Archive for December, 2009


I mentioned that we were snowed in at my grandparents’ for quite a few days. It wasn’t just the 18 inches of snow that was problematic, it was that the wind blew 40 miles an hour for three days, whipping up incredible drifts. We ventured out on Christmas Day to have a look.

It took Mom, Dave, Bryan and Katie six hours to dig us out.

For the record, if you’re going to be snowed in somewhere, Gramma’s is the place!

Somehow, Santa found us…

Despite a blizzard that put us about 200 miles off our intended course this week, Santa found Ava and Olivia at Gramma Great’s house, where we camped out for five days and watched the wind whip the snow into six foot drifts. More photos soon!

Merry Christmas!

Christmas kisses

A letter to Santa

Dear Santa,

What will you give to me this year? Whatever you bring, I will appreciate. Please bring Olivia something good.

Please be careful in the snowstorm. I wish next year I could ride along in your sleigh.

I know I said I would appreciate anything you bring me, but I would really like a cupcake factory. I hope you bring presents for the grown-ups, too.

And did you know that I am going to be five, and I am going to go to Disneyland to see Cinderella?

Remember when I sat on your lap at the mall? That was really fun, and Olivia’s face was really funny. (Photo to come…)

Santa, I love you. Good bye, dear Santa. Good night. I’ll go to bed before you come.




Ava: Is Mrs. Claus real?

Bec: What do you think?

Ava: I don’t know…

Bry: Of course she is. Do you think Santa is organized enough to pull off something as big as Christmas all by himself? He needs a woman’s help.

Ava Fix

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

I came across this frosty scenery yesterday morning–likely the result of freezing fog, just burning off with the sun.

Slip and slide

Mom captured a video of Ava sledding down their hill while the kids stayed there over the weekend. The outcome was somewhat thorny, but all’s well that ends well!

Snow fun

Ava and Olivia are at my mom’s this weekend, enjoying general spoiling and lots of snow. Ava was finally able to make a snowman, with Grampa’s help.

Thanks, Mom, for the great photos (and of course, the awesome childcare…).