Friday, December 28, 2012


Kylie saw snow for the very first time today!  We bundled her up in her snow suit and took her outside so she could see it close up. 

It's safe to say that Robert and I were way more excited about KK's first snow than she was. She just needs to learn a bit about sledding and snow days and I'm sure all that will change. 

Monday, December 24, 2012

The Christmas Explosion of 2012

Robert and I hosted Christmas this year and we had quite a full house!  In addition to us and Kylie, both of our moms came to town, plus my Gramma, Uncle Bill, Aunt Deb, Steve, Heather, Josie, Forrest and Heather's mom and grandma.  It was so fun to all be together!

Christmas Eve started off pretty normal, we chilled at the house and fried a turkey for a rather large pot-luck style Christmas dinner.

Mom, Gramma and I took a FOUR generations photo this year.  We take one every Christmas (click here for last year) and this is the first Christmas with Kylie in the picture!  I am beyond thrilled to have this photo.

We also had another four generations of lovely ladies in the house, Jean, Linda, Heather and Josie.  I don't care who you are, that's cool to have four generations, times two, together at once!

So, like I was saying, all was normal and stuff and then BAM, the weather FREAK-OUT happened.  We had all been keeping an eye on the weather reports all day and then the weather-dude reported that we had "100% chance" of snow on Christmas in Bentonville. 

OMG, you guys.

If you know my mom, or my Gramma, or Robert's mom, you won't have to stretch your imagination very much to figure out how all this went down.  "We need to get on the road NOW!"  "We don't want to get SNOWED-IN!!!"  "Oh my gosh, we are going to DIE!!"

Ok, so I made that last part up.  But you get the gist.

Everyone then decided that they needed to head home.  On Christmas Eve.  Before we had Christmas, which put present-opening on the fast track to crazy-town.

Before things wild, I snapped this serene photo of the tree glowing and the gifts all stacked neatly...

And I got this photo of the three cousins together.  Josie and Forrest were chomping at the bit to open gifts, but KK just wanted a nap!

Directly after the photo above was taken, it was like a bomb went off in our living room, no joke. Panic had set in and everyone was trying to tear through the packages as quickly as possible so they could get on the road.  And so began the Christmas Explosion of 2012.

There was paper flying everywhere, gifts being tossed across the room and the two little kids were opening anything they could get their hands on, theirs or not.  

I don't think these photos quite do justice to show the madness. 


Baby Kylie even managed to stay awake to witness the craziest Christmas ever.  Robert and I opened just a couple gifts with her and then we tucked the rest away to open with her on Christmas day.  Our little honey was tired, but she was a trooper!

Then everyone packed up got on the road to avoid the apparent blizzard that was destined to hit Bentonville the night.

After all that, guess how much snow we got?

ZERO.  Zip.  Nada.  None. At. All.

Seriously?  After "100% chance" of death and destruction, we don't even see a f-in' flurry?  The weather guys is soooo on my shit list.  He's fired.