December 12, 2007

Christmas is Here!

There has been a great deal of Christmas stuff going on around here, so much so that I have not blogged forever! One of the most recent things was Caleb's Christmas program. I have been trying for two days to get a video to upload from that but so far it is a no go. I think the site is having some trouble because I don't usually have a problem. I thought video was a must because we were those parents sitting in the pews thinking I can't believe that is my kid doing that and yet so proud and entertained all at the same time. Caleb, who generally is not shy, was nervous up there and probably a little too self-aware so he just did not know what to do with himself. He was happy and smiley but all over the place. When a friend of his was supposed to step forward and say something he pushed her forward. He bent over with his hands on his knees, kneeled down, danced to the music, scratched every limb at least three to five times, and did many more things. He just could not stand still to save his life. It is pretty funny to watch. Oh, and when he spotted me during the middle of the program, he got a huge smile and waved real big, then did the same when he found Todd later. Those waves were pretty sweet moments and you couldn't help but love his innocence and and enthusiasm. He did a great job and we were so proud of him. Someday, he too can be entertained watching himself squirm all over the stage:)
We made sugar cookies yesterday using the "Sweetest Story Ever Told" Christmas cookie kit. If you have never seen this and have young kids it is a must! It has five cookie cutters and each shape stands for something that helps tell the Christmas story and what Jesus came to do for us. It also has a story book that tells of a man who every year would make cookies with a group of people and tell the story, sweet book. Then it has tags that you can photo copy and you package up the cookies and attach a tag and give them away. The tag tells about Christmas and why Jesus came. When you are making the cookies you tell the story to your kids and then have them tell you why they are using the cutters. Then they can be involved in telling others about Christ when they give the cookies away. It is a great tradition and one that we have done a couple times now. The boys really love it this year.

Check out the tongue action in this pic, he was really concentrating trying to roll out the dough!

My future cookie maker
A couple weeks ago we got our tree all decorated. It was tons of fun. We were able to get a taller tree this year as we have vaulted ceilings, so that was really fun!

We have a little pond at our house that froze over perfectly smooth. Caleb and I went down on my birthday and I shoveled it off and he worked on learning to ice skate. He is very determined! It was so much fun to teach him because I love to ice skate and have great memories of doing so when I was a kid.

December 5, 2007

Here is my sick 2 year old.

November 29, 2007

Traveling Times

The Friday before Thanksgiving we took off from home and started a week long trip. First we hit Jamestown and watched the Kenmare volleyball team win the semi-final game in the State Tournament (they went on to win it!). Then we stayed a night in Fargo and continued on to my sister's house. We stayed there for two nights. That is always a good time as their oldest is 10 months younger than our oldest and they are best buddies. The boys had a great time there, and so did we! The reason we went down there was to visit some friends who lost their infant son in July. On Sunday we went to visit with them for a few hours while my sister and her husband watched out kids. That was a huge help to us, thanks guys! Anyway, we had a good visit, as good as it can be. Many tears were shed (at least on my part) but we were glad to be able to go see them. It was a huge encouragement to us when people took time out of their lives to come an visit us after we lost Micah, so we wanted to be able to do that for them. Please pray for them as they struggle along on this journey they didn't choose. They are in a rough stretch right now. People tend to kind of forget more, they don't call as much and are never sure what to say. That is no one's fault, it is just they way life is. They could really use your prayer.

From my sister's we went to spend one night with some friends we had not seen a a long time. It was so great to see them again! They have a son who we had never met. He is such a sweetie! They are the kind of friends who, no matter how long it has been since we've seen them we just pick up where we left off.

Then our travels took us up to Todd's sister's new house. They just built it so the Erickson family christened it by having Thanksgiving there this year. We had a blast as all of Todd's sisters and their kids were there, only one brother-in-law was unable to make it. We did some crazy early morning shopping, played games, ate a lot and just enjoyed hanging out with each other. It was sad to see it all end but nice to head home again when we left the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
These pictures are kind of out of order but, oh well.

Here are all the boys, minus babies at Todd's sister's house. Cousin Fun!

Here are "all" the girls. Do you see a difference in ratio?

Here are all the Erickson grandkids on earth.

Here is the rest of the boy crew, only 5 weeks apart.

Grandpa and Grandma with the crew.

Here are the boys cousins on the Weinert side, they had a blast!Never fear when these three are near!

This is a pic of our boys with our friends' little guy.

Grandpa having some sweet moments with his grandkids.

Thanksgiving meal, where are you?

