Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Faces to Smile About

This year the grandparents said they wanted pictures of the grandkids. We were able to get together with Quillan and Everleigh and get some pictures taken from Grandma Barbara and Grandpa Gary. We will have to try and do the same for Grandma Karla, but hopefully Matt has a cute one to give her for Christmas.
Here are Tyler and Lucy actually loving on each other. So cute!
Everleigh and Quillan did such a good job! Cutie patooties!
All four are looking at the camera and mostly smiling...success!
Here are some gift tags we got for joining the portrait club. Merry Christmas!

I wouldn't mind getting these pretty faces smiling at me as a gift! Oh wait...I already have them!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Visiting With Santa

Let this be known...Lucy has never been a fan of Santa Claus. She likes what he brings, but she'd rather Mrs. Claus be the one to come into our house and bring presents. She hasn't even wanted to sit on his lap and flat out refuses. The first year we were able to get away with it because she was one and unable to get away, the next year Mom had to be in the picture, and the year after that we were in Disneyland and both kids refused to sit with the big guy in red. This year Mom was trying to think of various scenarios where photos with Santa could be taken, but Lucy basically let us know that if Mrs. Claus wasn't there...it wasn't happening. So, an event came up where Mrs. Claus would be there. Yahoo! We came...we saw...and we left. Not really, but Lucy wouldn't sit on Mrs. Claus' lap. Tyler did awesome and told Santa what he wanted. Lucy just chatted with Mrs. Claus and needed Grandma to be a buffer.
That following Monday we had the annual fire truck run through our neighborhood. We knew Santa would be there, but we didn't even take the camera down to the park because we didn't think we'd have anything to snap a picture of. But, low and behold, the Mello girls wanted to pose with the big guy so Lucy wanted to as well. Luckily, Zach had his phone on him and we snapped a photo with that camera.
Mrs. Claus was on the fire truck as well, so Lucy stepped up and smiled with her too. Maybe she liked her outfit better than the other one. Who knows with that girl?!
Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Merry Christmas!

2010 Has Come
And Now It Can Go Away
We Endured Some Highs and Lows
And Now We Just Want to Play!

This Year We Lost Our Barkles
Our Baby From Before We Tied the Knot
She Holds A Special Place In Our Hearts
We Sure Miss Her A LOT!

Melanoma Schmelanoma
Jenn Can Beat It All
And Deal With Walking on Crutches
From Summer to the Fall

Tyler Started Kindergarten
And Is Missing Two Front Teeth
He's Playing T-Ball, Soccer, and Basketball
His Favorite Shoes Must Be Those Cleats

Lucy Enjoys Gymnastics and Dance
And Is Such A Sassy Girl
She Learned to Ride A Two-Wheel Bike
And Is Giving Preschool A Whirl

Zach is Working Hard
And Playing Even Harder
Jet Skis, Motorcycles, and Snow Skis
He's Either in the Snow or in the Water

Zach and Jenn Celebrated 11 Years
Of Marriage and Survival
We Coached T-Ball and Soccer
And We're Waiting for Relaxations Arrival

This Year We RV Camped
At Yosemite in the Snow
Visited Disneyland to See Mickey
And Spent Thanksgiving in Tahoe

We Wish You A Merry Christmas
And A Happy, Healthy New Year
We Hope Your Holidays are Fantastic
With Lots and Lots of Good Cheer!

Our Little Snow Fairy

Our little Lucy Goosey was a snow fairy in Tricks' production of the Littlest Nutcracker. She's been in dance for about four months and really loves her 45 minutes of girl time. The girls get to dress in tutus, wear tiaras, and wave wands. For the perfomance they were able to mix all three and dance on a big stage...and wear make-up! It's a toss up as to which of those things excited Lucy more.Our littlest Snow Fairy
Lucy was the first to run out on the stage. She was so cute! Mom was waiting in the wings to chaperone the kids off the stage. She stopped mid-performance to hand me her crown, but otherwise things went well. They were so stinkin' cute!At the end of the performance she received flowers from her Dad. We sure do love our little ballerina.
Here are the professional photos that were done before the performance.

Lucy is lucky to have a few friends in her class.

Top: Brooke, Elisa, Carlie
Bottom: Lucy, Kira, Katie

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

This year we were lucky enough to spend Thanksgiving in a fancy house in Lake Tahoe. We traveled with Zach's parents and his sister's family. The cousins were SO excited to be together for an entire week! Zach and Jenn both worked on Monday, so everyone else headed up before we left and beat the snow storm. Zach and Jenn got stuck behind some semi trucks on Highway 80 and it took a looooong time to arrive in Kings Beach. But, by the time we got there the food was unpacked, the house was explored, and our kids were excited to see us. They gave us a tour and showed us where to put our bags. It was cute to see them so excited. Grandma and Grandpa had picked out some pajamas and slippers for all the grandkids and the requirement was that they had to snuggle when they were wearing them. :) Getting to the house was tricky, but we were so glad to get there before the storm. We woke up on Tuesday morning to a blizzard. The wind was so strong that the snow was coming in sideways and the waves on Lake Tahoe were big enough to be in the ocean. The men couldn't sit still and just HAD to shovel. The kids decided to brave the blizzard and check things out. Even B.B. joined in!
Kara and Ryan brought these neat snowball makers, so the kids had a fun time making snowballs and throwing them at the Dads. Smart invention if you ask me!When we woke up on Wednesday the weather was beautiful! We had blue skies and no snow. Everything was white and crisp. We ventured out on a walk and checked out the lake and a local park. Later that day we took our family pictures out on the dock by the lake.
Since Lucy was so chilly outside we took a few inside...next to the warm fireplace! B.B. even got in on the action.We really had such a gorgeous view from our house.
On Thanksgiving day we had beautiful weather again. Zach took advantage of all the new snowfall and went skiing while the rest of us cooked and played. Friday was our last day in Tahoe (due to another incoming storm), so we took the kids sledding at a local sledding hill. It was quite a hike up the bunny slope, but we all had a good time. Even Grandpa!

Barbara wanted her Christmas card to have a picture of everyone in the hot tub, so right before we departed...we stripped down. So, Merry Christmas from the Guthmiller Family!

Thanksgiving Feast

Busy Bees preschool does an event each month to celebrate that month's holiday and it allows the parents to come in and see the children in action. And it allows the kids to show off for their parents. For Thanksgiving they had a Thanksgiving "feast" and the kids made stone soup for everyone to eat. There was also some cornbread, pumpkin pie, and apple juice. Lucy wasn't feeling fantastic the day of the feast, so we didn't take her to school. But, she rallied in time to make it for the festivities and smile for Mommy's camera. This hasn't been the healthiest year for the Guthmiller family, but we are thankful that is is mostly just germs and bugs and insignificant little things. Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Kindergarten Pictures

Second times a charm. We had to do retakes on Tyler's first school pictures and this is the result. We think he's pretty cute and we'll keep him.