Flashback: Christmas 2010

26 01 2011

Some comedy and chaos for a morning laugh

Christmas 2010

29 12 2010

What do you call two people who make plans to take a 2 1/2 month old baby on a tour of Texas for two weeks? Wait a minute. Did I just hear you call me dumb? I was gonna say “new parents…” but whatever.

We did our annual trek to Texas for Christmas and decided we needed it to last two weeks this year. It was rough in the sleep department, that’s for sure. We went from a blissful 10-11 hour night to a h.e.double.hockeysticks-ish waking every 2-3 hours for three weeks! It was brutal. But worth it. It was fun to visit with so many family members. It is truly amazing how hard it is to pack it in when we are in town. We still never manage to see everyone we want to see.

We got to go see Grandma in Fredericksburg (fredburger). It’s special that Carter had an opportunity to meet his only living Great Grandparent, so many kids don’t get that chance.

four generations

Grandma couldn’t keep her eyes off the kid. She kept asking his name and when I would tell her Carter Joseph she would tell me all about her son named Joseph while her eyes welled up with tears. ūüôā I’m so glad we went for her Christmas celebration.

surprise! there's finally a boy on joe's side!

mother and son

After Christmas dinner was over, we hung out in Grandma’s room for a little while and looked at all of the pictures of family.

aunt nancy, grandma, joe, carter joe

We also took CJ down to the riverwalk. Mom, Dad, Scott and I walked from the Pearl Brewery (went to the fun farmers market down there) all the way to the riverwalk and back. In knee high boots. Awesome. My toes still hurt.

mimi, popop, and their boy

One of the days we decided to go to the Bass Pro Shop to see Santa (he was an awesome Santa). Carter put on his “Christmas Dress,” (a smocked bubble suit,¬†Scott’s favorite choice I’ve made for the kid) and green tennies for the picture. He didn’t seem to mind. He usually will not object to someone warm and¬†wearing something fuzzy holding him. Especially if they have some lumpy, soft parts (like his¬†mom).

carter and his first santa pic

Piper, on the other hand? You would think Santa was chasing after her with a hatchett¬†based on that reaction. It was infectious because¬†Katie got in on the terror within seconds. Abby was just a little uncomfortable with her younger relatives’ behavior and awkwardly smiled while noting to herself that she was the only well behaved¬†grandkid. Maybe she could use this to her advantage? Really she was probably just wondering if she could hold CJ any time soon.


Abby got ahead of us after the Santa shoot, we walked around the corner to find her in a fake shooting range with her little pink beebee gun. She couldn’t quite figure it out (probably a good thing), but had fun with the concept of the targets and lights.

you'll shoot your eye out

Abby got a little one on one time with her newest cousin. She really is great at holding him!

carter tellin' abby stories

One of Piper’s Christmas gifts was a little trike. An old school schwinn¬†with a pedestal on the back for a 2nd kid to ride. Well. Katie decided she was the head driver that night. She got on the trike and screamed like a banshee for a minute straight. It was hilarious. And of course, Abby was in the mix of it all.

katie: aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! mine!

Piper decided that maybe she should step back and let her cousins go crazy.

piper: actually, guys? i think it's mine.

But took control of the situation and got her little seat to herself finally. The fun is only beginning with those three. They’re hilarious. I’ll have to pull some of the video footage of the “show” they put on for us that evening.

now what do i do?

