Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
We spent Christmas Eve at Grandma and Grandpa Conrad's house and had a great dinner, then the regular Christmas Eve festivities, including the annual new pajama picture. Then it was on to home so Adam could go to bed and Santa could stop by. Adam put out cookies and water for Santa. (he said Santa didn't like milk - who knows where that came from!) Then it was off to bed so Santa could drop of presents and mom, dad and Aunt Tiff could stay up half the night trying to build something out of those silly tinker toys! (someone needs to come up with some better instructions!)
Christmas morning came and we had fun watching Adam open his presents and help everyone else with theirs. I've posted all the pictures on our Picassa website because there were so many of them. You can click on the "Wallis family photos" link on the sidebar if you care to take a look.
We've had lots of fun with Aunt Tiffy here, and we loved playing in all the snow. We hope all our family and friends had as great a Christmas as we did! It's such a great time of year to spend time with loved ones and remember our Savior, Jesus Christ. I'm so thankful he came to this earth to show us the way back!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
It started snowing again Saturday afternoon around 3:30, and I think it snowed all night long. We woke up to a world of white! I keep hearing on the news that it's supposed to warm up and start raining, but it sure didn't happen today! We found out around 10:30 that church was cancelled "due to inclement weather". Adam and mommy were going to stay home anyway, because Adam is still getting over a very nasty cold. I guess I let him play in the snow a little too much during the early stages, because the past couple of days have been pretty rough! Anyway - we decided to have a pajama day, and just enjoy being together as a family!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
It started snowing yesterday afternoon around 3:30 and kept snowing off and on for the next 24 hours. Which means we've accumulated quite a bit of snow - at least for Western Washington standards. Adam's been feeling a little under the weather, but he begs to go outside and play, so when his neighbor friend called to see if he could go outside to play we said yes. Our neighbors have a nice little hill for their front yard, and they also have a sled. Adam LOVED it! "Again, again!" - he shouted everytime he got to the bottom of the hill. It was so fun to watch! The boys even made some snow angels. It's so fun to play in the snow, especially when you have great neighbors!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
You might think we were crazy to take Adam to see Santa - AGAIN! Especially after the last unsucessful try. But, Adam has been talking about going for a ride on a train for several months! So, a few months back I noticed that tickets for the Santa Train at the NW Railway Museum were for sale. I thought it sounded like fun and had heard that tickets will sell out pretty quickly, so I bought some! Scott took the day off of work, and we went!
The weather was beautiful! We got to North Bend, where the train leaves from, half an hour early to find parking. The train was sitting there when we pulled up and Adam was so excited! Then as we were walking to the depot, the whistle blew and the train took off! Adam was very concerned that the train was leaving without us. We soon found out that the train that had just left, was for the group in front of us. The train was running about 45 minutes late! We were very lucky the weather turned out to be so beautiful. I stood in line to get on the train and Scott took Adam to run around and play on the train tracks. We were supposed to leave at 3:00. The train finally came back and we left North Bend shortly before 4:00.
The train ride was lots of fun. We sang some Christmas Carols, and waved at the cars and people that we saw. Adam thought it was great! When we got to Snoqualmie, we got off the trian and went to get some treats (hot chocolate and fresh baked cookies), and then got in line to see Santa. The line was long. There was a coloring station (smart!!), so Adam colored a couple of pictures, and he sat on daddy's shoulders, and played with a cute little girl in front of us in line. When we finally got to the room with Santa, Adam would not go talk to him. I picked him up and walked up close, but Adam wanted nothing to do with him. So we went back out and got on the train to head back to North Bend.
The ride back was fun! Adam played with his new train and helicopter, and shortly before we pulled into North Bend, Santa came walking down the aisle. We were in the last car of the train, so after Santa finished handing out candy canes to all the kids, he sat down across from us. I tried to get Adam to go talk to him, but he wouldn't leave my lap. He watched several other kids come over and sit on his lap and talk to him. He did finally start talking to Santa, and told him he wanted a Basketball for Christmas. Then, as we were getting ready to leave, he finally did it - he walked over to Santa, sat on his lap and even gave him a big hug! It was so cute! Santa was so nice and patient with him! It was the perfect ending to a fun day on the Santa Train!
Monday, December 1, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Today was a nostalgia inducing day for me. Every year as a kid my family would pile into the car, rain or shine, and make the trek to a U-Cut Christmas Tree farm, march through the mud until we found the perfect tree and then take turns posing with the saw to cut down the tree. I love that this is a tradition that Scott agrees we should carry on with our own little family. We did this for several years before we had Adam, and it was always fun, but anything with a three year old is much more fun!! We didn't get a tree last year because we didn't spend Christmas at home, but we took Adam out the year before to cut down a tree. He was just over a year old and had just figured out how to walk. This year was much different!
We headed out this morning with our good friends The Markowski's to a tree farm in Carnation. It was muddy, since it had been raining, but of course, if you waited for stuff to dry out around here, you'd never do anything! The kids had great fun seeing who could get the most mud caked on their shoes. I'm pretty sure our friend's 6 year old Abby won that one! We walked from one end of the farm to the other and them back again, but I think we did find the perfect tree.
