Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Matthew got his cast off today! Jeff and Sarah went with him to his appointment. The bone has healed to the doctor's liking and now Matthew needs to work on his range of motion. He will also go to occupational therapy for a month. NO SPORTS or weightlifting until he gets his range of motion back. He won't let me take his picture right now. He goes back to the doctor on February 12th, the day before he turns 16! He does have a splint wear for safety's sake.
Today was a long day for me. I worked early the past 3 mornings, only today I ended up working 13 hours, on less sleep than I usually get. I made it through and now I am off until Monday morning at 0800! Mary spent the day with the Cory's. Today was snow tubing day. It is sledding but on an tube. It is a lot of fun! Matthew was invited, but sledding is too dangerous for him right now.
Our last box of Christmas gifts arrived yesterday. Thank you for the nice gifts! Opening presents is always fun. We were glad to hear that our box made it to Florida too.
Last weekend was pretty exciting too. Saturday was catch up on some chores in the morning so we can have fun in the afternoon. Mary went out to Brandon's house for more gift exchanges and probably movies and singing. Jeff and I went to a birthday party. While we were there, the snow started to fall pretty heavy. Although it was very pretty, it left the roads very slippery. Needless to say, I was concerned about Mary driving home on the back roads from Brandons house. For her safety, she stayed put there for the night. Turns out their driveway had a layer of ice and even Brandon's dad had a hard time going up their driveway to the road. Sunday morning came and Sarah drove out and picked Mary up for church. Church went well, the orchestra played fine and attendance was good even for a snowy Sunday after Christmas. By afternoon, we went back for the van and Brandon was able to drive it right up to the road. The layer of snow made it easier to drive on than the icy conditions the night before. Mary went with the Cory's to see "Sherlock Holmes" Sunday evening. She liked it a lot. Matthew saw it today with his buddy Mitch.
Monday Mary and I made the bulkoogi so it could marinate for 24 hours. Then we went to Grand Rapids for gift exchanges. We found lots of good specials and were able to return items that didn't fit and find one that did. We had dinner out and then got home in mid evening. One of the new fun activities here is to play Mario Kart Wii racing game. Matthew and Sarah are the best players. I have fun but come in last place most of the time. Sometimes I can't even finish the race.
What is ahead? Tomorrow I can sleep in! Yay.. 3 mornings in a row of waking up at 0420 takes a toll on you. We will see in the new year with friends. Then we have just a few more days before Sarah needs to be back at Hope College. It has been a good Christmas break with the whole family.
I think that catches everyone up for now. Sorry for the wait on my updates. I will try to do better this weekend.
Just a few more days of my Christmas music and we will go back to the regular music player. Might keep the snowmen up during more of the winter. We shall see.
Friday, December 25, 2009
When it was time for church, it was sleeting. Jeff I left 90 minutes before church for preparations and rehearsals. I din't realize how bad it had gotten until I noticed our kids weren't in church yet..Chime team played well and then the choir lined up for the processional. Finally Sarah Mary and Matthew were sitting in "our pew". Whew! The service was very nice. The music was good. The orchestra song went along pretty well, just a few hesitations with a couple transition ares. Mary complimented my piano playing! Mary read a good part of the service and did an awesome job. The candlelighting portion of the service is always special. I can't help but see my dad with the Christ Candle as I was growing up. I still miss him very much. He was a great dad. Silent Night on Christmas Eve is hard for me to sing, but I was able to a few verses in, that is what dad would want. I found out later that the weather was so bad that Sarah had to look out the side window to drive to church. They ice wouldn't chip away! The stopped a few times to keep scraping. Glad we only live a mile away! I experienced this myself on the way home. The cars were covered with ice! LOts of scraping! I couldn't see out the backseat windows of the the van.
We did lots of pictures taking, both at church and at home. Thanks to Mary she styled all of the Wilhelm ladies hair for Christmas. I think we look pretty nice. Even at this moment I am uploading pictures that you can see on our Photo Album. Be sure to take a look at it!
None of us ate before church, so we had our traditional hot dogs, cheese puffs and christmas cookies for dinner. A tradition from years ago when I was a little girl at my Grandma Heumann's every Christmas eve night between services. That was lots of fun. Mary was supposed to attend church with her friend, Brandon, but their church was cancelled due to the weather. Sarah had us open the gifts from her and she opened one from Mary. By then it was time for bed.
We all slept in this morning, what a luxury! I cam down to finish a Christmas present, only to find it was done and wrapped! Christmas Elf?? No, it was Mary. She had been helping me all along and woke up early and finished it, then fell back asleep. We made double chocolate chip muffins for breakfast and then headed to open presents. Thanks for the nice things from our family and friends too! We are thankful to have such a loving family. We had three little fishies to our family. Matthew got three goldfish for Christmas..Mr T., Mele Kalikimaka and Streak.