Fun Pics

Here are a few pics I had to share from a few weeks ago.

Here Caleb decided on his own to help Noah button his jammies. He went over to him and said, "Let me help you there little trooper." Very sweet moment!!
Noah works very hard at making his bed.
Elijah's first encounter with our kitten.

We took the boys swimming a couple weeks ago. They had a blast!

It was Elijah's first time and he loved it. The water at this place is like bath water, very warm.

November 14, 2007

Logan the Sky Angel Cowboy

You've got to check this out. It is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!
By the way, the kid is 13 years old. If you were here earlier, we've updated the link and it works again.

November 13, 2007

My Grandparents are Blogging!

I am very proud to say that my grandparents have a blog! They are doing a great job, especially considering this is the first time they have ever used a computer. Check it out and leave them a comment. You may want to explain who you are.:)

November 9, 2007

October 31st we held our first ever T.H.I.S. Carnival. T.h.i.s. is the name of our youth group, it stands for True Hope In Scripture. Our youth helped us put on a carnival for the community at our church. It was a huge hit! We had between 65 and 70 kids come and all of them heard the Gospel as they had to have their hand or face painted before they could get a pass to go play the games. Some of our Christian Youth in Action teens did the painting and they are trained to share the Gospel while painting using the colors of the paint to do it. They did a great job and we had a couple decisions that night. At the carnival we had games , inflatable games, free cotton candy, a cake walk and they each got a big bag of candy as they left. It was a great time and an opportunity to bring some light to a night that has much darkness. It is Todd and my conviction to try to do something to bring God glory on Halloween. We have heard of the great acts (and there are many!) of darkness that take place on that day and the night before and we want to see it be a day that Christians claim for Christ. There is a lot of evil(I am not referencing kids trick-or-treating, but acts of pure evil and satanic intent) that goes on and I am sure Satan just loves it but what a slap to the face when the Gospel gets shared with 70 people on that night. So hats off to all the churches and believers out there who instead of just shaking their heads at it, complaining about it or just thinking nothing of it, are instead shining Christ's light boldly on that night every year, or partaking in something that does so.

Here is our football and baseball players.
Lots of fun games, the youth did a great job!

Here is the 16 foot slide that had a long line all night.

Bath buddies, the "big" boys were pretty excited to have little brother join them.
This last weekend I went to visit my parents in Minnesota. We had a great time. My brother and his family were moving into an apartment so we were able to help with that. We got to visit with my grandparents before they left for the winter and we got to hang out with my parents which is always a treat. On fun thing we were able to do was go to the play "Grease" at the local high school. My second cousins had big roles in it and did a fantastic job. It was so fun to watch. We also got to see the first snow of the year as we woke up to white ground the morning we were leaving. The boys were super excited. Thankfully it snowed here Thursday morning so they got to play in it a little since we had to go and couldn't play in it that day.

Not a great picture but this is the play and both of my cousins are in the pic

Sweet times with Grandpa!

Saying goodbye to Great Grandpa and Grandma

Snow! Oh how I love it!

October 31, 2007

Fun Memories

The last week and a half many fun memories have been made in our home and we wanted to let you in on a few.

Memory #1 - Just a few weeks past his 5th birthday, our big 5 year old learned how to tie his shoes. If you know him, you understand that whatever he does, he does at 100% - from his emotions, to playing, to learning how to do something new. So when he decided on Friday that it was really time to learn to tie his shoes, that is exactly what he did. I showed him and helped him about five times and then he was doing it! These pics are one of the first times he did it on his own. And believe me, he wanted to do it completely on his own. He would ask me every time we tried it, "Did I do it by myself?" If I said I had helped a little, he would rip it out and start over. We went shopping that day, and I kid you not, he probably stopped 50 times to tie his shoes along with tying them the whole hour there and hour home again. He ties them pretty well now.

Memory #2 - The very next day after our shoe tying mania, that same 5 year old lost his first tooth. Again, once he new it was loose he didn't mess around. He wiggled it constantly until it was just hanging there on Saturday night. I told him if he took a kleenex and pulled it would probably come out. So that is what he did and let me tell you he is mighty proud!

