Saturday, January 31, 2009

Slothful Saturday

I'm really hoping to come back in here later and have blown the roof off my to do list, but for now, it's 2:00 p.m. and I have hardly done a thing.

• Made M&M pancakes for slumber party crew 
• Made phone call to attempt to solve guinea pig issue
• Rollerbladed for 20 minutes--very slowly due to muscle fatigue
• Took a nap

I'll be back later to see if I can update this list.  Both munchkins have colds so I'm crossing my fingers that my body is not shutting down for it's own germ battle.


Post nap, I was able to do the following:

• 40 minute workout
• 30 minute walk
• grocery shopping
• 4 loads of laundry

I'm very happy that tomorrow is the day of rest.  

Friday, January 30, 2009

Freaky Friday

Have you ever had a bird fly through your front door?  We had a morning dove zoom right through the front door tonight.  He hit a few walls and then landed on the curtain rod.  My hub was able to snatch him off the rod, and he let the girls touch the dove before we let it go outside.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Thankful Thursday

"Out of intense complexities intense simplicities emerge."
              ~Winston Churchill

It is difficult to give thanks for trials.  Let's face it--no one wants them!  I have been able to be grateful, however, for the lessons learned from trials.  I have wisdom now that I didn't have ten years ago, and I have a spiritual depth that was not there even five years ago.  Were it not for the "intense complexities", I would not have learned the "intense simplicities" that were waiting for me all along.  For these lessons, I am grateful.  

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Selling a Home

We've never sold a home before, and it's a pretty grueling process.  Kelly's parents' house is in escrow right now which is good news for us in this market.  After months of work and tons of stress, we're hoping to close this chapter in our lives soon.  I wanted to post some pictures of the house for those who have been there to visit.  It's gone through quite a transformation.  I'm really impressed with the work that Kelly and his brother and sister-in-law put into the house.  It really looks great.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tackle It Tuesday

Okay, so what happens when I feel tackled by the things there are to do?  Sheesh.  Today was a sub day at the pre-school, so I put in 4 hours.  Then I had to make it to Sam's Club, the grocery store and the beauty supply, and unload everything before picking up the monkeys. Then there was homework to do, piano lessons and a living room and kitchen to tackle before book group arrived.  Our living room and kitchen were cluttered beyond clutter.   I got my butt kicked today with so much to make right before company, and no husband home to help (he is such a great partner in everything!).  Fortunately, my friend kept my girls for a bit and when the girls were home, they were very sweet. So here's my "Did it!" list to make myself feel better.

Breakfast made
Lunches made
Girls to school
30-min walk
4 hours subbing
Sam's club shopping
Grocery store shopping
Beauty supply shopping
Girls home
Piano lessons
De cluttering of living room
Photos printed for picture frames
Decor adjust in living room ( 5 picture frames washed and filled with new photos)
Dusting and vacuuming of living room (included moving couch)
Sliding door glass panes cleaned
Entry and eating area de-cluttered
Kitchen de-cluttered
Dishes managed
Entry/eating area/kitchen vacuumed and wiped down
Dinner thrown together
Seating in living room arranged
Candles lit
Research done on Wikipedia for book group author
Youtube videos pulled and bookmarked for book group
Book group meeting

Yeah, I'm pooped.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Manage It Monday


Healthy breakfast
Girls off to school
2 hour workout
30 min vocal practice
Healthy lunch
Voice lesson
Taxi to school and back
Homework (I still loathe word problems)
Healthy dinner
Scoured three bathrooms
Family Night

Kelly prepped dinner tonight and emptied the dishwasher so I could finish the bathrooms.  He's a pal!  Tomorrow I am working 4 hours at the preschool and I still have unfinished housework to complete before Tuesday!  Yikes!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Savor It Sunday

Once again the day seemed to fly by with choir practice, church and the hub and I both having other meetings.  I tried to get in a few "savor" moments.  I did read an excellent Ensign article which I hardly ever stop to do.  It was about raising our children which is a passionate subject for me.  I also invited my girls to climb into my bed and read a couple of stories.  For Heather we read a chapter of the Little House book we're on, and for Jenna, we looked through Goodnight Gorilla.  Even though it doesn't have many words, she loved pointing out the balloon on each page. That book still excites my girls and makes them smile.  I went over some choral pieces I haven't had time to review, and took time to plan ahead to prepare a yummy dinner.  I think next Sunday I may get up a little earlier and skip choir to get some more time in with my sweet girls.  I feel like I've been too much the drill sergeant lately and not the nurturing soft place to fall.  We all could use more cuddle time.   

