A Night on the Town – Birthday/Christmas

Once Bekah’s gift opening was completed we all got fancied up for dinner out at Red Lobster (Bekah’s choice over dinner at home made by Daddy) and then a special trip downtown to watch “A Christmas Carol” at A Contemporary Theater. Bekah’s friend from gymnastics, Chloe, had the role of “Tiny Tim” and we were so excited to get such an amazing discount to be able to attend this production with our friends and pastor, the Williams family.

Red Lobster dessert - cookie sundae or something like that

Ashley and Bekah enjoy dessert together

Gingerbread Lane in downtown Seattle presented a contest of all-edible creations. This "Christmas Story" one was my favorite. The depicted scenes are so good.

Our wonderful family

Us again - in our pretty colors this time

The Williams family - Fred, Sue, Jill, Brayden

This is just so accurate that I couldn't pass up posting it. Notice that Bekah's walking and playing her new DSi and Willie is holding onto Brayden's coat hood to keep him out of the street. Jill & Fred - just smiling.

Bekah, Ashley and Jordan wait for the show to begin

The show was wonderful. Shown in the round, although we were in the back row, we were only in the 8th row. Too bad photography wasn’t allowed of the show. It was phenomenal. Costumes, sets, just amazing. You can check out a link to a very cute interview with the kids here.

You tube also has some bits from opening night here.

Bekah, Chloe (on the right), and her little sister Lexi after the show.

A very special night…..

Black Friday Shopping

Mom and Ashley waiting in a cold line at 11:30 Thanksgiving night around the back side of Toys R Us in Lynnwood

The painful memories of crowds, lines and not finding what I wanted had faded since I attempted Black Friday 2 years ago. And with the fading memories, came another mission of finding the deals and joining the masses of crazy people out, basically, for a good time and a story. One big difference between the previous trip and this year was that Ashley wanted to go this year.
Didn’t know if she was serious or not but when we got home from John and Mary’s on Thanksgiving night at 11:10, we unloaded and then got back in the car and headed to Toys R Us for their midnight sale.
Not really expecting they’d do a store opening at midnight, I planned on getting to the store, doing my shopping, and then going to the cash registers at midnight to make my purchases. Easy squeezy. Couldn’t have been further from the truth.
Upon entering the parking lot at 11:20, a line of people was already evident. The question was whether to sit in the car until the doors opened at midnight or to go stand in the line. After 5 minutes, we headed out to join the masses.
However, we weren’t anywhere near prepared for this. As we walked toward the doors and began to follow the line to it’s end, we rounded one corner of the building, grabbing a cart on our way, kept walking, and rounded a second corner. We were now on the complete opposite side of the building from the doors and still had to walk half the distance of the building to even reach the end of the line. Thankfully it wasn’t raining, but the wind was blowing and it was chilly.
It only took a few minutes before we were both cold. A quick text to Willie and he was on his way with gloves, coats, and a blanket. Whew!
When midnight finally arrived, we started moving and entered the building – clueless as to what awaited us. It’s almost impossible to describe. I thought we’d make a bee-line for electronics. But they had blocked the path off so you had to go all the way around the store to attempt to enter the skinny little detector doors where people with carts were attempting to go in, out, and every other possible (or impossible) direction. It was a traffic jam of carts if I ever saw one.
After about 45 minutes of trying to find the items listed in the ad, which I’d carefully studied and listed out by department on my shopping list, we hit the line – frustrated by the fact that we’d found only ONE of the items we’d come for. (We did find a couple more as the line wove through every single aisle along the back and left side of the store on its way to the register.) We were in line for over an hour. The bonus of having a shopping buddy was having a place holder who could switch off if we saw or remember something else we wanted to check on. Being able to roam just a little while we waited broke up the monotony quite a bit. I recommend shopping with a buddy!
By 2:15 we were out of the store, and by 2:30 we were in the house and our ‘morning’ plans were made. Ashley went to bed.
I shopped online – disappointed that even though it was only 2 – 1/2 hours into Black Friday, several of the best deals were sold out online at Best Buy. I did however make several purchases at Target that I figured I’d never get my hands on in the store after having seen what we’d just endured at Toys ‘R Us. I shopped online until 3:45, and finally shut my eyes a little after 4:00AM.
The alarm went off at 6:30 and by 6:50 Ashley and I were back out the door and on our way to Best Buy.
The items I couldn’t find online were actually in stock in the store! So exciting! On a $150 purchase, I saved $90! Sweet! And the gifts will be such hits.
Next target? Target – ugh. I’d done this one before and knew the line would wrap through the entire huge store. We did find most of what we were looking for before spending another hour + standing in line.
After quick trips to REI for snow socks and Walgreens for their Webkinz deal (Ashley’s friends’ gifts), we finally made it home about 11:45. I was so exhausted that it didn’t seem right that the sun was up and people were up and moving around.
Thankfully, I got a couple hour nap before my amazing husband put a gorgeous Thanksgiving Day round 2 meal on the table for us and our friends.
After a good night’s sleep, I’m happy with the purchases and the deals, and most happy that I had a partner in crime to enjoy it with. Ashley was a wonderful addition to the mayhem.
You’ll see the results when Christmas Day pictures are posted!

