Saturday, December 31, 2011


We have had more snow this winter then we did all last year so we have definitely been taking advantage of it. This storm hit just before Christmas so we had my favorite kind of Christmas, a white one. I even got out and played with Joseph for a little bit. 

Game on Mom!!

My snow puppy! Hana loves to play in the snow. All day she was laying down in the snow trying to hide from Boo.

Best buddies!

Our backyard

My monkey man!

Polar Express Day

On Joseph's last day of school before winter break they had Polar Express day. All the kids got to wear their jammie's and slippers to school, watch the movie, have hot chocolate and candy canes and of course to finish the day their holiday parties. The kids were so excited all day and handled all the excitement very well. For their class party they had yummy snacks, made scarfs, played a relay race where they pretended to be snowmen and their friends had to dress them in all their winter gear, made snowmen decorations and were given goody bags. It was a perfect way to end their first semester, I can't believe that school is already half way over.

Yummy Christmas Jello!

Snowman cookies!

Making scarfs for their snowman's or themselves.

Joseph playing the relay race.

Sweet Cora


Kaylee and Aidan

Silly Mae

Showing off his new scarf.

Ms. Klee's Kindergartners!!!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Come on and ride the...

Santa Train!!

Day two of our family fun filled weekend we went up to Georgetown to ride the train and see Santa. It was perfect weather outside and a happy atmosphere inside the train. The kids all had fun looking out the window, drinking hot chocolate, eating cookies and candy canes, and getting to tell Santa what they wanted. It is so much fun to watch the kids interact with each other outside of school and build better relationships, especially since they will be in school together for quite some time. 
Joseph and some of his classmates.

Watching the world go by.


Tiny village

Santa made it to town.

Joseph with his bell. Thanks Santa he rang it the whole way home.

Everyone after the ride and ready for hot chocolate.

A winter wonderland.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Toy Story 3

A few weeks ago we went to see Disney on ice at the Pepsi Center. We wanted it to be a surprise for Joseph so we gave him a hint that it started with the letter T and all day long he guessed everything he could possibly think of. His last guess was a tarantula (EEEEEKKKKK!!!) and he was convinced that was it, so when Ben got home and we told him we were going to Toy Story he was pretty disappointed until we arrived at the Pepsi Center. All the performers were really good on their skates but Barbie and Ken stole the show. It was such a fun family activity.

So excited!!!


The Gang

Buzz Light year

You have saved our lives, we are eternally grateful.

Woody's roundup gang

Mama and Joseph

Enjoying a little intermission

Snow cones are serious business.


I'm a barbie girl in a barbie world.

Andy's toys

Gingerbread House

This year we let Joseph decorate our gingerbread house all by himself and he did an AWESOME job! Once dad had it all put together, Joseph immediately went to work loading it up with tons of candy. It is a good thing that dad put extra frosting and reinforcements on the roof to hold up all the candy. It is somewhat hard to tell from the pictures but Joseph put his initials on the roof so that there was no mistaking who it belonged to. :) He had so much fun decorating and I think we may have an architect in our future.

Anxiously waiting for the frosting to set.

Some serious discussion about what should go on the roof.

It's Mine!!!

Loading it up!

So proud of the finished product.

The back view.

The side view.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Once a month Joseph's class has a book club for all the kids who would like to participate. It is so much fun for the kids to get together outside of school and get to know one another better and it also gives us parents a chance to chat. This month they read We're Going on a Bear Hunt and all the kids liked the book but said they wouldn't want to go except for Joseph who said he would go but he would need bullets and a gun. After they read through the story they put together a storyboard about what happened in the book and then they made bear biscuits. Everything they made turned out super cute and the biscuits were very yummy to eat and super easy to make.

Audrey, Hayden, Joseph, Evan, Aiva, Abby and Aiva's sister

Joseph with Hayden's mom reading the book. He did a good job.

Everyone putting together the storyboard.

Everyone making their bear biscuits.

Preparing the bears for baking. The kids thought they needed lots of butter and sugar.

Ready to EAT!!!

The gang happily enjoying their biscuits.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Go Fire!!!

So before the ground was covered with all this cold white stuff , Joseph played his first season of soccer and I coached his team. I am not quite sure what I was thinking seeing as how I had never coached only played and coaching little kids is very interesting. They all want the ball at the same time so you spend bunches of time just getting them to spread out, but once they do they are just so cute running all over the field.  Joseph's team was Fire and it was a great team to start with, because some kids had played before others were new and they helped each other out. My favorite part of the season is that the kids all wanted to play, they were happy and were just so excited to be on the field. With it being a local league we were told to not keep score, ya right the kids would keep score for me. I am proud to say that we went undefeated all season, not bad for a newbie coach. Joseph had so much fun and so did I that I think we will do it again.

My little soccer stud!!!

Hanging with teammates

Going after it!

Running down the field

Having a good time!

Making a game plan

Joseph, Coach aka Me and Parker

Joseph and Coach