Wow, now that's a white Christmas!

In the last 24 hours we have received over a foot of snow. Yikes! Chris' snowplow conked out on him before he was even halfway done, but as he started shoveling a kind neighbor pulled up on an ATV with a snowplow in front and cleared out our whole driveway. What a friendly neighborhood we have moved into! Of course, Chris has an eye on getting one of these now. Ah, men and their toys. *grin*

We would have spent the day inside, but we were going over to Gary and Peggy's for Christmas at their house (since all the other days were taken). Isabelle had a blast playing in the snow with her cousins, although they didn't stay outside as long as she did. And guess who got to stay outside in the cold with her? Yep, that's right...me. And I absolutely hate the cold! But Chris didn't have any boots or mittens. Well, at least it gave me a chance to take some nice pictures of Belle in the snow. And just so you know, she did NOT want to go inside. My feet were numb by the time she finally let me carry her in. She was having too much fun making and throwing snowballs.



Nothing like a nice, warm cup of cocoa (with marshmallows!) on a cold, wintery day.

A Hunting We Will Go

We cut down our very first Christmas tree this weekend. And in order to get Isabelle excited about it, we told her we were going to go hunting for a tree. I think because she always hears about her daddy going hunting, she thought she'd see what it was all about. So rather than going to get a pre-cut tree in town like we usually do, we bundled the kids up and headed for a tree farm. It ended up being a bigger ordeal than necessary! I had heard of a tree farm that wasn't far away but I couldn't remember the name...only knew that it started with an "H" and was 5 miles before Leon and that there were signs for it. Well, we drove well out of the way without seeing any sign whatsoever. On our way back, only about a mile or two away from our house, there it was...a white sign in white snow! No wonder we didn't spot it the first time! Surprisingly, our moods were bright despite the long detour, so we decided we would still tackle cutting down our Christmas tree. It ended up being so much fun! They had a sled for the kids to ride, as well as hot cider and candy canes (which we didn't take advantage of). The owner was very nice as well. I think we have started a new family tradition now!

The tree farm

The warm hut that served hot cider and candy canes (and also where you could go if you were cold)

Daddy pulling the sled

Sled ride

Cutting the tree

Dragging the tree

On our way!

The flock of geese that flew over just as we were about to leave



Belle found a baseball-type hat in her drawer this morning. I put it on her the correct way (the bill in the front), but she wanted nothing to do with it like that. For some reason or another, she insisted that it goes on backward. Where she got that idea, I have no clue. But, I thought she looked cute just the same.

Packer Game

Chris and I had a little Packer party with his parents and grandparents (and his cousin Lauren showed up for the first quarter or so). I finally got to make the artichoke dip that I got from the next door neighbor last year. I have been waiting and waiting to make it! Everyone seemed to have a good time. It's just too bad that the Packers didn't win.


The snow has come! It is now officially winter.


Happy (belated) Birthday!

Grahm turned 9 months old yesterday! He was being difficult for pictures, but I ended up getting one or two good ones once Chris came home from work and helped me. Grahm just did not want to stay still, and with my bad back (still!) I'm not able to chase him around on the floor as easily.

It's hard to believe that he's 9 months old already. It's bittersweet to think that in only a few months he'll be one (and Belle will be 2 1/2)! The time has really been flying by and I feel like I haven't gotten enough time to enjoy him as a baby. I really miss being able to hold him and cuddle him when he was a baby. But you're lucky to be able to hold him for more than 5 minutes now because all he wants to do is crawl/stand/play/explore. I knew he would grow up fast, I just feel a little caught off guard that's all. But on the up-side, it has been so much fun watching him grow up!


How We Spend Our Sunday Nights

Every sunday night, we try to chat online via video with Dave and Laurie (Belle and Grahm's California uncle and aunt). It is so nice to be able to stay in touch with them and have the kids "see" them on a regular basis.

*Please ignore the massive mess on my computer desk. I haven't set aside time yet to clean it.*


The Incredible Hulk

While I was getting Grahm's food together the other day, Isabelle was painting on the counter. I wasn't paying attention to what she was doing until I walked next to her to feed Grahm in his highchair. Silly me for thinking that she was going to use the paint on the paper!
*I only titled the post in reference to his green body, not his temper*

The Aftermath of a Bath

Chris gave both of the kids a bath last night and then they both went to sleep about a half hour later. Isabelle woke up and her hair was normal (bed-head normal). But Grahm on the other hand, woke up looking like this. Only half of his hair was spiked up while the other half lay normal. After a few hours, it eventually settled back down.


This is what I opened the door to find after an afternoon of shopping with Grammy (the kids Great-Grandma Halverson): both kids sound asleep in their carseats!