His Glorious Creation on Christmas Day

Bow Hill Rest Area

Bow Hill Rest Area

I-5

I-5

Bow Hill/Samish area

Bow Hill/Samish area

Snow-capped majesty

Snow-capped majesty

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Entering Bellingham

Entering Bellingham

Entering Ferndale

Entering Ferndale

Approaching the frozen Nooksack River

Approaching the frozen Nooksack River

What an awesome drive…

Christ Jesus is born! Christmas Day…

 

This year’s Christmas celebration followed our typical pattern. Stockings were hung, Mom and Dad dropped into bed far too late, and the kids woke early and ready to go. After stockings, we got some orange danishes ready to go and moved to the living room where Baby Jesus lay in the ‘manger’ under the tree. We read the Nativity Story, opened gifts in a somewhat organized manner, then started getting ready to hit the road. Typically we have more time after gift opening, but this year the snow was piling up fast and we knew we needed to get out if we were going to! Willie had purchased a ham in case we ended up having to stay home, but I really wanted to celebrate with the Bodgers. By 10:30, we were on the snowy roads and headed to grandmother’s house.

 

Our stockings

Our stockings

Once the kids woke up (AND there was daylight), they race downstairs and get their stockings to bring up to our bed.

Quaking with excitement

Quaking with excitement. Of course, the dog has to be in the center of the action.

Jordan got his first Webkinz of Christmas - 'Bernie'

Jordan got his first Webkinz of Christmas - 'Bernie'

 

Ashley received a Daughter necklace

Ashley received a Daughter necklace

 

Bekah sports her new Fab-u-lus sunglasses from High School Musical

Bekah sports her new Fab-u-lus sunglasses from High School Musical

Our Christmas Tree
Our Christmas Tree
Ugg-like boots

Ashley's most-desired gift: Ugg-like boots

Jordan got TWO remote control cars!

Jordan got TWO remote control cars!

This girl is crazy about dolphins!

This girl is crazy about dolphins!

Mommy got a mug from Ashley - a snowman!

Mommy got a mug from Ashley - a snowman!

Willie enjoyed our breakfast treats - he only got clothes...

Willie enjoyed our breakfast treats - he only got clothes...

We were leaving?!

We were leaving?!

Then it was shower time and a race to hit the road…

What we were greeted by when we hit the 'main street' heading to the freeway.

What we were greeted by when we hit the 'main street' heading to the freeway.

I-5 behind three snowplows

I-5 behind three snowplows

Quite the potty break traipsing through the snow

Quite the potty break traipsing through the snow

 Our travels took us through some glorious areas of God’s creation. They are so amazing I’ll dedicate the next post to them exclusively, but here are a couple more…

Arriving in Bellingham

Arriving in Bellingham

Jordan loves on all his new Webkinz - he got four new ones that morning

Jordan loves on all his new Webkinz - he got four new ones that morning

 

We didn't expect snow at Grandma's sea level home - but there was plenty

We didn't expect snow at Grandma's sea level home - but there was plenty

 

 

 

Don, Jason & Josh

The boys: Don, Jason & Josh

 

The kids watch Kung Fu Panda (Jordan, Bekah, Kendra, Ashley)

The kids watch Kung Fu Panda (Jordan, Bekah, Kendra, Ashley)

 

 

 

 

The kids congregate around Daddy and Dolly the dog

The kids congregate around Daddy and Dolly the dog

Bekah and Dolly. A little blurry but too cute to pass up!

Bekah and Dolly. A little blurry but too cute to pass up!

 

My guys play with the remote control cars - to them it might matter what kind of cars they are. Me? Don't remember.

My guys play with the remote control cars - to them it might matter what kind of cars they are. Me? Don't remember.

Presents at Grandma’s…

Bekah got Polly Pockets!

Bekah got Polly Pockets!

Jordan gets his seemingly annual Hot Wheels tracks

Jordan gets his seemingly annual Hot Wheels tracks

 

Ashley got her favorite, new clothes!

Ashley got her favorite, new clothes!

 

Josh helps Jordan put the tracks together - sans directions. Who needs 'em?

Josh helps Jordan put the tracks together - sans directions. Who needs 'em?

 

Ashley, Tera, Kendra, Christy, Jin (Tera's friend), and Willie

The gang: Ashley, Tera, Kendra, Christy, Jin (Tera's friend), and Willie

Don with his fake hair - hair attached to a hat

Don with his fake hair - hair attached to a hat

 

Bekah and Grandma Yogi - Grandma finally sits.

Bekah and Grandma Yogi - Grandma finally sits.

What a fun day, and we even made it all the way home and into our driveway despite an entire day of snowfall in Lynnwood!

