And before long we had our first (sparsely-ornamented) Christmas tree!
We went to our ward party and saw Santa. Brooke actually sat on Santa’s lap this time and asked for seven pillows (???) and ponies.
We went to Brittany’s studio for our annual Stadelbauer get-together:
Grandma and Grandpa Thomas may not realize this, but they gave Spencer blocks:And they got Caroline a baby:And Brooke got more ponies, of course:Brooke’s Primary teachers gave her a Christmas book that has stencils in it. So nice of them:Dallas got Batman Begins:
Brooke: “Wow. This is more fun than I ever could have imagined!”The aftermath:I think this was our first time staying home on Christmas day and not visiting family. The kids had a wonderful time trying out all their new toys and were happy and occupied all day. We had a great holiday as a family!
I guess my last post should have been called “Third of July” because that’s when we watched the fireworks. On the actual Fourth of July we went up to my sister’s house and had lots of fun!
The kids lounged in the “hot tub”:
Spencer commandeered all vehicles and made them his own:
We ate a delicious Dutch oven dinner that Jeff and Sarah made for us:
The kids played with water balloons:
The kids were so entertained the adults were able to sit around and chat:
There was much trampoline jumping:
Then we gathered for the slightly dangerous, always a little terrifying home fireworks show:
Just as we finished with our fireworks Sarah’s neighbors started theirs so the kids shifted seats and sat through round two:
Thanks to Sarah and Jeff for planning such a fun evening for us all!