Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas Day

After a long evening of wrapping, we managed to get up around 7am when the girls came in bouncing up and down.  Santa had finally arrived and they were beside themselves.  Kailei asked for a piano, an ipod touch and Camp Rock 2 DVD and between Santa and us, she got all that she wanted.  Keara asked for a kindle, a new comforter, and an American Girl doll and bed.  Santa wasn't able to provide the kindle this year but she did get a new comforter and lots of American Girl loot.  Grammy actually got her the American Girl doll so Santa didn't have to worry about that one.  Naturally they got some clothes and a few other items and were excited about all they received.  It was fun to watch them open their presents.

As is tradition we traveled over to Grammy and Poppy's for breakfast.  Despite Mom's temporary handicap she seemed determined to cook and served up a delicious breakfast.  The kids gobbled everything up so they could move on to opening more gifts.  Grammy and Poppy spoiled them as usual (and us as well). 

Later we enjoyed a delicious turkey dinner, took naps, played games and had a great time. Thanks Mom and Dad for making Christmas such a special time. 

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Eve

Still don't have presents wrapped which means a late night but enjoyed Christmas Eve with the family.  We went to church at 3:00pm so we could get a seat.  It was doubly important this year since Mom was on crutches.  As usual church was packed but we managed to find a place where we could all sit together. 

After church we went back to my house for some "party food".  I always like this part of the evening.  Everyone looks so nice and we eat fun food.  It is also nice to be reminded that it isn't about the presents but rather a celebration of Jesus' birth and the gifts he has given us. I can't think of a better was to honor him than being with friends and family.

Friday, December 24, 2010


Managed to squeeze in a little fun and go view the lights at the Wildlife Museum.  We've done this for the past few years but I don't whether is was the date or the weather but it was packed with people.  Haven't run into the lines before but will remember it next year.  I was hoping the kids could talk with Santa but the line was way too long.  We went with the Lawrence's and the Wyman's and had a great time despite the lines.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Cookie Day!

While Lynn and I live no more than five minutes from each other, we still struggle to find time to get together.  We both lead busy lives but despite that challenge we both make sure to set aside time for COOKIE DAY!  Neither one of us are great bakers but the laughter we share makes up for it.  Naturally the girls help but we look forward to the day when they do most of the work and we can just sit around and gab.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Archer's Out on the Town

Our annual dinner out with the family was tonight.  We went to Mt. Fugi which is a Japanese restaurant in Parker.  The kids really love it since they cook everything right in front of you.  We missed not having Kevin and gang there but will look forward to next year when he should be here.  Mom was a little gimpy this year as something bit her foot and she was in urgent care shortly before dinner.  She came hopping in with her foot wrapped as she had a pretty bad infection.  We got lots of laughs at her hopping around but hope her foot heals quickly (Tracie and I are worried we might have to cook dinner).  :)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Davison Christmas

Spent the weekend in Walsh celebrating the Davison Christmas.  Hadn't been down there for Christmas in a long time and really enjoyed it.  Phyllis filled us with lots of great food and way too many sweets.  Unfortunately Merle woke up and was very sick.  Ended up with walking pnemonia so we didn't see much of him.  Zeb actually went down on Friday to attend a wedding which was fun since many family members were there.  Mitch came down on Saturday with his crew and we all really had a great time.

I'm learning to play the card game Nertz(?).  I'm terrible at it but it is fun.  The kids loved all their gifts and spending time with the family.  Wish they lived closer so we could see them more. 

Keara's Feis

Keara danced in a feis this past Saturday.  She was very nervous and doesn't normally like to perform but Mom's "encouragement" worked.  She ended up getting a first, a second and a third.  I was so proud and more importantly Keara was happy she did it.  Enjoy her first place dance.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Kailei's Recipe for Turkey

Kailei's teacher created a cookbook for the kids to give their parents for Christmas.  She had the kids recite recipes.  Kailei's was for Chocolate-covered Turkey's.  I'm sure you will be able to make them without issue. :)

"You buy chocolate covered cherries.
Then you get candy corn.
You melt it.
Then you get the mint.
You spread the chocolate on the mint.

The cherry is the tummy.
The turkey feathers are the cookie part."

Kodo - Our Faithful Friend

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Kailei's Holiday Party

Kailei's teacher is just amazing.  We are so lucky to have her.  This morning the kids performed a reader's theater version of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas".  The kids were all just adorable and I know they practiced a lot.  Kailei even bought the book with her allowance and I listened to her read it to me over and over and over and over again.  She memorized her part as Kailei Who and was very excited that I could take off of work to come watch.

After the play the kids had breakfast and made a sock snowman.  The class collected mittens and hats for needy children as their community service project.  I so enjoyed spending the morning with them.

