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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Wow, I can't believe another year is gone...

Our Year in Pics...
Jan: Rainy Days inside, Vegas and Sledding.

Feb: Air Museum, Valentines, and more rainy days inside.

March: Spring Break at the zoo, Easter and Cody turns 4.

April: PJ night, Dad Racing & Ice skating.

May: Beach camping & the end of school.

June: Lots of pool time and a small house project!

July: Celebrating the 4th and Moving day!

Aug: V&E are married, Trip to the Fair and Tyler turns 2.

Sep: School Starts and yard sale finds.

Oct: Many trips to Pumpkin patches & Halloween.

Nov: A trip to the ranch, Black Friday at Fairytale town, and Tree hunting.

Dec: A visit from Uncle Tim and Danna and a Merry Christmas.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

A day out with Tyler

Keith and Cody went with Gpa S and Uncle Stu to a race a couple hours away , knowing it would be cold and such we decided it wouldn't be the best place for Ty. So he was stuck at home with me, we had some tears, but convinced him to stay.

So we headed off for a two-year-old day, the fish hatchery and the park.

Checking out the water cycling at the end of the tanks.

This way!

Feeding the fish

"I did it!"
They have a bunch of big salmon that have just come up the ladders and are in the holding tanks for sorting. They're huge! A lot of them have these white, callusy sores as well, we'll have to ask Aunt V what that might be.

We always have to go play in the big fish.
"I'm going to go let it eat me, mom"


Trying to move the fish...

After the hatchery we stopped for lunch, then headed over to the park to eat and play for a while. Not wanting to go home yet, we then trekked over to the mall to walk around some more. We cruised around, found the little play section and stayed there for a while, found the cars to ride on, then shopped for a bit longer. Sears has lots of sales going on so we checked out their shoes, as all we want to wear is our Crocs. So we looked and looked and finally settled on a pair, they have Elmo and Cookie Monster on them and he was in love. I'm not huge on the character shoes, but if he'll wear them, that's all that matters. So after trying them on, and not wanting to take them off, we paid and he wore them out.

Now we are settled into home, he's on the couch watching Bug's Life, and didn't want to take off his new shoes.
A good day, hopefully we'll have lots of those this week.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Scotch Pull-Aparts

Someone asked for the pull- aparts recipe, so here it is!

18 frozen unbaked dinner rolls (Rhodes are our favorite)
1 cup mini marshmallows
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup butter/margarine
3/4 cup brown sugar

Night before: Arrange the rolls around the bottom of a greased bundt pan, then sprinkle with marshmallows. In a small saucepan, melt butter with cinnamon and sugar. Bring to a boil, then pour over rolls. Cover the bundt pan with wax paper and let them rise overnight.

In the Morning: Preheat oven to 350 degrees, then bake for 30 minutes. Be sure to have something completely under the bundt pan while it's baking because they have a tendency to ooze over the edges. Let them stand for 10 min, then invert onto serving plate, let the pan drizzle over the rolls. Serve warm.


Friday, December 26, 2008

What a Merry Christmas!

We had a wonderful Christmas, much more than expected. The boys have a whole slew of new toys and goodies to keep them entertained for at least a couple of weeks.

We started Christmas Eve night by going out to sprinkle the reindeer food on the lawn.

Dancing in anticipation, Ty's normal evening garb of shirt and no pants.

A quick, less than 2 minute sprinkle, then back inside to warm up.
We spent the evening watching the Christmas movies on TV, all the weird Miser brothers movies like Rudolph and such. Then Ty went to bed, not so happy, but he finally settled down. Cody helped me to get the cookies for Santa plated and we made him some hot chocolate, complete with whip cream and a dash of cinnamon on the top. We finally told him it was time for bed and he ran to his room to change, then ran back for hugs and off to bed he went.

The still of early Christmas morning.

Mmmm, pull-aparts, ready for the oven for breakfast.
Finally, we were up and running around 7:30, Cody came out to see what was left by Santa.

Tyler enjoying his new truck.
After getting Dad out of bed, we made some hot chocolate and started in on the stockings. Tyler's stocking digging stance...
After stockings we posed in front of the tree.

Then we stopped to read Santa's note...

Then it was on to the presents. The boys really wanted a puppy for Christmas, but Santa and I had a talk and said that was not happening, so we settled for this. His name is Lucky and he does tricks on command, sometimes. He's cute and cuddly, and he has an off switch.

The boys also received remote-controlled cars, different frequencies so the can run them at the same time.

Cody helping dad open the gift he chose at ABC Market at school, a pack of gum!

Modeling the robe I made for him. Tyler received one as well, and an awesome new jacket, but has yet to try them on.

Unwrapping another gift, very serious business.

Riding the stick horses, we had to have Grandpa cut some off the bottoms because they were way too long.

Surveying the Christmas damage...

After we finished our gifts at home, we headed over to Keith's family's house for breakfast and gifts. Tyler asked me if he could take his coffee with him, really hot chocolate, but that's what mom call stuff in a mug!

After a wonderful breakfast of pull-a-parts and breakfast ciche, we opened Grandma's stockings.

Showing Grandpa his new car.

Posing in front of the tree, love the goofy 4 year old!

The boys opening their mystery hot wheels cars.

Grandma Judy, Great Grandma Hazel and Grandpa Rich...

New Thomas Stuff from Uncle Stu

After gifts, we played for a while then headed home for a rest. This was the bad part of our day, but finally Tyler took a nap and Cody layed down for a good 3 hours, not once closing his eyes.
I took some time to open up a few of their packages, this took more time than all of Christmas morning! Then set up a big train track with the new airport and opened up the new double loop Hot wheels track. We headed back to dinner then home again for bed. It was a very busy day, but a wonderful one!