Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Anderson had his half-birthday this past Saturday.  Hard to believe he's already 2 and a half.  Such a big boy!

A few fun things he's been saying lately...first is courtesy of his daddy...'Put a sock in it.'  It's quite funny to hear him, he really has great comedic timing, and a great giggle to follow his funnies.
When we ask him "why are you xxx?", he answers, "that's why."
He loves to play cars, tag and police man, and is almost always the one getting locked up.  He can peddle his tricycle and loves to be outside.
He loves meat and cheese.  I joke that he is on Atkins.  There are so many nights for dinner that he'll only eat meat...and all meat is called chicken.
He loves his thumb, blankie and lion.  He hates to be woken up.  He makes his bed every morning and after most nap times without needing to be reminded.
He is trying so hard to dress himself...still having a little of trouble with shirts.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Christmas Prep

Owen was so excited to decorate for Christmas.  We've been counting down the days.  Our tradition is to decorate the Friday after Thanksgiving.  We were very fortunate to have gorgeous weather to do the outside decorations.

The Grinch is getting a good run in our house.  I think we are close to 3 weeks of at least one showing a day, with a  few days having more than one.  Good thing it's a short show.  It is so much fun to share things with our kids that Aaron and I grew up with and love.  They both have comments in certain parts of the show that they say every time.  Anderson says 'more man' when the strawberry (I think that's what it is) is on its way to Cindy Lou Who.  He also cackles away when the Grinch is slithering around the floor.  Owen has lots of 'poor max' comments and repeats words back.  I think we have a few more weeks of the viewings.  I can't wait for Frosty to come on as Owen loves that song...maybe it will give us a break from the Grinch.
Snuggling with daddy while watching...

Monday, November 28, 2011


We had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  It was busy, but so much fun seeing most of our big extended families.

So thankful for Grandma Mattie!  And I have to say, the lack of smiles is pretty funny.  They really were having fun.

Doing crafts with cousins while dinner prep is being completed.  Such a great was so calm and quiet.
 The kid much easier now than it was a couple of years ago.  The big kids are on the left and the littles on the right...ages 6, 5, 4, 3, 3, 2, 1.

 Attempting to get a pic of all 7 looking and smiling...didn't get it, but got a fun series of tries.  Below is one of the best.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

A few things I'm thankful for...

Jesus and that he loves me enough to die for me.
My wonderful husband who is also the world's most awesomist dad.
Our 3 boys...raising these 2 adorables and knowing that Evan is waiting for me in heaven.

My parents, sister, in-laws and extended family and that they mostly live close by.
My wonderful friends...old and new.
Our fantastic church family. 
Coconut's amazing stuff.
Good health
A wonderful job...I get a little bored with it at times, but it is a great job, particularly at this time in our lives.
That we get to live in America and for the men and women who have, are and will sacrifice so that we are free.  And the loved ones who stay home and miss them and fear for their safety.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Funny Stuff

It seems there is a new member of our household.  His name is 'Dad'...not 'Daddy', but Dad.  "My Dad and I are going here, this is my Dad's, Dad can you please help me."  Even Anderson started with it last night.  I don't think I'm ready for this yet...especially out of the 2 year old!

The other night when I was tucking Owen into bed, "Mom, you're a cool girl."

Owen's favorite color is red and has been for quite a while.  We've been working with Anderson to learn his colors.  If we point to something red and ask him what color it is, his response "Owen's favorite color."  Apparently, Anderson's favorite color is green because when we ask about something green, he'll say 'My favorite color.'

A common phrase around our house is 'Get that weak sauce out of here.'  Of course, Aaron was the one who introduced this phrase to the children.  It is absolutely hilarious to hear Anderson say it, and he has great timing with it, which makes it even funnier.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Christmas Cards

I was going to Grinch-out on cards this year, but Shutterfly is helping us spread our holiday cheer.  They make it so easy to design great cards!  And, my order shipped less than 3 hours after I ordered.

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Friday, November 4, 2011


I love these pictures from when my dad was over last weekend.  I love the look on Anderson's face and I love my dad!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Happy Birthday, Madelyn!

This sweet girl turned 4 this past weekend!
We partied with her at the local children's museum.  The kids had a blast and as you can see from the pictures...driving was a favorite!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

This and That

Snuggling with daddy

Owen's artwork...that is him on the left and me and my long hair on the right.
And that is Owen and Aaron playing ball.

They wanted to have a 'campout' in the spare room.  They emptied the linen closet, made a few beds and then snuggled in so Owen could read to them.  I was instructed to stay downstairs.  They didn't end up sleeping in there as fighting and tears prevailed.  We'll try again in a few months.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Bikes and Parks

We have been taking advantage of the beautiful fall weather and practicing riding on 2 wheels.  We've been to a nearby school to ride and play on the playground.  We've also headed to the parking lot of a nearby church to ride without worry of cars.  Every time we drive by the church now, Anderson says 'That's where we ride our bikes.'  Anderson can already peddle the advantage of being the little brother.  Owen needs some encouragement to start riding, but once he gets on, he's doing great.  He's progressed to being able to look around and still steer properly and he's been able to catch himself when he starts to lose his balance.  I love the super concentration face he gets, but don't have a picture.
 Daddy gets lots of exercise running along side Owen.