Let’s Play “Decorate Amy and Nathan’s Entryway”

(I posted photos of Christmas in the previous post– just in case you missed that)

It’s time to help us decorate/finish our entryway!

 

Here are two views:

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 Some things to keep in mind- we don’t have anywhere to put shoes for us or guests when they come and we could use some sort of a bench for people to sit on when they put their shoes on. We could also use a place to put coats. We do have a small coat closet just around the corner, but it’s hard for the kids to help hang their own  and I was wondering if it might be good to have a place they could reach and also a place for guest coats. I don’t know. Give me your thoughts! Practical ideas and non-practical pretty ideas are all wanted!

Christmas 2013

Our sweet little tree with lots of lights in the middle. 🙂

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Isaac got a puppy that was as big as him. It was a hit!

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Audrey with a chest for her doll clothes.

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Isaac looking like an adorable hip gangster with his hat and shirt from Nana and Bumpa.

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An Adventures in Odyssey CD that everyone can enjoy.

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A new bike for Audrey!

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 There were lots of other wonderful presents too! Thank you to all the generous gift givers.

Oh, it was also the year of the Rainbow Loom (this is a generic) and we’re happy to report that Ethan and Audrey have mastered it! It took a little work, but they are looming up a storm.

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 Because I’m a boring adult, I asked for a very practical present and I love it! My new vacuum. It’s awesome!

Twas The Night Before Christmas

Some of this was Christmas Eve Eve. (yesterday)

We flew a kite yesterday. There were a couple of flurries and my google album decided to go crazy and add snow to this photo. Sorry.

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Today:

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Don’t they look so happy? I love this photo:

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Christmas Eve service. There were open flames and dripping hot wax and small children. What could possibly go wrong?

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Still Here

I read an article about how often moms are missing from photos because they avoid being in photos because they are unhappy with how they look. Meanwhile, years and years go by . . .

So, I had Nathan take my picture yesterday (it was for a blog post…)

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And then I took a photo of Audrey and I together during the storm last night.

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Speaking of the storm. Here is the rest of the family waiting to find out if we need to hid in the bathroom. Ethan was pleased to be up and Isaac slept for most of it.

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 It was a late night when we finally sent the kids back to bed. We had lots of strong wind and rain, but that’s it. It was 75 degrees when we went to bed last night. Looks like our temperature will continue to drop until Tuesday morning. I am not complaining though because it’s going to be so much colder in MN. Yikes!

We’re happy that Nathan get the next three days off! Let the festivities begin!

Health, school, weather, Christmas…

Nathan is in bed for the night already (it’s 9:00). He’s hoping he feels well enough to go to work tomorrow. The kids have been happy to show off their school skills to Daddy, but I think he really wants to be able to be there for the last day of work before Christmas. I guess we’ll see in the morning.

My cold is mostly gone. Yay!

I started Audrey on a different curriculum this week and we are really enjoying it. It’s more multi-sensory. So far, she is doing really well with it and very proud of herself. I’m feeling very hopeful that this will help her with her fluency. Stepping back has been good for her. She has also been enjoying learning geography with her brother. Soon we’ll all be experts on the mid-atlantic states. Today we watched a youtube video on hurricane Sandy. Homeschooling rocks!

It was in the 60’s here for temperature today. I’m still not used to that. I was driving home the other day and marveling at seeing green grass and blue skies. It’s nice. Come on down any time!

We’re mostly ready for Christmas. We have some stocking stuff to pick up and something else for Isaac, but the rest is done! Hopefully, we’ll all be healthy to enjoy Christmas together.

 

On Being A Grown-up

Remember how fun it used to sound to be grown-up?

Well, this grown-up got to do some very exotic things today that come with not being a kid anymore:

  • Get our dryer repaired- It wasn’t working. Turns out it was a good thing because there were some electrical issues going on. Burning down the house would have been a big bummer.
  • Ran errands
  • Rear driver’s side brake/blinker bulb went out. Hooray for Nathan being with us at lunch time to replace it.
  • Picked up some soup for Nathan who seems to be down with the flu now.

Those are just a few of the things that aren’t so much fun.

