Monday, December 30, 2013

Birthday Wishes from RAL

A couple days leading up to my birthday my dad sent me some pictures.  Every year he typically reminds me that I wasn’t born until 7:30pm at night, it was Dr. Ohannen, and the doctor was going to name his unborn child Molly so that is the name they (9)photo (10)

Thanks for celebrating my birth and reminding me that I am loved!  xoxo!

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

2014 Lamon Christmas

Christmas Eve at our house!  Both of my sisters family, mom and dad, and Grandma Cookie!

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A few of my good friends got a good chuckle out of a new tradition that I am initiating….The Christmas Spider!  The Christmas spider is not in place of Santa Clause, but we are not doing Santa Clause.  I understand that Santa holds a beautiful memory for many and really it did for me too.  I remember several years sneaking out of my room to see what Santa left me.  Besides the My Little Pony being so memorable, one Christmas morning I pretty clearly remember running into mom and dad’s bedroom with a pair of purple kids safe scissors that I was so excited about.  Apparently I liked to cut things almost as much as I liked to write on furniture with permanent marker, right Grandma?!?  So as you can see I don’t have horrible memories of Santa Clause, actually pretty good ones.  I am pretty sure that my sisters enjoyed playing with me about Santa coming and assisting mom and dad with delivering presents until I learned about the truth of Santa.  I don’t like the idea of telling my kids a lie, but then again you can call my a hypocrite because I fully intend on creating a fairy garden this summer for the kids to play amongst.  I remember my Grandma’s fairy garden very well.  It was a wood crate that was in the garden patch right outside of the cabin door.  It was under a tree that had the white bark that peeled off really easy and had branches that hung low.  The crate housed a wicker couch, 2 chairs, and a table that displayed the fairy’s tea set.  I have more stories of creative play and fantasizing about fairies from the farm, but I can tell them later.  See…I do like the idea of being imaginative and believing something magical exists.  My lack of interest for Santa has to do with kids graphic shirts that say Naughty or Nice, parental threats that if their kids don’t behave Santa won’t come, and generally feeling Santa is all the hype at Christmas.  I know friends, yes I am talking to you Kristie, Pam, and Iz, that part of you is not loving me right now for fear that my kids will ruin Santa for your kids but the other part of you loves your non-conforming friend.  The good news is I have not taught my kids anything about Santa and will not tell them for a long time that he doesn’t exist.  I plan on showering them with other great Lamon/Scott Christmas memories that it won’t matter that Santa is not part of our Christmas tradition.


There are many versions of the Christmas Spider story, but I chose a book to read on Christmas Eve(A Christmas Spider’s Miracle).  This year Simeon read the story and the older cousins helped the kids blanket the tree with tinsel. 

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Here is a summary of another version of the story:

According to ancient storytellers, there once was a widow living in her cramped, cold hut with her children. One day, a pinecone dropped from the tree outside and took root. The children, excited by the prospect of a tree for Christmas, tended the seedling and made plans about how they would decorate the tree. Poverty was a way of life for the small family, and when Christmas approached, the widow knew that they would not be able to decorate the tree. The children and the widow accepted their fate and went to bed on Christmas Eve, the tiny tree branches bare.

But the household’s spiders heard the children’s sobs and spun intricate webs on the tree. Early on Christmas morning, the children cried, "Mother, mother wake up and see the tree. It is beautiful!" The widow rose to find that during the cold night a spider had spun its web around the fragile branches. As the rays of the sun crept along the floor and silently climbed the tree, the glow touched the threads of the web turning each one into silver and gold, and, as the story goes, from that day forward the widow never wanted for anything.

To remember this miracle, Ukrainians still decorate their trees with artificial spider webs to this day to usher in good luck and fortune for the coming year. So, next time a spider decides that your home is warm and cozy, think twice before fetching a broom to sweep the webs away.

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Christmas day was at Kelly’s house.  Dad got a new iphone which he strongly feels is an “amazing machine”.  We did FaceTime with Uncle Gary so he could hear the cousins play the piano and see some of the chaos.  Brett separated his shoulder on Christmas Eve playing hockey.  We went skiing/snowboarding on Christmas Day night.

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

2014 Polson Christmas

Aunt Cindy provided a project for the kids.  She sent us home with kids hopped up on sugar but luckily shared our kids gingerbread houses with the squirrels that lived in her backyard.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Little Project

I think that this turned out pretty good considering I didn’t know what I was going to do with the decals. 





Grandma Cookie, notice your redwork in the top middle frame.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas Program at CC


Following a surprising KPT production of We Wish You a Merry Christmas performed in “meows”, I was a little nervous about going into the church Christmas program.  I think the meows were mostly the girls idea because the boys did great at the church program.

Grandpa Rick and Grandma Cheryl were able to come to their program.

No doubt the kids love Grandpa Rick. 


