Sunday, December 12, 2010

November/December 2010 Catch Up

* We got snow about a week before Thanksgiving. So far it has been a really mild winter and I'm grateful for it! The snow hasn't stuck around for long but my girls did get all bundled out to play with the little bit of snow left in the playhouse one day.

* Chloe loves baths. She hears the bath water running and she takes off and tries to get in. One day I turned the tub on and went to grab a towel before putting Chloe in the tub. I came back in less than a minute later and she was in the tub fulling clothed!

* We decorated for Christmas. Had a bit of a fiasco with the real tree that we picked up - it toppled over when we were trying to decorate and almost took out Eliza. After a new (heavier) tree stand and Rob working on it, it's been secure every since. It's pretty dried out already even though I've been watering every day. I'm convinced that this state is even drier than Arizona.....

* Chloe continues to be my little class clown. She does anything and everything to get attention. No matter what barriers I put in her way - she figures out a way to climb. It's getting out of hand! But she makes us laugh and is adorable so I guess I can overlook just how BUSY she keeps me each and every day. In addition to being a tornado of destruction! And my favorite picture of when I went into my room to get dressed and closed my door and opened it to find her sleeping right outside my door.... guess she was tired.

* Chloe and Eliza have been a lot more loving to each other and playing really well together. It's so fun for me as a mom to watch them! And I'm still on the hunt for a picture of both of them where they are both smiling and looking at the camera..... One of these days.

Thanksgiving 2010

I'm already thinking one of my New Year's Resolutions will be to update my blog a little more often! I'm really behind and it's definitely not for lack of being busy.

We had a VERY full house for Thanksgiving this year! Rob's parents and grandma drove up from Arizona, Uncle Tysen came with his girlfriend Jen and one of her daughter's Bree, Uncle Kory and Uncle Trent drove in from Utah/Idaho, and Uncle Kevin also came from Utah. In addition, Grandpa Snow White and Grandma Debbie were with us for half the time (and the other half in nearby Castle Rock with Debbie's daughter's family). Thank goodness our house is twice the size as the one in Arizona but it was still tight quarters! Lots of fun though. I didn't take as many pictures as I probably should have - I guess that thought was lost in some of the chaos. :)

On Wednesday we headed out with those who had arrived and went to the Olympic Training Facility that is in Colorado Springs. It was freezing cold but I love anything and everything about the Olympics and it was interesting to hear about all the training that they do and the athletes lives that live at that training facility. I forgot my camera this day though so I'll have to put pictures up when I get them from Rob's mom or my brothers.

On Thursday we actually didn't do our Thanksgiving dinner - instead we just snacked a lot, watched a lot of football and prepared for the next day. Eliza went with Grandma Bodine to see "Tangled" that night and Rob went with his dad to see a movie. The rest of us stayed at home and played games.

Friday we had our big Thanksgiving feast. Everything turned out great and we had tons of dessert at the end. Again - forgot to take pictures!

Some of us took a trip out to Garden of the Gods to walk around. It was freezing and the parking lot was really far away but we still tried to enjoy the beauty! We finished off the day by watching more and more and more football and mixing it up with some games in between. Tysen and Bree love to play games and we were introduced to some fun new ones that we'll try out again at Christmas!

Saturday morning Rob's parents and grandma had to leave to drive home. So those that were still there went out to the Air Force Academy and took a tour. They have a beautiful chapel and we even saw some wildlife out there (deer and a giant coyote).

Sunday - the Uncles all packed up early and left for the drive home since a big storm was supposed to hit. I think Trent spent 17 hours on the road that day getting back to Idaho! I had to speak in church that day (Rob got out of it with a Missionary homecoming that the Bishop had forgotten about) and I'm very glad that is over.

Sunday night Grandma Debbie and Grandpa Snow White decided to brave decorating a gingerbread house with Eliza. She loved it although the house had some major structural problems for some reason and kept falling apart!

Monday, Grandma Debbie went back up to Castle Rock and Grandpa Snow White went shopping with the girls and helped us get prepared for the snow with a few supplies. We haven't seen any snow since the week before Thanksgiving but I think we are a little more ready now if it decides to come!

By Tuesday after Thanksgiving all of our visitors and left and I had to attempt to recover. Since that time period, we have all had the stomach flu (some of us twice!) and rounds of colds. I guess we had too much fun or something! Hoping we're healthy for a while now.