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christmas eve

The forecast called for snow starting on Christmas Eve morning.  But when it comes to St. Louis weather, I don’t believe it until I see it.  Sure enough, the forecast was right.  It started snowing on Christmas Eve morning and gave us a beautiful white Christmas.  That morning, we bundled the kids up and headed out to play in the snow.  This was Molly’s first year to enjoy snow.  She loved walking around and hearing the snow crunch, and the white stuff didn’t keep her from climbing up the ladder on the swingset and going down the slide.

Owen loved every single thing about the snow.  He quickly learned how to make snowballs, and Travis taught him the fun of eating snow.  (I’m thrilled with this considering we have a dog…yuck.)  But the thing he was most excited about what making a snowman. 

Even  Molly got into snowman-making…when we could get her to take a break from doing laps around the perimeter of our yard. 

When the snowman was finished we let Owen be in charge of assigning him a name.  Immediately Owen gave him the name “Pocky”.  Not a moments hesitation.  When we asked him where the name came from he simply said, “I don’t know.”  Meet Pocky:

Later that day we braved the snow-covered roads to go to church.  After church we went over to my parents’ house for our annual Christmas Eve dinner (of which I got a total of ZERO good pictures).  Every year since we’ve gotten married we’ve spent the night over at my parents’ house on Christmas Eve.  This year, with our kids getting older, we wanted to start our own family traditions at our house.  After eating dinner with my family, we drove back over to our house where Molly promptly went to bed.  Owen stayed up with us and helped us set out a treat for Santa and his reindeer. 

The three of us gathered around the Christmas tree and read Twas the Night Before Christmas  (which Owen is close to having completely memorized thanks to one of those adorable Hallmark recordable books from Nana and Bubba) and then the Christmas story from Luke 2.  Travis and I then ushered our very excited son to bed so that we could do Santa’s work.  When it was all said and done, here’s the scene that greeted our children on Christmas morning…

I’m not even CLOSE to being done…stay tuned for more Christmas posts.


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merry christmas!

And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.   And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,  “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”          ~Luke 2:10-14

Merry Christmas!


Travis, Emily, Owen, and Molly

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tis the season…

…to look at Christmas lights.

…to decorate Christmas cookies.

…to make gingerbread houses.

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another monthly update


This month, Molly is 20 months old.  I can’t believe we are so close to the age of 2.  Wow.  And let me just mention that at the age of 20 months, her brother was successfully transitioning to a big boy bed.  Our little adventurous gal will be staying in the crib as long as we can possibly stretch it. 

Molly’s ability to communicate continues to improve, but this month her favorite words are MINE, ME, and NOOOO!  We’ve entered the world of tantrums and time outs…I really don’t love the terrible twos.  But those terrible twos are coming, like it or not.  

Even though the previously mentioned three are her favorite words, she does say lots of other things…the only problems is that she seems to have created her very own language that only she can understand.  Here’s a little glimpse of a conversation I had with Molly:

This month Owen has started using the word “like” in conversation.  For example, “Hey Mommy, when David was fighting Goliath he like used this rock and like put it in a slingshot and like threw it at Goliath and it like hit him in the head and that’s how he died.”  Do I talk like that??  I really hope not because he sounds like a valley girl.

We’ve been working on his attitude a lot lately, particularly at dinner time.  I have to be honest, dinner time at our house is not my favorite time of day.  In fact, it’s probably my least.  My kids dislike most foods and they refuse to eat most of the food that I cook.  I am of the persuasion that they eat what’s in front of them or they don’t eat dinner.  I refuse to make separate meals for each member of the family.  Because of my stubborn belief in this type of dinner plan, mealtimes often look like this:

…both kids screaming, someone gagging when they are asked to try a bite of food, and Travis and I trying to enjoy our meals and hoping that our full glasses of wine will help our perspective of the situation.  Owen likes to ask me what’s for dinner earlier in the day and then inform me that “Mommy, I’m not going to like that.  It’s going to make me choke.”  (Meaning, he’s not going to eat it and if I try to make him he will attempt to make himself vomit.  Fun, huh?)  I have now instated a house rule…you are not allowed to say that you do not like mommy’s cooking before you’ve tried it.  When you ask what’s for dinner and you know that, most likely, you are not going to enjoy it as much as you like chicken nuggets, you must respond with “I’ll give it a try.” 

