Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Merry Christmas from the Petersens

I guess it's time for a 5 minute run down of our year that was. I have been so lazy this year that I just pointed all my card recipients to my blog. So sorry if this is a boring old rehash of what I've already said for the regular readers. But really.... suck it UP!

First... here's a little Christmas treat from Isabel (using her real name... just for today)

Now on to the obligatory run down of what we accomplished this year:

March saw us visiting the US for Dal's youngest brother's wedding. Of course we stopped off at Disneyland on the way home.

In April Dal missed Isabel and I while we traipsed around the country visiting our friends (mostly the Kuhns). Isabel had a good chocolatey easter. She also enjoyed a cooking themed birthday party. I pretty much collapsed after that one.

May brought Mothers Day and my birthday. Dal wrote a beautiful post for me and my friends helped me celebrate with food, a movie and pampering. I also discovered my "married indent".

We were mostly just trying to avoid winter in June. But we did venture out to some caves with my family. Isabel peed on Dal while we were exploring the caves. I am sure he secretly loved it.

July was Dal's month. He flew to Thailand for a week and then spent five days flying to Vegas, Arizona and then back home. He also turned 31. We celebrated his birthday a week later. I finished up 2.5 months of work.

We watched the snow on the mountain come and go in August. And tried to stay warm. We also prepared ourselves for the move of the century. We held a garage sale that was kind of hard to do, but it helped us get rid of all our worldly goods that we were unable to send to America.

Hel became an official permanent resident of the USA in September. We stayed with Hel's parents for a month while getting all our paperwork ducks lined up. It was a bittersweet time for Hel.

October was Hel's month. She road-tripped with Isabel up to Salt Lake City, stopping in to visit her blogging friend, DeNae, on the way. Hel, her best friend plus three kids in the back road tripped back from SLC via the Grand Canyon. We enjoyed the warm weather that Arizona provided while we waited for our second winter of the year. Isabel was Belle for Halloween.

November brought another road trip with another blogging friend to meet MORE blogging friends. Only to St. George this time. We enjoyed Thanksgiving. Black Friday was a bust and Hel lost 5kgs.

Disneyland marked the beginning of December. I have been pretty quiet on my blog this month, mostly because I have been making the worlds best present for Dal and it is using up every ounce of energy that I have. Not to worry... I finished it today. So I'll be back spreading my love and cheer shortly.

Thank you so much for all the support that you have all given us over this past year. I treasure friends and family the most and I am so glad that you are a part of that group. Yes you.

Have a safe and Merry Christmas. Love Dal, Hel and Bel.




Sunday, 5 December 2010

To the dearest girl that I know

I went in to your bedroom tonight after you fell asleep.

You were laying on your bed the wrong way and I knew that if I didn't put your head back on your pillow, you were more than likely to end up on the floor. More often than not, I will look at your darling face and feel such a surge of love that it startles me.

As we were driving home last night I couldn't help but turn around and watch you in the back seat. You sang along to the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme song and made daddy and me laugh. You didn't see us laughing because your eyes were fixed to the tv screen.

Can you feel it? Can you feel the inordinate amount of love that sometimes feels like is gushing from me? I want that love to help us both. I want it to help me be a better mummy. I want it to help you be the best kind of person you know how to be. I want it to help you when you feel sad. I want it to cheer you on when you are happy.

I want you to feel safe and warm because of my love for you. Even when it seems that I am being a mean mummy, I want you to secretly know that even though I am mean that love is still there fighting for you with every cranky part of my body. That love is ALWAYS on your side.

I want you to know that because you are you, I am a better me and nothing will ever beat the feeling of loving you.


Friday, 3 December 2010

Eeeee-It's a Small World After All

Eeee-it's a small world after all,
It's a small world after all,
It's a small small world.

And now that that song is stuck in your head, here's another.

Dashing through the snow in a one horse open sleigh,
o'er the fields we go laughing all the way....

It's a small world after all,
It's a small world after all,
It's a small world after all,
It's a small small world.

Deck the halls with boughs of holly, etc, etc.

The Small World Ride turned out to be LQ's favourite ride at Disneyland. Dal and I have just spent the last four days going round and round on those stupid boats watching electronic puppets sing and dance for us. And now I can't get that song out of my head.

Just wanted to share the love with you all.

About to embark on our week of Disney

This one is for my brothers..... Kiss the ring.