New Years Dinner with friends. All 13 of us headed to Ruby Tuesdays to have a celebratory meal. Cory & I had been craving their Lobster Carbonara all day, it was so good! We were complimented twice by other restaurant guests on how well behaved our children were and that is was so nice to see a group of families out and about...wow, us Moms were impressed. After supper we headed back to the hotel to take the kiddos swimming. After the kids were in bed, us adults got together to ring in the new year.
December 31, 2010
December 30, 2010
We travelled to Minot to meet our friends the Irwins & Heisers. This will be the third year we've celebrated New Years here with friends.
I was loving the beautiful Christmas tree they had in our hotel lobby. Took a couple minutes to myself and enjoyed photographing the details of it.
December 28, 2010
The kids declared today a pajama day.
Ace built masterpieces with his Lego and
Scarlett played vet with all her puppies.
Admiring the giant cup of goodies my sister gave me for Christmas...it was so nice of her to remember I had eyed it up in Target.
December 27, 2010
Lovin' the snuggles from Baby Coco.
Just a few ornaments from our 'Birchwood' themed tree.
We had really wanted to get a real tree this year, but just ran out of time. Here's hoping next year we can pick one up.
December 26, 2010
December 25, 2010
We had one of the most relaxing Christmases we've ever had, it was so nice.
Love the excitement from the kids as they found what Santa brought them.
The morning was spent unwrapping gifts and Daddy assembling everything.
My parents came over and we exchanged gifts with them.
In the afternoon we went for a snowmobile ride.
And ended the festivities with leftovers.
December 24, 2010
December 23, 2010
One year ago today we were excited by the news that we were expecting Coco! I had the kids pose for me in the same pjs as last year + baby Coco for a cool look at how we've grown over the year.
Today I finally got our Christmas cards in the mail (just received them from Shutterfly yesterday). We did some cleaning to prep for the busy next few days. Stocked up on groceries, you know the essentials for the holidays...turkey, pickles & buns!
December 22, 2010
December 21, 2010
This is a typical day for Coco & I...she loves it in her Hot Sling.
Dad came by today to clear snow in our driveway...it sure is a treat he does tends to that for us.
Our neighbors home across the street looks as though it's a gingerbread house covered in icing from the snow we have had.
Wrapping up some gifts & enjoying the glittery white snow today.
December 20, 2010
I have not done any holiday baking this year, so when Kendra dropped off these lemon bars, our family gobbled them up.
Today it snowed, but our thoughts weren't about the weather, we were thinking of the Lukye family all day as Jeff underwent a 27 hour surgery at the Mayo clinic in Rochester. I grew up with Keri and her hourly updates on Facebook had my complete attention all day. Everything went well during the operation, you can read about it here. Sending warm thoughts their way, they are very much a part of our Christmas this year (their photo with daughter Mya is below in the center)!
December 19, 2010
A relaxing Sunday at home. I recuperated from the flu and the kids & Cory hung around the house playing Legos and drinking hot cocoa. Remembering our special friends Chuck & Linda today as we put out a favorite ornament that was given to us years ago from them...had to chuckle when I saw that ol' Santa & reindeer jellybean dispenser.
December 18, 2010
Tonight we hosted a holiday party for a few friends, it was great to see them during this busy time of year. A shout out to my friend Sheri who celebrated her birthday today. Unfortunately the party was cut short for me, as I came down with the stomach flu.
December 17, 2010
December 16, 2010
Thursday mornings are Baby Time at the local Family Center. I am pleased to be a part of the drop-in activities there, anyone and everyone is welcome. It's usually Scarlett, Coco & I who head down for the activities they have coordinated. We've taken part in Gym Babies, Sign Language for Babies, Family Tree Making, Baby Weigh & Measure & Baby Scrapbook Pages. It's such a treat to have this offered in our community!
Cory sporting a coal moustache sucker from Scarlett's friend Rhett...love this picture.
My Mom & I had a laugh making rice krispy cake for the school dance.
Finally put our tree up.
The kids had so much fun at the school holiday dance tonight...it was a great time!
December 15, 2010
December 14, 2010
December 13, 2010
Today I took a spur-of-the-moment trip to Minot with my sister Amber to finish up all of our Christmas shopping. It was great to get away with her and have the day to ourselves. I vistited Starbucks & stocked up on their Christmas blend coffee and picked up some green & red Christmas balls to place in my vintage tin bowl.
The holiday decor around here is coming together, I just love the new advent calendar our friend Trina made for our kids!