Well, I normally have a “best of” post to end the year but it appears I must have fallen off the blogging wagon??? So instead, we’ll just play catch up. Getting it in under the wire! I can’t believe my last post was Halloween! Oops!
Here’s Avos workin’ on her fitness.
Lovely wheel pose.
Bringing her leg up while in wheel! Impressive! I can’t even do that.
One legged dog!
She’s always pleased with her skills.
Now all of a sudden, its Thanksgiving or as we called it this year – Thanksgistmas. We had Thanksgiving and Christmas with my side of the family all in one weekend. So here it is! Avery watching tv while Gpa naps.
The obligatory turkey dance!
Eric was taking pictures of everyone enjoying dinner and was quite amused that I was at the kid’s table. What? It was the only place left to sit! Renae sat there too on the other end, but of course she was still dishing up her own food so she wasn’t there yet.
Cookie did the dishes and wore my fancy pink dish gloves.
Fast forward a couple days (and one stomach flu incident later – poor Avos and poor carpet!) it was time to open presents!
She was still a little out of it. We were just lucky that no one else got it.
These guns were a hit from Auntie Susan.
As were the barbies for the girls.
Then after everyone left, we finally made it out onto the lake for skating. I took more pictures than this, but something whacky is going on with my camera, so who knows where they went. Anyway, this was one of the only times we got to use the lake for skating b/c it snowed a TON after this and the ice went to mush.
Here are a few decor pics. Decorating a new house is tough work!
This was pooh-pooh-ed on by my mother. Next year, she can come over and do it if she wants.
Time for the tree trimming!
Avery was more into posing for me than Dylan was. Imagine that.
Soon after, it was time for our carpet to go in in the basement. YES!!! This was the night before. We had to have all the furniture out of all the rooms. Good times.
Dylan’s room. This was tricky because we had to take apart his log bed. Again. I don’t think it was meant to be taken apart and put back together 3 times.
Avery’s is different than the rest – hers is a grey and the rest is a brownish tan.
What a difference it made in the feel of the basement. We actually like being down there now! And the kids rooms feel nice and cozy now.
And here is the snow I was talking about. I think we got like 20 inches in December this year! First snowman at our new house!
And here is the Christmas card photo shoot. I may have had to bribe them with cookies.
But I think they turned out awesome. The scenery, toothless grin and goofiness certainly helped.
The backyard looked like a postcard!
Here is Avery on stage for the rehearsal for her dance recital.
Running thru her dance.
And here is the recital day. She was NOT in the mood to pose for me before the recital. Something about her costume itching her??? But afterwards, she was fine.
Time for sugar cookie decorating. This is Dylan’s first time with a pastry bag. He thought it was fun.
Avery went old school with a knife.
I did all these.
Time to open our presents before heading up to Maple Lake for Christmas!
Have no fear, everyone. We have a new modem. So you can all come and use our internet now without wanting to kill yourselves.
Eric and his new Wild jacket and Avery with her new jammies and Cinderella doll.
Lego Chima extravaganza!
And here is Christmas Eve at Maple Lake. As usual, lots of squirrelly folks.
Eric and his sissies.
This picture of Eric’s sister Jamie and her family made me laugh. And sweet Hattie (Eric’s sister Kacie’s new baby) was the VIP of the week. Everyone wanted to love on her.
Manny had to get into the spirit of things too. Manny you will wear this hat and you’ll LIKE IT!
And then you’ll take Adelyn for a ride. Giddyup!
This is the only pic from the present opening chaos. It was chaos. So I had to put my camera away before someone spilled my slush on it. :)
And here are the bopsy twins before bed with their treats for Santa. Cookies, an apple slice and a celery with buffalo chicken dip on it. Santa didn’t get a chance to sample b/c Hobey the dog ate it. LOL You’d think it would have made him sick, but nope! He ate it all except the celery and apple. Go figure. And the skating pic is back at home. Theres a rink right by our house.
Avery stopped using the pusher over break so she skates on her own now.
She goes pretty fast and is pretty reckless. I can barely watch. Its too frightening.
Here’s Dylan, his buddy Drew and another boy playing a game of hockey.
Avery and Elsie on the ice. Elsie spends a lot of time like that.
Well, that’s it for this year!! Perhaps I’ll try and be better about this in 2014. ;) Happy New Year everyone!