Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Sibling love!

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Blizzard Photos

Christmas morning after opening presents and eating breakfast, Joe and I went out to clear the 8" of snow.

Looking back we are REALLY glad that we did go out in the beginning of the blizzard and shovel because here is what it looked like the day after Christmas.

Checking to see just how deep the snow really was.

Our driveway was a solid wall of snow.

We are truly blessed to have wonderful neighbors with SNOW BLOWERS!  I am certain that we would not have been able to shovel ourselves out.

It took 2 snow blowers 45 minutes to clear the end of our driveway.

Joe and I did a little drift diving.

Sampson even joined in on the fun!

More pictures later!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Blizzard 2009

All is white!  Yes, all is white outside. 
The winds have NOT stopped and neither has the snow since Wednesday.

We ALL have cabin fever and I can't even get outside right now to take pictures.  My sister's return flight was canceled yesterday and its not looking good for today.  All the highways and interstates have been closed, as well as the roads on base and in town.  This is by far the worst blizzard we have been through here in Minot.

They reported that we got somewhere around 18" of snow yesterday and an additional 1" or 2" today.  Our street is currently blocked in both directions by snow drifts.

Counting our blessing:
We still have electricity!
We are stocked up on food and necessities!
We have spent countless hours, watching TV, playing games and looking out the windows!
We are all healthy and greatly blessed here!

Hopefully I can post pictures later.


Friday, December 18, 2009

Lost Art?

One of my favorite things about Christmas is sending and receiving Christmas cards.  I am not exactly sure then this happened?  But I just realized in the last couple of years how excited I get when we receive one!  Do you see yours?

I don't just like to receive them but I also LOVE to send them!  I feel its a great time to catch people up on the happenings with the Ehrenfelds.  You know all the ones who SHOULD be reading our blog.  This year however there was not an update from us :( I frankly just didn't have enough time.

So for all who sent us a card, we cherish everyone of them.  We read them and love the pictures and look at them everytime we pass through the kitchen.

So God Bless and Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Conversations with Josiah

Lately, Josiah has been even more verbal than usual. So I think I will share some of our conversations.

Last night, he SCREAMED for me to come in his room.  So I came saying, "shhhhhhhh!!! You're going to wake your sister! What do you need?"

J: My flashlight is not working! Fix it.
Me: Ok let me see if there are any batteries. (about 5 min pass) I finally get it to work, so I head back in there.
J: Mommy are my eyeballs working?
Me: (with a complete puzzled look on my face) I think so, why?
J: Oh ok.
Me: Good night.

Then this usual he is talking non-stop. So I decide to ask him about his eyes.

Me: Josiah, how are your eyes working this morning?

I guess everything is okay then.

Then a little while later he says. Mom my eyes are not working.

Me: Huh?
J: I cannot see my face.
Me: I just turn around and carry on with what I am doing!

My Mom and Step-dad will be here tomorrow night so of course I am completely ready for them.  I am not cleaning and giving haircuts and getting the guest bed out of the garage.  Not me I am always on top of things and never let anything fall behind.

So today between cleaning and heading to the dentist, I give Josiah a much over do haircut (like I said I never let things fall behind).  During this he is talking the whole time, he tells me...

J: Mom I want my hair just like Daddy's.
Me: Sure we can do that.
J: Mom I want to be a Captain just like Daddy.
Me: Okay bud when you grow up you can.
J: Well I did grow up, I'm 4.
Me: Maybe when you are a little older and go to college.
J: Oh, ok.  Can I fly a different airplane than Daddy?

As you can see it never stops around here!


Tuesday, December 8, 2009


I think this may shock most people who read this!

Here in North Dakota, we DO NOT have a fireplace.

Of all the places we have lived, this might be the one place that we could seriously use one!

Our weather here lately has been just FRIGHTFUL! This morning I checked the weather and it was -17 degrees with a windchill of -39 degrees.

What does that feel like some have asked? 
Its like walking outside and having all of the air in your lungs evaporate and then your nose hairs FREEZE.

Tonight's forecast is -20 degrees with windchill as low as -40.  I'll let you know how that is!  Last night our heat was running all night long!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

White Stuff

This week we got covered!  
So I bundled Josiah up and we headed out to shovel and make a snowman.  All in all shoveling is a pretty fantastic workout but like all good things this one to gets OLD.

We had a great time playing in the snow and Josiah has improved his shoveling skills!

As the week went on we got more snow and even last night we got MORE snow.  So this afternoon we all bundled up for some family fun :)


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Its beginning to look a lot like...


We have a fun family tradition where the kids have their own trees.  Josiah loves his!  He has it decked out with Cars, Buzz, Einsteins, Tigger and anything that is Disney.  We allow him to decorate his tree and we help if he needs it.  This year was the first year that we noticed his memory of who gave him each ornament. 

Makayla is not quite able to do any of this on her own or even with our help.  So Joe and I decorated her tree.  However, we did get her to pose for a couple of pictures before 

 she returned to this...

Apparently her new favorite game is "take all my toys off the shelf!"

Here are a few more pictures just for fun.  Tell me if you notice anything special about these pictures.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Always behind!

Our Thanksgiving was FANTASTIC!  We are so blessed to have our OCF group.  We spent Thanksgiving with all of our families together enjoyed our meal, let our kids play and have a good time while we played a few rounds of Catch Phrase.