Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Our holiday festivities


On the night before Christmas Eve my family came up to our house. We ate dinner and then drove to Willard to see the lights at "Fantasy at the Bay". We were excited to see that Santa was there, because we hadn't gotten around to taking the boys to see him. Well, after waiting in the cold for a few minutes we went inside the tent to see "ho ho" (as Ethan often calls him). The whole time we were talking to Ethan outside he kept saying that he was going to sit on Santa's lap and that he was excited. We get inside and he immediately goes shy and starts freaking out. He wouldn't sit on his lap or even look at him. So, Logan starts crying and getting upset also. Well, this picture is the best we could do; with Chris and my Dad sitting on his lap. I hope Santa's knees didn't hurt too bad after wards. I hope that next year Ethan will do better. Does everyone else have problems with their kids and Santa?


On the night before Christmas we had a fun party with Chris' family. We ate Navajo Tacos (my favorite) in candle light (well, we tried, but Logan freaked out when they turned the lights out). We also played the the candy bar game and opened pajamas. I love getting new pajamas!

My boys-- the shirts say it all!

My cute new nephew, Kaiden


Christmas morning we woke up a little before seven and talked to my brother Dane on the phone for a little over an hour. It was great getting to talk to him. He has an accent, which is funny, and him and his companion sang Silent Night in Spanish. It was awesome. After that we opened up our big present, a Hard drive camcorder, so we could record the boys opening their presents.

I was taking pictures of Logan and he started making faces. This one is so crazy. He is such a ham!

Ethan got a hold of my camera and took at least 50 pictures. About half of them are pretty good for a 2 year old. He took this one of himself.

Chris surprised me with a present; a new TV for our bedroom. It is awesome. Even though it was for me, I bet you can guess who couldn't wait to set it up; which is perfectly fine with me.

After getting ready we headed up to Smithfield to hang out with my family. It was starting to snow, but we made it there before it got too horrible. When we got there we opened more presents (thanks everyone!) and then we played games. It was a lot of fun and I am looking forward to New Years and having more fun!

The awesome work bench that my Dad made.

Some of my cool sibs!

Chris having fun with his remote control helicopter

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A fun day

Since Chris has been traveling a lot he hasn't really had a chance to get excited for the holidays or go to any parties. He decided that we needed to have a little party on Saturday with his siblings and mom. Almost every year they get together and make a ton of goodies. We decided to have every one over for pizza and then we made chocolate covered pretzels and strawberries. It was fun and turned out great.

Our Big little helper

Chris and Shanna

Tracy and Chris' Mom

Earlier in the day we went over to the hospital to see our new nephew, Kaiden. It is Alison and Nate's first baby and he is so cute. There is now six grandsons and no granddaughters; but luckily Shanna and Bryce will be having a girl in March.

Kaiden Rex Adamson, 9 lbs. 3 oz.!

Chris, Breckston and Logan

The proud parents (Alison will probably kill me for posting this picture)

I just wanted to add in this cute picture of Logan after he ate Cincinnati chili (chili and cheese over spaghetti noodles). How does he get so messy?

We hope that everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Our fun Maryland/DC trip

I decided it was about time that I write a new blog. I have just been lazy. I got back Wednesday from my trip visiting Chris in Maryland and it was so much fun. He had a class for work in California, Maryland; which happens to be right next to Hollywood. No joke. It is a couple hours south of Baltimore. We stayed at a Navy base and it definitely wasn't like the Mariotts we are used to staying at, but I can't complain because it was free!

That Saturday we took a trip into Washington D.C. I loved it and wished we could've had a couple of weeks to spend there. In the few short hours that we were there, we visited the National Archives (where we saw the Declaration of Independence and the Magna Carta), the Holocaust Museum, the White house, the Capitol Building, and the Library of Congress (where we got library cards). We also saw a bunch of other cool stuff on the way.

Sunday we drove into Baltimore. I had never been there before and it was really pretty. The downtown area is right on the docks of a river. We toured a WWII submarine and a Civil war ship. We also went to the science center.

On Tuesday I had finished all of my homework and so I was able to do some site seeing on my own. First I went to the bottom tip of Maryland where I saw a pretty view of the Cheasepake Bay. I also saw a Civil War Cemetary where thousands of Confederate Soldiers died in a Prisoner of War camp. After that I drove back towards DC where I saw the Lincoln Memorial, walked around Arlington Cemetary, and drove by the Pentagon. That evening we went to a place called Solomon's Island and had fresh shrimp. It was so good!

It was an awesome trip, but I sure didn't see everything I wanted to, so I guess I will have to go back soon! (That's a hint Chris) Tomorrow Chris is going to Columbus, Ohio for 5 days, but I don't get to go this time. It's alright though. I feel pretty blessed to have done all of the traveling that I have this year.

Outside the White house with the Christmas tree and Washington Monument in the background. It was so cold there!

Cool picture of Chris at Union station while it is snowing.

Soldier guarding the Tomb of Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetary

Awesome, big bridge that goes over the Patuxent river. It wasn't even close to as big as another bridge we went over in Annapolis.