That's right- i didn't forget about this thing (just forgot about my camera for a while...)
and since getting back to ohio- i've been doing lots of sleeping, sitting, reading--- all pretty non-blog worthy things. But i've also been doing a lot of hanging out with family and friends.
Generally I forget to take photos of such lovely things- unless of course- those family members happen to be the best, cutest, and smartest kids. ever. (ever!)
nels- is perhaps the biggest fan of the true cost of coal there is. he's super content asking questions about it for hours--- way beyond my attention span to keep answering him. So, while his brother colored---- he studied. and asked. and looked. and studied.
see? the cutest!
hot chocolate for a snack? well--- whipped cream anyway.
And when i got the coal banner in the mail (woo!), we naturally made a tent out of it...
inside the tent...
imagine this- happening for about 45 min straight. finn could barely stand up he was so dizzy. who knew parachute people could be so much fun? (well- finn and nels did i guess).
My mother and I met Colin and Rick- and their babies- to go to the santa train in elaware. but, we had to wait in line for a long while (hence- the well bundled miss Kayla)
my mama and her granbaby
all aboard the train!
just had their train tickets punched
kayla and colin-- checking out the model trains
Nels delivered his letter (and his brothers letter) to santa. Finn asked for toys, candy and books. Nels had a much more specific list--- some highlights? a remote control dinosaur (or boat... either one) and toothpaste (clearly- what 5 year old doesn't ask for that for christmas?)
Kayle totally hung out with santa--- unlike finn who would have nothing of it
finny in a pretty sweet conductor hat
Time to bake cookies! yes!
First up, sugar cookies
Kayla can make them, too
stars, hearts, and christmas trees
green, yellow, and purple frosting---- purple was by far the most popular choice.
very, very thoughtful
so much work, so very tired...
Mixing dough for snickerdoodles
squishing the snickerdoodles into cookies
and of course--- after baking so many cookies- you have to eat some, too!
thats all for now- but you can pretty much bet on more photos soon...