Musings of a mother/scuba instructor/graphic designer/musical entrepreneur. Totally in love with my husband (Two Fish) of ten years. We have two beautiful daughters (Red Fish and New Fish) and a nutty dog (Blue Fish) who help make our family complete and completely happy. W have learned to expect the unexpected and are always up for an adventure.
I am enthusiastic about living and learning. I love people who make me laugh. I have an ironic appreciation for the unique and absurd. I am an enthusiastic and untalented tap dancer with a love for new Christmas ornaments,art, the outdoors,the water, music, good books, skiing, and travel. My greatest calling in life is to be a Mom. I LOVE it!
Red Fish played the piano while we sang Christmas carols. It is so fun to hear how much progress she has made. She really has an ear for music.
We played games including a decorate your own santa game that was hilarious.
The kids went a little crazy turning Pop Pops into Santa.
Our family on Christmas eve
The traditional nativity play. Poor Two Fish had to play donkey and camel. New Fish wanted to be Mary and Thing 1 was Joseph. Thing 2 was a shepard.
Red Fish wanted to be a wise man following the star this year.
Red Fish got a sewing machine from Santa. I'm not a seamstress at all but Red Fish loves to create and she really wanted to learn how to sew so I guess we can learn together. She is already working on a pair of pajamas and the she will be pretty much caught up to my skill level.
New Fish in her new chair from Memine and Pop Pops
New Fish got a scooter for Chistmas.
Red Fish loved holding our squishy new Noodle baby.
In the afternoon we went to Two Fish's mom's house to spend time with his side of the family. The cousins all draw names and exchange presents.
New Fish had her preschool performance. She work up sick of the morning of her performance last year so she was really looking forward to being there this year. I was so worried she would catch something that I woke up in the middle of the night to check on her and feel her forehead. New Fish is definitely a performer. She loved being up on stage and we could hear her above all of the other kids. She had little dance moves and got really into her part. She also loved that so many family memebers came to show support.
After her performance, New Fish got to go pick out her first bouquet of flowers with her great grandma- Mimi. She was very excited about her Christmas daisies.
New Fish had a demonstration day in her ballet, tap and jazz classes. I can always watch through the window of her classes but it was fun to go in and have the kids put on their little program.
I love that her little tongue sticks out when she is working hard and concentrating.
For the last few years we have celebrated Santa Lucia. We also take the opportunity to share the fun with our neighbors. Some of our neighbors probably think we are a little odd showing up with our kids decked out like angels but most of them appreciate the little bit of extra cheer and the girls have a great time going from door to door. We always buy and or make all of our favorite Swedish treats.
This year we shared some of the fun with Lovely L and her kids. We took our Swedish treats and outfits to her house and had a little brunch. It is always fun to share traditions with friends!
We had a little party to celebrate the December birthdays on my side of the family and we also celebrated my parent's 35th wedding anniversary. My Mom had all of their wedding decorations, albums etc. out and my parents cut a cake. They also smashed it on each other's faces.
I'm grateful to have good examples of lasting love and strong family bonds for my kids. I'm grateful to have parents who have worked hard to stay in love. I'm grateful for family. In the world we live in, a strong happy marriage is not something to take for granted.
I think we should just stay away from down town this season! All of our Christmas outings seemed to be rather ill fated this month. There was confusion with the Christmas concert my brother got us tickets for and our seats were filled so we ended up watching it on tv. As you can see from the picture New Fish was pitching a fit and we trudged through freezing rain. Maybe we should stay home until New Years!
I should rescan these pictures but instead I took these lame pictures of a picture on my cell phone.
Twelve years ago I surprised Two Fish by sneaking into his apartment and making breakfast for him and his roommates. He was a huge grumpus and said h would rather eat cereal and sleep in. After over eleven years of marriage and two kids he is much less grumpy about his birthday breakfast. Thirty-five looks good on you babe! Happy birthday! Let's spend the next fifty plus together. I promise to always wake you up and make pancakes.
Today was far from perfect or extraordinary but it has left me feeling especially grateful for my life. The crazed dance between family, friends, work and responsibility is difficult to navigate at times but I am so blessed to have so much abundance in my life. Thank you to all of the people who support me and help to make this balancing act work for me and my family. I count myself lucky to have such lovely people in my life. I have a good feeling about 2015- it is going to be a good year.