This week before we left Oregon, we made a trip to Albany to visit Christmas Storybook Land. It's an annual event at the fairgrounds where they create an indoor forest and have on display scenes from children's stories. My favorite is the teddy bear display:
And we waited in line to see this guy. Greg was a little dubious because they switched out Santas right when we got to the front of the line. Santa with the natural white beard left to go "feed his reindeer," and then Santa with the long fake beard took his place. "How did his beard get so long?" Greg wondered.
Mother-daughter selfie taken at the ladies' Christmas luncheon at church.
One of our friends from church gave us the lovely Christmas dress. She said that she couldn't resist getting it, as she has only grandsons herself and doesn't get much opportunity to buy pretty dresses. What good is it having a daughter if you can't doll her up every once in a while?
The boys continue to learn how to interact with their little sister. Does she look a little concerned in this photo? Caleb is doing much better with her, but an adult is always right there, just in case.
She is a bit more at ease with Greg.
On Tuesday we flew to Colorado. No photos of the travel, because Brian and I found that we didn't have any spare hands for snapping photos!
Great-grandma couldn't wait to hold the newest addition. Kate is the seventh great-grandchild.
It makes my heart happy to see my boys sitting at the kitchen counter having a snack at Grandma's house. The kitchen has been remodeled and the stools are different from the ones in my childhood, but I have so many memories of sitting at that counter as a little girl, eating apple slices, graham crackers, and grandma's delicious bran muffins.
My parents waited to decorate the tree until we came.
My parents have lots of Legos at their house, so this is who tops their tree!
Until next week!