Monday, December 28, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
- Here we are, three days before Christmas, and I have accomplished a lot, but yet there is so much left to do. Gifts still need wrapped, which means I will probably pull my usual all-nighter on Christmas Eve, and a couple gifts that still need to be purchased.
- We had a Family Meeting last night to discuss our plans for Christmas. We are so blessed to have family very close to us on both sides so the Holidays are always a schedule juggle. Jacob, who is still holding on to the magic of Christmas with his heart even though I think his brain is telling him otherwise, really wants to wake up here, at home, on Christmas morning. We usually juggle Christmas by spending the 24th with my family, spending the night of Christmas Eve at Kevin's parents house, and then waking up Christmas morning with Kevin's family. This all meant that Santa had to come to our house on the night of the 23rd and we would open his gifts Christmas Eve morning. This worked out fine in years past, but this year Jacob is not buying it. So we will be staying home and waiting for Santa to come on Christmas Eve. Christmas morning I am sure will be a mad rush of excitement with opening gifts then quickly getting dressed and ready to drive to Warden for the day, then Moses Lake for the evening, but I am sure that great memories will be made.
- My original plan to spread Christmas cheer with the gift of homemade tamales was a bust. My mom and I could not workout a schedule where we were both home, ALL DAY, on a Saturday to make our yummy gifts. We were both feeling bad that this was not able to be done, so we are hoping that maybe we can get them done as New Years gifts. Until then, we hope some of you will enjoy our treats that we whipped up quickly for you. Merry Christmas!
- I am enjoying having my kids home for break. We spent all day yesterday playing LOTERIA, Mexican Bingo, and we had so much fun. Kelsie is the bingo queen!! She won so many times and she LOVES yelling BINGO when she does win. Lots of giggles and playful bickering and great memories were created on day one - Now on to day two!!
- Ashley is also home from college for break. She is currently asleep on my couch, such is the life of a college student, and I am using her laptop. My whole family is literally HOME for the holidays. My parents and Ashley are patiently waiting for their NEW HOME to be built. It'll be about 90 days, and their new home will be ready for them. They are very excited to pick out all of the fun stuff that comes with building a new home, like carpet and paint and appliances. Jacob's favorite things about this are 1) He'll have his room back and 2) My parents house is being built right around the corner from his two friends CARSON and TYLER. He thinks this is the coolest thing ever.
- Christmas Sunday at church was perfect. All the right words were spoken and the right feelings were present. I was surrounded by sisters who I love and the ones who were not actually in the building, I could feel because of their amazing strength and awesome examples that they are to me. Thank you all.
Story told by AOlson at 9:27 AM
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I really wanted to take her to a friend of mine who is a FABULOUS hairstylist, but Kayla had told Kelsie about Monkee Dooz and Kelsie's mind and heart were made up. She was very excited to go there. On the drive there she says to me, "Can we go there later, not right now?" I told her we had to go now because we had an appointment. I could tell she was nervous. This is a picture of Kelsie waiting for her turn. She was happy and smiley. That all changed VERY QUICKLY.
They asked her what kind of shampoo she wanted. Chocolate, Raspberry, Orange, Blueberry, Coconut, Bubblegum, WOW! No response from Kelsie. She would not speak. She would only shake her head yes or no at me. She chose Raspberry.
She was happy when that was over, but still no smiles or any reactions at all. Stiff and still.
This was the first snip, getting rid of her baby hair. ((TEAR))
I asked for a little bit of layers to give her a little bit of volume.
Story told by AOlson at 8:58 AM
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
While going from store to store, I encountered TONS of really nice and friendly people out there. In fact, I don't think anyone was rude or unfriendly at all. This really shocked me because I can usually count on coming home with some story about how rude or impolite someone was to me or someone else while I was in town, not this year, so far.
Lovin' the weather. Yeah, it's been frigid, but it's winter, it's suppose to be cold. We are very happy about the tiny bit of snow we have so far and hope to get lots more. Call me crazy, but I am looking forward to the kids being out of school next week and hope to get some good play time in the snow in.
All in all, this winter ROCKS so far!!
