Tuesday, November 29, 2016

First Snowman

It snowed last week. 

The boys begged me to let them go play. We never got around to it. 
It snowed again yesterday and this morning I caved. 
We finished our morning chores, put everyone in their snow gear, 
and headed out the back door. 
The children and I made our first snowman. 
He's just a little guy, but complete with a carrot nose! 
(The boys were ecstatic when I brought that out. It's the little things, right?)

Monday, November 28, 2016

Let's go!

What I see when I utter the words "Let's get ready to go!":

1. No shoes.
2. Missing shoes.
3. Shoes covered in mud, and thus unavailable for use.
4. Lounging children.
5. Children uninterested in the words I speak
6. Children moving s..l..o..w..l..y...
Tried something new with Kate's hair today.
And just because she's cute.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

17 months

Kate is 17 months today. 

She talks a TON. 
A lot more than my boys did at her age. 
Even more than my boys did at age 2. 

She is, however, NOT walking. Still.
We have Kids on the Move coming once a month
to work with her and teach us exercises.
But, she refuses. And, ya know what?
I'm okay with it.

She may be the only kid in nursery still crawling,
but we like to shake up the norm.
No round hole for this square peg!

Also, Miss Kate loves bath time.
If you couldn't tell. :)

Friday, November 25, 2016

Setting up Christmas

The children have been talking about this day for MONTHS. 
Christmas? No. Setting up Christmas! 

They woke up, ran into our room, and asked 
"Mom, it's after Thanksgiving! Can we set up Christmas decorations?" 

I remember getting so excited when my mom got out the Christmas decorations.
She would let us help her decorate the tree and hand her ornaments.
My favorites were her dainty little glass figurines.
 She always had the most beautiful tree.

I don't know how our tree compares to my mom's works of art.

We basically threw every ornament we have at it.
But it was made with love by excited little hands.

I love it.

And these goofy critters.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016

We spent Thanksgiving dinner with the Johnson Family this year. 
Lots of laughter, wrestling with cousins, and making forts.
Lots of food and fun with people we love.
So much to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Lego Mornings

Some mornings are for getting dressed, morning chores, and online preschool.
And some mornings are for staying in pajamas and playing with Legos.
Guess which morning we chose today.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Pie Making Tuesday

It's become a tradition to make pies 
with Grandma Shaw a couple days before Thanksgiving. 
This year, I brought the children. 

They enjoyed playing with the scraps of dough 
and Aunt Dee Dee even made them some pie crust cookies, which they loved! 

But the real highlight of the day was 
listening to my grandmother play the piano. 

She even allowed Liam and Finn to sit beside her and "play" as she did. 
I constantly urged them to play a little more quietly so we could hear Grandma, 
but she got a chuckle out of watching their intensity and vigor. 

After getting everyone packed up in the van, 
I half-jokingly apologized for the 
Johnson Family Circus I brought through her door! 

To which Grandma replied 
"You have made my Thanksgiving. 
No matter how much anyone enjoyed their holiday, 
it will never compare to the fun I've had today."

Another day not to be forgotten. 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Letters to Santa

The children asked me to help them write letters to Santa this afternoon. We went to the Dollar Store and picked out some fun stickers and tape they could use to decorate their letters. I helped them spell out "Dear Santa" with stickers and then asked them what they wanted to write and/or ask Santa for.

Liam asked for glue and a Paw Patrol truck. 
Finn asked for Legos. 
Kate said "I love you!" 

We put the letters in envelopes, wrote out Mr Claus' address, put a stamp on each letter, and drove up to the mailbox to deliver them. It was magical to talk about where Santa lives, how the letters get to him, how he delivers presents to every person, and pretending to be Santa's little helper elves.

The boys made Pilgrim hats at preschool. Liam insisted on wearing his all day.