All of our Christmas Cards have been stuffed, licked, addressed and stamped and are on route to family and friends.
I never know how long it will take for the mail to get to their destination but I am guessing in the next couple days all our North Dakota family will be getting their cards. We have cards going from coast to coast (Oregon to Washington D.C.), some travelling as far north as British Columbia, and even a handful going over seas to Finland. It is easy to feel blessed this time a year. Christmas cards can be such a hassle but they are worth it.
This year was by far the most fun and the easiest Christmas Card shoot yet! Every year it gets a little bit easier.
Here are a few out-takes from our very informal Christmas Card shoot.
A few more out-takes here.
We went to the Afton Apple Orchard.
Notice the new header above? It is from the Apple Orchard today.
And we had a lot of fun!
The Shannons came to visit us over Labor Day weekend. It was a weekend full of hanging out watching the kids play, late night board games and trip to the MN Zoo.
These are some photos from that weekend. It took a long time to get these posted because unlike after a weekend with my family, no one called, email or texted me telling me they couldn’t wait to see photos. I appreciate the excitement from my family but I also appreciate the Shannons letting me get to the photos in my own time! School started the day after the Shannons left so since they left things have been crazy around here. Have you noticed the drastic decrease in posts on the blog? Yes? That is because the level of crazy in our house directly correlates to the lack of posts on the blog.
Back to it. Here are some photos of the weekend. I didn’t take as many photos as I should have while everyone was hanging around the house because I was too busy hanging around the house with them. At the zoo however, I got some fun shots.
Zach later showed all the big boys up by scaling to the top of the web without any hesitation. The kid is a monkey!
I think Patrick and Steve have a lot in common. They are good buds.
We have been to the Zoo almost a dozen times since we bought our family membership but we have never actually done the Butterfly exhibit. It was really fun. We will definitely hit it again next time we go.
The kids had a lot of fun trying to track down all the different species of butterflies
The fish were another BIG hit.
The baby monkeys were in rare form and the kids got a kick out of seeing them wrestle “Just like we do!”
Here are my favorites from the day.
Patrick was my buddy for the day. We both love to take photos.
And then when we tried to get a rare photo of all five cousins together Jon photo bombed the photo and what was a cute photo became an awesome and memorable moment. Meet Uncle Jon the Big Scary Spider!
For the record cranky Elise is mad because she was sitting directly behind Michael and I had Tim move her to the other side of Michael so she could be seen in the shot. Girls… they are awesome.
She got over it pretty quick when we asked her what a baby bird in a nest looks like.
More photos here
A majority of the time when we are at the cabin the kids look like this:
Rarely do I dress them in “nice clothes” when we are at the cabin. The attire is old jeans and even older t-shirts.
This sort of thing happens all the time – My mom to Beth, “The mud isn’t that slippery.”
And the kids love it. They love the creek. They love throwing rocks in the lake. They love hiking in the muck.
(Elise was in her new birthday outfit from Nama and Papa here and I can’t lie, I was more worried about stains then anything else at this point AND THAT is why you always wear old clothes. No fun can be had when a mom is worrying about stains)
MUD!!! Beth is such a great sport. She is always willing to play with the kids and I know that the kids will always have fun memories of Beth and their childhood.
This is a perfect example of what a creek hike looks like. I love that no one is looking except Lucy.
And in case you were wondering, these photos do come at a cost. I ruined a perfectly good pair of white socks when I stepped into a hole that made the water go to my knees.
more photos of messy kids here.