Thursday, December 31, 2009

Christmas 2009

We have had a great Christmas season this year. It is our second Christmas here in Kansas and we have had fun doing all our favorite activities this time of year. We tried to do something seasonally appropriate every weekend of December. We made and decorated Christmas cookies, which both boys enjoyed. The dogs and the oven ended up with the last laugh on the cookie front though. The dogs got to a plate that Robert had made up to take to work, then to hide the rest of the cookies from said dogs i put the cookies in the oven and later that day i forgot and preheated the oven for dinner and opened it to a melted frosting mess. The boys still ate them but they were pretty crispy after that second bake. Below is a picture of the boys when we asked the question "Who wants to make cookies?"

Another one of our favorite things to do around the holidays is to drive around and look at Christmas lights. We had a fun little drive around our town and stopped in the park to take some pictures. We found a fun house on our drive that had there lights synchronized to music you could tune in through your car radio, the boys thought that was really neat. Jake was so cute because every time he saw pretty lights he would go "OhhhhOhhh" it was so cute, he did it all month long whenever he saw lights.

We went back to Utah again for Christmas this year. We started the trip off at Robert's brother's house in Heber. Cody was so excited to see his cousins again and they had fun playing in the snow and reconnecting. We also got to ride the Polar Express again this year, it is such a fun tradition and if you are in the area and haven't been it's a great way to get you in the Christmas spirit.

I'm not going to lie it was a bit of a rough year. Almost everyone at Robert's family's house was sick on Christmas and Cody threw up Christmas night, Jake had a ongoing fever and i couldn't stop coughing. While it was rough we got through it and really did have a nice Christmas day. The boys got spoiled as usual and Christmas morning was exciting as always. Cody was up at the crack of dawn and it took Jake a while to get into the swing of things but it wasn't long before they were both tearing into their presents.

The day after Christmas we headed off to my parents house in Orem. The boys had fun opening more presents there. The next day my sister Deena and her family came to visit and it was so fun seeing the kids play together. Jake took a liking to big cousin Hayden and it was fun to see the twins who have gotten so big.
We also took a family trip to Krispy Kreme right down the street from my parents house. Cody loves doughnuts and we wanted to subject Jake to his first Krispy Kreme ever and the results were great. He couldn't shove them in fast enough, it was pretty funny.

By the end of the trip we were actually ready to hit the road and head for home. We missed it a bit more than we did last year. The boys were good on the plane ride home and we were so happy to snag a earlier flight home that day. I had to take this picture of Cody on the plane, it was just so funny, does this kid have it rough or what!!

We hope everyone had a happy and safe Christmas and find themselves jumping into a great New Year in 2010. I am looking forward to a year full of family fun and great new memories.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Santa Visit '09

Since moving here to Kansas we have gone to see Santa's at Bass Pro Shops in nearby Olathe. They have a outstanding set up with a full Santa's Wonderland. They also have a lot of other fun activities for the kids to do, there is car racing, laser shooting gallery, remote control Monster trucks, Wii fishing, dart shooting and lots of neat decorations to look at. The boys had a good time. Jake was a bit more leery of Santa this year, i think if Cody wouldn't have been with him he may have freaked out a bit more, there were no tears but a definite worried look and he was ready to tell Santa Bye Bye. We go to Bass Pro quite a bit so it's fun to be able to go there and visit Santa this time of year. Cody told Santa exactly what he wants and he even told him what Jake wants, such a nice brother.

Waiting in line to see the man in red!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Family Pictures 2009

Jake 18 months

Cody 5yrs