Sunday, November 30, 2008

Did I Mention. . .

Christmas is so much more fun with kids. This morning our plan was to decorate the tree. We woke up and to my surprise. . .I was very surprised. . .there was snow on the ground. It was only 8:30am. but Mike and Grace pulled on their warmest clothes and rushed out. After attempting to make a snowman, digging with garden shovels and making snow angels they headed inside. We had breakfast, decorated the tree, wore Santa hats. . .the dogs even got on from Grace. . .and went to Barnes and Noble for some "out of the house" time.

Cute Story: After decorating the tree Grace told us to line up. We didn't know what she was talking about but we followed directions. Grace was in the middle and Mike and I on either side. She then insisted we sing. "Sing Tree, Sing Tree Song!" We tried not to laugh but smiled and sang "Oh Christmas Tree." We weren't sure that was what she was wanting but gave it a try. With a huge smile she chimmed in with us. . .none of us really knew the words. . .but we tried, and thats all that mattered to her. She was so proud.

My First Thanksgiving. . .

Of course I've had Thanksgiving before but this time I did it the real grown up type of way. Yup. me. I invited people over, cleaned, cooked, and entertained. Well. . .kind of. Here is the proof. . . .

We did most of the work the night before. . .Mike helped a lot. We did have on minor problem. This lovely roasting pan managed somehow to get a whole in the bottom. All the juice leaked out leaving us with a smokey mess and a yucky oven. We managed to save some of the juice for gravey and we got most of the burned juice off the bottom of the oven. No one was here yet so all was well. Mike also had a first. He carved the turkey all by himself. He did quite a nice job. I also made my first apple pie ever. The inside was from scratch and, I admit, I cheated on the crust but I was pretty impressed with my creation. So impressed, I've had a piece everyday since Thursday.

Mission Complete

We hiked up a hill, spotted a lovely little tree, cut in down and brought it all the way home. We even managed to get a family picture will all four of us. . .you can't see the real one since Christmas cards will be coming soon. Ha ha. . .you will have to wait. We have even managed to get some of our Christmas decorations up. The only problem is both kids are a little too interested in the Christmas tree, if you know what I mean. Pictures coming soon. . .I just need to get them off the camera.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Tomorrow. . .

Watch out Christmas Trees here we come. . .with a saw and a wagon. . .Ah Ha Ha HA!

Quick Update. . .

Here is just a quick little update since. . .well. . .almost a month ago. Mike's putting the kids up for bed and I just have a minute.
So. . .
Grace has started asking questions: What's that called and Why? She also walks around and says "Happy Kwanzaa!" (She and Obie just got a Barney DVD that talks about different celebrations, we will soon start working on Marry Christmas) She got her first hair cut and is very proud of herself. No screaming. We stumbled across Santa Wednesday and has a successful visit. No Screaming. She even sat on his lap which is a huge improvement from last year.

Obie has started taking a few steps at a time now. Crawling is still fast so he usually chooses that mode of transportion. He loves cars and pushes them all over the house making motor sounds. He knows where his belly is and loves to pat it. He is getting his two top teeth and refuses anything mushy. Obie also got a hair cut. He did pretty well. He was a wiggle worm but there was no screaming which everyone appreciated.

We had two couples over for Thanksgiving and I cooked up a storm. It was my first time ever to officially make a Thanksgiving meal. Everything turned out pretty good. My cheapo aluminum pan had a hole in it and just dripped everywhere in the oven and we were almost smoked out of the house. No one was here yet so it wasn't too bad. . .I guess it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without something happening. I even made an apple pie from scratch. . .except the crust. . .it actually turned out pretty yummy.

Mikes on the end of his class so that's not fun. We are off to California in two weeks for Christmas. We haven't been back since 2004. Since then our family has doubled in size. Wierd. We can't wait. OK. That's all for now. Its time to rest. Oh and just so you all know I didn't go shopping in the wee hours of this morning. . .

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Today. . .with my Loves.

Today looked like fall but sure didn't feel like it. The high was around 75 degrees. We have a million things to do. . .laundry, cleaning, baths, making baby food, and the list goes on. . .but we decided to have some fun. We played in the leaves, danced to Frank Sinatra and built a super tall tower. The list can wait; the dancing cannot.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Happy Halloween

Here are our two little monsters. . .well not exactly. We had a princess. . .or according to her Cinderella. . .and we also had the cutest little lion ever. The growling completed it. Here is a little peek of the two dressed up for the nights festivities. Someone in our neighborhood we giving out free hay rides. . .yep. . .with a tractor and even Hay. Grace wanted to have a piece of candy after each house she visited. We ended the night with a second visit to our neighbors, Tom and Cindy's. Grace kind of invitied herself in for a short little visit.