Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Fun 2013

Christmas...feels like oh-so-long-ago!! That's because I'm way behind with family updates. I promise there is always a good excuse, but...back to Christmas. We built a gingerbread house (truth be told, Costco was the architect and we were the designers), made cookies--both for ourselves and Santa, and were way too spoiled on Christmas morning.
Truths learned when making a gingerbread house: (1) there is never enough candy to put both on the house and in little mouths and (2) royal frosting does not taste good!

The finished product (and forever heard thereafter, "Can we eat the house?")

our little elf

decorating Christmas sugar cookies

She was SO intent and precise with the placement of sprinkles on her cookies.

All dressed up for church.

Beloved books

Mama made Makenna's babies a bed of their own

Bronco's Fan! (or it could be that he just loves the color orange)

The cutest little present among all the wrapping.

Enough with the pictures, already, Mom!

Boxes are more fun than the presents inside!

And, yes, she stayed in her pj's all day long.

Friday, December 20, 2013

The Mitten

Jake's kindergarten class performed a short play called "The Mitten" which is based on the children's book by the same name written by Jan Brett. It's a cute story about a little boy who loses his new, white mitten in the snow. One by one, the woodland animals, from a curious mole to big, brown bear, find the mitten and try to all fit inside it.
Jacob played the role of Grandpa in the story.
With some of his friends after the show.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Hike with Santa Claus

We thought the trees were pretty this morning, all covered in frost.

A trip to the Nature Center this morning yielded two fun surprises: Daddy came with us and Santa Claus stopped in for a visit with all of the kids.

Santa telling the kids about something (I don't remember) on our nature hike.

Snuggling up to Daddy (baby, its cold outside!)

Makenna coloring her art project very intently.

A hug for Santa. Makenna did just fine waiting her turn to see Santa, sat up next to him on the bench, and then he made the mistake of picking her up and putting her on his lap. She wanted nothing to do with him then! It took a few minutes, and Daddy right next to her, for Makenna to be okay with Santa. Oh, well. Baby steps. :)

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Silly Songs, Silly Kid

The girl loves to sing! And she remembers lyrics so well for a two year old. Kinda reminds me of her mama! (Yes, I can still sing lyrics from television jingles aired when I was a kid. Random memory, I tell you.) But enough about me. Here she is, Makenna Brooklyn!

Just because they're cute