Frosty The Snowman? Nope, It’s Al. Winter fun.

We awoke to a very Christmas-y feeling. Peering out the window at a snow covered neighborhood i got that antsy feeling.I knew what we were going to do today. I made the kids breakfast, let them play a bit, put Olive down for her nap with anticipation that it would be a short one, and I was right. When she woke I quickly got the kids dressed and bundled up, by then the snowfall had stopped and the temperature was perfect. Today was the day we would be building our first snowman of the season. And the first year Olive would be helping.  It was awesome. Brandon and I rolled snow, patted snow, rubbed snow, trying to get the perfect roundness of a snowman. Didn’t happen but our snowman was perfect to us nonetheless.

Olive made sure his buttons were just right.  We stood back and inspected him a bit. Added a bit more snow here and there and tada.  Brandon named him Al.

This photo is from Al’s prospective.

And this photo is from Olive’s prospective.

She didn’t know what to think. She would run up to him and yell “hi” or “hello”, pat him and make kissing noises.

Afterward I attempted to take the kids sledding only to tip the sled over before I made it a few steps. Epic fail. They wanted to go back inside instead where I made them both some warm milk chocolate with whipped cream and French vanilla snowmen marshmallows.  So, Al is on the front lawn and I’m just crossing my fingers he stays for Christmas. When I went out to photograph him this evening he was missing an eye already.  I patted it back on him and whistled a Christmas tune on my way back into the house like nothing ever happened.

Isn’t winter grand?

I’ve been doing the “ho ho ho Merry Christmas” in that deep Santa Claus voice and Olive has quickly caught on to me and she is now saying “ho ho ho” every chance she gets. It’s adorable.

Brandon’s holiday vacation is off to a great start. He’s so excited about Christmas eve and baking cookies for Santa tomorrow evening. It’s going to be great!

From our family to yours, Have a wonderful holiday.

 

 

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giving thanks. Yellow and purple. Thank you. gift giving

What i am feeling right now:

Joy.

Happy.

Hopeful.

Blessed.

Sadness.

Anxiety.

Mixed emotions that are very hard to describe and cope with.  Life is full of so much uncertainty.

Yesterday we were so blessed to have Dad here.  It meant so much to us that he was able to be here and to see us in our home and we appreciate all that was done by our family to make this day possible. This was a huge blessing I have a hard time describing or even talking about, or even writing it really but I want our children to read this some day and know how special the day was for all of us. It was a great second Thanksgiving dinner that we will cherish always. There were tears, laughter, and happiness. Making memories to last a lifetime with our family is what life is all about. I gave so much thanks yesterday as I’m sure everyone else did as well. For the day. For dad. For time. For family. And for life itself.

Olive kept running up to dad and yelling “Hi!” every chance she got and rubbing his hands or putting her head in his lap. She’s so sweet.  He’s grampa to many grandchildren and to Olive he’s “gah-paw”, as she calls him. She’s certainly “grampa’s girl” as he calls her. Olive was named after dad’s mom. He loves it and so do we. The photo you see in the heading of our blog is of Olive and grampa’s feet. I took that photo at a family wedding and I adore it so much. We would love to have it on canvas someday.

Cherished memories. Cherished photographs. I love our family so much.

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Olive has some new words she has learned. Yellow, which she calls yellow just as plain as day and purple, which she calls paw-pawl. She also says “it’s cute” alot haha, I taught her that one! She just started saying thank you. When she wants a cracker or anything for that matter and we hand her one, she will immediately follow with thank you, we don’t even ask her to. She’s awesome. A fast learner like Brandon was.

(playing with her Brandon)

(Olive’s awesome tie dye tights –Spotted Pony Designs)

(standing on her head haha.. she does this in her bed when shes tired too)

(playing peek-a-boo)

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Brandon has a half day on Wednesday. The last day of school before Holiday break begins. They are having a class party and gift giving exchange. He got this really cool solar powered oven for a boy in his class. He loved it so much he has asked for one for Christmas. He is doing wonderfully in his new school, has made lots of friends and is enjoying each day.

We are so blessed for this.

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This morning we woke up late. I sat up and looked out the window and sunrise over the river had just begun and it was absolutely beautiful. What a gorgeous view from our bedroom.  My first instinct was to grab my camera.

It’s like magic.

Have a great day.

A winter reminisce.

Olive is really getting into her holiday spirit.


Breaking out the Santa hat for a little coloring session. She loves to color, almost as much as she loves apples but not quite.

Yep, our apple loving girl prefers to snack on what else? APPLES when we are out and about.

I wonder what these next few months are going to be like once the snow covers the ground. Will she love it because she can play in it with Brandon? Or maybe she won’t like it because its cold…

Only time will tell, but I certainly look forward to her reaction this year.

Last winter she was only 6 months old and confused about the fluffy white stuff but all in all she didn’t seem to mind it.

(See photos below of Brandon and Olive’s first ever sledding excursion together from last winter…don’t worry no hills were involved and I just pulled them along). As you can see Brandon absolutely loved it!

With the holidays quickly approaching I am reminded of our need to purchase a new Christmas tree this year. I look forward to having Brandon help us decide and pick out a few new ornaments as well.

I saw a really cool holiday craft project on Kelle’s blog, and now I’m inspired once again. I think it’s about time for a trip to Michaels after seeing those adorable tree’s she created. She’s brilliant so check her out here!

With all of these festivities in mind there is one in particular I’m excited about, Brandon’s 8th birthday. 8! Where does the time go?