Keara's Holiday Party

Keara's class began the day with breakfast and then wrote letters to soldiers for valentines day.  They got to wear their pajamas to school all day and celebrated with a movie before leaving for break.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Kailei's Poem

Sunday, December 12, 2010

MWCC Holiday Party

Another year was celebrated this holiday.  My "Mom's With Children from China" group continues to enjoy each others company throughout the year.  While the families don't change the number of children do.  Thomas and Matthew were adopted this year and baby Trautman will be here soon.  It is not often we can get the whole gang together but we managed this season and had a great time. 

Friday, December 10, 2010

MWCC Highlight Video

It's that time of year.  We have our holiday party tomorrow so I created a video to highlight our activities this year. So lucky to have these folks in our life. 

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Daddy/Daughter Date

Zeb treated Keara to The Nutcracker today.  It was indeed a special day for her.  She has been asking to go for years so she was very excited.  Bruce and Elizabeth joined them for this special event and they all had dinner together as well.  So glad they had this special time together.

Gingerbread House Fun

One of my colleagues from work invited the girls and I over to make gingerbread houses last night.  I've attempted to make them before but often fail rather miserably so I was a little leery.  She was confident her method was foolproof and I became a believer when she told me we would need to bring hot glue guns.  I wasn't sure Kailei or Keara would be able to handle the glue guns but alas it was I that burned from hot glue.  The process took quite a while and Tina treated us to dinner and we ate our way through candy for dessert. The girls had an awesome time.  Keara was especially proud of her house and for good reason.  Kailei as expected ate more candy than anything.  My house was actually a barn of which I was proud too.  We had a great time and look forward to doing it again next year. 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Story From Kailei's Writing Journal (exactly as is)

I had a sleepover at my Grammy and Poppy. I was fun relly fun. It was fuuuuunn. I loved it so so much excsept wen she wake me up in the mitel of the nite. Then I cod not sleep. It was horabol. I codint blevit. It was the wrste nighte evr.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Kailei: Can I have all these coupons Mom?
Mom: Sure.  What for?
Kailei: For my coupon collection.
Mom: You don't have a coupon collection.
Kailei: I do now.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Typically we have Thanksgiving down in Walsh but Mitch decided to change things up a little and we had Thanksgiving at his house.  Merle and Phyllis drove up and then Sue and Jeremy flew in to join the fun.  Lieu and Phyllis did a great job preparing the meal and there was no shortage of food from the minute we walked in the door.  Not only did we have turkey, but later enjoyed Lieu's spring rolls, noodle soup and egg rolls.  The cousins had a great time playing and we enjoyed ourselves as well.  Tried my hand at playing some card game that I can't even remember the name of and took the losing trophy home.

Since we were in Denver, Lieu and I hit the malls on Black Friday.  I was out 14 hours but I got all my shopping done.

We'll be heading down to Walsh for an early Christmas in late December.  Can't wait to see the family again.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Lea Graduated!

After 8 weeks of puppy kindergarten Lea graduated.  We are proud of our little pooch and hope she doesn't forget everything she learned the minute we walk out the door.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Mommy/Daughter Date

Kailei went to see the musical Shrek today.  It was a fabulous show!  I really enjoyed it and enjoyed being with Kailei.  She insisted we go out to dinner after so I had to oblige and we ate at Carmine's on Penn (which just happens to be my favorite restaurant).  Love that both my girls enjoy going to the theatre.  Daddy and Keara get to go to the next show together.  I hope they have as much fun as we did.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Cookie Turkeys Again!

My one claim to fame is cookie turkeys.  I love to send them to the girls classroom each year as a special treat.  This year we had a large crowd over to help assemble them as well as make some for their own classrooms.  It is great fun but chocolate was everywhere!  That must be the sign of a good time, right?

Friday, November 19, 2010

Keara's Choir Concert

Keara has spent the last few months getting up early every Wednesday morning to attend choir practice at school.  She really seems to enjoy singing so this was perfect for her.  The culminating event was on Thursday night with a 4th, 5th, and 6th grade concert.  Keara did great and everyone was so proud of her.  Unfortunately it conflicted with the National Honor Society induction ceremony at my school so I was unable to attend but Grammy and Poppy were there to cheer her on as well as Zeb and Kailei.  I can't wait until her next one.

Sunday, November 14, 2010


"Mom, can I send a text message to God?"

Friday, November 12, 2010

MWCC Dinner

It gets harder and harder to get my Mom's group together but I love when we can.  Managed to snag dinner out with Jeanne and Beth.  Enjoyed the company and conversation of both these ladies.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Treasure Island

Both girls auditioned for Treasure Island recently but Kailei was the only one to get a part.  She was very sweet in saying how sad she was that Keara wasn't going to be in it.  Naturally Keara was disappointed but this is one of life's little lessons I suppose.

