Sunday, December 28, 2008


I went to the Cardinals vs Seahawks game with my brother and dad as part of my Christmas gift to them. We had great seats and it was fun to see the Cardinals win their last regular season game and go undefeated in their division. We decided to extend the fun by going to their first home playoff game since 1947 when they were the Chicago Cardinals so I'm pretty excited for that game this Saturday!
While I was down for the game, Cooper fell and hit his head and Elisa had to take him to the Emergency Room so now he's got a nice band aid on his forehead and will probably have a scar the next time you see him, poor little guy.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas #5

Elisa's parents and Anders and Emily then came up to the snow for us to spend some time together for Christmas. We had a white Christmas in Flagstaff with lots of snow and ice, here is Emily and Anders next to one of the massive icicles coming off our house.
Emily and Elisa made these awesome baked donuts for the morning.
Kiefer got some puppets and a stage from Oma and Opa, so Elisa and Anders put on a little puppet show for him in the afternoon.
He was so excited and did his typical squirmy-flappy hands.
Elisa, Emily and Oma did a sing along to Mama Mia which was pretty funny, notice my awesome new inflatable dear head mounted on the wall.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas #4

We drove back to Flagstaff on Christmas day and then woke up the day after Christmas to celebrate our own little Christmas where we gave gifts to each other. We also opened some gifts that had arrived in the mail from friends including some delicious cookies, some great books, and some candy pooping animals.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas #3

Our third Christmas was on Christmas day with the Watson clan. This includes the huge gift exchange with all the Watsons scheming and working to get the best gift, although it was adults only so Kiefer and Cooper just played and basically sat this one out :)
Cooper shocked by all the stealing of presents from grandparents.
In the end Grandpa scored this sweet hat.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas #2

Our second Christmas was on Christmas Eve at Elisa's uncle's house. It was a great time seeing her family and a great time for Kiefer and Cooper. They switched the "rules" this year and decided to get presents for only the grandkids, so with ours and then Brian and Vanessa's new son Robert being the only grandkids, they made out pretty well in the present department.
Cooper got this awesome Panda rocker, so fun!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas #1

My brother and his family also came down to Tucson on Saturday and Sunday for our whole family to have a time together.
Kiefer got a pitching machine from Uncle Jon and here is Grandpa teaching him how to keep his eye on the ball.
Elisa opened her present from me because I had it shipped to Tucson and I couldn't wait, so now she has a guitar and is learning how to play.
Cooper was a little sick and here he is hanging out with Grandma, who he then got sick so she didn't make it to the big Watson family get together.
Kiefer also got to make a gingerbread house with Grandma which he was pretty excited about.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas Break

This Christmas has been broken into a few different events over the week. We started off by going to my cousin Bre's wedding on Saturday and here she is walking down the aisle with her dad.
They also had this awesome Krispy Kreme wedding cake, yummy!
Krispy Kake
We then proceeded to Tucson to visit my parents. We met up with the Lundgrens who were also visiting parents and went to the Winterhaven neighborhood to look at lights.

Friday, December 19, 2008

The Kelleys

Wow, I've taken a break from the computer which means I'm also way behind in the blog, so I'm posting a few to catch up. We headed down to the valley for a lot of our Christmas and on the way we stopped and visited with Scott and Amanda and their new baby Claire, she is so precious. It was fun to see them as I keep up with their blog and pictures of what they are doing, but seeing Claire in person was so fun because she is so cute and at a really great age. We had lunch at Fuddruckers and a great time visiting.

Thursday, December 18, 2008


We love this awesome sketch Joe did of the boys for us for Christmas!
The Boys

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Charlie Brown Tree

This tree didn't quite withstand the onslaught of snow, kind of reminds me of the Charlie Brown Christmas tree.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Well, it's coming down pretty good, it started on Saturday night and on Sunday I got to try out my new shovel! It's like pushing a lawn mower that gets heavier really fast but it worked really well.
We just got almost a foot last night and I'm about to try the shovel on this snow, don't think it's going to work because there is just so much snow!
Here is Kiefer and Cooper about to enjoy their first snow play of the season, Cooper did not like it and did not last more than two minutes whereas Kiefer played and played while I shoveled and shoveled.
And the results of all my shoveling was this blister on my sensitive "programmer hands".
I spent a lot of Saturday and Sunday cleaning out my office, I had boxes from Hume that were still just stacked and so I finally unpacked everything! Now that all the computers for building DVDs are down in Queen Creek I was able to clear out the office and it actually feels kind of cozy.
New Office
And here's one fun picture from the week, Cooper was on the stairs and just decided to lay down and relax, so cute.
Jailed Cooper

Friday, December 12, 2008


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My friend Luke who I have been friends with since high school came up
to Flagstaff yesterday and I hadn't seen him in three years. It's all
thanks to his sister Kristin who found me on Facebook of all places,
gotta love it! It turns out she was coming up to NAU for graduation
from her Masters program that she had completed via online and
correspondence courses and so Luke came up to see her graduate. It
was great to get a chance to catch up on Luke's world travels and we
went to her graduation and got to see their parents and had a great
time catching up. Luke is a beach bum so you can tell in this picture
he isn't enjoying the cold.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


December is here and with it brings the cold. I love Cooper in this jacket that Kiefer got from the Schulers on his first birthday.
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The Saturday after Thanksgiving was our time to get all the lights and decorations out and make the house more "Christmasy".
Cooper preferred to watch and liked the candy canes best.
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We let Kiefer put the star on the tree and here is Elisa explaining the complexity of how the whole star thing works.
Attempt number 1:
Number 2:
Finally the ladder came out and we got it up there:
The finished front room.
December first marked the beginning of opening the advent calendar which is this awesome cabin filled with little clay sculptures that Aunt Emily made for each day of the month. They are so fantastic and Kiefer is so excited each morning to open the next one.
The first day started with Mary, isn't she great!