Wednesday, December 11, 2013
I love to listen to them playing. They have these conversations like "Ok Norah, you pretend you're my mom, and then you say..." and whatever the instructions are, Norah follows them. Ava has taught her how to play on a six year old level. I'm always a little surprised she can keep up.
Then later you hear Norah saying "Ava, let's pretend like I'm dead..." Um, ok, what?
The other day Ava was pretending to be a dog, as they do. She insisted that dogs love spinach and kept eating and refilling this plate with it! Yay!! She needs to teach that one to her sister!!
Our non-spinach eating dog.
They are each other's little side kick. Here is Ava putting on "chopstick" for Norah.
I think Ava was a lion here.
Snuggling in bed with dad.
Carrying miss Norah around.
These girls are just so fun, I hope never to forget all these little moments!
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
The other night I went in to check on the girls and this is what I found:
Ava later said that she had been reading Norah some books, when she fell asleep. Ava was really still, as not to wake her. In the morning they were both so excited that they had slept in the same bed ALL NIGHT!! It was pretty cute!
Monday, December 9, 2013
Linda, Kim & Abby host a caroling partly every year, it is really fun. They serve soup, appetizers and wine, everyone gathers around the piano with their song books and sings the night away. People are encouraged to call people and sing to them over the phone. It's a great mix of fun with family and friends, singing and staying warm (caroling usually is freezing!)
There were a lot of people in and out through the evening. When I walked in I was a little overwhelmed so I set my camera down (and grabbed a glass of wine) and never picked it back up until the party was coming to a close. Oh well, I like the ones I did get, and I added two from my phone for good measure.
Love these people.
Here's Norah putting on her own show.
We all love Kay!
Two of my very favorite people!
Such a fun party!
These little party animals didn't get to bed until nearly 11, yikes! They still managed to get up and ready in the morning for Sunday school, although they were moving a little extra slow. : )
Friday, December 6, 2013
This very well may be the most pictures I've shoved into one post EVER. But that's ok, they are a little late, so I don't want to drag them out over several days. So behold, our Thanksgiving long weekend, in no particular order. : )
Love my sister!
Cousin Kay is so great with the kids, it was a pleasure having her join us!
E & T, one of my favorite couples!
Jeff is back, to stay this time! Yay!
Too much fun with the blankets, they had these adults working!
Aren't they cute?
So cute & funny.
Will made us the best turkey yet!
He has since been asked to make all meals that follow...
Auntie Linda, our favorite.
Pinochle, game 326.
A pile of kids. They all wanted to snuggle with auntie D'Auna.
Everyone kept threatening to steal bites of the turkey before it got carved.
Mom and her boys.
I heart him. One of the best parts of this trip was to get to spend so much time together without him working, just relaxing and having fun, what a blessing!
Love his face.
Typical. : )
woMAN DOWN!! Too much turkey...
Mom & Daughter, so cute!
She was reluctant to stop playing for 2 seconds to take a picture with dad, such is life when I'm your mom, get back here!! lol
I blame these two for the phone withdraw Norah went through when she got home....
Happy. I love happy.
Playing with Nan
Brother & Sister.
Jeff always has an "alternative smile" for me.
I think he's smitten with her. (Another phone, NO!!)
Love this family!
Jeffie is sleepy.
Gingerbread houses and men, what more could you ask for?
Oh yeah, blanket forts, of course!
And horsey rides!
And wonderful long hikes up mountains...
We all hiked from Government Camp up to Timberline Lodge, or at least the base of it.
Only four of us made it the whole way, it was pretty intense. I LOVED it. I was ready to go back the next day but no takers. : )
There's that turkey again, I guess you can't have too many pictures of the turkey, right?
So much food, even after 4 days, there was still a lot left!
This is my favorite house in Government Camp, if you were wondering. I make everyone go for a walk over to check it out! It's much bigger than can fit in this picture.
Vivienne & Linda
Ski lift swings = happiness!
They kept walking like this in circles saying "Well this is awkward", it was cracking me up.
This face melts my heart!
Many hikes were had by all, Government Camp is the best!
Look, more phone. I kid, Linda is the best at entertaining the kids, she has a ton of games she plays with them. She was sick our whole trip, I was so thankful she rallied and hung out with us anyway!
What a wonderful time! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, my family totally makes it!