Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas Morn

Here is a few pics from celebrating Christmas at my sisters in KC.

Putting out the cookies, milk and carrots for Santa and his reindeer.
(the Christmas jammies were ALL ME!)

Santa Baby
Christopher getting what he hoped for:

Colton getting what he hoped for:

Carson eating what he hoped for: :)

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas Eve!

So I have decided that the 12 days of Christmas countdown is just not going to happen unless we stay in Montana. Hmmm, maybe next year! I wish you all safe travels and that you all get to enjoy the warmth of someone you love! Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 18, 2009

8th Day of Christmas

Yea for cousins!

(We made it to my oldest sisters' house today!)

9th day of Christmas

It wouldn't be Christmas without candy cane Rudolphs!

10th Day of Christmas

So I can't talk about Christmas without adding traveling to the list. It has been over ten years since I left "home" and have yet to spend a Christmas in Montana! So here ya go-my piles of clothes yet to be packed.
(And if you didn't notice I am playing catch-up since this day I packed up the computer!)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

11th Day of Christmas

So I can't talk about, traditions, baking, gatherings, traveling, joy, love without remembering my mom. Christmas really was her favorite time of year and this year she gets to celebrate by feasting with Jesus and dancing with angels.

Monday, December 14, 2009

12th day of Christmas

Ok, so I am hooked. And still have 15 minutes left of the 12th day before Christmas! So I will join this friend and this friend, as they take a photo a day leading up to the magical day when we celebrate Jesus' birth! So here ya go,

I am sure that you all have those moments, proud mother moments. You know, when you catch your child doing or saying something, totally out of the blue, that just makes your mommy heart glitter with pride...

This is not that moment.

Colton made his own version of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas".

And had his entire class singing it.

He is a funny boy. Oh, son, you crack me up!

Christmas at the Carlson's

Our first Christmas gathering of the year! There will be at least 3-4 more. We had a really great time! A full turkey dinner with all the fixins', watched Night at the Museum 2 (a rare time when nobody had yet seen), presents, and then sledding. Or sledding Grandpa-style! There wasn't very much snow, so we thought that to get everyone bundled, loaded up and try to find a hill with enough snow... nope. Grandpa hitched the sled up to the ATV and voila! I stayed on board to keep Grandpa under "mom's speed limit"! And then hopped on board the sled. (A visit to the chiropractor is in my future!) It was a blast, the kids didn't want to stop, until we told them there was hot cocoa inside!!! Man, it was cold!

Obligatory pre-present picture
(Christopher is ready to dig into presents!)


You'll shoot your eye out! (with a marshmallow)

Christopher had to put his ornament on the tree, upside-down!

Colton with his ornament

What do you do when there aren't any hills? Sledding Grandpa-style!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Over the mountains and through the plains... Grandfather's house we go. Then to daddy's in Vermont to stay for three months. Where I will home school Colton and have unlimited access to a swimming pool, and a cleaning lady (that does the dishes *squeal with delight*). And REALLY cool stuff to do. Like New York and Boston and Maine and...

and I am so excited, because I LOVE change and though it may be stressful, I still love it.

But how do you pack?

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Christmas Stroll and the "Polar Express"

Christmas Stroll

Waiting patiently for the parade to begin

Colton says that candy canes dipped in hot cocoa "tastes like Christmas"
I agree!

Carson trying to keep warm
Hurray for the parade!

Polar Express

The only evidence I was there. Pic taken by Colton.
Christopher mesmerized by the "elf"
reading the story of the Polar Express
Colton writing his letter to Santa and singing Christmas carols
Colton's letter to Santa
Christopher, Mrs. Claus with Carson, Colton, and Santa
Teddy and Mooey along for the ride!
Happy little elf!
(sorry it's blurry, you gotta catch em' quick!)

Friday, December 04, 2009