With all the mayhem going on, CJ needed a few quiet moments. His sweet great aunt¬†Sue helped him with that. She’s a baby whisperer. She can love on those kids well!

aunt shue calming the kiddo down

Katie finally started saying Carter’s name on the last day we were there. She loves her cousin too. She even put her little arm around “Codah” when Mimi was hanging on to them both.

mimi, katie bug, and cj

The second half of our trip was in Corpus visiting Scott’s family. CJ got a lot more time with his grammy¬†& gramps. Like I said, he will never complain if someone wants to hold him. He LOVES to snuggle.

cj and grammy

tanner and devon

And hang out in the recliner watching football (well, he’s not supposed to watch football, but that kid can crane his neck into some seriously painful looking positions to try to catch a glimpse of the tv).

hanging out with gramps

He’ll even play light as a feather, stiff as a board while sleeping.

all swaddled up and ready for bed

On one brief afternoon, we took him down to the beach in Port Aransas. It was cold. He hates hats. HATES hats. Lots of screaming ensued. He was not impressed with our trip to the beach. Cool pic though.

dad. pleeeeeeeeeeeease take me back inside.

We’re Not Dreaming!

25 12 2008

It is a white Christmas. The snow is falling pretty hard this morning, it’s beautiful. I love how it makes everything a little bit quieter. Scott just made me an Americano and then we’ll head over to Cara & Clint’s for what sounds to be a delicious Christmas lunch! Love all of you guys, Merry Christmas!

Happy Christmas Eve!

24 12 2008

Today we got out to the store for the makings of a Christmas Eve Feast for the Lpod family. We woke up to some heavy (literally wet & heavy) snowfall of about 4-5 inches. The temperatures are really quite warm – 35¬į or 36¬į, allowing for some pretty serious melting, finally! It certainly won’t be melted all the way, we will in fact have a white Christmas!

Tonight’s menu will be:
     Prime Rib
     Mashed potatoes
     Broccolini with brown butter and pecans
     Roasted carrots
     Fresh bread

Dessert will be the Gramercy Tavern Gingerbread Cake. My personal winter favorite!

Happy Christmas Eve, I hope you are all safe and well!

a neighbor's igloo (photo courtesy of Scott's phone)

a neighbor's igloo (photo courtesy of Scott's phone)

If You Can’t Beat ’em, Join ’em

23 12 2008

stunning and frozen west side of greenlake

Well, yesterday we decided to go out and about to see all of the leftover snow. It got up to just above freezing for the first time in over a week yesterday, so it really started to melt. Just in time for it to drop below freezing. We decided there is a good 3-4 inch layer of hard packed snow and ice over all of the streets and still about 6-8 inches of snow on top of that!

First we had to dig out, thankfully our car wasn’t as buried as some of the smaller ones on the street.


time to dig out!

This was the same road we drove to get to the airport a few days ago. It is like a solid road of potholes where the ice has broken up. Good thing it’s Scott’s car taking the beating!


85th Avenue east of Greenwood Avenue North

We went over to Greenlake, we heard part of the lake had frozen over. Much of it melted before we got there in that warm 33¬į weather, but you can still see the impact of the last 10 days of sub-freezing temperatures.


from the west side of the lake


that boy is on thin ice


confused ducks. hilarious - they kept slipping and falling, wish i had video!


"i can walk on water!!"

Ducks checking out the map trying to figure out what happened to most of their lake.


consulting the greenlake map

Cabin fever is certainly setting in around town. The residents of greenlake were out and about! We saw tons of sledders, speed walkers, runners (that is dedication), and cross country skiers getting their exercise around the lake.


swish swish


the dogs were so happy to be out and about!

Some other random shots. It was so beautiful, I couldn’t pick just one. Or two for that matter.


west bank of greenlake


the guy with the red and black scarf

We decided to check out Lake Union as well and see if there was any frozen parts. None of the lake was frozen, but GasWorks park was so great (forgot to snap pictures). Below is Interstate 5 at Roanoke. We were forced to get back on the highway because the Eastlake neighborhood had all of the hills shut down. So much snow on the side of the highway.


i5 at Roanoke


my Christmas present? Awwww, thanks.



I spy the space needle

Tonight another 2 inches or so should come down, with predictions for Christmas Eve & Christmas snow as well, but our temperatures are slowly starting to warm up each day. Hopefully we will have some relief and snowmelt soon so we can get out of town to see some family!