Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

This was definitely a hugely anticipated Christmas. It was the first ever for our Mr. Pickles, the first in our new home, the first time we’d ever hosted Christmas morning guests, and Woz’s first Christmas spent with her family in three years. Yes, this was one we knew would be remembered. So many pictures were taken that it would be hard to post all the good ones, so here are just a few of our favorites.

Pop and Dave arrived a little later than their expected ETA thanks to bad plane hydraulics and snow delays. After nearly 24 hours of travel time, they made it safe and sound to ABQ. They both didn’t even seem to mind being woken up early by a certain little man.

Ooooh, here's the best part of the story, Uncle Dave!

I got all your cards, Grandpa Gato. I win!

Our tree was all lit up and had lots and lots of presents waiting to be opened on Christmas morning.

We were all good boys and girls!

Our stockings were hung by the chimney (a.k.a big TV) with care. A very special new one marked with an A made it’s debut. 😀

Yep, that's A Christmas Carol on TV. hee hee

Then Christmas morning finally arrived. Xion was decked out in his little reindeer jammies from Great-Grams Delgado.

Okay, here are all my gifties. Did you all get any?

Here’s Mr. Pickles with his very own laptop from Grandpa Gato.

Hold on, I'm just about to finish a blog post right now.

And time for a wardrobe change for the next stage of the day.

Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!

Nana and Grandpa Flint arrived with Grandma Merrill. More gifties (and mimosas!) for everyone!

So happy.

A very special handmade toy chest by Grandpa Flint for our little guy.

Hooray, we won't be tripping over (as many) toys!

The look on his face here. Yes, he just adores his daddy.

I love you so much, Daddy. Can it be like this everyday?

There were of course a lot more gifts, lots of food, and even several games of Loteria (with prizes!) to cap off the morning.

So much to be thankful for today. And always.

We all ended up taking naps from all the excitement. We were going to need our rest for the next couple of phases of the day. The kitties all took turns in what seemed to be the best box.

India gets cozy.

Dewman takes a turn.

All rested and ready to head to a big family dinner! Russ’ uncle, Russ, graciously hosted all of us and then some.

I need to borrow some hair product from Uncle Dave, Mommy.

Two and a half Flints.

After dinner we headed to the movies (a Delgado family tradition) and saw The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. No, not a feel good, warm, and fuzzy movie, but it was AWESOME. Definite must see! Oh, and no, Xion didn’t go. Nana and Grandpa Flint kept the little guy happy and entertained. 😀

The rest of Pop and Dave’s visit seemed to fly by (as it always does), but we had a lot of fun with them here. Games of Monopoly, episodes of Breaking Bad, yummy food, and the River of Lights kept us busy! Speaking of Monopoly, Woz’s collection got a little bigger this year.

Love me do...

Woz’s Uncle Danny D has been doing special projects with family photos. Since we were serious slackers and didn’t send out any cards this year, here’s a good one for all!

Our little vaca is Santa! hee hee hee

A random Xion photo from a dinner on the town. You know, since you never see pictures of him or anything. 😉

Who do I need to see about getting a refill around here?

We said goodbye to them a couple days ago. 😦 Still hoping that the allure of 50 degree weather in December and seeing Xion on a regular basis will get them to move out here. And soon!

La Familia Delgado

Now that's a group of handsome guys!

Oh, and we also had a professional family (Delgado and Flint) photo shoot while they were here! It was a lot of fun and we got some GREAT photos of everyone. We’ll be sure to share those when we get them.

For now, we just want to say thank you to our family. We love you all year round but there is something special about the holly day season that reminds us just how lucky we are to be surrounded by people who love us so much. We are who we are because of you and we truly appreciate everything you’ve done and continue to do for our little family. We’d be lost without you. Special extra love to Mom and Dad Flint, Dave, and Papo. You are the best family in the world and we are so very happy you got to be here for the first of many Christmases for Acenxion Russell. Big, HUGE hugs. Until next year! 😀

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Santa Fe Holly Day Tradition

Last year we headed to Santa Fe right before the Christmas holiday. There was a little mix up with our room at Fort Marcy so they gave us a voucher for a free night anytime in the next year, and since this year is almost on the books, we had to get there while the gettin’ was good. And it was definitely good.

One thing that was much different than our getaway last year was that Mr. Pickles hadn’t entered the world yet. What we learned this year is that we definitely took our light packing days for granted. Packing for an overnight trip with a 10 month old seemed like packing more things in the car than when Woz moved from Utah to Oregon. Food, clothes, toys, Pack ‘N Play, blankets, diapers, pillows, bottles and, oh yeah, we had to pack some clothes of our own in there, too. It was completely worth it, mind you, it was just a big difference in departure time. Gone are the days of “Hey, you want to have an over night trip in Santa Fe? Let’s go in 5 minutes.” Those days are long, LONG gone.

On the road!

Pickle feet already sleeping.

Our fearless driver.

Gorgeous NM scenery.

Year and a half wedding anniversary.

Are there even batteries in this thing?

We checked into our super spacious room (it was basically an apartment that was fully furnished – PERFECT for traveling with an infant!), and then our stomachs lead the way to the plaza. All aglow!

Festive!

In search of grub.

We settled on the Atomic Grill for eats. Someone got a head start. 😉

Keep the appetizers coming, Mommy!

We loved the artwork on the walls!

Any guesses who the guy in the stripped sweater is? Really, we don't know.

Woz's hunky dinner date.

Xion spent much of the time making googly eyes at the girls behind us.

