Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Very Merry Christmas!

Here are a few photos to capture our Christmas...
Louie and Blake playing with their cousins

Louie playing in the snow!
Daddy teaching Louie how to snow ski.  He loved it!
Christmas Morning!
The second the flash goes off, we loose his smile and get a startled look instead!
Merry Christmas Louie!
A great photo of Blake - Christmas 2011 - Salt Lake City, Utah.
Christmas morning with Blake
Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Dear Santa,

Where's Santa?

What a fantastic experience! This year Louie UNDERSTANDS the concept of Santa and the connection with presents.  So when we told him we were going to visit with Santa and tell him what we want, he could barely contain himself all day.  He would  practice what he was going to say -- over and over again!  When we finally got our turn to go inside the house and meet Santa, Louie FROZE.  He covered his face as if to disappear. (Now I wish this concept really worked for the embarrassing moments in my life.).  We slowly melted him onto Santa's lap.  He went mute. Santa talked to him about his birthday, dog and new baby brother (all talking points we emailed earlier).  Eventually, Santa was able to show him a little gift (we had delivered a week ago) which snapped him out of his "oh my gosh this is the real Santa" stage fright. Santa gave him a little bag of treats for his dog, Murphy.  You could see the surprise on his face, "How does Santa know?"  Oh he was so happy.  Just as he got off Santa's lap, he remembered what he was going to say, "Santa, can I have Diesel train please?"  Santa, like magic, already had it in hand. His hands went over his gaping mouth in surprise!  Louie unwrapped his present to find the very train he wanted.  Again, "How did Santa know?"  I think the connection has cemented now.  I wonder how long his list will be next year?
Isn't he a great Santa?!
This picture with Santa was barely OK with Louie, only after he had gotten a present.  This picture was also taken just before Blake burst into tears!  Timing is everything.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Louie's Third Birthday

Louie is three years old!  We decided on a Toy Story theme at the Hobby Farm/horse stables. 
Here's the birthday boy all ready for his party!

Toy Story Friends:  Buzz, Mr. Potato Head, Minnion, Cowboy, Jesse, Woody and Woody II
Abigail gave horsey rides to Louie (aka:  Woody) and all his Toy Story friends.  These photos are so cute.  I would put Louie into riding lessons just for the photos!  Seriously?
Louie aka:  Woody
Jordie aka:  Jesse 

Andrew  aka:  Mr. Potato Head
Joe:  Handsome Cowboy
They had just as much fun climbing on the fence and huge log
Jesse, Minnion, and Woody 

At three, he walks around like he owns the place!

We constructed our own Buzz Lightyear Lasers out of PVC pipe.  Then we did a little target practice with marshmellows.  I think more were eaten than actually aimed.  But that is what a party is for!

This is baby Blake skipping target practice...just catching a quick nap before cupcakes.  Happy Birthday to the birthday boy turning three!!!
Happy Birthday to You!
Now, that is one happy cowboy!
Happy Birthday Louie!!!