Friday, December 31, 2010

Clipdown Spectacular

And now for your viewing pleasure, some of the silliest/exciting/or just plain blog worthy moments of 2010.

January 14- Reed front flips off the couch and rips his face open.

We showcased our culinary skills on February 2 with our Ground Hog Day cookies.

 Continuing in my happy homemaker ways, on February 12, while my friend, Anita, is here visiting, we make Rice Krispie sushi for JR's Valentine's party at school.

We were thrilled to leave the snow and cold behind over Spring Break and head down to Phoenix for a few days in March.

Missing our annual family Easter party, we invited our neighbors over for an Easter egg hunt April 4th.

May 6th was JR's big crossover from Cub Scout Tiger to Wolf.

On May 30th my little guys stole the show as they rode their push toys down Main Street in the kid's Iron Horse bicycle race.

We had a blast spending a few days in June at Schlitterbahn with all the grandparents and some of our favorite friends from our Beijing days- the Ladds and the Jensens.

Even though they didn't win, I still think the Ingy boys had the cutest 4th of July parade "floats".

We wrapped up a super fun summer with Jason and JR attending the Cub Scout campout in August . The best part? I got to stay home!

September was a busy month!
Ayi came to stay with us for 3 months on September 9th.

JR started playing his incredibly large "piano".

And Kyle and Reed picked right back up being the stars of gymnastics class.

I ran the Duke City Half Marathon in Albuquerque in a decent time (for me) on October 17th, and my whole family was there to watch me cross the finish line.

And we finally put an end to the "Cupcakes of Doom" when JR walked away with the Most Creative Design award on October 21st.

We had 5 parties in one week, one of which was Jason's surprise 40th birthday party.

Speaking of Jason, he went mule deer hunting in November too.

As for the complete opposite of hunting, I got to see 9 to 5 The Musical on closing night.

December brought more baking awards as Jason and JR won 2nd place at the Father/Son Cake Bake.

And we happily showed off my slightly obsessive/over-the-top Christmas decorations at our annual open house on December 18th

It was a great 2010, here's hoping for a great 2011!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

I Think They Call it a "Snow Shower"

If you're a Durango reader, you can skip today's pictures look just like yours.

If you're a Minnesota cousin, this is no where near as impressive as the snow pouring through the Metrodome're excused today, too.

If you're a Texan, feast your eyes on this ridiculousness...
We had no snow in our yard until yesterday!


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Again! Again!

Other than squeels of delight, "Again! Again!" are pretty much the only other words I heard today.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Showing Off

I've been wanting to share some of the pictures my friend, Niki, took of the kids.
 But since I was giving them to the grandparents as Christmas presents, I had to wait. Although, these aren't the actual ones I picked for presents, just some that I really loved.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Some Pictures and The People I'm Going to Start Stalking

Don't look now, but I think we might actually have some traditions on our hands!

Snowmobiling last Christmas eve was a great way to funnel some of JR's excited energy, so we gave it a go again this year.

My favorite part? I didn't have to drive!

JR begged and begged to drive, but he just couldn't with the many feet of new, fresh powder. 
He rode with Granny Sherry.

Our snowmobile group (Jason's parents)

Really, who could resist playing in all that fluffy goodness? 

And just like last year, that evening we rode the Polar Express.  


Reed received the "first gift of Christmas".

And who do you think the chefs picked out to dance with them?
My parents, of course!
See, I got my "fun" gene from both sides.

Okay. So this next part isn't a tradition, but I love a good overdone Christmas decoration, so I have to include these people.  

On our way home from town we always see a house with lots of lights up on top of a hill/mountain.
(Hill or mountain...depending on what part of the country you live in.)
JR kept asking to go, and we finally went by on Christmas Eve.  Now, if I'd have known it was going to be a-may-zing we would have gone up there every night!

 I so appreciate that they welcomed onlookers in full costume. 
Do you think these people would be scared if I informed them that they were my new best friends?

JR with my new best friends (plus a random girl).

Reed and my new best friends.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

From A Galaxy Far, Far Away

There are days Durango, Colorado might as well be a million miles from Houston, Texas.

Some days, (like the day the Walmart worker told Kyle and Reed "Santa doesn't bring guns!" when she asked them what Santa was bringing them for Christmas) that I shake my head and think, "I'm just not cut out for this place."

And since Christmas time can bring out homesickness in the best of us, looking at this picture has brought more than a few smiles to my face this year.

Presenting: My favorite Santa picture. Ever.
Cowboy hat.
Merry Christmas from The Ingersolls!

Isaiah 9:6
 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God,
Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Something New

I did something last night I've been wanting to try since we moved here.

Just check out our shoes!
Don't worry they're rentals, if they were mine I'd have to find a way to put a high heel on them.
(I'm on the right.)

We rode the ski lift up about 3:30 and went snowshoeing in the "out of bounds" area of Purgatory. 
It was gorgeous! (And obviously snowing)

I love the trees weighted down with snow.

After snowshoeing for about an hour, we headed over to The Powderhouse for wine and cheese.
(I had some serious hat hair, so photos not available.)

After our "refreshments", we were supposed to walk down to the base under the light of the full moon.  But since it was still snowing, we walked by the light of our headlamps.

*Sing along* We'll be coming down the mountain when we come....

Once we were near the bottom we were able to turn off our headlamps.

And no, we weren't cold at all. I had on my giant coat, so I was almost too toasty!