Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Holiday Highlights

Putting out cookies for Santa (and Mrs. Claus), yogurt covered raisins, a guitar and a computer, opening every present in a different spot, "are we there yet?" ten minutes into the trip, cousins, hugging, being an angel at church, "what is baby Anna doing?" x 1000, mixed up Mr. Potato Head, the ride at St. Anne's Retirement Community, hugging, meeting baby Téah, one nap in seven days, plenty of pizza, books on tape, Hummel dance party, hugging, donut tower, more cousins, the music mini-van, cookies and candy, train ride at the mall, the right amount of pizza, ice cream sundaes with all the toppings, making dips, snowy smoked chicken, cake, hugging, sleeping in, happy new year!

Unwrapping the Computer 2

More holiday photos are on our new Flickr site.

Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

200,000 Lights

The crazy lights and music people are at it again this year. They've added 50,000 lights to their beacon of Christmas.

We just had to go back.

200,000 Lights

We can only imagine what they have planned for next year...

Friday, December 12, 2008

Hi, Santa's Wife!

Evelyn is definitely in the Christmas spirit after today's ride on the holiday train and visit with Santa. Well, Santa was in the room at least.

Talking to Mrs. Claus

Evy was not too sure about Mr. Claus, but she and Mrs. Claus are BFFs. Sure, she gave Santa a quick wave on the way past, but then she hopped right up on his wife's lap and started a conversation.

When Evy got around to her Christmas wish list, though, Mrs. Claus convinced her to share it with the big guy too.

All I want for Christmas is...

She upped the ante from last year and requested a guitar and a computer.

Sounds like my list...

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Christmas Preparations

The cold temperatures and snow this weekend really made it feel like the Christmas season. Over the last two days, most of our time was spent getting prepared for the most wonderful time of the year.

Evelyn wanted to start by wrapping some presents all by herself.

This Much Tape

And, there you go...

All Wrapped Up

Next, Evy was eager to see what was in the Christmas bins we pulled down from the attic. She also wanted to know how they all fit up there. I think it is a Christmas miracle.
On the Bins

By the end of the weekend the stockings were hung, the lights were twinkling and the tree was decorated. Evelyn put the finishing touch on the top.

An Angel on the Top

Only 18 days until Christmas!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Thanksgiving Extravaganza

Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to spend time with friends and family. Evy was especially excited to hold "Baby Anna."

Holding Baby Anna

She actually got a chance to see all six of her cousins during the holiday weekend.

Cousins Couch

Cousins Indoor Picnic

After five days, 500 miles and two turkey dinners, Thanksgiving 2008 was a success. We'll do it all again in a month.

Substituting ham for turkey, of course.