Saturday, December 8, 2007

Activity 7

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We had a pizza party with our co-workers Friday night. Then we watched the Grinch and Elf and had chocolate mint ice cream.

Activity 6

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After supper on Thursday night we made three kinds of cookies together and made cards to go with the treats. The idea was for us to deliver them that night to three girls we know who share an apartment. They each are going through their own struggle at the moment. We thought we could encourage them with food! As it turned out, by the time we got the goods made and the cards designed, it was time to get 3 little ones in bed. We decided to deliver on another night.

I'm a little bothered that everything is the same color.

Activity 4 (oops! out of order)

We played out in the wonderful snow together. Our house sits up on a hill, so the front yard becomes a great place to slide down in the winter. Joel looked like he was climbing Everest when he tried get himself up to the top after sliding down to the bottom. Great exercise! And another reason we LOVE our house!

Maybe I'll add a picture of us playing out there soon. Have to take one first. Usually, I'm just proud of myself for getting snow pants, gloves, coats, boots, and hats on everyone that I don't have time to think about the camera.

Activity 5

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Grandma and Grandpa's package came today all the way from Papua New Guinea. Grandma Ernst makes ornaments for the grand kids each year. The treat for today was to open the beautiful handmade ornaments and put them on the tree. And perhaps even more special, in the package there was not just one, but two cassette tapes filled with stories and special talk to the kids from my parents.

I just have to pause here and express how much I appreciate these very valuable recordings that will forever be important memories in our family history. They contain the priceless "Morris stories" (my dad's invention), countless songs, passing on of important traditions and culture from PNG, and sweet sentiments to my kids so they know they are loved and special. I haven't counted recently but there must be upwards of 20 of these tapes that have been made since Sam was 2. Sometimes I feel gypped by the fact that my kids don't have the luxury of spending the weekend with their grandparents, or even the ability to pick up the phone and call them once a week. But they have these tapes that they surely would not have if we didn't live 10,000 miles away. I am so grateful that my parents take the time to do this for them, and that my children know my parents despite the fact that they see them once in 2 years or maybe once in 4. And it's because of letters and tapes that they do.
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Sam plopped down on the floor in front of the tape player to listen to his Grandma and Grandpa.
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And here are all three kids in their own spots listening with rapt attention.