Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Not Quite the Memory I was Hoping to Make

Christmas lights are one of the things that I love most about this time of year.  The warm memories of visiting the lights on Temple Square and the candy displays in the ZCMI windows downtown still bring a smile to my face, and I want to provide my kids with the opportunities to create similar memories of Christmastime.  So when I read about the Christmas light display at Lakemont Park, I knew that we just had to make the 45 minute drive to see the lights.  Christmas lights on the lake!  Train displays!  Christmas music!  What could be better?  Surely the long line of cars to enter the light display is a good sign, right?  I guess I didn't realize that when businesses have an opportunity to sponser a Christmas lights event, you might get Christmas displays like the one pictured below.

We got to see a weight-lifting Santa display sponsored by the local gym, Santa driving cars that he purchased from the local car dealer, and Santa driving a team of Clydesdale horses pulling a Budweiser sleigh.

On a positive note, Grant and Sadie loved the tunnel of lights and the train display.  So maybe they were able to create some happy memories after all. 

A Visit with Maureen's Goats and Sheep

Maureen's sheep had new baby lambs in November, and we took a few hours on a Saturday to make the long drive to visit the baby sheep. Grant was so excited when I told him we were going to see the sheep and goats, and he told me in his matter-of-fact way, "I want buy sheep."

Pretzels are the treat of choice among the sheep.  Check out the horns on the ram!

Grant fed the goats dry leaves.  In fact, both the goats and the sheep enjoy eating fall foliage.  We can't wait for Spring when new baby goats and sheep will arrive at Maureen's home!

Grant also loved chasing Maureen's cat on the front porch and barking at Maureen's rather large dog.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Twelve Days to a New Year and the Perils of Crawling

Sadie perfected her scoot just before she turned seven months old.  Now my wiggle worm is getting into every thing and shows no fear.  Unlike her older brother, she will climb up anything, crawl over or under anything, and climb into anything.  We love our happy little girl.

Catching Up

Now that the semester is over, it's time to blog!  So here is the goal for my neglected blog readers . . . the Twelve Days of New Years.  That's right, twelve consecutive days of blogging.  Obviously, this theme would have been much cuter if I had thought of it one week earlier . . . but I definitely did not have time to blog last week.