Memory #3 - I finally got the little man started on some veggies the other day. His first taste, green beans. As you can see from the photo, he was not too impressed and after several bites was gagging and spitting. I think it will take a few more tries before he embraces the bean!
Memory #4 - The older boys have been begging to make sugar cookies and we finally got around to it on Monday. What a mess, but what a great time we had! They absolutely loved it. I think it was Noah's first time helping and he was pretty into as he didn't even have time to look up at the camera. They helped me cut them all out and then we frosted them and of course, put sprinkles on them. I couldn't get any pictures of the frosting and sprinkling for fear of leaving them alone with it for more than a second!
The thing with the cookies is, I really did not have time to be making those and making a big mess, but I realized I needed to take the time and enjoy it. No matter what is going on, we need to take time for moments like that with our kids and cherish them. I know they will be gone so quickly and I will look around my kitchen wishing for a little boy to make a mess with. Thank you Lord for reminding me to stop and enjoy the moment!

October 22, 2007

Insight into the Ericksons

1. Who is your man?♥Todd
2. How long have you been together?♥Dated for 1 year, married 7
3. Dating/Engaged/Married?♥ married
4. How old is your man?♥31 years

You or Him
1. Who eats more?♥ Him
2. Who says “I love you” first?♥ It's a toss up
3. Who weighs more?♥ Him, I pray that never changes
4. Who sings better?♥Him as I am self diagnosed as musically challenged, I'm comfortable with that though
5.Who’s Older?♥Him (I had three prerequisites when I was looking for a husband he needed to be older, taller and where bigger jeans.)
6. Who’s smarter?♥Him (In my defense I have been experiencing a lot of brain fog the last few years)
7. Who’s temper is worse?♥ That's a toss up too, but maybe me nowadays
8. Who does the laundry?♥ Mostly me, but he does some too
9. Who does the dishes?♥ Both of us, he is great about doing them after supper
10. Who sleeps on the right side of the bed?♥ When you are looking at it, him
11. Who’s feet are bigger?♥His
12. Who’s hair is longer?♥ Mine
13. Who’s better with the computer?♥Depends on what you are trying to do
15. Who pays the bills?♥Me, he pays the CEF bills
16. Who cooks dinner?♥ Me
17. Who drives when you are together?♥ Generally him because I get really sleepy, but I do once in a while
18. Who pays when you go out to dinner?♥ Him cause his wallet is handier
19. Who’s the most stubborn?♥Me
20. Who is the first one to admit when they’re wrong?♥ Goes either way
21. Who’s parents do you see more?♥ His I think, cause we live closer to them
22. Who named your dog?♥ It would seem we never get to name our own pets, they always come with names :(
23 . Who kisses who first?♥ Both
24. Who asked who out?♥ He asked me out, several times before I said yes
26. Who’s more sensitive?♥ Probably me
27. Who’s taller?♥Him
28. Who has more friends?♥ Mostly our friends are both of ours
29. Who has more siblings?♥ Equal
30. Who wears the pants in the relationship?♥ Him

Feel free to copy and do this yourself, it is fun!

Windows Done!!!!!!

So after several days of hard work, our basement windows are all cut, framed and installed. Meaning phase two of the basement is done! It is so fun to see projects like that finished, and that was a big one. Todd is very happy to be done cutting basement windows for us for many years. He did say though, that he would gladly help out anyone who was planning to do it themselves. Here is the finished project.

My hard workin man

October 20, 2007

A working we will go

Work on the house has been in full swing this weekend. Todd used a friend's backhoe to dig three window wells and has been cutting through the cement into our basement so we can have windows down there for bedrooms. On Friday though he took a break from that and finished putting in all the rest of the windows in our upstairs so now all the new windows in our house are in. He has gotten two of the three basement windows cut, framed and installed so that is very exciting. He has the third one all ready and will finish that this next week. It has all gone pretty well other than getting gassed out of our house. The fumes from the saw were sucked in by the furnace and filled our house. It got so bad the first day I had to leave with the boys. All is well now though. I am so thankful for a husband who is willing and able to take on projects like these. Cutting through the cement is very exhausting work and Todd has done a great job and put in very long hours.

While Todd has been doing the window thing I painted most of our living room and raked around the house. I love how the paint looks ne am anxious to do the last wall. Also, I am going to paint the windows white which I think will look really good against the brown. The boys and I turned raking into a real fun job today. I found a U-clamp and used it to hitch our ATW (All Terrain Wagon) to the back of our lawn mower. Then we would fill the wagon with the leaves and stuff and they would ride on the heap to our dumping spot and back again. At the end of the day we took a ride all the way around our farm. It was a lot of fun.

M y brown paint

Animal pack

Elijah is working hard to catch up with the big bros

The big boys helping Dad dig out window wells

There is a little mud going on here

The hard workin man

M y "work"