This holiday was such a good time. We certainly missed having Dad with us, and Ken was not able to make the trip. Not having the complete family is just not the same but we celebrated the spirit of the season with them in mind. Mom, Chrissy and I got to have ladies night out and had a good time. Nothing like the Tarvin women drinking wine and 'tinis, eating fried green tomatoes! We had many nice dinners during the visit. Started off with a huge ham, that we discovered Emmett loves! He's not much of a meat eater, but he wolfed down some ham. Luke had to work the first days of the week, so Mom, Chrissy and I, plus kiddos, went to Red Lodge for the scenery and really good food at the Wine Bar. On Christmas eve, we piled into the car for a drive around Cody to see some lights. Emmett had received a new camera from Aunt Chrissy right before we left. His pictures are really funny and I will have an entire post of just his photography. Christmas morning started at 7am. We unwrapped one gift at a time and then let Emmett play with his new toy for a bit. All the while, breakfast was being cooked and we snacked while he opened when he was ready to move on to the present. Jolene didn't have a clue. She wound up napping midway thru the morning and woke up halfway thru the gifts in the basement(i.e. unwrapped larger items that Santa had left under the other tree.) We had a really wonderful Christmas and such a great visit with my mom and Chrissy. It went all to fast and can't believe it's almost a week past the big day. Emmett is already asking when Santa is coming back and where are his presents. Long way to go to already be getting those questions.
Jolene started her first foods this past week. Not a huge fan. Lots of funny faces and lots of sweet potatoes on her bib.
Jolene got her first taste of food yesterday. She tried sweet potatoes and they weren't an immediate hit. I'm sure she'll love them eventually. It also snowed pretty good so Emmett, Chrissy and Holly went out to play(even though it's only 15 degrees!). Snow angels were a huge hit and pretty funny to watch. Happy Holidays everyone!!!
We got up and left for Billings at 3:45 am this morning. Our neighbor Chris came over to stay with Emmett while we were gone to make the morning easier. Dr. Price said everything looked great and surgery went well. It was really quick and we were home by noon. Still a long day, just an early one and I see a well deserved nap in everyone's future!
We took Jolene to Billings for an ear consult with the ENT there. She is scheduled for tubes on Monday. She has already had 4 infections and with the history of Emmett's ears, we made the decision to go ahead with the tubes. Should be pretty uneventful and smooth sailing after Monday's surgery....
Emmett is such the chatter box these days. He loves to spend time on the phone. Lucky that he has two grandma's that don't mind trying to decode his phone calls. He talks about whatever and usually points and tries to show them things over the phone. It can be very hard to decipher. The picture is of Emmett chatting it up with Grammy the other day. Too funny! and what a poser!
This past Friday, I hosted the 2nd Annual cookie exchange with a bunch of my girlfriends. It was a huge turnout with 12 adults and 21 kids! We had a huge spread of sweet breads and muffins, crescent roll bites with artichokes and cheese, dips and chips and I could go on and on.....
The special treat this year was to decorate graham cracker houses. I pre-assembled the roofs and the houses and the moms had to frost the houses and make sure their kids didn't eat all the decorations. I failed miserably at the second part. I think Emmett had about 10 gumdrops before I realized what was going on. Next year I will think of a different craft. or use hot glue. The roofs all collapsed and most moms wound up tossing them cause they no longer resembled a house, but were a large pile of frosted graham crackers with half eaten candy on them. It was a great time none the less and look forward to many years of cookie exchanges!!!
I have made the executive decision to not attempt swim lessons today in the 10 below weather with gusty winds and snow. Emmett is disappointed but was promised movies all day. I think he's over it already.
Last night, Emmett and I went and had storytime with Santa at the library. One of his elves read us a few stories and then the big guy himself came in and gave books to all the good little boys and girls. Emmett had a wonderful time and couldn't wait to get home to read his new books. (It's also nice that "Santa" is the same guy all over town. What a time commitment, but Emmett said "hey mommy! It's the Santa from the museum!" Unlike the Walmart santa with the black mustach under his white beard. Such a nice touch and one more reason we love the small town life!)
We have started celebrating the season. Last night, Luke and I had the neighbors watch the kids and went to the Childrens Resource Center Holiday Party. It was drink and food with an auction to follow. It was really fun and we got to hang out with our friends Jessica and Jeff. We bailed out on the party when the auction was about to start ($$$) and went to have another drink and play some pool. It's been awhile since we've been out on the town. We had a great time.
Today we went to the museum to see Santa. It was tons of fun and we got some great photos. We stayed just long enough to see our friend's daughter's dance recital. Nothing greater than seeing a bunch of cute girls dancing to their own beat. None of them were on time with each other and it was pretty darn adorable.