Friday, January 18, 2008

Catching up

I'm back blogger world! Sorry for my absence. I have been so busy lately. Christmas was a blur. We travelled so much. We had 6 Christmas celebrations, which is always, but stressful. We went to Aunt Sussy's a few days before. We had Wayne and my mom over to our house for our traditional clam chowder Christmas....Home made...YUMMY! We spent Christmas Eve dinner with Josh's mom's family. Then Christmas day, we had our own morning celebration and also sang Happy Birthday to Mara. We then drove to Bloomington for Christmas at my mom's parents' house. In the afternoon, we headed back to Indy for dinner at Josh's dad's parents' house. Did you catch all that? A few days later, we headed to Northern Illinois for my grandma's burial. Did I mention we were busy?

Lately I have been so busy at work, too. We had customers in all week long, so I spent a lot of time preparing for them and trying to catch up on urgent email when I wasn't doing something with them. I'm so glad it's the weekend!

Anyway, I thought I'd post a couple of pictures since we finally got a new camera!!!

The day of my grandma's funeral (right before), I got to go with our friends Amanda (my best friend from high school) and Jamison to their ultrasound. They're having a girl!!!! It was such a great thing for me to witness. It was a beautiful thing for me to see that little life on the screen!

Mara loves a good piggy back ride. This was Christmas Day. It's ridiculous to see the disaster that was my house!

Mara enjoying Daddy's back!

Christmas was a good time to get together with family. This is Mara with Josh's brother, Danny, and sister, Rachel.

This was Mara's birthday cake that we had at our friends' house on New Years Eve. She was excited to see more Dora, as she had received a Dora kitchen set for Christmas from Grandma and Grandpa Brunk.

This was the whole layout. Each setting had its own maracas, too. Too cute!

She especially loved singing Happy Birthday to herself. In fact, on Christmas night, she fell asleep in my arms singing, "Happy Birthday dear Mara."

Amanda and Jamison have a little Beagle named Porthos. For Mara's birthday, they gave her a stuffed beagle-like puppy. When she opened it, she yelled, "Porthos!" and put him on the ground, pushed his behind and said, "Run! Run!" It was cute that she thought he was real! Here is Mara with both fake and real Porthos.

The Kuroiwas either right before or right after midnight. Happy New Year!

This is Mara the other day. She was so tired, she fell asleep standing up against the ottoman.

My sweet little girl.

One last one of Mara snuggling her Porthos.


The Horn Family said...

I'm glad to see you had a great Christmas and Mara's birthday went well.

Peifer Family said...

You had one busy Christmas! I'm glad to see your back to blogging! See you on Saturday!

Mike & Sam Berry said...

Cute picture of Mara! Hopefully life is starting to slow down for ya. Holidays are so much fun, but yet so busy and stressful. Glad ya made all your trips safetly though!

Pearce Family said...

I'm adding you to my blogging friends.. Hope you're still doing good!!!

Peifer Family said...

I love the new blog look! Hey, thanks again for the fun class on Saturday! I just noticed that it was your birthday on Saturday also! So, here is a belated Happy Birthday! I hope you guys are all feeling better and I hope you are coming to the activity on Saturday starts at 6:30 @the church! See ya later!

Mindy said...

Glad you are back!
The holidays are nice, but it's nice when they are over, too.
I loved your pictures! Mara is such a beautiful little girl. I have a few pictures of my kids falling asleep standing up, or in the high chair, or somewhere other than thier beds. SO cute.
Happy belated Birthday!

Jerry and Stef said...

Mara is beautiful! Congratulations on surviving the first two years of parenthood! Isn't it fun? It has got to be the best job I've ever had. It's great to see you have a blog. It's a lot of fun seeing what everyone is up to. Take care!

Ghost Girl said...

Wow! I can't believe how fast she is growing! And is that really Amanda! Next time you talk to her, tell her ol' Mrs. Scott says hello.

Jen said...

Just found your blog linked to Amanda and Jamison's and thought I'd say hey! What a beautiful family you have - Mara is darling! Since staying in touch has proven so difficult, I am glad we can be blogging buddies!