It was a busy weekend, and I could write a blog post for each day, but this coming week is going to be extremely busy, too, so one post with lots of pictures will just have to do. One thing I learned while uploading and editing these is I need to have a steadier hand when shooting without flash/not on auto.
We had a DELICIOUS dinner at Brian and Jodi's house (they make the best turkey ever). Annaliese had her first bites of turkey and loved them, as well as the squash and mashed potatoes. The cranberry sauce, apple salad, and rolls were a hit with Ian (whose head is below the camera).
After lunch, Ian decided to burn some calories, and not even the frigid temps could keep him indoors. He had fun running around in the backyard and trying to get the dogs to play with him.
We weren't able to stay too long at Brian and Jodi's because we had to get to Davenport for Christmas at Great Billie's. And what's Christmas at Great Billie's without an appearance by Santa.
Ian got to help open the bag and pass out the presents.
Annaliese sat on Santa's lap for the first time and wasn't quite sure what to think.
As always, Santa Clause and Great Billie went a little overboard with all the presents. Ian couldn't wait to open them up and Annaliese didn't know what in the world to think.
Ian's favorite gift was this Buzz Lightyear. It wasn't out of his reach most of the weekend. We even had to write IAN on the bottom of his foot like Andy does in the movies.
Annaliese didn't wait very patiently to open her book. The hat couldn't have been better timed. Darrin and I had just talked about that morning how we really needed to get a hat for her.
The next day we went to visit my grandparents in Davenport. We ate a scrumptious lunch and the kids had a great time playing on the floor and with all the vehicles.
Ian absolutely loved playing with this train set (imagine that). He eventually added two more cars to it as well. My aunt told stories of how it never stayed together and they had to tie it with twist ties for Ian just like they did when they were kids.
He had fun teasing Great Grandpa by ramming his chair with the tractor, too.
Annaliese crawled all over the place and loved pushing the trucks around on the floor as well, or playing with Ian's ball.
And look at all her teeth! Her first one on the top is just starting to come through as well.
After a long day of playing trains, trucks, and bear cave with Grandpa Dave, Ian fell asleep within 5 minutes of leaving the house. How this is comfortable I have no idea. Luckily this trip wasn't very far and he figured out how to sleep more comfortably for the drive back to Omaha.
We came back from Davenport yesterday and spent the day trying to re-acclimate ourselves. Today was all about decorating for Christmas.
Ian helped with the decorating even more this year, though we had to teach him about placement on the tree. Otherwise all the ornaments would have been in one large clump.
He got to put the angel on the top of the tree.
Here's the one ornament that we didn't put up on the tree this year...
For some reason, he' thinks the stockings are Santa's boots, and we let him, because it's so darn cute when he wears them. He remembered doing this last year, too. His memory is amazing. He was asking us about certain ornaments before we even had the box out of the basement, and was able to set up other decorations all around the house without being told where they go.
All the weekend fun, plus the middle-of-the-night sickness we dealt with last night, tuckered the poor guy out and he fell asleep in Darrin's arms by 6:30 tonight. He never woke up as Darrin carried him to bed, either, which is even more amazing.