Wednesday, December 30, 2009

One out of Three

Well, Grammy and Gramps struck-out again in the present department.

Well, I guess Grammy did. She knitted Claire a darling hippo hat especially for her.

And she didn’t like it. At all. (see her little hippo looking teeth? that isn’t the back story here, just cute)

She tried it on Gramps and she liked it on him but still not on her. (but he is pretty cute in it, don’t you think?)


Then they tried it on her new baby and she liked on the baby too but still not on her. So we gave up on the hat for now.

Then they hit a homerun . . .

She got a Weasel!

And she loved on that thing and carried it around and then we put the battery in and freaked out Hazel and just had a grand time.


But in the end, when we put away the weasel, she really liked the box.

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Day

My family was to come over Christmas morning to have Christmas with us before Mike went to work but the White Christmas interfered with that plan. (my family has always done Christmas morning while Mike’s has always done Christmas Eve – works out pretty nice, eh?) So they came over once things thawed and Alison & Thor could get up the hill and Mom & Dad could get out the driveway and up ours. (Christmas dinner is now going to be New Year’s dinner.)

It timed out pretty well so Mike was home on lunch and we all got to open presents together.

Claire got all sorts of nifty things like this basketball goal for the tubby from Cousin Thor.

And a teapot from Auntie Alison. Tea anyone? (We have daily tea parties if anyone would like to join us.)


And Gramps got lots of nifty tools and gadgets.

For some reason I don’t have pictures of Thor and Grammy (or me). I was sitting next to Grammy and Thor was under the tree next to her so somehow I forgot to take pics of them. oops! Maybe someone else did.  Alison will be in the next post.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas Morning continued

As the morning went on, we continued to discover the wonderful things that were under the tree.

Like slippers the color of Hazel so they don’t look so gnarly by this time next year.


Or the bean dip for Daddy from Hazel.


And boot socks for Daddy’s new boots.

Claire trying to feed the dog her milk . . .

And Daddy hitting the jackpot with the blower from Ginger and Mark. Yea, leaf-free gutters!

And a sweet moment with Mommy and Claire.


And of course, Claire found a box with which to play . . .


Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Christmas Peeps

To preface everything – I have been sick and wouldn’t post these pictures if it wasn’t such a cute/funny story about Hazel. Please remember I was sick and too lazy to apply any make-up that Christmas morning, besides I am merely the one who received the gift that interested Hazel so.

I was opening presents in my stocking when Hazel just got right up in the business at hand with this one particular package. I got really curious as to what it might be since Hazel was so interested. I was pretty sure she wouldn’t be this interested in jewelry or car keys so I continued my unwrapping the best I could with a snout sniffing and licking at the package.

What is it girl? Is Timmy stuck inside?

No, it was Christmas Tree Peeps!


So, yes, Hazel got to have a Peep, it was Christmas after all.


Claire had to get in on this Peep action too.

Maybe next year Santa will bring Peeps for everyone in their stocking. We should surely alert the Easter Bunny!

Christmas Morning

Oh what a wonderful White Christmas morning.

Claire and Daddy were all excited because Santa had been there!


They stopped to see that Baby Jesus had come in the night as well.


Hazel couldn’t wait to get to her stocking.

Daddy and Claire started on the stockings.


Claire was thrilled to find a “rolling ducky” in her sock.


Claire was very good at unwrapping presents.


And had to stop and read if it was a book.


Hazel was very happy with her presents from Santa.


More to come in the next few days. Only so much time to get to them all.

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas . . .

and Santa came to the house. Only Hazel was stirring – playing with her louse.


The stockings were hung by chimney with care, in hopes that Claire's Daddy soon would be there.


The child was nestled all snug in her bed while visions of pink dollies danced in her head.


With Mommy in jammies and Daddy still at Sparks, a White Christmas appeared while it was all dark.


Merry Christmas!

Christmas Eve at Grandma & Grandpa’s

Daddy had to work Christmas Eve so Claire and Mommy went to Grandma & pa H’s for our annual gathering. We started with a great feast. Claire ate turkey, corn, peas, bananas and mashed potatoes. Then it was on to the greatly anticipated festivities – present unwrapping.

But first we had to have Uncle Keith hold onto Claire’s bow.


and get a picture with Uncle Gene.


Aunt Cindy, Uncle Keith and Cousin Blake got Claire this cute outfit.


And she danced around and looked at what everyone got.


She also got a sweet baby from Uncle Gene and this awesome kitchen from Aunt Ginger and Uncle Mark.

Grandma and Grandpa got her a really neat table and chairs to play with her friends (and some other cool stuff). Good to know she is equal opportunity in her fear of chairs . . .


And of course, she found someone’s box and spent a good portion of her time playing with it. I know what to get her next year.


Merry Christmas!


Friday, December 25, 2009

Presents a la FedEx

We received a box from FedEx Wednesday and it was from Uncle Lance and Aunt Beth! How awesome was that?

And we’re off . . .

Claire really likes opening presents.


And tearing the paper.


And seeing what is inside.

Preparing to start on the paper.

Tearing the paper and admiring the box.

Examining the contents.


Giving it the “Lick of Approval.”


And now it’s Hazel’s turn.


And the “Flea” and “Tick” are a hit.


Thank you Uncle Lance and Aunt Beth for the great Christmas presents for us all (Mommy and Daddy got some nice presents too). We can’t wait until we see you again!

Merry Christmas!