Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Making Ice Cream

We went over to our friends house and Little N & Little M helped make ice cream!!!  It was so fun!! :-)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Thank you Tante B & Tante

Little N & Little M got mail yesterday....a present from my aunts.  Little N of course got Thomas stuff....I really honestly have to thank Tante Barbara & Tante for Little N (and Little M) love for all things train and Thomas related!!  Little M on the other hand got clothes.  He looks SO adorable in them and THANKFULLY they are long enough on him that they might last through the winter unlike some of his other clothes!!  (I keep waiting for the moment that Little M will be wearing the same size as Little N....but THANKFULLY it hasn't happened yet! However Little M is wearing clothes that Little N was wearing last winter!!) 

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas

We drove down to Fargo after the Christmas Eve service to stay with John's family.  It was a little different this year without the 4 older cousins but we still had a good time celebrating Christmas.  It was fun to watch G & S celebrate their first Christmas.  Both of John's Grandpas were around to celebrate with us. Grandpa Olson got to spend time with all his Great Grandchildren.  G & great grandpa kept on pointing at each other it was so adorable.  Little N ran and gave him a big hug and Little M had to give him kisses.  Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Eve

Every year since we've lived in Cooperstown we've had a candle light service at church.  It's one of my favorite services because of the singing, and readings.  The thing that I love the most is the Christmas caroles that we sing as we light our candles.  It's always made me happy and just a very fun way to celebrate Christmas.  This year was Little N first year holding his own candle & he did a good job with it!! 


Friday, December 24, 2010

It's Christmas Eve

Hey everyone it's Christmas Eve...time to make sure that your Christmas Tree is up, presents are under the tree and the stockings are hung with care.  Santa Claus is coming to give little boys and girls gifts (but as long as they were good and not naughty)! 

Did you know that without Baby Jesus being born we wouldn't have the traditions of getting together to celebrate with loved ones on Dec. 25?  Jesus wasn't born in the month of December....we aren't exactly sure what month he was born but the reason why we celebrate in Decemeber was because the Roman Church wanted to compete with the pagan rituals and the winter solitices was right around that time.  So we celebrate Christmas in Decemeber.  I personally think it helps break up winter time a little bit and gives you something to look forward to. 

When I lived in Japan for the year....we had tons of Santa Claus....we actually have a picture (maybe my mom has it) with some of them when my mom was visiting.  They had all the trappings of Christmas (the trees, Santa, presents) but what they were missing was the most important part of Christmas.....the GIFT and the celebration of Jesus' birth.  Jesus came down fully God and fully man as a helpless baby to save us from the curse.  He came as a helpless and defenseless baby unable to do anything for himself but be cared for by his mother Mary.  Jesus came to lift us out of the bondage of sin through the death on the cross which we celebrate on Easter.  We celebrate his birth as a celebration of life and hope. 

We give presents to each other to celebrate the gift that God gave to us in giving us his son and also in remembrance of the three wisemen (kings) gifts to Jesus - frankincense, gold & myrrh.

John 3:16 - For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Let us remember the real reason why we celebrate Christmas to celebrate Jesus birth & the wonderful gift that he has given us!

Merry Christmas!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

I'm stuck!

Little M and Little N have been having fun in a diaper box...John has been pushing them around.  Little M likes to get into the box but the last time (we got pictures of it) he got stuck with one leg out of the box and one leg in the box.  Then sadly....he fell out of the box!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Water fun & First Taste of Soda

Today was a big day for us....well in a kind of mundane sort of way.  John took a bath (and of course BOTH boys wanted to be in the water) but for the first time ever Little M stayed in the bathtub without someone (besides Little N) and actually was splashing and having a blast.  For Christmas Little N got a small thing of  grape soda (which he calls coke) and he's been BEGGING us to have his coke forever!!  So we finally caved and let him have his first taste of Soda.  He had maybe 2 inches of soda in his cup and got a straw and went to town.  Just those two inches were enough for him (THANKFULLY) and he has NO idea that he didn't have the whole can!  It was a fun day because half way through the morning we started getting fluffy snow falling down and someone was kind enough to plow our driveway tonight!!  SO sweet!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Visitors

This Sunday we had special visitors & a special guest speaker at our church.  Andrew and his family came up to visit our church and just give a sermon and an update on what was going on with their mission in Taiwan.  It was pretty fun to see them and talk with them. We divided the men and women up for Sunday school.....Andrew spoke with the men and Kris spoke with the ladies.  It was interesting to hear the questions the ladies had! We got to visit even more at the Pizza Ranch with more people from the church after Sunday School....YUMMY!!  After nap time Little N and the rest of the Larsen clan (minus Kris) climbed up John's snowfort to enjoy some sledding.  It was slightly amusing that they were outside for as long as they were (it was cold outside!)!!  Thank you for coming to visit our church and visiting us during your time in the states.
        Side note: On Friday Little N cleaned up all his toys and made beds so that his friends could stay at his house and play with him.  (We were supposed to have a play date on Friday with some friends so all day....Friday & Saturday.....Little N was bugging us about how his friends were coming over) I felt so bad for him because he was so excited to play with people on Friday and that didn't work out as planned.  So when Sunday rolled around Little N was SO excited and spent lots of time with Andy's kids (minus the time spent in bed for nap). 
  
