Thursday, December 31, 2009


Christmas came and went in a flash....Despite the kids being sick, they had a great time. Anika was the first one up, but she had to wait, 5:30 was too early in our books. Anika had to wait until 6:15 before we let them out of their rooms and start the opening of gifts. Anika was really into opening the presents, Kylie just wanted to see how fast she could open each gift, and Shay was into trying the toys/clothes out after opening them. All three completely different.

I think the highlight of the weekend (for me) was when Chris was trying to teach Kylie to chug her medicine. Kylie was on a regular dose of Motrin and cough meds and she likes to sip her meds instead of chugging it and getting it over with... So, that being said, Chris decides to show her how to chug her meds using his beer. And as you might expect, his beer after "pretend" chugging it, overflowed all over the counter, himself and up his nose and eyes. Too funny for me and Kylie just looked at him like he was crazy. It was definitely a memory I will have to keep fresh in my mind.

Below are some pics from the days before Christmas and Christmas. We do have video, its just slow going-- sorry....

Anika stealing Kylie's seat on the couch-- and also Kylie's "sheepy."

Shay choosing the other side of the couch

The girls on the couch watching Muppet Christmas Carol- thanks Pepplers! Shay and Anika are clutching their new toys and don't like to share them at all.

Shay taking the term Christmas stockings literally. She tried to put all of them on her feet on Christmas Eve.

Managed to get them on, but was a bit slippery on the wood floor.

And this is what the girls did while we finished getting the Christmas Eve dinner done. They took every shoe in the laundry room, moved them closer to the kitchen (but not in our sight) and tried all of them on. They knew to stay out of sight, otherwise they would have gotten busted for doing it... Usually this activity is in the middle of the kitchen....

Christmas Tree-- yes a fake one. We will get a real one again, its just been really helpful with the kids being really young and pulling everything off the tree. We couldn't put 1/4 of the ornaments on this year because the little ones kept taking them off--- as you can, the lower part of the tree is pretty bare from them playing with the ornaments.

Odin surprise on Christmas Morning. He made sure to carry the bone into get the little girls out, he was so proud. Within the first day, he ate everything but the two "knobs" on either side. Now he just carries them around and growls at you for even looking at him.

Opening stockings

I got hair bows!!

Anika and Shay in their "boat" otherwise known as a sled.

Shay opening her pillow from Nana. (And Nana, both girls have them in their beds- sometimes used and sometimes not)

Chris getting help from Shay opening his presents.

Shay wearing her new dress Buppa made her.

Chris and his girls dressed in their presents from Aunt Cathy--- they LOVE them!

Anika and Shay dressed in their new aprons from Aunt Connie.

Chris refereeing the girls playing dolls.

Kylie crashed on the couch-- the fever finally caught up to her by early afternoon. Motrin could only do so much, the girl was exhausted.

Shay wanting to play outside with all the new mittens.... didn't happen... :(

And this is what happens when you are the only male dog in the house--- you get dressed in girlie things. The girls thought it was hilarious, but Odin didn't think so.

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Winter Wonderland

This is around 3pm after we got nearly 9 inches-- total for the day was a foot. It was awesome-- much better than the rain we got all day on Christmas Eve and Christmas.

Looking north down our street

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Best Gingerbread house around!

Kudos goes out to my good friend Linda. She rocks when it comes to making gifts. This year she took it to a whole new level and seriously is amazing. She created this gingerbread house made out of a box. The entire thing is incredible. The kids absolutely LOVE it and have not destroyed it yet. Odin has even been allowed in.

I do not have a ton of photos on my camera of it, but will get there. This is the front of the house-- even has a wreath on the door which the kids can velcro their nametag on it if they choose to let each other know who is in the house (only KMD can really understand that, but that's okay).

This second picture is on KMD in the house with some of her friends. (The roof pops off if they need more light or supervision is needed.. hahahha!) Inside she created a tree, in which the kids can put ornaments on/off the tree and a fireplace with stockings that hang. I told you-- this is incredible!
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And now KMD is inviting you in for a nice banana next to the fire... :)
Linda-- the kids LOVE it- can't say it enough. You're one in a million!

Christmas festivities continue...

Christmas, Christmas, and more Christmas.... It seems we can't keep up with things these days... We had an early Christmas at the Danneggers. The whole crew was there- Smileys, Donovans, Danneggers, Nana and even Uncle OJ made a surprise visit! (and for some reason, I have no photos of OJ, but really, he was there!)
Below are some pictures of the kids at the Danneggers and some of Nana's visit to our house.

Shay eating her cookie, but she actually ended up wearing more of it. (And cousin Lily in the background deciding if playing with balloons is more fun or decorating cookies is more fun...)

Anika, the neat eater, is eating her cookie (and by the looks of it, Lily has decided that she wants to try to decorate cookies-- I know her Dad is happy now!)

Elf Annalee
Annalee and Kylie decorating--- thanks to Annalee and Abby for helping the little ones decorate and stay out of trouble.

Ryan decorating

Abby decorating

Shay playing

Ryan, Kylie and Luke watching Annalee on the Wii

Shay crashing on Julie

Anika and Nana reading together. This is about as close as Anika would let Nana get to her- no holding or anything else!

Anika playing my least favorite game.... but certainly is having fun!

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Saturday, December 12, 2009


This past week (I think) we were due for some major snowfall... really did not add up to a bunch, but it was enough for the twins to get their first dose of snow outside vs. last year. Last year they just got to see it when they were taken in and out of the car. Kylie on the other hand is ready to make snowmen the first time a flake falls.

Kylie and her finished project-- I think she ate as much snow as it took to make the snowman.
Tilt your head, I still can't figure out this stupid program

Kylie on her big ball of snow

And this is what Odin thinks of the big ball of snow


Anika's first time in the snow

Shay in the snow-- she was more facinated with the mittens

Anika yelling at Odin because the snow is now yellow and not white. Anika is a mess finder in this house-- she is always putting things away or pointing out the mess that needs to be cleaned.