Story told by AOlson at 8:24 AM
Friday, December 11, 2009
Story told by AOlson at 5:30 PM
Thursday, December 3, 2009
- Christmas music playing 24/7 in the house and car. There is no way you can feel anything but happy when you have Christmas music playing. Love it!
- Frosty, cold weather that makes you break out the gloves, hats and scarves. I even had to scrape my windshield before taking Kayla to school this morning - and I enjoyed it!!
- Singing Christmas Hymns in church on Sunday. I can't sing, and I try not too sing too loud on any normal Sunday, but this month I will sing out loud, so I apologize in advance to any of you sitting within earshot of me.
- Kelsie woke up the morning after we decorated the house and saw me putting the tubs away and screamed in protest because she thought I was going to put everything away. I assured her I wasn't and she was okay. Every morning she runs into the front room to check on the tree.
- Whether it is politically correct or not, I will be wishing everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS.
- The SCENT of Christmas. Cinnamon, evergreens, peppermint. It also helps that I have all of my Scentsy warmers going and it smells oh so amazing in here!! If you need some, come visit me, I have a few on hand.
- Baking! Good thing I lost a little weight before now because I am pretty sure it's all coming back. My mom and I have decided to make tamales as a Christmas treat for ourselves and for those friends that we love.
- Basketball. Yes, I said basketball. I absolutely LOVE to watch a good college basketball game with my husband and it all starts in December. Last nights Zags victory over WSU had Kevin beaming!! We think WSU is great, as long as they are not playing against Gonzaga. Kevin is a die hard Zags fan and has been for years and years.
- We've scaled back on the gifts this year and we are very happy about it. The kids are on board with our plans for service and giving and we have been feeling that little something extra in our hearts.
- I am going to try and be more Christlike. Be forgiving and patient. For me, this is a challenge, after all I am still human and a very stubborn one. I am trying to love those who offend me and try not to let other people bring me down. I choose to love and be happy.
I hope you feel that same thing in the air that I do. It fills up my heart and makes me smile.
Story told by AOlson at 9:20 AM
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Jacob and the rest of his 3rd grade class gave a presentation about Veterans Day and why we celebrate it, and he was also asked to be part of the Color Guard along with all the other Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts in the 3rd grade. He was very excited to have the opportunity to do this at school. He got dressed for school in his Cub Scout uniform and rode the bus to school while Kelsie, Grandpa JR and I drove to the school and met him there.
I was very excited to go to the assembly and watch Jacob and all of his friends be part of the Color Guard. I was a proud mama with my camera in hand and I was just so excited to hear his part of the presentation and watch him do his part. That's all I was there for, that was the only thing on my mind.
This is a picture of Jacob and his classmates and fellow Cub Scouts before the assembly. Aren't they so cute!! We are very fortunate to be in a class that consist of mostly boys who happen to have a lot of things in common. This is a great group of boys.
Here, their teacher was lining them up and making sure that they all knew what they were suppose to do.
He said his part very well. He was afraid he would forget what he was suppose to say.
Jeremiah W. Schmunk
Branch of Military:Army
Unit: Company C, 1st Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment, 1st Cavalry
Unit's Base: Moses Lake, Wash.
Story told by AOlson at 11:31 AM
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Don't worry, it's just a butter knife. I think she licks more off of the butter knife than actually gets on the bread. Kevin says he has NEVER tasted a PB&J so good as when Kelsie makes them.
Kevin's favorite and only meal as a child was good ol' PB&J.
This little apple doesn't fall too far from the tree, she just renamed it. It's not Peanut Butter and Jelly, it's Peanut JELLY & Butter. And she WILL let you know.
Anytime of day or night, this is her request. Only now, she wants to make it "my ownself".
Story told by AOlson at 5:49 PM
Monday, November 2, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Crazy right?! Halloween hasn't even past us yet and already lots of people are looking towards Christmas!! Well there's a good reason for this post about getting ready for Christmas, particularly your Christmas decor.
and all of her WSU Spirit Squad members are having a Holiday Wreaths Fundraiser Sale.
All wreaths are 24 inches across and are decorated with juniper berries, cedar incense, pine cones and a red bow, and are shipped in a gift box directly to you, your family and friends.
The cost for each wreath is $35 and all orders are due by November 9. If this is something you may be interested in, please let me know.
