Friday, January 11, 2013

Christmas Tidbit #3 ... Cookie Decorating Contest

When I first woke up Christmas morning, I had no idea it was snowing.

It was such a fun surprise to walk out to the great room and see a picturesque snowfall through the tall windows.

This is what Christmas in the Rockies is all about.

There was an excitement in the air that day.

And it had nothing to do with snow or even the anticipation of opening presents.

It was competition day.

Christmas Day marked our 2nd annual cookie decorating contest.

And there was a lot of smack talk leading up to it this year.

I won't lie ... I faked a bathroom trip during the contest to look up a specific idea on my phone.

I also acted like I had to check something outside the front door -- when really it was so I could get a look at something we have hanging on one of the front porches that gave me some inspiration.

But whatever. It's all said and done with now and I officially garnered the most awards.

My dad was the judge this year.

And my mom kept adding categories to make sure everyone won something.

C'mon mom, this isn't kindergarten t-ball where everyone gets a chance to bat.

Just let me win and go on with it.

My brother won both entries in the 'Funniest' category.

He says they are Papa Smurf (the cookie is actually in the shape of a bell) and a Dala Horse (it's a Swedish thing ... also what I was checking on out front).

Mr. Smarty Pants also garnered the 'Most Festive' award with his reindeer.

My husband had the 'Most Creative' cookie with his Noel Palm Tree.

His specialty is apparently taking other shapes of cookies and creating his own.

This one started as a snowflake and bell.

It ended up a marijuana plant on a tree trunk.

Warning: Don't eat his cookies. He doesn't shape them with a knife. He gnaws all around them with beaver-like intensity to create their new shapes.

My brother says I shouldn't be all that proud of my entries because I won categories like 'Best Effort'...

And 'Best Brown Noser.'

Don't be jealous.

I'll take a win wherever I can get one.

I also split the respectable category of 'Judge's Choice' with my sister-in-law.

These cookies were also up for the 'Brown Noser' award, as they pay homage to the college where my dad is a basketball coach.

At this point, my mom is feeling bad for my sister-in-law and the fact that she only has one shared win.

So she added the 'Prettiest' category and all but forced by dad to pick Shannon's stocking.

Shannon did win the 'Best Overall' category with her reindeer, although she has some tough competition from the marijuana palm tree.

Celebrate all you want girlfriend...

Because I'm the real winner with my gremlin in the 'Ugliest' category.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Christmas Tidbit #2 ... Moonwalking Lessons

The small town about ten minutes from our cabin in Colorado has a little bowling alley that provides the town's only entertainment.

It's a tradition for us to go there every time we are in the area.

I don't know who invited the guy on the right.

The one who refuses to ever cooperate in pictures.

But he didn't have a choice in this one.

I got real-time action shots of Mr. I'm God's Gift to Bowling injuring himself.

All in the name of a gutter ball.

But have no fear...

He bounced back in time to do his yearly bowling alley moonwalk show:

Then he gave my sister-in-law an impromptu lesson on the moonwalk.

And I just can't help myself but to post her attempt.

This girl is one of the best dancers I know.

With lots of formal training.

But she just seems to miss the mark on this one.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Christmas Tidbit #1 ... Family Pictures

My husband and I spent Christmas in Kansas and Colorado with my family this year.

I live for these moments and all of the memories we make.

But it's so hard to condense two weeks and 500 photos into one blog post.

So first, I give you family picture day in Colorado ....

J and I aren't picky, so we just snapped a quick shot in front of the cabin with the view at our backs.

But then when I got home and went through the pictures on my camera, I found this...

A photo shoot with my sister-in-law and father...

Taken by my anal-retentive brother ....

Who had to check out all of his lighting options.

Nice poses.

And this is the "tripod" he came up with for the group shot.

I'll admit, it's got some ingenuity to it.

We get one good shot...

Before my husband starts sticking his tongue out at the camera....

And me.

I'm starting to wonder if he ever will grow up.

My parents in front of the cabin.

My brother and sister-in-law.

I believe that move is called the toe pop.

It's a signature cheerleader stance.

She can pop her left toe.

She can pop her right toe.

And then the 10-year-old I'm married to decides to photo bomb with a toe pop of his own, while holding a Chihuahua in a Santa suit.

So manly.