Sunday, December 25, 2011

The Road to Christmas







Eventually we got to here (and a bit beyond with open presents, lots of food and wonderful family) for our Christmas, but I'd be remiss if I didn't share a bit of our journey to Christmas (and in case I don't get around to pictures/blogging for a while I figure I better stretch this current glut of photos as far as possible).   Truthfully, 2 happy kids in cute PJs with a place for guests to sleep, a decorated tree and wrapped (okay even purchased) presents didn't seem all that achievable a week ago amidst our boxes and general chaos.  Trust me, there's still lots of chaos in the house, and a 4 foot crab in the living room . . . but that's a story for another day.  For now, these two adorable munchkins hamming it up, eating wrapping paper and all in all being super cute:
 
After Amma left last Monday, I had 2 sick/snotty kids on my hands which through all the generous offers of friends willing to watch them out the window as well as any pipe dream I had of checking in at work.  We switched into survival mode and it was a great relief when the Watsons arrived with extra sets of hands on Wednesday.   Besides walking from our house to a yummy dinner out (yay!), one of our first orders of business was to go get a Christmas tree.  Matthew was all ready to go: 
However, this adorable face faded fast.  As we were snowshoeing around it was a gorgeous day in the mountains.  Both kids started out happy in their backpacks as we enjoyed the scenery and browsed for a tree. 
 
By the time we stopped moseying and got serious about a tree, Matthew decided he'd had enough of everything and proceeded to fuss (okay scream) the entire rest of the trip.  All the likely culprits could have been possible, cold hands, need to pee (this may be the downfall of winter sports for a while), hunger, tiredness . . . who knows.  Thanks to John Jr. for finding this winner and John III for cutting down the winning tree while we tried everything to calm a screaming 2 year old:

Catherine did extremely well and ended up passing out on the way back to the car.  While we tied up the tree and took off the shoes she continued to doze (notice the adorable hat courtesy of Teta Sharon and Amma):
 
 And Matthew took a screaming break just long enough for a few sips of cocoa.  He proceeded to meltdown halfway into town at which point he passed out for the rest of the afternoon.  We're still not certain the exact culprit of the calamity (he still wants to go on hikes in the backpack and will tell you he had fun).  Also note the super awesome owl hat from Teta Sharon!  We finally had to say goodbye to the infamous 'rog hat and I couldn't think of a more perfect replacement. 


 
 Though I would say Matthew was anti-helpful in gathering a tree, he certainly is helpful in cleaning up after baking!  Not surprisingly, he's a big fan of Grandma Jennie's fudge:



He was also very helpful in our gingerbread cookie making.  Not surprisingly, he was very good at sprinkling the flour on the counter:
 and rolling the dough with mommy:
and his favorite was pressing the dinosaurs with Uncle Ed:
Here was our tree at home, which was not the charlie browniest of Christmas trees this year:
 


 
 In fact, it looked quite good, until the cats knocked it over the first night:(  The lights are now a bit chaotic, the ornaments a lot jumbled and a not so pretty piece of twine is securing it to the window and "entertainment center" so it's a bit further down on the Charlie Brown scale than before.  However, it's perfect for our little "stage" of misfit televisions, trees, books and garland and though I have somewhat grander plans for this corner a long ways down the road, I wouldn't have it any other way right now.   

As it turns out I'm sitting outside Matthew's room on bedtime patrol.  Terrible for sleep but not such a bad thing for blogging :-)  Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!  I hope your holidays were filled with love, laughter, good food, family and friends. 

Sunday, December 18, 2011

hello world

Well, I have a lot of catching up to do but after we got back from Virginia, we closed on our new house on the 8th, I had a concert the 9th-11th, Amma arrived on the 10th and we then spent a week with locksmiths, electricians, cable guys, fridge deliveries and finally on the 16th, the movers with all of our big stuff. 
 
The above picture might epitomize the whole week - a smiling grandma loving on my babies, a pants-less son with wet sleeves from lord knows what, a daughter in a pumpkin outfit because I'm not sure where the rest of her clothes are and some miscellaneous things from various boxes that need put away in the background. 

5 weeks ago I said that my kids just needed to stay healthy until we finished moving and like clockwork they both got sick on Friday evening.  I'm blaming the germs Catherine picked up at her 6 month well check (holy crap!  how did that happen so soon!).  Otherwise, she's healthy and happy and a perfect almost 15 lbs, about 5 or so less than her brother at this milestone.  In other news she's moving and grooving around like crazy, scooting all kinds of places and up on her knees testing out crawling.  Much like her brother she chose the week we were moving to gain mobility.  Awesome.   So far we haven't lost her under too many pieces of furniture.  Matthew's not too jazzed she can now "chase" his toys  so we're working on that.  

Mom's been here for over a week (and been a HUGE help) and these are the only pictures I took since today may have been the first day my camera and batteries were not buried under mountains of crud but she's been doing a lot of loving on these kids. 

Speaking of Matthew's fun, here's a pic he took all by himself - not too bad:
 
And these which are awesome in their own way:



 

 



 
Hopefully we'll get to decking the halls soon as I don't know that we've done anything Christmas-y with Matthew at all between our vacation and the move.  Tonight I decided we'd test out our new craigslist couch with some cider and watching "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."  Matthew wasn't really interested in "santa", presents, trees or decorations, but he did spend the whole time worrying about the puppy. 

Tomorrow we say goodbye to Amma and in just a few days welcome Mas, Pas, Uncle Ed and Uncle John!  If you want to take a peek at what the house looked like with the renter's stuff in it, I have some random photos (mostly taken because I was scoping out closet space) here. 
 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Papa's Camera

My dad got a new camera and I had a ton of fun playing around with it. Here are some of my favorite shots from our visit:

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Adventures

It's good to be home. Between the travel across Virginia, the lack of sleep and the general exhaustion I definitely woke up our first morning in Montana confused about where I was (or maybe I just was wishing I could blame someone else for the disaster that was the room I was sleeping in!) We had a fantastic time and squeezed a lot of visiting in! Matt and Mas and Pas generously hosted a few dinners and parties so we could see as many people as possible and Amma and Pappa logged a lot of hours in the car to see our family the grandkids :-) We are very blessed that our families get along and were willing to both join us for a few outings.

We did our black Friday nerd-style with a trip to the Air and Space Museum. Matthew and Uncle John got to check out this plane:
And he had a ton of fun with Uncle Matt and Uncle Ed:

Fun with Matt's sunglasses:
The Watson Clan:
The Pozun Clan:
Then on Saturday we headed to the zoo. It was crazy crowded (though everything seems crowded compared to home) but the kids seemed to enjoy it amidst the chaos.
Though Matthew's favorites were definitely the small mammals. It was a little less crowded and he could get nose to nose with the animals. He was especially fond of the meerkats.
We also headed out to Clemnjontryi Park. Matthew may have stayed there forever if we would have let him.
However, the second try on the carousel was not overly successful and I wouldn't say he enjoyed it. However, if you ask him about the experience he likes to talk about the horse that went up and down and round and round. Go figure!
We're busy closing, moving and working this week but I'll try and slowly share some of my other favorite shots from our trip.

Five on Friday

1.  Look at these winter white legs out enjoying the sunshine at the dino park.  Spring has FINALLY sprung! These boys went from winter di...