Wednesday, December 23, 2009

What's Under Your Tree?


Originally: Georgia

aka.

Georgia Brown

Roo Roo (Frankie)

Roo Roo Girl (also Frankie)

Georgy (Grace)

Roo-est (Frank)

Whatever she's called, she's a good cat. And we love her.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

As If We Needed More Proof...

Grace has recently really been into Ants On a Log (read: celery with peanut butter and raisins on top). She likes to make them herself, sort of. I put the peanut butter on, she arranges to raisins.

What I'd like for you to notice is how perfect the raisins are. Almost spaced the same, going the same direction. Then to solidify it, she was unhappy with the end piece of celery not staying upright, it kept falling over. So she used extra raisins to shim it up to be straight up and down.

I always say she is Frank Noble in a skirt, now you can SEE why.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Hello, USAA?

Frankie was cracking me up.
He feel off the car and proceeded to moan and groan.
Here's the story.



I hope he has good insurance.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Preschool Holiday Program

This past Wednesday was Grace's holiday program at her preschool. It was very cute. The party consisted of the kids singing songs, a visit from Santa and snacks. Frankie was being a pill during the song part of the program, resulting in sub par videos. I tried using a lolly pop, which usually works beautifully however, this time it only resulted in making my hair very sticky and ensuring a trip to the dry cleaners for one of my wool sweaters. I tried holding him, not holding him, sitting, standing... Nothing lasted long enough to make it through one song. So when you hear a child belly aching in the background, that's Frankie.

This is a clip of the kids coming into the room.
Warning: You may need a Dramamine to comfortably watch these two videos...



The last song:
We Wish You a Happy Holidays




Our table was right next to the dessert table. Outside of wanting to go home, which Frankie made sure everyone knew that's what he really wanted to do, he wanted a chocolate cupcake. I didn't give him one to begin with because the mom who made them was sitting right next to me. She told me how special they were to her son and how happy he was going to be when he saw that she made them for him. When Frankie approached the dessert table, she kept looking between me, Frankie and the cupcakes. But as soon as the last song was over, Frankie was up and at those cupcakes. We hadn't eaten lunch yet; I didn't care. Go to it Frankie; enjoy that cupcake you waited SO long for.

Grace is standing in line, waiting to talk to Santa, talking to one of her teachers, Ms. Debbie.

Grave NEVER looks Santa in the eye. She'll talk to him, willingly go sit on his lap, but will never look at him directly. Strange.

I thought this shot was classic. Frankie, sitting on Santa's lap, picking his nose. I'm sure Santa is thinking, "how did I get here?" ha ha.

Grace was so proud of her performance and all her other classmates. The kids did a great job. I will say these events are like a circus though. Kids, hopped up on cupcakes, running around like crazy people... It's not until I get everybody back into the car and strapped in, when I finally feel like I can take a deep breath. Whew.

Snow and such


In the winter time I mostly feel like Bill Murry in Groundhog Day, "It's going to be cold. It's going to be gray and it's going to last for the rest of your life."

However, when the sky does clear and you get a sneak peak at blue sky and gorgeous sunshine, it's so beautiful. Looking out from our house, you see the valley, covered in white and the reflection of the sun shining down on the city, painting everything pink. It's just so beautiful. Then, about five minutes later, the sun sets and turns the pink deeper, shall we say magenta...

By then the clouds are creeping back, giving the pink shadowed trees a gray background. Just lovely. I try to capture it with the camera but it continues to come up short.



This week has brought us lots about snow, about two feet. When I play in the "big snow" with the kids, I sink down deep, bringing the snow up to my thighs. We are having lots of fun.


I dug a snow maze on one of the lawns, which the kids love. I tried digging snow stairs going up the huge mountain of snow and I dig out the playground and little house.


I drag the them around the driveway on the sled and am going to make a sled run next.


The weather is cold and sometimes the days are gloomy and SOMETIMES the walls feel like they're going to close in around us, but look what I have.

How could I not be thankful?

Christmas Cookies

Yesterday we made cookies.
We all made cookies.
From start to finish.
I was exhausted.

I'll let the pictures tell the story.













(Frankie did not want me taking any pictures at this point.
This was the best there was of this moment.)

(They each shared a bite of their cookie; very sweet.)

So there you have it.
Hope you're having cookie fun too.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Passing the time







We have been filling our time with the regular activities. Grace goes to preschool, we play in the snow, we play in the house. Blah, blah, blah.

If you've been one of the happy recipients then you know that Grace has become enamored with talking on the phone. She doesn't quite understand leaving a message, but she does try. She even dials the numbers. She is working on her letters, wanting to write more and more words.

We went to a birthday party at Bouncing Bears. The kids love that place. It's a big warehouse type place with those huge blow up bouncy things. It's super clean and they get to run around like crazy people. It's actually a huge workout. Runnng/crawling around after Frankie on those things is great exercise.



I thought this was so cute; they were siting right next to each other. Frankie, being surrounded by kids he didn't know (a lot were from preschool), sat a little closer to Grace than he normally would. Every once and a while they stick together.


Frank teaching Grace how to sight up a shotgun.
This day was inevitable.


As much as Grace loves all things pink and princess-y, Frankie loves trains and trucks. Specfically trucks with trailers. He makes everything tow a trailer. One night I rigged up two of his ride-on cars to "tow" trailers. He had just a great time.


One load was heavier than the other.

Until next time.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Frankie Video




This video is nothing special but it is classic Frankie. He is very happy playing by himself in his room or in Grace's room. Albeit he makes a HUGE mess of things, he keeps himself thoroughly entertained. Frank just happened to sneak this video. It makes me laugh out loud every time I watch it. Enjoy my little boy.

Snow and Thanksgiving


This is how we started our day; moving snow. We got about eight inches the night before, so after we passed the time waiting for the sun to come up by eating cinnamon rolls, we all went out to work and play.

Frank and I worked via snow blower and shovel and the kids played via whatever they could find.



Grace was thrilled because Ray, our neighbor and snowplower (read: Man Who Makes the Snow Mountain) had just plowed next door before we got out there. She had much to be thankful for today.

Here's a shot of the turkey and my new baster.


I know you want to know more about the baster, so...


First let me say, I love that it stands on the end like this. One less mess on the counter or extra plate to deal with. The bulb is easy to squeeze and I just LOVE the design. I splurged on a new baster this year because I got tired of having to go into the kids' rooms to dig through their toys to find it. For some reason, they both think the turkey baster is the greatest kitchen invention and always manage to pilfer it from my drawer. So, I say, let bygones be bygones and I'll buy another $6 baster. I only wish I would have done it sooner.


The rest of the day was kind of a non event. The kids are both battling the beginnings of a cold. Frankie got sick twice last night and Grace is coughing again. Neither of them are really interested in the dinner part of the day, so we just took it easy. All of us got to fit in a nap, which is always wonderful.

Georgia slept with all of us.


We hope you all had a lovely holiday. Happy Thanksgiving.

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