Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Day

Christmas Day we spent time with Jason's family at his sister's house. Amelia wasn't in the best of moods for most of the day and this is pretty much what she looked like all day:

She is cutting more teeth, the gathering got going at her naptime and she's not used to being around more than a few people at a time so we really couldn't blame her for being confused and upset. We put her into a spare room (that we quickly babyproofed) for some quiet time and that helped immensely.

She just chilled out on the bed while the adults and older children opened gifts.

I didn't manage to take many pictures and we remembered family pictures after mostly everyone had left but we got one of us with Jason's mom, sister, Kory and Cashew:

Our little family:

We hope everyone had a Merry Christmas :)

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve

This afternoon, after I got home from work, Jason and I made our way to my parent's house to celebrate Christmas with them. On our way we stopped at the marina to drop in on Jason's mom's side of the family Christmas gathering.

Amelia spent a lot of time eating cookies and "talking" with her Great-Grandpa.

We've had dinner, opened gifts, put the squirt to bed and now are just relaxing.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Playing Catch-Up

Today I finally did something I have been trying to do for an entire week now...laundry. In fact, I did this much laundry:

And there is still more going down there! Life just got in the way of doing any laundry this past week. Last Wednesday Amelia and I opted to spend the day with this guy

and his mom and sister at the Mall of America! We had a blast and were glad to spend the afternoon with them!

After that there was work and more work. We also had a bout with a fever:

She finally accepted a little (off-brand) Pedialyte:

After that, she seemed thrilled about life:

(see all her teeth!!!)

Now we are just trying our best to enjoy this week of Christmas and not let ourselves get too stressed.

This little girl helps with that :)

I will end with a better picture of Jason's great Christmas surprise:

I'm still not sure how he managed to pull it off!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Toddler's Choice

This is what you get when you dress a toddler in everything she brings you. Nana's hat, her coat, mittens and a puppy in a purse. No shoes.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Santa Came Early

I got home from work this afternoon, went up to our room and found something on the bed. "Santa" came to visit us early this year.

Jason did a little Black Friday shopping this year and got us these personalized Bears and Vikings jerseys online. I had no idea he had been saving his "allowance" (we each get a little cash each pay period for ourselves) for months to get me a gift. I felt awful that he had done it and I hadn't done anything special for him. After I said that a few times he stood up, took his sweatshirt off and said, "don't worry, I got myself one too!"

We're wearing them tonight as we watch the Bears and the Vikings play the first outdoor, professional football game in Minnesota (at the U of M's TCF Bank stadium) in 29 years. In fact, tonight is the 29th anniversary of their last (outdoor) home game at Met Stadium. This is a game that almost bought tickets to earlier this fall but didn't after he lost his job in September. I don't know if we are happy that we aren't at the game or relieved... It is -1 windchill in Minneapolis tonight with yet another winter storm in progress. We are due to get another 6-10 inches this evening (on top of the 17-20 inches we received just over a week ago). I wonder how many people will still want an outdoor stadium in Minnesota after tonight's game...

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Another Blizzard

Today we had our third sever winter storm in WI. This was projected 15-18" and I'd say they were right on this time. It is crazy here! I went to work at 3:30 AM today and the roads were already less than ideal. When I left just after 8 they were only worse. In fact, I got stuck at the end of grandpa's driveway coming home:

I was really stuck. No amount of backing up and gunning it forward made any difference at all. Jason had to get the snowblower going because it was just the only way we were going to get it out.

I felt bad. Grandpa has a long driveway. Really long. We eventually got it out. He dug out grandpa's Jeep so he could drive it to work. He made it out and Amelia and I spent the night snowed-in. She enjoyed the view onto the back patio:

There is so much snow back there right now! I am relieved that grandpa took the dog with him this weekend so we don't have to worry about letting her out in all that!

I have been worried about being snowed-in in the morning because I have to work but then I heard a "beep, beep, beep"...

Someone in a Bobcat came to plow us out! Thank goodness!

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Tree Cutting Day!

Today we went to cut down the Christmas tree for this holiday season! I have never had a real tree so it was very cool to go with to cut down the tree for Jason's sister's house (she is hosting Christmas this year.) We rode out to the trees on a covered wagon

After being dropped off we walked through the woods

Following posted signs

Admiring the beautiful trees

Until we found the tagged lot

We found our tree and Uncle Kory cut it down

He and Auntie Liz pulled it on a tarp back to the wagon

Where they bagged it up...

...and loaded it up on the back of the wagon

and we rode back to the barns where Liz and I warmed up with some hot apple cider

Once our tree was ready Kory carried it to the car

Where he and Jason loaded it up!

It was a nice, crisp, 13-degree day here in northern WI...complete with a light snowfall! It was pretty perfect out!

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Napping Buddies

Ludo has found himself another napping buddy:

Grandpa and him spend a lot of time together on the couch. Until grandpa's lap gets too warm that is :)

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Christmas Lights!

Yesterday we put up Christmas lights at grandpa's house! Jason and I got a pretty good deal on LED lights so we got a bunch and are happy to have them to use in the following years! Grandpa ok'd us putting them up at his house and he even helped us (well, Jason) put them up in the cold:

They look so, so great up! I think we may even get a couple more boxes :) Amelia even has her own twinkle lights in her room which she loves to admire:

Yesterday after her nap it was dark out already and this was her reaction to seeing the lights outside through the windows:

pure joy

Christmas lights are my favorite Christmas decoration and it seems that Amelia is following in my footsteps. I just love how excited she gets when she sees them. Car rides are a whole new ballgame at night now.

It is starting to feel like the Christmas season this week and Jason and I are doing great on our gift shopping. We have a lot of gifts already and a list for the remaining people. Now all we have to do is get the remaining gifts as we can and we are done! For now, we will enjoy seeing Christmas lights each night and remembering the reason for this season.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Welcoming Home Friends!

Tonight, Jason, Amelia and I went and dropped off some baby gear at our friend's house for her to use while she is home for the holidays! Amelia and J had some fun playing on a box. They made it into a new slide and took turns going down it:

We also got to meet little A!

These two will hopefully play a few more times before they leave in January!

When it was time to go, J walked Amelia all the way to the door. Holding her hand.

It was so, so cute!!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Little Holiday Spirit

Today has been spent getting into the holiday spirit. This morning Jason and his grandpa tried their hand at making the family recipe cranberry relish:

This afternoon my sister and I put up our parent's tree:

We didn't put any ornaments up again this year since Amelia is even more curious this year and Shad (my mom's cat) broke a few ornaments last year! Instead we have the ribbons and six different kinds of candy canes adorning the tree!

Now we are watching A Deep Fried Korean Thanksgiving while Kim wraps gifts and I eat oreos. It's been a pretty good day off!