Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Christmas and the New Year

Well Christmas has come and gone and sorry if you were looking for a Christmas letter from us, you can stop checking the mail. I don't even know when I would have had time to write or go to the post office to mail them. So here is the low down on our Christmas.

When we last left we were having our snow day- which all of us enjoyed a lot. We watched movies and just hung out all day. The next day I had a game, uncle Kurt had a game, and Chad had a game. We lost our game 15-16, I think uncle Kurt won, and I know that Chad got his butt kicked. The Chapman's were also around that weekend, so we hung out with them.

Monday evening we headed up to Germantown to spend a few days with the Janetzke clan. Everyone was there and we had some good laughs. We spent the days playing Wii, cards, and watching movies. We also took some time to decorate Christmas cookies.Chad, Kathy, Scott, and myself even managed to leave for a little while to run some errands and get something to eat. Tuesday Chad's practiced got canceled and so we just got to hang out more. Christmas Eve was playing in the snow, while the boys shoveled and broke the ice off of the driveway. We went to church and then came home to open presents. The Janetzke family got their own Wii and I wish I would have had my video on for the camera to capture the reaction of Kurt and Ben. We went home Christmas Eve night.

Christmas morning was church and then we came home to open the presents from Santa (meaning what we bought for the girls). The Chapmans arrived later in the morning and then we just hung out and played until we headed over to my aunt and uncle's house. We had a good time just hanging out, playing games, watching movies, and the kids played hide and seek for like 2 hours.

The weekend came and we headed out to the indoor waterpark for the weekend. We went out on Saturday night and stayed. The Pownell family and Chapman family stayed too. My brother and his family came up for the day on Sunday and we all had lots of fun at the pool. Chad even got to watch the Lions game (they were playing the Packers), but was not happy with the outcome that whole 0-16 is just hard to take.

The next few days were filled with basketball practice, watching movies, hanging out with Jana, Mike and Nolan. New Year's Eve came and went. I don't think I made it to midnight, but it was pretty close. We even managed to watch a movie (Iron Man- I actually liked it). Jana and Mike went home on New Year's Day and left Nolan here. Jana had to work the weekend and Mike was off to Minnesota for the Vikings playoff game. So the girls enjoyed "babysitting" Nolan over the weekend. We had another little guy with us on Friday. Eli ( Nic and Ashley's son) spent some of the day with us while mom and dad went to look at a few houses. Sunday we were out to Germantown to drop Emma off because I had to be the helper in Maddie's class on Monday.

Maddie was more then ready to go back to school. On Sunday all she could talk about was going to school. I am glad that she still enjoys going. We had fun at school and then we enjoyed a quieter afternoon with Emma still at Grandma J's. It was back to basketball practice for me yesterday and it is going to be a long next few weeks. Like the fact that I just got the bracket for a tournament we are playing in next weekend. The tournament happens to be the Our Redeemer tournament (which is where Maddie goes to school)- which we are playing the home team in the first round which if anybody knows that means that they know they can win and want to advance to the winners side.

Today was more basketball. Chad had a game, we watched a little of the JV game and then Chad took the girls home while my dad and I went to my cousin's game. Chad won by 18- they were down by 10 at half and finally woke up after half time. My cousin wasn't as successful, but maybe one of these times when I watch her she will win.

The rest of the week is pretty routine- Chad gets to take Maddie to school tomorrow because he is doing Chapel for Our Redeemer, so that will be nice to not have to get her out of the house. Chad is getting ready for finals- not liking that finals are after break after being used to finals before break. We are just getting back into the routine and will hopefully be back into it soon.

Happy Epiphany and New Year!!!!