Saturday, December 20, 2014

Swimming with Santa

When we heard about this activity the first thing I thought of was, "what will Santa be wearing in the water?" I really assumed it would be a Santa speedo of sorts with a snorkel, so I couldn't help it when I laughed out loud to see him in his FULL red velvety suit and a whole oxygen tank on his back!
He did have his own facial hair so I was confused as to why he wore the fake hair too because it just kept falling off but Liv didn't seem to notice!
 Not only that but his two elf helpers were in their full get up too! Definitely the most random moment of the holiday season so far. Liv was hesitant of this aquatic Santa but with Noah's help she did go meet him and agreed to a pic. Noah was brave and took an underwater picture! 
Then they got to swim for awhile which is just pretty cool to do in the winter. 
We will definitely be coming back here as I just learned of this community indoor pool and it has free family swim days and mommy and me classes. I don't know how I didn't know about this place!

Friday, December 19, 2014

An Update on Sparkles....

Here is a follow up on the missions Sparkle McGlitter has brought us each day to help him spread Christmas cheer through giving and serving others!
Day 1--We found him in a stocking and the mission was to shop for a child in need through OK foster wishes. We went with Noah to pick out some clothes and toys on the child's list and it was tough to explain what a foster child was to Olivia but definitely created some great conversations.
Day 2--Sparkles was on the dining table with a mission to send the shut-ins from our church some cards. (Liv kept referring to them as "shut downs" which might also be accurate) She wrote their name herself on the cards and really enjoyed this activity. One lady even called me this week to thank us for remembering her.

Day 3--The sneaky elf was hiding in the pantry with the canned foods and a mission to donate to our church's food pantry. We bought some canned goods and took them to church with us Sunday.
Day 4--The princesses had joined Sparkles for a picnic and a note to help with unloading of the dishwasher.
Day 5--He was easily found at breakfast with all the things needed to send cards to family and friends. I was surprised how many cards she actually signed her name and drew pictures on but she really likes to do that!

Day 6--The elf on the shelf was actually on a shelf that day and we baked lots of holiday treats to hand out to others throughout the month

Our traditional peppermint cookies didn't want to spread this year for some reason. They sure aren't pretty but the pink icing hides a multitude of sins and luckily they are still delicious!
Day 7--Sparkles was extra crafty and crammed himself in a utensil drawer with a mission for us to serve a meal with our small group at the Ronald McDonald house. (Kids actually aren't allowed in the kitchen there but she had fun playing with friends while the adults served!)


Day 8--We perused the World Vision and Compassion catalogs to find ways we can help give to others in nations of poverty. Liv decided she wanted to help sponsor a well for a family so they'd have clean water access.
Day 9--Sparkles was in the fridge with a note to give treats to our neighbors. Thankfully we'd already done the baking so Liv just put a few in a baggie with a note attached from her. We ran door to door and even met some new people! Then a few days later they brought us some homemade bread!
Day 10--Sparkles hid with a present and a note to shop for mommy a gift and wrap it. Ryan took her out and I assume got one ;)
Day 11--Sparkles hid in the lamp with a mission to "Light" up someone's day by giving out as many smiles as you can.
Day 12--Sparkles was hanging from the garland and we got to think of a gift for daddy from Olivia. She came up with a good gift but I can't share it here yet, it'd ruin the surprise!
Day 13--Sparkles had a great mission for us to go experience the life of a child from a 3rd world country through the Compassion Van at a church in our city. It was an interactive tour led by audio headphones that let you hear and see what life is like for many other people across the world and how we can help them and share God's love.
I didn't get pics of us accepting the challenges every day, but at least I got a few. Stay tuned for more ways Sparkles challenged us to give this month....

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Breakfast with Santa

I'm so far behind on posting but work has been crazy the past 2 weeks and I seriously go to bed at the same time my 5 year old does right now. No complaints though, I like my sleep! Hopefully I can get caught up on the blog over the next few days before we head out to Idaho! 
Anyway the OKCMB and Dunlap Codding hosted a breakfast with Santa a few weekends ago. It's nice for Liv to be at an age where she isn't terrified of the guy in the red suit! We've seen him a few places this season and the main thing she tells him she wants is a princess camera that really works. 
I asked her that morning if she wanted to wear a Christmas shirt and she replied that she really wanted to make sure Santa knew she was gonna be a big sister. Such a sweet girl...I hope she stays that excited! 
Besides yummy food there were crafts and coloring. Then Liv and I headed to Edmond for Todd's Toolman birthday. We managed to build a toy lawnmower without hammering anyone's thumb!  
And then I got to snuggle one of Haven's first friends, Felicity. There were 2 baby girls born last month at our church and 2 more girls on the way in the spring!  

