Sunday, December 30, 2012

Texas Size Christmas

To think, we use to have food texture issues with this adorable toddler.  Look at him now...sitting in the famous Cattleman's restaurant of the Fort Worth Stockyards holding a T-bone and ready to try out his new eye teeth.  He could not be more delighted with himself.
Blake represented his Texas heritage well that night.  He stayed on that bone for a good 20 minutes.  I am not even sure how we separated the two of them. 
 Cattleman's restaurant is still a cowboy's steakhouse.  We were the minority with plenty of cowboy hats around us.
Here's a photo of mom and dad awaiting their fine steak dinner.  Matter of fact, dad was SURE his prime rib was better than any steak at the table! 

We were only in Texas for few days.  But here are a few of our favorite highlights...
Blake and Louie on a Texas Longhorn Bull.  Blake was not sure this was the best idea.
But Louie loved it!

Blake truly did like riding his own little Shetland pony much better!
Aunt Laurie, Grandma Hoot (Hunter) and Louie walking down the Main Street of the Fort Worth Stockyards.
Riding the Christmas Choo-Choo around the stockyards.
Running around the church gym, playing choo-choo with Grandpa Hoot's walker, and flying Uncle Jeff's remote control helicopter.
Making muffins with Grandma Hoot.
With my siblings:  Jeff, me, Kate, Blake and Becky. 
It was a quick trip but packed in some quality time with my family in Texas.  I don't think Louie will forget camping with Uncle Jeff in mom and dad's garage with a space heater.  Louie was in awe with many questions as he watched Jeff put up the tent, blow up the air mattresses and set up the sleeping bags.  At this point, sleeping on real bed wasn't the preferred option.  Both Louie and Blake loved being spoiled by their aunts and uncles and playing with their Texas cousins.  I think this will be a repeat trip... but only if Uncle Jeff will bring his tent!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Morning, Park City, Utah 2012

Christmas morning is always a blur!  Cody and I are adjusting to the fact that we are up earlier than usual, trying to get something substantial into our boys before they discover the candy in the stockings and getting a Diet Coke to wake up our brains to get in gear for Christmas!  Louie was delighted to find the train, Koko, in his stocking from Santa!  Blake loved his toy Dyson vacuum (just like Mommy's) and Elmo rock band.

I bought a new waffle iron for one of Cody's Christmas gifts this year.  I found out his dad had a traditional Christmas morning breakfast of waffles and eggs when he was a child.  So I decided to continue the tradition with our family. It was delish!

After opening presents, we went to Grandpa Wayne and Grandma Marcy's house for Christmas lunch.  As we drove up the driveway, Blake announced, "Ganpa, Ganpa!"
Marcy buys a new ornament for each grandchild every year.  It represents their current interests and has a spot for their picture.  This year, Wayne got a surprise ornament of him on a yellow 4 wheeler; one of his favorite hobbies.  I think he liked it.
Throughout the year, Marcy has talked about this robe from time to time.  She found it at a spa and has described it as a huge hug.  So we splurged on it and bought one for her.  She still talks about it but now owns one!
Warming by the fire with Tiff.
He doesn't have much patience for this picture.  He was delighted with this car carrier and wanted the plastic off immediately.
Back home again, Blake resumed his vacuuming...and couldn't be more pleased with himself.

We really tried to "do it all!" this Christmas.  Despite 10 straight days of radiation in December for Grandpa Wayne, he seemed to find the energy to cut down Christmas trees in the mountains, go to a Mormon Tabernacle Choir concert, frost Christmas Cookies, and go on the Polar Express.  We will cherish those Christmas memories with him. 

Monday, December 24, 2012

It Was Magical!

On Christmas Eve day, we spent the afternoon on the Polar Express (Heber Creeper) and had a magical time.  We were with family, singing Christmas Carols, telling Christmas jokes, drinking hot chocolate and eating chocolate chip cookies!  There were elves, Mrs. Claus and Santa.  Louie was finally able to tell Santa what he wanted for Christmas..."Koko and Brewster" (the names of two Chuggington trains).  To which Santa replied, "What?  You want a rooster!"  We laughed at Santa's comment all the way home.  And of course at the end of the ride, Santa gave out the first gift of Christmas, a silver bell.  Louie knew the story and knew the significance of holding onto the silver bell. It was a magical day!
Blake dancing in the isle to Jingle Bells!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Sugar Cookies for Santa

Tonight we made sugar cookies with Aunt Tiffy's family, Grandma Marcy, and Grandpa Wayne.  Louie designated himself to be in charge of the sprinkles.  His older cousins are very indulging with his requests.  And as for Blake, he designated himself to be the taste tester.  Then he noticed we were piping the designs on with frosting.  So he created his version by using his milk bottle to add designs to his cookies.
Green is Louie's favorite color right now.
Our finished product for Santa.
"Night-Night Grandpa Wayne!"
"Night-Night Grandma Marcy!"

Monday, December 3, 2012


I think this is Blake's first time to walk through snow, make tracks and eat it.  Both Louie and Blake were LOVING their winter wonderland adventure.  The pictures say it all...
Making choo-choo tracks.
And, it's time to go inside for hot chocolate.
"Cheeeeeeese"...Cocomotion machine (hot chocolate maker) is always a favorite to anticipate when it's going to stop and have hot chocolate ready at the perfect drinking temperature.