Thursday, December 16, 2010

Snowflake Lane

Mid-week we decided to head up to Snowflake Lane in Bellevue. Jer took off from work a bit early so we could go have pizza at my parents' house and then head downtown with everyone to see the festivities. Experiencing a horrible amount of traffic, a torrential down pour, a grumpy 19 month old the entire trip made us really doubt our decision to venture out. However, we finally arrived at my parents house and had a brief moment to down our pizza. Then, my parents said that they'd keep Kenzie and Corban at home and send us out to Snowflake Lane. This sounded like a good plan, so we took our oldest on a special date. She loved it. Of course, when she was asked about it, all she would mention was the snow princess, but we loved the music, snow, drumming and other characters that greeted us along the way. It ended up being a real fun evening, and I'm glad we weren't detered by the rush, the chaos and the rain.

We got everyone bundled up and ready to tromp around Shillter Tree Farm and cut down a tree. Armed with a warm Starbucks latte and a minivan full of kids, we headed to the farm. As we took the exit, we saw that the farm had a pre-cut lot with some beautiful trees. With a week old baby who was going to need to be fed soon and two other ones in the same state, the nice looking trees were super tempting...a little too tempting. We got out of the car, took 15 minutes to make our decision and get the tree loaded up, and we were back on the road. We won't be this lame every year, but it just seemed too perfect this year. I must brag that we got a beautiful eight foot tree for $25. What a steal. I also had to post a picture of the tree on top of the car because we did buy a Honda Odyssey a while back, and I don't think I've posted a picture. Can I just say that I love minivans. Who ever thought I'd say it, but I do love this car. We didn't get many pictures of the kids decorating, but we all chipped in while eating Christmas cookies, listening to Christmas music and sipping hot cocoa. It's the most wonderful time of the year.

Christmas Cookies

Time Out

Kenzie loves her sister so much that sometimes she joins her for time out.

Little Man

First Bath at Home

The Parents and their Son


"Miss, Miss, Miss, MISS, MISS!!!" (translated - Kiss) I was concerned about how Kenzie would adapt to a new baby. The answer - fabulously! She loves her brother so much. All she wants to do is kiss him. If you know Kenzie, you know that she let's us know what she wants, growing in intensity until she gets it. So, she gets pretty excited about "missing" her brother. This is paired with kissing his head, eyes, nose, hand, etc. She also wants to rock him. So, he goes on her lap, and she bounces him up and down with her legs. What a blessing to have big girls in my house who shower this kid with love. The biggest thing is trying to protect him from the love and get the girls to back off a bit.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010