Monday, December 17, 2012

Tenley’s First Ski!

On Saturday, we headed up to Squaw Valley to get Hannah Gray on her skis and asked Tenley if she wanted to try. She was very excited and talked about it the whole way up to Tahoe. We let Hannah Gray go first as Tenley watched from the bottom and made “sand castles” out of the loose snow by the magic carpet. Then it was her turn! She belly laughed the whole way down and wanted to go faster. I held onto her coat by the nape of her neck and ran down the hill with her. Definitely not the best way to do it. We saw another dad teaching his young kids and he had a long pvc pole that they could hang onto, like a boom for water skiing. It was brilliant. We will definitely try this next time!

Hannah Gray retained a lot from last season and enjoyed it just as much as ever, maybe even more as she stayed out for most of the afternoon. Yay for little skiers!!

tenley's first ski trip

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

our budding artist

Lately, Hannah Gray asks me to draw any assortment of animals about 10x a day and then she colors it. I just can't keep up with the level of her requests. So I started letting her use my iPad to look at pictures we look up together and then she draws them. We started this about 4 days ago and her observation skills, attention to detail and confidence in her artwork has gone through the roof.

Today, she asked for her Clifford dog and set it on the table and this is what she did. She is learning depth perception today as she added hind legs to Clifford today. She is growing up so fast and seeing her interests grow and develop is so much fun. She is one cool kid.

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Funny Tenley story

For the last month or so Tenley will often interrupt you while reading with her and just start asking/saying, “Jesus in your heart? Jesus in Daddy’s heart? Jesus in sister’s heart?” and the list will go on to include grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, the babysitter, people on tv, Tuk, cartoon characters, etc. Then usually during some quiet moments, she will say, “I want Jesus in my heart” and we’ll talk about what that means and explain that there will be a time when she’ll understand What Jesus did for us. A couple weeks ago during lunch, she started crying and I had no idea why despite the fact I was sitting right next to her. I asked what was wrong and she was trying to tell me but I just was not getting it. Hannah Gray quickly piped in, “She doesn’t want Jesus to take her heart and is worried about him taking her stomach”. Somehow she had missed concept of Jesus living in her heart and confused it with him stealing it. Hannah Gray and I worked together to try to explain it a little better to a two year old heart and mind.

Fast forward to tonight. Ethan and I took the girls to see a live drive through nativity on the other side of town. We had a packed dinner in the car while we were waiting in line and it was finally our turn. The amount of questions that were packed into that 15 minutes of driving through the scenes was absolutely flabbergasting. The scenes actually ended up including Jesus as an adult, the cross and the empty tomb. So the conversation naturally went back to answering the question, “Why did Jesus die when he could have saved himself?”. After talking about this for most of the ride home with Hannah Gray, Tenley finally had questions of her own. We had a MASSIVE, I mean MASSIVE temper tantrum that added a good 15 minutes onto our drive and as Hannah Gray sat in hot tears and heavy breathing, Tenley’s quiet voice piped up. “I want to ask Jesus to live in my heart”. “Tenley, you do? Why do you want to do that?”. “I just do. I want him live in my heart”. I quickly tried to formulate some type of simple question that would not be leading but give her a chance to explain why she wanted to do that and give a glimpse of her level of understanding. Hannah Gray asked Jesus to come live in her heart last December 16th after we talked about our advent calendar and having a choice of receiving a gift and that gift being Jesus. So there I was thinking that our Christmas traditions are actually bestowing a sense of wonder and awareness of who Jesus is and why he came. This is fantastic! Then Tenley says, “Yeah, I want Jesus and Mickey Mouse to hold me. Where Mickey Mouse live? (Ethan and I bust out laughing after the intense time of dealing with Thing 1’s tantrum) “Well, Tenley, I think Mickey lives at Disney World and Disney Land”. “Yes, I want Jesus and Mickey to hold me. I go there, they hold me.” Ah, the understanding and innocence of a 2 year old!!!


Hannah Gray and Tenley actively and intently watching the live Nativity.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Tenley’s little announcement…

We had a fun day over at the Petro’s today… we all headed out for a little field trip,

So there you have it! I am just over 15 weeks along and doing well. Still feeling like not many foods sound very good (and the best husband of the year award goes to Ethan Petro for currently being out on a Chinese food run for me!!!), but my energy is returning and I am still doing CrossFit which has been amazing. I feel so good afterwards and it helps my queasiness tremendously.

The girls are beyond excited (we all are) and cannot wait to “hold baby” as Tenley says. Hannah Gray has just grinned ear to ear about it and has been such an amazing helper to me when I haven’t been feeling well. The morning after we shared the news with them, Hannah Gray woke me up with her little face in mine and said, “Mommy, I am sooo excited to have a baby!!!! I am going to show the baby everything and I promise to be a good helper to you!!”. So, so sweet. We are blessed and love the idea of having a trio of girls or rounding out testosterone levels in the house with a boy. So we will find out come the end of May!!!

oh Christmas Tree!!

So this year, our tree is SO much better!!! Our Charlie Brown tree from last year had it’s own “charm” I suppose, but at least this one looks real and we actually have room to spread our ornaments out instead of lining them up several deep on the same branch. But we have to admit, we tree lot-ed it this year… After our wonderful, but exhausting weekend at Tahoe the day before, we kept it simple and we had a good time and still have enough time left for the girls to help decorate it. Mission accomplished!


Tenley discovering the ornaments and then finding “ASLAN!!!”.


welcome Christmas season!!

The day after Thanksgiving we headed up to the Resort at Squaw Creek for their annual Winter Wonderland festivities. We went last year and had a great time so we decided to head back and stay for the night. We started the night off by welcoming Santa and Ms. Claus arrive on a fire truck, then headed to go meet him in person. Tenley did exactly what Hannah Gray did last year… waited excitedly and then started to freak out when it was her turn. Hannah Gray hoped right up on Santa’s lap this year so Ms. Claus held Tenley just like she did for Hannah Gray last year. Tenley did speak to Santa and told him she wanted “lip balm and nail polish” for Christmas. Hannah Gray will rotate providing a few different items off a list of several, so I am not sure which ones she gave him. Then we headed outside for a sleigh ride drawn by a beautiful Clydesdale horse. We ended our night with a quick visit to the gingerbread visit and then out to the ice skating rink where we kept our princesses out WAY past their bedtime. I think we had them out on the ice until they closed at 10. Hannah Gray recently fell in love with ice skating in San Francisco so she was super excited to go out again and do it on her own. Tenley couldn’t get out on the ice fast enough and would “skate” for 5 minutes or so, then want to sit and play in all the “sand” or the ice shavings that had built up. She loved it, even in her helmet that wouldn’t stay above her eyes.

The next day, we had a slow and easy morning and headed down for breakfast and as we were being seated, we walked right past Santa!!! Apparently, he had spent the night as well and we had no idea he would be there. The girls walked by in astounded star-struck trance and giggled about seeing him again as we sat down. When they looked up they saw that Santa was coming their way!!! He sat with us at our table for several minutes and remember seeing the girls the night before and remembered what Hannah Gray had asked for. The girls we beyond ecstatic!!! What a perfect surprise for all of us! Then to cap off a great two days, we headed outside to swim in the beautiful, crisp morning with perfectly blue skies in a very comfortably warm pool. It was fantastic! We had a great time and had some super fun pics from the weekend.