My parents came into town for Christmas and brought along a gingerbread house for Alice to decorate. She loved it, and so did my mom and I. I have commissioned my Dad to make 3 next year: 1 for me, 1 for my mom and 1 for Alice & Kyle. It was sooo much fun!
And the decorating begins....we had to have 2 bowls: 1 for Alice to eat and 1 for decorating the house
Alice was busy decorating herself, and my mom and I took over the gingerbread house
We hosted Christmas Eve this year, our first big holiday. Tom made a scrumptious dinner!
Bob Bob reading the Grinch to Alice before she goes to bed
Checking out where Santa was on NORAD
Alice was very worried that Santa was going to eat her Gingerbread house, so we left him a note.
We had our third annual White Chicken Chili & Santa night. Santa makes a 'surprise' appearance and every year the kids are in complete awe and shock. I love that all these little guys have known Tom their entire life, but yet none of them suspect a thing. Oh to be a kid again! They are so sweet and innocent!
The kids flock to Santa once he enters...Alice was a little disturbed that he didn't come down the chimney.
Mr. Andrew letting Santa know he wants a snowboard
Max and Gabby
No candy cane for Miss Maci, she found her shirt more tasty :)
Yea, Alice decided it was OK to sit on Santa's lap, especially with her little bro.
Fletcher was leery of the Jolly Man...giving him the stink eye
Mr Keaton felt right at home with mom on Santa's lap
Rowan was a little awe struck of Santa and was staring at mom to make sure he was legit.
Little Addie was out for the count once she nestled into Santa's comfy arms
Wow, has it been a busy few weeks!!!!! It started off with Girlfriend's Christmas, in which all of us Boise gals went a little crazy with Christmas Cheer. Then we had a cocktail party at the Mogensen, Blackfin's Christmas Party, Mogensen Christmas and Friend's Christmas Party. No wonder I have another cold. Super fun, but oh so exhausting!!! Here are some photos from our day of Mogy Christmas.
Mr Kyle taking a bath getting ready Christmas at the Mogensens.
Kir and Santa
Lots and lots of presents
If Kyle could talk, he would have said 'Hey Uncle Mark, pull my finger!'
The past week has brought very cold weather, I don't think we've gotten to into the 30's. Buurrrr. We also had our first significant snow storm this weekend, so everyone around here is ecstatic for the ski hills to open.
The 'charm' of original windows in a 1930's house...they are frozen on the INSIDE!!!!
Alice getting her first taste of shoveling snow this year
Dad showing her the ropes
I guess Kyle has been stealing 'finger food' from his buddies at school, so we have graduated to table food. This was his first taste of Kraft Mac 'n Cheese. If anyone has good table food ideas for a babe that only has 2 teeth, I'm all ears!
Mr. Kyle is closing in on the perfect round head! Good news, Kyle is making excellent progress with his helmet therapy. We re-scanned his noggin today, and Amy (our therapist) was surprised at how much progress he has made. Hooray! She said if his progress continues at this rate, we can be done in 2 months.
She told us that his head has not grown as much as normal so she was surprised that his head re-shaped as much as it did. Not only was I thrilled to hear that the helmet was working, I was happy to hear his head isn't growing as quickly as it has been - ha! Amy looked at me and told me not worry about his recent slow head growth b/c it was already large - had to laugh at that!
Here is our lovely Christmas tree at the lot...It's soooo pretty according to Alice.
Here is what it looked like after we got home...ummm, we apparently had zero quality control choosing this lemon. There was a major bend in the trunk! This photo is super funny, although Tom and I were not amused by what was going down. Alice let us know that our tree was 'broken' about 20 times.
Here are Santa's Helpers decorating the tree after we got the 'lean' fixed
(Tom took it back & had them put in on the stand)....although it still totally leans. Luckily Tom had a poker game with friends that evening and won just enough money to cover our bad investment.
Santa Homer is back...Alice still loves him and is starting to share the love with Kyle. Oh joy!