Sup, blogging world? It's 20Ten and the Starnes family is here to start off the new year with a bang.
Let's begin with an American Girl shout out to the newest name in popularity. Who knew I was such a trend setter?
Sure, they spelled it wrong. But, I have to agree with their description of Lainey. A natural girl at heart. I love it. Kind of looks like her, too, huh?
And, while we're talking nature, look at what sweet Caroline gave me for Christmas:
Is it me or what?
Tonight, while I was contemplating how much more football I could stand before I set up camp in the basement, Carter blurted out the following:
"Is Leach out there?"
Umh......how does my 9 year old know who Leach is? I'm not entirely sure who Leach is. Ok, I am. He's the Texas Tech coach who "allegedly" locked a kid in the closet for having a concussion. Get ahold of yourself, Coco and Carrie......I don't know the whole story.....so I'm not commenting on it......rather, I'm showing how into football our oldest son really is.
And, he's quite good at it, ladies. Before the bowl season started, Blake and Carter sat down to choose winners. With just a few games left, Carter has already won.
Before the big bowls even started. Based on his predictions.
Is Blake bitter? Defeated? I'd say so.
And, look at these Dallas Cowboy punkins. Pa and Mae Mae bought Jack a jersey to match Carter's. Super cute. Seems as though Lainey has the same interest in the game as I do.
Here is Jack in the same hat Caroline sported while she was here. This is also the same hat Caroline bought Carter for Christmas around age 3. Carter opened the gift, took a look at the furry concoction and threw it on the ground in disgust. Jack did the same after this very quick display.
Did you know a wooden sewing machine and kitchen aid mixer could be linked together to make a train? Yeah. It's today's train connection. Now, you do!
Blake and I took the children to the mall on Christmas Eve. I know. We had not been all year....as I posted before....and went briefly for a couple of things on the busiest day ever. Saw this campaign for American Girl.
And, then the star pictured above. How cute (and true!) is that?! ****Chicago is about the same distance to us as Dallas, by the way.
We've had a huge amount of snowfall here in Kansas City. More than normal, from what I understand. This makes sense. We moved to Colorado in 2006 and a few months after, a record Christmas blizzard hit the area and hung around for several months. Seems as though the Starnes family has brought the same "crazy" to the Midwest.
Lots of snow days = cabin fever. The above pic showed our remedy today.
And, rather than making drinks for the remainder of the winter, we're venturing outside to embrace the snow. Ski day, baby! Here is Jack getting ready.
Helmets look good, guys.
Sometimes I don't know who these kids are. Jack is horrified by the simplest of things.....yet, puts ice skates and skis on like he's been accustomed to them for years.
He cruised through the house like a pro. This picture reminds me of him from his baby years. Notice the Clemens forehead peaking out.
Here's a better version of it......Jack at age 6 months.
Have you ever?!
I know. It's like Donald Trump was cloned.
Look at this kid......like a pro (I still can't do this gracefully).....he pushes himself up from "falling"...as we practiced in the living room tonight.
And, finally, Lainey bug is preparing for hitting the slopes for the first time tomorrow.
We don't know if she'll be willing, but she's ready.
Little punkin put the skis on and headed towards the front door asking for snow. No lie.
Since the Rocky Mountains aren't in our immediate reach (moment of silence, please), we're headed to a local resort......only about 30 minutes away. Snow Creek in Weston, Missouri will do the trick tomorrow. I'm intrigued by this place. 12 runs, tubing galore and a terrain park. Can't wait to see what Midwest skiing is all about.
One more thing......check out this link to see how the rest of the world rung in the new year. A nice reminder of how we're not the only country in existence.