Family Christmas

We celebrated our little family Christmas on a Saturday in December. Elijah’s eyes gleamed at all of the presents he had to open. We started a tradition with him last year that we plan to continue with both boys in the future. Something to wear, something to read, something he wants, something to read.   It helps set a limit for us and limits excess.  He already has so many toys as it is.

Elijah opening his first gift, little Oliver watching from his chair.

Something to read, Les Ouefs Vert Au Jambon. They say this age is ideal for language learning, so we are gently introducing French.

Something he wants…doesn’t quite cover it. This was the highlight of his day. The kid loves Cars!

Something to wear…Slippers! We all have warm and cozy feet this winter. I highly recommend L.L.Bean slippers, plus they ship for free!

After the present opening fun we made a gingerbread man. Thanks Trader Joes!

60th Anniversary Concert

My grandparents, Alan and Gladys Tyree, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in November.  60 years. That’s double of my entire lifetime. Wow.

In lieu of a big party they, being of like musical minds and talents, decided to put on a concert for friends, family and anyone who wanted to come.  It was a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon at the stone church. I love that Elijah and Oliver were able to see it, though Oliver slept through most of it. 🙂

Aaron’s grandparents, Carol and Jack Ergo came down too. Elijah and Oliver, the first set of grand kids on both sides with their Great Grandparents.

Oliver with Aunt Rachael and soon-to-be Uncle Tyler

Oliver and Great Grandpa Alan

Elijah and Great Grandpa Jack

I love this photo. Grandma Janet holding Oliver with Elijah and Grandpa Guy in the background.


Random phone photos

Mommy and Elijah – Go Chiefs!


Kissing Elmo


La la la la


Learning to drive 🙂


Elijah has liked to put blankets on his head since he was a baby. One of his favorite games is to put a blanket on his head and walk around and bump into things. Seriously. (By the way Katie, he loves this blanket! It is his new favorite. Thanks so much!)


Blizzard 2011

Boy are we tired of the snow. We experienced our first blizzard this year. This was the view out our front door. The photos really don’t do it justice. The mound up against the fence at the back of the photo is really a 2.5 foot tall flower bed.


Back porch, the lump on the right is a trash can. The snow almost came up to the top.


After they cleared the walkways the boys went out to play.



Aaron attempting to build a snow wall.


We would later bury him in this position.


Thank goodness it is finally starting to melt. I think it will be another month before it is all gone.