Mom! You are really cramping my style right now with the ladies!

Oh and it was Mr. Pickles first foray with avocados. Big, big hit.

Tomato and avocado. We are halfway to guacamole! 😀

We had a really gorgeous night of sleep and LOVE that Xion let us sleep until 10 a.m. (Okay, we were up at 6:30 a.m. first, but we all went back to bed so that counts!) The weather in Santa Fe on Sunday morning was GORGEOUS. It was the perfect day to go ornament shopping and that was THE must do for the trip.

To the Christmas Shop we went!

Project Ornament was a success!

Doesn't that hurt his beard, Daddy?

With the weather being so gorgeous, the snowmen weren’t fairing too well.

We're melting!!

Handsome Flint men.

(To the theme of New Girl) Who's that girl? It's Woz!

The other must go spot was our favorite toy store in all of New Mexico — Moon Rabbit Toys.

In search of a present for You-Know-Who. 😉

So much awesome. 😀

Oh gee, he didn’t like the blocks at all. Nope, not one bit!

Oooooo I want them all, Mommy and Daddy! Them all!!

Okay, so we are going to pause and brag for a wee second here, you know, because we are parents and it’s what we do. 😉 The people in the toy store LOVED Xion. The owner said that she sees a lot of kids and that our little man took the cake (and we were already buying so she didn’t have to butter us up! LOL). One of the employees couldn’t get enough of Mr. Pickles (who was TOTALLY hamming it up for his audience) and said that Xion was so cute he was going to have to break something. We aren’t completely sure what that meant and are a bit concerned that our son’s cuteness inspired violence, but hey, a compliment is a compliment, right? All right, as you were…

No trip would be complete without it:

Santa Fe feet!

Late to the game, the Flint family finally put up the tree a few days ago. We needed to put up the new fancy ornaments and get the house ready for Grandpa Gato and Uncle Dave (who arrive tomorrow morning!). Xion loved that he got to put his own on the tree. Oh, and yes, he did pick it out on his own at the Christmas Shop. 😀

I can't sleep with him, Daddy? Okay, fine, here he goes!

You guessed it! ELMO!

And we may be guilty of eating a *few* of these this year, so we thought this was totally fitting.

Who are we kidding? This was totally the Year of the Cupcake.

Because of you, it's like our first one all over again, little man.

Time to say goodnight! Someone already has his jammies on. Oh and daddy’s glasses, too!

Future geek. He fits right in. 😀

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Snow Day and Winterfest

It still amuses us both that what shuts schools and streets down here in New Mexico wouldn’t even be a delay in Ohio and probably considered a dusting in Vermont. Having said that, we’ll take what we can get when we can get it! For one of us, it was the first time ever seeing snow, while the other two got to see it for the first time again through his eyes. 😀

Our yard at dawn. So snowy and pretty.

We were pretty excited to get a snowfall so Xion could experience the white stuff for himself.

Whoa, what's this daddy?

Sadly, we didn’t have suitable snow clothes for the little guy so there was no rolling around in it to make snow angels. We did, however, bring the snow directly to him. Yeah, we are cool parents, we know. 😉

What exactly do I do with this stuff?

Brrrrr! That's cold!

Rio Rancho had their first ever Winterfest over the weekend, so we decided to check out all the fun. They kicked everything off with ice skating but we passed on that since, well, Xion can’t even walk yet. 😉 We made it just in time to see the parade that was underway.

Spongebob comes to New Mexico!

While you can’t see it all that great in this picture, it was really impressive how many luminarias they had set up for the event. Over 10,000 were aflame.

All aglow.

We headed over to the city center to see if we could meet Santa and have some hot apple cider. We saw fireworks in the sky on our walk over. The line was pretty crazy to see Santa, but Xion did get to meet his pal, Elmo, in person. He wasn’t sure what to think.

What's going on here, Mommy? I thought Elmo was at home in my bed!

These are photos from the evening we just like despite them being dark, blurry, or otherwise imperfect. We are pretty sure that’s what makes them so perfect after all.

Xion and Daddy ❤

Wintery smile.

The gang's all here!

Winter family photo! Say Queso!

We decided to cap the night with a dinner at one of Woz’s favorite restaurants, Flying Star. Xion decided he had other plans.

Sweet dreams, little man.

The first Flint family holly day season is off to a magical start. Next stop, Santa Fe. 😀

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Holy Batmobile!

We’ve been meaning to post this for awhile knowing that Grandpa Gato would get a big kick out of it. 😀

The Flints didn’t do your traditional Black Friday shopping. No sir, we certainly weren’t waiting in the cold at 4 a.m. for a $2 waffle maker and actually didn’t even think we’d be leaving the house that day. Having a little cabin fever, though, from having all been sick, we decided to venture out late that afternoon. We decided it was finally time to visit a new comic shop called Kaboom Test Labs that opened on our side of town. Russ was so giddy you’d have thought it was his birthday (although, Woz DID get a lot of good birthday ideas!).

As luck would have it, the Batmobile was making an appearance!

Da da da da, da da da da BATMAN!

A closer look inside. Check out all the fancy Bat Features!

Do YOU know what Bat-Ram does?

We were lucky because they were just about to roll the Batmobile off the lot. Can’t sit around for too long, there is crime to fight! 😉

Snapped this great one of Xion and his daddy before we waved goodbye to Russ’ dream car.

Daddy, I want to be a superhero when I grow up!

You can be anything you want, son, but you’ll get extra points if you wear a cap and fight crime. 😉

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