Thursday, January 5, 2017

Christmas 2016

Another Christmas that flew by faster than I expected. 

The week before Christmas, we flew to Beaver Creek, Colorado to meet Dan's family. 

It was such a wonderful vacation. Olivia skied each day - and was quite good! Dan held her a bit skiing down the slopes, which she thought was a blast. When she went on her own, she really did great - and only fell as her means of stopping, haha. 

Poor Emma couldn't ski.

But she was allowed to ride the life up to watch Olivia. Poor thing would get SO excited when I pulled out her snow suit because it meant she got to go outside to play. 

In the condo there are giant jacuzzi tubs, so not only did Olivia get to swim in the heated pool, but she finished her day off with tons of bubbles.

She played in the snow, made her first snowman, threw some snow balls, and even ate quite a bit of it.

And the last day we took the sled and rode it down a good slope quite a few times. Emma even got to go on one run. 

We can't thank Dan's parents enough for such a wonderful vacation.

We flew back on Christmas eve, which we have now sworn we will never do again. We got in about 10:30 (way past the girls bedtimes). I threw them in bed. Ran back into Olivia's room, since we forgot to leave out cookies for Santa. Threw her back in bed. And then finished wrapping presents and setting up Santa gifts. 

My parents came into town that day and had gotten us groceries, made us cookies and a pie, and brought Koda back to us. I don't know what we would have done without that. They even sacrificed their traditional Christmas eve dinner to do this and be there for Christmas day.

We had a wonderful Christmas and I did my best to drag out the gift giving through as much of the day as possible. In all the craziness I took 0 pictures! :( But I did take a few later in the day. 

Olivia (with all the new hairbows Emma got her) and Emma.

The girls with their new sippy cups from Santa!

Olivia finally eating the gingerbread house she built.

Olivia on her new scooter from Santa!

Emma on her new bike from Santa! (It was Olivia's old one - shhh).

Such a wonderful time home with family. Wish it could be like this forever. Now, back to the grind.


  1. What a fun Christmas! Olivia is such a snow bunny! Glad you got to all do some thing together. That picture of the three of you on the ski lift is my favorite! Such beautiful girls. I love that Santa is budget conscious and good at regifting things. I'm sure Fletcher is headed for that same fate.

  2. Awesome trip! That is a whirl wind of a time getting back home and getting in the traditional Christmas aspects but definitely worth it for a trip like that! I can't bring myself to buy things for T that L already has either. Fortunately for him, we've gone pretty gender neutral on all big things thus far ; ) ha