Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Day

The kids were up bright and early on Christmas morning, excited to see the goodies Santa had brought and he didn't disappoint. (And I just realized I didn't take any pictures - just video.) They all recieved the gifts they hoped, and a few more too.
My Mom & Dad, Tim, Yuli and Dan showed up for brunch and to check out our gifts.
After a few hours - and turns taking naps we went back to Nanny's for the traditional turkey dinner, then to Mom & Dad's to exchange gifts.

I think everyone's favorite gift was the car trays Mom & Dad made for the kids. Each one was different - designed specifically with that child's interests in mind. They will come in really handy on our upcoming trip to Florida!

Cameron's has a racetrack and cars and a magnetic Santa - his idol!

Bryanna's included dress up princesses and a knitting loom.

Austin's has a lego mat and a notepad full of Star Wars jokes. Obviously he thought they were pretty funny!

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve Night

I've probably said this every year, but my favorite part of Christmas has always been spending Christmas Eve at my Nanny & Pappy's. There's always an abundance of munchies, and we sing carols until the wee hours then exchange gifts.
I had full intentions of taking amazing pictures, even using my flash and softbox to compensate for the poor lighting. BUT Bryanna and Cameron both had fevers and spent most of the night cuddling in my lap. Brian did his best though, and I'm grateful for the pictures he was able to get even if the lighting was bad.

Thanks again Nanny for an amazing night!

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Christmas Eve

Last year we started a new tradition of opening our gifts on Christmas Eve morning. It works out perfectly - the kids have something to do while they wait all day to go to Nanny's party AND they appreciate the gifts of clothes, books and small toys that would otherwise be lost in the shuffle once Santa leaves his gifts.

Some of their favorites were hockey equiptment for Bryanna & Cameron and new skates for Austin.

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Santa Run / Parade

I've been running for over a year now and have worked up to 10k, but have been too chicken to run in a real race. In fact, it took me months to be comfortable to run where people can see me at all. I decided to bite the bullet and sign up for a 4k Santa Run - hundreds of runners and walkers dress in Santa suits and run through town along the parade route - just before the Santa Parade. That means lots of spectators. Eeeek! I figured at least I'd be in disguise and no one would recognize me anyway. My Dad, Michelle and Yuli signed up too and we agreed that we would meet at the finish line if we got split up. As it turned out, this year's run started 2 hours before the parade so there weren't many spectators. Thank goodness!
We were able to keep the same pace and finished in just over 26 minutes. Together.
Waiting to line up at the start line:
Michelle's munchkins are in the stroller - they proved to be pretty heavy and were left with my Mom and Brian partway through the race.

My Mom and Brian were waiting at kilometer 1 and 3 with all these cuties cheering us on.

And some nice (blurry) action shots:

After the run, we headed back home for some nice warm chicken and dumplings and hot chocolate before heading to the parade.

Crossing the finish line with my Daddy (and his sore back), Michelle (whose Asthma prevented her from ever running before) and Yuli (my almost Sister-in-Law!) was one of my proudest accomplishments. It wouldn't have been the same without you guys!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Gramma's Visit

Gramma (Brian's Mom) came to visit with us for a little while, and stayed with us for a nice change. We really enjoyed being able to visit with her in the morning before school and again in the evening. We went out for dinner with Brian's family, and had fun at a local Halloween fundraiser.

Thanks for a great visit Gramma! The kids are happy to let you borrow their room anytime!