Wednesday, December 23, 2009


Poor Avery spiked a fever of 105 right before we headed home for Christmas ... it lasted for days. You can notice her in the background of most of our Christmas pictures slumped over something looking pretty pathetic :( Thankfully she bounced back by the end of the trip.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A Visit to Santa

After two attempts, we finally made it to see Santa. Next year we may not wait around for Matt as we wound up fighting the week-before-Christmas crowds.

We attempted Santa on a Friday night with Matt followed by a nice family dinner. After a failed attempt we wound up with Santa early Saturday morning without Matt and a trip to Steak n Shake.

Avery's a little skeptical

Caleb explaining his requests: Pirate ship and legos ...

you know, the little ones

Jadyn - unimpressed

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Oh Christmas Tree

Decorating the tree - Popa style.
Last year's tree saw a bottom level theme. This year the kids figured out that they could pull up a chair to reach higher ... they just refused to spread out AROUND the tree so we have a definite vertical line of decorations this year.

The Griswold Family Christmas Tree

Keeping with Popa tradition, the day came to find and cut down our Christmas tree. For anyone who remembers last year's trek, this year's started off very similar: loads of snow on the ground, a beautiful winter day, happy, bundled kids. Last year we went in the afternoon in the middle of the week. We had plenty of sleds to pull the kids on and drag our tree back on. This year ... we went on a Saturday. All of the sleds were being used by dozens of children wanting to sled - makes sense. So, after standing there looking at each other briefly, Matt and I put smiles on our faces and told the kids to forge ahead. With Jadyn strapped to my chest, we marched through the snow in search of the perfect (ish) tree. Caleb, of course, loved it. Addison, to our surprise, loved it. Avery, ... apparently absolutely hates the snow. She bounced back, but we had to stifle a few giggles to her over-dramatic wails everytime a snowflake brushed her face. Jadyn, thankfully, slept the whole time.
When we finally found our tree I backed up to take a family picture. In true Griswold fashion, Caleb pronounces, as he poses, "Fa la la la laaaaaaaaa" much like Clark Griswold when he plugs in the lights he worked so hard on.

Just getting started

Our surprise "snow bunny"

Found it!

Chopping it down

Pretty miserable

Sledding fun

Warming up with hot chocolate

All bundled up

Friday, December 4, 2009

Snow Day!!

The first snow has fallen for the winter season in Michigan! The first flakes fell Thursday night and by Friday morning we had over 6 inches - enough to cancel school because it just kept on coming! Caleb and Addie had so much fun playing in the snow together. And Avery just enjoyed running back and forth from window to window exclaiming, "Oh no! It's snowing!! Look Mom! Snow!!"