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Sensational Saturday

"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."
~Ralph Waldo Emmerson

Today started with a very successful breakfast and information meeting for our Primary kids who are turning 8 this year.  It's hard to get momentum going for Saturday projects when you can't start early in the morning.  I didn't know where the day would take me, but when Kelly decided to take the girls to Disneyland for several hours, I put the time to good use.  I have been excited to do what I can each day to make the most of the Healthy Living Challenge, so I decided to throw myself into getting things done that I might not have found time for if the family were home today...I wonder what the neighbors thought when they watched me rollerblade by several times (I loop my neighborhood twice which is 2 1/2 miles) and then after a short break, saw me doing the same loop, but walking?  They probably thought I was a little hyper, but the enthusiasm helped me get the job done!   I was able to shop for the groceries we needed to keep up healthy eating throughout the week, get all 4 exercise points and get in some good vocal practice.  In the area of accomplishing things that normally get pushed to the back burner, it was a pretty sensational day!  

Friday, January 23, 2009

Friendship Friday

There were a few fun and sweet friendship moments in our lives today.  I received a call from a friend who called to encourage me on the Healthy Living Challenge.  Another friend walked with me for an hour tonight so that I could get in my workout and some visiting time.  My six-year-old was invited to dinner with a couple of her best friends, and it was sweet to watch her run off knowing she would have a blast.

The cutest moment was provide by Heather and her friend Caleb.  Heather has several boys her age whom she has been friends with since Kindergarten.  Caleb is one of those boys, and he came over tonight to hang out and watch a movie.  They were so excited to be together and I realized that this time is so precious.  They are nine years old, and before we know it,  it won't be cool for them to hang out anymore.  Heather doesn't know this, and I'm not telling her.  Caleb's mom and I just love that they are still pure and innocent and totally best buds--and we'll take that for as long as possible!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Fountain Valley, CA

San Juan Mountains, New Mexico

I am continually in awe of the beauty that surrounds us.  No matter where we live or where we travel, the beauty of the earth is magnificent.  I am thankful for this earth and for my ability to appreciate it fully. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Work It Wednesday

1.  Last loads of laundry finished and put away.
2.  New towels for bathroom washed and dried.
3.  Horrendous dishes from last night managed.
4.  Office desk dusting and organizing commenced.
5.  Worked out.
6.  Cooked healthy meals.

I added the last two because they need to be counted.  I keep thinking I'm not getting enough done everyday, but I forget that working out and staying organized on meal prep is time consuming, and very worthy for a to-do check off.  I got in some girlfriend time and a presidency meeting too.  It was a full and productive day.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Tackle It Tuesday

#1.  The laundry.  Approximately 6 loads down, two to go.  Everything washed today was put away!  Yay!

#2.  The dresser drawers in the Girls' room.  Too many clothes = disaster for keeping things tidy.
Tackled!  Two bags of clothes to donate, the rest tucked in neat and tidy.

#3.  The office.  Well, that will wait until tomorrow.  The kids came home and life happened.  Heather got her new backpack, and Jenna decided to see how many six-year-olds can fit in the box the backpack came in.  The answer is 1.  She's just too cute.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Making the Most of Monday

Sunday pretty much flew by and didn't leave much time for savoring.  There was a Primary invitation to make in the morning, choir practice, church and a board meeting in the evening.  I need to get back to the Savoring part of Sunday next week.

As for Monday, it was a holiday with no school for the monkeys.  We slept in and had a late breakfast.  The girls got some good Webkinz computer time in, Heather finished a homework assignment, and then they were off to play with friends while I went to voice.  After voice, we headed to the mall.  Each of the girls had some Christmas money they wanted to spend, and Heather knew just what she wanted.  Jenna hadn't planned on buying anything, but then decided that a Webkinz bat was just the ticket.   They both had fun and ended the trip with a treat from See's Candy, which they purchased themselves.  Here they are in front of the waterfall at South Coast Plaza.  Tomorrow we're back to school!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Super Saturday

The most super thing about Saturday is sleeping in!  I love not having to be anywhere.  After a leisurely time in bed and after breakfast, I stripped all the beds, remade them, and washed the sheets.  Whew!  That is such a job!  There were loads of dishes to manage today, and a huge shopping trip to stock up for the coming week. 

