Wednesday, December 24, 2008

You should be able to click on this to see it bigger, but this is our Christmas letter that was either not sent, or sent late. Enjoy.

Can we open presents yet?!?!

I've finally finished my shopping, family has arrived, and I've even done all of my wrapping! I'm super excited to watch Haley open her presents this year especially since she's really aware of presents. It's because of this that we have been keeping all presents down in the basement rather than under the tree. So Christmas morning she will come down to see not only what Santa has brought her, but every present for everyone under the tree. I've also managed to get some great presents for others and can't wait to see them opened. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Monday, December 15, 2008

It's begining to look a lot like Christmas!

So now that the Roberson's are no longer homeless we are finally in the Christmas spirit (if only it would warm up enough to put up Christmas lights). It's taken me a little while to get the house unpacked and there are still some odds and ends left (like the entire office, but that's not my fault - they still haven't found the parts to assemble our desk). Anyway, we've been busy and here are the pictures of what we've been up to.

This is the Christmas tree. One of the things that I was most excited about with the new house was the size possibilities for a tree. I knew the moment we toured the model exactly where I would put one up and now, here it is, finally in our house. It measures about 12 feet tall and is an Oregonian Noble Fir. This is the finished product, you'll see more of it below.

Here's Kale and Atlas, the reason Atlas is looking at Kale's rear is because he just exploded from that general region. This is the last picture of Kale for the day because he completely soaked his outfit with poo and we needed to take an emergency shower to clean the kid up. I think Atlas is both perturbed and disgusted. He also won't go near the kid anymore (do you blame him?).

Our super happy dude-man on the stairs. He is so willing to smile for anyone, this is one happy little guy!

From a happy little guy to our beautiful princess, there was no staging involved in this picture, just a lucky shot. Isn't she gorgeous?

I asked her to sit pretty with her hands and legs folded. I think this is so the "My mom made me take this" picture.

This is my new favorite picture of Haley, it just shows her tenacious personality perfectly. The reason we had the kids all dressed up was that we were on our way to go see Santa that afternoon. The moment we sat Kale in his lap and I went behind the camera and said "Hi Dude-Man, he just lit up and smiled. Haley on the other hand was going to have nothing to do with the fat man in the red suit and her picture is her in an amazing tantrum mode. Definitely a moment to remember.

What's the holidays with out a bit of alcohol and a whole lot of friends (or is it the other way around)? Anyway, Jeff has found a home brew supply store and is off and running in the new house. He's decided to revisit his first brew of nearly 2 years ago and is re-doing the Beltian White (No, not a Belgian). He also decided that he needed a partner in crime for this batch and invited Norm over to help out. Norm's wife Mandy and their kids came over also and helped us to decorate our HUGE tree, she chased me and a 6 foot ladder around and around the tree with 1000 lights.

Santa brought Kale a present at Jeff's Det Christmas Party. I think he could have cared less about what the present was, but that bow was SOOO cool!

Back to the Christmas tree... this is what it looked like in front of Lowe's as we prepared to take it home with us.

For Jeff's Det's Christmas party we, of course, were signed up for Sugar cookies. We let Haley decorate her own cookies, the left one is a Christmas tree with LOTS of balls on it and the right one is a Snowman (one of her favorite things this holiday season). She will be the 4th generation of sugar cookie bakers, we have a bit more training to instill before she's ready to be an "approved sprinkler".

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Honey, We're Home!

After several trials and tribulations, oh, and nearly 6 months, all of the Roberson's are now sleeping on our own beds once again, and in our new home (finally). What a busy week! Last Thursday we signed off on the house and signed up for a security system (can't be the only house on the block with out one...). Friday our household items came (338 boxes, except for the "parts box" containing everything needed to assemble everything), and so did phone, Internet, cable, and a refrigerator. Saturday we drove to Cheyenne, WY to complete the family with our puppies (They sniffed for about 20 minutes then passed out on the living room floor as if they were never gone). Sunday we celebrated Jeff's birthday a day late. Monday came the Security system install. Tuesday came the garage door, and the missing box which only included Haley's Crib parts (so we're still missing the parts for our bed and the office desk). Today I'm planning on attacking the office and we should be all unpacked (in under a week!). Then it's on to decorating for Christmas as we'll have Jeff's folks out as our first house guests. Pictures of the house will come soon!

Monday, December 1, 2008

TEN inches of snow!

We got home on Saturday and it started snowing while we were up in Denver, we woke up Sunday morning to about 2 inches of snow and still coming. By Sunday night we were in the midst of our first Colorado Snow! If only we had my rock bustin' skis and Atlas! Here are just a couple of pictures from our evening in the backyard of Bill and Crystal's house.
Seriously, is this not the cutest little snow bunny in the world? I learned that when your kid is as bundled up as the little brother in "A Christmas Story", it's a little difficult to take a good picture.
This yard stick shows how deep the snow was in a pristine part of the yard. This was at the earlier part of the evening.

We're Baaack!

We came, we saw, we ate a lot of turkey! First off, I have to say that the Gods of Alaska Airlines smiled upon us this trip. On the way there I got an entire row in the very rear of the plane that had plenty of room for me plus 2 kids, it was great. However, I'm sure the people in front of us now officially hate The Wiggles since they had to listen to it for 2 hours (even though it easily entertains my kid on an airplane, I still really can't stand them). After that ride, we decided that there was no way we were going to get Haley to sit on our lap so we bought her a seat, took her car seat on with us and she slept a bunch of the ride. YES!

Anyway, the weather for the trip was great, we got to play outside, Haley got to be a jumping bean on grandma's trampoline, and just generally hang out - see below.
We also decided to let Kale finally eat some cereal (read: Mom was tired - literally - of waking up at 1 and 4 in the morning to feed the kid), plus, Grammy got to get in on the action. He LOVED it and couldn't get enough, quite the difference from his big sister. I was a little torn since the doc said no food till 6 months, but the little guy was starving to death (clearly).
We also took the kids Christmas Jammies pictures. There are these - they say "What Santa doesn't bring me, Grandma will" and we have others in the jammies that match cousin Alex.
Other highlights of the trip: going on not one, but TWO dates, we got to go to dinner with some old friends, and even see the latest Bond flick (to have an insight into my life, since I was pregnant with Haley I've seen the other Bond movie "Casino Royale" and the most recent Harry Potter - I don't get out to movies very often - good babysitters are hard to find). We did a lot of family breakfasts and introduced Jeff's family to Organic Pancake Batter from a whip cream can (check it out, it's called Batter Blaster and can be found at either Costco or by the eggs in a grocery store).