Friday, December 30, 2011

All I Want for Christmas New Year's Is My Two Front Teeth

Through the entire month of December we've all sworn every day that Finley's two front (top) teeth were going to poke through.  At her 9 month appointment in early December, the doctor said, "They'll be here any day now..." During the weeks leading to Christmas we all sung that infamous song to her knowing they'd be here on Christmas.  And on Christmas we all just knew they'd pop down.  But here we are, it's New Year's and we're still waiting...

...but I just know it will be any time now!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Don't Forget the Radishes...

Christmas Eve was an exciting one this year, as it was our first Christmas at our new house as well as Finley's first overall! 

It was an honor to be able to have Jason's family join us for Christmas Eve dinner and celebrate the holiday.  And it was fun for everyone to see Logan's excitement as he prepared for Santa to come. 

We spread reindeer food throughout the yard for Rudolph and friends...

...And of course left milk (chocolate!) and cookies for Santa.  But this year, Logan informed us that Santa is a radish lover and insisted we leave him (not his reindeer) a few radishes in addition to his cookies.  Who doesn't like radishes and cookies??

And then we quickly (at Logan's request, since he knows Santa doesn't come until he's asleep) read T'was the Night Before Christmas, before bed...

...anxiously awaiting, the dancing birthday cake.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Bubbles, Snow & Penguins

Every year the week before Christmas our family heads to Galena, Illinois to stay together as a big family at my Grandparents' home in Eagle Ridge, otherwise known as the Penguin House.  This year was Finley's first year and we were a little nervous about an 8 hour car ride with both kids, but they surprised us and were both amazing.

  The kids had fun splashing in the big bathtub but we were all a little disappointed that there was no snow when we got there - we barely recognized the house with out any snow!  The night before our 'Christmas' Logan went to bed wishing for snow.  We tried to let him down easy that there probably wouldn't be any (only a 20% chance) but he stayed hopeful. 

Lucky for him, the next morning we awoke to open presents with a nice dusting.  Enough to do a little sledding!

Logan had a great time sledding down hill and stomping around watching his tracks behind him.  

All in all, it was a great weekend despite nearly half our party getting the stomach flu (Finley getting it on the drive home!).  We tried to make the best of it and as always enjoyed each other's company doing nothing but visiting, laughing and relaxing together as a family.   

Thursday, December 22, 2011

We Hope You Have a HOOT of a Christmas!

Wishing you and yours a HOOT of a Holiday!


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

A Dancing Birthday Cake

It was down to the wire, the week that Logan would meet Santa and tell him his wishes and requests for the year of 2011.  I asked him over and over through the week what he wanted, prodding and planting ideas in his head, new train tracks, art supplies, trucks... I even threw out the idea of a new clubhouse.  He didn't take the bait.  He couldn't even think of anything.  Once he even said, "I don't think there is anything else that I really need." Really? 

Finally, out of the blue, he walks up to me looking proud.  He had made a decision.  "I am going to ask Santa for a pretend game of hide-and-seek with real people." Huh?  We asked him over and over and he was adamant that he was asking for this new game.  Finally, we convinced him that Santa might not know what that is and he should probably start thinking of something else (not to mention the fact that I have no idea how I would come up with a creation to match his request!)

He thought a little more.  And more.  And more.  And finally he came up with this:  a dancing birthday cake.  Yep, you read it correctly.   A dancing birthday cake (with a real banana on top).  Seriously? Where does he get this stuff?  No hot commodity item? Dancing Elmo? Silly Bandz? Cars II on DVD? iPad? Nope.  A dancing birthday cake, folks.  

And since seeing Santa, he has not wavered once in his request.  At least he's staying consistent, right? So, we are anxiously awaiting Christmas morning, with much anticipation of Santa bringing the dancing birthday cake.  

Wednesday, December 7, 2011