Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas is Snohomish

We made a quick detour to the Puget Sound Aquarium before making our way up to grandma and grandpa's house.  Jaxon is fascinated by sharks, sting rays, scorpions and the like, and we weren’t disappointed in the least at all the fun creatures we saw….like this friendly snail for instance!016 017 020  026   024

Once we made it to Snohomish our first order of business was to meet and fall in love with our new baby niece/cousin Ava.  She’s so sweet.030    Then we had a ginger bread house making contest….it’s too bad we were up against the self proclaimed reigning world champ of Ginger bread house decorating(Jarom)…or we might of had a chance!

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Next it was time to jump into Grandma’s awesome bath!!  My kids could spend hours playing in this thing!046 056

On Christmas Eve we made sure to make sugar cookies for Santa, got some new pajamas, and of course a quick Nativity.  Jaxon was adamant that he be a Shepherd man.  He’s a sweet kid, and loved the fact that it was really baby Jesus’ birthday that we were celebrating.

sweet little Christmas Ava048 049 Unfortunately, Sage fell asleep early on Christmas Eve so she missed out of the festivities.  But she got her pajamas in the morning, and seemed as happy as could be about it.  So it all worked out in the end.

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Jake and I sat up after everyone had gone to bed next to the tree and just reveled in the magic of Christmas.  It was wonderful.  I then got to chat with Heather for almost an hour and hear all about her wonderful Christmas.  It couldn’t have been a better Christmas Eve.061 

I actually had to be woken up on Christmas morning, which almost never happens, and the morning was full of your classic Christmas fun.  Santa came and brought way too many toys! :)

I LOVE stockings.  They are my favorite part of Christmas morning.058

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Lego Castle.  Jaxon and I spent almost 3 hours putting it together.  It’s very cool.074

This is what I got on Christmas from Jake, with a little help from Santa!  I LOVE it, and even get to take private lessons I’ll be a pro in no time!  I got the sweater too.  My in-laws know me well enough to get me gift cards.  Those are the best presents!  So I went out the next day and spoiled myself!086 

It was a wonderful Christmas, and we made lots of fun memories! 

Yesterday was an awesome snow storm!  We obviously were caught off guard as you can see by Sagie’s choice of outfit for the day.  Don’t worry we had a coat on her, just had to take it off real quick for the picture! :)


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What a wonderful Christmas vacation!  And to top it off, today we found out we’re having another perfect baby girl!  I can’t wait.


She did a big yawn during the ultrasound.  It was very, very cute.Cadence2

Little perfect feet.


Isn’t she sweet? :) 


Cousin fun

On Friday the 18th we stuck with tradition and had our annual cousin Christmas party, complete with pizza and a movie.  I had to include pictures of past years so you can see how our crowd has grown.  This year we were lucky enough to get Mya and McKenzie as well!  Next year it’ll have to be in Boise!

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Zoo Lights

Most days Jake doesn’t get home from school until 6:45pm, with just a half an hour before it’s time to get the kiddos in bed.  But on rare occasions he’ll show up at 3:00 or earlier!  Well, I like to make the most of those days, so on this particular one, we headed out the door to Zoo Lights.  It had been raining all day, but had stopped just minutes before.  So not only was it a pleasant evening weather wise, we were also one of the few people at Zoo lights that night.  It made for a great adventure, and anytime my kids get to run wild is a good time.  Also, I was impressed that they weren’t scared by all the large animals walking around the place.  I wasn’t so sure about that lion, but the kids were more than happy to have their picture taken with it!

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

We LOVE baby Grant

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He’s warm and soft and cuddly and he smells so good.

We just can’t get enough of our new little cousin.

Dance Recital

Sage had her first dance recital today, and to say it was cute would be a HUGE understatement.  The costumes were so fun, so I have to post a picture of all of them.  There were 7 costume changes in all, if you can believe it.



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#3 (so pretty when she twirled)

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#6 - I didn’t get a picture of this one, but I have video of it, so it’s okay.

#7 (okay, maybe this is my favorite)

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What a little princess.  She had a dress rehearsal on Saturday and was really shy, but in her recital today she just twirled and leapt with the best of them.  I love watching my little girl experience and love new things, and dance has been so fun for her to be a part of.  A huge thanks to Miss Heidi for making it possible!

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Videos coming soon!