Friday, December 21, 2007

School-related Christmas festivities

Mrs. Meyer and Katie creating ornaments

Decorating a Christmas cookie with guppies (an off brand of Goldfish)

At Cooper's party today

Cooper and Mia

Cooper and Cade

Monday, December 17, 2007

No loss for words

Do you ever feel at a loss for the right words when someone you know is going through a tough time? I sometimes do -- nothing seems to adequately express the empathy or sympathy I feel.

I compiled this far-from-inclusive list of just some of the most beautiful words written to Steve and I the past week. This doesn't even include the supportive spoken words from others. We somehow have the world's most poetic, compassionate and giving friends and family members. These words are incredible gifts.

We stand ready to help with meals, errands or anything else. Just say the word. Your family really, really are in our prayers and our thoughts.

I’m here if you need anything.

I hope you can feel God’s loving arms around you.

We're pulling for you all and wish you strength during this tough time.

I know God is capable of things we can never begin to wrap our minds around.

Please let me know when I can do anything else. If you ever need to get away you know where I am.

I know you're not one to ask, but I don't want to bombard you with calls, so PLEASE let us know what we can do.

We are all connected in this world for a reason ... right now support, love and hope are surrounding you and your family.

I just want to give you a big hug.

We serve a God of healing – I hope you can both cling to that during this time. You’re both strong individuals, and your faith will bring you through this.

I'm sending positive vibes your way.

Know that you have friends that are here for you at a moment's notice.

I want you to consider me "on-call" for you starting right this minute.

I just want you to know that you guys are thought of all the time and we are praying each day for God's help and healing.

My prayers are going full throttle for all of you.

You are both in my thoughts and prayers, surrounding you all in healing light.

Stay positive, stay strong!

Your love for and devotion to one another has always been so apparent. That alone will get your through many dark periods in life.

We love you guys.

(I rediscovered this photo tonight while getting some images together for an upcoming Cub Scout project. Cooper was Harry Potter again for Halloween this year.)

Saturday, December 15, 2007


I'm keeping a blog for friends and family who want updates on sweet Steve's condition:

Monday, December 10, 2007

Youngest St. Nicholas I've ever seen

We enjoyed our Heritage Village visit this weekend. Because the park celebrates life in the late 19th century and early 20th century, there was no Santa Claus as we know him today. Instead, there was St. Nicholas in the gazebo, who looked to be about 18 or 20 (and not too happy to be there). In addition to visiting St. Nick, we toured some homes, listened to a choir and some bands and watched the costumed docents and volunteers cook, eat and visit. In the saloon, Cooper beat a Webelo Scout in a game of checkers while Katie stacked dominoes.

The kids and I had been to the park a few weeks ago as part of my Fodor's research. The PR lady gave us a great tour and let us ride the donkey-drawn carriage. She even let the Cooper & Katie sit on Nip & Tuck. For Katie, it was the next best thing to a pony ride.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Christmas card photo outtakes 2007

This year hasn't been much easier than last as far as getting a Christmas card photo. But we sure have had fun! (And don't you just love Katie's red patent leather shoes? She wants to wear them with everything, when she doesn't want to wear her pink cowgirl boots.)

Friday, December 07, 2007


  • Most importantly, Steve is having some health issues that worry us. Please include him in your prayers.
  • Katie and Cooper are enjoying the Christmas season. The Adolphus Neiman Marcus Christmas parade last Saturday was a great kick-off to a month of activities. We also had the Advent festival at church Sunday. We hope to attend the Candlelight event at Heritage Village this weekend and continue driving around in search of awesome light displays.
  • Katie's clavicle is officially healed, according to the most recent X-ray, and she's been cleared for playground activity. There's a reindeer with its head down in the front yard of a nearby house. Katie thinks it's sad "because it had to have a picture taken of its collar bone."
  • Cooper's Destination Imagination team has chosen its name -- the Titanic Finders. And its topic -- the Great Wall of China. Jackie, any fun tips or facts you want to send about the wall would be great! Another mom and I are taking the first-graders to a DI workshop tomorrow.
  • I've been buried in another Fodor's project, ignoring piles of laundry, stacks of papers, nonwork-related phone calls and e-mails and who knows what else.
  • In other Fodor's news, a brief review I wrote of Fearing's is online for a week or so. My last name is misspelled, though -- Damn. I've requested a correction.