We spent New Year's Eve at ImaginEve,
a special event in downtown Des Moines.
were tons of inflatables at the event, which the girls loved!
and Jenna on one of the slides
spent a lot of time waiting in line… and
the girls wanted to sit on our shoulders to see everything
that was going on while waiting.
girls on an inflatable obstacle course
Play with your food
The girls made food necklaces on
Dec. 30 – complete with gummy candy rings, Froot Loops,
Cheerios, chocolate-covered pretzels and more.
The sunrise was beautiful on Dec.
Emma gets her ears pierced
After waiting… and waiting…
and waiting, Emma finally got to get her ears pierced on Dec.
26. She's wanted them pierced forever, and it's all she talked
to us about. (She can be very persistent.) We told her she had
to wait until she was eight to get her ears pierced, but Santa
intervened. (Like we told Emma, Santa always hears your heart.)
He knew how much Emma wanted her ears pierced, and brought her
some earrings and a note saying that he knew how badly she wanted
her ears pierced — and to tell her mom and dad that HE
said it was okay! She was so excited, we had to go to Libby
Lu the day after Christmas to get them pierced.
Emma in the earring chair at Libby Lu's. The earrings she
chose were pretty cubic zirconia stars — and 14k gold,
of course! She was very proud, too, because the Libby Lu
girls made a big deal about the fact that Emma had the cool
Libby Lu sparkley boots on. …So things started out
She started to get nervous when they cleaned her ear lobes
with antiseptic. They told her not to touch her ears, but
she needed a little "assist" to remember not to
As luck would have it, that was about the time her friend,
Madisen, happened to show up at the store. (Emma was very
worried that Madisen didn't know she was getting her ears
pierced, so she was really, really glad to see
After a few attempts at marking her ears to get the target
marks straight (Em wasn't very good at sitting still), they
were finally ready to go. Two of the people at Libby Lu
helped, so both of her ears were pierced at the exact same
time. She was VERY nervous now, and I had to hold her arms
down and still.
Emma was really sad right after they pierced
her ears. "It hurts!!! Make it stop hurting!!!!"
After a few minutes of being sad, she was
doing better. I told her I was going to call her "Twinkle,"
because she has star earrings now, and loves things that
sparkle! She said that was okay, but to please call her
On the way out the door, Em said, "Does it still look
like I was crying?" Then Jenna said, "I want MY
ears pierced!" …Oh, boy! :-)
I look fancy, or what?"
We had a great Christmas!
must have been hungry when he stopped at our house. We left
him chocolate chip cookies, snack mix and some milk…
and this was all that was left. Oh, and we left his reindeer
some food outside, too. They were hungry like Santa and
ate it all gone!
were lucky enough to get to share Christmas Eve and day
with Grandma Reed. Mema helped Jenna wake up before opening
presents Christmas morning.
girls with their presents and stockings
biggest present from Santa was for both the girls —
a cool new Disney Princess Scooter!
favorite present was Santa's okay to get her ears pierced!
(Santa's so much nicer than mean old Mom and Dad, who were
going to make her wait until she was eight to get them pierced.)
my mom's dog, found a comfy spot to rest on a pile of wrapping
loved the Ariel "CD player" that Santa brought
her; she calls it "my music." …After hearing
the songs about 100 times, it might not be Mom and Dad's
Reed brought Emma some earrings, too. She told Emma that
she'd planned on giving them to her for her birthday (which
is a few weeks after Christmas) and having a little "chat"
with Troy and I about letting Emma get her ears pierced
earlier than eight. …Gee, was everyone against us?
girls also LOVED the boots Santa brought them. In fact,
that was about the only thing each of them told him they
wanted! And Santa did a super job — getting them exactly
what they wanted.
Christmas, through Emma's eyes
Emma borrowed the camera for her
own photo shoot on Christmas Eve.
We had a great Christmas Eve.
girls by each of their stockings
and Troy relax on Christmas Eve afternoon. Anyone else think
Joe might not be there too willingly? :-)
on, Mom… Put down the camera and help me out here!"
we went to church, Emma got to open some of the fancy Libby
Lu stuff Mema got her for Christmas… including her
pink sparkley boots!!! Our church is "come as you are,"
so Emma got to wear her boots to the service. Boy, did she
think she was cool going to church in those!
shows off to everyone
also brought down a HUGE Rubbermaid tub of craft supplies
her and the girls to work on Christmas Eve. They had a blast!!
