Caroline showcasing some Christmas gifts.
We made my dad break out the tile saw to cut open the geodes that Henry got for Christmas. Henry was pretty excited about it–much nicer than just hitting them with a hammer.
Henry with his cousin Jack–working on Henry’s circuits science kit.
Henry and I took a walk up to one of the famous KC barbecue restaurants–mostly we had to get Henry out of the house to burn off some energy and the 45 minute walk each way took care of it. Henry wanted to get a hotdog; I wouldn’t let him and made him get some real meat. There was quite a line, but Henry was really good while waiting.
Playing piano with Jen’s dad.
The AT&T guy came to fix the internet and his truck broke down. I think the kids were more excited about it than he was.
Henry got to use the “power shovel” (think tiny electric snowblower on a handle). He did tell me it wouldn’t be sufficient for the snow we get in Utah.
The kids got gift certificates to Build-a-Bear from Jen’s mom. Unfortunately, apparently every other kid in town did too. We were in line for a long time, but we eventually made it out with our stuffed pokemon (Henry), rock-star kitty cat (Becca), minion from Despicable Me (Caroline) and puppy (Emily).
We went to Kaleidoscope in Kansas City (it’s a place run by Hallmark where kids can go and do art projects–it’s been around since Jen and I were kids and before).
Admiring the bow-making machine at the Hallmark visitor center.
We also went to the “train cafe” at Crown Center. It’s a restaurant that serves generally terrible food, but it gets delivered by a model train that run on an overhead track and the kids love it.
We also met Jen’s dad at work and had lunch in the hospital cafeteria.
At my parents’ house, the kids spent a long time with my dad cutting out stuff on the scroll saw.
Caroline dressed up as the Christmas star on Christmas eve.
We went to Kansas City for Christmas, but before we left we went for a sleigh ride (at the Homestead Resort up in Midway). The sleigh ride was pretty clod, but it did end with a visit with Santa.
The kids picked out a Christmas tree. They chose the shortest, fattest tree on the farm, with the reasoning that they wanted plenty of room for ornaments, but wanted to also be able to reach the top. The tree was about 5.5′ tall and at least that wide.
Jen took the kids to the Festival of Trees (annual fundraiser for the children’s hospital in Salt Lake).
We eventually got on the plane to go to Kansas City. Thankfully we have plenty of ipads and headphones.
Izzy (the white one) with Bear (Jen’s sister’s dog).
Jen’s mom put on a “Grinch Party” that the kids were really excited about. Lots of green food and a lot of candy.
We made it out to my parents’ house for my mom birthday on Dec. 23. The kids helped make frosting and decorate the cake. I’m not sure why Caroline has masking tape on her forehead–I’m pretty sure Becca and Henry had something to do with it.
THe cake decorating shows obvious signs of the kids’ involvement.
We also made gingerbread houses. Pretty sure as much went in little mouths as went on the houses.
Also went to the T-Rex cafe. Lots of dinosaurs and fire and steam.
We had a big snow storm in the middle of December. We received 2 feet of snow in about 36 hours up here on the bench in Bountiful; it’s the most snow I’ve ever seen on the ground at home. The new snowblower did get a lot of use.
Hard to believe there’s a bright red, 16′ canoe sitting upside down on the patio just behind the picnic table in this picture.
We made an igloo in the back yard at Henry’s request.
We missed another ~12″ of snow that fell right around Christmas since we were out of town. Even now, we have about 14″ of snow on the ground at our house.
Working on catching up on blogging…
Jen and the kids ran the turkey trot race here in Bountiful on Thanksgiving morning. Becca and Jen did the 5k and I walked the 1k with the little kids (and with Emily wrapped up in about 3 layers of blankets–it was VERY cold).
We made the cookie turkeys that are a tradition in Jen’s family.
Made some pies.
Traditional after-dinner activity on Thanksgiving–sitting on the couch watching TV…