For some reason, giving him the language has helped his attitude at meal times.  There have been a couple of nights when he had the “I’ll try it” attitude and actually found that mommy’s meatballs weren’t vomit-inducing!  It was a big night.

Anyway, that’s all for this month.  Merry Christmas!!

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christmas messes

For a while she obsessed over this:

When the presents started arriving under the tree, her focus was redirected.

And now she’s discovered this little number.

I love love love Christmas decorations.  But if I’m being totally honest here…life’s going to get a bit easier when the tree comes down and the snow globes get boxed up.  I’m not trying to be a scrooge…just a candid moment from the author of this blog.

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candy cane lane

Ever since September my Sunday evenings have been devoted to working on our church’s Christmas musical, Candy Cane Lane.  It was a lot of work, but it was so much fun to see it all come together in the end.  My role was to manage everything that happened on Stage Left.  I’d never been a stage hand before, but it was lots of fun.  I had to assist with costume changes, hand out props as needed, and make sure kids knew when to enter and exit the stage.  I also got to watch the play from behind the scenes.  Here’s a shot of all the kids dancing away during our performance:

Owen got to be a part of the musical, too.  Because he’s one of the littlest kids involved, he was on stage for under 10 minutes.  But he still got to wear Christmas jammies (the required costume for all performers).  And I’m sure he was so cute up there on stage singing.  I still haven’t seen him…I’ll have to wait until I get my copy of the DVD.  Being a stage-hand has it’s downside when you’re the mom of a little performer.  Even though I didn’t get to see him perform, he had the rest of the family in the audience including my mom, who was actually the helper for the 3 year olds over the last three months of musical practice.  Here they are looking so cute in their Christmas jams:

I love this picture of Molly looking into Owen’s classroom with envy as he got dropped off on the night of the performance.  Our little gal wants to be a big kid SO bad.

After the show I snagged a picture with Owen, looking official in my all-black stage hand attire.

We also got a picture of Owen with Candy Cane Jane, the star of the show.  Isn’t she adorable?  She really did a fabulous job.  Look for this girl on Broadway someday!

And one more on stage of me and the kids.  (And I promise that Molly really does wear other clothes besides this Christmas dress and leggings.  I really should try to work on getting pictures of her in other outfits so you’ll believe me.)

Directly following the show, some of the moms had put together a wonderful dessert reception.  There were SO many cupcakes, cookies, and treats.  The kids were in heaven…and very hyper.

Before heading home for the night, we snuck a picture of my side of the family.  I think this shot might be on my mom’s Christmas card.  So if you’re one who normally receives her Christmas card…sorry for the spoiler.

This musical was so much fun to be a part of.  It was really great to get to know the elementary kids better.  I work with the preschoolers quite a bit through my job, but my only opportunity to get to know the older kids is through our Sunday night program.  I realized that I’ve missed working with those older kids who I used to teach 5 days a week!  This musical really worked to get us in the Christmas spirit.  Something about a whole group of children singing Happy Birthday Jesus while wearing Christmas jammies will do that to you!!

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let it snow!

Over the weekend we had our first snow of the season! 

 I LOVE snow, particularly around Christmas.  In my world, there’s nothing that makes it feel more like the holidays than falling snow.  The winter weather began late Saturday night which meant we woke up on Sunday morning to a winter wonderland.

I had to head up to church for my Sunday morning duties, but Owen and Travis donned their snow attire and headed outside.

Owen had a blast…for about 10 minutes.  Then the single digit temps became a little too much.

It’s been 4 days since the snow fell and not a single bit of it has melted.  That should give you a clue how freezing cold it is here.  Ice is expected tonight…I’m starting to get my hopes up for a white Christmas!

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