Friday, December 19, 2014

December Happenings

What a whirlwind the last few weeks have been!
1) The kids patiently awaited the arrival of Giblet, our elf.  Even a North Pole breakfast did not coax him out.  Luckily he showed up at Nana's house on December 5th, the night we arrived for The Christmas Carol.
Mae and I "Docsat" while Nana and Papa took the big kids to see the show.

It's not a trip to Galveston with out a sweet treat or two!

You'll never guess who we saw on our way home…….

2) Mae wasted no time getting into the Christmas spirit!
 She even learned to say, "Ho Ho Ho"!
 3) Giblet managed to make it to our house and wasted no time making himself right at home.

4) We've baked treats…

5) We had a play date with some of my oldest friends.  Not that we are old, though! :)

6) I took Mae to Petsmart so we could pick up dog treats to donate and realized her love of trees extends to birds as well!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

7 on Sunday - Catching Up

There are so many little moments that happen in between the big moments.  Here are just a few.

1) Charlotte and I had fun curling her hair with foam rollers, but
 Mae was not a fan!

 2) Charlotte lost ANOTHER tooth.  I think she likes losing them at school so she can get a treasure chest.

 3) Mae and I have been on the hunt for the perfect cup. This may just send me to the loony bin!

4) The girls were invited to a birthday party and got to ride a pony!

5) Mae has started spending the first part of her morning in the bathroom with "Baba" while he gets ready for work.  They have a lot of fun together!

 6) We experienced a crazy cold front like much of the rest of the country.  I decided this is the year to break down and buy the kids coats.  We usually can get away with just a heavy sweatshirt, gloves, and hat.
 Besides, we have been spending quite a bit of time playing outside after school.

7) Cooper had a speaking part in the school music program - Celebrate with Joy.
 He did an excellent job and Charlotte's Girl Scout troop participated in the flag ceremony and the beginning of the program.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

We were extra excited to celebrate Thanksgiving this year.  Nana completed her radiation treatments just days before Thanksgiving and we were so overjoyed to spend the holiday with her and Papa!

Charlotte worked on our contribution to the Thanksgiving meal - turkey sugar cookies.
Before leaving town, the kids and I ran in the Turkey Dash.

The kids ran the 1 mile race and I had a new pr at the 10k. (44:59)

After getting cleaned up a bit, we headed to Galveston to see Nana and Papa.  We attempted a few pictures of the kids and although they didn't turn out as expected…. I love this one of Cooper holding on to Mae and the girls smiling at each other.
Mae inspects the porch kitty.
After spending the afternoon watching the Macy's  parade, it was time to eat!
I love the expression on my mom's face and the way Mae is already digging in.  After grace, Charlotte insisted we hold hands and all share what we are thankful for….health and family was a common theme. :)  Charlotte also was thankful for her beloved beanie boos.
Next up, it was time for pie.

The next day we explored Galveston State Park.