Monday, January 5, 2009

Trying to catch up!


Sorry, I've been so bad at blogging in the last 2 weeks! It seems that there's always something to do. Grammy and Papa came from Phoenix for a week, just in time for a winter storm and subzero weather. They must really love us!

We got to celebrate Grammy's birthday while they were here.

We had waffles one morning!

We tried to think of things to do with them that they don't get to do in Phoenix, which wasn't too hard, since they don't have snow there! We picked out a Christmas tree...

brought it home...


Knut took them cross country skiing...


The kids had a tough time not opening presents once they got under that tree!


We celebrated Christmas with my parents before they left, and we opened presents from family in our household then as well.


I think the kids made out pretty good!



Since the weather cancelled church the sunday before, the Christmas program and Elias' baptism fell on the same Sunday. David was to be a sheep, but he didn't want to wear the hat. Daddy wore it around a bunch...to make it "cool" for David to wear too.

Pastor Mark even helped with the effort.


It worked! You may not be able to tell from this picture, but all 3 of my kids were in the program. David is there as the sheep, Silje is there next to him as the donkey, and Elias is baby Jesus, laying in the manger.


Silje sang her first church solo, "Away in the Manger" and stole the show!


Elias was baptized that same morning in the same baptismal gown that has been used for 4 generations.

Grammy and Papa left just before Christmas, and Jon and Kristin arrived one day early to surprise us! Then started the bizillion nights of Christmas, as it seemed we celebrated something Christmas for at least a week.

Here is the line up in the basement of the "kids table" at Knut's grandparent's house Christmas Eve. All of Knut's cousins on his dad's side were there. The last time all of them were together was Thanksgiving, right after David was born. Ironically, they all get together the holiday after I have a kid. People...I'm not going to have an infinite amount of children...we need to come up with a better plan! ;)

Here we're all posing, but as you can see, David was done with pictures by that time, and turned his back to the camera
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Here's Knut's Bestefar and Grandma posing with their 6 great-grandchildren. 3 are new this year. From left to right is Silje, Kaeden, Isaac (held by Great-grandma) Trygvie (in carseat), Elias (held by Oldefar [norwegian for Great-grandpa I'm told]) and David.

Christmas morning, after we had opened stockings at our own home, we headed over to Grandma and Grandpa's to open presents there.


Twins? No, just cousins born a week apart. I'm sure Isaac and Elias will be best buds.


P.S. mine is the one on the right.


We all had a blast having Jon and Kristin home for a whole week! They brought their dog Sota (named after Minnesota). We always have so much fun with them, and it's always hard to say goodbye again.

The day after Christmas, we celebrated Christmas again, doing all of the normal Christmas Eve stuff, but at Richard and Linda's.

The kids sang in front of the tree "Min boat er saa litten" (sorry my norwegian spelling isn't that great) which was a song my grandparents taught me when I was their age.

And for those who got through that really, really long post...you get rewarded with my best pictures of Elias that I've gathered from this time...



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