I think the title of this blog says it all. Except add in the words bitterly cold. We had a mild Spring/Summer 2013 followed by what I consider a cold Winter! This brought us a lot of chances for snowy/icy weather! We had a great first snow in January. It was a dry snow that was not great for snowman making but PERFECT for sledding.
Also perfect for eating and just putting our faces in apparently.
Even mommy took a ago at sledding. It was really a perfect snow day. The kids didn't get wet and cold and we were able to sled for a long time. We had a great time!
And then we had numerous other "snow" days. A wet cold mess would fall and trap us at home. I think this happened three or four times. The public schools were closed a lot which means we were as well. I was super thankful for going overboard at the 90% off aisle at Target at this point...
And so were the boys. Not having the option to get up and go and do as we please can be really hard!
This snow day fell the day before Valentines. By that evening I was BEGGING Brett to get us out. I even let the boys jump on the bed. It was that bad! Needless to say, I was OVER the cold weather!
We truly had a wonderful Christmas. We had planned to be a little more low key this year because of Disney. However, Brett and I were feeling major guilt because after gifts from our parents, we nearly had to pay nothing for the trip. We felt that we should be generous because of that.
Apparently, the grandparents also forgot about that trip because oh my word look at all the presents. This is what happens when two only children get married. Massive present overload for the little ones.
Also, massive sugar overload for the "whidits" counter. Yummy goodness for miles!
Christmas eve we read stories, ate lots of yummy food.....
....baked, and/or ate lots of cookies....
....and got got ready for Santa!
Trying to get a good shot of these two with low light is nearly impossible!
But the one above is just perfect for me. It's one I know I will treasure for a very long time.
As well as this one. It suits our family perfectly. A little blurry, a little crazy and a lot of love.
The Santa loot. Overboard again. Next year will be reigned in a lot!
They were so excited!!! Neither asked for anything overboard so it was easy to accommodate this year's wishes.
My little Buzz Lightyear nut with his new Buzz items.
Lots of new Star Wars stuff for this guy.
Sweet moments helping each other open presents.
The big special gift this year was made by Pops. I had an idea to convert an end table into a lego table this Fall. I mentioned it to Brett and he suggested we ask Vernon to make one instead. I readily agreed, but I had NO idea what he would come up with.
Can you believe this!? It is amazing. It has cubbies custom fitted for boxes for legos. Lots of room for new creations and projects. It is SO special!!
I don't know how, but we have played with all the new stuff constantly. Moses has planted himself at that lego table for hours since it was put in his room. Christmas was truly magical for these two boys. Even with all of the gifts and grandeur, both still know the reason for the season. Jesus has always been at the forefront of their minds during the entire time. We as parents, need to do a better job with this aspect but for right now I am very comfortable with the incorporation of Santa with celebrating the birth of Christ.