December 2011

Exploring Golden – December 27, 2011

While Bart was home battling the flu, Matt, Andrew, and I decided to get out of the house and head over to Golden for lunch.  At least one tourist shot was totally called for.

Christmas in Boulder – 2011

Most of the Benson Clan made it to Boulder for the holiday – specifically, my Mom Susan and my two brothers, Matt and Andrew.  I was excited to show off my cooking skills for everyone as well as introduce them to the Lorang Family; the long weekend provided many opportunities for both.  While I slacked in the picture department, we spent Christmas Eve at Bart’s parents’ home with Mike, Dianne, Bart’s sister Liz, and Liz’s husband Randy.  Christmas Day, we all re-convened at Paul and Michelle’s home (Michelle is Bart’s older sister) where we watched Maya and Ty do some sledding (some brave souls even joined), opened more gifts, and had a late lunch.

Below are some highlights of the few photos I did take – Parker was clearly very spoiled this year in the gift department.  He received three bones, some holiday rawhides, a bag of treats, four toys, a Furminator, and a new Broncos collar.  It’s amazing that Santa gave him anything, especially because he broke into one of his presents under the tree just two days before Christmas.  Apparently Santa didn’t get word of his mischief until it was too late.


Other Holiday Fun – December 22, 2011

I’m really getting into the Christmas Spirit, or at least the decoration part.  Bart and I have a new addition to the family, we call him “The Rudy”.  He keeps guard over the presents under our tree.  We also received the sweetest gift from Pete and Shannon after they stayed with us in October – they sent a Paperwhite Flower Kit.  I’ve never had a green thumb, so this has been so much fun to play with.  Well, that and it grows about an inch each day so I feel like I am an actual gardender (which I am not).  I can’t wait until it fully blooms!


Our First Christmas Tree – December 11, 2011

Bart and I picked out our first Christmas Tree together today; true to form, we bought an artificial tree that was pre-lit.  Don’t judge.  This was, however, unusually exciting for me as this is my first Christmas Tree as an adult – despite my general love of crafts, decorating and gift giving, I’ve always been quite the grinch when it comes to Christmas decorations of any kind.  With that said, I love our tree – I think it adds a certain je ne sais quoi to our already-festive exterior.  I suppose people can change after all; still working on my hatred of Christmas music though.


After a day filled with Christmas tree shopping and decorating, an emotional Broncos win, and Sunday night pizza, Bart and Parker cuddled up with one another to watch a little more football before heading to bed.  Love my boys.

It’s Santa! – December 10, 2011

Parker went to visit Santa today and had a great time; he wore his new striped scarf and matching hat as he insisted on looking his best for the Big Guy.  While P wouldn’t spill the beans on what he asked Santa for, I suspect that it might have been an absurdly large bone.


Getting Into the Christmas Spirit – December 6, 2011

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Benson-Lorang household – you can just call us the Griswolds’.  We *might* have cheated a bit by hiring someone to do the dirty work, but they did a pretty amazing job.  In addition to the impressive lights on the front of the house and on one of our trees, they wrapped lights all around our fence and garage.  Also, our neighbor just informed us that said lights kicked off some ‘intense competition’ within the neighborhood.  Game on!


Fun with Maya and Ty – December 4, 2011

Maya and Ty (Bart’s Niece and Nephew for those not in the know), came over for a day of fun so their parents could get some Christmas shopping done.  We had a jam-packed day filled with painting (canvases), cookie decorating, and painting pottery.  Bart and I had a blast; Maya and Ty are two of the funniest and best-behaved kids we know.