We FINALLY got to have Christmas with the Shannons. Weather ruined the first attempt. It was a belated celebration and kudos to the Shannons (especially Ruth and Jim) for keeping the Christmas spirit (and their Christmas tree) alive until mid-January!
It was a whirlwind of a weekend but it was fun. So much fun. The boys got some fun toys and some super cute tie blankets that they now sleep with every night, Elise got some oh so sweet outfits, Tim got a remote control helicopter that he and the boys love (and if anyone is looking for hints for Tim’s birthday- batteries!) and I got two fantastically fun and hilarious board games. And that was just the beginning.
It is always fun to get together with all the Shannons. We never sleep much and we come home exhausted but it is worth it.
“QUELF IN THE LAND OF THE FARM! HEAR ME FOR I HAVE SPOKEN!!!”
The hat we got Zeke was just a little to small… guess little Ezra will have to wear it when she comes. (Ezra is what I call Zeke’s pending sibling. I think it will be a girl)
and the hat that Jim and Ruth got me was just a little bit to big for Elise
Even with the late nights we always manage to make it to Jim’s church on Sunday morning. See Mom, I told you I loved the sweater and that I would wear the scarf you made!
As of this past Saturday (the 22nd) Elise is now rolling over both ways. I will get video up asap.
She is also eating sweet potatoes.
AND sleeping unswaddled!
and whenever the helicopter batteries are charging Tim and the boys now spend their time playing video games… Tim couldn’t be happier!
the boys love it too.
This past weekend almost the whole Shannon clan came up to meet Elise (Jon had to work). It was great to see everyone and watch them pass Elise around. I think the boys had the most fun of all though. They love when Cousin Zeke comes to play and they really love all the attention they get from all the aunts and uncles!
Beth and her friend Jade made also made the trek over to MN to meet little Elise. They made a 9 hour detour on their way to CO for a few minutes of cuddling Elise.
Someday Elise if you read this blog you must note how much everyone loves you. Before they even met you, family was driving hours and hours just to snuggle you and love you in person. And Michael and PJ, if you read this – have no fear you were able to steal the spotlight and manipulate everyone into playing trains and puzzles.
Here are the rest of the pics from the last few days.
Time to celebrate your Irish heritage.
The Clutes have the Hostfest where we shovel as much klub and lefse into our bodies as possible.
The best option for the Irish in the Midwest is the Irish Fair of Minnestota. I don’t know a whole lot about it but I assume that there is Guinness. I know the music will be fantastic. Flogging Molly (one of Tim’s favorites, that was surprisingly introduced to him through my mom via an employee of hers) will be there this year.
Tim and I are going to find a way to get there the night they perform. He doesn’t even know I am planning this (he went to get pizza after I ruined dinner for us…oops) So, anyone who wants to join the fun. Let us know. Our basement is open. No rock hauling this time either
Non-Shannon and Non-Irish are welcome also… just let us know if you are planning on coming.
We spent the weekend with the Shannon Family in Jamestown and Ben and Carmen’s new home. It was a blast. Michael had a great time being spoiled with attention from his Grandparents and all his Aunts and Uncles. We played a bunch of games, everything from Poker to The DaVincci Code Board Game (the most complicated set of instructions for a board game ever made, if you ever try and play it just watch the instructional DVD and skip the instruction manual) Michael went on a lot of walks with Grandma Ruth to the nearby park. He is really loving his stroller these days!
I will have to be honest though, one of the highlights of the weekend was eating Jamestown Domino’s Pizza. You just can’t beat it. Tim used to work there, so when we went in to order the pizza for the small army that is the Shannon Family, Frank the owner gave us the employee discount and made all the pizza “special just for us.”
We left Sunday evening so we could have a day of rest before being thrown back into reality. On Labor Day, we pretty much just bummed around, nothing to exciting. We did get the rest of our bedroom set delivered so we now finally have a headboard! Other than that, nothing to report.
We haven’t uploaded pictures yet, but as soon as we do, Tim will post them. And Steve if you read this post, send us any of the pictures you took from the weekend and we will post them too.