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Book Review



I think this is the last review for 2014! Another great year of great books!

The Next Time You See Me. So this book was really perplexing to me because I thought it was so well written and there was great character development and I related to the small town drama (even though I've never discovered a dead body in the small town I grew up in) but it just ended.....there were so many loose ends and I don't mind ending a book leaving a little bit up in the air but I felt like the author just literally gave up or ran out of steam or something. So I don't recommend it unless she offers an alernate ending and I give it a 6 but it could've been much higher....


The Witch of Blackbird Pond. It's autumn and Ryan's sister reads this book every autumn and I thought I'd join in the tradition once again and was not disappointed. You'd think after reading it this many times I'd remember it pretty well but I actually kind of forget what happens every time I read it. That doesn't speak well for my memory, but it is what it is. I think it would be a great movie but I had a hard time casting it in my head. (Laura, who would you cast?)

The Husbands Secret. A wife finds a note from her husband that says "to be read after I've died" and guess what....he isn't dead yet. The big secret inside is what the whole book is about and how it affects the various characters in the tale. I really like this author's writing, she keeps you interested, has short intriguing chapters, and great character development. She also wrote What Alice Forgot that I enjoyed. My only complaint is that it's a bit unbelieveable in my opinion but I still read it super fast! I give it an 8.5.

Children of the Day. I think it's no secret that I enjoy all of her Bible studies and this one on Thessolonians that our ladies class did was no exception! I probably say the same thing every time I review one of her studies so I'll keep it short and just say try it....you'll like it!

I MIGHT get another book read over Christmas vacation, but we'll see. I always like to spend the end of the year reading my fav with my bud Holden. I've already written my "Best of 2014 books" list for OKCMB (so I hope I don't read anything life changing or I'll have to alter my list!) so be on the lookout for that post and link! What are you reading?

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Little Gymnast that Could

Olivia has been taking gymnastics once a week since September and she is really loving it. I haven't posted pictures until now because the parents aren't allowed to go out on the floor during class. We sit in a little waiting room with some windows that allow you to see very little of what's going on, but enough that I watch occasionally when I can spot her out there. This week however was family night so we finally got to walk around with them to all the events and take as many pictures as we like!
It was really fun to see all the activities they do and the skills they have learned. They split the group into smaller groups after the big warm up session. The "big kids" are having practice at the same time too and it's fun for the little ones to see what they'll be able to do if they keep working hard! 
It makes me dizzy just to watch her!
Liv is really into speed and not so much technique. She is strong and fearless and has great balance (despite how clumsy she is in everyday life!). She flips on the bar as many times as possible and she dives head first into the foam pit with no caution. I don't think anyone watching her would be surprised to know the daredevil has broken her arm twice!
She loves that she is in the same class as her friend Elle (and it's nice for me too so I have a mommy friend to chat with during her class!)

I'm really impressed with the teachers and curriculum they use at Metro and I highly recommend it to others!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Holidog

Deck the halls with boughs of Charlie

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

The Bump: 26 weeks and she has a name!

I'm 26 weeks tomorrow and still feeling good. Let the third tri-mester begin! I will admit the back pain and indigestion have been getting worse, but overall I still feel well enough to work and work out so I'm thankful for that. (The people watching my belly bump groove in zumba may not be thankful though!) Now if I have the energy level to do anything after I work or work out is a different story! I have been known to fall asleep early or during Olivia's bed time stories and wake up so completely disoriented not knowing what day or time it is. 
After a bit of deliberation we finally settled on a name: Haven Ruth Isenberg. Haven is just a name I love and also happens to be my favorite female author, Haven Kimmel. Ruth is after Ryan's grandmother. And Isenberg....is our last name :) Ryan wasn't sold on the first name for awhile but he's a good husband and let me win that battle. I think it's growing on him. Olivia was not too thrilled that we didn't choose Rosa or Henrietta, but she has actually started calling her Haven now so I count that as a win. 
My pregnancy agoraphobia has gotten better, but I would still rather be at home than around people. Sorry people. We will get to schedule my due date next month which seems pretty crazy to have a date set in stone, but I'm excited! I already have all my doctors appts scheduled for the rest of the pregnancy which seems so fast! I had my glucose test yesterday, and thank goodness I passed. Call me crazy, but I kinda like the way that glucola tastes!
Charlie likes to snuggle the bump. She did with Olivia too!
This was my belly on Thanksgiving. I was most thankful I got to wear maternity pants during that big meal....for more than one reason of course! 
(Comparison shot of Liv at 27 weeks)
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