Communiqués from Cowtown

Goodbye Hedonism, Hello Diaper Genie….

Christmas 2008 December 30, 2008

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We had a wonderful Christmas this year; actually, we had several of them, all in different places. Because we traveled around, Bee got to open presents 4 times, which doesn’t count opening her gift from her cousins when we stopped by at the end of our journey. What fun! She had a great time as you can probably imagine–all of us did.

 

We are back home wondering what on earth to do with all the toys she received. My dad made her a wood toybox that serves as a bench, which also converts into an art desk when turned on its end. For anyone handy out there looking for a gift for an entire family, this is it. We love it and it’s helping to control the post-Christmas toy extravaganza that is our home. I’m actually sitting on it now as I type since it’s placed in the sun in Bee’s playroom. Hopefully my giant butt isn’t too much for it…

 

The Sunday before the big day we went to my family Christmas party in Ohio and did Christmas morning with my parents and sisters, which was great fun. We then went on back to Cowtown to be with Ryan’s side of the family for Christmas Eve and enjoy some of Grandpa Jim’s traditional fish stew, which was surprisingly delicious–even Bee gobbled it up. Bee played with Avery who is 4 and the two had a marvellous time. She loves being around older girls and luckily, Avery seemed delighted to have a little shadow. 

 

We took off on Christmas Eve at around 1:30 a.m. bound for North Carolina where Ryan’s grandparents live so Bee could meet her great grandparents for the first time. I never realized how amazing the mountains were down in North Carolina. As Ryan slept I drove along with the sun coming up over the hills, both of my lovies sleeping soundly. I wanted to wake them up so they could see the fog sitting in the bowls of the valleys we passed through, but didn’t have the heart to. Instead, I tried to take some pictures on my BlackBerry, which was awkward and did not do the scenery any justice. It was gorgeous. It was also about 20 degrees warmer, which was quite a bonus.

 

We arrived at Ryan’s great grandparents’ house at around 9 a.m. and heard Don call out excitedly, “they’re here!!” … They came out and greeted us and stared at Bee happily. They couldn’t get enough of her and she was well behaved, although was a bit obsessed with all of the glass knicknacks and other untouchables. We had Christmas “dinner” (lunch) and took a walk with Ryan’s Uncle Gary up the steep hill and back down, which knocked Bee out. She took a long nap on my lap and we headed back to the hotel to rest after the long drive.

 

We stayed at a Holiday Inn near Asheville with a pool and Ryan and Bee did some swimming, which is one of her favorite things to do. I got some great pictures of them in the pool. The great part about a 2-year old swimming is that she is guaranteed to sleep at night; she crashed out that night and was snoring.

 

The following are some pictures I took during the week on my BlackBerry. The quality isn’t that great, but I thought they would be fun to post. I will upload more from our actual camera in the coming day or two as they include other moments from Christmas, including our time at my parents’ house.

 

You mean I get to have more than one Christmas?! Hooray!
You mean I get to have more than one Christmas?! Hooray!
Aunt Danielle at my family Christmas party holding Bee and her cousin Seth. Double the cuteness power!
Aunt Danielle at my family Christmas party holding Bee and her cousin Seth. Double the cuteness power!
Bee and Avery having a ball at Grandma Sue's
Bee and Avery having a ball at Grandma Sue’s
We kept Bee up until well after midnight so she would sleep the whole way to North Carolina. This was taken less than 15 minutes after leaving and she slept the whole way; it worked!
We kept Bee up until well after midnight so she would sleep the whole way to North Carolina. This was taken less than 15 minutes after leaving and she slept the whole way; it worked!
Taken out the window as dawn came over Western North Carolina. This really does not do it any justice.
Taken out the window as dawn came over Western North Carolina. This really does not do it any justice.
Bee woke up for the last ten minutes of the trip and put her sunglasses on. That morning light was so bright and I laughed so hard when I glanced in the mirror and saw her just sitting there in her shades.
Bee woke up for the last ten minutes of the trip and put her sunglasses on. That morning light was so bright and I laughed so hard when I glanced in the mirror and saw her just sitting there in her shades.
Great-grandma Alice was so delighted to finally meet Chloe. I love this lady!
Great-grandma Alice was so delighted to finally meet Bee. I love this lady!
Gary, Bee, and Daddy posing after our hike up the hill.
Gary, Bee, and Daddy posing after our hike up the hill.
Back at the hotel and ready to go swimming. She started calling me "mom" instead of "mommy" and said, "hurry up, Mom!" ...
Back at the hotel and ready to go swimming. She started calling me “mom” instead of “mommy” and said, “hurry up, Mom!” …
Having a great time (note the nervous look on Ryan's face as she stands on top of the rails)
Having a great time (note the nervous look on Ryan’s face as she stands on top of the rails)
They had such a great time swimming together!
They had such a great time swimming together!
Wrapped up in her duckie towel

Wrapped up in her duckie towel

She was wound up when we brought her back after her swim. I put her hair in two little braids with bows at the end and she kept running over to the mirror at looking at them and smiling. And THEN....
She was wound up when we brought her back after her swim. I put her hair in two little braids with bows at the end and she kept running over to the mirror at looking at them and smiling. And THEN….
She crashed. Completely. And snored.

She crashed. Completely. And snored.

We went back to Cowtown before heading back home. She's fishing off the stairs with Grandma Sue before heading out to see her cousins.

We went back to Cowtown before heading back home. She's fishing off the stairs with Grandma Sue before heading out to see her cousins.

Playing the harmonica with Connor and August

Playing the harmonica with Connor and August

I love this picture of the three of them; they're coloring with highlighters.

I love this picture of the three of them; they're coloring with highlighters.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

 

What a great holiday! I will be posting more pictures soon. I ran out of room on the camera as the trip went on so most of the pics from my family’s Christmas are on there and haven’t been uploaded yet. I wish the Berry took better pictures, but you get the idea…. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!