Saturday, December 26, 2009

Boxing Day catch-up!

 It's a huge post to celebrate Boxing Day!
Here's Finn in his new doctor outfit. Paging Dr. Pearson... (Leif refused to pose in his new mailcarrier outfit.)

Odin is filling out clothes Finn was tiny in at the same age. He's a big one:

Finn is finally big enough to fit his skates, and here he is with me making attempt #1 of the winter. He had fun, but was jealous of the more experienced skaters.

Meanwhile, Leif does what he most enjoys while outside: exploring quiet spaces with high objects in which he can hide.

And Odin snuggles with mommy.

We went caroling with some friends from the neighborhood, which the boys thought was great.

They particularly enjoyed the hot cocoa afterwards.

We spent the first part of last week in Okoboji for christmas. Promptly after arriving, the boys discovered that Grandpa Perry's harmonicas were awesome instruments.

The boys had a fantastic time, as always, and were particularly happy to spend some time with Auntie Kimberly & Uncle Ian.

Finn also got to help Grandma Teresa prepare for the Christmas dinner, stirring and mixing the mashed potatoes.

Preparations for christmas eve were exciting as well. Here are the boys with the goodies left out for Santa and his reindeer, as well as some notes the boys wrote.

The boys then listened to books with Great-grandma Bev, and the Aunties. 

Finn was pretty thrilled with one of his gifts; a children's digital camera. Stay tuned for an all-Finn photo post in the near future.

You may have heard that the midwest got throttled by a huge, treacherous winter storm. In an effort to travel safely in what was expected to be a relatively clear window of weather, we skipped town in 'boji a couple days early and made it halfway north to Maple Grove. There we stayed with Uncle Sam & Aunt Nicole for an impromptu Johnson family christmas.

The snow was fantastic in the backyard, so the Johnsons built a snow dinosaur with Finn and Leif, complete with a tail that doubled as a slide.

Festive, loving brothers.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Catch up!

The last couple of weeks have been filled with Christmas activities - enjoy the evidence below.

We had our 2nd annual book party exchange a couple of weeks ago. Leif is obviously happy with the book he chose. This is also a good time to mention that it is impossible to get a photo where all the kids look good (evidenced here by Finn).

Last week we went to Bentleyville to check out the lights. It was amazing how excited Finn and Leif were. They hugged all the reindeer, proclaiming "I love you [insert reindeer name here]."

On Friday Esmae came over to make gingerbread houses. Finn and Leif helped with all aspects - mixing the batter, cutting the construction materials, baking, assembling and of course eating.

This past weekend we celebrated Christmas with the Johnsons. Photos are forthcoming as soon as Grandma Nancy sends us what she has.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Odin and bros + Santa pics

Leif really wanted to hold Odin today, and then, of course, Finn did too.

We went to see Santa today at Fitger's, which was great fun! The boys were also very excited to see the reindeer Santa brought along.

Friday, December 04, 2009


We spent Thanksgiving in Grand Rapids with Keely's family and Odin got the chance to meet his great-grandma Norma.

When we got home to Duluth, we decorated our Christmas tree and Finn was really excited. Leif enjoys having a new obstacle in the house around which he can crawl and run, but the decorating was not a high priority on his list. He does, however, love the lights.