I was also aiming for a 12 point day again for the HLC, so I worked out for 40 minutes in the a.m. and another hour in the evening and made that goal.   Lots of stuff I would have liked to have done didn't get done, but I realized today that I have had to make myself a project and try to look at it that way.  If I didn't make time for the workouts, I would never have been able to achieve the 12 point days I've had this week.  And Kelly has helped a ton too taking on dinners and baths so I can squeeze in the extra workout times.  

Another super thing we got to do today is to go see our neighbor, Hannah, in her lead role as "Gatekeeper" in the MyArt's production of The Wizard of Oz.  She did such a marvelous job!  Here are Heather and Jenna posing with her in her costume after the show.

Our last super event for the day was Jenna's new grin.  This evening after dinner, and after Jenna had been showing us all the ways she could twist her loose tooth, we told her she'd better pull it before she swallowed it in her sleep.  She's been waiting all week to lose it at school and had decided to try to hang on until Tuesday when she's back in the classroom (the nurse gives you a special tooth necklace if you lose one at school).  Anyway, she didn't want to swallow it, so she gave it a tug.  It popped out with no effort at all!  Here is her new grin...

Friday, January 16, 2009

Fit  Friday

No, no one threw a fit.  It's the physically fit kind of fit.  I was able to get all 4 exercise points today for a 12 point day on the Healthy Living Challenge.  It's a bummer that I often need an Advil after working out that much now.  In my younger days I was a cheerleader and a figure skater.  It's frustrating that my body doesn't perform like that anymore, yet I am still grateful for all that it does do for me, so I can't complain.  

Jenna had her workout today at gymnastics also.  She has such beautiful lines, but she is still wanting to quit and move on to something else.  She did mention skating again, so maybe...We have a deal that she needs to get to level 3 before deciding if she wants to give it up.  Her coach said as soon as she gets her bar work, she's ready to move up.  That could take weeks or it could take months, so we'll see.  She is the youngest in her class, but she does a great job.  If I had only had her flexibility when I was young!  She gets that from her dad.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Thankful Thursday

"Let us be thankful for the people who make us happy.  They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."

Today I am thankful for...

• A body that is healthy and has worked well for me
• Hugs from my little girls
• The ability to learn and make progress
• Supportive friends who love me flaws and all
• My talents, even the small ones
• Finally starting to grasp "the big picture" in life
• My dad, who is a big part of my life and a fun grandpa

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Work It Wednesday

Nope, not the office.  I am learning how long it takes to do daily maintenance when I include myself in the picture.  If I had cut out my walk in the morning and my vocal rehearsal, I could have started the office.  Oh well.  I did get lots done today...girls off to school, 1-hr walk, vocal rehearsal, laundry done and put away, dishes managed, bills payed, homework done and a 5 mile bike ride.  Whew.  

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Tackle It Tuesday

It was hard to tackle what I wanted to today, but I gotta count the things I got done!

• made breakfast and got kids off to school
• subbed at Preschool 4 hours
• voice lesson
• dishes managed
• laundry continued
• 1hr 20min of exercise in for the Healthy Living Challenge
• made dinner
• managed more dishes

My office is being moved to Wednesday.  I don't know how I thought I was getting to that today?  I guess I'm an overachiever...or just completely unrealistic!  Ha, ha! 

Monday, January 12, 2009

Meaningful Monday

Today was going to be Manage It Monday, but it was not only a day of managing self, home, and family, it was also one of reflection and meaning...

made breakfast
packed lunches
worked out
practiced voice
vacuumed and dusted living room
mopped tile in hall, entry and kitchen
had lunch with friends
did loads of laundry
put all laundry away
went grocery shopping
helped girls with their new "to-do" lists
made dinner
had family night 
tucked in the sweeties

I realized today how easy it is to become so caught up in the things there are to do that we forget to make time for ourselves.  My workout and practice took over an hour.  I used to think I'd squeeze those things in when I was done with everything else.  Ha!  There was never time.  I was thinking this morning that I should be doing other things besides taking all this time for my development.  I was feeling guilty and behind on my other work.  Then, I got over it.  It felt great to get some things worked in for me--I felt so much more balanced!

