Friday, December 24, 2010
Christmas Eve celebrations began with dinner and gifts with Grandma Juju and Papa Brad. Homemade Manhatten clam chowder, salad, and bread... yum! Then gifts and off to the candlelight service at church. We always finish the night at our house for cookies and treats. Now that Charlotte is getting a little older we are trying to bring in other fun traditions like setting out cookies for Santa, putting out the Stockings, read "The Night Before Christmas"... well... maybe next year!
Thursday, December 23, 2010
The holiday season is such a busy time at work, and with family gatherings that often by the time Christmas arrives I am super sick and worn out. This year, I was really trying to avoid being sick at Christmas. Unfortunately, the most wretched strain of stomach flu hit the school about the second week of December... Charlotte was the first in our family to get it and threw up all over our bed at 3am on the 14th. Then as I was mid set-up for the 2nd out of 3 waves of guests at the school Christmas Program (over 1000 people attended that night)I started throwing up in the church kitchen- fun! A few days later, as hard as he fought it... daddy succumbed to the flu as well- with baby Mallorie the same day! YUCK! What a way to launch into our Christmas break! Eventually we all recovered and Charlotte and I got to have a baking day right before Christmas!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
As many times as we told Charlotte that it is called Zoo lights... she still refers to it as "The Light Zoo". It was quite a chilly night, so we breezed through the zoo, enjoying the lights and music and then went for a treat. Charlotte requested eggnog icecream!
Monday, December 20, 2010
We traveled down to Vancouver on Saturday the 18th of December to see the both the Kohler and Donahue families. On Saturday we visited Grandpa Kohler and Nana's house with almost the whole Kohler family in attendance. This was the first Christmas spent with Chad, Leslee, Maiya and Madelyn. Charlotte had so much fun playing all day and night with her cousins. On Sunday we had brunch at Grandma Kohler's house with the Donahue side of the family. This was the first time that Mallorie met her Great Grandpa and Grandma Donahue. The weekend was very busy, but we were fortunate to get to see so much family. Thank you to everyone who traveled up (or down) to Vancouver to see us.