Saturday, January 11, 2014

Disney show

One of Natalie's Christmas presents was two tickets to the Disney show when it came to town. Natalie and I had a great night out:

Waiting for the show to start

Lots of Disney characters...

And a grand finale
Natalie said she was a little too big for the show...
But looking at that smile, I'd say it was still kinda okay...

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Painting Pottery

Natalie and I found a new fun place. It's a local art studio where you can paint various porcelain items and they will bake it for you in their oven. They also have jewelry making there, but that might be a post for another day.

Natalie loves dolphins, so of course that's what she chose to paint:
She's always so focused when she's working on her art.
Dotting the eye...
The dolphin turned out wonderful, and it is now one of her priced possessions.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Garden of Lights

Between Christmas and New Years we went to the Botanical Garden. Their light display is one of our favorite Christmas traditions:

After the raindrops comes the sun and the rainbow...
Natalie and Karsten at the end of the rainbow - she's my pot of gold!
The huge Christmas tree is one of the best known decorations. The shadow in front is Natalie.
And the huge caterpillar that we walk thru is also a must stop for photos.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Day

On Christmas morning, Santa left Natalie a present. She didn't even notice it until she was all dressed and ready to go:

Present from Santa.
We spent the afternoon and evening with Aubriella and her family. We were privy to a very, very cool show. There were two very pretty dancers:
Hanging from the rafters.
Action shot!
Those smiles are contagious.
Natalie is acting out some of the song lyrics - "And I think to myself - what a wonderful world"
Ready to take a bow.
More fancy dance moves.
There were costume changes, too:
You can never have too much glitter and glamor.
Gotta love this one - lots of tassels and hair.
Those eyes look so happy.
We also had a guest appearance of a super cool breakdancer...
And another costume change:
I think this dress was chosen based on the silver, not based on the skeleton...
Taking a bow, and posing for the camera.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Eve

Our Christmas Eve was absolutely wonderful this year! Here are some highlights:

Natalie helped make Ris-a-la-mande, the traditional Danish Christmas dessert.
The result of Natalie playing in the afternoon - all the dolls were set up so nicely.
Christmas dinner - Turkey with all the fixing...
Natalie and Karsten also had time to play.
Since Karsten couldn't lift Natalie when it was Thanksgiving, we waited until Christmas Eve to put the star on the tree, so we could get the traditional pictures:
Putting the star on the tree
Admiring the star
Smile for the camera
Natalie got lots of presents. The swiffer was a present, too - for Karsten's new garage...
More presents
The best present of all - family time!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Snowy Christmas

This year, we definitely had a white Christmas. On Christmas Eve day, Natalie and I went outside to play:
Snow angel.
Get ready...
Get set...
And get ready for the next round!
Natalie had a whole story about the snow:

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Flipping crepes

Natalie and Karsten were making crepes. Natalie was very fascinated with how Karsten could flip them in the air. So, of course she wanted to learn, too! I had a blast watching them and trying to take their picture. Here is one that turned out pretty nice:

Getting ready for the flip...
But some of the other pictures ended up being really funny:
The crepe-hat!
The crepe-face!
Natalie is a fast learner, and she actually got pretty good at it. Just take a look for yourself: