Thursday, December 6, 2012

Cutting down our Christmas tree

David got home early from work and we went and got Eliza out of school early and then headed up North to cut down our Christmas tree.  This has been a dream for David.  Look how happy he is the whole time.  The kids were dieing to get a Christmas tree set up and decorate it. 
We decided on what kind of tree and the people took us on a hayride to where there were growing.  We spent about 45 minutes looking around and analyzing each tree.  We finally picked one and it took about 20 minutes to actually cut it down.  It was cold and notice Carter's poor broken leg.

 We went back to the cider press and we got doughnuts and cider and sat by the fire.  It was such an iconic Christmas memory. 

 They even had reindeer!!!

                                                           My kids are so cute. 


 For Thanksgiving we went to Tiff's house in Kentucky.  We had an interesting trip.  On the way down we stopped at a McDonalds for the kids to play and Carter came down the slide head first and he was crying.  I comforted him and then try to put him down but he wouldn't put any weight on it.  We arrived at Tiff's house and he was in a lot of pain and still wouldn't walk so I took him into the ER at 4:30 AM.  The Dr. took some Xrays but couldn't find any definite break, but a possible break so he put a soft cast on.  Carter was so sad after that.  This picture is what Carter looked like most of the weekend, playing on the Ipad or watching TV.  I didn't sleep well at all.  One night Carter threw up, then cried and wanted to watch TV.  It was a rough weekend.  I felt bad because I had to carry Carter everywhere or hold him because he was in pain, so I couldn't help that much with the Thanksgiving dinner.  What made it even harder was that Carter hates taking medicine so that was a struggle too.  (10 days later I took Carter to an orthopedic Dr. and he took better xrays and said there is no break but obviously he is hurt.  I opted to not put on a cast.  I was hoping he would start walking with out it.  He is just starting to stand up and take a few steps but he is limping..  Poor kid.  We don't really know what pains him but he is getting better)

 On Saturday we went to Bass Pro shop and it was out of control.  It was huge and amazing but it also had a winter wonderland there too.  They had a ton of free things for the kids to do.   A snow ball fight, carousel, shooting ducks, driving remote control race cars, writing letters to Sants, and much more.  We spent about 2 hours there.  It was so awesome. 

These two played so well together and danced and played played played. We are so lucky to have great cousins and family close to share the holidays with

The dinner was great.  The sweet potatoe dish was awesome, fudge, apple pie, stuffing, oreo pie, and amazing turkey.  What a great feast.  We are so blessed.  Even with a rough beginning with Carter hurt, we truly are blessed with so much. 


 Carter fell asleep and was too cute.
 We went shopping at a huge indoor outlet mall and there were some great things for the kids to do.  There was several indoor little roller coasters.  There was a magician, and a play land.  We shopped there for 6 hours.  I was beat. 


 We had a great fall here in Michigan.  The leaves fell, the air was crisp and cool but we missed the mountains and the fireplace.  I love this pic of Fenton playing in the leaves.
 We had a blast carving pumpkins.  Spiderman, batman, scary pumpkin, nice pumpkin, and black widow pumpkin.  Something for everyone.

                                                          Jack jack Incredible
                                                         Sheriff Fenton
                                                                     Rapunzel Eliza.  
My parents came into town for Halloween and stayed a couple of days.  It was freezing and a little rainy but we still got out trick or treated.  Carter picked it up real quick.  Our candy actually lasted about 3 weeks.  That is pretty good. 

We drove down to Louisville, KY for Lacey's baptism.  It was a great day to be with family and be with Lacey on her special day.