Christmas 2008

Been an exciting week for us all. Gran and PapaD came to Oakland and spent Christmas Eve and Christmas here. We had a great time driving around looking at lights, finding puddles to jump in, opening presents and eating lots of good food. Sander helped Kim make gingerbread cookies and brownies, even got to lick the spoon for the chocolate topping. Sander wanted to play with each present as we opened them, which means that the morning took a long time. He wore his new bike helmet around for much of the morning. We figured he would.

The next morning we drove up to Sebastopol. We got to spend time with Lisa, Jason, Dillon, Matt, Cynthia, Sebo & Nico. It was a good time. Overall, a very good Christmas.


Of course it is just about 24 hours until Christmas. Our little Sander is definitely getting a little more excited about it. But it isn’t just Christmas we are expecting. Kim is looking very pretty here in this picture. Right now we are only about 5 weeks away from our due date. Amazing that it is so soon. Guess we need to pick out names. Everything else is ready to go.


Cutting Down the Tree

This weekend we cut down the Christmas tree while visiting the grandparents in Sebastopol. It was the first time that Kim (or Sander) cut down a tree. We wandered around the christmas tree farm. Sander loved playing hide-and-seek with Uncle Sven and PapaD.


Thanksgiving Weekend

We spent the Thanksgiving holiday with Sander’s Grandparents in Carson City. We had a great time and great weather. We arrived Thursday morning and Sander settled into his normal routine and got lots of attention from his Grandparents. He enjoyed playing with all the “new” toys. We had a great Thanksgiving dinner that left us all full and happy. Sander’s favorite (and only) part of Thanksgiving dinner was the marshmellows.

We took a nice walk the next day along the Carson River. Sander picked up sticks for all of us, his was the largest. We also spent a lot of time throwing rocks into the River. Some of us did well at skipping rocks, Sander just enjoyed throwing the rocks in and seeing the splashes.


Chris went out for an early morning walk, while some of us stayed curled up in warm beds. It was frosty and cold but he got some nice shots, including this one.


Sander was out playing in the backyard when he heard the distant train whistle. He said, “I want to see it”. So we took a trip to the railroad museum where they were running the steam train that day. As we drove up Sander changed the “I want to see it” to “I want to ride it, yes I do”. Anyone who has heard him say “yes I do” knows it is quite entertaining. So what did we do? We rode the train. Sander wanted to ride in the caboose.