While Jeff Matthew and Sarah played a Mario Kart on the Wii, Mary and I got the roast in the oven, it smells so good cooking in the oven. Once that got done, we made cookie dough for Chocolate Mint Surprise cookies. We hope to bake the tonight. We have plenty of time for movies and games and whatever tonight.
Weather update: Today it is raining and heading toward 40 degrees! Wonder how much snow will stick around! Cold weather returns tonight with some snow in the days ahead. We might get to see the sun on Tuesday!
Matthew gets another xray on Wednesday. Maybe no cast! We shall see what comes next. He has been a trooper!
Hope your Christmas has been a Wonderful One!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
What is left?
-Work 5-8 am
-Send boxes with gifts to Florida. You guys will have Christmas from us next week!
-Bake more cookies
-Set up for Orchestra and Chimes
-Hot Dogs for dinner
-Church..I can't wait. The service looks great!
Have a wonderful Christmas Eve Day!
New pictures posted on Photo Album!
Yesterday was very long. I got to work at 0500 and didn't leave until 1800! I was supposed to get out at 1700. I won't go into all the details, but I was again very frustrated that I am never out of work on time. Wait, wait, wait. This night leaving late made me a little late for childrens choir! Thank God for Children's Choir. They can alwasy cheer me up! They sing so nice and from their hearts. They are ready for Christmas Eve. Chimes did pretty well too. We play pre-service music, just two songs, Silent Night and Echo Carol. Orchestra will be playing too. We have a lot to play this year which is great because the ensemble likes it that way. We debut our newest song, "Breath of Heaven" It is sounding pretty good. We play on Sunday too. Lots of fun songs. Mary is supposed to play her cello with me, but we haven't practiced in a while. It is easy so I think we can pull it off.
Mary did have her senior pictures taken on Monday. Jeff and Sarah went with her for the shoot. Did lots of outside pictures in the snow even with Liam the cello! (Mary loves the snow). Everyone said that the shoot went well and are looking forward to seeing the proofs in a couple of weeks.
Sunday was a busy time. Church, lunch and then chapel for the long term care units in town. I played the carol and something just wasn't firing right. Lots of mistakes. Maybe it was because I was dog tired. Worked from 2000 until 0230, another shift where I had to stay late. I managed to get in a little nap before bowling, although it didn't help much. We had a fun time, and the scores didn't count. We collected our prize money and even tied for bowling bingo. We checked off sqaures for different bowling events like: If you bowl 3 strikes in a row, say "ho ho ho!" Norma bowled 5 in a row, so I said, "ho ho ho 5 in a row!" I was able to cross off our teams square for leaving the head pin at the end of a frame. None of us had to deal with the 7-10 split. There were several sqaures for that one. Sarah Mary Matthew and Matt's friend Mitch came along. Mary stayed with us as secretary for the bingo while the rest bowled a few games. Even Matt bowled 3 games and had no problems. Sarah had a couple great games, 151 and 168! She is better than her mother! That is fine with me though. I was very happy for her. Jeff had a nice game too. We didn't write the scores down, so I can't remember them.
Mary received a message from the community college that her spanish class this spring as a dual enrolled student was cancelled. She has written to UofM to notify them of the situation and is awaiting a reply. She wanted to have a year of College Spanish as that would count for 2 years of HS Spanish. Speaking of Spanish, Sarah is awaiting her spanish grade from this semester. This is very frustrating for her, especially since the rest of her grades have been posted. She received all A's and B's. We are very proud.Today we went to Grand Rapids to shop, wrapped presents, started the laundry and then we made Chicken Crescents for dinner. Brandon was here singing and stayed for dinner and we all enjoyed the movie "White Christmas"
So what is in store for tomorrow? I work 10a-4p. Want to get my Christmas Dinner grocery shopping done, bake cookies, transpose music, wrap presents and send the gifts. Still need to find something for Mary. She was hard this year. THings are getting done, just not at the pace I'd like.
It is really late, so I am off to bed. We received boxes from Leesburg and Rockledge today and now we have some nicely wrapped gift to look beautiful under the tree. Thanks to all !
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Today I have a lot on my plate as well. I have been working on this Blog for awhile and trying to edit pictures to liking. It has been a challenge. The laundry is done enough for today. Still need to shop and prepare for sunday school. I am filling in for opening tomorrow, plus teach a the lesson of Angel Gabriel annouces Jesus' birth. Our neighborhood is doing our annual luminary night. That is just some much work, but it sure looks nice. I work tonight from 8 pm to 2 am.
Sunday we have church and long term care chapel in the afternoon. Last week of bowling; It is fun night. Scores don't count and we collect our prize money which won't be very much this year.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday was spent Christmas Shopping and getting the Christmas Cards ready. I finally mailed them today. I got a lot accomplished. Kids Choir and Chimes went well and we got to the high school in time for the 8 pm Christmas Concert by the GHS Choirs. Mary and Matthew's solo, "Do You Hear What I Hear" was wonderful. They had lots of compliments.
