Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Posted by Krista Layman at 4:09 PM
Sunday, December 28, 2008
We had a wonderful time celebrating the rest of Christmas with Grandma...and Seth has been super busy playing with all his new toys. The ice is finally gone and we even had a 60 degree day on Saturday...Indiana weather is INSANE!
And now...we're in Chicago having more fun with my parents and my brother's family. It's been a great 1st day...going to the Rainforest Cafe...visiting Navy Pier...swimming in the hotel! And tomorrow...we tackle a giant Winter Wonderland kid-fest. It's sure to be a crazy day.
I have a few pics...but will have to load them later. Seth is so excited to be with his cousins...and in fact...he and Lucas are attempting to sleep together in the same bed...we'll see if that works out when I head back upstairs.
More from the Windy City later...
Posted by Krista Layman at 10:40 PM
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Making trash out of all the wrapping paper w/ Lucas's new bulldozer for Seth to pick up with his new trash truck
Posted by Krista Layman at 11:45 AM
Monday, December 22, 2008
Posted by Krista Layman at 9:17 PM
Friday, December 19, 2008
Well...it's a bonus day added to Christmas break! We've been hit by a pretty nasty ice storm and everything is shut down. As much fun as it is to have a snow day...I feel bad for all the little ones missing out on their school Christmas parties...Seth said he'll just have to celebrate Jesus' birthday later. Me...I was planning on finishing my shopping while Seth was in school...not today!
Posted by Krista Layman at 9:35 AM
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Posted by Krista Layman at 8:59 PM
Posted by Krista Layman at 8:50 PM
Monday, December 15, 2008
I still have to admit to be failing miserably at keeping up w/ my postings. I've been feeling better...but still am WAY tired. Most nights I am anxiously wanting to jump into bed at 8:30. I've had a few boughts w/ the nauseousness...but it's much better. We go to the doctor again on Wednesday...I'm anxious again to hear what he has to say.
So...here it goes...summing up another week in the life of the Laymans.
--Decorating the Christmas tree: Early last week we decorated the live tree...it's a beautiful tree full of tons of ornaments w/ lots of memories. It was bittersweet to hang up Kate's...but those will always have a special place in our hearts. Seth our little decorator is loved hanging up the ornaments...and who cares that there are 10 on the same branch!!
--Making Christmas cookies: Seth and I have been busy little bakers...baking up about 6 varieties of Christmas cookies. I've cut back...a few years ago I made like 16 varieties and sold Christmas platters....not this year. Seth LOVES baking (or should I say licking and snacking) He really is a pretty good helper. Fun memories we are building.
--I had my December scrap night. We had a small gift exchange and lots of great chatting. I finished the Disney album and worked some on Seth's 1 year old album. I've got a serious deadline now...I must get caught up w/ Seth before July...I MUST!
--Grandma came to town and spent the night. She and Seth had a date day and went to the movies and dinner. Andy and I were supposed to spend the day shopping...but after lunch I was feeling pretty nauseous...so we came back for a nap. We did get a little shopping done later that evening...but definitely didn't cross everything off of our list like I had hoped.
--Grandma spent the night and we went to our church's Christmas Celebration...it's amazing. They bring in some of our local philharmonic...and the songs they sing are incredible. What a celebration of the birth of Christ.
--Sunday marked a year since we lost Pampa. It was good to all be together....we all commented on how we can't believe how fast the year has gone. We miss Pampa dearly...but celebrate his painfree eternal home!
--We celebrated Nana's birthday! We love you Nana! And...she even brought dinner to her own little celebration...how awesome is that!
--I spoke to a 2nd grade class about Kate's Kart. They were so interested in everything about Kate and had awesome questions. Their class is bringing in books and money to support us. Actually...I can't wait to report on all the groups doing something special for us for the holidays.
--The boys went shopping tonight on their own. Andy had Seth pick out gifts totally on his own...I can't wait to see what he picked for me! I may have to do some peeking before Christmas!!
Posted by Krista Layman at 9:25 PM
Monday, December 8, 2008
It was a beautiful tribute...but yet...again something you just don't ever imagine seeing.
