Sunday, December 21, 2008

A Merry Christmas Update!

Lily & Austin Christmas Day

It has been a while since my last update. It has been a BUSY Christmas season!

We celebrated our 4th Anniversary. I think I love Christmas time because it reminds me of when we got married. After 4 years of marriage we have owned 3 different houses, lived in 3 different time zones, and have two wonderful kids and four chickens. We have done a lot, but we have had a lot of fun along the way :-)

Phillip comatose from too much popcorn

Phillip and Lily opening Santa's presents

Phillip hugging his new Woody toy

Boathouse Row Painting

  • Watching the Christmas Devotional with my family
  • Bountiful light parade (my kind of parade that lasts for only 5 minutes)
  • Bowling with Pete's work
  • Taking the kids to see Santa
  • Our light show (we sat in our car almost every night to watch)
  • Hot chocolate party at my house
  • Christmas Eve with the Olsens
  • Christmas Day at Pari and Becca's House
  • Sunset street party
  • Going to DI or looking at Pete's finds from DI for Christmas, Easter, and birthdays (Toy storage instead of food storage :-)
  • Trains - Pete got his old grandpa's train to work again. It is from the early 1900s. Now we have a train and Christmas village set up.
  • Popcorn Tins - Phillip LOVES popcorn. We caught a picture of him sacked out on the side of one. As you can see, chedder is his favorite, then butter, then caramel.
  • Getting Christmas cards - It's great to see peoples pictures and get letters. It's funny how learn stuff about my sisters in their christmas letters even though I talk to them almost everyday.

Low Lights
  • Losing receipts - I kept on finding items that I had already bought for cheaper, but to my dismay, I couldn't find the receipt. I should tape the receipt to any item next year.
  • Blowing Fuses - We kept plugging in new lights to our show and had to spend hours calibrating the amperage for each candy cane and icicle light.
  • Snow Storms - We almost go stuck at Pari's house and had to sleep over at Becca's house. I guess it is kind of a highlight because I love sleepovers. :-)

Christmas Day recap -
Phillip was SOOO excited for his presents. He got a bunch of Toy Story stuff and Cars stuff and his own electric train. You can see a picture of him asleep hugging his new Woody.

Lily got some baby toys and a dolly. She loved the bouncing ball toy that I got her.

I took a picture of Pete's present with my present :-) Pete got me a Canon Rebel digital camera. I didn't need it, but I LOVE it. I need to figure out a protection solution because I don't trust myself to carry it in my purse where milk or bottles always spill.

I painted Pete a picture of Boathouse Row in Philadelphia. He has always wanted a painting of it. The miracle of Christmas is that I was able to finish it :-) I also got Pete a Star Wars light saber which is pretty awesome.

Overall it was a GREAT Christmas season. I feel so blessed to have such a great family and to be around so much family this time of year. I hope this entry finds all of you well and gearing up for one more Holiday party... New Years!

Monday, December 01, 2008

It's that Time of year!

Well, we have been busy on our Christmas decorating and getting our Christmas lights outside.   I'll post a video of the light show on another post.  I had fun decorating the house, but it was a week long project.   

I ventured out on black friday with the two kids at 8:30 am.  Most of the door busters were gone, but I found some good deals.  Above is a picture of phillip wearing his new jacket and laying on a blanket that we bought.  He was a little pooped from the shopping!   

We went to Temple Square to see the christmas lights.  Phillip loved seeing the lights and the nativity.  I said, "Isn't this pretty?" and he said, "It's not pretty, it's cool."  Phillip has been saying funny things lately.  Out of the blue one day he said, "Mommy, am I driving you crazy?"  ha!  I felt bad. I have to watch what I say to him.  Now when Lily is crying he says, "You are driving ME crazy!"

Now all I need to do is finish our Christmas cards.  I love christmas time!