Story told by AOlson at 5:29 PM
Monday, October 19, 2009
- I LOVE having breakfast (or any meal) with amazing women that inspire me. Thanks guys.
- I LOVE watching Major League Baseball with my boys, especially when the Yankees are losing!!
- I LOVE good, flavorful food.
- I LOVE the Internet.
- I LOVE a good book.
- I LOVE being feed Spiritually.
- I LOVE a good movie, cuddling on the couch with my man.
- I LOVE my children. They teach and inspire me everyday.
- I LOVE my sisters.
- I LOVE Fall and the beautiful colors it brings. You should see my wonderful little tree in my yard. It makes me SO happy.
- I LOVE a clean house.
- I LOVE date night with my husband, even if it means just walking around Hastings for a few hours.
- I LOVE the new silhouette in the mirror. It's a little thinner:)
- I LOVE to smile and my children's smiles.
- I LOVE having all the windows open on a day like today.
- I LOVE watching Ashley cheer.
- I LOVE making lists and checking things off.
- I LOVE wearing new clothes.
- I LOVE hearing Jacob tell his stories of his "best weekend ever"!!
- I LOVE good music and the way it makes me feel. All music - jazz, blues, hip hop, R&B, country, gospel, classical, alternative - all of it!!
- I LOVE the butterflies I still get when my husband looks at me "that way".
- I DISLIKE knowing that my son will soon be taller than me.
- I DISLIKE forgetting important things like dropping off or picking up my children from activities.
- I DISLIKE sharing. I just learned that, or maybe I am regressing to my childhood - but a little different. MY washer/dryer, MY kitchen, MY children, MY computer, MY television, MY sweet spot in the couch. . . shall I continue.
- I DISLIKE feeling helpless.
- I DISLIKE feeling needy/whinny.
- I DISLIKE being bored even though there is a lot around the house I could do.
- I DISLIKE not being crafty and inventive.
- I DISLIKE feeling like I have nothing to contribute.
- I DISLIKE feeling claustrophobic.
- I DISLIKE clutter and being unorganized even though you might not be able to tell by looking in my house right now.
- I DISLIKE not knowing things I want to know right now.
- I DISLIKE that I am not very patient at times.
Story told by AOlson at 3:54 PM
Friday, October 2, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Cami, Amy, Me & Kristin. Happy and smiling before the race.
This is a picture of us (I know it's kind of far away) all together at the end. You can't see it but I am stuffing my face with grapes. They never tastes so good before.
Currently my awesome running shoes are sitting at the foot of my bed feeling very lonely and empty. They just may remain that way until Spring. I think a break is what this Marathon Mommy needs.
Story told by AOlson at 9:47 AM
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Kelsie Maria Olson
Look who's 3!!!
And of course the cake that she asked for over and over . . .
That I decided to take a stab at all on my own . . . .
And I think turned out AWESOME according to Kelsie's smiling face and sparkling eyes!!
Story told by AOlson at 12:24 PM
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I have been called out. Called out by my wonderful mother-in-law who made me realize that I have been neglecting something that I love to do. Something that I sometimes ponder on all day so I can make it just right. I am talking about my blog. Have you noticed? It's been a really long time since I have made the time to sit and tell our daily stories. I didn't think many would miss it, but I am happy to see that a few of you have been wondering just what we are doing over here. There have been lots of events flying by, just no time to blog about it. I am going to try and make the effort to get back into a routine of blogging because I like it and it makes me happy and because I want my mother-in-law to be happy, too. Here goes me playing catch up. This may not be in chronological order, but it works.
Jacob turned 9 in August and this was my attempt at making a cake using fondant. Thanks to the instruction and guidance of her and her, I was able to come up with this. Not too bad for my first time, I think, and Jacob loved it so it was well worth the effort.
Also in August, Jacob and Kayla started school. Different schools this year. Luckily they are both very happy and everything has been very smooth in making the transition to a new school and the schedules work out well for all of us. Kayla started 1st Grade and Jacob started 3rd grade. Here are a few pictures of their first day of school.
So much more to blog about, no more time for now. I will return tomorrow (hopefully) with the next episode in my attempt to catch up on my blogging.
Story told by AOlson at 2:51 PM