Sunday, December 23, 2012

Sugar Bunny, Gingerbread, Snowstorm Walk, and The Hobbit x2

Wow! How did 2012 wrap up so quickly?
Here are a few highlights from the end of our year...

Sugar Bunny joined our family,
she is a cutie who LOVES sweets!
 She also LOVES the dogs and Tiny Kitty 
and chewing through the Christmas lights!

This pic was taken BEFORE she chewed the living room lights!

We spent one day decorating gingerbread cookies and houses!



 LOVELOVELOVE!
 Kind of looks like a gingerbread house?

Okay...John would like to hike the Appalachian Trail someday so every now and then he like to "train" me for this experience.
Soooo during one beautiful snowstorm we hiked up the plowline trail (Bronk State Lands)
along with the 3 dogs, a 20 lb pack, and very very very heavy winter boots....
We walked to the END of the trail where it overlooks
 Minnesota City.
John says it is ONLY 6 miles...I think he means ONE WAY not round trip!
 Pippin LOVED the snow and the hike!
 Oh, but it was breathtakingly beautiful!
 Oops, Jack and Billy,the little dogs, got so full of snow that they couldn't walk...sooo we carried them!
Twenty pounds of dog and 10 pounds of snow!
John tucked Jack, who only has 3 legs to begin with, into his already 20 pound bag....cute! 
 Look at Billy legs!  Snow legs!
We seriously couldn't keep it from packing on him so he could walk!  Crazy!
 Finally at the bottom!
Looks like I am making a snow angel? Nope!
I am dead tired! Remember that 20 pound pack John took up the bluff?  NOT  A SINGLE SNACK in it!
NOT.ONE.PIECE. OF. CHOCOLATE!!!
What?  I had to survive on a pocket of candy corn that I had to share with the dogs!
 Note to self: pack your own bag next time!
 Beautiful!

Maeve finished her drivers' training classwork in December.  On her last class night, we also went to visit the Holiday Train!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE that thing!

The happiest moment of the beginning part of December?
The MIDNIGHT showing of THE HOBBIT!
 Don't you love that banner?
Me too! 
I surprised the kids with it the morning of the night that we were going!
 Before the movie, we had Fionn's Winter concert.
He is playing the trombone!
Nice job, Kiddos!

More great banner pieces....


 No matter what reviews you've heard,
The Hobbit is quite good!
Not as good at The Lord of The Rings,
but neither is the book...
Still a very good, well told story and movie!


Here is Maeve's Christmas Pie...
Pi!  Get it? 3.1415.....Pi!

December brought many opportunities to
wrap gifts!  The k kids loved this tower of presents!

Here are a few practice trains for the polar express party....graham crackers and frosting and sweeties for details!  Cute and easy!

Our first gift of Christmas!
Graham and Melissa sent a fun family game called Telestrations and those great "Star" glasses!
I seriously want to wear them all the time...they make every small bright light look like a star...
 Kind of like this only bigger stars!
Amazing!

Yes, Maeve, John, and I went to THE HOBBIT
again!   Our Holiday movie treat!
Fionn and Sorch opted to stay home and clean for Christmas!  Weirdos!
Have a love filled and joyful Holiday Season!

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