Christmas Week Part 2

The weekend celebration was at a hotel with a water park. We really had a great time, enjoying each other and the water slides.  Here's  a few of my favorite photos:
The 3 musketeers

Little fishy Sienna

Ethan and Elijah

Ben and Payson

Ethan did a great job watching Sienna when Rachel needed a little break and Sienna loved to follow him around.  Sooo Cute. 

Big boys make big splashes. 

Uncle Jason leg length made the slide a little difficult.  He almost got stuck a few times. 

Christmas Week Part 1

We have had a wonderful Christmas season.  I have taken lots of photos and have lots of photos to share. I titled this part 1 because I suspect to add part 2, 3 or maybe 4.   I will start with the most recent and work my way backwards.

We spent the weekend celebrating my Parent's  40th Wedding Anniversary.  We had a family photo shot and a lovely dinner. 
  For Better or Worse...  My parents after 40 years of marriage.We had a great time reminiscing about all those times good and bad. 

My siblings.  We were responsible for lots of good times and a few not so good times.  We learned that the Pella Christian Principal called home for everyone except Jason.  WHAT?!  We decided he must have given up on the Vos kids. 
My family

Rachel's family - Tito.   He had just started a new job as a flight attendant and was busy flying the world. 
Michael's Family
Melissa's Family
Jason and Sarah
The 10 Grand kids
The whole crzay bunch of us! 
Cold Air and Blizzard like conditions have arrived in Iowa.   Our first snowfall for the winter arrived during the night on Saturday.  The snowfall totals were low, only about and 2-4 inches, but the winds were almost unbearable.   Our temperature today was 13 F/ -10 C ;   wind chills feeling about -20 F / -29 C.  Wednesday and Thursday we had balmy temperatures of above 40 F / 4 C.  It was a really a drastic change.   The blowing snow caused many road closures, which lead to canceling of Ben's hockey games.   He was so disappointed, but he played Scrabble with Great-great Grandpa.   He actually beat me, which is somewhat embarrassing.  I don't really have the patience for the game. 

We spent the weekend in Oskaloosa.   Rachel and Sienna arrived in Iowa earlier this week and we wanted to spend sometime with them.
Friday evening we attended a live Nativity walk-through at Grandma and Grandpa's church. 
The temperatures and snow started falling during the day on Saturday.  Sienna and Nadia grabbed a little time in the snow.

Thankfully the road crews had plenty of time to clean the roads and the trips back to Ames was uneventful.  

Sienna and Nadia at the Christmas Tree

I caught this shot of Nadia, I can't wait to play a little with the colors. 
A little romp in the snow....

Sienna does not seem to be bothered by the cold, maybe she is so excited not to be hot! 
Here's a few photos of our weekend.