Christmas Day

We had a great, but crazy Christmas. I think I might have been more excited than the kids! We had our traditional appetizers, picnic-style on Christmas eve. Our friends the Higbee’s joined us in our celebration. Christmas morning the kids were so excited to open their stockings and see what Santa had brought. Kevin opened a present and immediately wanted to open another. Next year, we might just have to wrap up a bunch of empty boxes for him! We were all thrilled with what we got and had a wonderful, extra crazy Christmas day as I tried to prepare a feast for 8 with many, many distractions and very little time. It turned out ok. The turkey was fabulous, but that’s about all I can say turned out. Onto another year!

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YAY for presents!

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I’ll help you Tasha!

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Some of Annika’s Christmas loot

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Tasha’s dora present

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Kevin’s loot

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Tasha’s loot

Thanksgiving!

Ok, so I know this isn’t in order, but oh well…. We spent a week down in Littleton with Ammon’s family and here are all the pics!

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Here’s what Ammon spent most of Thanksgiving doing….Mr. Mechanic!

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Me and my baby

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Major baby giggles

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Sitting pretty, waiting to leave for church

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Sisters

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Cousins attacking cousins

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Auntie and the girls

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Making candy pumpkin turkey’s

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Proud turkey-maker

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Final products. Aren’t they beautiful!? (tee hee)

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Sweet Malika playing for the camera

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Baby snuggles with Auntie

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Caught red-handed

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Ethan and Tasha waiting patiently for dessert

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Makin forts

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Typical Kevin face these days

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See?

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Little Lika feeding baby

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Hey, these fit on my fingers! Food you can play with!

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Lika just being cute

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Mommy with all her babies!

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My sweet little girl

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Warm me up Papa!

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Papa and Annika hanging out

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Paul and the baby girls

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Pushpa and baby Annika, quality time

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Ring around the rosies

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Aren’t we lovely?

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Hey, I can do it too!

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Pretty Tasha-girl. All dressed up for Thanksgiving

If only….

I’d gotten these shots more than three days before Christmas, we might have actually sent out a Christmas picture! Kevin was being so cute holding Annika that I had to take some pictures. He’s been a very willing subject for the camera lately and was really hamming it up. Annika wasn’t so sure about the flash.

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Snuggles with big brother

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More snuggles

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Siblings and friends…..sometimes! ūüėČ

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Being silly

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Still Daddy’s girl

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Daddy’s just too much fun!

Our Babies!

The other day I caught Tasha and Annika sitting together and they looked so cute, I grabbed the camera. By the time I turned it on, Kevin had jumped in the shot too! 

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Too bad the lighting isn’t the greatest, but they’re still cute!

Snowbunnies

We currently have about 2 1/2 feet of snow and still have at least one more snowstorm to come in the next few days that we know of. It has been beautiful and white and VERY Christmasy here and we aren’t complaining. After all, it’s one of the reasons we moved up here in the mountains. (the icicles here are wicked too; some almost extending from the roof to the ground) The kids have been in their glory, playing in the snow almost every single day. Here are my adorable bundled up snowbunnies:

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Boy Snowbunny. He doesn’t have all of his snow stuff on yet, but he’s still cute!¬†

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Girl Snowbunny

 

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Baby Snowbunny

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I have a pic just like this of Tasha….I’ll have to post it later

Oh dear me!

Warning….frightening images to follow…..So, as parents, Ammon and I feel that it’s important for children to explore and play and share each others toys. Our children live this viewpoint to the fullest!

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s……Princess Kevin!!! HA HA HA !!! I about died laughing when he came up the stairs like this. Big Sis was his inspiration. =) We had a talk about how it was ok to play with Tasha’s princess clothes now, but boys don’t wear dresses! The best part about this picture is that he has a hot chocolate mustache. Nice touch, I think!¬†

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Too cute!

Smells of the holidays

Every year as far back as I can recall, I have made gingerbread people around Christmastime. It started out with my parents, then in college, it was just with Mom, then it was with a friend because the kids were too little….but now, the kids look forward to it too! We’ve added a gingerbread house to the equation, which makes it even more fun (Ammon is the architect, we’re the decorators!) This year, I let the kids decorate most of the gingerbread people and trees, as well as the house and they were silent in concentration for at least 30 min. I thought to myself….hmmm, maybe I should have them decorate cookies on a weekly basis just to enjoy 30 min of silence!¬†

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The decorators

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Pure joy on that face!

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My little gingerbread girl

Skiing!

It has been snowing like crazy the past week or so. ¬†Beaver Creek has received over 3 feet of snow in less than a week! ¬†Last night they got another 17″ of fresh powder, so Ammon headed up early this morning to make first tracks. ¬†Here are some pics:

 

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Beaver Creek Village

 

Snow Covered Trees

Snow Covered Trees

 

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First One Down Ripsaw

 

Deep Snow!!!

Deep Snow!!!