Pinewood Derby

For those of you thinking that Cameron is too young for scouts, you're right. For an activity the elder's quorum did a pinewood derby. Richard made his car at the last minute, with limited materials and I did a hurried job of painting it. It was pretty ugly to say the least. He took Cameron with him to the activity and the car didn't weigh much so Richard had to improvise.
As he was leaving I jokingly said, "Hey, maybe it will win!" And surprisingly it did. This is the trophy. Richard said the best part was just watching Cameron. He loved the big race track and watching the cars crash as they shot off the end.

The boys

I really need to have a girl next time because I'm really outnumbered!

The planets aligned

The reason I made that the title is because a lot of things had to work out for the wonderful event last night to take place. The event? I went to bed shortly after 11pm and fell asleep immediately and didn't wake up again until 7:01am. Eight hours of completely uninterrupted sleep. That hasn't happened in about a year. I didn't wake up to go to the bathroom, Eli didn't wake me up to eat, Cameron didn't wake me up because of a bad dream or to "put his blanket round" him. It was so great. I woke up undisturbed and feeling completely rested. What a joy. But for all the future parents out there, don't be too discouraged (especially the men) because Richard gets many uninterrupted nights, and I have become used to them. This was just a special treat. Merry Christmas to me!

Getting the tree

Before we got to this Santa Cameron had the chance to sit on Santa's lap somewhere else. (Which went well except that Cameron thought he was going to actually get the things he wanted from Santa then and there.) But when he saw Santa again at the tree lot he had it down. "I want a truck and a trailer and Lightning McQueen and lots of trains."
It was pretty cold but Cameron thought the whole picking-a-tree adventure was great.
(We aren't actually driving in this picture, we aren't that bad of parents. This was still in the parking lot.)

I've been tagged...

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Wrapping paper
2. Real tree or artificial?
Has to be real, I love the smell!
3. When do you put up the tree?
First Saturday in December
4. When do you take the tree down?
When it's so dead it becomes a fire hazard
5. Do you like eggnog?
Only if it is diluted with a little milk
6. Favorite gift received as a child?
A dollhouse that my sister Lori and I played with for hours and hours over years and years
7. Do you have a nativity scene?
Yes but it hardly does justice to the Christmas story, it's very small.
8. Hardest person to buy for?
I have a pretty easy time buying gifts (Too easy if you ask Richard)
9. Easiest person to buy for?
Cameron, he is very vocal about what he wants
10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
Don't want to hurt any feelings. . . :)
11. Mail or email Christmas cards?
Mail of course, Christmas cards are one thing that should never sell-out to technology
12. Favorite Christmas movie?
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
Day after Thanksgiving (I get too many last minute ideas to start any sooner)
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
I don't think so...
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
My Mom's bourbon balls (Not real bourbon okay?)
16. Clear lights or colored on the tree?
Colored, and as Lori pointed out, the flashing ones help you see different ornaments at different times.
17. Favorite Christmas song?
Has to be Silent Night
18. Travel for Christmas or stay home?
Travel all the way from Kuna to Boise
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?
If I sing the song...
20. Angel on the treetop or a star?
A hand-me-down star
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
One on Christmas Eve and the rest in the morning.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of year?
The commercialism (But I'm a sucker for it too)
23. What I love most about Christmas?
Hard to say, just the whole feeling of it.


Boy I'm late getting these pictures up. Here's our little gang at the Bird's for Thanksgiving.
Cameron was more interested in talking on his "Buzz Lightyear Cell Phone" that Grandma bought him, than he was in eating.

Eli on the other hand always makes eating the priority.

Finally asleep!

We went back and forth for a long time debating whether or not to put the boys in the same room. We selfishly decided to keep our computer room/office and for the most part it has gone smoothly. The other day though I put them down for a nap at the same time and for 45 minutes they just "talked" to eachother. Eli was lying with his face towards Cameron and Cameron was on his tummy facing the crib. (I wanted to take a picture before they fell asleep but I didn't want to disturb the moment.) Cameron did most of the talking and Eli did a lot of giggling and babbling. It was so cute and I was so touched by there brotherly bonding that I didn't care that they weren't going to sleep. Eventually they settled down and dosed off. Siblings are so fun.