Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Christmas Dinner






Christmas 2006 in Berwyn was special in many ways. It started with Don's arrival from California a week before Christmas and concluded a visit to Longwood Gardens.

Christmas concluded with a post Christmas vist from the Nissley clan including Tom , Laura and Peter and Henry from Seattle, Eleanor from California and Peter and Connie from Washington.

Sally prepared a wonderful dinner tonight for 17 people that was topped off with a Birthday party for Leif. Leif didn't like being the center of attention.

The children- Peter, Henry, Hannah, James, Brendan and Leif continued to be perfect- even after Santa had come and gone. One of the toys was a hovercraft that flies higher than the house!

James and Brendan ran and ran until they literally couldn't stand up anymore. Little Henry held up much better- but that was because he rode " a horse on a stick".

We all had a great time!

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Christmas Preparations In Harleysville



Christmas draws near in Harleysville. We had our first snow in the new house last week, and are enjoying it. The snow and open space makes everything seem a little brighter. There's also a small hill/drainage basin in back of the house that doubles as the community sledding area.

James and Hannah are excited about Christmas. Nanny and PopPop took them to see Santa last week. Here they are...





Tonight we finished the cake for James' cub scout cake competition. He made a 'bionic booger boy' cake (from the Captain Underpants book), with soldiers firing into the mucus filled monster.

This wasn't the first culinary (or perhaps sugar?) event of the season. At the Christmas party, they both decorated gingerbread men. Hannah enjoyed the icing. James concluded that he must be god, since God made man... and he made a gingerbread man.

Lastly, I thought I'd pass on a web game that we've enjoyed this evening... You pelt the elves with snow balls- just don't hit Santa!

http://www.elfmovie.com/swf/snowball_fight/index.html

Snow Day at the Wilkes

First, I would like to thank Eric for the invitation to be apart of the official Malm Blog. I've never blogged before so I hope that I am doing so correctly.

Second, it was interesting to check out Kim's web-sit and to hear about the escapades of Hannah and James over Thanksgiving. Matt is impressed with the idea that his 'baby James' is playing with a BB gun and Maggie is wondering how big her cousins are now.

We also had a interesting Thanksgiving spend in Nashville at Linda and Steve's new house. Mom and Dad were there and what a surprise to have Uncle Duck show up! I thought Mom was going to have a heart attack, her mouth was gapping open like a fish out of water. We got to see lots of pictures of their European tour, found out that Uncle Don is a heck of a Scrabble player and brought down two cases of "Two buck Chuck" for Linda's wine cupboard. The best was going downtown to Broadway and 2nd. What a fun place and we all came back with boots for a souvenir. Buy one pair, get two free you can't beat that!

Anyway, here we are on a freezing rain day, no school and we got to sleep in and then watch a Harry Potter movie. Paul's van has been acting up again and he's complaining again about having to drive all the way to Columbus. So, my job today is to find him a new job and a truck on the internet today. I think I found a truck but I don't think I'll be able to find much in employment. Slim pick'ens out there!
School has been going great for me this year. We had a teacher/student dodgeball game to raise canned goods and money for a trip to the science center. It went super and what a lot of fun!

Well, good luck with the blog and I hope that this finds you all happy and healthy and ready to enjoy the Christmas season! Maybe we'll see you at Oglebay, West Virginia in June?! Love, Jennifer