So for Christmas Sora got a beautiful tea set from Grandma and Poppa Barney and she absolutley loves it. i am still working on getting some video of this. She really enjoys making the slurping sounds when she drinks her tea. And she is a good hostess making sure that everyone's cup stays full.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
We decided to celebrate Boxing Day with a trip to Green Bay. We like to take advantage of our YMCA membership whenever we're in town, so we started off swimming. Sora loves to swim, and we went to the most child-friendly pool of the 4 choices. She loves jumping in and the bucket of toys on the side.
We also wanted to spend some Christmas gift money at Cook's Corner. While it claims to be the largest kitchen store, it was surprisingly not that large. We aren't really sure how the contest of Nation's Largest Kitchen store works, because we're not sure they should really win.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
So just like Thanksgiving I was extremely excited to be creative and fun with the food this year. We started the day having whole wheat cinnamon roles for breakfast. Delicious and nutritious. Then after we were done opening presents and using skype to visit grandparents, cousins, uncles and aunts I went to work on dinner. So those of you who caught my post about Thanksgiving dinner know I did a stuffed turkey breast. I thought I would make it a theme this year. So I took a pork tenderloin and butterflied it out. Then I pounded to a half inch thickness. I stuffed it with a saute of caramelized onions and mushrooms and bacon. Then I rolled the whole business up and crusted it with a mixture of ground almonds, garlic, sea salt and bread crumbs(made from home made bread). Then baked it. It came out amazing.
Our holidays this year were quiet, but still filled with wonder and excitement. When we woke up, Sora was excited to see our house was rearranged for prime present-opening comfort. Sora opened her presents while we skyped with my parents and Kyle's mom and her family. It was fun to see our nieces enjoy Christmas morning as well. Our niece Dylan (9 mo. older than Sora) wanted Santa to bring her a birthday cake, which he of course did. It was so cute to see how excited she was about this cake!
Hope your holidays were just as merry and bright!
One of the gentlemen who works with Kyle dresses up each year as Santa and visits local families. He even brings his daughter as an elf! So, when he called and offered his services, we were super excited. I had hoped to be able to have Sora meet Santa first to see how she would react, but the local Santa arrival was delayed by the big blizzard we had a few weeks ago, and we didn't know that they had rescheduled.
Had Sora met Santa before Christmas Eve, I would have found out how terrified she is of him, and we might have skipped the whole Santa-at-our-house experience. As I had no such knowledge, we welcomed them with open arms.
Santa did an amazing job of sounding realistic when he arrived, complete with sleigh bells and a short discussion with his reindeer, who of course had to wait outside. Once Santa was inside, Sora clung to me for dear life.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
the Dyks do next year), and some will change as Kyle and I change our minds. So far, the biggest hit, one that for now we vow to always keep, is homemade eggnog. Neither of us had made it before, but I found a recipe that we couldn't refuse.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
This morning Maleah needed some time to work on some projects so Sora and I decided that we would go explore the world outside. We had a great morning and Sora was really fun. I brought the camera along and captured most of the fun.
Sledding has become Sora's absolutely favorite way to travel. She is really good at holding on. We sledded all the way down to the lake so she could go for her first exploration on the ice.
Sora's first steps walking on water. She was not a big fan of the deep snow on the lake.
A view of camp from the lake. It is so crazy to walk on a lake that I will swim in later.
Walking in the snow is tough work and Sora was happy to sit and have some water while we had a mid adventure break.
Grammy Barney sent us a little elf that sits on the shelf. It came with a great story book and will be a fantastic new Christmas tradition. We found this elf with all of the Christmas presents from Grammy Barney at my office. Sora named the elf Back Back. That is how she says quack quack.
The dining hall has a room on the side that has this old piano. Sora may not be baby Mozart but she did really enjoy playing some tunes for me.