Wednesday, November 30, 2011
I love walking by the living room when it is decorated for christmas.
The peacefulness of it beckons me & I long to sit in there with a book and a hot drink.
Though I don't have the opportunity to enjoy it during the day, Dan and I will often sit in here at night during the holidays to catch up in the evening and enjoy the serenity.
The perfect way to end a day.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
It's bothering the kids that our tree doesn't have a star.
(It met it's demise in the last couple years and I haven't found one that I like to replace it).
So Matthew made a star.
I loved how he decorated it ~ totally on his own doing.
It made me feel like perhaps he's getting it.
Better than any store bought star, for sure.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
A BUSY day...
"Jingle" our elf arrived back into town along with a "North Pole Breakfast" before church.
(an idea copied of a cute blog I follow) to kick off our Advent season.
"Snowballs" (powdered sugar donuts) "snowflakes" (peppermint white chocolate pretzels) and snowflake shaped pancakes was our not so nutritious, but totally theme-worthy breakfast.
The kids opened christmas books & ornaments from Nana & PJs from Mama.
Our family lit the advent candle at church today.
We made our advent wreath and had fun dressing up for a nativity photo (which sadly, I can't seem to get off my email and onto my hard drive to share).
And working on Decking the Halls!
A fun & busy day!
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
I snapped this photo at the mall while Mom was making a purchase.
15 hours of shopping.
Lunch at Newport Bay with Michelle & Glenda.
I always bring my Christmas planner (a spiral notebook from the dollar area at Michael's)
along with coupons, ads of things I want to remember, and my list.
Most of my shopping is done in a single day.
It's exhausting, but I love getting it done!
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Nana, Grammie & Grandpa, David, Mike's family, Dale & Glenda.
15 gathered around the table giving thanks.
Making our "Thankful Tree" the night before.
The turkey finishing WAY before the Ham.
Thanksgiving Mad libs and laughing little boys.
The appetizer table catching on fire.
Katie dispensing crowns/hair adornments to everyone.
Wii. Wii. Wii.
Lots of help from everyone & an easy, happy holiday!
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
I was able to help in Matthew's class for the first time this year during "friendship circles."
The kids sewed miniature versions of rugs like the pilgrims did.
I had a great time sewing with Matthew. He loved it and asked if he could sew at home!
Monday, November 21, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
With 7 days of rain in the forecast, the Bug enjoyed some sunshine & leaf jumping this afternoon. Probably the last of the season. Most of the leaves have now fallen, and with the chilly temperatures, it feels like winter is right around the corner!
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Matthew brought home this letter for Andrew from school:
"Dear Andrew, You are the best bro ever! Hope I can play Angry Birds, Wii, Mario and computer with you. Hope to see you at school. We could also play Legos together. We could make a video, draw, and make a play! Let's go have a goooooooooooooooood day. Sincerely, Matthew"
It made me smile.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Finding a 20 lb. unaltered turkey (no "butter basting" etc.) usually requires 3 - 4 stops each year.
This year, Costco was the winner!
The Bug said, "Awww, Mama, he's so cute! He's slippery! It's it a girl turkey or a boy turkey? I think it's a girl turkey."
She's obsessed with opening it and seeing inside.
Somehow, I don't think it's quite what she's picturing. :)
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
The kids had a great time decorating the Christmas tree for Dad's grave before leaving town.
Mom purchased ornaments that had everyone's name on them.
Andrew hung his next to Noah's.
Matthew hung his next to Isaiah's.
Katie hung hers next to Aunt Michelle's.
The tree turned out so sweet. I'm glad we could all do this with Mom.
It's a special tradition.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
I was happy to gift Dan with some quiet time this evening on his birthday.
He enjoyed reading his book in the living room while I prepared dinner.
In this photo however, he was reading my blog post that I had written for him.
Happy 38th birthday, my love.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
Bugisms from today:
As she came downstairs with the "UNO" deck of cards....
"Mama, do you want to play Noodle?"
And after telling her before nap that she grows in her sleep, first thing she said after naptime:
"I saw my bones growed!"