…Even if we were picking up sequins for days after
that, which I'm sure my mom would tell you is pay-back for
all my messes she cleaned up when I was little. :-)
by some of her presents Christmas Eve
was excited about her presents. Can you tell?
helps Jenna open one of the presents she'd gotten her —
a baby Ariel toy.
knew that a tub of Armor All window wipes would make one
Grandma and two dogs so excited? :-)
girls each got two sets of pajamas from us. Poor Emma's
first two presents were both pajamas. She was really sweet
about it, but said, "I really hope I get something
besides pajamas!" :-)
liked her Ariel pajamas. But this is the kid who loved just
opening presents, and said, "Ooooh!" even before
she got the box open!
girls liked helping Grandma open her presents almost as
much as opening their own… almost!
assist from Emma
helps Jenna open her present
loved the squeaky Big Mac toy he got
girls must have had some Christmas spirit that night, because
they were actually sweet to each other. :-)
four girls… and poor, squished Harley dog
shows off one of the fancy outfits Grandma Reed got her.
Can you tell she thinks she's pretty big stuff?
girls model their new personalized Disney Princess fleece
Happy holidays from the Maifelds!
2006 really almost be over? Like all of you, I'm sure, we've
had so much going on this year, it seems to have flown by.
started kindergarten this year. She has an amazing teacher
and wonderful school — and lots of new friends. It's
pretty awesome to see her learn so much so quickly. Em is
doing a great job learning to read and just learned to tie
her shoes… which is doing better than her mom, some
days. :-) She also attended two cheer camps this year, which
she loved, and took swimming lessons… which weren't
quite so popular with her. Ha!
is our two-and-a-half year-old — going on twenty-five!
She loves clothes and shoes, coloring, books, singing, playing
with her friends and — her newest fascination —
helping cook. When she's not busy with those things (or markering
on the floor… not that our little angel would ever do
anything like that… right?) she likes to try to keep
up with her big sister. …Even if that means putting
on six whole containers of her sister's lip gloss at once!
and I are way too old of dogs to be learning as many "new
tricks" as the girls, but we have had some change this
year in our careers. In March, I left Farm Bureau after almost
five years and took a new position on a Wells Fargo web team
(as a Business Process Analyst — how's that for a mouthful?).
It's given me some awesome learning experiences and opportunities,
and is really exciting. Troy accepted a different position
at Wells Fargo in November. He's a Applications Systems Engineer
for a team working on a huge new corporate-wide initiative
at Wells Fargo, which means lots of potential ahead for him,
done lots of other stuff this year, too… taken a few
trips (including a fun few days in Florida in February), added
a "baby" to our family (Troy's new ATV), spent lots
of time chasing our obedient dog, Joe, as he got out and "explored"
our neighborhood several times… and a lot more. Check
out our new December page, and updated
November page for the latest —
or any of our 2006 pages.
hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and blessed new year!
Jami, Emma, Jenna and Joe
Oh, Christmas tree
I don't think it's ever possible
to have too many Christmas trees, and we had seven at our house
this year. Three of them were the girls', which they got to
girls, in front of their trees
Jenna's holiday program
Jenna had her holiday program at
school on Dec. 15. She was so excited, and a complete ham!
loved dressing up and "looking fancy" in her sparkley
girls in front of the our Christmas tree
in front of the Christmas tree at her school
and her friend, Max… who she adores
kids made all the decorations for the backdrop in the auditorium
was so excited to perform! Before the kids started singing,
she said to all 200 or so people there, "I don't eat
boogers!" …Yep, that's our girl!
and some of her class
true two-year-old fashion, Jenna's excitement quickly led
to… well… being a little crazy. She started
jumping up and down and twirling on the risors. And then
she saw everyone was laughing at her, which only fueled
Miss Center-of-Attention says, "Tah-Dah!"
Reed with the girls
At the park
It was a beautiful day on Dec.
10, so we all took a walk to one of the parks in our development.
maybe this IS fun!"
found a tennis ball at the park AND saw a huge rabbit…
so it was a great afternoon for him! :-)
Joe was looking cute — as
usual — on Dec. 9.
I know I'm cute."
Holidays at the Maifelds
We went to Humboldt on Dec. 4 to
celebrate a joint Thanksgiving/Christmas with Troy's family.
Troy's brother, Tim, and his family were there, too, and the
girls had a blast playing with their cousins.
girls were all smiles on the way there
makes a fashion statement with her blanket
Maifeld and the girls
girls LOVED meeting their newest cousin, Ella. (I think
Jen was glad not to be the baby for once!)
and Sara liked being silly
at least four of the kids were smiling. (Jen likes making
goofy faces when it's time to take pictures.)
liked being silly with Ben
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