Welcome to the life and times of John, Alisha, Micah, Caleb and Lima the dog!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Preparations & The Feast

Micah’s class has been preparing many Thanksgiving decorations for their families.  I’m so glad they were so thoughtful or we wouldn’t have had any decorations for our holiday table.  And Micah was so helpful.  He told me where to place all of the decorations.

We start off with the Pilgrims.  John and I especially love the eyelashes.  I really need to ask Mrs. Pilgrim what kind of mascara she uses, because her lashes are luscious!


Next up is the turkey and an Indian.  As I was looking at the painting of the turkey, I noticed that the turkey may have feathers growing out of his head…not sure.


And finally, we have the centerpieces for the table.  There is Micah’s fall book that he wrote, a stuffed turkey with feathers made from Micah’s handprints, a canoe, and a teepee.


Every Thanksgiving, Ballard School has a Thanksgiving feast on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.  The kindergartners dress up as the Indians, and the first graders dress up as the Pilgrims.  All the families are invited to attend, and we just have a good time of eating with our students.  This year Micah was an Indian.  I didn’t get any pictures of him while we were at school, but I did get some once we got home.

This is Micah shooting his bow and arrow at me.  On his back he is wearing a quiver filled with arrows.  It was really cute because the girls were wearing papooses (or is the plural form called papeese?) and there were little baby Indians in them.


Now he’s showing us his bow and arrow.


And now he is showing us the rest of his headdress.


I love this little Indian!  Happy Thanksgiving!  We all have much to be thankful for!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

2010-2011 School Pictures

Micah took his school pictures a couple months ago and they just came back.  If I do say so myself, he looks pretty darn cute!  I also had to have my picture taken for the yearbook (ugh!) but at least I don’t look too horrible…no I’m not fishing for any compliments.  The nice thing is the photographer gave the teachers and staff pictures of themselves and their class pictures free of charge.  So without further ado, here they are:




How to Cook a Turkey

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Micah’s kindergarten class was kind enough to give us their recipes for cooking the perfect turkey. 

Here’s Micah’s recipe:

Go to the store and buy a skinny turkey.  Take it home and then take out the eyes, pop out the feathers, cut off both feet and put it in the oven.  Pour ketchup inside of the turkey before you cook it.  Apples inside of the turkey will taste good too.  Sour apples are the best to use.  Cook the turkey for 10 minutes on hot degrees.  Then, put it in the freezer to cool down for another 10 minutes.  Sprinkle candy on top of the turkey before you put it on the table.  Cut the turkey in half to share with lots of people.  After the people are done with the turkey dinner, serve cake and candy.  Drink soda with the meal.

I’m sure all of the recipes the kindergartners provided will end up being delectable.  If you try Micah’s recipe, please let me know how it turns out.

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Day That Might Have Been

Today, November 12th, might have been different.  Today was my due date, and we should have been meeting our beautiful baby boy.  But we won’t be doing that today, since he is up in heaven. 

I’m a little down today, for obvious reasons.  But I’ve had a lot of time to think about this, and I’ve had such wonderful love and support from friends and family.  This is what I’ve learned.

My baby boy is one of the luckiest boys around.  He is in the presence of God right now!  He never had to go through the trials and suffering that we call life.  He never knew sadness or had to experience pain.

For my own selfish reasons, I would have loved to have him here with me and John and his two wonderful big brothers.  But I am rejoicing in the fact that one day when I finally get to go to heaven, he will be waiting up there for me.  I can just picture him with a huge smile on his face and running up to me to say, “Hey Mommy!  I can’t wait to show you around this wonderful place!”

So, yes, I’m sad.  But I also know that there are better things  waiting for me one day.  And until that day, I am going to be thankful and rejoice in what I do have:  my relationship with God, a loving husband, and two sweet boys who make my heart happy!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Craftiness Continues

It’s holiday season, so the boutiques, bazaars, and craft shows are in full swing.  I had a show last weekend at the Boys and Girls Club hosted by the Soroptimists. 



I did pretty good.  Tomorrow and Saturday I have another show at Trinity’s Holiday Bazaar.  Since I had today off, I’ve been busy being crafty. 


My wonderful and talented cousin Kim talked me through getting my sewing machine to work a few weeks ago.  Thanks, Kim!  Since then, I’ve been making therapy packs.  They are rice-filled pouches that you can warm up in the microwave to soothe your aches and pains away.  I made 23 of them today.  I’ve been busy. 

So that’s what I’ve been up to today.  I think I am ready for tomorrow’s show.

All you ever wanted to know about Halloween 2010

This year for Halloween Micah wanted to be War Machine from Iron Man 2.  Caleb told us he wanted to be Buzz Lightyear.  Micah was pretty excited, and Caleb was too…or so we thought.  We had gotten invited to a Halloween party, and we were all getting ready.  I was getting Caleb’s costume on him when he all of a sudden decided he didn’t want to dress up.  “My just want to be Caleb,” is what he told us.  OK, then.  We went to the party dressed as a Jedi, Pippi Longstocking, War Machine, and Caleb.

Fast forward to the Friday before Halloween.  Ballard has a big Fall Carnival every year.  They let the kids out at noon so they can go home, eat lunch, and change into their costumes.  Susan brought Caleb up to Ballard so that he could enjoy the fun as well.  I got myself and Micah dressed in our costumes, but again Caleb decided he just wanted to be Caleb.  That’s ok.  The entire school lines up and walks in a parade around the neighborhood.  It’s really a lot of fun.  Micah of course was at the head of the pack with his teacher, Mrs. Carlson, who was dressed as the Tooth Fairy.




The boys had fun playing all of the games.  Somehow, I didn’t get any pictures of Caleb.


The next day, John and I went to another Halloween party.  We had a really good time. 



On Halloween, our church had a Fall Festival.  Caleb once again decided he didn’t want to wear his costume.  But the clothes he was wearing looked western, so we used a cowboy hat and stick horse.  Now he was a cowboy!  The girls came with us, and afterward we went trick or treating.




Halloween was fun!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Just a little randomness…

I really have good intentions of getting out of this once-a-month-blog-posting rut that I have been in.  Then life ends up getting things all wonky and crazy and my good intentions go out the window.  I have been justifying my laziness by telling myself that I am at least posting the pictures on Facebook, but it really is slacker-ish.

So here are some random pictures that I was finally able to download from my cell phone.


My silly son at the doctor’s office.  I don’t know when the picture was taken.


Me and the boys.  We were in Texas and I was waiting to get called to go get my massage…I need another one.  HInt, hint…


You always have to have a silly face picture, right?


Can he get any cuter?  This was just taken last week after his haircut.  He and I had nursery duty at church on Wednesday night.