Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Grandpa Walt & Grandma Jannette did a great job making the kids Christmas presents! The castle is awesome & the kids love it! This is a long video of the kids playing with the toys for the first time (mostly so the grandparents can see the kids' reactions).
Thanks again guys! I know these took a lot of effort!
Saturday, December 11, 2010
We hosted our first Thanksgiving this year. My mom and our friend Tristan were our guests and they had to put up with a vegetarian meal. Which was delicious! Even when I ate meat I was never a huge fan of the turkey. We had stuffing, mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy (which was weird-I still don't know how to solve the gravy problem), sweet potatoes, baked corn, cranberry sauce and lots of pie! Yummy!
This is Corg "smiling" for the camera.
I had a lot of fun decorating for Thanksgiving and setting the table. I think I'll post about that on my crafty blog.
Here's a few pictures from around the house:
Landon grew a funny mustache. He's shaved it off since these pictures, but it was really funny while it lasted. Every time he'd look at me I'd crack up. I couldn't take anything he said seriously.
I got my hair redone and it's so so so much better. This isn't a very good picture of it, but it's the only one I've got.
It made me remember what a difference having a good stylist makes. They really aren't all made the same! But they're so hard to find. It was so fun having it done and I feel so much prettier now. Thanks mommy for getting it for me!
Here's Corgan trying to fold an airplane for Nole and Nole is playing a game where he throws his hands in the air then flops down. It's hard to tell, but he's laughing here.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
A few weeks ago it snowed here. The local schools shut down, but sadly, not the university. So Landon still had to go to work. It stuck around for about 2 days.
Despite how it looks in this picture, Nole hated the snow. Corgan, on the other hand, just LOVED it and kept asking to go outside all day.
In our "backyard" it's always muddy, so with the snow, it was snowy on top, but still muddy underneath. Didn't stop us from tromping around in it several times that day tho! Here's Corgan's first snow angel:
See the mud? Squishy. Once he started laying in the snow, that's all he wanted to do. We had him so bundled up it reminded me of Christmas Story where the little brother can't put his arms down!
And here's our one eyed snowman/fox/bunny/blob? The snow was nice and sticky, but muddy.
Friday, November 5, 2010
This picture is interesting because it illustrates two very different scenarios. Scenario one: You see Corgan wearing his apron because we were just baking bread. You see leaves we picked up on our walk. You see leaves I've traced using leaf shaped cookie cutters so we could color them using the inspiration we brought home from our walk. Happy children, intent on their work. This is the type of home I want. The type of mother I aspire to be. One who fills her children's days with nature, baking, art, joy, togetherness. Then there is Scenario two: What's actually happening. Sure we did that stuff. While one or both of the kids were crying most of the time. In this picture Corgan is about to hit Noles hand with that pencil. They both get really upset, and I get most upset of all. Nothing goes smoothly, and to top it all off, when the bread finally comes out of the oven, it's not even very good! The nerve of that stupid bread! I'm so frustrated we all end up watching TV for the rest of the day because I just can't bring myself to parent anymore. This is how most of our days end lately. At around noon. Pitiful, I know. But I'm still aspiring to be that mom I just described. And I really do think I'll get there. Sometimes. One thing I've learned about parenting is it ebbs and flows. Some days (weeks, months) are close to perfect and others are far from it. But one thing stays constant. Even in all the turmoil, there are moments, like the one above, where everyone is happy, cute, funny. My kids crack me up every single day.
This series of pictures has a similar story. Everyone is happily playing in leaves as I take pictures when suddenly I notice a big streak of yellow smeared down Nole's pants. Yep, he'd crawled thru dog poop. That was quite a drama! Stupid people who don't clean up their dog's crap! Ug! But I got some good shots first!