We went to the torchlight parade tonight downtown. While many people watched the parade outside, we opted for the warmth of the skyway above.
It was a pretty awesome parade that included people carrying torches . . .
. . . people on unicycles . . .
. . . bouncing girls . . .
. . . and even a giant shopping cart . . .
. . . but man, it was a loooooooooooooooooooooong parade.
Daddy was gone on a work trip and he finally got back the other day. He went to New Orleans to cover the NFC Championship game. Check out the awesome shirts and "flags" he brought back for us.
We love the new shirts, but the flags are a lot more fun.
It was about time we got our haircut. We were getting awfully shaggy.
It was a pretty eventful haircut too. Charley let his stylist use clippers AND the blow-dryer.
Look at all this hair that came off, and this is only some of it (you can have some, Bumpa, if you want).
As with any haircut, they didn't get ALL the hair off. That stuff is really itchy when it's left on your neck. The best way to get rid of all the itchies is to wash that hair right off.
We went to visit Audrey and Keighly's house for a little visit. It had been a long time since we last got together and they had an awesome new toy to show us. It's a giant inflatable house-like thing that is filled with balls. It was awesome. We'll be visiting again soon.
"Bumpa, you don't have any hair up there."
-- Charley said while getting ready for bed.
-- Bumpa replied.
"Can I have some of yours?"
-- Charley said.
"Maybe next time we get our hair cut we can save it for you."
Bumpa and Grandma came over to be with us while Mommy and Daddy were both at work today. Before is was time to go to bed, we all were a little hungry. So, we had a little snack of Babybel cheese and mini saltine crackers. We could used to this late night Bumpa snack.
There aren't many thing that smell better than a giant vat of chili on the stove (except maybe cookies in the oven). We love helping in the kitchen and this was our first attempt at Chili.
We had no idea there's all this stuff in chili.
We got right to work with Daddy. The coolest thing we learned was how to open cans with the automatic can opener. It's was a little freaky at first and we still need help getting it started.
From there on out, it was all dumping, stirring and waiting. It takes more than an hour
for Daddy's secret recipe, but it's worth it.
It's a tough job keeping this world safe so we've enlisted the help of Anna and Sophia. They came over for a playdate awhile ago and we got right to work training them to be crime fighters like us.
As with any training program, there was a little computer training and some paperwork.
When we finally finished putting the easel to together (and cleaning up a bit), we took it for a test drive. It's super awesome. One of us can do some painting on one side . . .
. . . while the other can draw with chalk on the opposite side.
The best part about drawing with chalk . . . erasing it.
The best part about painting . . . painting.
We really only received one gift in which some assembly was required. It was an awesome double sided easel from Grandma and Bumpa. We finally got a chance to put it together.
It was hard and messy work.
When we were done, not only did we need to clean up with living room, but we needed to clean up ourselves too. That Styrofoam tends to stick to everything, especially clothes.
Our new sleds are CRAZY fast. We finally got a chance to test them out today. It was also our first time REALLY sledding; down a hill and everything.
Sure there were a few wipe outs, but we didn't mind too much.
Climbing back up the hill, on the other hand, was not nearly as much fun.
So we talked Mommy and Daddy into pulling us up the hill.
Because we definitely wanted to sled back down the hill again and again.
It's been really cold lately. We've learned a thing or two about staying warm by living here. The most effective way is to lay right in front of the vents, especially when the heater is on.
It's also important to be well-nourished. We're still working on that.
Right when we got home from preschool today, the snow crew (a.k.a. our super awesome neighbors Mr. Wayne and Mr. Dick) was hard at work clearing our driveway and walkway with their fancy snow-blowing machines. We got another couple inches today and again it's crazy cold and windy.
Happy New Year to one and all!
Yes, we're a little late, but better late than never.
We're looking forward to lots of good things in 2010. After all, Charley & Jax turn 4 in 2010. Isn't that when all good things begin? At age 4? That's what we've been told (or is it sold?).
2009 was a year of big change in our house. Jason moved to working evenings. Beki started working more regularly, and the overnight shift-- in addition to teaching classes. Charley & Jax started preschool, and became little boys, no longer a hint of baby left. We lost Anni. We lost a lot of sleep... Lots of big changes.
In January, we're just hoping for some better health (no more hives), and a return to a little more of a normal schedule. No trips planned at all. Rumor has it that Jason's moving back to days mid-month, and Beki's working hard to get a second instructor to take on some of the class volume (though that won't likely happen until at least March or April). Plus, back to preschool, ECFE, and, God-willing, the YMCA more regularly. We're aiming for a busy, but good month.
Stay tuned to see if we succeed.
. . . is OK with us really. We went over to Grandma C and Bumpa's for a Christmas do-over. If you recall, Jax was not his usual self when he woke up on Christmas morning.
We got all kinds of great stuff from them. Check out this awesome double-sided easel . . .
. . . and these super-cool Pooh and Tigger lift-the-flap books.
We also helped Grandma open her present . . .
. . . and got a good laugh at Bumpa's new beer holster.
We did our best to give everything a test ride, but sleds don't work very well in the entryway.