Sunday, November 30, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Happy Thanksgiving from Chicago! The big kids and dads are enjoying the holiday parade in VIP bleacher seats downtown right now so turn on WGN and look for Jon, Shawn, Tristan, Lily and Thaddeus in the 2nd set of bleachers! The moms and Kenna are home in a warm (and quiet!) kitchen cooking a gourmet turkey meal. Of course we are both pregnant and a little scatter brained so we have warned the family that some part of this meal may not go as planned -but so far so good! Pictures are being taken, food will be enjoyed, the city will be explored and eventually I will get around to many posts sharing the fun!
We are missing and thinking of our families and friends celebrating all over the country today and wish you a beautiful Thanksgiving Day!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
This year, Shawn and I have Christie and Jon (my sister and brother-in-law). We were really stressing over what to get them until I found this great pattern on Ravelry! Oh and then as an added bonus, we'll do a photo shoot so they can show them off...
Jon's birthday is on Christmas day and it's really not cool to give one gift for both, so I think this will do. I really like that these are sweaters that you can tuck in to your pleated pants. Genius...
See you soon, Jon and Christie!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Happy Birthday, sis!
(photo by Brian..because they are SO far away...)
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
He is 7lb. 6 oz. of precious little boy.
Congratulations Shawn and Elaine!
Please join me in praise for Elaine and Caleb's health and safety and prayer for Shawn's safe and speedy return home to his family!
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Actually, I think the drive is long enough to make about ten of this little guy. Oh boy.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Our newest little nephew was born at 12:40a.m. today,
November 10, 2008!
Congratulations Brian and Lisa. We love you, we miss you, we are wishing a whole country didn't sit between us right now. Patiently awaiting photos...
To the shores of Tripoli
We fight our country's battles
In the air, on land, and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title
Of United States Marine.
-from the Marine's Hymn
November 10, 1775
Saturday, November 8, 2008
It was a sad day a few weeks ago when I looked outside and realized the world had frozen overnight. It snuck up on me, that first freeze, and the resulting brown and wilted flowers that were so bright just a day before. Consolation came a few days later when the trees began to react to the changing temperatures. Yellow, gold and red towering in the woods, they have more than made up for the lack of flowers in the yard.
Friday, November 7, 2008
We invited a friend, grabbed a pizza, stuffed some jackets in a bag, headed to the marina and the day did not disappoint. We couldn't have asked for more perfect weather. We had blue skies, cool but not cold air, just the right amount of wind and Kenna didn't fight wearing her life jacket once! (Though there may have been a few altercations over who got to sit in Dad's lap at the wheel and one tumble in the cabin resulting in a busted lip).
It was nice to have a day of fresh air to enjoy before the gray and drizzly days that followed it this week. And our Thankful Tree gained a new leaf.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I want to go to the beach now -not to swim, it's cold -just to play. I love the beach in cold weather. There are no umbrellas, scattered toys, coolers or blaring radios, just an expanse of white fading into an expanse of blue. We like to have the beach to ourselves as we build castles and collect stones washed smooth by the sea. It's in the cold weather that we most often see dolphins playing in the surf. They like the quiet too I guess.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Just look at all the Fall on that table! The colors and bits of nature found in Autumn can inspire all kinds of fun projects. One in particular we have started is our first Thankful Tree. There has been a tradition in the Campbell household that I just love and wanted to continue in our home. Every year, Grams cuts out a big paper tree trunk and hangs it on the wall. Nearby, you are sure to find a basket of fall leaves, a marker and some tape. Daily, throughout the Thanksgiving season, family members and friends are encouraged to write something they are thankful for on a leaf and add it to the tree. It grows and grows and with it our awareness of just how blessed we are. Tristan helped me glue bits of brown paper bags together to make our tree trunk and everywhere we go lately we keep an eye out for good thankful leaves. We'll have to post more photos as our tree grows. I have always loved Grams' Thankful Trees and today I am thankful for the chance to share her gift with my children!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
I have to point out that as I took this picture I was more interested in getting that pretty little Maple tree to show through the doors while Shawn was glued to the owner's manual in the front seat. I had to convince him that I really am happy with the car, but unlike him, pretty trees will always hold more fascination for me!
When you have a few minutes to laugh your head off, watch THIS.