I worked for three early hours this morning and then got a nice hair cut. Same style, just shaped up. Made lunch for Mary and then met my golf buddies for lunch. Mmm. We always have a nice time. I finally got some laundry started and then went to the high school basketball games. JV and Varsity won!
Now I have to get ready for bed and be at work again tomorrow for 12 hours, 5A-5P. Mary is supposed to get her senior pictures tomorrow and then our last advent activity at church, followed by choir. It will be a LONG day. Thursday I pick Sarah up from college! Time is passing by quickly.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Jeff headed over to church for a few minutes and will be back shortly to our choir's progressive dinner. Matthew went out to the last house to "hang out" with other choir offspring while the parents go and eat. Mary's party doesn't start until 9 pm. She is supposed to take pictures of her in her new dress and with Brandon. If not, this mother won't be very happy at all. For now she is happy to spend time with her best friend.
Mary's first night at work went well. She felt like she didn't do much, but seemed to have learned a lot of different things in 4 hours after talking her experience. Bussing, refilling, wrapping silverware and hosting.
Sarah checked into today via text. She was travelling with the JV Women's Basketball team. Unfortunately they lost. Better luck next time ladies! Sarah comes home on Thursday afternoon. Yay! It is always nice to have her home.
My date is here... By for now!
Friday, December 11, 2009
The van is going in to the repair shop for some light bulbs that we changed and still don't work. Jeff then leaves for Dearborn and I will be at work till 1630. Hopefully the van will be ready and we will have it back when I get off of work. Mary starts her job tonight at 1800. Nothing like having a crazy tight schedule.
Tomorrow Jeff comes home and Mary leaves for Ann Arbor, hopefully with the van. It is heavier and won't blow around on the road so much. She should have ok weather to drive.. Still she will need to be extra cautious.
Better go! Off to work!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Went to the foot doctor and got a shot of meds for my heel pain. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I sure hope that it helps! Doc wants me to wear shoes at work, so I will either wear shoe covers or take a pair to work and leave them there.
Well, I am off to quilting and preschool program rehearsal. Think of me!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Better get some sleep.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Well let me tell you~ Jeff's bowling was on fire tonight! He had his first 600 series, 632 to be exact! Yay! Individually he bowled a 206, 236 and 190. We are all so very happy for him. I bowled consistently just below average tonight, but all over 100. Our team split the points tonight and we will stay in 6 position of 8. Can't win them all. Position night is next week. Becoming part of our routine we had McDonalds with our teammates afterward and then headed home where most of the laundry is now done. Thanks to the whole family for chipping in!
Tomorrow is work and then chime team. Mary and Matthew will be performing with the Village Green at our church for the Lion's Club dinner. I think they have another "gig" following that one. We are expecting another big snow this week, maybe even our first snow day. Will keep you informed. Tuesday we will be going to the Grand Rapids Symphony Concert right here in Greenville. Matt's big day is Wednesday. He gets another xray without the splint and a final decision about cast or surgery. Thursday is the HS Orchestra Concert, I guess there is something big planned. Mary goes to the Christmas ball in Ann Arbor on Saturday. Hope the bad weather is over by then.
That is it for now!
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
- Sarah called and reported that she received a 100% on her nutrition exam. I am so proud of her! Yay Sarah!
- Matthew texted, then called and said that his broken arm is still alignment and that he avoids surgery a 3rd time. Next week the splint comes off for a x-ray and then the decision, cast or surgery. Thanks for your prayers!
- Sarah called again and was happy that she got her LL Bean winter coat that I ordered for her and also her new Mac software.
Needless to say that made my day. I got home pretty much on time and spent some time with Mary and Matthew before going to Advent soup supper and service. Tonight's service included the Hanging of the Greens in our church. I was going to take our new camera and post some pictures. I forgot the camera. Maybe I will take it to quilting tomorrow and get some pictures of the quilters and the church.
Mary and Matthew auditioned for a duet in the Choir Christmas concert. They sang Do You Hear What I Hear? Guess it went well. The Grand Rapids Symphony Christmas Concert comes to Greenville next Tuesday. I will buy tickets tomorrow. Didn't want to buy until Matthew was in the clear for that day. Mary will be in Spanish class, so only 3 tickets this year. I always look forward to hearing them.
Tomorrow is quilting (as mentioned before) and I hope to get my moose quilt done. It is also my buddy Norma's birthday. Happy Birthday Norma! Orchestra meets tomorrow evening. We should have some string players and maybe a bassoon! I have been practicing the music and am getting better at that hard Christmas piece. Thanks for all the encouragement from my mom and brass players.
We are expecting accumulating snow tomorrow. I always love to watch the snow fall and the yards turn white. Driving is another story. You can expect pictures!
It is getting late...better sign off.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Just got word that my little princess and her mom are sick. Don't need to be at work until 7 am! I better use some good nursing so I don't get sick. Maybe I will dose up with Echinacea.
Wish me luck!
PS- Picutres from the new camera on the Photo Album link.