Sunday, December 30, 2007

Our Christmas Season...

So you have already seen our Santa picture. Now come look at the rest of our Christmas activities.
Christmas this year was really a blast because Lorelei was really into it. Despite her reaction to sitting on Santa's lap she was REALLY excited about him coming and that made it so much fun for all of us.

We made a gingerbrcead house. As you can see by her face she ate as much as she decorated.
Sagen didn't help with the house, but he was still having a good time!
They showed off their Christmas outfits before going to Grandma and Grandpa's to hand out presentson Christmas eve.
Here are picture of Lorelei will her haul! She LOVED LOVED LOVED everything she got and spent almost the whole day playing with her kitchen.
A few days after Christmas Sagen got ahold of a cookie and he knew EXACTLY what to do with it! It will be the last one he has for a while (his tummy hurt after), but we did by him some teething cookies.
Lorelei has decided to take advantage of Christmas vacation to ride her bike.
There are pictures missing. I think they are on the video camera. We decorated cookies for Santa and talked about how we were leaving them out for Santa. We also talked about what to leave for the reindeer. Lorelei was sure that they ate poop (lol) so we decided not to leave anything for them.
We also had a visit from Grammie (Brian's mom). When I asked Lorelei if her Grandma from Maine was here she told me "Her name is Grammie, Mama". Lorelei had a fun time getting to know her and play with her.
It was a GREAT Christmas.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


My cell phone rang and I saw that it was Sarah. I figured she was calling to wish us a "Merry Christmas" so I answered with a cheery "Hello!". I will NEVER, EVER forget the sound of the "hello" I got back. It chilled me to the bone and brought my stomach to my throat. She told me to sit down and although I didn't know what was up I already had tears in my eyes. She told me that her little sister Laura, who was only 25, and Laura's fiancee Steve had been in a car accident early that morning. They were on there way home after doing some Christmas shopping after Laura got off work. She had been really excited cause she was able to buy presents for her whole family that year. It was also her nephew Isaac's (Sarah's son) first Christmas so it was going to be a good one. Another car had crossed the center line and hit them head on, neither one of them survived (nor had the 4 boys in the other car). I was at a loss for words never in my life had I felt like I did at the moment. I was mourning the loss of a friend/little sister AND feeling so much pain FOR Sarah. You see, I feel like Sarah is my sister even if we don't share blood. I love her as much as I love everyone else in my family. I knew she was in unbelievable emotional pain. I didn't know how to help ( I still don't) all I knew is that I wanted to fix it and fix it NOW! I also knew that her mom and sister Amanda would be hurting. I knew that Sarah would want to be strong for them, and I wanted to make sure I was strong for Sarah and that she had someone there to be strong for her. Lucky for me she has good taste in husbands, because I knew that although I couldn't be there, Bob would be strong for her.

As the next days past I got all my news from 3000 miles away. The more news I got the more angry I got. The boy who was driving was driving on a suspended license. He should not have been on the road. Then it was confirmed that his blood alcohol level was WAY over the limit for a person of legal drinking age (which he was not). This whole tragic, terrible thing could have been prevented.

So it has almost been a year. I am still mad, I am still sad and my best friend is about to face her second Christmas without her little sister. I am afraid that this one will hurt even more because last year they were all so numb from the newness of it all.

I asked myself today what can I do? I cannot fix this. I know that. No one can, but there are things I can do. I will NEVER drink and drive. I NEVER, EVER, EVER, had anyway. I have always been ULTRA careful about that. I am the type that doesn't get behind the wheel with even ONE drink in her system, I can talk to my students (even though they are very young) about not drinking and driving, I can talk to my children about it as the years go on, I can also write this blog and get it out there. Tell Laura and Steve's story so EVERYONE who reads this can see how many lives drinking and driving can effect.

So I write this for her:
and for them:

Sarah and Isaac
beacause I love them and I think that MAYBE if someone reads this and remembers they will think twice before getting into a car after they have been drinking.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Ho!Ho! OH NO!!!!

We went to see Santa on Saturday. Lorelei was SOOOO excited the whole time we were in the LOOOONGGG line. Brian would hold her up so she could see and she was laughing and saying, "Hi Santa!" and tell us she was going to ask for a new kitchen. The line was long and by the time we got up there it was nap time. That could have had something to do with her sudden change, but I am not sure. Here is the pic:I think it is DEFINATLY worth a thousand words. The funny thing is if you ask her why she cried she says "I didn't" and when you show her the picture she talks about how baby Sagen is crying, but will NOT disscuss herself! If you clcik on the picture it will become larger.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Christmas is comming....

We have had our tree up since BEFORE Thanksgiving and we out the ornaments on it the day after Thanksgiving. Brian has the light on the house and we are fully in the Christmas mood.
We are REALLY playing up Santa in hopes of a picture this year (it was a no go last year). So far we have TALKED to him, but not sat on his lap. I DO think we will get there though. She is not as afraid of Santa (or strangers in general) as she use to be.
She ask Santa for a new Kitchen which is good cause that is what we bought her!

( I wil add pictures, but it is not letting me right now!)

Sitting and spitting!

Sagen is getting SOOOO close to sitting up! He can balance for a realy long time, but still leans more forward then he should. I am proud of him. He is only 4.5 months. He can also stand for a few seconds if you let him hold onto a table. He is very strong.
He is also blowing rasberries ALL the time. Lorelei thinks that is REALLY funny.