Thursday, January 01, 2009


I guess it's about time I catch you up on the last few weeks...

Christmas came early this year with a beautiful snowfall! Spencer & I spent the morning outside playing in the snow about a week and a half before Christmas. Last year Spencer was a little afraid of falling and walking in the snow. I think he didn't like the feeling of the snow crunching beneath his feet (my favorite part of snow). This year he loved it! We tried to make a snowman, but the snow was too powdery. We ended up having a snowball fight and making a ton of snowangels instead. I collected some fresh snow that day in a bowl for snow ice cream and it is still in our freezer!
Christmas baking commenced as it does every year, only a few days before. ;) Spencer always love to help bake. This year was no exception. He did a great job placing the thumbprint cookies and squishing them with a chocolate hug. He helped sift the flour. He even picked out what cookie cutters he wanted and did a great job not cutting into other cookies as he cut them out.Christmas Eve Grandma and Grandpa Jones came over for pizza and our annual frosting of the sugar cookies. I am so bummed that I didn't get any pictures, but turns out Grandpa Jones is a master cookie artist. Spencer spent most of the time adding as many cinnamon disks to one cookie as humanly possible. I think that cookie was left for Santa to eat. :)

We opened presents that night and Spencer was surprised with Kota, the electronic dinosaur, from Grandma & Grandpa. At first, he didn't even know it was there, but as soon as he saw it, he was in love. He asked very nicely if he could play with it. Even Tatum got a ride. I have a video of it and I will have to post it as soon as I figure out how.After we set out Santa's milk & cookies we headed outside to sprinkle some Christmas dust. Our friends, the Joynt's, gave us this last year and we totally forgot to do it. It's oatmeal and glitter. So Santa can see our house from afar and the Reindeer have something to munch on while Santa leaves our presents. Very cool. We will definitely repeat every year!Christmas morning Spencer was so excited that he got what he wanted from Santa, a bumblebee transformer. Tatum got Spencer's old stand up table to play with. We were worried that Spencer would recognize that it was his and ask why Santa gave it to Tatum. We were totally prepared with an answer, but fortunately Spencer didn't care. He was too excited about all of his presents. We opened presents and socks (I don't know why, but I have always called stockings socks) before Grandma & Grandpa Young came over. Tony totally spoiled me with the coolest present. I got the flip camcorder. It's the size of my phone and it is totally awesome! The video quality is great and I can carry it around in my purse. Tony had remembered how I always mention what crazy things the kids do and I wish he would have been there to see it. Now he can!
After the reveal of all our lovely gifts to each other, Grandma & Grandpa Young came over for breakfast and we feasted on Octoberfest sausage, eggs, ham, & my homemade cinnamon rolls with purple frosting. The purple frosting occurs from using the leftover green & red frosting from the night before. ;) We then opened all of our presents and Spencer got many more toys, including a playmobil castle! I think Tatum's favorite presents were the bows.

I just love this picture! The kids had just opened all their presents and were elated!Not over yet, now it was time to head over to my parents house for dinner & family fun time! I am a little upset I didn't really get any photos there, I guess there is always so much going on and so many people that I forget. :) But we had a great time and Mom made an amazing dinner. We got lots of cool gifts like a magic bullet from my parents, a marble slab to mix ice cream on (we love Coldstone) from Nathan & Sheri, and a cool REAL hot chocolate maker from Dom & Melinda. Tate even got a stocking hat that says, Future Agent. Wonder where that came from? ;) My Grandpa got all the kids a new illustrated kids bible as well. A very cool thing to have. I am proud that we got this photo of the kids just before we were leaving.
They all had so much fun and were very grateful for everything. We ended up heading out a little early than usual though, because the roads had iced over. :( But overall we had an awesome Christmas! Thank you to everyone for sharing it with us...

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