We did get to watch Babes in Toyland tonight though. That was kind of fun. Honestly, the fun part was snuggling my kids. I paid no attention to the movie 🙂

 

 

 

Lampo Christmas Party 2013

Last night was the annual Christmas party for Nathan.  We were giddy with excitement and speculation regarding what it would be like this year. We knew one thing- Dave promised it would be “legendary”. I think he might say that every year though.

The event was moved from Franklin to downtown Nashville at the Music City Center.

And here is where I have to apologize over the fact that I took no photos. I didn’t bring our camera because it it too big to lug around and I didn’t have my phone charged enough to take photos. Sorry! Some friends did take some photos and I’m going to snag them from their Facebook posts 🙂

We arrived a little before 5, checked our coats and then waited for the doors to the lobby of the Grand Ballroom to open. There was a black curtain that hung separating us from the lobby. At 5, they started letting a few folks past that curtain at a time. Each time people went through the curtain there was wild cheering. Every single time. I couldn’t imagine that every single person would have the same reaction to getting past the curtain that they would all yell, but that was what it sounded like. As we got closer, we caught glimpses and were able to guess what was going on.

The 2013 Lampo Christmas Party was set up almost exactly to replicate the Academy Awards. Complete with a red carpet experience. That was what was behind the curtain.

We passed the curtain to find a red carpet. It was roped off with the red felt ropes and there were photographers taking our photos and screaming, adoring fans cheering for us and asking for our autographs. I am not exaggerating. One of the MC’s for the evening was out with his microphone doing “on the spot” interviews in front of a video camera which was broadcasting to the rest of the folks  mingling around eating fancy appetizers 🙂

Here is a photo of some of our good friends posing on the red carpet:

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You can’t tell from the bad cell-phone lighting in this photo, but all of us women wore purple:

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The doors to the ballroom opened at 6 and we took our seats. The evening started with a video of  the Executive Producer of the radio show running around searching for Dave since he was supposed to be getting ready to host the party and no one had seen him. (hat tip to Billy Crystal and similar Academy Award montages throughout the years). It was very funny and most of it is stuff you wouldn’t find funny if you weren’t connected with Lampo, but it wrapped up with finding Dave getting ready for “the ceremony” at his house. It was an epic scene of Dave standing on the balcony of his house and raising his first grandson up for the world to see exactly like the scene from the Lion King. Yes, the Lion King music was playing 🙂

Dinner was amazing. Our chef previously catered a dinner for a presidential inauguration. I couldn’t make this up if I tried.

They gave out awards to “rookie of the year”, and others for awards to people who really distinguished themselves from the different divisions of the company, gave an overview of the high points of the last year (which included talking about Christ to over 400 people who called in to the office about various things!!), and recognized a man who has served for 20 years.

We had live music, sang Christmas carols, and Dave read the Christmas story.

The night was wrapped up with a final video featuring the general manager of the local Best Buy telling us that the store would be open at 8:00 on Monday exclusively for Lampo employees and they would have special discounts offered for them– oh, and of course each employee was given a certain amount to spend there. It was incredibly generous.

We feel very blessed and thankful.

Quick Check-In

I’m still not feeling great. I’m wondering if I should cancel my physical for tomorrow. I’m not sure what the rules are for this. I think I’m supposed to be healthy when I go in for an annual physical. I’m afraid if I go in and they notice that I am coughing or have a sore throat, suddenly, my free annual physical visit is a “sick” visit that’s going to cost me several hundred dollars. I wouldn’t be going to this clinic if I just wanted to get my cold checked out (well, I NEVER go to the doctor for a cold at all…) because I’m sure it’s not the least expensive. So, I’m wondering if I need to reschedule.

Anyway, I’m very tired and sleepy today because I didn’t sleep well from all the coughing last night.

In other news, I’ve hit a bump in the road with teaching Audrey. Ethan is a VERY hard act to follow and completely not the norm, but I had been noticing that it is really a lot of work for Audrey to put all the sounds together as she’s working on reading. It is not coming easy for her. I kept thinking things would get easier, but that’s not happening. I have a good friend who is a reading specialist that did an assessment for me yesterday. She gave me some things to work on with Audrey. I need to back up a little and give her easier stuff until it comes a lot faster and do the lessons I’m working on twice a day (6 hours apart). I don’t really feel like going into a lot of details here, but I would appreciate prayers as we work to find something that is best for this situation. Also, if you know of any known learning or reading issues in the family, please let me know.