Monday, November 30, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
About 2 weeks before Thanksgiving, I asked Philip, Eli and Emma Kate what they'd like to have for Thanksgiving dinner. Eli LOVES Thanksgiving dinner so his list was looooong. I had to finally cut him off. Other than whether to have turkey or ham, the menu making was pretty simple. Here is what we decided on:
- mashed potatoes
- dutch green beans
- deviled eggs
- milk cake
- banana pudding
Thursday morning I started off by making the desserts. I had the banana pudding all ready to start layering in a glass bowl when I realized I hadn't seen my trifle since we moved here. Philip was home from work by this time, but he was asleep, so going to the attic to look for it wasn't really an option (couldn't leave Zane and Zander in the house without adult supervision...cause who knows how long I could've stayed in the attic looking for that bowl). So I started looking in the kitchen cabinets to see what I could find. Nothing. Next I looked in the living room. Do you see anything that I could've used?Look at the top center of the above picture. A hurricane glass. After a good ole washing out with hot water and soap, it was ready. I think it turned out very well if I do say so myself....
Of course not a single member of my family commented on its beautiful presentation. Should've just kept it in the white plastic bowl that I used to mix it.
While I was cooking, the kids played so well. Eli and Emma Kate got out a weaving loom kit she has and made a creation.
Zane and Zander played peek-a-boo by standing on either side of this door and looking through the glass at each other....
- Emma Kate "money to buy clothes to wear and food to eat"
- Eli "parents that take care of me"
- Philip "having a job"
- Me "that all 6 of us are so healthy"
The food all turned out to be so yummy but we had way too much! An 8lb. half-ham is about 7lbs too much for our family of 6!!
Overall, it was a great day enjoyed by everyone.... including one little boy who LOVED the deviled eggs. (he ate three!)
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I showed Zander where it went and it made Zaney so happy that they both had one on. Zander doesn't seem quite as excited....
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
I guess Zane thought the big tree would look better with something on it. Here is what I found in it later in the day....
Pointing to show me what he did!....
I know this one is blurry but he was so happy to show me his decorations....
Last night after Zane and Zander went to bed, me and the other 2 kiddos decorated the much smaller tree. I am using it this year as a "family tree." Putting all the kids ornaments on it. I let Eli and Emma Kate put ALL the ornaments on wherever they wanted. My only rule was that all the breakables had to be out-of-reach for 4 little 18month old hands!
I was very curious to see what Zane and Zander would do to the ornaments when they woke up this morning and discovered them. Surprisingly they haven't tried to take one thing off yet.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
We got the pictures back this week and they weren't bad at all! For fun I've included their school picture from last year.
Eli's face is thinning out and getting longer....
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
~my sunglasses have been missing since last Sunday or Monday. I had searched both cars, my purse, every possible place I could think of and just couldn't find them. Saturday morning I was talking to someone in the driveway. Zane and Zander were outside playing with balls (which is where we spend A LOT of our time!). Zane walked into the garage to get another ball and came back out with my sunglasses in his hand.
Where were they? How did he find them? I have NO IDEA the answers to either of those questions. My best guess is the one who found them may have been the one who "hid" them to begin with!
~Zander is now tall enough to reach the clock/radio/sound machine that sits on a table beside our bed. I have caught him, more than once, pushing the buttons to make the time change. Apparently he knows how to do more than just change the time. This morning at 4:50am our alarm went off!! I don't know how he did it.
Philip was able to go back to sleep, but not me. I was trying to find the positive in the situation. Like this is a good opportunity to go running, but that didn't work. I just kept laying there flopping back and forth trying to go to sleep. Finally I gave up. Got out of bed and moved that clock to a higher place where toddler hands can't reach!
~Emma Kate and I went on a little store outing Saturday night. We enjoyed walking around looking at all the Christmas decorations. As we were getting in the car to leave,
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
When we lived in Florida, we visited SeussLand at Universal Studios when Eli and Emma Kate were 4 and 2 years old. At that time, we bought them Thing 1 and Thing 2 shirts. I had saved those (thinking I might someday have twins....NOT!!!), so the boys were able to wear them. With my mother-in-laws help, we made them blue wigs. The costumes were so easy to put together and drew LOTS of attention.
Unfortunately, the picture taking didn't go over as well. Thing 2 was unhappy most of the whole evening. (nothing to do with the costume, but not really sure what was wrong with him)
These are the 2 best pictures I have of them together....
Thing 2's face in the picture below says it all.... (notice he still has the Blackberry in his hand. The Blackberry and me holding him were the only ways I could keep him from crying)
We trick-or-treated at quite a few houses before heading back to our house to hand out goodies. Thing 2 finally got happy when we were sitting outside watching everyone go by. Still yet though, another failed picture. This time Thing 1 is looking away. (I'm sure he was smiling though.)
Monday, November 2, 2009
Emma Kate thought that was so neat! She liked it so much that she got out her glitter stuff and tried to make it even more sparkly!
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Tonight after we got the little ones in bed, I went to my own bed and crashed. Lights out. Just laying in the dark. I wasn't going to sleep but I probably looked sort of like this picture I found online.... I was thinking what I could do different so as not to be spread so thin. I feel like there just isn't enough of me to go around for all 5 members in my house that need me. As well as all the daily "stuff" that has to be done. Picking up, dirty dishes, never-ending laundry. I was also praying. Asking God for help. I need it.
Right smack dab in the middle of those thoughts, Eli came running naked into my room, turned on the light, took one look at me and said, "Mom, why are you laying down?"
I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. Laugh because he was amazed that I would even consider laying down. Cry because I had been found and my few minutes of quiet solitude was over.
Emma Kate actually decided last year after Halloween that she wanted to be Tinker Bell. In January she was still set on that, so when Philip and I traveled to Miama for the Gators National Championship, we stopped by Disney and bought her all the Tinker Bell stuff she would need.
Our first opportunity to dress up this year was on Wednesday before Halloween. Our cousin Cole was having a costume party at the Library. Emma Kate did wear the Tinker Bell costume that day. I wish I had known that would be the ONLY time she wore it. I would've gotten more pictures. This is all I have. She is running around playing a game. And had already taken off her Tinker bell wings and headpiece by this time.... Next opportunity to dress up was on Halloween night. She once again changed her mind. This time she was a gymnast. Eli went with his original thought of Cat in the Hat. (the baby boys were Thing 1 and Thing 2. I'll be posting those pictures later)