It all started with Thanksgiving.....Jaiden is very interested in Morgan. Especially the attention he gets from holding him....lol.
In December we got the storm of the ages....it seemed like. These pictures were just from the beginning of the snowfall. Didn't take any from the end part.....hehe.
But inside we stayed toasty warm, preparing for Christmas. Like Heather and Josiah, we too decided to make a tradition of making a gingerbread house at Christmas. Luckily, I read her blog first.....:) So I prepared the house and let it dry. Then put all the frosting on it. THEN had Jaiden come over and decorate it. Worked out beautifully. He got to eat a few pieces when we were all done. A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE that he waited till then. He was very proud of our house and talked about it at daycare for at least a week! Sadly the gingerbread was REALLY tough to eat. He got to eat two of the little trees, but I tasted them and they weren't very good....good thing they had frosting and candy on them.
We did get a tree this year....however, it died within a week and I never took any pictures. Additionally, the story of how we got the tree was just as sad. Of course being new to the area, we don't know where anything is. I looked everywhere (phone book, internet, etc...) to find a tree farm in the area. Nothing! So, we resigned ourselves to going to the local nursery to pick one out. They had the inside decorated beautifully, had a couple reindeers for the kids to look at (Santa's, of course, which Jaiden was not particularly fond of), HOWEVER, their trees were marginal at best. We searched for nearly a half hour (and the lot was small) to find a cut tree that was worth anything. Finally we both agreed on one, got it home, put it directly in water......and the rest of the story is history. IT DIED QUICKLY! Oh well! The REALLY sad part about this story is that the following week after we got the tree, my collegues at work told me that there was a tree farm out in Kennewick! ARGH! Live and learn!
Christmas this year was a BLAST! This is the first year Jaiden REALLY got into it. He was excited to take pictures with Santa, open presents, see the Christmas lights on the houses, etc... We had fun decorating the tree and talking about the ornaments as we put them up. Christmas Eve, we went over to Melissa's house as we always do to open presents. Jaiden got a *HUGE* surprise! SANTA (AKA - Uncle Steve) came to visit before he had to go deliver presents to other boys and girls. We were not sure how he would react.....see for yourself.
On Christmas Day, we opened presents with Grandma and Grandpa...unfortunately G-Grandma Dora couldn't make it in the house due to all the snow, so we took some presents to her and spent time at her place. She really had fun with Jaiden. She's a really good tickle monster!