So we finally made it home for Christmas! After a week of being unaware of whether Daniel was actually going to be writing his exams (he got 2/6 written... yuck) we left for the Great White North known as Canada.
We got up at 5 on Friday morning and made it out of the house by 6. The worst roads were just outside of Portland due to no plows. We made great time until just after Coure D'Alene, Idaho when our speedometer went nuts, our cruise control quit and we couldn't go any higher than 3 gear. We drove crazy slow to Missoula, Montana and got a hotel for the night. Thank you Motel 6 for being cheap! The local Dodge dealership got us in first thing on Saturday morning for a lot cheaper than it could have turned out to be. The sensor on our transmission went so it just had to be replaced. We were back on the road by 9:30 and we made it to my parents house that afternoon.
We are so grateful to be with our family for Christmas and that our van should behave itself from now on. Daniel is up in Banff tonight with his Dad and brothers for a ski trip tomorrow. He should be having fun. All four of them haven't been able to go together in quite a few years so this should be great for them.
Benson was pretty good on the trip. He has taken to using the full capacity of his lungs though. that made for 'fun' times in the car. He has been doing really well sleeping in the double bed here at my parents. He doesn't have to even get off the bed when he is playing around before actually falling asleep.
I hope everybody has a very Merry Christmas! All those that are traveling I hope you have good weather and a less eventful trip than ours. We love you and will be on again sometime after Christmas!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
So this morning woke up to this outside. No big deal! I remember that we were asked to give talks in church but had forgot until Bens was eating breakfast. Daniel was in bed still and I yelled up to him in a panic. We were told to use any topic so Daniel said we could use one of our 2 talks from the summer. I calmed down until I remembered our printer doesn't work.
The phone rang and my visiting teacher told me that Church was canceled! What a relief! So we had a nice relaxing day at home playing games and had some friends over for dinner. These are pictures that I took just after we got the call about church. There is more snow on the ground now but still a lot less than is on the ground back home! Daniel's exams for tomorrow has been postponed until the first Friday of next semester. Hopefully the school will be open on Tuesday!
Here are a couple pictures of Bens enjoying a Costco chocolate muffin. I love his blacked out teeth!
Friday, December 12, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Well going back almost a month ago we did celebrate Daniels Birthday! We had friends over for cake and we talked all night. It was great!
We got some Chinese food a while ago and Benson liked it a lot!
His favorite is Sweet'n'Sour Chicken but he was enjoying his fortune cookie in this picture.
Bens has taken a liking to wearing our shoes. This is the first time he started to walk around with them though.
Bens wanted to wear some socks but he had sleepers on so I put on his dog slippers and put the socks on the dogs ears. It seemed to please him. He walked around kicking his feet up... it was pretty cute!
Benson has started to put his sunglasses on himself. Yay! He puts them on top of his head crooked!
Here is our Christmas tree ($30 at Big Lots... pre-lit). Benson helped me decorate it. Now he knows he can touch the tree if he uses one finger. Unfortunately he uses his finger to jab violently at the ornaments!
Bens has gotten attached to his hat recently. When he wakes up in the morning or after a nap he goes a puts it on.
This is his other hat. I found him walking around in the kitchen wearing this as a hat. So creative!
Between all his mischief he is an absolute angel while he sleeps! We woke him up so he could go to the babysitters while we went out.
He didn't want to wake up. Poor guy cried for about 20 minutes.
Showing off all of his muscles!
Daniel and I went to a Christmas Gala his school put on on Saturday. There was great food and music and dancing. We took the classic 'going to Prom' picture at home first.
We try and get Benson to have a nap before Church every week sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. He was playing in his room and just zonked right out!
I love it when he sleeps with his bum in the air. You know that he is really tired then!
Not too much else is going on. We are counting down to Christmas! Daniel started his last week of classes today and has his exams all next week. Then we are off to the Great White North for 2 weeks! Yeah! Have a great week. I may add some videos later so keep on your toes!