Tuesday, December 22, 2009

It's the most wonderful time of the yearrrrrrrr.......

Merry Christmas to all!

Man, oh man, Christmas is nearly here. I am not ready! But my family seems to be. When Henry wakes us up at the crack of dawn each morning, the first thing he does is run into the living room and plug in the Christmas tree lights. If I had known how much my children enjoy playing with tree ornaments, I might have kept the tree up all year! My Sister Susanna sent us an awesome advent calendar made with 24 little bags that hang on the wall, strung together with a strand of garland. Owen and Henry love getting their little Christmas gift each day. Henry isn't talking much, so we don't know exactly what he wants for Christmas, but he's getting a toy cash register. And Owen told Santa that he would like a toy car and a dinosaur slide. We have no idea what dinosaur slide is. When I asked him he told me, "It's a slide that people can go up and down and up and down and sometimes they go straight and then down"--and he moves his hand around like it's a roller coaster. I asked him if it's a toy he's seen in a store, and he said no, that he made it up and Santa's elves can make it for him. We'll see about that! Santa may bring him some legos instead.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

November in a Nutshell

December is here already and it seems like November was the speediest month ever. Here's a post that pretty much sums up what we've been doing lately.

Owen turns four

I can't believe he's already four. When did this child get so big? Owen wanted to celebrate his birthday with all things Batman, and between the shirt, the toys, and the cake, he is totally hooked! Tim's parents came to celebrate the weekend before Owen's birthday and we took him on a big birthday scavenger hunt. I highly recommend birthday scavenger hunts--they are so fun, easy to put together and have become a birthday tradition in our family. I like to make some of the locations places in town that give away free stuff on your birthday--like a milkshake at Del Taco and free miniature golf at Adventure Park.

My favorite thing about Owen's birthday was that after months of practicing and no success, he finally started saying the "l" sound. It actually happened ON his birthday. Now when we're driving and we see houses with Christmas lights, he says "llllook! lllllook!" instead of "wook! wook!" It's totally cute, because he emphasizes the sound to make sure he gets it right. Don't you just love pictures of kids blowing out candles and capturing them mid-blow? This picture makes me laugh every time I look at it.

Henry gets his first haircut, ditches the pacifier

I decided to buy some hairclippers and with just one haircut each for Tim, Owen and Henry, I have already saved money. And it's so fun to cut hair! Talk about all powerful. I'm DYING to take classes at a beauty college (do they even call them that anymore? Cosmetology school? Whatever.) Youtube instructional videos will have to do for now, though.

Henry did really well during his haircut, besides getting a little grumpy about his lollipop getting coated in hair a few times. I had about two minutes to cut Henry's hair before he was ready to be done, so it looks a bit choppy on top, especially in the sun. I will get better at it, I'm sure. And, finally Tim and I had the willpower to get rid of Henry's pacifiers last week for once and for all. You know when your child takes his pacifier out to say something to you and then pops it back in that he is WAY too old to have it! For the most part, he hasn't been too upset about it.

Tim runs his first 5K

We headed downtown on Thanksgiving morning, where Tim ran his race and did pretty well. His time was 34:14. I think that's so good for training less than two months! We joined a gym at the end of September and made it a goal to run a 5K on Thanksgiving. One of us had to stay with the kids, so I will be running my race in January. Tim's favorite thing about running a 5K was getting the T shirt! We loved cheering him on and seeing him cross the finish line before the missionaries who were also running the race! Losers!

Emily finishes her Three Year Quilt

I saw a quilt like this at the Fresno fair back when Owen was a baby and fell in love with it. I took a picture and enlisted my mom to help me make it. It's taken us three years to finally finish because we have so little time together and I didn't do any of the work by myself. I wanted a big lap quilt that the whole family could cuddle up under at Christmastime. We already had the top all pieced, so when we were down at my parents' for Thanksgiving weekend my mom and I decided that we were going to finish that quilt if it killed us! Tim was so good to keep the kids occupied and I was in heaven with two full days of "Mom time" sewing and tieing (with a little Black Friday shopping thrown in there for even more fun). I love what we accomplished, even if it took three years to actually get it done!
 Oh, and here's one more thing I've been working on: Christmas ornaments! Aren't these cute? I have so many more projects going that need to be finished by Christmas. What a busy time of year!