Monday, December 15, 2008

Cute daughters!

Hello, Eric here. Just wanted to share an update on how cute my two daughters are (nice juxtaposition from the last post, eh?).

Brooke, is cute as can be. She's developing a helpful personality. She loves to close things (doors, cupboards, drawers, the fridge), even when you're not done using them. :) She has an obsession with shoes. She loves them. She always wants to have them. And if you're getting dressed she will make sure to bring you out a pair, even if they in no way match what you're wearing. Last night as I was getting ready to go home teaching in my black slacks, she brought me over my white basketball shoes. I have, on at least one occasion, worn certain shoes with an outfit I wouldn't normally just because too-cute-Brooke got them for me. She's adorable.

Viana also has an obsession.It's with High School Musical. My name is Troy at least 80% of the time she addresses me. She, of course, is Gabriella. CJ is Sharpay. Brooke somehow became Ryan. And a babysitter was once assigned the role of Kelsi. (Reminiscent of Peter Pan in the Morris Center--Thanks Lucas!)

It's exciting to see the Spirit of Christmas thriving in our household. A couple of students came over to borrow a movie after school today. And Viana, who we have had a tricky time with getting her to share, wanted to, in the true giving-spirit of Christmas, give one of them all of these toys. She said, "You can bring these to your house."

Two beautiful girls. I love their developing personalities. And I'm so excited for Christmas!!

Monday, December 8, 2008

I think Santa's face says it all

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Happy Birthday my beautiful 3 year old Viana!

My beautiful princess is 3 today!! What an absolute joy she is. We love her so much, and we tried to spoil her this weekend as a result!It started out Saturday with Viana making her own pizza for lunch (I think we found a new family tradition, yum!)Then we had a little Tinkerbell party. Only Ebony (and Brooke) could come, but it was SO fun! The girls got their own fairy wings (thanks Grandma) and painted Tinkerbell pictures, Then we played a Tinkerbell matching game (big hit!),

Then of course has Tinkerbell cake. I'm an amazing cake artist, I know.
Today included PRESENTS!! Check out this sweet castle that we got for FREE! It is REALLY cool. Viana got a lot of new winter dresses! She opened this one and said, "It's MODEST!" (via the white shirt it came with:))
And of course a Tinkerbell doll (don't you love Grandmas!!!)
Her birthday included waking up her daddy with her sister from his Sunday nap,
And a movie and game with our very most favorite neighbors!

We sure love you Viana!!!

Monday, December 1, 2008


And so my house guest story continues...

Don't be deterred by the title of this post. Though that number will play a part in this story later, there were not 100 people at my house this weekend. But there was still TWELVE!

4 Carters+2grandparents+2 parents+3 sisters+1 mission buddy+1 Turkey=13...but the turkey didn't fare too well, so he doesn't count...
Boy was dinner good! Thank you Mr. Turkey for being delicious. And did I mention that this was my very first Thanksgiving dinner?? And I did it for 12, and I was successful!

My sisters were even mostly tolerant of their seats at the kids table!Which all leads my back to 100! Ever since I started cooking (which you will recall came late in my life, as we moved into this house) Eric has kept a tally of how many of my meals are good. You know, 20 for 20, 57 for 57, etc. Well guess what?? Good fortune, at my Thanksgiving feast Eric awarded me my One-Hundredth good meal, out of 100! Yeah me!

Yes, I was in hog-hostin' heaven. We had people all over the place.

And at night all 4 bedrooms were full, as well as the living room couch.

I executed with excellency...And I think I did it all without becoming too much of a basket-case!Hooray for a wonderful baptism by fire into the Thangivings of my life!! And now our house is clear again, so come one, come all, to good ol' Monroe!