   

Friday, December 17, 2010

Someone special has got something new

My sweet little niece is growing up so fast!  This past week she got braces on her top teeth.  She wouldn't show me so I had to tickle it out of her....after that she was fine to flash me a smile for my camera!  Please slow down my sweet I soon I won't recognize you if you keep growing up as you are!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

John's Snow fort

John has been building a HUGE snow fort with Little N.  He has finally gotten it all enclosed and is now working on the top part to make it into a fun snow hill for the boys.  Here's a picture of our fun snow fort!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Basketball

It's that time of year where we go sit on hard benches and cheer loudly for our favorite team. It's basketball season. BOTH Little N & M love going to games and watching as the ball gets passed down the court. It's just so much fun to watch them love something that I enjoy watching and cheering. Now what makes it more fun is when you know people on the team. I know a bunch of people on the GCC boy basketball team but I really know two boys and that who we come to cheer on. This was a VERY fun game to watch it was a nail biter and so much back and forth in the score. In the end the Cougars lost by two points but boy did those boys play hard!!




Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sunday School Christmas Program

This is probably one of my favorite Sundays of the year!  I love watching the kids sing Christmas songs tell the Christmas story and just watch how the kids share the message of Jesus' birth in a manger. 



Saturday, December 11, 2010

Erickson Christmas

Merry Christmas!  We got together with John's mom's extended family to celebrate Christmas together.  We weren't exactly sure if we were gonna be all together because a HUGE snowstorm hit the Twin Cities area.  We kind of figured lots of family members wouldn't be able to make it.  Thankfully almost all of the relatives could come.  There was a big game going on that most the boys watched (no idea who it was really didn't care....I think it was NDSU against some other team) and lots of visiting going around.   Santa Claus came to visit us and he handed out Soda (pop) for the little kids and Jeff was the lucky adult who got toilet paper.  Little N was SO excited to sit on Santa's lap and just beamed!!  Little M on the other hand SCREAMED bloody murder (which is kind of unlike him)!  It was a great time and wonderful to get together with family to celebrate Christmas and hear the Christmas message!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Olson Christmas

So we have now started our Christmas celebrations!  We start with Olson Christmas....four of the eight cousins won't be around for Christmas so we wanted to celebrate Christmas with everyone so we decided to do Christmas today.  It was tons of fun watching all the cousins play together.  It will be fun to watch and see how they all will interact as they get older.  Little N likes to play with the older kids and is particular smittened with his oldest boy cousin Kale.  My favorite part of Christmas is getting together with everyone and the reading of the Christmas story.  Even if you hear it EVERY single day in December there is always something special about the story of Jesus' birth.  Can you even imagine traveling on foot when you are 9 months pregnant and then giving birth in a stable?  Nope....neither can I but Mary did it!  

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Warm days, snowball fights & snow forts

Today was a gorgeous day...the weather was okay for playing outside so John bundled (with my help) Little N up to play outside.  Then John came back inside and said you guys can come out to and we'll have a snowball fight.  So I bundled up Little M to take him outside for his first taste of playing in the snow.  Little M LOVED it.....he walked in the snow, made a snow angel, crawled in the snow and watched as daddy worked on making our GIANT snow fort.  Little N and I got into a snowball fight.....not sure why EVERYONE threw snow at me.  Little N threw snow at me the WHOLE time I was outside (but never daddy.....hmmmm wonder why that is!) then John threw snow at me too.  Then John almost threw me into the snow.....thankfully both Little M and Little N convinced him not to!!  It was so much fun and such perfect weather!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Are you a reader?

• Bold those books you've read in their entirety.

• Italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read only an excerpt.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien (2 or 3 times)
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter Series - JK Rowling (3 or 4 times)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee (2 times)
6 The Bible (at least 2 times)
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 The Road – Cormack McCarthy
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Eat, Pray, Love (started it and couldn't finish it.....movie was hard to watch too!)
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis (have to reread them....don't remember them all)
34 Emma -Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Inferno - Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - E.B. White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Monday, December 6, 2010

Decorating the Christmas Tree

Since John gave me my Christmas tree (almost 3 years ago now) I have decorated my tree the way I wanted it to be decorated.  This year was the first year that Little N showed interest in wanting to decorate a Christmas tree.  He unwrapped all the ornaments and he began to place them on the tree.  As he was openning them he would stare and say Ohhh....mommy this one is really pretty!  At the end of the time decorating he came up to me and gave me a huge hug and said Thank you mommy for letting me decorate the tree it was SO much fun!  Then just sat back and stared at the tree.  Also every morning he has to plus in the Christmas tree.  He is such a wonderful little boy!!


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