Sunday, December 28, 2014

Someday at Christmas

Whew.  After traveling to Owatonna and Fremont, celebrating with family and friends from all over the country, hanging out with 3 cousin dogs, and opening presents galore, the Naks are now content to be home.    The girls did pretty well in the car, adjusting to changes in routines, and sleeping in different beds.

Lots of hugs!

Cousin fun

Warm weather and sunshine in Nebraska

Throughout the trip the girls made us laugh (and sigh) with more quotes than we can remember.  Here are a few:  

Vivian when comparing her artwork:  "I'm just a little girl, so I can scribble."
Nina about her latest "sickness":  "I have open-presents-itis.  Can we open more now?"  
Vivian to Nina:  "You're my little buddy."

Keeping busy in the car

The mild weather was nice while it lasted.  We've enjoyed getting out and seeing some of the pretty decorations in the cities we've visited this month.  We're sad to see the single digits return; at least they're positive.
Beautiful lights in Omaha

The Holiday Train comes to Saint Paul

Checking out the Minneapolis Holiday Market

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Our friend, Amy, worked her magic again and got some great pictures of our semi-cooperative girls.  While they can smile on command, that doesn't ever mean that Vivian will.  They continue to love getting in the spirit of Christmas, although Pip got mad at Frank Sinatra today for taking creative liberties with Rudolph's name.  "It's NOT Rudy, it's Ru-DOLPH!"  Meanwhile, Nina keeps renaming the Elf on the Shelf.  He's been Marwin, Calvin, Speedy, and now Ry-Ry.  It's hard to predict what these two will ever come up with.


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time

The Naks are in Christmas mode and enjoying the festivities.  We've had a lot of fun listening and dancing to music, decorating our tree, looking at lights, and, of course, meeting Santa.  Vivian asked Santa for baby toys and specifically wants a rattle; Nina was honest and worried that she hadn't always been good this year.  


We were lucky to have Nana with us all week.  The girls got to spend time at the conservatory, library, make Christmas decorations, play games, and do a million other fun things.  The girls have been going through withdrawal now that she's gone and we sure are spoiled to have her come up the week daycare is closed.  


Mom and Dad got to go to The New Standard's Holiday Show

Saturday, November 29, 2014


Another Thanksgiving has come and gone and we realize we have a lot to be thankful for, including but not limited to:
  • Two healthy, special girls who love each other
  • A warm and safe place to live
  • Nina's colorful drawings of rainbows, snowmen, and people throughout the house
  • Two jobs, two working cars, and health care
  • Pip's random questions and advice from the girl who is engaged in everything
  • Clean water, good food, and sanitation
  • Laughter
  • Kind friends
  • Wonderful, loving, and supportive family

Nina made all the placemats and name tags

A toy only Grandpa would have in his living room, The Jump-olene

Pillow Fight with Kevin and Calvin

Annie gave them Elsa braids    -------     Rocking some clip-on earrings

We got out to see the tree lighting and St. Paul Holiday Market.  The girls enjoyed the professional ice skaters, the smell of roasted nuts, and Vivian liked the fireworks.  After weeks of dry snow and Pip saying, "You gotta try, Dad!" we were finally able to make a snowman.  Sadly, he only lasted a day, but they had fun anyway.  We also got to make an advent wreath at church, the girls were happy to help make a mess.