The Chronicles of Narnia

We have been struggling to find level appropriate books for Marian, she loves to read but her reading level is higher than her interest level.  After talking to her teacher at conferences, we have been researching and asking a lot of people about book suggestions.  I have been trying to get her to read the Narnia series for a long time but she thinks they will be too scary.  So, I decided I would just read them to all the kids (maybe that would get her interested).  I found the set in Ezra’s Scholastic order for only $20 so bought it for Christmas.  I started reading the prequel The Magician’s Nephew  soon after Christmas and got through the first 3 chapters when Marian says “Mommy, do you think I could read ahead a chapter?”, “Sure, if you want to” I said, she finished the book the next day, then the next book 2 days later, then the 3rd while we were on vacation and now she is on Prince Caspian.  Mission accomplished, and I LOVE them, and so does Ezra, they are a bit too long for Tobin but he sits with me for a lot of it.  It’s all I can do to not read ahead without them:)


Some new toys

Marian got a Klutz potholder (and other loopy crafts) kit, she made 2 of them and then Tobin wanted a turn.  He sat there weaving the entire thing, his focus amazed us.

We got this amazing deal on about 20 lego sets in a giant container at a garage sale about 2-3 years ago.  The mom even had all the instructions in a ziploc bag, we were finally brave enough to let them have it for Christmas-boy can they spread out!

This boy constantly has a ball he is throwing or kicking, he wanted me to take a picture of it in mid-air:)

Annual family Christmas picture

Every year we take a family picture, usually in front of the tree and usually a frantic one just before the tree comes down because we forget until then.  We’ve been doing this since Kelly & I had our first Christmas together 13 years ago.  I have a little 4×6 red velvet photo album that I put the picture in.  And, I love getting it out every year to see how the kids have grown and how our family has changed over the years.  One of my favorite (and easiest) of Christmas traditions:)



A visit with friends

We were so excited to be able to spend some time with our friends Mark & Mary, John, Ben & Lauren.  In case I haven’t mentioned it;), Mary & I are “early mothering” friends, we met when she was pregnant with John, next came Marian, then their Ben, then our Ezra, then Lauren and finally Tobin – all in the span of 4 years.  John was Marian’s first friend and they were able to be in the same Kindergarten & 1st grade class:)  So many memories & stories between our families.  Anyway, they moved a year & half ago and we hadn’t seen them since last Christmas.

We got the big Lego tub out (family Christmas present)

And, since they don’t have snow, they wanted to play outside even though it was less than 2 inches-and with all my spares in the basement, they were all outfitted with boots, gloves & snowpants.  Actually they had their own coats but Johns is ours (a hand-me-down from Evan – our nephew), Ben can wear next year, then Ezra, then Tobin then on to my sister.  That’s the way our coats usually go!  And, Lauren is wearing one of Marian’s old ones!

The boys got to stare with their new Wii game, Marian just can’t understand boys’ infatuation with video games??  Me either!

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