Friday, December 31, 2010

catching up

Christmas in a nutshell (until I can get pictures up)
*stomach aches
*diarrhea (like running out the diaper kind)
*throwing up in the van
*lots of sleeping
*worrying that we'll not get to see family
*two at a time going to family gatherings
(the rest were sick)
*lots of resting
*dancing, laughing, eating, dancing...
*playing with cousins
*driving 4 hours away
*going to the cold land
*now the zoo in 20 degree weather

Sunday, December 26, 2010


While watching a movie this Christmas weekend, I saw something I do everyday, and see other people do everyday, but don't pay much attention to it.  The simple act of pushing "send."  
 I thought to myself: wouldn't it be nice if I could send my wishes, my fears, my burdens somewhere?
 Just push a button and "send" them away.
And then I thought:  I do have that "send" button.  There's a place where my wishes, hurts, and burdens go.  I chose to invite The Light into my heart when I was younger.  Christ died for me to save my sins.  He knows my wishes, my hurts, and my burdens, and He wants me to push the send button so he can heal me.  Since he's in my heart, I know I can go to Him.  Jesus IS my send button. 
And to think all of this came from a baby.
"This very day in King David's hometown a Savior was born for you.  He is Christ the Lord.  You will know who he is, because you will find him dressed in baby clothes and lying in a bed of hay."  (Luke 2:11-13)
The Bread of Life slept in a trough.  Funny, huh.
Find the send button in your life.  He's there.  He's waiting for you to put your finger on the button and send a message.  "I want you in my life.  I need you."  It's the greatest thing you'll ever do!

Friday, December 24, 2010

reindeer food

On Christmas Eve, we usually put out
food for the reindeer.
We wouldn't want them to fly by our house!
 oatmeal and,
chocolate chips
We normally just sprinkle it on the lawn.
But, this year the girls wanted to put out
separate bowls for each one.
 The reindeer will definitely know this
year where our house is.  
I'm just afraid Santa will be disappointed 
because I'm eating all the treats 
we'd have left for him tonight.
That's what happens when two of your
kids are sick on Christmas Eve, 
and you don't get to go to the 
family Christmas in Derby.  
Sorry Santa!
See you in a few hours!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Almost Ready...

The Christmas tree is decorated.
The presents are wrapped.
I can't WAIT for four special kids to
open these four cool presents!
We just need to get the 9 bowls full of
reindeer food ready for tomorrow night,
and Santa's plate, and then we'll be ready! 

Monday, December 20, 2010

snow from MN

A package arrived from the north today.
A note was written on the outside:
"We wanted to share some of our 
Minnesota snow with you all... enjoy!  
Merry Christmas
love from, 
the Hillis'
Are you kidding me?
We've been waiting for this stuff
for months!
 Not only was there snow-
there were bowls for the kids to
scoop up the snow and 
THROW it into the air!
Jess, this picture is for you.
They STUCK to Gracie's bare
feet.  I just couldn't get a clear picture
because I was laughing at how
you would LOVE this!  :)
 Thank you Hillis' for the snow!
... and the bowls!
... and the yummy treats!
You DO know what we like love! 

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Cyr Christmas

Our first Christmas of 2010 was today.
 Mom's side of the family- extended family.
The Cyr's.
This family Christmas is the
most predictable one.
We take a bazzilion pictures of
each family...

This isn't every family, but it's what I got.
Then, we eat.
The Big Guy in the red suit comes.

 Needless to say, Trey Hawk didn't
want to be sitting there.
He rubbed his eye the whole time- 
like, "You don't see me here.
Just please give me this gift
you're trying to hand me."
So, then we do the gift exchange,
and then we sing Christmas carols.
I love how this family has the never-
changing routine in our Christmas schedule.
But, what I love most of all 
 is the laughter.  This family knows
how to laugh, and we do a lot of it
while we're together!
Christmas #1 of 8... check.

Thursday, December 16, 2010


5 Things You Should Know About Me
#5: I have learned the word, "MINE!"
And I use this word often.
 #4: I love to play ANY sport,
AND I can make any grunts that goes
with that sport!
#3: I try to help Mommy and Daddy
when I can.  Like tonight, I got out
the tub of butter when she was
trying to get the milk.
#2: Trucks, trains, cars, and tractors.
You have them, I'll find them.
#1:  I l.o.v.e bathtime.
"Bat...Bat!!" is what I say as 
I RUN for the bathroom when Mommy
says it's time to take a bath.  I would climb
right in there with all my clothes on if 
Mommy wasn't so fast!  

Sunday, December 12, 2010


Mom texted yesterday and asked if the girls and I would like to come to her house today and make peppernuts.  

Hadn't made those since my childhood years at Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church. I remember sitting on a stool at a table in the basement, and rolling out the dough.  Rolling loooong snakes.  And then the women would take those snakes and cut them into bite sized pieces, and put them into the oven.  Yum!

So, we went to Nana's house today.  
First, we mixed the ingredients from this Swiss cookbook.
Then, we took our spots at the table.  
And, rolled our dough into looong snakes!
Nana let us all cut our own snakes into bite
sized pieces.  
Look at all of our cute aprons!

Finally, we put them in the oven and the delicious smell of Pfeffernucce filled the house!

Of course, while the peppernuts were baking in the oven, there were other things going on like:
sword fighting
 Cuddle time with Papa
 Thank you, Nana, for starting a Christmas tradition at your house!  Now, we have a yummy snack at our's!

Friday, December 10, 2010

a hammer???

This job seriously cracks me up sometimes.  I was listening to a boy read today while I wrote down notes as he read.  The book was called, The Night Owl, and gave lots of facts about owls. 

He was SUPPOSED to read these words:
"Because they eat pests,
owls are very helpful to humans."

But, he instead read it this way:
"Because they eat pets,
owls are very helpful hammers."

Didn't go back to correct it.
Just smiled at me.
"Am I done?"

A hammer?
That eats pets?
Oh my gosh, I love these kids!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Who are you?

This fun little surprise was taped
on my front door today.  
Thank you Santa's Elf!

Monday, December 6, 2010


The supper that cures all hurty feelings, rude behaviors 
toward your sister, and crying fits because you 
can't seem to be nice to your siblings.  

Slurpy, messy, saucy, spaghetti.
And black olives puppets. 
And what would a supper at the Childs' house
be without someone needing a bandaid.
Yes, Jada wanted a bandaid for her
chapped lips.

And then she decided later on that her
FAVORITE meal was worth the
stinging pain on her lower lip.

Thank you to whomever invented this
delicious dish.  We are grateful for
the peace it provides since it's so
hilarious to eat! 


Tears, tears, and more tears.
Deep breathing.

Throwing toys.
Hurty feelings.
Deep breathing.

Apologizing again.

All before 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

It's Beginning to Look Alot Like Christmas

There are signs of Christmas all 
around my classroom!
 Jess and Beki had this cute idea
for an advent calendar.
I got the socks at Dollar Tree.
I love new socks.
I typed out something 
for each sock.
A joke.
A Christmas song to sing.
A Christmas book to read.
A Christmas challenge.
  Today's challenge was to get into a circle
and play telephone.  I had a secret
message (Jingle Bells, Batman Smells), 
that went around the circle, and ended
up being "I love Christmas!"
 We're hoping these tired reindeer get
up enough energy for the big night 
in 23 days!  They are exhausted
from practicing landing on
roofs, and flying over trees.
Wake up, reindeer!