Here is the picture of Adam helping daddy cut down the tree. Yes, Scott is laying in the mud. He's such a great mountain man! (I won't tell anyone that Ryan kneeled down on a piece of plastic to cut their tree down!)
The cutting of the Christmas tree always signals the start of the Christmas season for me. (Even though I have been listening to Christmas music for at least a month!!) What a wonderful time of year. I love the trees, the lights, the cookies, everything that this particular holiday season includes. Everything works together to remind us all of the real reason for the celebration...that one bright star in the sky that signified the birth of a little baby boy who became the Savior of the World.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
I have no idea how to link to another persons blog, but I have all three of my taggers blogs listed in my blog list over there at the left. It was Sarah (stats on the Ragatz), Heidi (the Markowski family), and Heidi (Russell, Heidi, Brielle and Hyrum) Sorry about no links - I guess I need blogging lessons!
Random/Weird #1. I had to have stitches at the ripe old age of 2 years old. I guess that's not very weird or random, but the place the stitches were placed is - they were in my tongue. Apparently I was playing in the bathroom with my older sister when I fell and somehow almost cut my tongue off. There's even a little scar...
Random/Weird #2. I have two very random and weird diseases.... PCOS and chrohn's disease.
Random/Weird #3. I LOVE Christmas music. I could listen to it all year round, and sometimes I do. I'm not sure what it is, but any kind of Christmas music will do. Although my most favorites are "The Forgotten Carols" by Michael McLean and "Christmastime" by Hilary Weeks. I also love to sing and play Christmas music!
Random/Weird #4. I randomly teach piano lessons. It's been really fun to do, but I always just have random students. At one time I was teaching over 10 kids, but right now I'm down to 1.
Random/Weird #5. I spent close to two months in the hospital at the age of 23. It started with a seeping appendix and concluded with an exploratory surgery after which I was diagnosed with Chrohn's.
Random/Weird #6. I didn't want to date Scott when he called to ask me out for our first date. (I found out later I was his last choice for asking out, because everyone else was out of town). It's a long story and it differs depending on if you ask me or Scott, but I guess it all turned out the way it was supposed too!! It's hard to believe that phone call happened almost 15 years ago!
Random/Weird #7. I love to read blogs. I could spend hours surfing around the internet hopping from one blog to the next reading about the lifes of people I know and even the people I don't know. (It's probably a good thing I don't have hours to spend!!) Not sure what it is, but I think blogging is very neat!
I now tag...Jody, Laura, mom Wallis and anyone else who feels like being tagged (once again, sorry no links)
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Scott was home in the afternoon, so we decided to go see the new Madagascar movie. I had taken Adam to see "Horton hears a Who" early in the summer this year. He was a little scared when the previews came on - I think because they are always so loud!! But, once that movie started he moved back to his seat and did fine. So, we talked to him about going to a movie and he was really excited! We get to the theatre, buy the movie tickets ($7 for a child matinee ticket is ROBBERY!!), buy the popcorn and a drink. Scott even bought Adam's favorite "gummies" (gummy bears). Everything's going great, we walk through the doors and down the hallway and as soon as Adam sees that big screen he gets this look of total terror on his face, turns around and runs back down the hallway. I hand the popcorn to Scott and walk down to where Adam is standing, pick him up and walk back to Scott. This whole time Adam is quietly saying "I scared Mommy... I scared". Thinking he'll get over being scared, we tell him it's just like watching TV and head up the stairs to find a seat. Suddenly, Adam is screaming at the top of his lungs, kicking, hitting, doing everything he can to get out of my grip. We sit down, he wriggles of my lap, and starts heading back down the aisle screaming at the top of his lungs. Needless to say, we decided to leave. (Luckily there was only one other mom in the theatre with a little girl - hopefully we didn't convince her that this was a scary place to be!). As soon as we were out the of theatre, Adam was fine. The theatre manager was so nice and refunded our money both for the movie AND for our concessions - which totally shocked me!! It was so nice of her. Maybe the huge crocodile tears on Adam's cheeks helped a bit! The sad thing - as soon as we walked out of the theatre without the popcorn, Adam wanted to go watch a movie, because he wanted the popcorn!
After the failed attempt at a movie, we decided to go get some dinner, and went to this great restaurant called Susumu. It's one of those Japenses places where they cook the meal in front of you. We thought Adam would love this because he loves to help cook, he loves to watch cooking shows, he bascially loves anything having to do with cooking! We couldn't have been more WRONG - AGAIN (twice in one day really hurts!). All was fine until the guy came out in his tall red hat. He flipped his cooking utensils around and Adam was done. Crying ensued again. Scott took him away from the table and they sat over at the entrance to the restaurant and watched from a distance. Adam wouldn't even come over when Scott did so he could eat. He sat in the chairs over by the door all by himself, watching from that safe place (there were only 2 other people in the whole restaurant!). Once the chef left, Adam came back over, sat down and ate his dinner.
I guess we've really entered the "scary" part of childhood. Hopefully we didn't scar him for life by scaring him that bad twice in one day!!