Friday, December 18, 2009

Texas Snow 2009

Part I of this post: It snowed here in Houston...

Della was amazed...


She really wanted to check it out for herself...


First she was a little freaked out. She closed her eyes hoping the stuff falling from the sky would disappear...


She opened her eyes but was still slightly concerned...


Then she wanted to crawl around, but Mom wouldn't let her (what a meanie)...

Archer was at school, so we didn't get to play in the snow with him. He did get to "run around at school chasing snowflakes with a black paper."

Texas snow drift...


Part II of this post: Good thing we don't live off the land, we would starve!

Dear Texas,

This tomato famine has gone on long enough! What do you have against us Calders eating tomatos from our garden? The 4 plants we had in the summer were eaten alive. The 6 we planted in the Fall were killed by the freeze. Please, please can we eat just one tomato next season!?!

Love, the Calder Family

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

We Don't Pray To Santa Buddy...



A few weeks ago Archer was questioning the reality of Santa and magic. He asked Chad how Santa could possibly visit every house in the "whole wide world" in just one night. Chad answered that Santa was magic. Archer argued that we had told him that magic wasn't real, like the time we saw a magician make an elephant disappear on TV. Chad explained that magic tricks were just an illusion. When Archer asked again how Santa traveled so fast, it was clear that Archer felt that he was back at square one. Then he did something that surprised us, he closed his eyes, folded his arms and, bowed his head. Here is the conversation that ensued...

Chad: What are you doing buddy?
Archer: (Not lifting his head) I am praying to Santa.
Chad: Why?
Archer: I am asking how he goes around the world so fast.
Chad: We don't pray to Santa buddy.
Archer: Why not?
Chad: Because we only pray to Heavenly Father.
Archer: Well why can't I pray to Santa too?
Chad: Because, we only pray to God. Santa isn't God.
Archer: But he is magic like God.
Chad: God isn't magic, He knows everything, that's different.
Archer: But Santa knows everything that Heavenly Father knows. He sees you when you're sleeping, he knows if you're awake, he knows if you've been bad or good.
Chad: I see your point, but Santa still isn't the same as God. If you want to talk to Santa, you can write him a letter.
Archer: Well why would you do that? I told you, he already knows all the stuff that you have been doing.
Chad: Look buddy, Santa is just a regular guy who happens to know some magic. He needs help knowing who has been naughty and who has been nice, so sometimes he calls Mommy and me after you go to bed, and we let him know what kind of day you had.
Archer: Are you serious?
Chad: Yes, I am serious. Ask Mom.
Me: (I give Chad the "Don't you drag me into this!" look, this was already kind of disturbing me) Ummm, Dad is usually the one that talks to him.
Archer: Well, I want to talk to him then.
Chad: OK, one of these nights, when Santa calls, I will let you answer it.
Archer: How about tonight?
Chad: I don't think tonight, maybe another night. But regardless, we don't pray to Santa buddy. OK?
Archer: OK Daddy.

I could tell that Archer thought we were full of it and that tonight when he went upstairs, he would pray to Santa and let him know exactly what he wanted.

Santa Who?

We got to hang out with Santa tonight. Of course Archer was game although he has been questioning the logistics of Santa's ability to visit everyone in the world in one night. I am sure this is his last year.

Della has never cared about Santa and she probably still doesn't. But she liked his cool beard!

Della playing coy with Santa...

Checking out his hat...


Holding onto Santa's beard...

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Fancy Shelves

Chad made some beautiful built-in bookshelves downstairs. He built them at his office and then brought them home where he had them up in a few hours. He also put in some new lighting which really shows off his work.

That's right, I don't feel any shame bragging about my husband's skillz...

Oh Christmastree

We went to get a Christmas tree for Family Home Evening this week...


At first Della was very unsure with all of this tree business...



But then she made friends with it and everything was OK after that...

Archer was a spaz the entire night...

They were both pretty excited when we brought it into the house...

Archer ended up going to bed early...

When Della realized that we were decorating the tree, she volunteered a few of her toys...


Then her hair got stuck, and Della decided it was best if she and the tree were no longer friends...