Friday, May 29, 2009

Playing Catch-up... Let's start with Christmas...

And... This is what happens when you let your kid take a picture of you at an amusement park.

Here's a fun picture of Hayden. A few weeks before Christmas, we went to Knott's Berry Farm. Kevin and I hadn't been there in years so we were excited when our friends, The Ruffner's invited us to go with them. It was extremely crowded that day, but we still managed to get the kids on a few rides and the grown-ups got to go on some big rides too. It was fun and we enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with the Ruffner's and Van Boerum's.
This is was our Christmas Card 2008 picture. My friend Shillawna took it and did a great job! She is very talented with the camera. We had a wonderful Christmas this year. We are so lucky that we have both of our families close and that we were able to spend it with everyone. The only person missing was my brother Neil who is living in Ohio right now. Hopefully, we will get to see him sometime soon. Hayden had a great Christmas too! He actually understood what do do with the presents this year and was quite excited. I took him to see Santa at Plaza Bonita Mall, but that turned out to be a rather traumatic experience for him. Hayden was really excited and wanted to meet him until he got up close and personal. No amount of candy one could offer would have convinced Hayden to sit on his lap. It kind of reminded me of "The Christmas Story" where all the kids who sat on Santa's lap screamed in horror (all it was missing was the huge slide with fake snow at the bottom. ;o)) Anyway, we tried to help Hayden understand the spiritual meaning of Christmas too. He like helping me set-up our Nativity set and talked about Jesus, so I think that's a good start.


Paulo and Melody said...

I LOVE that you're talking about Christmas in May! Gail, you look gorgeous as a brunette! LOVE it! Can't wait to run into you, I have a million questions about raising a boy, remember I come from a sea of girls. I don't know what to do! And yours seems so well behaved!

Justin & Heather said...

what a gorgeous family picture! I am a little afraid to get ours done and try to get 2 kids looking remotely where they are supposed to look at the same time :) maybe we should have Hayden take them, since he appears to be a budding photographer...along with an all-star athlete!