GRick and Jossie

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

KPT Christmas Program

I am suspicious where they learned to meow to music.  After I did some digging, it was discovered that there has been excessive hours of cat and dog play at our house.  Just tonight I watched Jocelyn bark at the feet of Aaliyah’s stool and beg for food.  So what did Aaliyah do, well drop some of her veggie sticks on the floor for Jocelyn to lick up.  If I wasn’t so worried about how dirty my floors were I would have told Jocelyn to just go ahead and eat everything else she could find under the breakfast bar.


I remember when I was a kid we use to sing the word watermelon when we didn’t know the words to songs.  The girls had their own word, “meow”.  I couldn’t keep from laughing.  I watched everyone around me chuckle and wonder what the heck they were doing.  Ethan ratted me out when he spotted me in the audience.  He yelled “Oh, hey mom!” which lead to a spectacle of “Mommy!  Mommy! Hi Mommy! Mom, you’re here!”  These sweet statements are normal from the kids on stage and make people smile, but in my case it was a loud chorus of kids pointing and yelling at me.  I was seen and they knew that I was the Mommy Cat. 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Dance Class


So soccer wasn’t a hit, but dance class has really been fun for the girls.  They started in September in the Music and Movements class.  Most of the nights they receive their listening sticker from their teacher Miss Nicole who they call Miss Nickel. 

Wondering what dance class looks like with 2 and 3 year olds…

So I was a little skeptical of how much a 3 year old can actually learn.  After watching them perform movements upon command, I have to say that I am impressed.  They had their 10 seconds of fame at their first dance recital in December.

Despite the impact on the pocket book for dance class, they are going to finish out the year.  If you saw them smile when they go you would understand.  Generally speaking for all 4 kids, they love music and to dance.  Two timeless activities that I am going to highly encourage!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

A little art…

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I think that Thanksgiving is my favorite time to receive the kids art projects.  KPT always does a great job finding out what they are thankful for and their responses are sweet, odd, and simply hilarious.  Sometimes they remember that they are thankful for their siblings and other times macaroni. 

Thanksgiving was at our house with the Scott’s.  A great day!


Christmas Tree Decorating

The kids insisted on blankie flowers, pink puppy, and rescue bots.




Good news they didn’t pull over the tree this year.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Halloween 2013

Picture Success


Visited the neighbors…


The candy booty was plentiful!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

11 years: BOAT-iversary and Vikings

This summer Brett and I celebrated 11 years.  I haven’t forgotten even though it is 4 months since we celebrated on the boat.  We had a BOAT-iversary!  On the date of our anniversary we went to Prior Lake with Izzy, Izzy’s 2 friends, and the Robinets.  There wasn’t a better place to be on that beautiful sunny day and excellent company!


We didn’t settle with one celebration.  We decided to go to a pre-season Vikings game with a little downtown fun.  I can’t even remember who won, but pretty sure it didn’t matter.


Brett, often times I drive to work and think about how I should write you an email that day about how much I appreciate you.  Then I get caught up in emails and phone calls.  The moment is lost until the following day when I am headed down 35E and again have the same urge again to say, “I really love you.”  I am not proud of the fact that I so often forget to tell you how much you mean to me.  My sister taught me that when the van is loaded with the kids to look back to be reminded I have so much to be thankful for…they are mine!  I think I need to start looking to my left as well.  You are an amazing husband and partner.  Thank you for staying on my left!  Love you more than coffee in the morning!  Your hot wife, MJ

Friday, October 25, 2013

Back to School, Welcome Nanny Ashley

School started in September.  Kids headed to the YPreschool for 3 days a week.  At the Y, the preschool class is 3, 4, and 5 year olds combined.  That means all 4 munchkins are together.  I was a little hesitant at this idea at first, but getting to know the teachers from last year I felt confident that they could handle our crew.  The worst thing that she complains about is how “handsy” they are.  I was reassured that this behavior is normal for siblings, but it is not common that 4 siblings attend a preschool together and have the opportunity to annoy another grown up with their signs of affection also known as being handsy.  DSC_4181

Welcome Nanny Ashley!  Our past nannies have good friends and they have shared the wealth!  Ashely is a friend of Nanny Marit’s and joined the team for the school year.  Ashley is the reason that every M, W, F the kids end up at preschool in one piece.  Ashley is a pre-med student with a full schedule.  We are just a small piece of her active days. 


Thanks for putting up with us even when the kids didn’t wake up with listening ears.

Miss Katherine, our amazing teacher!




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Date Night

We still get out…sometimes.


A little UFC and fun makes my man happy!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

2013 Vikings Game Outing

Another year of purple and gold!  We know we suck, but that can’t stop us from tailgating!!


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I am feeling a new tradition (minus the hand) with this last picture.  Mike, next year we will make sure you get in the whole picture.