Alan’s 40th Birthday

Alan’s birthday was on Wednesday. He turned 40! And I did something rather unusual. I practically shot no pictures. I did, however, shoot some video. Not as much as Isabelle, who I discovered on downloading the videos had taken 30 minutes worth of video! Well here they are, snippets from our day:

Alan’s 40th Birthday from Kuky Ideas on Vimeo.

Gingerbread House and More

On Friday we headed to the mall for a special visit. The kids got to play with “snow” and they visited with Santa!
Playing with fake snow

Fake snow forwards backwards forwards on Flickr

2013 visit with Santa

After, we headed to Hallmark to get an ornament for our yearly ornament tradition. It’s quite an expensive tradition. Sigh. Nathan very much wanted a motorcycle ornament. We told him it wasn’t a toy. But that was what he wanted. He was adamant. Until Isabelle said she wanted a light up book ornament. Then HE wanted the book ornament. Of course.

A new ornament for our yearly ornament tradition

After spending too much at Hallmark, we headed home and made a gingerbread house!! I can’t remember if we’ve ever made a gingerbread house before. It was super super easy. Especially since it was a pre-made gingerbread house kit. We had a lot of fun with this. I think Nathan was more interested in trying the candies though.

Store bought gingerbread house in a house!

Start to a gingerbread house


Someone is so excited

Playing with icing

Playing with icing


Gingerbread house 2013

Gingerbread house 2013

I think this should be a new tradition!

Oh Christmas Tree

We made a day of getting our Christmas tree this year. We started with a big breakfast. A big breakfast with a little Christmas thrown in, courtesy of a snowman head pancake mold. Then we bundled up and hopped in the car, listening to Christmas music as we drove off to find a tree lot.

A big breakfast

Listening to Christmas music as we drive to get our tree

After driving by two lots and making Alan very grumpy, we stopped at the third one. Then it was tree picking time! As with most years before, we took a while to choose a tree. Isabelle wanted a BIG tree. Nathan wanted a small one. We compromised and got one in between. Good thing the kids didn’t want the purple tree they had on the lot since that was already sold. :)

Then the kids had cookies and hot cocoa while a man shoddily tied our tree to the roof of our car. When that was done, the cold was just too much to bare, so we climbed back into the car to finish our little snacks.

Blurry photographic proof that I was there

Silly girl

BIG Santa cookie

Having cookies and hot cocoa at the tree lot

A purple tree?!?!


Afterwards we headed home to drop off our tree before going to the movie theater to watch Frozen. We all enjoyed it, even with Disney’s someone always has to die part of the storyline.

Following the movie, we ran around a bit trying unsuccessfully to find those little chocolate advent calendar things. Yes, yes, I know it’s already a week into December but Isabelle was really quite excited remembering them from last year.

Watching Frozen

When that was a bust we headed home to decorate our tree. The kids had a blast decorating one side of it and mostly the lower branches on that one side, hanging the ornaments too close to each other. With a little help from us getting them to see there was more than that little patch of tree, we finished it off nicely. They wanted to keep going even when we had no more tree space left. Maybe we should have gotten a bigger tree. :D

Silly tree decorators

What's with this face?

Too close ornaments hung by Nathan