Friday, January 4, 2013

Our First Oregon Christmas

Eli is a wonderful cook and baker. I jump at the opportunity to let him take over the kitchen. This year he wanted to baked fruit pastries. Yum.

That is homemade pastry dough. Yes, I do love my husband.

The stockings were hung on the chimney. I love having a real fireplace.

The kids were excited about the stocking but more excited about finally getting to open the presents! Eli has a few traditions from his family that he wants to bring to ours. One is the order and timing of events on Christmas morning. Kids can't get up till 7 and then they get to open their stockings. Dad takes his time eating tasty pastries and drinking coffee. Once Dad has drawn that out and the kids have begged him several times to hurry it will be time to open presents. 

It didn't quite work out that way for us this year and Eli was a little disappointed. It should get easier as the kids get bigger and understand that daddy is purposefully delaying Christmas!

On to the opening of the presents:

Beaker Mug for Eli.


Maybe the favorite gift of the day-
The singing and dancing dog from Aunt April and Uncle AJ.

Lily in her new quilt from Aunt April and Uncle AJ.

Kitchen and shopping cart from Santa.

Mom's books about Canning and Pacific NW Gardening! Thanks Vicki and Ed.

After an hour and a half of opening gifts, with only 4 left, here is where Christmas came to a standstill: 

Drill from Grandma Vicki and Grandpa Ed. 

Ethan had to drill a screw into and out of every hole. Eli and I took the opportunity to make a breakfast of eggs and bacon and drink a little more coffee. And maybe we ate a few more of those fruit pastries. 

It was time to open the last 3 gifts. The first was a beautiful quilt for Ethan from Aunt April and Uncle AJ. The next two were a castle for each from Jee Jee and Paw Paw - hours of entertainment.

After all the excitement of opening gifts it was time to snuggle up on the couch with our new quilts and watch a movie.

We had a wonderful First Oregon Christmas! Thank you so much to our family for all the great gifts. We love you all!

Monday, December 24, 2012

A visit to Storybook Land

 Ethan's Preschool had a field trip to Storybook Land. It was very fun for the kids to see all their favorite characters in action.

The trains were a big hit.  I'm pretty sure Ethan would love to have it in our home!

 Lily had no worries about jumping up on Santa's lap. She knew there was a candy cane as a prize.

Ethan, on the other hand, had no intention of getting anywhere near Santa! Thankfully Baby Sister  shared her candy cane with him.

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

First Oregon Christmas Tree

We are finally feeling settled here in Oregon! 
We had a wonderful summer filled with travel, family, sun and chickens.
 In August we moved to a farm about a half hour away from Corvallis. We love the area and we are enjoying the change in seasons. 
Even before we moved here I have been thinking about our first Christmas in Oregon. I knew we would be getting our very first real Christmas Tree! 
Luckily we have a Christmas Tree Farm just a short drive from our farm.

As we walked around the Tree Farm I asked Ethan what tree he wanted to take home. This is the one he picked out. I think he has watched Charlie Brown's Christmas Movie one too many times. I promised him we would put a small one (fake) up in his room.

Miss Lily had a good time hiding in the trees, collecting twigs and leaves and digging in the dirt.

Eli said when he was little his family would spend a good hour debating over what tree was the best. This year was no different. Here he is with the tree he wanted but I would not agree to. He wasn't too sad, though. We did finally find one we both loved.

This is the one!!

Good job Brother!

We are ready for the presents!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Strawberries Everywhere!

When I first wrote this post we were in full Strawberry Season. The kids and I pretty much over did it on Strawberries!

There were 3 strawberry plants in pots when we moved into our rent house. We have had such a good time watching them grown and get strawberries.

Our harvest was around 20 strawberries in total and we enjoyed picking and eating every singe one!

Lily is a Strawberry Addict. 

U-Pick is really big here in Oregon. At the Farmers Market you can buy a box of Strawberries for $20. At the pick-your-own we paid around $8 for over 8lbs!  

Escaping into the Blueberry Fields. Don't worry, kids, we will come back to pick our own soon!

Lily ate so many Strawberries that we offered to pay some extra. The guy just laughed and said it's all part of the experience.

We Love Oregon!!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

First Visit to the Dentist

Ethan and Lily had their first visit to the Dentist and they both did great! Ethan got to sit in the big chair and got to play with all kinds of medical equipment. 

They both got new toothbrushes and got the okay to use fluoride children's toothpaste. 

Ethan really thought he was hot stuff!

Hope they do this good every time we go! 


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