We got a real tree this year. It did my heart good to have this little piece of Charlie Brown Christmas in my home, birds nest and all. The gaps and imperfections in the tree were the perfect places for all my favorite pieces. I even made an awesome glitter roofed house to put in the big gap in the tree. I loved wrapping up all the special things we picked out for people in the berry crates I received in a blog giveaway, SERIOUSLY great idea for those odd shaped items that you don’t have boxes for, wrap it in a little twine and voila! Just a little bit of Christmas magic in our home.
On our drive home from Idaho after my sister’s graduation, we drove though some uncharted (by us) territory.. I had fun!
And I don’t!!! Gotta love it! She’s the first one of us kids to graduate and we couldn’t be more proud!!!
She graduated with a BS in Health Sciences…
Trachelle and her BFF Jessica. These two were like sister’s all 4 years. Can you tell they may have spent too much time together?
With her mama, her best friend.
With the little men!
With the whole family, including Oma!
Way to go Lady C! We love you so much and are so proud of you!
More fun “studio” type pictures of the boys.
This year’s Christmas jammies were found around Halloween and then embellished in late November. I love love love the jammies by Chasing Fireflies, but I didn’t have it in me to do their entire names out of hand cut/ hand stitched felt. Who can argue with monograms!!?
It also took everything I had to wait as long as I did to let them wear them. But my friend, Viv, had a great idea. Her kids get a couple different pairs of Christmas pj’s every year by default, from different sources. So the one’s she buys for them tend to get worn earlier in the month, so she gives them to the kids on the first of December. That way her kids are wearing Christmas jammies all throughout the season, at the end of every family party or when they go see Christmas lights… you get the picture.
It just made sense to me to give the boys pj’s to them early.. Well the elf brought them to the boys early. And obviously, that event called for more pictures!!! While the boys bathed, I set up my lights (Thankfully the bathroom is within eye/ear shot) in my bedroom and then got the grubby monsters suitable for pictures. They thought pictures in my bedroom was probably the coolest thing ever! I love these little goobers!!!
We had an awesome plan to take family pictures in the snow complete with a cute little Christmas tree on Chris’ dad’s old wood sled….
It never snowed… Like really, no snow??? Seriously?? It was only November 20th but I was getting a little desperate.
So I pulled out the “studio” stuff, dug my Christmas decor and tried with all my might to get the boys to cooperate with me to get just a few pictures to make some semblance of a Christmas card.
Minus G refusing to look at me, I think they turned out pretty good! With the studio lights on them, the boys’ winter wonderland planned outfits made them a little hot. If I remember correctly, Gav’s words were “My bum is getting all sweaty, Mom. Can I take off all this stuff now??” Anders head was so sweaty when I pulled off that fur hat, that I had to grab a towel to dry him off. Poor kids! The things we do for pictures!!
If our early Christmas celebrations weren’t enough, the next night we headed out to Riverwoods to watch the lighting of the Christmas lights… oh and to see one of my favorite bands: Ryan Shupe and the Rubber Band!
First, we stopped in for our complimentary cookie and to see the gingerbread houses each of the stores created.
Next, the boys had their faces painted, and while we waited in line, the lights came on! It was soo magical!
We met up with Chris, got rained on, saw the Waffle Love truck, got rained on some more and then….We saw these guys!!! Gav sang along to the song Dream Big, which plays on their bedtime playlist every night.
It was such a good night, and a fun weekend to kick off the Christmas season!
With Christmas fast approaching (it was only the middle of November!) We met up with Viv and her kids for something we had heard about that at the new City Creek Center mall that we were SOOO excited about! They were going to welcome Santa with a big celebration. Complete with light wands, blue haired madrigals and magical illusions we welcomed Santa! It was so neat, and the boys had a blast, especially when Viv’s adorable sister showed up and Gav got his flirt on!
Four little boys with light wands that even had a strobe option??? Total blast!
Santa showed up in a burst of light and flew from building to building!
The elves told an….interesting… story of Christmas.. I think… hehe It was interesting. Then we all sang a song for Santa, waved our wands and POOF!
Thanks Viv and her munchkins to another awesome outing!!
Gav was so excited to wear his costume to school that he woke up VERY early. I mean too early… good grief you would have thought it was Christmas! He also made me look up pictures of Peter Pan so he could stand like the character.
We were also able to go to our favorite treat and party spot again this year. I swear, if they ever stop inviting us, I might cry! It’s the only time I see this family every year and it’s such a safe spot to take kids. Plus… they give out GREAT candy!
While waiting for Chris to arrive and the party to start, we played at the park that the neighborhood surrounds. This thing is HUGE, I’ve heard that during the summer neighborhood party, they put a zipline across it, and it had a great little playground that the boys were almost reluctant to leave.
I think he got the stance, what do you think?
Shanny (Pot bellied Pig) and Danny (Master Chief from Halo… he made that!!!) Shannon is my friend from high school, we share a birthday, and Danny is her hubby.
And my wonderful hubby, Chris…. This is as about Dressed up as he gets.
The Olympic Oval had a great little Halloween event called Trick or Treat Street halfway through October that I finished our costumes just in time for.
I didn’t take many pictures because of how crazy busy it was and Chris couldn’t meet us until close to the end so I was chasing a 2 year old the whole time. But the kids had a blast, I think they even did the rounds twice and we got to hang out with our rink friends.
Gav as Peter Pan, Anders as Tootles, and Me as Wendy from the Disney version of Peter Pan.
All costumes were made or bought in a thrifty way! Gav’s and my costumes were made from sheets and fabric found at the thrift store, Anders costume was found on our local Facebook yard sale page for $5. All costumes came to under $15 after I bought some supplies to put details on G’s and my costumes.
Oh and notice Anders shiner?? He had a rough week including a fat lip due to a fall at the park on a picnic table, then we took a visit to Scheels and he took another spill and got a black eye, all the while the cold we thought he had turned into a sinus infection and the excessive wiping we did of his nose caused a rash on his face… poor kid had a ROUGH week!
During September, we started to prep to move northward to be closer to Chris’ work and Gav’s school. During those preparations we knew the chickens would have to go. We had so much fun with them over the summer: working until 1 in the morning to create the wall for their enclosure on Mother’s Day, gathering eggs, figuring out their little personalities, nursing one of them back to health, listening to Fred crow every 35 seconds and getting pecked in the knee.
It was Gav’s job to gather the eggs every day, Laurel
Our gorgeous rooster, Fred. What you don’t see is his HUGE green tail. What you don’t hear, his awfully loud crow.
Rosie, our nester. The rest of the hens laid eggs, she sat on them all! And despite getting nesting boxes, the girls still preferred laying eggs on this bag of shavings.
Sadly, just a few days after these were taken, we lost Grandpa’s sweet wife, Laurel, to a tragic accident. She was such a strength to me and such an inspiration of what a woman and a wife should be, she helped me see so much in myself that gave me hope. My boys loved her so much and she loved them and I am sure of it. During her time in the hospital after her accident, we got quite sick and couldn’t go visit her. At one point she was doing so well they thought she was going to come home, but took a turn for the worst and never made it home to us, so we decided to stay with Grandpa just a bit longer to keep him company.