Christmas is finally over

We had our last 2 Christmas gatherings finally.  On Saturday we met at the Kowerko’s in Bloomington for the Peterson side of Christmas.  Was a great time.  Food, movies and some presents.  The kids had a fun time chasing each other through the basement and doing what kids do.  The adults did a “gift card exchange” so that was fun and easy.  We ended up getting Pizza Hut and The Buckle as our gift cards.  Perfect, since our kids love Pizza Hut.

Sunday was supposed to be the Friedrich Christmas but Joel and Ashley changed those plans.  They had little Morgan Peterson on Sunday morning!  So we moved back xmas to Monday night instead.  Friedrichs as fun as well though our kids were a tad crazy that late at night.  Drew got some “spy” walkie talkies and was loving those.  Lissy got a new camera that she loved too.  I got a sweet Cardinals blanket made by hand by Brooke!  Awesome.

So Christmas is over.  A big thanks to everyone who hosted Christmas, thanks to those who got us gifts, and a special thanks to my family for putting up with me over my work vacation  🙂  Back to work I go – soon.

Is it really Monday again?

The weekend is over again and it’s Monday all over again.  We had a very nice weekend.  Friday night, Sarah and I had a nice date night.  Thanks to the Knuppel grandparents for watching the kiddos.  We went out to Friday’s (quickly becoming our favorite eating spot) to eat and then to Grand Prairie to shop… Yipeeee… I did get to go to Best Buy so that was good.

Saturday was my big day to hang with the kids.  Sarah had an open house event that she was invited to for Tastefully Simple from 8 am til 4 pm.  So me with the 3 kids – all day!  Yikes!  Luckily for me, Bryce did not sleep well all night.  This sucked for Sarah who dealt with Bryce during the night – but for me it meant Bryce slept in until 11:30 AM!  I actually needed it because I ended up getting paged for work like 3 times in the morning.  Poor kids didn’t get to play with daddy, yet.  Finally around noon I got to play with them.  Playing in their book means dancing around the basement, chasing each other, wrestling, and me laying down with my hands out while they jump over me.  Fun times  🙂

Sarah got home a little earlier than expected since she had ZERO customers.  That’s right – ZERO!!!  Let’s say she won’t be doing that again.  At night I had a big College Football / Poker Extravaganza to go to at Jarrod Stocks house.  NICE!  Played cards and watched Florida roll Alabama and Oklahoma roll Mizzou.  Fun night and only ended up winning $6 on the night.  Ha!

On Sunday we did the Church thing and went to KFC for lunch.  Then I took the kids out to Talbot’s to get our  tree.  Finally got our Xmas tree but it was freezing.  We stopped by Grandma Meekers for a few hours to watch some football, play some cards and catch up with family.  At night we had to do the family decorating of the tree.  At least I got out of doing outdoor lights this year without much fight.  Lucky me.

So that was our weekend.  Now it’s Monday and I’m already ready for next weekend.  I have Thursday and Friday vacation days at work this week so woohooo – 4 day weekend!

Grand Bear Lodge with the Petersons

Every year Sarah’s family heads up to Ottawa area to enjoy a place called “Grand Bear Lodge”.  We do this as our “Christmas” pretty much.  This year we went a month before Christmas to avoid the business of December.  Everyone had so much fun as always.  The kids loved the indoor water park again.  This year, we had the WII to entertain us in the cabin as well.  They also introduced the first ever, Peterson Getaway Games, and can you guess who’s team won?  Yours truly!  Myself, Ryan Maas, Sarah and Bryce  🙂  Enjoy the pictures.

Halloween 2008

I’ll combine Halloween into one giant post this year.  We had our annual Peterson pumpkin carving get together a few weekends before Halloween.  Which pumpkin wins?  (see images below).  Drew also had a little school party for Halloween which he loved.  Our Halloween was pretty sucky this year.  Alyssa was sick and Drew wasn’t feeling great either.  I still took Drew trick or treating around our neighborhood but Alyssa was out for the count.  We had family over to eat and help pass out candy so that was fun.  Drew was a “spy”, Alyssa was a princess or something, and Bryce was a pumpkin.  We have like NO pictures of them in their costumes – bad camera skills this night.  Maybe Grandma has some?

Chuck E Cheese without daddy

While daddy is slaving away at work – the family is off having a grand old time at Chuck E Cheese.  I’m sure this is one of the playgroup outings or something.  That’s ok, I’m not much for the plastic tasting pizza anyways.