Todd did a little playin' in the snow too. Not to be outdone by his brother-in-laws beautifully rounded snowman on Trisha's blog, Todd created "Giagantor the snow man" standing at 8 1/2 feet tall. He had to use a ladder to create the face and put the magic hat on top.
Conner and Dawson and Tyler had a ball creating this snoman. Conner told me he was naming her "Jennifer Snopez" cuz she has a big bootie. Wha? Nothin wrong with a little junk in the trunk.
Jayci was quite pleased with her snow creation that we affectionately named "Larry the cucumber-sicle".
This was Bridger before his first experience playing in the snow. He looks happy here even though he's so bundled he can't move. He was not a fan of the snow and didn't last very long out there even when I tried pulling him on a sled. Probably because it was cold and he couldn't move around enough to play in it. Maybe next year he'll get into it more.
The kids had a blast sledding and playing in the snow. They got pretty cold so they came in and warmed up with some hot chocolate and a soak in the jetted tub. (More like a splash-fest, but they had a great time!)
Nothin' like a soft, cozy towel to wrap up in after bathtime. The hooded towels I made for them years ago were lookin' pretty scary, so Santa brought some new ones.
I had to take this picture of Bridge and his favorite elephant toy. He loves to spin his tummy and hear the elephant sing and it entertains him for a long time. Not so entertaining for us after hearing the songs over and over and getting them stuck in our heads, but what do ya do? "I am an elephant floppin' my ears. I am an elephant swingin' my trunk. My ears and nose and mouth and eyes are on my head, that's no surprise! I'm your elephant." Sorry, I had to share the madness.
I was terrible about taking pictures this Christmas and the video I thought I was taking wasn't, so I had the kids pick their favorite toys and pose on the couch at the end of the day so we at least had something. Conner and his Ripstick, Dawson and his remote control ATV, Jayci and her Furr Real pet, Bridger with his mirror laptop and the Build-a-Bear friends in their new outfits.
Christmas morning waiting on the stairs before going to see what Santa left.
Christmas Eve in the Grandma jammies. My mom made all the grandkids pj's this year and they looked so cute! She had 15 to make and we think she's a little insane to attempt that, but she always made us Christmas pajamas growing up and is carrying on the tradition. Thanks Grandma!
It's our family tradition to dress up and go caroling to deliver our neighbor gifts. Todd and I used to do Christmas shows and had these costumes made, but lately we haven't had time and caroling is about the only time they get used.
It's a Newsie!
Our little Ice Princess
Mini Bob Cratchet
Conner with St. Nick
D-dog with Santa
Jayci was terrified of Santa. It took a lot of coaxing and the threat of missing out on a gift to get her to at least stand near Santa for the picture. Note the nervous smile on her face.
The Down Syndrome Guild hosted a wonderful Christmas party with a yummy breakfast, lots of gifts and visits with Santa. The kids loved it! This is Bridger's first encounter with the big man. He was pretty indifferent about the whole thing and quite interested in Santa's beard more than anything. He's into pulling hair, so it's a good thing he didn't get a handful of the white stuff or Santa may have lost his facial hair.
Jayci was really cute in her pre-school Christmas program. (Top row, 4th in from right) She loves to sing and knew all the words. Nothing like a whole pack of mini santas singing loudly off key to get you in the Christmas spirit!
This was my second attempt at bow making. I made these bows for my sister Trisha's girls to go with their Tutu's for Christmas.
Bridger discovered that he can reach the piano and loves to add his own musical genius to Conner's practicing.
This is Jayci's primary class. She loves her teacher, Sister Fonua. When she told Jayci that she wouldn't be her teacher next year, Jayci put her hand on her hip and said, "Well who do I need to talk to because I am not happy about this!!" That's ma girl!