Sunday, January 21, 2018

Christmas Pictures

I finally sat down tonight and ordered some prints. I'm so behind I was ordering pictures from Jackson's birthday last April forward. I need to make it a priority to get some scrapbooking done in the near future. I have our Wyoming vacation from two years ago, two Jackson birthdays, two Christmases, and several camping trips to catch up on with all the pictures already printed. If I don't hurry I'll be three Jackson birthdays behind before I know it, not to mention as I looked at the camping pictures, it was hard to remember where they are from!  I guess I know what I'll be doing next weekend.

Anyway, we had a great Christmas season, even if I am behind on sharing the pictures.  Marie and Tom, and the Mandell family all came for Christmas.  We had a great time iceskating, looking at lights, playing games, visiting Seattle, and more...

And, it snowed for Christmas! According to the news it was the first snow for Christmas since like 2003, so that was fun.  Alyssa built a great snowman, with lots of help from everyone, and we all played in the snow on Christmas morning. It was almost as exciting as presents!

I should back up and say, we took the whole family to see a Cirque Holiday show and to Dim Sum on Christmas Eve in Seattle as our main Christmas present for everyone!  It was a great time, and  a fun show. It started snowing just as we were heading home, so the drive was a bit slow, but the timing wasn't bad!

On Christmas, we had fun with presents and fixing lots of goodies. I spent lots of time in the kitchen to prepare!

 Opening up presents, makes Aspen tired...She decided to take a nap right int he middle of the festivities, never mind the crepe paper being strung all over her from the surprise balls that grandma brought...

Peg and Carl came for dinner, so we had a table full. I made a ham and a turkey, plus all the sides and desserts, so we had plenty of leftovers too!
Oh and then of course, there was the mandatory two or three days of everyone helping Jackson put his Christmas Lego sets together...

Did you notice all the buffalo plaid? It sure makes for festive pictures, but in late January I'm still finding little bits of red and black fuzz hiding in the corners of my household. The girls' new Christmas pajamas shed like crazy. It was quite the joke...we were vacuuming a lot, but you could still tell wherever they'd walked, or sat, or gotten within 500 yards of...

 Right after that, it was New Years, followed in quick succession by back to school! It was 10 days of company, but it felt like it went by in a hurry!  And, January continues to move by rapidly. I'm starting to look toward planning Jack's 7th birthday (YIKES) and our spring and summer vacations already!  There's never a shortage of things to do, but we're having fun over here!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

December Fun

Whew, December is going quickly! I need to quick promising to post more often because I just don't manage to do it.

Let's see...first weekend of December, we went to see Santa at the Flying Heritage Museum. Jack and Sam enjoyed it, but Tommy was too shy and wouldn't go close. Odd because he went to see Santa with his parents at the mall the day before and was okay...who knows.

The second weekend, we went to see the Nutcracker in Seattle.  I thought it was pretty good. Jackson liked the part with the mouse king and soldiers, and pronounced the rest boring.  Mike also thought it was pretty boring, though he said "good music."


Then, the third weekend, we went to Mike's company Christmas party. It was at the Seattle Sheraton...a 20's themed party that was quite swanky. I should have taken more pictures, but didn't. On the way there, I did take a couple pictures of some of the  Gingerbread Houses on display downtown....The theme this year is Historical Seattle... 

Along with these fun events, it's been super busy at work, and doing Christmas shopping and baking, and now that I'm on vacation for a few days, I'm been working today on getting the house all cleaned up and ready for company.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Catching up

After 5 months of not writing on my blog, I'm going to try to recommit to this space.  With a new house, moving, and a new job things have been a bit overwhelming. The new house is settling down now. The new job I'm not sure will this year. It's a lot of new all the time. Once I get through a whole year's cycle, I think it will get easier, but right now it's been quite a challenge. Anyway,  in October Mike and I went for a fun weekend in Vancouver to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. We truly enjoyed wandering around Vancouver and look forward to returning again...We'd like to go back in warmer weather and also take Jackson. We spent a cold morning walking the seawall and then checked out the Aquarium in Stanley Park as some where to warm up for an hour or so. They have a great jellyfish display and a good dolphin show. We had a fun lunch in Stanley Park, then took a water taxi out to Granville Island where we had a great time wandering through shops and picking out some treats at the food market there. Then, we went to a NHL game to see the Vancouver Canucks play the Calgary Flames.  We packed a lot into a short weekend trip!

Halloween has been fun too. Jackson picked out a pumpkin that probably weighs more than he does. Of course, he was tired of carving not long after we started, so mom had to do most of it, but he did design the face. All told, we carved 4 pumpkins. 

I pulled out my old standby witch costume for school, but added a new feature by making some fun shoes to go with it out of an old pair of pumps that I needed to toss anyway. The papermache pointed toes did last through the day, but not much more than that...Still, it was fun.
I made an astronaut costume for Jackson. We used his rain boots, spray painted black, his white pants from Karate, and a sweatershirt that I sewed patches and nylon utility straps onto for the top. Here he is in the school parade, where he only wore the easy parts (too crowded for the helmet and jetpack) but he had fun.

We made the helmet out of papermache that I then cut a space in and lined with some black felt.  It had trouble holding it's shape, but worked well overall. Jack insisted on a microphone--his favorite part I think. Het spent lots of time singing into it and being a year perhaps we should dress him like a musician or rock star...

Then, of course, he also needed a jet pack, so we had to add that. It turned out to be a pretty cute costume overall.

We just walked to the houses around ours to trick or treat. There weren't many with people home...a very different neighborhood to our old one, but Jack got plenty. We were home in 45 minutes. All told, we got 10 kids at our house. We have to buy a lot less candy here than we used to!  

Then it snowed here on both Friday and Sunday! It's an early in the year for snow here; I've never seen it in November while I've lived here. They are saying it's going to be a wet winter. We'll see if that's true. This is after several hours of hard snowing, so it doesn't really build up very much. It's very wet, slushy snow.  The house looks pretty with a little white.

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