Sunday, December 14, 2008


Sammy's Birthday Part 2

Fiona, Jackson, Aunt Tara, and Uncle Jack came to celebrate Sammy's birthday with us. It was so much fun and such great chaos! I think Grandma and Grandpa are having fun with all the kids but we are really tiring them out (Grandma and Grandpa, not the kids).

Happy Birthday to Sam!

Sammy has turned 8. Where has the time gone? Here is her first round of gifts - her wonderful brother passed on his birthday underwear (don't ask, it's a joke between the two of them that has been going on for a while) and she got a new monkey puppet. The new monkey is a girl and her name is Mrs Bush, and as you can guess, Sammy is incredibly excited. She has all kinds of plans for Mr and Mrs Bush's life together.

We went to the movies with Grandma and Grandpa to see Madagascar 2. The kids had a great time eating buckets of popcorn at the movies even Maisie was good.

The other part of Sammy's birthday gift was that a few weeks ago she went downtown with me and we saw Wicked. I am so happy that she was able to see it before it leaves Chicago. It is one of my favorite musicals and sharing the experience with her was awesome!

Happy Birthday Sammy!

Snacks with Santa

This is one of our favorite family's traditions, Snacks with Santa. The kids sang with the chorus, Ben and Sam chatted with Santa (Maisie wanted NOTHING to do with him) and there was face painting (the Rudolph nose). This year was even more fun than usual. After snacks we went to our friend's the Shramer's house and and ice skated on their pond in their backyard late into the night. It was a dream come true, a true blizzard, a big bunch of our friends, loud rock and roll, lots of smiles, and best of all, no injuries! John even skated with us. After a few hours with the hockey sticks out we were getting a little bit crazy and decided we needed to start a neighborhood no check hockey league - what do you think the chances of that happening are ? Our only regret with the night was that we couldn't take any pictures!