Sunday, December 30, 2012

week 52 in pictures

this week is super-funky. we have christmas eve, day, etc. and then a repeat with dave’s parents, once we got to cali. lots of days with multiple events or multiple pictures of each event… ugh. such a pain to weed through! not that there’s anything wrong with having lots of pictures, it just takes some time to edit and choose and all that.

monday: christmas eve. we always take a family picture by one of the trees in the church after the christmas eve service.057

tuesday: christmas morning. just before everyone came downstairs. (the pile of presents on the mantel are what won’t fit in micah’s super-skinny stocking. this happens every year. layla only had one this year that didn’t fit. and shane’s stocking is HUGE, so it’s not usually an issue.)058

wednesday: dave, layla, and shane, all playing with micah’s pirate ship before heading out on our long drive to california. where’s micah? no idea.136

thursday: christmas morning all over again in gramma and papa’s living room!144

friday: 7 or so hours in the way back seat of the van, sandwiched between shane and layla (who bickered the WHOLE time)so we could go see the iowa dapelos, who were in SOCAL.288

also friday: having pizza for dinner after we all finally arrived. notice, the 3 girls together at one end and micah and jacob together at the other end. poor matthew was a little antisocial – given that he was asleep!IMG_20121228_202150

saturday: papa, gramma, and 2 families’ worth of grandkids at our hotel room.IMG_4845-001

and some skinnies: 1. giving ginger treats in my infamous christmas jammies (I wear these ONLY on christmas!). 2. micah enjoying one of the complimentary cookies at our hotel.461380_10151210832733977_424658421_o 289

and several big collages from christmas, etc…

christmas morning:2013-01-07

playing with new toys:2013-01-071

christmas day with grandma and grandpa:2013-01-072

christmas with gramma and papa:2013-01-0712

our visit with the iowa dapelos. brief, but fun.2013-01-081

saturday, at the mall in socal:2013-01-074

{book shots will be added later}

Friday, December 28, 2012

christmas repeat with gramma and papa

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the morning (late morning) after our 2:30am arrival, we had a ‘christmas morning’ repeat with dave’s parents and gramma. games, ornaments, stuffed friends, clothes, and books were opened and enjoyed. 149160142154167157169 171 172

and then there is the famous singing reindeer hat! oh joy of joys! it lights up, sings “grandma got run over by a reindeer” and the antlers move back and forth!180 183

it’s always so much fun to get to celebrate multiple times with different people. I love dragging out the season!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

christmas day with my parents

we decided not to make the christmas day trip down to portland this year, so instead, we had christmas dinner here, with my parents.

but first, we opened presents.

layla went first. there were 3 things in this box…

pink tights,252

a black leotard,256

and pink ballet slippers!258

AND, this gift comes with ballet classes! finally! she has been waiting so long to do this and was very excited.

next was micah. super-huge, unbelievably awesome, playmobil pirate ship! this thing is seriously cool.265

shane got his present from them earlier in the month (his new trumpet), but grandma felt bad that he wouldn’t have anything to open, so he also got a pair of seattle skyline socks.

then it was grandma and grandpa’s turn to open gifts from us.

since they finally moved into their new house (down the road from us), they needed new stuff to go with their bathroom, so I picked out a bathmat, and a set of towels that would look good in there. 272

and, to go with them, shane got them a new, coordinating shower curtain.274

after dinner, we played a round of layla’s new game, ‘headbanz’, which was quite entertaining.282283

and then we played some ‘apples to apples’ while micah and layla watched ‘the year without a santa claus’, and played with the pirate ship.285

it was a mellower christmas day, but fun, and I got to spend it with my parents, which I am very grateful for.

christmas morning

santa was here!058

every year, dave does this. he goes around taking pictures of people on christmas morning, waking up and getting out of bed.

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I won’t bore you with all the stocking stuff pictures.

in a strange and rare occurrence, “santa” left something for me, too! I got my project life kit and binders for next year. after going back and forth last year about whether to do clementine or cobalt, I finally chose cobalt. I don’t regret that, but I have still really loved clementine, so that’s what I get to use for 2013. at some point, I’ll have to do olive and seafoam too… I want them all! but now I’m all set!IMG_20121225_085707

micah’s gift to shane:092

micah’s gift to layla (it’s a night light):094

shane’s gift to micah:098

shane’s gift to layla:104

layla’s gift to shane:115

layla’s gift to micah (he also got a new grinch shirt, since his old one BARELY got him through christmas):119

the kids got me a new space needle ornament identical to the one that got broken when the tree tipped over.109

micah made this in preschool:112

the BIG gift… they are each opening 2 games for the new xbox kinect! shane is smiling because he’s already figured it out at this point.122

micah was not as impressed with this gift as the others. he said something really funny, expressing his displeasure, but I forget what it was. oh well. he has, since then, warmed up to the idea plenty!126

everybody checking out the new toys:129 131IMG_20121225_121404133277

the leapsters aren’t new, but they each got a new game for them in their stockings.134

what a fun haul! we are so blessed.

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