Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Just Because

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving in Walsh

We left after school on Tuesday and headed down to Walsh.  It was actually tough to leave just because we were scrambling to get Keara some glasses before we left but somehow we made it out the door.  We actually got stopped twice for a broken headlight but fortunately no ticket.  Grandpa and Grandma were happy to see us and we were them. 

Grandpa is losing his hair now but really is as handsome as ever.  Mitch and Lieu came down as well that night so the cousins got to maximize their time together. Zeb and Mitch took the kids to climb Two Butte's Mountain which is really just a big hill but they had a great time.  The weather was gorgeous so we got to be outside a lot.  

Thursday brought Curtis and Amy, Sue, Uncle Alvi, and the Griffin family who all joined us for Thanksgiving dinner.  Phyllis made a great feast and we were quickly full.  There were mean games of Nertz (card game) going for most of the time in Walsh.  I always volunteer to play and be the loser so no one feels bad.  It's my duty and I do it well. 

We left on Friday so I could begin the holiday shopping as our time is short this year.  Had a great time in Walsh and look forward to seeing the family again soon.

A Trip to the Grocery Store

So I sent my Zeb to the grocery store with a list that was numbered 1-12. He actually bought that many of each item instead of just the 12 items. 12 cans of pears, 11 tomatoes, 10 bags of corn, etc. Being married to an engineer can be interesting at times. :)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Things I'm Thankful For by Keara

Since it almost Thanksgiving I've been thinking what I'm most thankful for. There are lot of things to be thankful for like the arts, electronics, animals and family.  I love everything but if I wrote down everything, that would be a long story.

The first thing I'm thankful for is the arts.  One of the arts I'm thankful for is art.  In art being creative is a good quality. You also have to have a good imagination.  I also like music.  Music is amazing because you can express feeling and emotions with every note or word.  It is also soothing, so if you're angry or sad turn on music and calm down. Theatre is another art that I'm thankful for.  It makes me feel like an eagle, free, free in the sky. It also makes me feel confident.

I'm also thankful for electronics. The electronic I'm most thankful for is my kindle. I like my kindle because I can learn new words and read new books.  Another think I like about the kindle is that you can download flash cards in different language so you can learn new languages. I also like computers because they can help with homework and project for school. You can also play games. They can be educational or just for fun.

Another thing I'm thankful for is animals. I'm thankful for a lot of animals but dogs are way up there.  I like dogs because they are loyal and friendly. They also can help police, the blind and investigators. Other than dogs, horses are my favorite. I love horses because they are gentle giants. They are friendly like a dog and they certainly are pretty.

The important people in my life are at the top of the list of things I'm thankful for, even thought it is the second to the last paragraph. My friends are important to me.  All my friends are nice, caring and special in their own way.  My family is special too.  My mom, dad and sister are very supportive of what I do and love. My extended family is also great.  My cousins Nic, Syd, Keenan, and Tighe are fun but my Grandpa who has leukemia is the one I'm worried about.  Soldiers are important too because they save lives and help many people.

Obviously I am thankful for a lot of things and wish I could tell you all of them.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Giving Thanks

Kailei:  "My family and stuffing."

Christine: "My family, and friends.  Our health and happiness."

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

New Glasses

Well, the $500 pair of glasses lasted two months.  We were hoping for more but such is life.  The dog ate Keara's glasses last night.  Nobody was happy about it but the new glasses come with a warranty. 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Turkey Cookie Time

As is tradition, we made turkey cookies again this year to distribute to the girl's classes.  It is a fun tradition and we invited some members of my mom's group also came.  Chocolate was everywhere but there was not denying the fun that was had. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011


Kailei just informed me that the pumpkins need to stay for the "twelve days of Halloween."
So Keara walked into the kitchen and said, "We weren't eavesdropping."
Kailei walked in behind her and said, "Yeh, we aren't pig droppings."
After putting some powder on Kailei stated..."My stomach is as soft as a baby's foot."
"I don't know how to draw a monkey Kailei.".
"Come on Mom, do it for the kids."

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Jungle Book

The girls auditioned for another Missoula show.  This time both got to be a part of it.  Keara was the assistant director and Kailei was a monkey in the show Jungle Book.  Both were ecstatic to be a part of the show.  It was a whirlwind week and Keara got especially exhausted trying to juggle being out late, up early, homework and activities but she did it and we were very  proud of her.  It was another great show and the girls look forward to the next one.

Friday, November 11, 2011

A Favorite

A teacher isn't supposed to have favorites but sometimes there are those that just work their way into your heart.  Andrea is one of those people.  Got to have lunch with her again this month.  It had been too long but it is easy to pick up where we left off. 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Kailei's Recital

I love that the girls are both enjoying taking music lessons.  Keara is taking guitar but doesn't really have the opportunity for a recital per se.  Kailei is taking piano and we had our first official recital. It was so much fun.  Maybe I'm living vicariously through my children since I have no musical talent whatsoever but I sure love that they are enjoying it.  Kailei has been practicing like crazy.  Originally she was supposed to have it Friday night but as luck would have it, she got strep throat and we had to cancel.  Fortunately, there were two other times so her teacher was able to move her to Saturday for which I am grateful.  It was a really fun event and I can't wait until the next one.

Can't resist those eyes!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween 2011

Another year of pumpkins and Halloween costumes.  The pumpkins were carved with care.  The girls looked great.  The weather was terrific.  Tracie's family along with Mom, Dad and Mark came over for pizza and then we hit the neighborhood.  Syd and Kailei literally ran from house to house.  Nic and Keara were more cool in their approach but enjoyed the goodies nonetheless.