at the magic carpet at Sipapu. It was a nice day to be outside and despite a lack of overall snowfall there was plenty for the kid hill. Luke and Logan did a great job and loved riding the carpet and skiing down. Luke loved following his friend and Logan liked to head to the left which happened to be a good way to stop... We followed the day on the slopes with lunch and cocoa in the lodge.
We all had a new and different Christmas this year - on the beach! It was a neat adventure and we had a lot of fun. Santa Claus brought the presents to the hotel and delivered them on a luggage cart. We saw lots of jellyfish on the beach and even a dead dolphin. We also went to an indoor waterpark called the Schlitterban. It was pretty cold but a great experience (Fred's first big waterslide!)
In Houston we were able to go to shopping, Costco, a neat park with paddleboats where we saw lots of different birds and turtles and trains, the children's museum, and many other exciting activities. Fred and I also got to go horseback riding at the ranch and it was amazing. Fred and I also got to have a great dinner and see Tron at the 3d IMAX which was super fun too. I need to be better about taking pictures but I did get some great ones from our time at Christmas. We can't wait to go again!
And some videos from Fred's new flip video recorder...
This fall Luke started soccer. He has had a lot of fun at practices and a little less fun at games. It was neat for us to be able to watch him out there kicking and dribbling the ball. His team was called Lightning and Luke would run like lightning all around the field during the game. He was a little hesitant about the ball but he always stayed right there with his teammates and the action. Luke says that his favorite part of playing was all the people that he was able to play with.
Fred went out elk hunting this year and managed to hit one on opening day. His hunting buddy also shot this same elk so we know it was good and dead. There was a lot of butchering happening in Oct complete with summer sausage smoking to complete the elk meat packaging.
It was also Luke's 5th birthday on the 17th. He got to have 2 different parties. The first was a party on his bday with some of his friends. He wanted a diesel train party with a Hot Wheels cake. There was not a lot of diesel train party paraphernalia so we mixed it with some other Hot Wheels themes like a car pinata. The second party happened when Grammy, Grandpa, and Leyla came to celebrate. He had some fancy birthday cookies and had a lot of fun with the special visitors.
To round out Oct was of course Halloween (Luke was Thomas the Train and Logan was a Dragon). We got a LOT of candy and should be stocked until at least Easter ;). The Taos Balloons were the same weekend and they were as pretty as ever.