Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas 2009

I can’t believe Christmas has already come and gone. It went WAY too fast. What a beautiful holiday shared with family and some fabulous snow!  Here are some pictures of our Christmas.

The family started arriving on Christmas Eve Eve. First Grandma Erma and Linda arrived. We had some yummy soup and then went and walked through the Altus lights before the sleet began.

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On Christmas Eve we started on the puzzle,

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had yummy donuts, played with all Madeline’s toys, and counted the hours until we opened the first gift of Christmas. Which was… matching P.J.’s! I made matching P.J.’s for the family.

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Here are the grandparents with their Madeline Grace.

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Then Grandpa Rosh (Grandpa Ross) gave everyone matching scarf's. Who knew we were going to be so fashionable on Christmas Eve. We finished the evening with yummy food, watching the movie Up, and listening to the sleet hit the windows.

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This is what our front yard looked like by the middle of Christmas Day.

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We woke up early and enjoyed a quick breakfast and then it was time for presents. Madeline was so excited to finally tear into the presents she had been looking at for so long under the tree.

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After she opened her doll she was done for awhile. She just wanted to play with her doll!

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I think everyone had a good time opening and watching Madeline get so excited!

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Then Madeline finally decided to open another present and it was her doll stroller and doll bed. She seemed to like it so much she just wanted to ride in it. She was totally finished with this whole present opening thing. She didn’t open another gift until the next day. (Please notice the shocked Grandma Jenna and the laughing Grandpa Ross.)

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Madeline did really enjoy her new tricycle. Last year it was the wagon all around the house. This year it is the tricycle. :)

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The next morning was yummy pancakes and bacon (thanks Andy), trip to Wal-mart, smoking out meat, game playing, and puzzle doing!

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Before we knew it Sunday was here!

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Sunday was a church going, card game playing, movie watching, puzzle working, Madeline playing, yummy food eating, Dallas Cowboys winning, gone way too fast kind of day!

Monday was busy with Grandpa Ross and Grandma Jenna packing up and playing a last round of ring around the rosy.

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Then they headed on back to Wichita and we went and checked out McDonald’s play land and ice cream cones. (Both were great) Tomorrow Great Grandma Erma and Grandma Linda head home.

Thanks for coming to visit everyone. I sure had a good time and I hope you guys did too!  Aren’t we so blessed to be able to all be together for Christmas!

Isaiah 9:6

For to us a child is born,
       to us a son is given,
       and the government will be on his shoulders.
       And he will be called
       Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
       Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Splendid Sunday

Sunday Mornings start early around the Schindler house. We love to go to first service. This means we have to be in the car at 8:15am!  Here is Madeline and I before church.

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Here is Nick, Me, Laura, and Jason waiting for Sunday School to start while drinking the yummy coffee they make each week!

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Here is Miss Carol holding Madeline waiting for us to pick her up after church and Sunday School.

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Then we decided to go with Jason and Laura Brown to The Backdoor Steak house for lunch. YUMMY!

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We came right home and Madeline took a long nap. Then we headed down to the town square for Candy Cane Cash. All December the local merchants give out tickets. You could win 10,000 dollars!  They had live music and funnel cakes. It was lots of fun but we didn’t win anything.

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To overcome the feelings of sadness we headed to Sonic. Madeline loves their water..or…maybe it is the straw?

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We ended with a trip to Wal-mart. We now have all our groceries for the holiday week!  I hope you guys enjoyed a week in the life of Madeline Grace Schindler. Now we are going to go and count down the hours until Survivor finale starts!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Super Saturday

Well, I did a horrible job today. I guess today was so super I forgot to take pictures. So here is a run down of our day. Madeline woke me up around 7:30 with a nice loud Mommy and some other words. Not really sure what she said but I think it was something about breakfast. After a tasty breakfast we played with Daddy (who is on holiday break from his masters).  Madeline loves to try and put her shoes on. She must have worked on them for a 1/2 an hour. She had them both on just her toes when she finally brought them to me.

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The she opened her card from G.G. (Great Grandma Erma) It was another really fun singing card. She loved it and even ran to find her other singing card and sometimes she had both songs going at once.

