Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Decorating

Finding a Christmas Tree

We will get back to chopping our own tree down, but this year it made sense to pick it up at a lot on our way home from Cannon Beach.

Thanksgiving at Cannon Beach

Jeremy's parents rented a house right on the ocean in Cannon Beach for the Thanksgiving weekend. We had a fabulous trip. The weather cooperated perfectly - being very stormy when we wanted to be inside and clearing up right when we'd want to be outside. Thanksgiving dinner was, thanks to Lori, amazing. She brought everything to make all of the fixings. After the meal, the storm clouds rolled away and we were able to spend some time on the beach chasing the waves and flying kites. We had a nice morning where we were able to go into town to go through the shops, visit the candy store (a child's dream...well, mine too) and enjoy the delicious pizza in town. The rest of the weekend was filled with games, movies, hanging out and a trip to the Tillimook factory for cheese tasters, lunch and ice cream. IT was so fun to hunker down and just be together.

The Party for the One Year Old

To celebrate our little man's first birthday, we invited the family over for our "Frogs, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails" party. It was a fun celebration, and as I looked around the room, I felt blessed that he is surrounded by such wonderful men who can influence him. We generally plant a tree at the first birthday, but the ground was frozen, so we are going to have to wait to do that until the spring.

Corban's Birthday Decor

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Thanksgiving Craft Day

I hosted a Thanksgiving craft day where the kids were able to make a turkey craft and a THANKSgiving tree. We also had snacks and the kids watched Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. A bit of madness but a lot of fun.

Dock Walking

We wanted a picture to blow up onto a canvas and hang in our dining room. This was the vision and final product chosen.

"Drive Thru Latte Shop"

So much of the girls' play involves make believe. Playing doctor, giving each other "haircuts", hosting birthday parties are a few of their favorites. Recently, they developed their own drive thru coffee shop at their bunk bed latter. Very clever and definitely mimicking real life.

Sister Sister

These two have such a great relationship.

Dad's 70th Birthday

As a family, we celebrated the 70 years of my dad's life. There was a lot of laughter as we all told stories, shared memories and toasted this man who has been an amazing husband, dad, grandpa and man. We went to Pasta Fresca where they just bring you food and wine they think you'll enjoy. It was a fabulous way to celebrate.

Seattle Wind Symphony

I'm so proud of my dad, who in his retirement has started the Seattle Wind Symphony. We went to the first concert, and it was amazing. Way to follow your dreams.

Harvest Carnival