Wednesday, December 28, 2011

christmas-pete's side

Christmas-Part 1-Pete's Side

Gma taking it all in. The other Jolene really concentrating. For those of you who don't know, people that are really cool have the name Jolene-take me and my sister in law, for example.

sporting maternity wear a wee bit sooner this go around. due end of June/early July.

h digging his new book from uncle joel and aunt jolene
sweet new ride from gma and papa john

pete doing some wrestling

and cutting the cheese (i had to).

reading time with papa john

a wonderful lunch with great grandpa

before christmas was over we realized we didn't take any family shots. here is our half tired and worn out attempt.


So much to be thankful for this Christmas. Merry Christmas to you!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

christmas is a lot of fun with a 2 year old

it is so fun to have a 2 year old around for Christmas this year. i love seeing things through his eyes. a few of my favorite tid bits:

*h,almost asleep in the car, so i am hustling home and "Holly Jolly Christmas" comes on the radio. He perks up and says, "i love this song!"
*when h asked what Christmas stockings were and I showed him ours, he said, "no, lions stalking. lions." at that point i went with it-unable to grasp how to explain a homophone/homonym or whatever that is to him.
*went to see a drive through light display. the last one was a snowman waving. not sure if this scared him or intrigued him cause he just kept saying, "snowman waving bye bye." and was the first thing he said to me when i got him up the next morning. "snow man waving bye bye."

so much to be thankful for this Christmas. Merry Christmas to you from us! :)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

heidi's birthday-27 years young

Dear Heidi,
It's your birthday today. I've got to admit that most of my missing you feelings seem as though they lie a little dormant and then moments like this -thinking of your birthday-getting choked up, makes me realize that those feelings haven't changed. We miss you an incredible amount and quite honestly, it still hasn't sunk in yet that you are not here living life with us.

Today we celebrate you, Heidi Marie. We remember what a special sister, aunt, and friend you were. You were an incredible listener, had amazing integrity, could be quite silly and probably one of the most loving and faithful people I will ever know. You touched more people's life in your 25 years than many of us will in our whole lifetime.

There are some hard truths that I know and hurt to think of. I long for you to see what Henry is up to. You were always faithful at checking in on him. I long to have very import debriefing sessions post bachelor episodes-new season coming up -and most of all I really miss how intentional you were about knowing us on a deep and personal level.

But I do know that today you are celebrating your second birthday in heaven. For that I am hopeful. Happy 27th Birthday and can't wait til we can celebrate together again.
Love, Jolene