Sunday, December 27, 2009

A New Car

December 2nd, Kevin and I were on our way to Farm and Fleet around 4:45pm, and we were waiting for the traffic to go so we could get into the turn lane. We started to get in the turn lane when someone from behind us slammed into the side of our van, pushing us into the lane next to us hitting another car. The car that initially hit us sort of drove up our side door and got up on two wheels before righting itself. It was very scary, and our poor 1998 van was totaled. Thankfully no one was hurt.

So besides the Watts gathering, Christmas preparations, gift buying, etc, we got to begin looking for a new car. We drove everything out there that we thought we might like. We wanted to be thorough and get the car we really wanted. After looking and driving 5 cars, we decided on the Ford Fusion. It is a nice sedan, but with a little sporty feel. It's got a few more features then we really wanted or needed, but it was a great deal, and had the features we did want. They didn't have one at our dealer, so they were going to bring it up from a place down by Des Moines. We picked it up Tuesday the 22nd. A storm was coming, so we hurried home through snow drifed roads, and parked the car in the garage.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Break


Both kids are home from college and Kevin and I are off of work. Today was the quietest day though. Kris went to church with Melinda and her family and then headed out of town to spend the day with her extended family for a Christmas gathering. Kevin and Allison headed up to Minnesota for a couple of days to do a little shopping and visit with the Kraig Watts family. So today, I woke up to beautiful snow falling, and if I knew I didn't have to snow blow it, I would have enjoyed it a lot more. I read the paper, drank my coffee, and considered going to the late service. I shouldn't have waited, the snow was coming down heavy, and the drive needed done before I could get out. There was no way I could get it done and make it to church in time. So I hunkered down, and had a quiet morning.
I know I shouldn't have cleaned house on a Sunday, but I did, and it looks nice, now I won't have to worry about it for a few days. I'll have the kids help me do a quick clean later in the week so we can enjoy Christmas in a clean house. I got 5 loads of laundry done (the kids brought theirs home). I didn't get out to the driveway until 3:30, and then after it was cleared, I went to the grocery store.
Our Sunday night small group would be at our house at 5:30. I picked up a few things we would need for the next couple of days and for tonight, and hurried home. I sat the table, and put out hors d'oeuvres. One of our members was bringing a pot of soup and rolls, another a salad, and yet another dessert. It was such a nice night, we don't usually meet for dinner, but tonight was a non lesson night. Alli Rodgers, a christian singer, was preforming at a local church and some of the group were going to attend.
I talked with Kevin tonight, and he and Allison are having a good time. They, along with our niece went to the Mall of America and did some shopping, they will head home tomorrow after stopping at Ikea.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Official Storm Total

Our official storm total is 14.5 inches of snow. W0w!

There are huge heavily c0mpacted drifts everywhere!

An0ther sn0w day t0day.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Blizzard December 2009

Our first major storm of the season, and it's a blizzard! We don't have an exact snow fall amount yet, but somewhere between 12 -15 inches is what we are estimating. So far we have shoveled/snowblowed 6 times. At least the snow has now stopped, but the winds have picked up!

The storm began yesterday and really got heavy towards nightfall. School was called off last night around 8:00. Yeah, snow day!

Last night after about 5 inches of snow...




















Today, the wind started blowing, and we have drifting everywhere! I think the snow hanging down over the roof is really cool!

Ugly Sweater Contest



Tara won hands down! A bird on her shoulder no less!

















Lynette was our runner up.
Look at that beautiful ensemble!












participants...

Watts Christmas Bash 2009

Monday after Thanksgiving, I dragged box after box of Christmas things into the house to warm up so I could decorate later in the week. Kevin and I finished up all the trim in Kris's room, and we started preparing for the next round of holiday cheer. One short week after Thanksgiving, the Watts family arrived. We had tons of food, lots of laughter, and really had a good time visiting. Almost everyone stayed in the same hotel in Waterloo, so on Saturday we went there, and most of the younger people swam and had a good time while us "old" folks just sat around in the warm pool area and visited. Watts were the only people in the pool area that night, I think we scared off anyone who might of wanted to go swimming.

We got to celebrate Garrett's 14th birthday while everyone was there, we got an ice cream cake from DQ. :-)

I think Kevin and I have a new record for guests there were 31 of us here!

Thanksgiving '09

What a busy week we had! My mom arrived Friday afternoon. I took a couple of hours off to have lunch with her and visit with my sister before she headed on to Ames to pick up her son Travis. Kris and Allison came home Saturday. We had friends over almost every day, and significant others as well. We routinely had 8 around the dinner table. Games were played, food was cooked, and puzzles were put together. We got two put together over the week everyone was here. Kris and Melinda started theirs first, and we almost were done with it when Allison and Emmy picked up a new one. We stayed up late working on the new one (the one on the right) and when we finally went to bed, I dreamed about puzzle pieces!