Sunday, December 29, 2013

Finding Bigfoot

Anthony has been really big into Bigfoot for about 6 months now. It all started when he saw an episode of Finding Bigfoot on Animal Planet. Ever since then it's been....

"Wow! Did you just hear that? Yeah....it was a Bigfoot!"

"Mama, I just looked out the window and when I did, I saw a Bigfoot go by!" 

"Did you just see that! It went right in front of the car! It was a Squatch!" 

He literally talks about him EVERY DAY. 

I think it's pretty dang coincidental that Bigfoot seems to be following us around EVERYWHERE we go, yet Anthony is the only one out of the family who sees him. ;) 

As annoying as it can get hearing him go on and on forever and ever everyday about Sasquatch (please don't tell him I said that!!), it's nice to see him so passionate about something at 6 1/2 years old. And I think to myself....one of these days he might not like Bigfoot anymore, or might not believe. He might look back on this time and think the whole thing was silly. I know I'll be sad if and when that time comes. So for now, I'll smile at his Sasquatch sightings and stories. 

A few weeks ago I was telling my friends on FB how excited Anthony was about Bigfoot. And then all of a sudden, a friend is telling me about a Bigfoot presentation and exhibit going on at the Discovery Center in The Dalles, OR on ....just an hour away from where we lived. What are the chances of that!? Sam and I couldn't resist getting the whole family tickets so we could take Anthony. 

We kept it a secret until the moment we walked in the door and Anthony's eyes got soooooo wide once he realized we were at a Bigfoot presentation! We listened to a few guys talk for well over an hour about Bigfoot and all the sightings of him, photos of him, his walk, his feet, all the casts made of his tracks, "wildman" sightings all over the world, etc. etc. The kids were extremely well behaved and poor sick Timothy napped the whole time, thank goodness!

Afterwards they had a little exhibit set up and Anthony wasted no time jumping right in there and flipping through books, staring at photos, checking out the casts of his tracks...and....and...oh my gosh, and then he saw Cliff from the Finding Bigfoot show and he about lost his mind. After Sam and I both positively confirmed that it was indeed the guy from the show (don't want to make a fool of yourself you know...lol) I walked Anthony up to him. Cliff shook his hand, asked how he was, and then handed him a photo card and told him not to tell any adults that he gave it to him. LOL! Anthony was super stoked to have met Cliff and received a gift from him...he told him that we all watch his show and that he loves Bigfoot.  

Yes, we truly made Anthony's day and it just made me so happy to see his smiling face and hear him say thank you a million times over. 

 (Sorry, I cut off the "T" lol) 

Happy Bigfoot hunting!! ;) 

With love,
Mama Hauck

Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas on the Hauck Homestead 2013

Santa came! Santa came! 

I love waking up and taking those first pictures of the tree with presents underneath and Santa gifts out front. Sammy and I woke up early so we could shower and get started on the quiche and smokies. 

Anthony was the first to wake up, he came out of his room and headed right to his legos without even second guessing which gift Santa left for him. After taking a brief moment to check Santa's plate and read the note Santa wrote back to the kids, Anthony got up to the kitchen table and started putting together his new legos right away. Even Mama got a gift from Santa, and Anthony couldn't wait for us to open the gift from him, so we sat down and opened up the sweet card and photo ornament he made in school. 

After finishing making breakfast and waiting for some time, we decided we needed to wake Molly and Timothy up. The look on Molly's face when she walked out and saw her big teddy bear was priceless! Timothy also loved his scuttle bug....he rode that thing around all day. 

After checking out the gifts Santa brought, we dug right into the presents underneath the tree! Everyone got so many great gifts! A big thank you to everyone who sent out packages to the Hauck family....Grandpa, Grandma, Great Grandma and Grandpa, Great Aunt Amy, Uncle Matt and Aunt Erica, Aunt Jill, and Uncle James and the kids. We also loved receiving tons of photo cards and Christmas cards in the mail. December is always a fun month...we always seem to get something special in the mail every day! 

After opening gifts, we ate breakfast. Home made blueberry muffins, little cheesy smokies, and quiche. We have this as breakfast every Christmas morning. 

 After eating, we did our stockings. It was so cute watching the kids empty them out! Santa always fills them with lots of goodies, and he never forgets a new toothbrush and toothpaste! 

Naturally, the kids spent a good part of the day playing with all their gifts. Timothy's favorite was his fridge magnets and blow up ball pit battle ship. Anthony's favorite was his duck shoot game and legos. And Molly's favorite was her American Doll, Saige. When it was nap time, those not napping headed out to the fire pit to help Papa burn all of the boxes and wrapping paper. It was 40* and sunny out, so beautiful. You could have fooled me into thinking it was Spring time if I hadn't had burning Christmas wrapping paper right in front of me!  

Dinner was delicious and consisted of stuffing, mashed potatoes, turkey, and some wine and bubbly. I know....no veggie....Oh well. We forgot. :) 

We ended the night with a few rounds of Operation and dessert. I hadn't played Operation since I was a kid, I forgot how high pressure it is....getting out those boy parts without setting the buzzer off! Haha! 

What a wonderful Christmas Eve and Christmas we had! I have to say, I feel as if it was our best yet. 

I hope everyone had a great Christmas as well and are looking forward to the New Year! New Years Eve is Sammy's birthday....so now we will concentrate on gearing up for that! 

With love,
Mama Hauck