Luke, Emmett and I began our journey on Friday, December 14th after Luke finished work. We drove straight to Greeley to be there for Amy's Graduation on Saturday. Congratulations to the new Grad! It was really great to see all of the family and friends who joined in celebrating Amy's great achievement. On Sunday we headed to Ft. Collins to have family haircut day with Jen. She is really great! I can't believe the wonderful job she did on a squiggly 9 month old(as you will see in pictures). Then on to see Chrissy. She made us a wonderful lunch and Emmett met his first kitty, Daisy. Not sure he really liked that experience. He cried and crawled as fast as he could in the other direction when Daisy sniffed him. Chrissy recently lost her cat of 14 years, Norman. Chrissy really loved him even when no one else would. We will miss Norman. Then up to Grammy's for two days. We baked cookies and relaxed a bit. Then on to Denver. We stopped in the Littleton house to touch up and clean up a few things. It's going to sell for sure now! I buried the Saint Joseph statue in the front yard for hopes of selling soon. Everyone keep your fingers crossed. Luke, Emmett and I enjoyed dinner with the Gieb's and Eric and then rested up at Bob and Donna's. (can you tell we are on the move?!) Then on to meet up with Julie, Carl and Jack Canales. We had so much fun with the two boys. They
tried to pluck out each other's binkys and Jack
tried to teach Emmett how to share toys. Emmett does not know how to share toys as he doesn't have too many kids his age to play with currently. Jack was very generous and patient when Emmett would take a toy out of his hands and take off with it. The boys took their first bath together. It took Emmett a bit to take in all the floaty to
ys and big tub but he eventually came around. Emmett and Jack exchanged gifts and played with the bows, paper and maybe their new toys they each got. The adults got to enjoy Chinese food one evening, a huge
Italian dinner and trivial pursuit-Genius edition on another(not sure who's idea it was to play the genius edition after a few glasses
of wine?!). Luke and I finally got to take Emmett out in the snow on Friday. It snowed for a good part of the afternoon and into the evening. Snow is so pretty when it is not blowing sideways!
On Saturday, Luke, Emmett, Ken and I drove up to Loveland to enjoy christmas dinner with Chrissy and the parents. Gre
at meal mom! This morning we had Christmas. Emmett had already partially
ripped open one of his gifts with Grammy before anyone had even gotten up. He sure loves the wrapping paper but you have to be on alert cause he loves to put it in his mouth. He'll be pooping
pretty paper by morning! We had a wonderful time exchanging gifts and drinking Mimosas. Luke gave Mom a strange moose bowl that is starting to grow on us all. It might become the gift that gets passed on throughout the family. Lookout for next year, Tarvin and Anderson Clans!
We are about to embark on our road trip back to Denver. Amy graduates from the University of Northern Colorado on Saturday. Huge Congrats to Amy! Then we start to make the rounds to all of our family and friends. Two weeks seems like a long time, but it actually feels like we are going to be running ragged! Hopefully we will get to see/visit everyone while we are back.
Not too much going on around here. Emmett is crackin' me up every day with his antics! He has discovered that he enjoys kicking things while laying on his side....I have tried to video this because it is very funny. It is so funny that he laughs hysterically the entire time. Otherwise, just a growing boy. Probably walking within the next month or so. We tried going up the carpeted basement stairs today. He made it up 2 stairs and then lost interest and wanted to be carried the rest of the way. Hope you all are ready for the "Terror" to come to your town! I have packed extra outlet plugs and ice packs for the bumps and bruises to come.
Merry Christmas to all and have a wonderful new year!
I will be back to blogging after we return home(with lots of pictures of course!)
We had a great week seeing friends and holiday outings. Our friend Carl Canales was in Cody this past week for work and stayed two nights with us. It was really nice to see him and get to hear stories about his son, Jack. I was secretly hoping that Julie was going to show up with him....no such luck!! Can't wait to see you in December!!!!!!! It sounds like Jack and Emmett will be such good friends and will have a great time playing together.
Saturday began with a picture with Santa at Walmart. Emmett's first time meeting Santa and he was a little bit afraid(he wasn't a very good looking Santa so that could be our fault!!) Emmett started out looking startled and wary. Then came the tears. He takes after his Dad whom was terribly scared of Santa for a long time. We then moved on to the Holiday Open House at the Museum. It was a great time to take our first look at the Buffalo Bill Historical Museum. Lots of beautiful decorations and many things to do for young kids. Had I known that the real Santa was actually at the museum, Emmett's first experience may have been a better one. Hopefully he will forget and next year will be wonderful. Our next door neighbor, Kelly, and his a few of his 6th grade classmates had a jazz concert at the open house that we got to enjoy. There were many performances and even a Little Miss Snowflake pageant ongoing at the Holiday Open House. Little Miss Snowflake was really cute. She started belting out Yankee Doodle while we were walking by. It was hysterical and maybe what won her the tiara!
Later that Saturday evening our friends, Mike, Tammy and Caleb came over for a Parmesan Chicken cook off. It was a really to close to call. It was a fun night with some drinks and very tasty dinner.
Sunday was potato soup day!!! I love having the ham bone left after Thanksgiving because it means we get to have yummy potato soup. The neighbors came over to help us enjoy the enormous pot of soup on a really cold and never-ending windy day. The wind has been so terrible the last two days and it is predicted to continue for 1-2 more! Wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour.
Counting down the days in which we get to drive back to Denver and visit with all of our family and friends. 10 days til we leave. I have started my holiday baking and preparations for holiday get togethers when we get back!!! Love to all!!