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Then it was time for me to go and get my color and haircut. (I forgot to take a picture) The camera went dead while I was gone so Nick didn’t take any pictures of the Daddy Daughter time. Then is was time for our squadron’s 80’s themed Christmas Party. Nick and I at the last minute decided to dress like two 80 year old people. I wore my Mama’s black hat, black skirt, knee highs that were are smooshed down at my ankles and a black blazer. Nick wore my Papa’s suit with suspenders. He wore it pulled up WAY high. He even parted his hair and slicked it down. Then  of course he put change in his pocket and jingled it all night. I had a cane Nick had made me out of an old pool cue stick and a tennis ball. Do you think I thought about taking a picture? Nope, not until we were both in our pajamas!  Madeline spent the evening at the churches parents night out with Miss Mary and Miss Carol. Still no picture. Finally when we got home I remembered to take a picture. Here is Madeline and Nick right before she headed to bed.

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Be ready for Splendid Sunday…Hopefully I will do better!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Fabulous Friday

Today was a fabulous Friday. It started nice and early. I heard Madeline give Nick a big loud Hi on his way out the door this morning. Nick then brought her back to me and we snuggled in bed watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

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It can sure make you thirsty getting dressed and waiting for Mom to do your pig tails.

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Then we headed on over The Shaub’s house to have a cookie decorating party with Natalie, Isabella, Tara, Eva, and Violet.

Here is Madeline and Isabella waiting on Eva.


This is the yummy spread Natalie had waiting for us.


The girls favorite part was the putting on of the sprinkles.

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Madeline was enjoying some of her hard work.


Isabella and Madeline were comparing noses.

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Here is Eva and Tara. At their workstation.

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Madeline decided she liked the little table too!


Here is Tara, Me, and Natalie relaxing while …


the girls destroyed Isabella’s room!  The girls are wearing the aprons I made them for Christmas.


Here is a video Natalie took of our little dancers. They really are cute together!


As soon as we left the cookie party we headed to Nick’s work for a Christmas luncheon. It was YUMMY!

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Madeline decided she didn’t need a nap today. UGH!  So we went outside and clean up a few dead things and then read a bunch of books. Madeline enjoyed yummy left over cheesy potatoes from the luncheon, some chicken and a pear.

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Madeline has decided she likes to rearrange her toys. Here she is pushing her table down the hallway from her room to the living room. She was very proud of herself when she got to the end of the hall.

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Tonight will be an early bedtime! Be watching for Super Saturday. Let me just say it involves a certain mom getting rid of some hair root issues. :)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Thrilling Thursday

Wow! What a fun busy day. I actually got a little visit from Madeline at 2:00am. I heard the sound of little foot pajamas on the tile floor and then I see her standing next to Nick checking on him. Then she turned around and went back to bed. I went on down to check on her and she was trying to get back into bed. She went back to sleep and slept until 8:50am! What a nice early Christmas present for me! After breakfast and a shower it was time for Little Tad to take a nap. Madeline loves using the couch arm rest covers for her babies.

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We were headed out to do some shopping downtown and we needed some gas.

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Madeline was waiting patiently in the warm car while I was outside FREEZING!

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We met up with Isabella and Natalie downtown. Here the girls are giving each other a little kiss. They are so funny together.

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Here we are outside the shops. She was so patient in her stroller as we went place to place. I think the granola bar and the fruit snacks I gave her helped.

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Then on a whim we decided to eat at McDonalds!

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This is the first time the girls have really played in the play land. They climbed and climbed and climbed.

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It was so nice that they had two steering wheels. We didn’t even have to practice our sharing skills.

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We headed on home for a nap. Madeline must have talked to herself before falling asleep for at least 30 minutes. She even came out of bed once said Hi and headed back into bed. After naptime Madeline decided she needed to take all her books out and spread them around the floor.

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During naptime I sewed basket covers for her new baskets.

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Here is Madeline enjoying a yummy dinner of Nick’s famous pulled pork.

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With the Christmas craziness our UPS guy doesn’t come until after 6pm each night. Madeline is wearing her new hat that she got on our shopping trip. She loved opening the big boxes. One was filled with a fun Christmas present from Andy. A yummy breakfast kit.  The coffee smells so good! I can’t wait to make it tomorrow morning. Thanks Andy!

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The next box was filled with Christmas packages for Grandma Linda and Great Grandma Erma from Uncle Eric and Aunt Sally. Madeline loved taken everything out and putting it back in over and over.

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Then she moved onto the Christmas card basket. She read each card and pointed out all the babies.
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Then she noticed that baby doll was looking tired. She wrapped him up and laid him down.

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Then I guess she was tried because the next thing I know she was laying down covered up and saying Shhh.

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And during all this excitement this was Nick. He has a HUGE paper due tomorrow night for him master’s class. He doubled up this term and he has been crazy busy. We will be glad for the holiday break.

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I hope you guys enjoyed Thrilling Thursday. Get ready for Fabulous Friday! Thrilling Thursday wore me out! I’m headed to bed.