Monday, August 20, 2012

December....Leading up to Christmas!

I LOVE decorating for Christmas and it was fun to let the boys help me this year! These pics just show a few of our decorations!   
This thing was pretty awesome.  Santa spoke with Jack right out of his workshop and talked to him about trying to be nice and get off the naughty list.  Pretty neat.  (I got to put in info before and then got a video that I could watch with Jack!)
My cute boys dressed up to go to a Cowboy Athletic Department Christmas party!  If I actually had done a card, these pics would have been on it! :)  
Love my handsome boys!   
One of my favorite EVER of Z!  
Here they are enjoying Santa, gifts, pinatas, and treats at the fun Athletic Department Christmas party!  
The boys with Santa at the art museum after we walked through and saw all the fancy decorated trees!   
Oh and we can't forget that Zander FINALLY had his FIRST hair cut in December, at age 19 months old!  (He looks scared in this picture, but it actually went really well!)  Dustin didn't let too much come off.  He loves Zander's long, wispy blonde hair! :)  
I made plans to head to Utah for Christmas this year.  Get lots of visiting in, go to the Belnap Christmas party, etc.  Dustin would fly into Salt Lake after a basketball game and join us later for Christmas, then he would drive back after then come back again when the team played this way again....

Anyway, almost everything went according to plan, except for that my beautiful, amazing Grandma Hansen passed away a few days before I made it out to Utah.  It was awful driving to Utah knowing I was going to be there for her funeral, but I would not get to visit her in person.  Her funeral was fun, very nice, and a good celebration of who she was: a beatuful, strong, spunky, sassy, loving, woman.  This picture is of my Grandpa, his kids and their spouses after the funeral.    

I also wanted to put this picture on here. Remember the beauty of my Grandma and a picture depicting the amazing, strong love my Grandparent's had for each other  for over 60 years on this Earth that I am sure will continue for eternity!  

Somewhere in between the viewing and the funeral time, our family was able to get together at Alex's Outback Steakhouse, and she treated everyone to a yummy dinner.  If you can't see what the word's say that Alex is pointing at, it says, Alexandra Hansen, Proprietor.  
It was really fun to be able to attend the Belnap Christmas party this year.  It was a "Polar Express" theme and it was so cute and fun.  Everyone got to wear pajamas, the food was delicious, esp. the hot chocolate, and the activities were fun too!  Z was really good I am sure which is why I am making an awesome expression and pointing at him in one picture!  
My cute Grandma and Grandpa Belnap in their pj's at the party!  
More fun!  

The boys at the Idaho State vs. Wyoming basketball game. We got to bring Daddy home for Christmas after this game! :)

I also got to see my good friend and old teammate Chelsy and her cute family at the game! :)  
Another fun night was when I got to get together with a bunch of my old high school pals. We had a little reunion and it was so much fun to see lots of people and get caught up! Too bad this picture was taken after a lot of people had already left!  
A few other random shots.  

 CHRISTMAS EVE!  Sitting out a note and cookies for Santa. Posing in our Christmas pajamas.
 Dustin's family always open's their presents on Christmas Eve, so here we are opening some of the gifts from the Enslinger side of the family!
Our happy family!  

 CHRISTMAS MORNING! Check out the loot!  (And the excited looks on my kids faces!)  Oh wait I have a very excited look too because Mom and Dad Enslinger got me a Kindle Fire!! :)  We always get so, so spoiled!  :)

The rest of December still to come....