New Look

Megan’s hair has been growing so fast!  We have tried pulling it back to keep it out of her eyes, but it still comes out of the elastic or barrette and gets in her way.

Allan informed me that it was time to cut Megan’s hair.  I knew it needed to get done, but was really hoping to be able to put it off a little bit longer.  So, Saturday night, Allan cut Adrian’s hair and then Megan’s bangs.

She did pretty good. She started fussing just before it was over, but sat pretty still for her first hair cut!  Allan was right (he almost always is), she does look better 🙂

I do have to laugh though… almost no one noticed her hair cut!

Megan Wants to Sled

It is snowing outside! Megan really wants to go sledding.

She found this tray and keeps scooting around the kitchen in it.  When we ask if she wants to go sledding, she gives us a huge smile.

I guess she is done sledding. She just came to me with a bag of marshmallows asking “please”.  Time for hot chocolate :).

Having Fun Playing with Pictures

The thumbnail of Andrea and a friend was taken a few years ago (see the missing front teeth?).  I have always liked it, but Andrea’s face was blurry. If you click on the picture, you can see what I mean.

Allan is still teaching me how to use GIMP  and I am experimenting with improving pictures. I tried to sharpen Andrea’s face and then played with the pictures some. After sharpening the picture, I just adjusted the first photo to sepia. In the color picture, I tried to make the background look less harsh.

I like both of them for different reasons. Mostly, I love how Andrea and  her friend look so excited about sledding.




New Year Blessing

On New Years Day, we finally met my newest nephew! Henri is an adorable little boy.  He has a wild crop of black hair. We have not seen his open eyes yet, but were told that they are dark.

The kids are loving on him and so glad for another cousin.  Mark says, “the boys outnumber the girls again!”

Sam and Angelique, we are so excited for you!

Sleeping Beauty

We woke up to some snow!  I decided to take the kids to the park to go sledding before it got too busy.  We were there for awhile before others came with the same idea. When some “big kids” came, we left.  We took a walk in the woods and the kids made a snowman.  By the time we got to the car, Megan was cold and wet from falling a few times.

We got home, stripped off her wet clothes, bundled her up by the fireplace and she fell asleep wrapped up in Daddy’s warm shirt.

A Christmas Tree First!

We almost always cut down our own tree. For awhile we had a very realistic fake one, which is probably being enjoyed in Swaziland again this year.

We went “shopping” for our tree late this year. The timing was bad, or it rained the days we could go. We went on Saturday and thought the chance of getting a good tree would be slim.  We told the kids to watch out the window and to shout out if they saw something they liked.

Mark shouted out almost right away. I took the kids while Allan stayed in the car with sleeping Megan. We all liked the tree immediately.  Andrea told Daddy we found a tree while the rest of us roamed around just to make sure. This is the first tree we have all agreed on and had cut down in less time than it took them to shake the needles out and bind it up for us!