...maybe they're all that way and I just didn't know that they had those features, but I was really surprised with all it can do. It's going to be fun!

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Monday, December 15, 2008

The concert

It isn't often that I actually get pictures from one of our concerts, because I usually either forget to bring my camera, or forget to give it to someone so they can snap pictures for me! This year, though, I thought ahead and asked Renee to take pictures for me, and that worked great (for me, anyway...hope it wasn't a pain for Renee).

Here is Miranda, saying her line. Notice the glasses....I am getting new frames for her tomorrow. Look pretty crazy, don't they?!

Paul was Mr. Scrooge...It's kind of hard to see because the curtain was also black, but he's wearing a black top hat and sideburns. He was a pretty grumpy Mr. Scrooge!

Olivia's first concert...aww, shucks :) She and the other preschoolers looked so cute. Who cares how they sang, right?

I am glad to have the concert done. It's always a relief. Tonight while I was playing for the choir, my mind was wandering....I realized that for me, these concerts are kind of like childbirth. Strange analogy, I know, but bear with me. You prepare and prepare, and while they're going on, it's pretty crazy, and sometimes even painful. When it's over, though, you're just soooo relieved and so glad it's done, that you basically forget the bad parts or things that didn't go so well. Next week I'll be starting to think about doing another one, I'll be thinking about what kind of thing to do for spring. I will have forgotten the pain that it was, and all the work and frustration :)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Cookie decorating, Behrends-style

Aaron decided to make sugar cookies tonight...not the fancy, rolled, made-into-Christmassy-shapes kind, mind you....just something the kids could frost....a good project to kill an hour.

Hmmm...."should I, or shouldn't I?"

Sonya says, "yes, I think I will."

Obviously, Olivia thought it was a good idea, too, judging by the evidence on her tongue...
Hey, we never claimed to be Martha Stewart. I can't remember if this plate is for the Bleys or the Wheelers...:-)

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Oh, Christmas Tree

Well, we finally put up the tree this morning. The kids were very helpful. In fact, I think I only had to hang one or two ornaments.

Miranda did the star honors this year.

The finished product. Nothing fancy, but we like it!

My favorite ornaments...a set of probably a dozen crocheted snowflakes that my Grandma made for me when we got married. They have so much meaning to me now that she's gone. In fact, I got rather nostalgic about them this morning.

Just when we've finally gotten to the stage where we can actually hang ornaments on the bottom 1/3 of the tree, we got a cat. But it really doesn't matter where we hang the ornaments this year, because Smokey can climb to the top, anyway. I'm betting we'll come home from school one of these days and the tree will be tipped over.

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