Kailei is a seagull in the show.  Missoula Children's Theatre is the group that comes in and puts this all together in a week.  It is amazing what they can do and I enjoy the show every time.

Kailei is thrilled to be on stage and did a great job in the show.

Sunday, October 31, 2010


As is tradition, Nic and Sydney came over for Halloween.  We enjoyed pizza and then they all literally ran around the neighborhood getting candy.  They all looked so cute.  Grammy joined us but Poppy was home sick this year so Tracie and I got to eat all the Almond Joy's.  :)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Artwork by Kailei

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Nothing Ruins Your Life Forever

Can't say it any better than this.

"Hello my girl,
I  wanted to say hi and tell you how much I miss you and that I hope your classes are going well and that you are having fun too.
But I also have to have a mommy moment-  bear with me here.  I won't take long, and I won't be saying anything I haven't already said in one form or another,  but it is important.

You may or may not have heard about the NJ college student who killed himself last week because his room-mate had posted videotape of him having sex with another guy.  A terrible, senseless tragedy.

My mommy job requires that I remind you of two essential things:
Nothing ruins your life forever. NOTHING.
Nothing ruins your life forever. NOTHING.

If that young man had only waited a couple of weeks nobody would have cared- he'd have gotten past it.  People have short memories- life would have gotten better, much better.  His parents and friends? They loved him prior to the tape- they would have loved him afterward too.  A few awkward moments and then life goes on.

But when you are young you don't know that even the awkward moments are fleeting.  On this,  you just have to trust the old people.  Remember when you were really small and cried and cried over something?  Well,  it didn't last.  That's kind of what it's like- awful things happen, you feel like there's a rock in the pit of your stomach, somehow time goes by and it gets better.  I promise you, it ALWAYS gets better.

The students, a girl and boy, who were involved in the taping and posting-- they are being charged with bias crime, invasion of privacy and possibly other things.  Their college life is over.  They will have to live with this death the rest of their lives-- and their families are devastated.  What they did was so wrong- but also so kid-stupid.  Not to mention mean. And so their lives will be different forever- but even so- their families will love them and they will have time enough to hopefully live in such a way as to make meaning from their mistake.

So, my beautiful girl,  never, ever think something is unfixable.  NOTHING you do will ever keep us from loving you.  NOTHING you do could be so awful you can't get past it.

And if someone is mean to you, and it isn't something you can ignore-- seek out people to talk to about it.  Surround yourself with people who are supportive.  If you ever need help and don't know how to ask- try writing a letter instead.  And right now- before you might need such help- think about who you would talk to if needed.  In the midst of turmoil sometimes we don't always think as clearly- having a plan makes it easier to find help in crisis.  And remember there are always alternatives. Always.

Finally, don't be mean.  Don't let other people be mean.
Stand up for the underdog, protect those who aren't as smart or confident or easygoing as yourself.
Treat people's feelings like fragile little puppies- if you play with them- be gentle.

I love you so much and I know you really don't need me to tell you this stuff.... but it's my job.
Love and hugs,

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Daddy's Little Girl

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Halloween with Horses

It was canceled last year but made a come back this year and I just couldn't pass up taking the girls.  It was a BEAUTIFUL fall day and there is nothing better than trick-or-treating in a barn, watching horses in costume, taking hay rides and doing pony rides.  Everyone had a great time.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

A Little About Kailei

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Puppy Kindergarden

Lea and I are in class together.  I've know we would need to coral that energy of hers at some point and now seemed as good a time as any.  I really loved the class.  I think it is because it has nothing to do with education or computers.  I'm just enjoying learning something new and Lea seems to be responsive.  Some of what is shared seems so obvious that I wish I had thought of it before but oh well.  Right now we are focusing on some behaviors and while there is still lots to be learned, we are on our way.  Keep your fingers crossed we don't get expelled.  :)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Davison Times

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Keara's Parent/Teacher Conference

Well, nothing unexpected.  Keara is doing a great job and is a great student.  Going to her conference is such a joy.  We are very proud of her and hope she is just as proud of herself.  Keara wants to be a vet when she grows up right now so we have told her that math and science are important for that career.  Who knows how much that will change but she loves school and that makes us all happy. 

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Nic's Birthday

Nic is another year older...can you believe it?  Spent the evening enjoying Grammy's spaghetti followed by a Dr. Who themed cake.  Nic loved it.  Zeb was kinda out of it however because he had lasik done earlier in the day.  I offered to take him home but he didn't want to the miss the party.  I'm not sure sleeping on the couch counts as being "present".  The good news is that he can see without glasses!!!! Yippee!

Molly's Birthday

Manage to escape work early this year and enjoy some time with some of my favorite colleagues.  It was Molly's birthday and we celebrated by going to a Mystery Theatre.  It was my first time and it was a lot of fun. 

