Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Holidays and Snow Days Continued...

Yes, these are terribly late as usual, but my motto is better late than never, so I am just trying to live up to that. These are pictures of the last days we had with daddy before he left us for Officer Candidacy School. We tried to live them up as best we could.

Christmas Continued:
 We didn't get too many good pics of the actual day, most of it was video, but super long, so I am not going to post it. It was a happy day and super fun to share with the Anderson's to feel that big family feeling. Elenore got very into the whole thing, and we all had fun watching her as much as everything else. It was just a great day with sleeping in, a yummy breakfast, presents, then getting ready for our big dinner with lots of friends over while the Anderson's had their traditional movie night downstairs and let us have run of the upstairs. Jonathan had his delicious ham, I made cranberry salad, stuffing, and lemon meringue and chocolate meringue pies for desert. The Coopers, the Davis' and the DeSpains all joined us and brought goodies to share. There were 7 kids there, the adults were nearly outnumbered. All in all a great day.
She opened a present before we could stop her, so at least it was hers. Cute mittens and hat from Grandma and Granddad

How cute are those two faces?!

Wanting to get a move on with this rip open the presents thing. She did a lot of "helping" this Christmas.

All the "kids" waiting for breakfast, then stockings, then presents!
Adventures with dad:
This is just a cute one of them. We took her to a dog show at the VA Horse Center and then a walk afterward. A good day!
D.C. Temple Trip:
We got to go as a family to the temple for the first time in a long time, the first for Elenore. Well, actually, the last time we were there, I was pregnant with her, to I guess technically her second. The Anderson' s went and Grammy Brooke watched her in the visitor's center while we went in, then we went home while they had their turn. It was a beautiful and very special day! A wonderful gift and miracle that Jonathan had a Saturday off so we could go. Elenore did so well, and even slept most of the way home, which was a miracle in itself. 
In the Visitor's Center with the Christus behind us. She loved it and kept going up and touching it gently... Very precious.

She was in her crazy hyper-tired stage when we were leaving, and it was freezing cold, so we didn't do many pictures, but here a few we managed to get.

She was starting to fade...

Touching the temple...

It was so special to take her there!
Snow Days:
Just when I was thinking we were not going to get any more snow for the season, we had a good snow (for BV), and got to take Elenore out for her first real snow adventure. Again, Jonathan happened to be home, and it was great. I love snow!!!

Tasting her first snow ball...

Her thoughts of her first taste of snow...
Brain freeze!

Falling down. She was such the cute little pink bundle.

"Come on, parents, you are so slow..."

Having a blast once she figured out how to run in her snow gear.
My little snow angel

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