We left out some cookies, milk and an orange for Santa. Tolman also wrote a note and drew a picture of Santa for him as well. Don't the cookies look delicious? Tolman made them all by himself... with a tiny bit of help from Grammy Shar. Santa even left a note saying how YUMMY it all was after he gobbled everything up.
So here's what I don't understand: I heard Tol get up Christmas morning and run to the bathroom at about 7:30. I just layed in bed waiting for him to come in and get Dave and I out of bed when he was done. To my surprise, he went right back in his room and turned on a movie and waited until he heard Addi wake up (about 30 minutes later). Then he came into our room. Did he forget it was Christmas? Did he want to let Dave and me sleep? Whatever the reason, it was nice since Dave and I were up til 2:00 am putting the dang toy kitchen together. That thing was a BEAST!
Yay!!! Santa came and filled our stockings and left TONS of presents under the tree! I guess the kids were good all year after all.
I have to say that I LOVED seeing this BEAUTIFUL sight when I pulled up to my parents house. It is Jess', Chel's and Nils' cars. I was so excited to see them because everyone was home for Christmas. I had to get a pic of it... plus I thought it was funny that all their wipers got blown into the upward position and got frozen there.
Poor little Addi fell asleep in the middle of all the unwrapped gifts and ripped up wrapping paper while the rest of us were enjoying my mom's homemade cranberry muffins (which, by the way, was Dave's VERY FAVORITE part of Christmas, "hands down"... really?). And the next pic is Dave and Tol in Chel's new kayak. In fact, Tol spent most of the day in that thing. He was super disappointed that he couldn't take a nap in it.
Here is Dana demontrating the game. Thanks to Ellen for the idea.
I know I talk about my friends quite a bit, but I just have to say again how much I love them and it's always a JOY to be with them. Most of us have been friends since the 7th grade... and some even longer... and I feel so blessed to still have all these amazing ladies in my life.
I can't believe my baby is 2! How time flies! Sounds super cliche, but I feel like it was just yesterday when she joined our little family.
Addi is so much fun to have around. She has the cutest little personality and is ALL GIRL!
Today has been so much fun! Addi loved her birthday! She walked around saying, "Birthday" all day and she LOVED people singing "Happy Birthday" to her.
We Love you, Ad! Happy Birthday!
The Miles' hosted an "Ugly Sweater Party" and frankly, I haven't seen so many ugly Christmas sweaters in the same room since last year's family Christmas party!
The night was full of YUMMY FOOD, FUN GAMES, GOOD FRIENDS and UGLY SWEATERS!
Kristen stole the show, once again. She didn't stop with the sweater, she sported the "UGLY OUTFIT!" Although I'm sure there are a lot of Grandmas out there who think she looks absolutely adorable...
Our dance pictures from the evening:
Me & Dave and Devin & Kristi
|You Are Comet|
Why You're Naughty: You almost gave Santa a heart attack when you took him sky diving
Why You're Nice: You always make sure the sleigh is going warp speed
Okay, so I need to confess that this was the result of my 2nd try. My first one came up as Vixon and I just wasn't thrilled with that. So Comet came in 2nd, even though I don't like heights so much and I also don't like going too fast. I'm kinda wimpy that way.
Thanksgiving has always been my most favorite holiday. I love that my birthday sometimes falls on Thanksgiving (2 holidays in one). I love that I am surrounded by family. I love all the DELICIOUS food (even though I am not a fan of turkey). I love that it is the beginning of the 'holiday season.' I love watching the Macy's Day Parade. I love focusing on all I have to be thankful for. And I love that it is the least commercialized and advertised holiday. Thanksgiving is about giving. The main thing it is known for on T.V and radio is feeding the hungry and/or homeless. I love that. It takes the focus off of "me, me, me," and puts it on what others have done for you and what you can do for others. I love that. I love the spirit of Thanksgiving and the message Thanksgiving brings.
A while later we went to my parents house for dinner #2. It was especially fun having everyone together. Chel came home from Seattle and Nils came down from Utah State. I guess since Jess doesn't live at home anymore, you could also say that she came home as well. It was super fun to be all together.