Saturday, November 27, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving! This was Doug's and my first year where we didn't have any family around to share the holiday with. I was sad about this, but also excited to prove to myself that I could make a yummy Thanksgiving meal, even without help! We didn't have the variety of food like we do at family's house, but I thought it was still pretty dang good. And I'm a loser and took pictures of all my food at my first Thanksgiving as a hostess:

Mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce

Turkey gravy, made with real drippings!

My grandma Harris used to make the BEST rolls ever... orange rolls! I have the recipe on Facebook, if you want it. They're seriously SO good! We've been having the leftover ones for breakfast.

I'm usually not a fan of sweet potatoes, but I know Doug really likes them. I made him these candied sweet potatoes just for the occasion. And I actually liked them! Amazing what you can find on the internet.

I didn't get a picture of my turkey right out of the oven (I was too busy scrambling to put everything together!) Here it is on my beloved bone china.

Lincoln saw me with the camera out, and goes, "Cheese!" Had to take a picture.

And then Jack followed suit with his, "Cheese!"

I wanted to make a pumpkin pie (Doug's favorite,) a banana cream pie (my favorite,) and a chocolate pie (one that I thought the boys would like.) Since three pies is a lot all at once for us, I made the banana cream pie last week. It was gone in 2 or 3 days. But out of fairness, I did give a quarter of it to my neighbor. I made pumpkin pie and chocolate pie for the desserts on Thanksgiving, thinking the boys would like the chocolate pie. I was wrong. I don't think they ate a THING for dinner OR dessert. I only got a picture of the pumpkin pie, and I can't figure out how to turn it.

Earlier this week, I broke out the stockings

And my nativity that took me a couple years to accumulate

This is Lincoln seeing the tree for the first time, right after naps today. See the white dust or something on my shirt? Yeah, didn't even know it was there until I saw it in this picture. Ahh, the life of a mom.

Here's our awesome tree all put together and squished into our tiny place!

I went to wash Lincoln's bedding a month or so ago, and noticed that all the corners on it were yellowing. It turns out that his comfort with this blanket is to put the corners of it in his mouth, and suck on it. I try to wash it once a week, but it still stays that yellowish-gray color! I caught a quick shot of him putting it in his mouth.

Here he is admiring the tree before bedtime.
I LOVE this time of year and breaking out the Christmas music. Bring on the holiday spirit!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Zoo and Eating

We went to the zoo a couple weeks ago with our friends Sheri, Livie, and Ellie. Here was the only picture I managed to get, of Livie and Jack on the foot massagers, right before we left. I'm sad to say that I'm not impressed with Phoenix's zoo.

Lincoln still enjoys his Oreo's... from the inside out. He knows where the good stuff is!

I had to get a quick dinner from McDonald's the other day after an Usborne home show (thanks, Sheri!) Lincoln was a monster and devoured his dinner!

And here was the result of Jack's dinner when he was done.

Lincoln also experienced Ketchup for one of the first times. At first, he didn't even want to try it. But as soon as he did, he was diving into the pile I squirted onto his wrapper. It's so funny how excited he got about each finger-licking bite!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Jack's Three Year Pics

Moms, hold on to your daughters! I know these will be poster size on their walls in no time.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Jack's Birthday All Week Long!

Jack turned 3 last Tuesday! He had presents ALL week long though, so he was one lucky boy! On Monday, Jack and Lincoln had a package arrive from their grandma Nelson! They got some new clothes, Jack got some dinosaur toys, and Lincoln got some farm animal toys. Good times!

Lincoln kept saying, "Ooooo! Oooo!"

Just a cute, random pic of Lincoln climbing into the dryer. It's just his size!

On Tuesday (his actual birthday,) Doug took the day off and we went to a bounce house. O...M...G... they both had the time of their lives! Here are a million and one pictures of that.

Lincoln was walking around for awhile, just carrying this bat (and swinging it, but a 1-year old can't help but swing his arms when he walks to stay balanced.)

Jack played his xbox in the afternoon, and after his choice of steak dinner at home, a package arrived from some uncles and aunt. His very first basketball hoop! Then we went to the mall. Here's me sneaking up on my boys with the camera.

On Wednesday, he went and got his 3-year pictures (which only cost $5 for the whole package. SCORE!) and then he got to pick out his present from grandma Mondy. I thought he'd want to get Hungry Hungry Hippos, but he chose this Toy Story version of Chutes and Ladders instead. Unfortunately, he doesn't quite get it.

Another moment of both boys checking out the dog outside.
On Friday, Jack got to go pick out a present from his aunts. We found a GREAT deal on some xbox games, so he picked out Lego Indiana Jones 2, and has been wanting to play it ever since! On Saturday, we had a birthday party for Jack with his friends and their families at the park nearby. With so much going on, I only got a couple pictures! He wanted a monster truck party (no idea where that came from.) The weather was still a little hot, with a high of 89! Here was his cake:

Instead of pin the tail on the donkey, we played pin the license plate on the monster truck. Each kid colored their own license plate, and then took a turn. Only a couple were interested in playing.

We also made a bean bag toss game.

We had SO much pizza, fruits and veggies left over that we've had that as a meal three times already, and still have more! Good thing I'm not sick of it yet.

Happy birthday to my big boy Jack!

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Halloween Pics

This is just a quick post of the kiddos in their Halloween costumes. Oh, and a random picture of a (double) rainbow we were able to witness about 2 weeks ago. SO pretty!

Jack was excited about being a T-Rex dinosaur. The tail was one of the cutest parts, so I'm not sure why I didn't get a shot of it.

Lincoln the skeleton!

We participated in a trunk or treat Saturday night, and then went around the neighborhood Sunday night. People were dumping their candy in our bags because there were so few trick-or-treaters. Not too many kids in our neighborhood. We only had one kid come by our house!