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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January: Snowbound Fun

We were stuck inside for the month of January because of the snow and the cold, so we had to find fun things to do.
 Doing some painting snuggled up in her mermaid tail.
 Sarah is so ladylike. This is her dinosaur face. It appears a lot.
 Chris just doing his thing, being adorable.
 I took my fish-loving girl to the aquarium in Boise. It is tiny, but they let you touch almost all of the fish.  Sarah loved it.
 She even got to pet sting rays and sharks!

 We have done lots of science experiments and art projects. Baking soda, vinegar, and food coloring kept her busy for hours. The hair makes for a great mad scientist look. 
 We painted stripey fish using tape and watercolor paints. I don't know why there are socks on her hands.
She spent two hours in the bath playing with colored shaving cream while the baby took a nap. It was like a vacation for mom!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Chris: 4 Months

Good mom moment: I actually did a monthly photo shoot this time! You should be proud of me. Chris is 4 months old today!
 He is wearing the same outfit as his 3 month pictures, not on purpose.

Highlights of this month for Chris:
  • He loves standing up (with assistance). It makes him giggle every time.
  • So happy and smiley! His little giggle is my favorite.
  • He loves to kick and splash in the bath.
  • Just discovered the joy of stuffed animals and loves to cuddle them. 
  • Less attached to his pacifier as he has discovered how convenient it is to suck on his hands.
  • Down to one arm in his swaddle at night.
  • On a nap strike lately. Most of his naps only last half an hour or so, and then he is tired again half an hour later.  It is an annoying cycle.
  • Starting to grab toys and other things.

 Sarah insisted on getting in on the photo shoot.
 There is such a thing as too much love!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Christmas 2016

We had such a wonderful Christmas this year! We spent the weekend in Baker City with my family.

Building a gingerbread house was an essential activity. It took some convincing to keep Sarah from eating all of the candy before it got on to the house.

 She caught on quickly and had lots of fun placing the candies.
 The next day, she got to eat it. Yummy!
 We brought a whole new meaning to "white Christmas" this year. There was no question as to whether we would have snow. Lots and lots of snow. On Christmas Eve, we went out to soak up some holiday spirit around the community.
We left Sarah and Nelson at the library for a Daddy-daughter date while Aunt Katy and I went out for lunch together. They had fun making sharks and fish.
 We strolled down Main Street and enjoyed the holiday spirit. At some point, Sarah's boots fell off while she was riding on Kelson's shoulders. Shortly after that, she fell fast asleep right on top of Daddy's head while we were in the book store. Christmas is exhausting.
 As is tradition, we had lasagna for Christmas Eve dinner and ate off of fancy china. Sarah was pretty excited to get her own fancy cup.
Our adorable family on Christmas Eve
 All ready to go to bed so Santa could come!
 You may remember that Sarah was not a big fan of Santa the couple of times that they met. It took us about 10 minutes to convince her that it was okay to come down on Christmas morning because Santa had already left. 
 Opening stockings with Grandma and Grandpa

 Chris got tools in his stocking. Every Hindman man needs his own set of tools.

 Santa left so many things for us under the Christmas tree!
 I wouldn't say this child is spoiled at all. (Some of those are Grandma's toys that were just sitting in the playroom. We didn't completely lose control.)
 Since Christmas was on Sunday this year, we all got to dress up in our finest and go to church to remember the Savior on Christmas day.

 Sarah's dress was a gift from Nana Bonnie. So pretty!
 Chris is thinking, "You really think she is ready to hold me?"
 After church, Sarah got to open her big gift from Grandma and Grandpa: a stick horse and a cowgirl hat. It was a big hit. However, she was confused as to why we were calling her a cowgirl. She said, "I'm not a cowgirl. I'm a horse girl." Makes sense to me.
 Soon, the laundry basket became a carriage and Daddy was racing Sarah all over the room. 
 Santa's gift to Sarah was a vintage Little People farm. I've heard that Santa has a good stash of vintage gifts.
 Christmas dinner, complete with paper hats from our poppers.
 We spent the evening playing games and drinking some delicious Italian sodas.
 Jeremy's family was in Seattle for Christmas, so we all got together a few days later for a little more Christmas fun. I finally made it to "the Grinch house" with Sarah. This man in Baker City has been decorating his house and yard with painted cartoon cutouts for decades. He used to put the Grinch on his roof, so that is what we called it as kids. It is really amazing. Sarah was excited to see Pooh, Clifford, and all of the princesses.
 For all of our nieces and nephews this year I made mermaid tails and shark tails, Will was a big fan.
 I also gave Sarah and Anne doll-size tails to match theirs. Sarah thought the little one was more fun.
 A happy Grandma.
 We celebrated New Year's Eve at home with steak, scallop alfredo pasta, and shrimp salad. Yum!

For the special occasion, I actually let Kelson get out the deep fryer. (That doesn't happen very often). For breakfast on New Year's day, we made cheery cheesecake egg rolls. Yum!
This was Sarah's face when we told her that Christmas was over and it was time to take down the decorations. She was so sad. It really was a magical season. 2016 was a great year for our family, full of exciting, unexpected changes and blessings. We are looking forward to 2017!