Sunday, January 13, 2013

Pre-Christmas Fun

This year we continued our tradition of cutting down a Christmas tree at Stokoe Farms. This farm is amazing. They have slides, animals, Santa, hay rides, and free cookies and hot chocolate. It's pretty much a perfect way to kick off the holiday season.

We loved looking through the rows and rows of beautiful trees. It was really hard to pick one out. Luckily Daniel and Bryson found the perfect one.

 Once we got the tree home, it was time to decorate! I love listening to Christmas music while pulling out all of our ornaments. The kids love to look at all the ones they have made in past years, and it is so fun to watch them each take turns putting the star on the top.

 Santa made a special visit to the children at our Ward's Christmas party. They were all cheering, and each one had the opportunity to sit on his lap and tell him what they wanted for Christmas.

 And thanks to Grandma Bigler and my Grandma Johnson, the boys had a lot of matching Christmas outfits this year.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Halloween Part II, birthday party, and Thanksgiving

 Catching up on the blog is one of my least favorite activities. I am sure it is even more painful for the reader (who wants to look at 4,000 photos in one blog post?). This is my scrapbook/journal/photos for distant family members, so it is important to keep this up!
Here are some photos from Oct/Nov.:
 James and Eliza going to "Harvest Day' at their preschool.
 Daniel had to dress up as a literary character for his school costume day. We had a mouse nose (you don't have one lying around?) so we thought the mouse from 'If you give a mouse a cookie' would be an easy costume. I helped out in his class that day, and he really was one of 3 kids in a 'literary character' costume. Oh well, he looked cute.

 All the kids in the school went on parade to show off their costumes. It was pretty cute.

 We had a few friends over Halloween night for pizza and trick or treating.

 Eleanor and Eliza are both Halloween babies, so of course a little celebration was needed that night. James was determined to help them both blow out their candles. 

 James already celebrated with family and at Disneyland, but I decide to throw him a last minute friend party at our house. It was very low key, but he and the other 11 three-year olds had a great time. You won't see many photos, because there were 11 three year olds running around my house, and I felt like a chicken running around with her head cut off! Luckily a friend stayed to help me out that morning. It was a great party though :)

 As soon as Daniel came home from school, he wanted to be the 'party helper'. He even did some magic tricks for the kids!

 The next holiday was Thanksgiving. Bryson and the boys made Indian and Pilgrim hats to celebrate turkey day.

 I think Andrew was sad that he was not an Indian. 

 Bryson had to work Thanksgiving morning, so we stayed in Rochester. There were a lot of medical families who were in the same position, so a big group of us ate together at the church. It was a really fun night. My favorite part were the games we played after dinner (organized by Tiffany Johnson). We had to try to eat Oreos without our hands, knock down water bottles with these strange hats on our heads, and pop balloons tied around our ankles. The kids (and adults) had a blast.