Friday, January 30, 2009

Date Night Skiing

Friday night, with the girls settled at Nanapa's, Rob and I headed to one of our favorite winter date nights...

Perfect North Ski Resort near Cincinnati, OH
While it is not the Alps or even the amazing slopes of Colorado, it is a great place for a quickie!

The snow was not nearly as fresh and fluffy as we had hoped but we still enjoyed 3 hours of skiing and snowboarding together.

This year, I was even a bit adventurous and willingly did several runs on the blue slope (down the back of the hill) and even tried a new slope (not at all my fancy- luckily I neither hurt myself or others in my speedy descent!)

It was the perfect date night and a great evening together.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Snow What Fun

Monday afternoon the flakes began to fall and Madison was eager to play in her first snow of the year. She quickly dressed in her pink snow gear and headed into the back yard for a bit of play.
Her favorite thing to do is to pile as much snow as possible at the bottom of her slide and slide down into it. It is great fun to watch.

Tuesday morning dawned with the overwhelming surprise of 12 inches of snow.

With just over 12 inches of snow, it was no surprise that schools were closed for 2 days.

Rob was able to work from home that day and after finishing his report for work, he and Madison headed out to shovel the driveway. (I stayed inside and took pictures from the upstairs bedroom window- where it was warm!)

Madison alternated helping Rob and playing in the snow. She made some great snow angels!

A little over 40 minutes later, the driveway was clear and Madison had her first snow Mountain.

It was a great snow day!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Lillian's 9 Months Old

It is hard to believe that the youngest Sparkman is 9 months old.

Here are the highlights of her last 3 months...

She began to stand on her own (without crying and actually holding on).
She loved standing on the bed in England near the windows.

Boy was she proud of her accomplishment.

Next, came the joy of learning to stand beside our American furniture.
She was quick to figure out that it is not that different then standing by furniture in England.

I am not really sure when the Saturday Night Fever pose began but it is one of Lillian's favorites.
(Also reminds me of the horse racing bill board "Pick me, Pick me")

At this point she also received her Push n' Ride Lion.
Of course, Lillian thinks it is motorized (powered by none other then Big Sister Madison) and has yet to push or ride on her own!

Another highlight is that Lillian has finally grown into her 6-9 month clothes.

As always, our Gator baby continues to bring smiles and joy to our family

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year

Happy New Year from the "Sparkle" Sisters!

The Sparkman family rang in a quiet New Year.

Rob and I attended a friend's annual Game Night New Years Eve Party. We enjoyed an evening of board games with 20 other friends and an assortment of great food. With wine from the host's own cellar (home made wine, several of which are award winning) it was a perfect and enjoyable evening.

The girls enjoyed their own New Years celebration with Nana and Pa where they had their first sleepover since our return to the States.

It was a fun evening for all. We hope the New Year finds you well.