101 Posts

Aw man! Did you know that my last post was my 100th post?! I was going to do something special, but alas...I guess posting about Xmas with the fam is special, right?  OK, now let's aim for the 201st post I guess. 

Book update while I'm thinking of it; am 2/3 of the way done with A Lion Among Men. Kind of slow going, but my plans of completing the book this weekend were thwarted with Erich's, "I don't have the flu" flu. Whatever, if you're in the bathroom more than not, it's not normal. 

Harper has discovered so many new words and phrases lately, you can really tell she's picking things up from the new room she's in at daycare.  Here are some of her favorites: No, Mama, Daddy, Abbey, Go Away, Please, Bubbles, milk, Elmo, Olivia, BYE!, Hi!, Grandma, Pa-pa and numerous other jibber jabber things we've yet to identify. She loves Elmo right now, and not just Sesame Street, but Elmo. I did get her to settle for Cookie Monster, and she does the most adorable impersonation of him, it's fabulous.
Sorry it's sideways, not sure how to fix that.

Things have been pretty low key, but as always we're starting to get busy with plans.  The month is full of birthday celebrations, a couples shower in York, a playdate in Omaha, and a girl's night. Very excited! And hopefully February and most of March can go quick to get us to March 23rd for the Hunger Games movie release!!! So stinking excited.  If you haven't read them, trust, you need to. If you have a nook, I can loan them to you. It's very easy.

Here are a few pics from my phone. The first few are from this past weekend; Harper was dressed very interestingly. Enjoy and have a good week!
I like to party

Wearing one of my shoes, and one of Erich's

Group teeth brushing

On our way to KC

Ready for church!



Last Christmas...

Last weekend we visited my sister and family in KC and had our final Christmas, or maybe you would call it the first Christmas of 2012. Either way, a good time was had by all. We haven't seen them since before Thanksgiving, and so it was nice to catch up and see the kids. Harper also had fun playing with her cool cousins, their dog, and their two cats. Her biggest phrase of the weekend was to Brady, their golden retriever...Go Away! Poor dog just wanted to lick her face.  Abbey stayed at the kennel, which was a good thing because I don't think we'd have had room for one more item in the car. We stopped in St Jo on the way down to get some dinner...and wouldn't you know it, there was a Chicfila, Chipotle, and Panda Express all at the same intersection of the mall. We of course chose Chicfila, but man, if we lived in St Jo...we'd be poor, fat and in heaven lol.

On the book news, I am still working on A Lion Among Men; this last weekend really set me behind, and I am hoping to sit down and finish it today on my afternoon off. I get the feeling I'll be distracted by one thing or another, but right now it seems like a good plan.

Have a tentative girls night plan tomorrow, hope it still happens.  We'll be doing dinner, then off to Paint Yourself Silly for some artistic expression, then end the night chatting at Ivanna Cone until they kick us out.  And maybe a stop into Indigo Books for some perusing of their awesome inventory.  Yay for girls' nights!

Here are some pics from the weekend in KC.  Please note, my sister and I exchange Hanukkah gifts, although we are now Jewish. We just enjoy celebrating other holidays, so there's that disclaimer to explain some of the pictures you see. Happy Thursday!

My shirt says, Lets put the Han back in Hanukkah, it's a pic of Han Solo. Love it!

Ethan opening his 12 pack of Mt Dew. Isn't that was aunt's are for?

Brady about to sneak attack Harper

The picture Hailey painted for Erich. It's awesome!

Hailey and Fritz

Playing with Auntie Heather's castle

Erich vs Fritz, staring contest, go!

Grandma Linda and Brady


By the way, Harper and Brady were not fans of this!


2012 Goals

Every year I make a goal to read x amount of books. Last year I went off the deep end with 50; I lost count but I can guarantee I didn't read that many. I love to read by never take the time, outside of the 15-20 minutes before I go to bed, which I don't really count because I fall asleep and have to reread most of what I already read. Vicious cycle really.  So, this year, I am setting a more specific goal, a list of 15 titles I want to read in 2012. 15 is pretty realistic, and I am almost done with the first one of the list. And, I already own nearly all of the books, so I don't have to go find them to read them. Here's the list. If you have any suggestions of a good read to add, let me know.
  1. A Lion Among Men by Gregory Maguire (the third in the Wicked series)
  2. Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire (the final book in the Wicked series) 
  3. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame Smith
  4. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  5. The Help
  6. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
  7. Hey Day by Kurt Anderson
  8. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Laarson
  10. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
  11. Bossypants by Tina Fey
  12. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
  13. The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
  14. WAS by Geoff Ryman
  15. A Widow for One Year by John Irving
So, thoughts? Comments? Jokes? Wish me luck!  I'll also try and comment on the books as I finish them, in case you're interested in reading something off the list as well.


Happy New Year!

Hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year, we really can't complain.  And we have one more Christmas in a couple weeks with my sister and her family, so we are definitely looking forward to that.  Harper got to start her Christmas off with a trip to Chuck-E-Cheez with her boyfriend Patrick. She had never been before, and she found out pretty quickly how much fun the place is.  And she received a Mr. Potato Head, so now Mrs. Potato Head has the love of her life.

We were really blessed with such beautiful weather around the last few weeks of December. While a white Christmas would have been nice, I am OK with a nice, sunny Christmas as well. Instead of going into detail about our Christmases, I will let the pictures do the talking.  Hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year, and are ready for 2012.
Baking cookies at Aunt Sandy's house

mmm, frosting!

Playing with Luke

All the kiddos

Playing with Lynn Lynn and Erika

I wish you could hear Harper's laugh

So much awesome in this picture

Christmas Eve

New monkey pillow from Grandma Linda

Harper was not about any pictures with Gma, so this will have to do

Santa came!

In her new tent!

Abbey got a new bone

Opening her Olivia book from Santa


Who needs a tent?

Christmas at the Kants-Christmas Day

Helping hand out gifts

Helping Grandma Cindy open her gift

Guess how much she loved wearing those ears?

Enjoying the beautiful weather

On our way to Hastings-Christmas Day

New wheels from the Hursts!

Showing Great Grandma how to ride

Coloring with Grandpa Duane

Ugly Christmas sweater and a cheesy smile!