Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Holidays 2012

Happy New Year! The end of 2012 flew by, as the holidays usually do, and we had a great time seeing family and friends celebrating together. We are so lucky to have such great people in our lives. I'll rewind to Halloween and catch you up to the new year. 

I took the boys home in Oct. and Grandma and Grandpa had this "little" surprise for Porter. He was so thrilled with his giant pumpkin! 
 Got back to Laramie in time to celebrate the big day with dad at the Law school. 
 Porter was of course Buzz Lightyear, because it was impossible for him to fathom being anything else. O well, it was easy for mom and he was so happy that everyone thought he was the real Buzz. 
 Lincoln was a lion and it worked perfectly because a). he was adorable and b). he growls at everyone as his preferred form of communication. 
 Porter got to go to school as Buzz and to his amazement his best buddy at school was dressed as Jessie. Cute! And we didn't even plan it, we're just that good. 
Phillip had class so I did the trunk-or-treat solo and it was interesting. Thank heavens for good friends that save the day during Lion size melt downs. 
Dad helped carve the giant pumpkin and the slightly smaller Lincoln pumpkin. Porter loved it and chose "Captain Hook" as the face for his pumpkin. 
  Not bad! Phillip may have some artist in him, buried deep of course.

On to November when we celebrated this little guys birthday!
He was of course confused by presents but he got the hang of it when he found out there was things inside. 
We love our Lincoln! He is so different than Porter and I find him in situations like this often. I still have no idea how he got stuck in the wagon with the handle tucked under the shelf... 
Porter learned about Thanksgiving and was so proud of his "hat". I'm still trying to decide what it was cause he looks Greek to me. 
Grandma and Grandpa Wulf came for Thanksgiving and both my boys were in heaven with the extra attention. Grandma is the best at doing whatever they are wanting to do at that moment. We love Grandma!!

December came and we started with Christmas cookies which Porter insisted was playdough, till we baked them. Then he was over the moon for frosting his creations.
It wouldn't be Christmas without a good night of Pirates. And yes my one year old does have a sword. And no I don't think it is a good idea. 
Went to Utah to be a part of Phillip's little brothers wedding. It was so cold that day but the sun was out in full force. This is the only picture I took at the temple, awful I know.
My beautiful family that can't look all in one direction to save our lives. 
All the Wulf cousins.
This is the best group shot I got at the luncheon and it about sums up the picture experience for this wedding. My boys were SO naughty! Sorry Andy and McKenzie!! We are so glad to have her in the family. 
Porter finally understood Christmas this year! The nativity, Christ's birthday and Santa (his favorite) were all part of the fun this year and he was so excited.
Lincoln not so excited... He didn't even wake up til half way through the festivities.
 There was an epic Nerf battle following breakfast and I'd say we won; only because there was no crying at the end:)
Snow, snow and more snow.

For New Years all the Gardiner siblings got together in Utah and it was a good time to be together. Always chaotic with 17 kids under 12 but always a great party! Mom and Dad are serving in the Houston, TX mission and were missed but we are so grateful for their service. 

This is everyone that was still awake that night. 
 My five siblings (and yes we are as happy as we all look:) Left to right: Henri, Bengi, Audri, Me, & Cheri. 

All in all a great Holiday season. We wish you all a Happy New Year and wonderful things to come in 2013!


Greg and Sarah said...

I miss you! Remember when we had that fun Christmas party at your sisters house? You look as pretty as ever and your boys are adorable! Hope you guys are doing good!

Pressett Family said...

Love the family pictures!
You all look so happy and looks like you are having fun!
Next time you are in UT lets meet up!