A little bit of catch up...

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One of my favorite things to do this time of year is bake. Even more now that I live so far away from my mom. Seeing her in the kitchen baking is one of my strongest memories of the holidays and I love all of the goodies she made only once a year. I really want Lorelai to have that memory and to be apart of it and help me. I bought us matching aprons and we have been baking once a week for a month it seems like. I love it, and she just loves to taste... oh, and crack eggs leaving little egg shells in whatever I bake.

Lorelai is finally old enough to do gingerbread houses. I am not nearly crafty enough to make my own, I just buy the kit. I think she ate more than she helped though. Every time I looked at her she was putting fistfulls of candy in her mouth. Oh well, it's the holidays, right?

This is Phil. I have known his wife, Jessica since high school and they moved in with us a little while ago temporarily from Palm Springs until they can get on their feet. There certainly isn't a shortage of laughs when Phil is around. He has taught Lo a few interesting tricks. She now will ask you to pull her finger... which is fun. I think this was one of the nicer things he taught her. How to lick frosting off the palm of your hand. Goody!
This was Phil's Elton John gingerbread man. I LOVE LOVE LOVE him. I think he did a great job.In all of my 12-13 years of living in Western Washington, I have never seen the amount of snow we got this year. After it was all said and done, I think we got 2 feet and with no rain to melt it, we were royally S.O.L. with everything. It started last week and when I went grocery shopping there was absolutely no produce and no milk. No trucks can get in with the cities prepardness lacking immensly. The roads have been horrid, no plow trucks, no salters or de-icers except on the highways. A few gas stations ran out of gas and we didn't get mail for a few days. Perfect for holiday time! No UPS either, which means no presents from Nana and Papa for Christmas day. I think it's probably a good thing so Lorelai can open them separate from everything else and really appreciate them without being overwhelmed.
But I digress, these pics were from our first day of snow and so there isn't much to play in. Ty and Lo were out there throwing snowballs at each other still tho. I personally hate snow. My espresso stand was closed more than open because of road conditions and we were literally stuck at home more than one day. Luckily my car is like a mini-4 wheeler. It has sabilization and all wheel and totally rocked it out in the snow. I am so incredibly appreciative of it now. I would drive down the road and see 20-25 people walking to the grocery store in the freezing 2 feet of snow. I think everyone made the best of it though. We spent one day at Laura's house because she has a hot tub. The kids would be bare butt naked and run out of the hot tub and into the snow and then run back in. It was so fun and the kids had a blast. We made real snow cones, ate great home cooked food and spent a lot of time together as a family. Can't beat that, right?


Cazier Craziness said...

What a great catch up post! I can't wait to see that little girl! I miss you guys so much! Five days!