Trampline jumping has been put on hold for now! But we are finding this December snow amazing and beautiful. Come on over to play in it with us!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
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Sunday, December 21, 2008
This picture explains the canceled school, the constant heap of snow clothes drying out in the laundry room and the huge quantities of boardgames played and movies watched this past week. And who wants to talk about global warming?? We have had one of the worst winter storms and coldest weather in the past decade here in the great Northwest for the last 7 days. As long as our power doesn't go out, we will continue to enjoy the beauty, extra family time together and fun!
A few shots in the blustry snow before Bart and the boys headed out to the BIG hill to sled. As you can tell, Bo wasn't too into it (the lack of naps the past few days hasn't helped).
Posted by Mandy at 2:38 PM
Sunday, December 14, 2008
There are some things that just make the Holidays feel "right". And no matter how old you get, you never outgrow or become tired of. Some of those include:
Ty gets to talk to Santa about his Christmas wish list
Cade gets his turn telling Santa what he wants for Christmas
My sisters and mom and I do a cookie exchange and get together to make Christmas candy each year. Then we have tons of holiday treats to eat and give away throughout the season. We always have a blast together as the little cousins (the ones not in school) play and entertain each other close by. This year my incredible mom surprised us with a fun gift of homemade, matching aprons to wear while we cooked up our goodies. I am so lucky to have "my girls" (mom/sisters/best friends) close by!
Posted by Mandy at 9:51 PM
Cole had his 1st birthday on the 4th of December, but he also had a nasty cold. He spent the whole week leading up to his big day coughing, sneezing, puking, etc. After fighting if for long enough and showing no signs of getting better - we finally made the trip to the doctor. The visit wasn't any too soon as we learned he was getting a case of pneumonia - poor little guy. So needless to say, his 1st birthday won't go down in the books as one of his best. Good thing we had already had a celebration with his Grammy and cousin Drew (who's birthdays are the day before Cole's) the weekend prior before all the gunk hit him!
Cole opening gifts with lots of help from brothers and cousins
The birthday boys and "girl" / Cole gives Grammy a big birthday kiss
We also combined the birthday bash with our annual Silliman family gingerbread house night. With homemade gingerbread by grandma and tables all set up with goodies and trimmings in the "cultural hall" (actually it's the indoor gym at grammy and papa's house that comes in handy for EVERYTHING fun) we made some great houses. Well, some were better than others (sorry Bart) but the memories were ALL kinds of wonderful. The whole group working away on their masterpieces
Tyler, Bo and Cade looking proud of their houses
Nothing quite shows brotherly love like a little torture with frosting
Posted by Mandy at 9:21 PM
Friday, December 5, 2008
After Laura and Brandon's wedding in Florida, we stayed the following week to enjoy some family time in the sun and spend Thanksgiving with the Dickson bunch. We enjoyed...
gotta love this picture of Bo on the airplane ride - he's seriously thought he was a fighter pilot
Cole just loved any time he could get out of the stroller and crawl around
Bo and cousin Hannah
Bo gets up close and personal with the flamingos
You can never see to many alligators! (Bo with cousins Hannah on left and Charlotte on right)
Hanging out at Gramma Debbie's and Grandpa John's on Tuesday
Bo found this toy net which became his helmet and he always had at least 2 swords in hand. All of his girl cousins were so kind and willing to join in his "ninja turtle" version of playing.
Swimming at the hotel and trip to Tarpan Springs on Wednesday
Outside of Tampa is a small Greek seaboard town called Tarpan Springs. We love to go walk along the store fronts and eat wonderfully authentic greek cuisine. This time we also ventured out on a boat ride - wich ended up being a great experience and worth enduring the cold temperature for.
Lucky for all of us the boat supplied fleece blankets. While it was sunny and warm along the board walk, once the boat picked up speed were a teeth-chattering bunch!
Captain Tyler got turn at the wheel.
The sunset was breathtaking.
Great fun and good food make for a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday...the other part is the family and friends. We haven't been together with Bart's whole family in 4 years and it was beyond wonderful to spend this time together. We also got the friends part in when a high school friend of Bart's and his wife and 3 boys who are now living in Florida joined us for Thanksgiving dinner. It was great to see them and spend time catching up. Thanks Craguns.
All together equals one Happy Thanksgiving and trip!
Posted by Mandy at 4:23 PM
Somehow, the house got cleaned, the laundry got done, the luggage packed and all the kids got loaded up for a trip to FLORIDA for Bart's little sister Laura and Brandon's wedding. It was a beautiful weekend and we are so happy for the gorgeous couple. While it is a LOT of work to haul 4 kids across the country (escpecially during the Thanksgiving holiday) it was WELL worth it. We were so grateful to be able to be there to share the moment with them and make some wonderful memories.
Cole rotated seats and arms (as well as snacks, toys and anything we could get our hands on) as often as we could blink...hey, whatever you have to do to keep an 11 month old happy on a LONG flight. He has recently developed a habit for shreiking (the highest pitch and loudest volume you can imagine) so we were willing to do whatever to keep the "Banshee" (his new nickname) from shreiking - so were all the other restless travelers on the flight!
Caden and Cole
One of our many attempts at a group photo with the gorgeous couple and all the family who came to celebrate with them.
The "big boys", cousins and best friends for the week, Ezra, Caden and Tyler looking dapper in their suits.
Tyler, Ezra and Caden started drumming on these uplights they saw outside the temple.
The reception on the beach the next evening was AMAZING.Debbie (my mother-in-law and mother-of-the-bride) did all the flowers for the wedding. She is incredibly talented and I love to go and help her out with flowers, or in the kitchen or with whatever...I learn SO much.
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