Thursday, December 18, 2008

Snow, cheerleading and elves... oh my!

Good morning everyone!

Well, I am going to post a non-Mike chemo blog! :) We had a very exciting few days here! We watched the first snow fall, Katie cheered in her first basketball game and we got our very own Elf!! :) I want to share the pictures with you from all of it but first I am going to share a couple of cute stories with you.

On Tuesday it snowed. Not a lot, just a light dusting but it was snow and it was coming down. At one point I think everyone was wondering where the snow came from b/c it looked like it was really coming down and we were all afraid it would just keep coming and stick! Mike was sleeping when it started so he didn't get to see those first few flakes. When he got up it had started to stick to the grass and cars. I went to take a picture out the front door as we walked downstairs and he peeked outside around me. He got all excited, laughed out loud and said, 'Wow! Christmas!'. He kept running to the window to see the 'nose' (how he said 'snow'! lol) It was absolutely adorable! :)

That night Katie cheered in her first basketball game for SFdS! She had a blast doing it! She looked adorable in her little uniform! They started by being up on the stage in the gym doing the typical K/1st grade cheers... Defense! Shoot the Hoop, Go St. F.... it was adorable! 30 5 and 6 year olds cheering for 11 year olds playing basketball. The girls thought they were amazing! :) Then they came off of the stage for half time and did a dance on the floor to Hannah Montana's "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree". It was great! They really did do a good job and were so cute!

Then this morning we got a really big surprise! There was an Elf in our house!! Katie woke up, got dressed and went downstairs. Poking out of the books that we have had in a box was a brand new book... "The Elf on the Shelf"! We read the book and it told us that somewhere in the house an elf was hiding. He is our Christmas Elf that will come back every year to watch the kids. He hides in the house and every night he magically flies back to the North Pole to visit with his elf friends and Santa to report on how the kids are behaving. The kids can't touch him or his magic can disappear but they can talk to him and send their requests to Santa through him. The catch is that his magic only starts when you read the book and give him a name! So Katie thought and thought and came up with a name... Sam!! Sam is our Christmas elf that will come back to visit the kids year after year. :) Seeing how excited she was and how much she really believes that this elf will magically fly to the North Pole every night kind of gave me a twitch of Christmas Spirit that I have been hoping to get a little of. It really is all about the kids and I am so glad to have been able to start this tradition of Sam the elf with them.

Well, here are the pictures I told you about... the snow, one of Mike resting after a tough Wii game while it was snowing, Katie cheering and Sam the Elf in his first hiding spot!! :)

Thanks for reading! Don't forget to read the last couple of blogs I posted the past couple of days... our winter drive and chemo yesterday! :)I hope all is well with you! Thank you again for all of your good thoughts and prayers!

Love to you all!!



Jennifer said...

my kids were super excited about the snow too.

your neighborhood looks so cute! :)

i love the elf on the shelf thing... i want one, but haven't seen any in any stores i have been in... maybe i have to look online. maybe for next year since we are getting really close this year and i'm not ready at all. ugh. '

i love the pictures of the kids.. Mike with his Wii remote and all. :) and Katie looking so darn cute in her cheer outfit! i be the dance and cheers were so cute!! :)

i'm glad you are all having some happy holiday time... it seems like your spirit has lifted some... i hope so.

i'm always thinking of you guys and wishing you all the best.

you are in my prayers, all of you.

xoxoxo lots of love!