5 years ago
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
For the girls birthday we stayed the weekend in Flagstaff and went on the Polar Express train in Williams. Every other year the girls have a party and on the other years, like this year, we stay in a hotel and celebrate their birthdays.
A shot of just me and Jeff. That's a rarity. Unfortunately Jeff got sick this morning and by this time of the day, all he wanted to do was lay in bed.
We took off and we enjoyed hot chocolate and cookies. Yummy!
The train had the reading of Polar Express over the intercom so we followed along.
We finally came to the North Pole. The kids faces were glued to the windows. It was adorable.
Santa came on the train and gave each kid a silver bell just like in the book.
Levi enjoying his new bell. We also sang carols on the train. The ride lasted for an hour.
Earlier that morning we went to Northern Arizona Museum and took a short hike. The weather was much cooler than Gilbert, thus the coats.
Rocks and dinosaurs---what else could bring a smile to a kid's face? Don't answer that. I could think of quite a few things.
A Christmas treat
New Christmas PJ's and sitting in front of one of several advent calendars.
Reading the Polar Express. We open a Christmas book every day until Christmas. The kids love this tradition.
Decorating the tree. We bought a real tree and wreath at Costco. I love the smell in our home.
My mom, sister, and niece came to visit. My sister and her daughter, Rowan have never been here before. It's always fun to show people around who haven't been here before. Within 5 minutes of her being here, I went to show her our backyard and there was a mama bear and her two cubs. I had never even seen a bear that close in our backyard. We saw the same bears a few days later too. We also saw some moose. We took two trips. One to Girdwood and another to Talkeetna. Talkeetna was our favorite. We stayed in this rustic, vintage cabin. My mom, sister, and I and the girls loved listening and dancing to the supremes on the record player they had in this cabin. Neil Diamond and Johnny Cash were are other 2 favorite records. We also enjoyed hiking Mt. Baldy and glissading down about 75 yards, going to the temple, the wildlife conservation center where a brown bear was chasing Sydney back and forth, portage glacier, play hide and go seek at girdwood park, and there's probably more that I'm forgetting.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
So it's kinda sad I only took a few pictures at Thanksgiving and this is one of them. We left Tuesday and drove to Kingman, AZ and stayed the night there because Jeff had a morning breakfast with some doctors. When that was over, we took off through Vegas to Gammie and Grandpa's home. We were the last to arrive. The Lamonts, Koehlers (Lisa, Kevin, Maddy, and Trinity), and Uncle Lance had gotten there earlier. The kids loved playing with the cousins and actually getting along the whole time. It was nice. Every cousin had a friend they hung out with and was happy. There were 18 people staying at my parents. The next day the women cooked while the dads took the kids horse back riding. While there we also did some shopping, took a family picture, went to the movies, stayed up way too late, and us moms went out to lunch one day. We had such a fun time. It was too short of a vacation. Saturday afternoon we headed up, this time traveling through a little bit of the Grand Canyon to Flagstaff and down to our home in Gilbert. A much prettier drive. On our way home we stayed in Lee's Ferry motel. It was right off the highway, nothing was around it, not even a gas station. It was very "potuncky." The woman handed us a REAL key to our room. The floors squeaked, the heater you turned on by hand and it was in Celsius, you could hear cars and trucks drive by from the highway, and we were the only ones staying at this motel. There were moments that we thought we were in a scary movie. But we woke up the next morning still alive thankfully we were kept safe.
Uncle Lance and Levi
Our little Cowboy