So it is about a month and a half since those things occurred, but I thought I would break up the blog posts for the past month and a half. One of the reasons for the delay in doing this blog post is that not more than a few days after their first birthday, I let Riley play around the computer and he knocked off the hard drive that stored all the pictures on them. I of course did not back them up. So… I had to send the drive off to some really expensive person to fix the drive and recover as much as he could. They got about 90% back. I have a feeling a will barely miss the photos that were not recovered. But that is not what this blog post is about…
Well for the kids first Christmas and birthday, my mom and my sister made the trip to Hailey. It was good to have them here for all the fun and the length of time they were here was needed to let Hattie and Riley warm up to them. It definitely takes a special touch for these two to warm up to you. I recommend food. It seems to work well. Christmas was fun and of course what 12 month old does not love Christmas. Yeah, so they could care less about opening packages. They were interested in the items once they were opened and would make noise but that is about it. They did not even really want to rip open the paper. Though the paper was fun to play with once it was ripped off the item. The kids scored lots of toys and clothes. It was nice. We got a few pictures but as I mentioned before, pictures are getting hard to get. Mostly because they are so in love with whatever it is that is in your hands, that they want it. So once you put the camera to your face, they immediately reach for it. Thus we have lots of pictures with the kids reaching for the camera. The only way to make it so they do not reach of the camera, is to give them your phone. It is amazing to me that at 1-year old. They will take your phone and hold it up to their ear like they are talking on it. For Christmas, they got a fake phone and what was the first thing they did when get opened it, held it to their ear. It was crazy.
As far as Christmas goes, we wen to The Nutcracker on Ice at the Sun Valley Resort. We walked around and looked at the lights. We had pizza. We watched the torch light parade and the fireworks afterwards. We made it to Meggi’s boss’ house for a Nepalese dinner. Christmas day we were up early and the kids had to nap early, so opening presents was a little late. Probably the last time that will ever happen. Of course, the kids were teething, so they were not very happy campers. But we got through it.
With the Birthday party a week later… Well.. Meggi had grand ideas of a great big to do. But with the business of the Holidays and work, it ended up just being the family. Which was more than fine with me. We made some cupcakes, well my sister made some cupcakes, along with some cake pops… and we had the kids smash the cupcakes. Well, as you will see below, not much smashing was going on. They were quite content to just eat the cupcakes. They got more toys, a stryder bike, some musical instruments, books and chairs. It was a good time.
For our first Holiday Season and birthdays were a success. It was nice to have ALL the family around and be able to share that time with them. (one came a couple weeks early) And yes, it was nice to get back to the same ol’ routine afterwards.
So, here are a bunch of photos from that week and such. Again, I will (hopefully) get another post done within the next week or so… I have a few other pictures and updates.