Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas with the Bitterroot Burkharts

T'was the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring.... not even Benjamin!
He actually went directly to bed when asked and had not moved a muscle when we checked in on him. He wanted Christmas to come as quickly as possible!
Because Ben had started a Lego project on Christmas Eve, he went directly back to finish it before waking us up! We were pleasantly surprised to hear him at 9:30am!
He had a rather unorthodox stocking technique. I don't know how you like to go about it, but he aimed for speed and efficiency when emptying his sock!
The Cuddy tradition holds that everything is opened on Christmas Eve; crossing your fingers that you are on Santa's "Good List" for Christmas morning loot. Therefore, Ben got to open Grammie and Papa Cuddy gifts the night before. As you can see, we had to twist his arm.
He was pretty much shaking from that much excitement.

He is, both, a superhero AND a Lego building machine!

Wrapping paper was flying all over the place!

It is hard to photograph the blur of excitement. It was like watching a pack of wolves on a fresh kill after a famine!

Christmas day was a super fun adventure! Thank you, friends and family, for all of the thoughtful gifts and for your love and support throughout the year! Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Can't we get just one good one?!?

It is high time we get our Christmas card photos submitted. You would think, in this digital age, that we could get just ONE good one? Really, I don't really have terribly high expectations here. By "good one" I mean one where we are both smiling with our eyes open.
Not sticking our tongues out.
No eye-patch shadows, no reaching for the left breast, and again, eyes open.
We did have to stop for a kiss though.
I was tempted to use this one. I don't remember what was being said here, but it must have been pretty good.

I am sure I was licking my lips in preparation for more kissing. The comb-over needed some re-working, too.

Fussing with the mop.
He was teasing me about my primping, but we all recognize this pose as being in-character for David, no?

None of these made the final cut for our family Christmas card this year, but we sure appreciate Dylan's efforts to take our picture. It was great to have the family together for an evening of laughs and Christmas chaos. We are looking forward to more silliness and many carols around the piano this holiday!