Sunday, December 23, 2007

A visit to see Santa

Kayla was so excited to see Santa and sit on his lap. We asked her what she is going to tell Santa, and what she wants for Christmas and she replied "Grammy and Grandpa!" When the time came for the kids turn to sit on Santa's lap, Kayla was excited, yet a bit shy and apprehensive. I think her face says it all. I love this picture. Merry Christmas!!

Worlds LARGEST Christmas store

Yesterday, we ventured to Frankenmuth, Michigan (about an hour and 15 minute drive) to enjoy some good holiday fun. This is the city that resides the largest Christmas store in the world, and believe me, if you are looking for ANY kind of ornament you are sure to find it there. We had a great time exploring and the kids loved seeing all the fun Christmas things and lights. We are so excited for Christmas at the Skousen household.


Can you believe it? We actually went sledding in MICHIGAN. There is one lonesome hill very close by us. Last Sunday it snowed a lot and we took advantage of it and decided to buy a saucer and slide down the slope. Unfortunately, the snow is now almost gone. We are hoping for a big snow storm for Christmas.

My handsome little snowman!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Toe Socks

Kayla has had these stockings for three winters (and this is her third winter of her life). Well, I had to laugh because a few days ago we were at Eliza and Camille's house (our really good friends here) and Kayla ran over to me and said, "MOM! Look! My toe is saying HI!" It was so cute how she said it, and now she always wants to wear her "toe socks" when we get all bundled up. I love our cute little Kayla.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Christmas Tree

It is about time that I put some pictures up of our Christmas tree. This year we went to a Christmas tree farm to cut one down, but I think we picked the wrong day because it was FRIGID!!!! It was very windy and when Isaiah began to cry because of the cold, I swear his tears froze instantly to his face. After searching for a Christmas tree for about 10 minutes Joe and I decided that it was WAY too cold and the kids had had enough. So as we were heading back to the car, Joe and I both spotted a good looking tree from a distance and decided we would cut it down. We didn't even look at the price tag, which might have been better on our life savings, but it was well worth the money to quickly get back to warmth.

Get Better Sandy!

From the first Sunday we moved here to Ann Arbor, Sandy has always LOVED Kayla. She has become Kayla and Isaiah's adopted Grandma. When we first moved here, she was just getting over a hard battle of cancer. About a year ago she was cancer free. Sadly to say, she was diagnosed yet again just a few weeks ago. A few days ago Kayla made this bouquet of her hands cut out with all different colors of paper to look like flowers. We also printed the kids pictures out and glued them to two of the hands. Kayla was so excited to visit her at the hospital and give her the "hand flowers". So here's to Sandy that she can battle this cancer again!!! We love you!

Monday, December 3, 2007

Potty talk!

Any mom out there can understand that during the day when you gotta use the bathroom it isn't the most private time. Kayla wants to look in the mirror and see how pretty she is, and Isaiah wants to put toilet paper in the toilet while I am using the toilet. So, to solve this dilemma, Joe put a child proof door knob on the door so the kids won't play in the toilet and walk in while others are using the bathroom.

We have been trying to potty train Kayla little by little and when we sit her on the potty we tell her encouraging things like: "You can do it!" or "You are doing great!" or we even say "Push!".

Well, today I had a funny experience. I went to the bathroom, shut the door, and a second later I heard a knock on the door. The conversation went as follows:

Kayla: Mom, what are you doing?
Me: Just using the potty, I'll be out in a second.
Kayla: Do you need help?
Me: No, I'll be out soon.
Kayla: Mommy, you can do it!!
Me: Thanks Kayla ( I said with a laugh)

Then I heard Kayla say, "Mommy, PUSH!! Good job, you are a big girl!"

I just had to laugh. The joys of raising a 2 year old. I love it!