Wednesday, January 27, 2016


After Christmas, we started to drop like flies. We made it to the zoo one day, but that was pretty much it. Caderyn got sick, then Gibby got sick, and then I got sick. It was pretty miserable, and I felt bad because we couldn't do anything or go anywhere.
Look! Batman is Jean Claude Van Damme-ing!
Like I said, we made it to the zoo. I got to feed a hippo and then we saw the two-toed sloth AGAIN. It scratched its booty a lot and the boys thought it was hilarious.  
 And after the zoo, our home looked like this. We were full of coughs, fevers, and pukes.
Pretty sad looking, huh?
So since this post is really only about germs and how we all got sick, I'm going to share my favorite Santa photo with you. This one is going to be framed, oh you'd better believe it.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


We spent the morning after Christmas opening up the rest of the presents from my parents. The boys got new chairs for their playroom downstairs. Caderyn got a gaming chair and Gibby got the cutest little recliner that he sits in, all cuddled up with a blanet.
Look at that kid! Like a boss!
My brother got me the coolest adult coloring book. I love those things. Except, at the moment, I'm in need of  new colored pencils. But that didn't stop me from having a few good coloring sessions. 
While my parents were here the husband and I took advantage of some free babysitting and had a few date nights. People, I've got some great places to take guests when they come visit. That is a heavy hint that I want people to come and visit me.
Part of my parents' Christmas gift was family photos. Being in a new location and far from our usual photographer, I had anxiety about getting the right person who understood our photo visions. But, after a recommendation from a friend we found a FABULOUS photographer and are so happy with our photos.
It was as bit chilly, but we powered through and I think they turned out great!
After our pictures, we drove through the Garden of the Gods and stopped at Balanced Rock. 

It was a beautiful morning. 

Thursday, January 21, 2016


This was our first Christmas Eve and Christmas Day away from family. EVER. So we had plans of eating delicious food and keeping it fairly low key.

 We went to church on Christmas Eve and then came home and had a smorgasborg of pizza, pork loin, crab legs, and lots of other delicious concoctions. We were stuffed, and I put a little feather in my cap for my first ever successful Christmas Eve dinner. Here is a glimpse of our Christmas Eve.
Last year, one of my Kindergardeners gave me some of the most delicious popcorn my mom and I have ever eaten. We got the recipe and both took turns making it this year. IT WAS DELICIOUS. I had to give most of it away as gifts to prevent myself from eating it.
Waiting for the guys to finish getting ready for church is a perfectly acceptable reason to snap pictures of oneself.

Right as we were leaving for church this guy popped up on our back porch. He was glorious and not at all like the meth deer in Helena, so we took a few minutes to admire him.

 Caderyn's tummy started acting up at church (this was just the beginning for all of us), so we left just after communion. The boys were excited for Santa and talked about what they hoped to get and wondered where he was. They sat in front of the TV picnic style (one of their favorite things to do) and munched on pizza while watching Winnie the Pooh Christmas. Once they were done with dinner, we let them open a few presents from their grandparents and they had some playtime.
Once the boys were ready for bed we placed a call into N.O.R.A.D. and got an update on where Santa was. If you haven't done this with your kids yet, I highly suggest it. The boys were chattering excitedly on the phone with a woman who was so well-informed on Santa and his whereabouts that the boys were jumping for joy when they got off the phone with her.
Once the phone was off, prayers were said, kisses were given, and the lights went out.
And then the magic began and Santa was at our house before you could say, "Merry Christmas." 
Santa did a good job this year. A very good job indeed.
Christmas morning came with two very excited boys who actually didn't get up until 7:30 a.m. Breakfast went in the oven and we slowly, but surely started to tear into the presents. 
This was my view from the kitchen before we took a breakfast break. 
My two famous holiday casseroles that are always DELICIOUS.
And then the presents were all opened and we lost Lucy for a few minutes.
We lounged most of the day and every hour or so I would do dinner prep.
We left to pick up my parents from the airport before dinner that evening and then sat down for my first ever Christmas meal. It turned out pretty dang good if I do say so myself.
Lucy was pleased as pudding to have my Dad there, she was his office buddy when we lived with them last year.