Friday, December 31, 2010

Last Half of December

First off, here's Lincoln being hilarious (both to him and me) during bath time.

We had a CRAZY Christmas trip! We left on a Sunday, and stayed the night at the Excalibur in Las Vegas to break up the trip. Las Vegas is about half way, and is the route with the least amount of mountains to avoid snow. We left the sunshine of Gilbert and found the rain in Las Vegas!

We took Jack to the M&M store, thinking he'd like that.
Then we booked it to the Bellagio to show Lincoln and him the fountains. We got there just in time to see a show, and then they said they wouldn't do another one for a half hour. I'm sure glad we made it there just in time because it was cold out in the rain!
Lincoln preferred pushing his stroller some of the time.
The boys, Doug and I all slept better than we thought we would in the hotel room. The next day, we packed everything up and headed to Utah. We, of course, hit snow about half-way there. It never fails to snow on us during a Christmas road trip! Here are the boys the day after we got there, playing in the snow.
A picture of Kevin and Gwen's roof, to prove they really did get 17 inches!
Grandma Nelson and cousin Kingsley
Lincoln really took to his uncles, and was super shy with everyone else!

Kevin and Gwen took us all out to pizza. Jack got really tuckered out half way through dinner.
Here we are at the Thanksgiving Point dinosaur museum. This place is always a hit!
I was lucky enough to have a girl's night with my friends from Contacts! I had so much fun with them, and was still deep in conversation when Doug came to pick me up. I miss you girls SO much!!
My good friend, Christy, gave us all much needed haircuts! We were all so excited to see Kate and her. Ryan, sorry we missed you!
We had an ugly sweater party Christmas Eve at Doug's grandpa's house. Here are the McBride's sporting theirs!
And here are Doug and me sporting ours. Oh, and Buddy was there, too!
Here's Jack getting to sit on Santa's lap. He was very eager to see Santa!
A family pic with Santa
Giving Santa knucklesAfter Santa, I let them open their new jammies that say, "Big Brother," and, "Little Brother."

Here's Christmas morning. Lincoln got a little slide thing from Santa!
Jack got a remote control car
cute little Kingsley
Family pic at Cassidy's

Kevin showed us the tractor he's restoring. Jack and Lincoln got to take turns sitting on it. I was absolutely freezing my butt off at this point! Guess I'm used to Arizona now...
Reading a book with grandpa NelsonWe ended up leaving Monday night around 9, and not getting home until about 7:30. We decided that driving through the night would be best because both boys had colds. It turns out that neither one slept very well at all, which means nobody did. We left so late because Doug's aunt and uncle were staying overnight at our house in Arizona, and we didn't want to walk in super early to wake them all up. We were totally delirious by like 6:30, and were glad we all napped from about 11-3. I woke Jack and Doug up a little after 4 to make sure Jack still slept okay that night. Both boys still went to bed at the same time, and slept through the night. Thank goodness!

Here's Jack just being silly with my boots

And Jack is really into using things as whips (which we have since put an end to.) But here's one instance from yesterday that Lincoln found so funny!

Monday, December 06, 2010

Zoo Lights and Dressing Up

I dragged that family out on Saturday night, after an early dinner, to go see the Zoo Lights that everyone is raving about. Since we got an annual membership to the zoo, we got 2 free tickets to go. And the boys were free, which means it was all free! Jack LOVED all the lights to see. Lincoln thought they were okay, too, but wasn't as vocal about it.

Here was a pretty awesome spider! Notice the peacock sitting in the tree, too?

For some reason, all these spots were showing up in the air! Doug wanted to spoil Jack and let him ride a camel... just like in the Lego Indiana Jones game on Xbox! Jack kept saying, "I'm so excited!"

If you open your mouth in front of Lincoln and say, "Aahhhh!" and there is food in front of him, he's more than willing to share!

Here's more of that horrible condensation I was talking about. If you look closely, you can see the palm trees covered in Christmas lights. I thought this was somewhat amusing, since I've never seen this before. You can also sort of make out the Stay-Puff marshmallow man... which always reminds me of Ghostbusters.

Lincoln was totally getting down to that Trans-Siberian Orchestra song with "Carol of the Bells" in it! I have a video of it at the bottom.

Jack thought it was pretty funny. He also enjoyed the kettle corn.

Here are the boys, all dressed up for church on Sunday.

Jack wanted to try on his winter coat and snow pants that we got for him recently. He's excited to use these when we go to grandma's!

Lincoln wanted to pose for the camera.

Then we tried Lincoln's winter clothes on him. He wasn't as excited.

Here's the video of Lincoln dancing in the car. He's a little camera shy!

Utah, we're excited to see you in a couple weeks! We're counting down the days.