Friday, September 24, 2010

My Ducklings for the Day

Girls are on fall break so I decided to take them and a few of their friends to the zoo.  How I managed to keep five kids rounded up is beyond me but I sure had fun.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Kailei's Parent/Teacher Conference

Well, I must admit I was nervous going into the parent/teacher conference.  I knew it could go one way or the other.  Fortunately, I didn't have to be concerned and Kailei is doing just fine.  I LOVE her teacher this year.  She is a real professional and I'm not easy to please.  I have no doubt Kailei will be learning and growing this year in a truly caring environment. 

Mrs. Holland's comments: 
"Kailei is an exuberant and very engaged student!  She is very proud of her learning."

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Second Wind Walk for Suicide Prevention

Today we walked.  We walked for those who felt they could not take another step.  We walked for friends and family who have lost someone they loved.  We walked for those who felt life was too painful to bear.  Somehow I hope we made a difference for someone.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Ditch Day for Mom

Took advantage of some of the comp time I've earned and ditched school.  I went up to Breckenridge with a couple of friends of mine and enjoyed the fresh mountain air, a little window shopping and lunch.

Friday, September 10, 2010

MWCC Dinner

Getting harder to get this group together but I sure love it when it happens.  These Moms are the best!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Dear Dad

Dear Dad,
How was your mountain trip?  We had so much fun.  On Sunday we went to the zoo.  It was so hot.  I missed you a lot, but the reason I wrote this letter is because I LOVE YOU!


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Dear Tooth Fairy

Dear Tooth Fairy,
I'm so sorry I don't put my tooth under my pillow.  I'm just scared I will loose it.  But I can't believe I lost another tooth.  It's so cool.


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

My Sweet Keara

Driving in the car I told Keara that I signed us up again for Race for the Cure. She quickly responded with, "Oh I'm so excited mom. Doing that race always makes me feel like a better person,"

I love how sweet her heart is.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

MWCC Unbirthday Party

Had our "unbirthday party" this past weekend.  There are so many kids in our Mom's group that we decided to have one birthday party for the whole group instead of celebrating a couple of times every month.  We simplified this year and had a pool party, pizza, cake and goodie bags.  Not everyone was able to make it but we still had a good time.  The goodie bags were filled with unique Chinese treats so it was fun discovering how they all tasted.


Looking at a stack of photos on my desk Kailei says....
"There's a lot of pictures of me...which of course I like."

Friday, August 27, 2010

Bathroom Humor

I was walking through the playroom and Kailei stopped me, looked me in the eye and said, "Whatever you do, don't go in the bathroom without shoes on."  Not quite registering I walked into the bathroom without shoes and starting looking around.  Suddenly I look down at the floor and see liquid on the tile.  I ask her what it is and she says, "OK, OK...I confess.  I had an accident."  "Oh Kailei", I sighed.  Her only response to me was, "I told you not to go in there without shoes on." 

Thursday, August 26, 2010


So I was taking Kailei to her first piano lesson today.  I was sharing that the name of her teacher was Mrs. Bray.   "Well, that's a nice name for a teacher.", she said.

The Puppies are Getting Bigger

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Kailei's Second Birthday Party

We had another birthday party this weekend. This time we celebrated with the Archer side of the family.  Kailei and Sydney are 1 year and 1 day and enjoy celebrating their birthday together.  We had it out at Tracie's house and partied early because Nic and Sydney start school tomorrow.  Unlike last weeks unique theme, this one was a unicorn and the decorations were fun.  The girls got quite a few gifts and they enjoyed each of them.

Keara was a little off at this party.  She was sneezing up a storm this morning so I gave her a benedryl for her allergies.  Apparently, this wiped her out and she slept through some of the festivities.  (At least I know what to give her next time she needs to sleep).  She actually wasn't the only one as Poppy fell asleep using a balloon as a pillow on the floor.  It was quite humorous but really the party was fun despite the nappers. 

Happy Birthday Girls!  We love you lots!

Saturday, August 21, 2010


"I'm going to go get a broom and do some broomin'."

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Yes, it's a Pig Party!

Kailei and Anika celebrated their birthday's together yesterday.  Grandpa and Grandma made the trek back up to Denver to celebrate with us.  Kailei choose the theme and was sure Anika would like it.  I must admit however that I got quite a few double-takes as I walked around with a pink pig cake.

Dinner was at our house with a simple meal of hotdogs and hamburgers.  Mitch and Lieu brought a pinata for the kids so they had great fun trying to knock it down and get the candy.  We did it in the backyard and once the candy spilled out I'm not sure if it was the kids or Lea who was faster at grabbing candy.

Kailei got some great gifts as usual.  Grandma made her some American Girl doll clothes which were just amazing.  Uncle Mitch got her some books.  Uncle Mark gave her a music cd which I've had to listen to for the last 8 hours and Uncle Curtis gave her a game.  It was a great time.