Saturday, January 30, 2010

A Day at the Beach

In October, (yes, I really am that behind) when we went to Disneyland, we decided to spend a day at the beach.  Robby was really excited to go and Zoe is such a water bug that we knew she would love it.  As soon as we got to the beach, Robby was gone.  He was fearless.  He had a blast playing in the ocean, even though it was pretty cold, and digging in the sand.  He looked for shells with Kirk and really had a great time.

Zoe on the other hand, was miserable.  She was terrified of the whole experience.  Every time a wave would crash, no matter how far away from the water she was, she would cry.  She actually liked to play in the water, until she heard a wave.  She liked to play in the sand, until she heard a wave.  She really liked chasing the birds, until she heard a wave.  Unfortunately, it being the ocean and all, there were a lot of waves.  Needless to say, Kirk and I spent most of our beach trip holding Zoe, trying to comfort her.

It wasn't quite the day at the beach I had planned.  We ended up only staying for about an hour.  We couldn't put Zoe through much more than that.  Robby had a blast though, so it was all worth it.  And I did manage to get some cute pictures.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Gingerbread Houses

Last year, we started the tradition of decorating a Gingerbread House for Christmas.  This year, the tradition continued.  We cheat a little, and buy a prebaked, boxed house, but this year, we at least bought some extra candy so we could decorate it our own way.  Next year, we may even be brave enough to bake our own.  We'll see.

Robby is the official house decorator, although next year he will probably have a helper.  He really looks forward to decorating the house, and does a great job.

Zoe's contribution to the house mainly involved walking around, pulling on our legs, and waiting for any stray candy to fall to the floor, so that she could help clean up by putting it in her mouth.

There it is, our cute finished house, and even cuter house decorators.

At school, the 2nd graders also made gingerbread houses.  They were made out of graham crackers.  (Maybe that is what we will do next year).  It was so fun because the kids got to make all the decisions about how they were made.  I loved to see how creative they were.

Here is Rob's house.

I thought Santa's sleigh, complete with a reindeer and presents, was awesome.  He did a great job.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Merry Christmas (a little late)

So I am a little behind in the whole blog thing.  I am going to try to catch up, so there will hopefully be quite a few posts in the next week or so.  I decided to start with Christmas and then post some other random things we missed.

We had a great Christmas season.  The kids were a lot of fun and we all really enjoyed ourselves.  I love that time of year, when we really focus on being together as a family.

We saw Santa at the Ward Christmas Party.  Zoe was so excited.  She was jumping up and down yelling "Santa, Santa!"  Until, it was her turn to set on his lap.  Then she wanted nothing to do with him.

I love the expression on her face.

The kids were way too spoiled this year, but they had a lot of fun opening their presents.  I didn't take any pictures.  I was too busy enjoying the moment.  I did get some before they woke up though.

Our tree with all the presents.

I made the kids sock monkeys and set them in the tree.  They loved them.