Sunday, December 21, 2008

Sinterklas and olliebollen

This year we started the tradition of Sinterklas from My mission.  We've had to modify it a bit, but the kids got out the wooden shoes for the patron saint of children.  We had surprises and made and ate Olliebollen (fried pastries that are similar to doughnuts).  We sang dutch songs and learned a little bit about the dutch culture and people.  It was fun for dad to tell mission stories about Sinterklas and eating warm olliebollen on cold cold holiday night years ago in the Netherlands.

Our best shot

This was our attempt at a sunday morning family picture.  We had some funny faces and a wandering Cole.  We love grandma's outfits!

Our little muscian

Brynn had her first recital with her new teacher.  She did such a good job.  I don't know how they can memorize all those songs with bowing and notes.  She has been practicing hard and we love to hear her play.  

Too cute to leave off the blog

cole and shay spend some time outdoors.  The weather has cooled considerably....we even had a hint of snow.  Even with the cold weather, Shayla won't wear a jacket.  Compared to weather in Ohio, this is nice.

The joys of construction for consumption

Let the Sugar frosting flow.  One piece of candy for the house, one piece for the tummy.  Following a family tradition, we made our gingerbread houses.  As soon as the houses were completed, they had already started nibbling away.   

Brother in tow

Cooper and Cole are now starting to play together.  It is fun to watch them make up games.  Most of the time, cole ends up as the tackling dummy, but they do have fun together.