Saturday, December 26, 2015

Christmas day and the snowy day after!

Well just like that Christmas 2015 has come and gone. The holiday snuck up on us very quickly! Let me first apologize for my extreme tardiness on Christmas cards this year. I made an attempt to start them earlier this week, but quickly realized that my ink pads were dried up and I would have to go buy a bunch more plus it was just going to be a bigger headache than I anticipated so I gave up on those and decided to go with just picture cards instead. The picture itself has been a process (you'll see why soon) so we still don't have them out. As soon as that occurs we will let you know, but hopefully they'll be out by New Years. I really haven't been that busy for the last week since my school and work got out, but my mind has been and it's kept me highly distracted. Lame excuse I know, but hey nothing I can do about it now.
Christmas was awfully quiet this year, but we couldn't have asked for better weather and we are fortunate enough to live in the 21st century so we could facetime our families. Christmas day was sunny and clear, absolutely beautiful...and cold. The day after was VERY snowy, warmer, and fun. We started a little early this year by doing Christmas eve with my parents and then took full advantage of sleeping in before we did Christmas morning with John's parents. Facetiming with both of them was amusing, as all of the dogs included themselves talking with each other and their two legged friends through the screen. Ammo always seems to be one of the loudest and most talkative, but everyone was equally talkative this year. Guess everyone was happy about Christmas :) We were excited to see our parents open their gifts and visit for a bit. We were blessed to get A LOT of clothes for Baby Klein as well as some fun toys and nick nacks for ourselves. John and I didn't even talk about Christmas this year, but still managed to surprise each other with some fun gifts including biscuits and gravy for breakfast. After we exchanged gifts and visited with family, we spent the next few hours in the kitchen making apple pie and potatoes to take over to our friends house for dinner. It was a total team effort and fortunately everything tasted great. We managed to finish up just in time to head out and spent the next few hours eating and catching up. We got home much earlier than usual this time of year and did Christmas with my family for the cousin exchange over skype and for the first time got to "open" a gift for a two legged child ;) It was fun to see everyone and their excitement. After visiting the family for a bit, we had a Maze Runner marathon before heading to bed after midnight. I did my meditation about 30 minutes before hitting the hay, doing so peacefully and slightly dizzy. Mission accomplished ;)
 Christmas morning on our balcony
 We each got a piece lol. I pretty much just ate the edge and missed out on the nicely cooked inside :(
 Reading Baby Klein's first Christmas story to him

 Ammo talking to his grandparents
 TJ watching Grandma and Grandpa open their gift

 Catnip overload
 All eyes on dad with undivided attention
 John's new shirt from his parents
 one of my gifts from John

My mom is very creative
Lovin on our Christmas present :)

The day after Christmas, we took advantage of sleeping in again, as did TJ. TJ has decided that I bought the second body pillow for him, not me, and hogs it like it's catnip. I always feel very cuddled and loved on by all of my boys ;) Anyway so we got up and saw the amazing inches of snow outside and the constant beautiful snow that we continued to get and decided it would be a good day to go play in it. I did my yoga, made some yummy breakfast and then we headed to the Glacier with our snowshoes, in case we needed them. Normally in this kind of weather we'd go skiing or head out for a day long snowshoe trip, but being almost 8 months pregnant, not to mention only having a few more hours of daylight left, makes that tricky. Fortunately Juneau has no shortage of safe places to go for a little lady with a big ol' belly. The Mendenhall glacier was packed in the hilly areas where kids were sledding, but fairly quiet on the trail. We took the dogs on the frozen lake and checked out the beautiful ice burgs on the way to Nugget falls, stared at it's power for a few minutes, took some pictures, and then headed back to the car. We didn't end up taking the snow shoes, but they would have been nice in some parts, overkill in other areas so we were fine without them and I got a little bit better workout that way. We had a great time and then spent the rest of the day together at home cleaning up a little, watching movies, and talking baby. It was a quieter Christmas than usual for us, but beautiful and peaceful. We are so grateful for our blessings and can't wait to enjoy Christmas with out bundle of joy next year! We hope you all had a great Christmas as well, we wish you a happy New Year!

Gearing up for some hard play
Dad I'm ready, let's go

Like father, like daughter

Nugget Falls
You can see the glacier, if you look closely
Hi Baby

Happy Dogs

Oh my!

Just two days short of 35 weeks
Sportin my new hoodie and headband :)