Family Christmas Eve

Last night of the Nativity Calendar for 2008

Last night of the Nativity Calendar for 2008

Once the Mansfields were on their way, it was time for the Nativity Calendar and our annual “one gift” on Christmas Eve.

Bekahs new jammies

Bekahs new jammies

Willies new jammies

Willies new jammies

Sisters - loving one another!

Sisters - loving one another!

Christmas Eve PJs for Ashley, Bekah and Jordan

Christmas Eve PJs for Ashley, Bekah and Jordan

Christmas Eve with the Mansfields

Cheers!
Cheers!

The Mansfields came to our house this year  for our annual Christmas Eve celebration. Willie made dinner of Enchiladas, beans, salad, chips, salsa, and smoothies. It was quite a hit with the kids – and the adults, too.

Once dinner was over, we were hoping the kids would put on a 1st Christmas show for us, but we never could talk them into it. Instead, the adults chatted and the kids went and played as they sort of contemplated the show. They got as far as finding a baby Jesus and  manger, but got slightly side-tracked when they turned Katie into a reindeer… Maybe next year.

Rachel, Willie and Ashley just hanging out
Rachel, Willie and Ashley just hanging out
Katie and Bekah
Katie and Bekah
The Boys

The Boys

Jordan and Bekah

Jordan and Bekah

Then it was time to exchange family gifts. This year we did family games…
The Bodger kiddos

The Bodger kiddos

Jordan, Bekah, Ashley, Katie, Rachel and Matthew
Jordan, Bekah, Ashley, Katie, Rachel and Matthew
Silly!
Silly!
Hmmm...

Hmmm...

Mansfield gift
Mansfield gift
Bodger gift

Bodger gift

Pile on Willie
Pile on Willie
Happy Birthday, Jesus
Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Once we’d sung for Jesus and had our dessert, we all settled in to watch Miracle on 34th Street as snow continued to fall. John had to leave early to run media at the Christmas Eve service. When it was time for Sherice and the kids to leave… Sherice, who isn’t a fan of our driveway on a clear day, really experienced the best of it!

Willie went out to check on Sherice and found her spinning her wheels. He grabbed a shovel and started digging.
Willie went out to check on Sherice and found her spinning her wheels. He grabbed a shovel and started digging.
It took about 15 minutes, making church impossible, but eventually they made it out!
It took about 15 minutes, making church impossible, but eventually they made it out!

Merry Christmas!

A Christmas Party for Jordan

Jordan got invited to his friend Faith’s house for a Christmas Party today. He has been looking forward to it for weeks and as soon as he was up he got dressed so he was ready to go to the party. After a bit of struggle to get out of the driveway and cul-de-sac, Jordan and I were off to the Fitch’s house for the afternoon. Jordan went as Faith’s guest and I went as a helper and guest of Faith’s mom, Ede.

Once we finally arrived, it was lunchtime and Jordan headed for the air hockey table while everyone else ate pizza. After that, we started cracking open the Gingerbread Houses and whipping up the icing. All was going well, with all the houses assembled at least, when the boys challenged the girls to a snowball fight and attention shifted outside to all the snow.

Faith helps Jordan with his house since he didn't want to touch it.

Faith helps Jordan with his house since he didn't want to touch it.

Jordan chose to enter into the activity in an unusual way. Once the girls were beat headed inside, Jordan went to the picture window where the bigger boys were still fighting it out with Ede in the backyard.

"Hit ME!" Jordan says to Joshua Fitch

"Hit ME!" Jordan says to Joshua Fitch

Contact!!

Contact!!

Pure delight!

Pure delight!

This was a perfect way for Jordan to participate in the snow activities. He got all the joy and none of the cold. He could even be hit with snowballs without any complaint. Loved it!

In between the window snowballs, Ede took on the boys and she was amazing! Her  tolerance was so much higher than mine would have been (I was more than happy to stand inside and take photos out the window as well – Jordan and I are well matched!).

An unofficial timeout... that didn't last long!

An unofficial timeout... that didn't last long!

Without a word, the words were clear. Game on, let the snow fly!

Without a word, the words were clear. Game on, let the snow fly!

 Once Faith had had enough outside, she joined Jordan inside knocking on the window.

Hit me, hit me!

Hit me, hit me!

And Cameron delivers! I love the look on the kids' faces as they await the arrival of this in-flight snowball.

And Cameron delivers! I love the look on the kids' faces as they await the arrival of this in-flight snowball.

It got really bad for Ede before she finally called it a day – and she still had a houseful of kids! If she’s feeling it later, I know why!

Ede dished it out so well that soon the boys showed no mercy either. It went back and forth like this for quite some time. Jordan enjoyed the whole thing from the window.

Ede dished it out so well that soon the boys showed no mercy either. It went back and forth like this for quite some time. Jordan enjoyed the whole thing from the window.

What a fun time! I’m so thankful Jordan got invited to this party and that we could make it inspite of the abundant snow.

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