The last thing I did today was to make a "vision board" of my goals for the Healthy Living Challenge...I was really nervous about doing this because when I was young, the pictures I would pull would be of supermodels and other unattainable dreams.  I would get discouraged when I compared myself to those images, and inevitably I would give up on my goals.  Now I want deeper things out of healthy living--reclaiming my passions; energy to play with my kids and contribute positively to our family; being on vacation or at the beach and feeling great about myself; feeling comfortable in my clothes; having flexibility and health; and finally, just having peace and embracing who I am.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Savor It Sunday

With the hub and a daughter giving talks today, we were a little tense this morning.  I was able to go with my plan of getting the girls dressed and hair done an hour before departure, so that worked okay.  I keep forgetting that we have to have lunch before we leave.  Hopefully I can get my brain wrapped around our new schedule soon.

Our meetings were spectacular today.  My hub is a ward missionary, and spoke about asking for the Lord's help in missionary work.  He shared an experience from his mission that changed his vision forever about the work.  I definitely felt the spirit.

As far as savoring the day (aside from our meetings), I found peace in completing a small decorating task that I have put off for over a week.  There just isn't time to do the extra things that bring us joy!  So I did it today.  My beautiful and highly talented friend, Britten, inspired me to do a fun little winter theme in my living room.  The living room looks so bare after Christmas, and Jack Frost is still around through January.  Right after Christmas, I popped into Target to see if there was anything left to spark my creativity.  I came up with some items that seemed to work together, and here is what I did with them.  

This is our winter mantle.  The picture doesn't go, but I had to decorate around it.
My crystal, which sits in my garage most of the time, became very useful.  The hurricane lamps were great holders for the frosted white and silver ornaments.
I love Britten's idea of using snow pictures of my family and kids in the decor.
This needs a bit more, but the white sparkly garland and frosted white ornaments are hanging from my curtain rod over the slider.  I'm going to add some white twinkle lights for some sparkle.
This is not the greatest photo, but I used a champagne centerpiece, filled it with silver glitter ribbon, and added the frosted ornaments.  It will go on our dining table.
Slow Start Saturday

Saturday got off to a slow start for us.  I slept in waaay late, and Jenna was in her p.j.s forever.  I finally kicked into gear and got two 30 minute walks in.  Somewhere between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. I changed beds, dusted and vacuumed the bedrooms, vacuumed up the playroom and hallways, de-cluttered and vacuumed the living room and entry way.   It sounds like so much got done, but the time frame in which it happened was so late in the day!  That's what happens when ya get a slooooow start.  

We did make it to a play tonight.  Heather and I went to see her friends, Grace, Hannah, Maddie and Abby in a production of the Wizard of Oz.  It was actually pretty good.  The leads were great and our four little friends were fabulous in their various roles.  It was a pretty late night for us, but worth it!   

Friday, January 9, 2009

Full Load Friday

Whew!  What a busy day!  Fortunately, I've had more energy today and no headache.  I left the house at 9:20 a.m. and returned to stay at 6:00 p.m.  I popped in to put away groceries or change clothes for Jenna's gymnastics, but we were on the run again.  Overall, it was a good day.

~ volunteered at school for 3 hours
~ did take-back errands
~ picked up prescription
~ shopped for groceries
~ made bank deposits
~ picked up girls from school
~ packed suitcase for oldest to go on sleepover
~ took youngest to gymnastics
~ drove oldest to friends for sleepover
~ back home for dinner (hub made), dishes, laundry, bedtime routines
~ counted calories and points to post for Healthy Living Challenge
~ checked and responded to emails galore
~ finally, grabbed pjs and ran for bed and a good book!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for...

~ Friends who are supporting me in the Healthy Living Challenge
~ A husband who is a partner in parenting and such a great dad
~ A cozy house when it's so cold outside
~ My little girls' smiles
~ Stunning sunsets
~ Discovering talents I didn't know were talents
~ Really good books to read

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Woo-Hoo Wednesday!

Just as daylight was beginning to fade, and it looked like nothing but a trip to Target was going to be interesting today, our neighbors invited us over to jump in their leaves.  My friend, Michelle, grew up in Utah with all four seasons.  We Californians never think about doing this, so I'm so glad she has it on her radar even though our leaves didn't start falling until January.  This was such great fun!

