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December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

From our little family to yours... Merry Christmas everyone!

Today we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Noah with the latest addition to his train collection.

Emily with the latest additions to her kitchen collection.

But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”

Luke 2:10-11

December 22, 2008

It doesn't show signs of stopping...

Putting the antique sled to use.

Fun in the back yard. [Click this one to enlarge]

Little Miss Snow Bunny.

Not everyone enjoyed the snow.

Taking a break from playing in the snow.

Canada came to visit, and now it won't leave! Portland got hit by a pretty big snow storm this weekend. Saturday brought 6 to 12 inches to most of the Portland area, and 2" to the banana belt of Molalla. Saturday night brought 1/2" of freezing rain before it turned back to snow again. We got 2" of snow in Molalla last night, and another 5" today -- it's been snowing all day today!

We have over 12" total at the box factory, which we tried to keep cleared off the concrete today, but it just kept falling. I went down to my mom's to do a few things for her, and I got stuck while backing out. Luckily I had a snow shovel with me, and was able to dig myself out. I sent the guys home at 1:00 PM because one of them had to leave anyways, and because running the forklift was becoming an exercise in futility.

We did manage to get a set of chains for the truck, but did not run it on a delivery today -- just got them fitted and ready to go. We will wait until tomorrow when the visibility is better. If this is any indication of what the rest of the winter is going to be like, I may need to get my own set of chains for my pickup -- as much as I hate to resort to such measures. My pickup did good most of the day, but it wasn't much fun having my back end slide around with traffic coming the other way -- 4-wheel-drive traffic that seemed to think they could still do the speed limit in 6" of fresh snow.

The snow is beautiful, but I just wish we could shut the box factory down for the week so we could actually enjoy it. Oh well, such is life...

December 15, 2008

Canada Came To Visit...

...unfortunately it was in weather form only. Still, the snow falling early Sunday morning was absolutely beautiful, and watching the kids' excitement was even better. :-)

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I got up at 7:00 Sunday morning and looked out the window to find big flakes falling on the already dusted grass. I climbed back in bed and debated whether or not to wake the kids, but decided to wait and see how long it would take them to notice. At about 7:30 we heard quite the commotion from Noah's room, and he came and jumped on our bed exclaiming, "It's snowing! It's snowing!" He immediately ran to wake up his sister and they danced around excitedly together as the snow continued to fall.

We had just finished our toast & jam & coffee when we received the call that church had been canceled -- it seems as though the steep entry into the parking lot was pretty slick, and the elders didn't want to take any chances. Woo-hoo! We worshiped the Lord in our own way out in the front yard instead, and we even had a visit from the Associate Pastor -- she was delivering an apple pie as a thank you for my part in helping make improvements to the church's A/V system. It didn't feel right to hog the whole pie ourselves, so we invited some neighborhood friends over for coffee... in true Canadian fashion -- the pie was delicious. :-)

Unfortunately the temperature warmed to 37 degrees, and the snow all melted before the arctic front finally moved to the south of us and the NE wind kicked up. This sent us into the deep freeze, where we will stay until Wednesday or so. Steph absolutely loves this weather because it reminds her of home, but I could use a little bit less wind with my clear, cold days. :-)

The forecasters are calling for more wintry weather later this week... we'll see if it comes true or not.

December 6, 2008

Student of the Month

I'm so proud of my little boy...


Noah was selected as Student of the Month at his school, and received his certificate at a special assembly (which he referred to as a 'funeral' :-). We plan to take him out to the restaurant of his choosing to celebrate. Way to go Noey! :-)

Swimming Lessons

Emily just finished her first session of Swimming Lessons...

"Parent and me" swimming lessons.

Steph first enrolled Em in the 3-year-old class, but it was clear that she was not ready for that level of skill (or independence) -- she pretty much cried the whole time. Luckily we were able to switch her to the 'Parent and me' class, and she did much better, and completed the class. Way to go Em! :-)