Posts tagged: holiday


By , December 16, 2011 at 9:50 pm

We had a beautiful Thanksgiving spent with friends (thank you, Arthur family). We relaxed, ate, played, took a walk, ate and relaxed some more. The boys had a wonderful time just hanging out. Wish Dan could’ve been there- he was busy saving lives at work.  We each contributed our thankful thoughts for the beautiful scrapbook layout Alison created.  Mikey’s picture is of his brothers.  Davey’s is sliding down a slide (illustrated with help from Michael).  My thoughts are on the middle “joy” tag.

Here’s some artwork from the boys.




Turkey by David made at preschool.




By , November 11, 2011 at 12:18 am

David had a wonderfully fun Halloween costume party at preschool and everyone was invited.  He made monster goo (glue, borax, water, & food coloring), had a witch’s brew of homemade root beer with dry ice, games and yummy treats.

Halloween night our pirate, knight and monkey went out with just light jackets on.   Unbelievable!  It’s been such a warm, beautiful fall.  The boys had such a fun time running door to door.  They weren’t great at saying “thank you” but wished each door a “Happy Halloween!” before leaving.  They’ve all been enjoying the candy.



Sunset at Sage Creek Overlook, Badlands, South Dakota Panorama

By , August 30, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Two panoramas taken from Sage Creek  overlook at Badlands National Park, South Dakota taken a few minutes apart at sunset and dusk.  These are HDR bracketed photos that are fused and then stitched such that there are actually 5 photos with 3 exposures (15) per panorama taken with a Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 lens at wide-angle.  Big thunderstorm seen in the horizon and a nice view of the basin with the Badlands seen towards the far left.

Sage Creek Sunset, Badlands Panorama

Sage Creek Dusk, Badlands Panorama

Easter Festivities

By , April 25, 2011 at 9:03 pm

The kids have been completely spoiled this year with Easter festivities.  First a fun egg hunt at a friend’s house about a week before Easter.  The kids had a wonderful time in spite of the crazy wind and freezing cold.  We had to pull out all the winter gear.  It actually snowed a few days after the hunt.  I was so glad that Douglas fell asleep on the car ride over and slept through the whole event.  I didn’t come prepared to hold him in the freezing wind.

He started sucking his two finger about a month ago and has completely given up his binky.  Such a world of difference to have a child that pacifies himself.  :)

Easter Egg Dyeing!  Mikey has been so looking forward to dyeing eggs again this year.  He had it all worked out in his head: “When Davey goes down for his nap we can get out the eggs and dye them.”  He remembered exactly what happened last year.  Davey didn’t nap, but had a blast dyeing his hands and body along with a few eggs.

Egg hunt 2 was the day before Easter.  4 acres, donuts & milk, millions of eggs, best friends- what more could you ask for?

We happened to stop by Hy-Vee grocery store on the way home because I had heard an advertisement over the intercom while shopping there the night before…. something about the Easter bunny, an egg hunt, and cookie decorating.  Fun.  David loved the Bunny.  It turned out to be more of an “egg & toy grab.”  They grabbed plenty.

Easter morning they boys were so excited.  Mikey asked if he could go to bed at 10am on Saturday in anticipation of it.  They had a great time hunting for eggs and their baskets.

They loved their loot, especially the butterfly nets.  It will be quite some time before they actually see any butterflies around here.  In the meantime the nets are making great jellybean holders, ball scoopers, wands, and head conkers.  Check out our complete Easter Album if you want to see even more.

Happy Easter!

By , April 24, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Happy Easter!  Here are a few pictures of the boys today in their matching outfits from Grandma and Grandpa (Thanks!).  Mikey & Davey posed on their own after asking me to take their picture (Douglas was still down for an afternoon nap).  They have become such great friends.

Tried to get a shot of all 3 boys together.  It was almost impossible to get them to all look in the same direction and smile at the same time.  We tried a few different locations and angles.  They hated the sun in their eyes and both wanted to take turns holding Douglas for the pictures.

Douglas is full of smiles and drool these days.  5 months!  I can’t believe how time has flown.  He’s getting ready to start on solids soon.

Hope all of you had a wonderful day.

Seasons Greetings From the Chan Family!

By , December 25, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Seasons Greetings From the Chan Family!

To you and yours, we wish you all the best in this holiday season and in the upcoming new year!

- Dan & Carolyn, Mikey, Davey, & Dougie Chan.

Christmas Morning 2010

By , December 25, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Christmas morning with the Chan Family this year!


By , November 25, 2010 at 8:21 pm

I am thankful for a wonderful husband who has taken care of me and everyone else over the past week so tremendously well; who cooked up the most tasty Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings; and who is there for me always.

I am thankful for three happy little boys; two of whom are just the craziest these days- always goofing off, smiling and laughing, chasing each other around the house having so much fun.  They are such big helpers and love to give Douglas his binky whenever they see it is missing from his mouth.  David was so cute sitting on the counter top helping Dad cook up the big Thanksgiving feast today.  Wish I had a picture of him sitting there to show you too.

Check out their turkeys they created today.

And I am thankful for one little newborn who is just the sweetest baby in the world.

Happy Thanksgiving!


By , November 8, 2010 at 8:19 pm

A late Happy Halloween to ya.  Dan came down with a horrible sickness that left him in bed for 3 days straight so Halloween weekend was basically just me and the boys.  We had a fun time with Michael dressed up as Indiana Jones and David as a pumpkin.  We had a preschool halloween party a few days prior to Halloween and decorated pumpkin cookies, made ghost pretzel sticks, and played pin the stem on the pumpkin.  I let the boys try bobbing for apples and they absolutely loved it.

The Great Backyard Bird Count

By , February 14, 2010 at 10:42 pm

Male downy woodpecker like we saw at Quarry Hill.

Last summer I was thinking about how I need to learn the names of all the birds that I see and hear around my house.  Just so happens that Feb. 12-15 is the weekend for the 13th annual Great Backyard Bird Count. So I am little late in posting this as tomorrow is the last day that this event takes place, but I thought it was neat.  Taken right from their website “The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and easy—and it helps the birds.”

Basically you just go outside for at least 15 minutes and take note of what birds you see, then submit your info on the website.  They have specific regional bird checklists for all over the US to help you identify the birds.  This is just the kind of source I was looking for to be more informed about birds specifically around here.  And they even have links to pictures and descriptions of each bird on the list.  So if any of you are interested, join me tomorrow as I go out in search of birds… all I can recall seeing around here lately are big black crows, but maybe if I pay more attention, I’ll see a few others surviving the bitter cold.  Oh, I almost forgot, we did see some pretty birds at the bird watch area at Quarry Hill Nature Center last week.  But I doubt those woodpeckers and such will be flying around our backyard.

And a Happy Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year to all of you too.  We had a fun day full of roses, big homemade hershey kisses (with rice krispies inside), cinnamon gummy hearts,  Chinese sweet egg roll cookies, Chinese jelly candies, and all kinds of other treats.  It’s not every day you get two holidays in one.  We enjoyed the best of both.

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