Christmas Break

This Christmas we were in Anchorage to welcome baby Izzy into the world and we stayed a few weeks to make sure Essie and the baby were okay and also to spend time with family.  Essie’s mom came up the day that Izzy was born and spent about a week with us.

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With the new baby, we didn’t want Kian to feel like no one was paying him attention anymore.  So I took him to play out at the Winter Solstice Party in the park.

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And of course, we had to go see the Zoo again.

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After walking around for a couple hours and seeing all the animals, it was time to warm up in the zoo’s little coffee shop.  Kian said he wanted hot cocoa and ice cream.  Absolutely, that totally makes sense.

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My sister Stefanie and her husband Ben came in a few days before Christmas to spend the holidays with us and to see the new baby.

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We took a drive south down the Seward highway one day and stopped at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.  We’ve been here several times but always love stopping.  You can either walk or drive through the whole place.  And if you’ve got a small kid or 2, and especially when it’s cold out, the drive through thing is nothing short of amazing.

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The next day we drove all the way down to Seward to check out the Alaska Sea Life Center.  A big indoor aquarium with lots to see.  Kian loved it.

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But soon enough, it was time for CHRISTMAS!

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In our family, instead of milk & cookies, we leave Santa no-bake cookies & beer.  Essie helped Kian leave a note for Santa on the cookie plate.

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Later that night, Dad Santa Claus had a great late-night snack.  Santa Claus left a note for Kian as well.

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The best present of all:  Izzy!

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I was only in Anchorage for about 3 weeks but somehow I managed to gain 32 lbs while I was there.  I have no idea how this happened.  We ate healthy the whole time…..sort of….

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But there was nothing better than getting a belly full of not-so-healthy-goodness and falling asleep on the couch with a lap-full of kids while listening to the fire crackle and pop.  Aaahhhh, the good life.

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