Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Dancing in the Snow at CALM

We all bundled up and went to the CALM Holiday Lights display. Aubrey and Zoe looked so cute riding in the double stroller.

Aubrey and Mom ( She went into labor the next evening and Juliet was born 1/1/10)

Proud Daddy's

Aubrey loved the snow machine and was so excited about the "snow" I just loved the happiness that catching snowflakes gave her. I call that her Dancing in the Snow Happy Dance.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Time Moves Forward- Christmas 2009

Christmas was very different at the Thompson household this year. To begin with, there wasn't the huge gathering of the extended family due to the fact my brother and his family were in Hawaii, sister Julie in Washington, Marti & Ron planning to travel South to be with their kids and grand kids and Mom planning to fly to Seattle ( she ended up not going). Jacob is still traveling so this is our 4th Christmas without him, my dad passed away in February so this was our first Christmas without him. However, we celebrated our first Christmas with our new Granddaughter Zoe, Barbie and Justin's new little one is due at any time and Aubrey at three years old was excited and filled with the wonder of Christmas so it was fun to see through her eyes the wonder of Christmas activities, decorations and music. Oh yes, and I also attended my first Christmas program as a grandparent and watched Aubrey stand up on stage and occasionally ring her bell and sing a line or two (wow! did that ever bring back memories.)

We got together with each of us bringing a pot of homemade soup ( split pea, French Onion, Potato-Sausage), salad and bread on Christmas Eve and my mom joined us in the festivities. So, with our bellies full of soup, a warm fire burning in the fireplace we enjoyed an afternoon with each other celebrating Christmas.

Memories of past Christmas' filled my head from when I was a child getting a Mary Poppins doll from Santa Claus to watching my own children's thrill as they saw what Santa had brought them on Christmas morning. It seems like just yesterday when Justin and Jacob got cowboy hats and toy guitars and now I am watching my own grandchildren, yes, I am watching my grandchildren open gifts and delight in the excitement of Christmas. It is hard to believe that time has passed so quickly. God has so richly blessed us and how sweet it is to watch Aubrey as she plays with the Nativity set and talks about the birth of Jesus and sing Away In The Manger .

We are looking forward to the new year and a new addition to the family and the return of Jacob who is finishing up the last miles of his 3 1/2 year bicycle ride down the Continental Divide. We expect Jacob to return to us late January or early February .
Hurry home Jacob, we are so excited to know that you will soon be home.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Cookies with Aubrey

Aubrey wanted to come to grandma's to make Christmas cookies. We had fun mixing the dough, rolling it out and cutting out Christmas trees, Santa Claus, Snowflakes, Stars and Snowmen. Yummm! they were very tasty with frosting and sprinkles of sugar

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Frozen Shoulder

My knee was one year old on December 2 and I am so totally thrilled with the difference in my life now that my knee doesn't limit me and cause pain like it has since I was in high school. However, I'm really discouraged right now because I have been diagnosed with a "new" orthopedic condition. Now, I know I shouldn't be discouraged but if you know me I have had more than my fair share of medical problems ... knee, feet, ankle, gall bladder, Bell's Palsy, female issues and the list goes on. Oh well, I start physical therapy on Tuesday and pray for good results because right now movement with my left arm is very minimal and very painful.

"Frozen shoulder, or adhesive capsulitis, is a condition that causes restriction of motion in the shoulder joint. The cause of a frozen shoulder is not well understood, but it often occurs for no known reason. Frozen shoulder causes the capsule surrounding the shoulder joint to contract and form scar tissue"

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Family Baths

Last night Zoe came over to have a "Family Bath" with grandma . Also in the bathroom was , Kurt, Alisha, Mickey, Ivy, Tess and Grandpa!! SHE LOVED IT!