Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Here are the pictures showcasing our Christmas:
The fish tank was Santa's present to the kids. We will put real fish in there soon (but, as Santa's letter said, he couldn't bring the fish because it's too cold in the North Pole), but I am growing quite attached to the cute paper-fish we have now. Plus, they are real easy to take care of and don't even require water.
Emmy digging down deep for Santa's stocking gifts.
Jonas doing the same.
Miles playing with a jet he got from his stocking.
Emmy and her cute homemade doll from Aunt-e. She also got an adorable skirt to match. I'm sure you'll be seeing pictures of that in another post soon.
Emmy in her cute fleece and talking on her phone.
And another one of Emmy. No, she is not my favorite (moms can't have favorites). But she sure is good at letting me take pictures of her - and being cute in them. She loved all her toys AND all her brothers' toys, too. She played and played on the scooter, as well as with Miles' car-carrier truck. She's hilarious. When not overdosed on candy, of course.
Jonas loved his scooter, too, of course.
This was the present I was so excited about. I just knew it would be perfect for Miles - he's the kid who can spend hours and hours with playdough and a single knife. What you see in the picture is about 1/10 of the "collection" we got. I found this dandy on Ebay - it came with about 7-8 "sets," including the barber set (MY favorite), a dentist set, cooking set, racing set, monster set (not sure about that one), fun-center set, etc. The old-school sets. Miles loved it.
Jonas (and Emmy) loved the playdough stuff, too. Jonas enjoyed being a barber - and later a dentist. I love playdough.
Perhaps my favorite picture of Christmas.
I hope everybody else had a good Christmas too.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Good night and a Merry Christmas in the morn.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
P.S. Emmy would probably like a doll and a cookie.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Then that afternoon we decorated our gingerbread houses. Emmy was napping during this time. The boys went first and loved it.
Ohhhh, the excitement!
Jonas hard at work.
Miles hard at work, too.
Jonas' end-result - isn't he quite please with himself? So cute - the house and the kid.
Miles (aka the "elf" as he referred to himself all that day) was pretty pleased, too. The kids love their houses. Last year I had to get the houses down (we "showcase" them on top of our fridge - we have no other place for them) every single today. And it's already starting. As soon as we got home today, Jonas was begging us to get out his house - Miles, too, of course. How fun.
After they finished up, it was our turn. We enjoy it just as much as the kids.
My barnish gingerbread house.
Ben's lovely home, too. (The sides are decorated quite nicely, too.)
That evening we went out to dinner and then came home for Ben's favorite cake: cherry chocolate.
Here we are singing "Happy Birthday" to the big-birthday-boy.
And blowing out the candles. I love these 2 pictures. Such cute boys I have! I wonder what he wished for?
And that's The End of Saturday (we won't mention the bummer BYU game we watched that night) and The End of our Vacation. Because today (Sunday) was just spent at sacrament meeting, then packing up, driving home, fixing dinner, unpacking, and blogging.
That night Ben and I made gingerbread for the houses we would decorate on Saturday. It took us forever. . .
The End of Friday.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Here are Jonas' adventures:
All ready to go.
Jonas had to hang out with me, Emmy, and my dad while Ben took Miles up. But Jonas didn't mind the Grandpa-Ski-Lift.
He had fun skiing down the side of the hill while awaiting his turn on the Big Mountain Hill.
Ahhh, finally his turn with Dad came. Yea!
And there they are - wheeeee.
Our batteries started dying and so I hardly have any of Miles. But here he is:
Miles getting on the lift for his first time ever.
It was snowing while we were there. Thankfully the boys had goggles.
Both boys did great - but, most importantly, had fun. We had fun watching them, too.
Later that day Christian, one of Ben's best-friends, came to visit. Our boys always talk about Christian. "What is Christian's middle name?" "What is Christian's favorite color?" "Is Christian coming?" I don't know where this came from. Frankly, I don't even think they really even knew who Christian was. But, oh, they were So Excited to see him when he came! Especially Jonas. He couldn't stop talking to Christian. It was so cute. My favorite question that Jonas asked Christian was, "Where's your girl?" I am sure I will here more about him in the next few months.
The End of Thursday.
Emmy, once again hated it. But, lucky for Grandma, she decided that being held by someone other than Mommy was preferable to the water.
The first jump. We had to tweek it a little as it tended to propel Jonas off his sled. Ben then made a new-and-improved jump:
Jonas going off - and staying on.
And Miles' turn. Fun, fun.
Emmy? Once again, she didn't like it.
The End of Tuesday.
Ohhh, ahhhh, neat.
Emmy hasn't been a fan of a lot of what we've done on this trip. But the aquarium? She loved it.
Love this picture.
After that we went and visited Great-Grandpa Marlin. Lamely I didn't get a picture of him. But here is a cute photo of a still-slightly sick boy with his Daddy (taken at G-G Marlin's). A Daddy more-than-pleased that he was constantly being asked by Jonas to "hold me?" Yes, I was jealous.
Then it was off the an "authentic" Italian pizza place downtown. Ben loved it. My parents will never go back.
Then we braved the cold and walked around Temple Square. When we got to the tabernacle Miles was so interested in it and just had to go in. As soon as we were in he asked the Sister Missionary where the hot air balloon crashed (ha, he learned this story about 1 1/2 years ago from his sunbeam's teacher). The Sister didn't know and so a gentleman (another missionary??? an old man) was asked and he didn't know either. So Miles surmissed the balloon crashed on the top. Probably. So we enjoyed it until my headache got so bad I thought I was going to puke. Then I became Mrs. Grouchy and didn't want the kids to take more than 1.2 seconds to look at any more lights. But we've never done that as a family and so we did enjoy it.
We then drove home, put Emmy to bed, and then put in a movie for the rest of his - some old-school "Santa Claus is Coming to Town." Claymation, I think. Then Ben, Jonas, Miles, and I slept under the tree. We got to sleep on soft carpet this year - as opposed to our awful carpet in our home - yeah. But everbody was so tired that we didn't have much trouble getting to sleep - especially Ben, who fell asleep first.
The End of Monday.