Jenna, Heather, Sarah and Caleb
Are these the cutest kids ever?  Big brother Jonathan, who raked all the leaves is in this photo.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Tickled Tuesday

Yes, that says tickle, not tackle.  There was no "Tackle it Tuesday" today.  No energy to tackle.  It's day two of healthy eating, and my body is revolting.  It will be better in a day or two, so I'm hanging in there.

Speaking of revolt, I took this cute picture of my daughter with her guinea pig "Linny".  She named her Linny for the female guinea pig on the Wonder Pets.  I took the picture just for an interest photo on the blog, but I was too tired to post it yesterday.  It's so fun to play with our little guineas and hand feed them.  They are adorable.  So, here's something interesting...
We discovered that Linny is a boy.  His name is now "Chowder" which was the boy name Heather had picked out.  The problem is that we can't have a boy and a girl--I'm sure I don't have to explain that one to ya.  
We are just not equipped to be having endless litters of guinea pigs running around the house.  So we're trying to discuss options.  We talked last night, and again tonight.  We told the girls we weren't sure what was going to happen, but that we had to do something before babies came into the picture.  I came home from my meeting tonight to signs plastered everywhere, like this one...
Apparently, Heather stepped out of the room during feeding time and decided to voice her opinion.  There were signs taped up everywhere that read, "Why can't we raise guinea pigs?", "Guinea pigs can be free!", "We are in America!  This is a free country! Keep, keep, keep!", "Fight for a guinea pig's right!", "Let's keep our guinea pigs!", "Why can't she have babies? We are in a free country!"  and my favorite, "They are a gift from Santa!"  So as I go off to lay my aching head to rest tonight, I'm tickled by my daughter's gumption.  She brought a smile to my heart tonight.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Manage Everything Monday

Today was a day for getting back to our schedule.  I managed the best that I could today.

•Got the girls off to their first day back at school
•Began the Healthy Living Challenge
•Started an exercise program
•Cleaned all three bathrooms
•Sorted laundry and washed all the towels
•Trip to the Auto Club with hub to take care of some estate/vehicle stuff
•Made goals and started new to-do lists for the girls and the family as a whole during Family Night.

I'm off to bed to rest my poor head.  I loathe headaches.  I have great faith that in the next life, there will be no headaches and tons of chocolate!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Savor it Sunday

Can I just say that 1:00 p.m. is an interesting time to start church?  It can be misleading to have so much time in the morning, but fortunately, I thought about this last week when we were a few minutes late to 11:00 a.m. church, and I prepared today.  I set a goal to have us ready an hour before church, and it helped.  We were able to go at a leisurely pace which always promotes a peaceful morning.  It was also Fast Sunday which is never good for me unless I am prepared mentally.  I have to be peaceful within if I'm going to make it over 16 hours without food.  When the headache came on today, I was at peace, and that helped it from getting out of control.

So what am I saying?  Savor it Sunday has to do with gaining strength from the peace that comes from focusing on the Spirit, and on the things that are important.  I didn't do anything spectacular today with my family, and I don't have anything outstanding to report, but because I was tuned in to my goal of fasting and inner peace today, my interactions with my family were sweeter and my soul found rest.   Let's face it, we need that kind of mental and spiritual R and R each week.  I'm feeling ready for tomorrow.

One thing I gleaned from our Testimony meeting today was the retelling of an account with Elder Holland.  A bishop in the Manhattan area was asking Elder Holland how they could best meet all the challenges that bishops face in a busy, bustling area--work, family, church and all that was asked of them.  Elder Holland replied, "If you aren't sealed to it, it can probably wait until tomorrow."  I loved that!  Being "sealed to it" in our church is speaking about our families.  We are sealed to our spouse and our children.  That was an awesome way to think about it--our spouse and our children come first.  I'm putting that one in my "how-to" book.

Have a great week!   The Peterson household turns "healthy living" tomorrow!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Seize the moment Saturday

Okay, so it's a silly title, but it's what I did.  Or tried to do.  I was feeling the pull to get my girls out of the house and active.  They love riding bikes with me, but we almost never do it.  So today we did.

It rained on us while riding, but what a show afterward!

Friday, January 2, 2009

In Memory...

"Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty--they merely move it from their faces into their hearts."
~ Martin Buxbaum

As we remember our blessings of the past year, we remember those we have lost who have been dearest to us.  We miss you...
Grandma Pete (Kelly's mom) - January 7, 1937 to June 18, 2006  age 69

Grandma Carol (Melissa's mom) - July 13, 1942 to September 9, 2007  age 65

Grandpa Pete (Kelly's dad) - November 10, 1932 to March 1, 2008  
age 75

Great Grandma Murray (Melissa's paternal grandma) 
January 27, 1918 to December 3, 2008  
age 90
Healthy Living Challenge

Beginning January 5, 2009, I will be participating in a Healthy Living Challenge with 28 women I have met through TwilightMoms (16 who I have actually met and hung out with!).  They are all wonderful, beautiful women who have one goal--to be healthy in 2009.  It's time for me too.  I need to get back on track, and I've been off for over a year now.  I'm ready!

I mentioned to some friends and family that I would post the challenge points/guidelines here. This is a brief description of the points (if you want more detailed explanation, email me).  Take a look at them and see if they would work for you.  You just need one other person, a goal and some determination.  Our challenge has been set for a six-week run.  I have set a 9 points per day goal knowing that I won't be doing the highest intensity workout every day.  Here we go!

Points - 12 points possible per day

1  Reporting/Accountability point just for reporting your points each day
1  Water - 8 8oz cups or more per day
1  Supplements - take a good multivitamin
1  No Skipping meals or snacks.  You need to be eating every 2 - 3 hours.
1  Whole Grains - no white flour, pasta, rice, etc.
1  No Sugar/Junk Food - No white or refined sugars; grams of sugar should be less than 5
1  3-Hour Rule - Don't eat anything three hours prior to going to bed.  
1  Counting Calories - Count calories to maintain portion control; keep a food journal

Workout Points - up to 4 per day
1 = Low Intensity (walking) for 30 minutes 
1 = Moderate Intensity (jogging) for 20 minutes
2 = High Intensity (running) for 15 minutes 

Thursday, January 1, 2009

25 IN 2008

Things I've Never Done Before

I love all the lists I've seen--Top 8... 10 Things Done in 2008...100 Things--I just wasn't sure what I wanted to do. After making a practice list of things done this year that I have never done before, it was a fun list and seemed a good one to use for the blog. Don't expect this length next year though. Some of these activities were the once-in-a-lifetime kind.

1. Hung out on a movie set
2. Made over 50 new friends
3. Read the same novel 4 times
4. Attended two book signings
5. Drove to New Mexico and back, twice
6. Went horseback riding with my girls
7. Traveled to Forks, WA with tons of TwilightMoms
8. Took a dip in a natural hot springs
9. Looked for starfish in a tide pool
10. Publicly stated my opinions on a political issue
11. Did a television interview with KCAL9/CBS2 News
12. Watched a Red Carpet Event at a movie premiere
13. Attended a Hollywood 'After Party'
14. Met several famous movie stars and got pictures
15. Met and chatted with author, Stephenie Meyer
16. Met and chatted with director, Catherine Hardwick
17. Started a Facebook page
18. Started a Blog
19. Spent a winter holiday at my sister's house
20. Rode The Polar Express to the North Pole
21. Had a snowball fight with my family
22. Toured a railroad museum in Durango, Colorado
23. Went sledding with my girls
24. Saw the same movie 3 times at the theater
25. Went to Disneyland with my sister at Christmastime

New Year's Eve
December 31, 2008

Heather and Daddy begin with a friendly game of Battleship while we wait for friends to arrive.
Our good friends, the Holbrooks, arrive just be for 8:00 p.m., and the fun begins.  Heather and Caleb do a little Play Station 2 dancing.
There is a short break in the dance off to convene in the playroom for a little guinea pig viewing.  Yes nine people in a small space, but the guineas were okay with it.
Back to the games.  Brett, Shelly, Hannah, Melissa and Kelly play some friendly card games...
while the rest of the younger guys play on the PS2.  Gotta love 4-way splitters!  We played and played and ate and ate right up until 11:55 p.m. when we had to switch the t.v. over to the New Year's Rockin' Eve to watch the ball drop in Times Square.
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2...
1!  Happy New Year!!!
After the indoor noise making, we ran outside...the filmy dots are fog!  It was super thick and spooky.
How much mess can ya make in three minutes?  A lot.
The munchkins were totally stoked to be up this late.  Well, early.