Saturday, December 29, 2007

The Quilt

So I took on a task of helping a friend who had lost her 6 year old boy last year to a tragic ATV accident. I made a quilt using all of his old clothes and then I had it put together and wrapped it up for her for an early Christmas present. Here is the finished result.

The finished quilt was 55"x68"
Some of the detail...
"In Loving Memory of Bryce Michael Baldwin"

Christmas Day

Well, I think Christmas this year was fun for all. Colin received so many (I think a little too many) presents, Chad got what he wanted and I made out as Santa was very good to me (Thank you honey). This year it was certainly all about Colin has he had so much fun opening the gifts. I think a little bit too much fun as once he was all done he asked "I want to open more, where are more presents?"

Presents and the tree.

Colin's stocking overflowing onto the couch. More popups.
The Lego Dump Truck from Santa The police semi truck from Mom and Dad

Santa left one more present in the Kitchen

It's an Excavator
"I can't wait to use it at Nana and Baba's"

Christmas Time

Well, Saturday, December 22nd we all went up to Erin's house for a Family Christmas party. We enjoyed so much wonderful food and the company was equally as wonderful. The kids played so well together and so did the adults. :-) Erin and Mark were the best hosts, they had the hot tub already, which in Colin's word "We need to get one of these big tubs". Then Erin even put together individual S'mores bags, just perfect for the campfire. Unfortunately the rain kind of sizzled the fire, but the microwave became the "temp" campfire for the kids. Seth brought up his Wii, which we ended up playing that into the night as it was so much fun. Even Colin had a blast at it.

Jane, Rorie, Kim (Rorie's Girlfriend)

Kiera (Ian's little one) being silly

I gotcha Rhiena (Ian's littlest)

Kiera and Colin playing house

Chad, Ian, Rhiena and Shalon

Lynsey, Erin and Brandon (Erin's Stepson)

Chad playing bowling on the Wii
Colin winding up...

and makes the strike.

This is what we see on the Wii.

Erin's beautiful tree.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Christmas Tree

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

The house all decorated

So the house is all ready for Christmas and the stockings are hung by the "sink" with care in hopes that Saint Hollister will soon be here. Hee! Hee!

Our little City... Living Room Decorations...
My snowman collection...
Our Stockings...
Coming down from the stairs...
The Tree...

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Perfect Tree

Sunday we went out to our favorite tree farm in Boring, OR to get the family tree. We were so excited as it started to snow right when we got to the tree farm. Of course while we tried our hardest to get Colin to wear a coat he just wouldn't. Luckily we had a pullover on him to keep him some what warm.

We started at the back of the farm like we normally do as we find the best trees there. There are just acres of nobles for around $4 a foot. Colin spotted a tree and it was perfect, the trunk was straight as an arrow and almost 8 feet tall, so we grabbed it as we just knew that we would never be able to find it again if we left it behind. It took us all around 30 mins to get the tree.

Looking for the perfect tree.

Found it!

The very proud Colin and Daddy.

Trying to get a family picture.

Making sure Daddy cuts the tree down right.

Carrying out the tree.

Cutting down trees is hard work.

The tree up and decorated

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Playing Together?

After I picked up Colin from school today, he wanted to go play in his room. He asked if Kennedy could play as well, well of course that didn't go over very well once Kennedy started crawling (or attempting to crawl) towards his trains.

I see Trains....
"No Kennedy, you can't touch them"
"What did I do?"

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Writing Letters to Santa

On Saturday, December 1st we went to Goodnight Room off of Broadway for Storytime, writing letters to Santa, Cookies and Hot Cocoa. Colin was a little shy at first, but when it was time to write his letter he was all ready.

Reindeer Colin

Reading (listening) to the Christmas Mouse

Writing our letter to Santa

While we were sipping hot cocoa it began to snow. It didn't stick, but it made the Christmas feeling pretty strong.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Colin's Class Room Newsletter - December

Hello from the Butterfly room,

Thanks for all the food donations and for attending our Thanksgiving luncheon
The children were so proud and excited to have their parents come and be their guests.

We celebrated two Birthdays this month. Kate Stallbaumer turned 3 years old on the 14th and Colin Hollister turned 4 years old on the 18th.
Happy Birthday to both of you!!!

Our classroom is very busy. The children spent a lot of time making placemats and crafts for our luncheon. We also made the jello one morning.

Now we will begin preparing for Christmas. Our class will do a small gift exchange between the children. We will have the children draw names. We will send home a paper with the name and age of the child your child drew along with some interests and ideas. The limit is $10.00. We will have a Christmas party on Dec 19th. Please send in the gift by Monday Dec., 17th.

The children have been working on a variety of activities.
Colin had lessons on the spindle boxes. He enjoys our letter tracing sheets and the puzzle maps.

Cavity Free Club - Again!

Today we went to the dentist for the second time and again, we got to put up our picture on the Cavity Free wall. It appears Colin has Mom's teeth. :-)

Monday, November 19, 2007

Colin turning the big 0-4!

Saturday was Colin's 4th birthday party (even thought he actually turned 4 on Sunday, the 18th). We decided to go with a Disney Cars theme and of course I had a lot of fun creating a fun time for Colin and his friends. Colin invited many of his new friends from School and of course we had some old friends come as well.
The Table Decorations (I made fries, mini hamburgers, popcorn and nachos all food that you see at the race tracks)

Ramone's Tattoo Shop (Where the kids got temporary tattoo's)

Cookie decorating station (Everyone got to decorate a car shaped cookie)

The Cake (I was very proud of myself as this was my first time decorating)

Playing Guido's Tire Toss Game

Having some Birthday fun!