Friday, December 24, 2010

Making cookies

Dylan and I made cutout sugar cookies this morning! He did an awesome job using the cookie cutters and decorating!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

How to carve a turkey-sort of

Paul carving the Thanksgiving Turkey! If you need any turkey carving advice let him know, he did a great job!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Lights, Santa, and Ponies

Last night we piled in the Jeep and headed up to Smokies Stadium to see the light show and other Christmas attractions. We had heard everything was free, which was not the case, it was $20 to see the light show. Which we thought was  a little pricey, especially considering we had heard it was free, but we drove through anyway. The light show was really very good and there were a ton of lights that were synchronized to the radio station we had turned to when we started our drive.

After we drove through the light show we headed over to the petting zoo. They had camels and ponies that the kids could ride ($5 per ride) and lots of animals, llamas, sheep, sheep with horn sideburns, cows, and more. Dylan LOVES animals and petting zoos, he could have stayed there all night visiting all of the animals, but we broke him away to see if he would visit Santa.
Luckily there was only one person in front of us so we figured we wouldn't have to wait to long to see Santa. However, this Santa was VERY chatty and was still chatting with the little boy on his lap when Dylan had enough and wanted to go back to the petting zoo. We talked to him about going and sitting on Santa's lap and telling Santa what he wanted for Christmas, but the allure of the petting zoo was calling him so we had to head back to the zoo. No Santa visit for Dylan this year, maybe next year...
Dylan did ride a pony all by himself though (OK, Dave was standing next to him to make sure Dylan didn't fall off). But he loved riding Strawberry the pony, I think that was the highlight of his night.

Two-Fer Tuesday

The Christmas Past Edition!

Dylan's 1st Christmas, 2008, with Uncle Kyle.

Christmas 2009, in Iowa, Me, Dylan, Mom & Dana

Thursday, December 16, 2010


We actually got the ice that was predicted; Weatherman 1, Knoxville 0

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Since the day he was born Dylan has had a full head of hair. When he was around 3 months old I would have nightmares that I would wake up and find him in his bassenet with no hair, it was very tramautic. :) Luckily that didn't happen. He kept his hair and it went from jet black to the blonde it is now. He's got great highlights too, I'm jealous of them!
We were looking through a tote of Dylans things yesterday and came across a card that Carolyn had made for Dylan for Valentine's Day last year. On the front of the card was a photo of Dylan with the long hair he used to have. I couldn't believe how great his hair looked, it made me miss his long hair! We have been doing a good job of getting his hair cut pretty regularly, mainly so it stays out of his eyes, but I think it might be time to go back to the longer hair for the winter.
Check out these photos, what do you think? Should the long hair make a comeback?

Two-Fer Tuesday

Dave & Josh - I think we can all agree, Dave should NEVER have a mustache!
Flashback to 2009 - Wes, Josh & Dave

Monday, December 6, 2010

What makes people go crazy?

Do you really want to know what makes things crazy at our house before Christmas? It's not shopping for the presents, finding time to decorate the house and Christmas tree, no it's finding or taking the photo for our Christmas card! Luckily we were in Chicago this year for Thanksgiving and made a trip downtown to Daley Plaza to see the huge Christmas tree. Dana suggested that would be the perfect spot for our Christmas card photo and we were hoping that she was right! You know what it's like, either you get lucky sometime throughout the year and get a great photo or struggle to take one the day before you need to order your cards. The past few years, we've been in the latter category. I'm blaming Dylan, it's hard to get a good photo of someone 2 and under :)

We did get a good photo in front of the big Christmas tree though, we were lucky this year! Now I needed to find the right photo card to go with the photo. Fortunately, Shutterfly has hundreds of options to make sure there is something that will go with every photo. Do I choose this one? I like this one too! This could be it...Maybe this is the hard part, deciding what card to choose! I guess you will just have to wait and see! It is fun to look through the designs and see what one will work best with our photo.

Maybe some thank-you notes too... :)