We had a lot to celebrate: Ethan got to open his Christmas gift (Evie opened hers before we left for Taiwan - you may have seen her in her little pink ballerina outfit) and Joel and Ethan had birthday gifts to open. Grandma Ruthe even got Evie a little something so she wouldn't feel left out when the boys were opening their gifts.
Ethan's first Big Wheel. Ruthe had a few fun stories to tell about Joel on his.
She finished and quickly asked for another
Ruthe's house is in a beautiful location and it was the perfect day for a walk. She rents the guest house from the Gunther's who own a 32 acre Christmas Tree Farm and Apple Orchard. The land is against the National Forest and a Christian Camp so it's very remote and peaceful. Winter has been hard this year though - Ruthe has been snowed in a few times.
Evie, daddy, Grandma Ruthe and Louise
Ethan and mommy with Grandma Ruthe, Evie and daddy
...and of course didn't like how cold it was...
Evie however didn't mind getting pounded in the face with snowballs and even took her shoes off so she could walk barefoot in the snow.
It's hard to see Evie but she is standing by the tree - waiting for a snowball to hit her. She kept getting lucky, the tree branches would break the snowball before hitting her. Not that Joel didn't try about 10 times.
From Crestline (Grandma Ruthes) we drove to Pasadena to meet our friends Lance and Janet Voyles and their kids Aiden and Ashley. The last time we saw them was almost two years ago, before they had Ashley. Lance is from Lincoln, NE and moved to CA years ago to work for Answer Products (he now works for Giant Bicycles). Lance and Janet recently visited Lincoln but unfortunately we were in Taiwan. It was nice to finally catch up with them and meet little Ashley and see how much Aiden had changed.
Ethan is sooo aggressive, yanking the steering wheel back and forth - he's pretty excitable.
It is amazing to watch Ethan look at what Evie is doing and then copy her - he is quick to pick up on her bad habits too...
Ashley, Aiden and Ethan
Ashley was cute as Lance made her giggle.
Okay, I don't know what's more crazy...that Evie can fit into Ethan's pants or that she had an accident and had to wear Ethan's pants. She hasn't had an accident in so long that we didn't think to bring a change of clothes for her. Joel and I just looked at her and then looked at each other and shook our heads...anyway, here's Evie sporting Ethan's pants, that are almost too small for him.
Evie and Aiden playing (by the fire station) as we said our goodbyes.