A couple months ago, we got a new Kirby vacuum and decided that was going to be my Christmas (because they're so expensive) but I also got a calendar & planner along with treats and a book lamp and orange to fill my stocking. Ty's parents also got us a beautiful serving platter, bowl and gravy boat set and my favorite - almond roca. I've always wanted a gravy boat (is that silly?) and a nice dish to place the Thanksgiving turkey on in the future - I felt so spoiled!
Rosie Posie looks delighted with her new present doesn't she!? Especially when her brother or sister pushed her around on it!
She simply loved opening the gifts. And as she did, she'd walk over to dad to show the new treasure to him and then to me to show me.
Much of what Vanna and Rosie got was shared - their new bedding, and bedroom décor (much of which is pictured with Vanna). But she also got books and pajamas both from mom and dad and Grandma and Grandpa Bazil. In fact, she liked those ones so much she immediately started stripping her clothes off and insisting that we put them on her. She had woken up early before Cash and Vanna and since she's to young to understand what the day was and run out to the tree, we waited until they woke up so they all saw their surprises at the same time - I just got her ready as I got myself ready that morning. Anyway, she wore those pajamas the rest of the day - they are pretty cute complete with a little tutu! And if you couldn't guess at what filled her stocking - she also got treats, an electric toothbrush and an orange as well.
Both Cash and Vanna got electric scooters as well. You can imagine their surprise and delight when they saw those in the family room! It didn't take long before they demanded we take them outside to give them a try. Cash caught on right away but Vanna struggled a bit with knowing when to let go of the throttle and actually grew a bit scared of the scooter since it would keep going, until I got on it with her and helped her. I think she'll get the hang of it - it may have been a bit advanced for her but Santa must have figured she'd want one too when she saw her brother with one. :)
My dad and Jannie gave us a big jug of seeds for a huge variety of fruits, herbs, and vegetables. Now maybe this sounds funny but it was actually a very good idea I thought. We put them with our emergency kits where they would prove very useful should we be without the ability to run to the store during a catastrophe. They gave each of the kids money which is burning a whole in their pockets of course. They loved it!
My mom and Tab are so funny. They had already started purchasing Christmas gifts when they got their mission call (that's my mom - the planner) and so we literally had a bit of Christmas in July when they gave us our Christmas gifts before they left. They got Ty some waders for fishing which he's excited to get out and use. And over the past few years they've bought me more of my Willow Tree Nativity Scene, piece by piece. They bought me the wise men and a few more animals this year - yay! They also got each of the kids toys and jackets - the kids have already worn them lots of course!
Ty had Christmas Day off of course and, although he had to work on Christmas Eve and the day after Christmas, we were pleasantly surprised to see that then he had six days off in a row (since they had to re-arrange everyone's schedules a bit to accommodate the paid holidays). We decided to take the family on a "stay-cation" to McCall over that span of time.
We left on Monday the 30th and took the long way up through Horseshoe Bend so that we could take the kids on a train ride. It's really a beautiful scenic area and you can go on a train ride right along the river. It was pretty (so beautiful to see the river frozen in areas, etc.). The ride takes three hours and I figured that half way through the kids might start getting bored so I brought plenty of books and snacks and even let Cash bring his new Nintendo but they all did very good - even Rosie. In fact Cash didn't even pull out his Nintendo. I was a bit surprised it turned out so great!
|Love this picture - what's in there?!|
|Some of the beautiful country we saw along the ride!|
After the ride, we drove up through Cascade (which again, is just beautiful country) and on to McCall where we had dinner and checked into our hotel. The kids always just love to swim so of course, as soon as we checked in we headed to the pool.
The next morning after breakfast we wandered through the town of McCall and through many of the shops. There's always a couple we make a point to stop at - a rock shop that carries all sorts of petrified stone, wood and polished rocks, etc. The kids are so fascinated by the treasures in there and so is Ty. I had to take Rosie out to the car after only a couple minutes for fear she'd break something. :) And of course we have to stop at the candy shop. They have the best caramel apples there - my favorite is first covered in caramel, then white chocolate and then covered in a sugary/cinnamon mixture - so yummy!
After we killed time at the shops though, it was time for the indoor ice skating rink to open and so we gave that a try. I guess it was a good experience - fun to try something new but oh boy we had the hardest time. Hahaha. Cash, who is usually a natural at most anything, struggled most. He kept falling and falling and then he'd get all dramatic with waving his arms around when he was slipping that he'd fall some more. And he was so hard to help with all his antics because he'd knock you down too. Poor kid. By the end of it all though he was starting to get the hang of it a bit. Miss Vanna started out very slow and cautious taking the tiniest of baby steps but she didn't want our help and really she did great. She got a little more brave as time went on and I think she enjoyed the experience. I'm not sure Cash could say the same. Hahaha. We tried to give Rosie a chance but she didn't go for it, so Ty and I took turns with her on the benches and watching while the other went out and tried to help Cash and Vanna a bit.
Looking back I just sigh with contentment over what was such a great holiday!