Monday, December 31, 2007

Christmas 2007

Evelyn had a great Christmas! She had a lot of fun opening gifts (like the garbage truck she requested from Santa Claus)...

Present from Santa

...and digging in her stocking for goodies.
Checking in Her Stocking

You know it's a good year when you get to open presents that are as big as you are.
Big Present

Evy also enjoyed:

  • Jingle barrettes
  • Cookies
  • Getting Christmas cards in the mail
  • Unwrapping other people's gifts
  • Her first attempt at karaoke
  • Spending time with her family and friends
Since our Christmas celebration lasts for an entire week, it's already time for New Year's Day.

Happy 2008!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Crazy Lights (and Music)

Nothing says "Merry Christmas" quite like 150,000 lights and 27 inflatable lawn ornaments. Especially if the display is synchronized to holiday music.

We had to go see it for ourselves.

Crazy Lights House

Evy liked the lights but she was most excited by the music. That's good for us - we can play Christmas music at our house without upgrading the electric service or climbing up on the roof. Or annoying our entire community.

However you show your Christmas spirit, we hope your holidays are merry and bright!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Hi, Santa!

With less than a week and a half to go until Christmas, I know Santa must have a packed schedule. It's his busy time. But he (and Mrs. Claus) managed to take a few minutes yesterday to visit with Evelyn.

With the Clauses

She was happy to see him, starting with a wave and a "hi, Santa!" before climbing up on his lap. They chatted for awhile. Then Santa asked her his famous question.

"What do you want for Christmas?"

Talking to Santa

Evy replied with the phrase she had practiced all day.

"I...would like...a garbage truck...please."

Every elf within earshot gave a little chuckle. Santa said he would do his best and complimented her manners. You can't rattle the big guy - he's heard it all.

Happy Holidays! Hope you get everything you want for Christmas.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

First Snowfall

We had the first measurable snowfall of the season last week, and Evy was consumed by looking at it. She spent countless hours by the window - watching it fall, looking for snow plows, and urging others to join her.

Then it finally warmed up enough for her to go outside. She couldn't wait. After half an hour of snowsuit preparation, she ran into the backyard with reckless abandon. Well, waddled into the backyard, anyway. She immediately fell down, rolled over, and said, "all done."


We convinced her to stay out a little bit longer. Long enough to shovel the sidewalk and driveway.
Snow Shoveling

Let it snow!