Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Beginning of 2012

2012 got off to a rough start for us. We brought a cold back from Texas and were all sick for New Year’s. The boys went to bed early, and Jonathan and I barely made it up to watch the ball drop in New York before turning in for the night. I think it’s the first time since I was a kid that I haven’t stayed up until midnight on New Year’s Eve.

The following weekend Nana came up for a visit. She babysat the boys Saturday night while Jonathan and I photographed a wedding in Seattle. And on Sunday morning we celebrated a belated Christmas together.

We spent the next weekend stimulating the economy at Ikea and U Village. Actually, we didn’t end up buying very much, but we did a lot of looking around. It was a good thing we left when we did though. On the way home from Seattle on Sunday it started to snow. And snow. And snow.

Turns out, “snowmageddon” was here. Over the next few days we got well over a foot of snow, most of it came in the beginning and just hung around all week. We didn’t even leave the neighborhood until the following Saturday! Jonathan worked from home Mon-Wed, and when he could he took the boys outside to play. One downside of being 7.5 months pregnant when it snows is that you can’t really go play like you normally would. Then Wednesday night we got more snow, a lot of wind, and on Thursday morning we lost power for 57 hours.

I recall shortly after our last big power outage (when I was pregnant with Avery) Jonathan went out and purchased a generator. I believe I may have given him a hard time about it. Let me just publicly state that I am so thankful my Eagle Scout husband got that generator! Talk about being prepared. It was so nice to have a cold refrigerator, a decent cup of coffee, run the toaster oven, and especially use my blow dryer. I really did not want to air dry my hair in our freezing cold house! So babe, I just want to say, “I love you, and you were right about the generator.”

Unfortunately we weren’t able to hook up to our furnace, so it was pretty cold inside, especially the second night. But it wasn’t so bad, it was just starting to get “not fun” when the power finally came on Saturday night (just in time to heat up the house before the boys went to bed). I was so excited, I ran the dishwasher, the laundry, and the vacuum with the disturbing enthusiasm of a Stepford wife. Over the week, the boys (mostly Avery) fit in a lot of sledding, hot chocolate drinking, and playing with Daddy. It was nice having Jonathan home for a couple of impromptu days off, sort of a cold stay-cation. And it was fun to go back to basics for a little while, but it is great to have the things we take for granted back! Here’s hoping we have a more relaxing February before the baby arrives!

This large gift bag once contained a gift for little Jonathan

Our pirates opening their bounty

When Jonathan picked this out for his parents, he almost got one for himself too. I told him to put it on his Christmas list. It all worked out end in the end!

Blueberry pancakes on the griddle

The boys relaxing

Avery trying his new kid-sized yard tools outside

Kieron at Land of Nod

Staying dry with Avery

Time to play in the snow!

Giving the snowman his nose

Avery joked that the snowman had a baby in it’s belly


Avery sledding down our hill

Mommy & Kieron at the park

In the back yard

Our icy trees

Playing inside

The view from our front porch


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Christmas in Texas

We celebrated Christmas in Texas this year. We flew in a few days early and spent the majority of our time shopping, wrapping, baking, and having play dates and sleep overs with cousins Nicole and Andrew. On Christmas Eve Day we met up with my cousin, Laura, and her family at Neiman Marcus in Dallas. They had a special holiday display set up where the kids could climb through tunnels that meandered through the store-front windows. This was a hit with the kids, who raced through the exhibit dozens of times.

Uncle Scott & Aunt Manivanh hosted Christmas Eve. We munched on hors d’oeurves, played our traditional Christmas “dice game,” the kids decorated a gingerbread house, and Santa even dropped by for a visit.

Christmas Day was celebrated at Grammy and Papa’s house. Avery woke up early that morning and ventured downstairs by himself while we were still sleeping. Fortunately, Jonathan woke up and discovered him opening presents. Most of the stockings were emptied out, and one gift for Scott & Manivanh was unwrapped. I was a little surprised that Avery did this, but apparently Jonathan once did something similar when he was little, so it must be some mischievous trait Avery gets from his dad. Shortly after re-stuffing the stockings, we all opened presents together. The kids were totally in their element and paper and boxes were everywhere. We had a delicious Christmas feast that evening with all the traditional fixings.

Overall, we had a great holiday, and enjoyed spending time with our family in Texas. Here are some pictures from our trip:

The cookie decorating team

A beautiful sunny day at the park

Playing on the iPad

Jingle, our “elf on the shelf,” followed us all the way to Texas. That’s him on the window sill.

Kieron with his buddy, Cosette

He’s telling us he wants ice cream

Jonathan took Avery and Nicole ice skating at the mall

Avery, in the Neiman Marcus display

Avery with cousin, Will

Grammy and Mommy on Christmas Eve

The kid’s table

Playing the dice game (Avery was not too keen on the idea of stealing presents)

Our little chef was in heaven playing in the kitchen all night

Gingerbread architects/decorators

The boys, quiet and in awe of Santa (I think Kieron was clinging to my leg at this point)

Check out the serious face on Avery

Looking for Rudolph’s red nose in the sky

Christmas morning!

He was a good boy after all! This was what he’d been asking for all month.

Kieron pumping iron

Like father, like son. Now he just needs a toy roaster – do they make those?

Aunt Manivanh mixing green bean casserole

Papa whipping up twice baked potatoes

Nicole modeling a new shirt

Kieron trying cheesecake

Poor Cosette, trying to rest before Kieron comes after her again

Mommy flying Daddy’s helicopter

Grammy with Yorkshire pudding puffs

A toast at the kid’s table

Christmas dinner

Our attempt at a picture of the four cousins

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Seeing Santa Claus

We visited Santa Claus and his reindeer at the Cougar Mountain Zoo again this year. The boys really enjoyed feeding apple slices to Rudolph and the other reindeer, although Avery needed an explanation as to why Rudolph’s nose was not red.

Then we continued past the reindeer up to Santa’s cabin, and that’s when our normally outgoing and flirtatious Kieron turned to mush on the floor. He does not trust that Santa Claus! I briefly considered handing him over to Santa for one of those classic crying toddler pics, but the man just looked so nice, and Kieron is quite a fighter, and surprisingly strong. I worried Santa would wind up with a black eye or a fat lip, so I ended up back in the picture this year, holding Kieron. Avery told Santa he had been a good boy this year, and that he would like a Serpent Pirate Ship for Christmas.

Tossing coins into the fountain

On Santa’s sleigh

The boys helping out with Christmas cookies

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