It's been weird decorating for Christmas...we tend to think back a ton to last year. We were so anxiously awaiting her surgery that we were convinced was going to fix her, get her out of heart failure and bring her home. We were back and forth countless times from Michigan...w/ Seth, w/out Seth...me home...Andy here...me there. Thinking back...I wonder how we ever did it.
But the decorations came out...and with them:
Her stocking: what to do with it? I splurged and bought Pottery Barn stockings last year that I absolutely love. Seth made the decision for us...he was insistent on hanging it up. (I think he thinks he'll get any candy/toys that appear in it. ) I'm not sure what we'll do come Christmas morning...we'll have to think of something clever and meaningful.
And...her tree: Both Seth and Kate had little trees that were in their rooms...decorated w/ the ornaments they get each year from grandparents and us. I put her tree downstairs in the family room...and am only decorating it w/ angel ornaments. My mom has given me several, we got one from the hospital... and each year...I'll just keep adding more little angels. It's been a good healing process for me. It's her little angel tree.
I also made her a little pink wreath for her tombstone. It just feels good for me to keep making things for her...I guess that's why Kate's Kart has been so therapeutic for me.
So...there's been some sadness the past few weeks. This coming weekend marks a year since Pampa died...and a year of knowing the surgery wasn't a success and she probably wasn't going to make it. I really can't believe it's been a year. For me...in some ways it scares me how fast the year went..cause I know w/ time the memories will fade. As much as they hurt...I really don't want those memories to be gone....I don't want them to fade.
Posted by Krista Layman at 10:42 PM
Okay...so maybe one of these days I'll actually get a post in on a weekend.
Seth loves to slide down the slide in the snow. He is very eager this year to play in the snow...no matter how freezing cold it is!
Posted by Krista Layman at 10:20 PM
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Not much to report. I've been feeling better this week...not quite SO nauseous....but I am still so stinkin' tired. I can barely stay awake during Seth's bedtime video...it's crazy. I feel so behind in all my "chores" cause normally, I'm up all night doing it...but now...I'm in bed w/ Seth. Hopefully it won't be long before I get my second wind!
It's been a fast week...can't believe tomorrow is Friday already. It's been a pretty exciting week w/ Kate's Kart as we have had several organizations contact us in regard to doing Kate's Kart as a fundraiser. Guess I better get out to that storage shed and get it organized!
I'm exhausted...going to bed. Blessings for your weekend!
Posted by Krista Layman at 9:49 PM
Monday, December 1, 2008
The rest of the weekend just flew by.
I know it needs a topper...if anyone ever sees a Charlie Brown tree topper...I'll buy it from ya!
Posted by Krista Layman at 11:51 PM
Oompa carving one of the yummy turkeys!
Posted by Krista Layman at 11:41 PM
Posted by Krista Layman at 11:24 PM
So...the question of the night....to divide a week's worth of activities into different posts....or do one megapost? I've finally got some free time...Seth is wide awake...AGAIN...due to a 25 minute nap this afternoon after having woken up for the day at 5! Plus...I'm feeling okay tonight...so now is the time to get caught up! Hmmmm? I think I'll go w/ separate posts...just to separate it for the future when I look back....where did I leave off?
Oh yeah...Seth's preschool Thanksgiving feast...a week ago.
Well...compared to last year...he did participate a tad bit more. He still wasn't the superstar of the group...but there was a little movement. I asked him why he didn't sing....his response: "There were too many people I didn't know!" It was cute. He made me laugh...totally preoccupied with his buddy next to him...and his sleeves. (okay, I'm already fighting w/ blogger and can't get the video uploaded...sorry....just imagine a little guy...constantly looking at his buddy next to him while constantly pushing up his sleeves...with a really quirky grin.)
After the singing we all went to the gym for vegetable soup and pumpkin muffins...made by the preschoolers. Grandma came up for the feast...it was great to have her with us!
Doesn't he just look thrilled to be here? If I recall...it was either a very late night or a very early morning.
Posted by Krista Layman at 10:50 PM