Friday, December 19, 2014

Photo Friday

Christmas jammies!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Princess CC

CC had her first drop-off party this past Saturday: the birthday of a girl in her preschool class. It was princess-themed, and all the girls were asked to attend in their best royal attire.

My concern: CC has no princess dresses! Fortunately a friend of mine with two older daughters had quite the selection for CC to pick from. She chose this pink dress adorned with jewels, and traipsed off to the party in style.

I picked her up two hours later, and she was all smiles. I was happy to hear that she was not the child who ran upstairs and refused to come down for the duration of the party. CC decorated her own tiara, ate a good lunch, played nicely with the other girls, refused to get her face painted, and came home with a purple balloon. Bliss, according to a 3-year-old.

Monday, December 15, 2014


I ran across this cute idea online last year, and knew I had to do it at some point. A year later, and I finally got around to it -- with a little help from the kids, of course.

They had a good time sticking three marshmallows on each skewer:

(Little Man absolutely refused to let me help him, so his snowmen look a little ... drunk.)

Then I dunked each one into melted white chocolate, and used mini M&Ms for the eyes, noses, and buttons:

After they dried for a while on waxed paper, I put them in cellophane bags with festive little bows. Ta da! Adorable little Christmas gifts for the kids' friends.

I didn't try one, since I'm not a fan of marshmallows or white chocolate, but MJ took one bite, gagged a little bit, and coughed, "sweet!" 

But the kids approve:

Sunday, December 14, 2014

S'more, please!

I know I didn't post a picture this past Friday. But I have several posts, chock-full of pictures, coming your way. Starting with this one:

Last weekend we had dinner with several friends. Adults and kids alike had a great time, but the highlight of the evening came after dinner. The family hosting the get-together has a screened-in porch with a fireplace, and we made s'mores! 

I haven't had a s'more since I used to go camping with my family as a child, and our three kids have never had them. It was such a cute and fun idea!

Six kids with marshmallow skewers = three dads on their toes:

Assembling the s'mores:

CC was skeptical. After her first bite, she announced that she prefers her chocolate "plain."

But everything's better when it's shared!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Gym Antics

Since CC has been in preschool this fall, I enrolled Sweet Pea and Little Man in a toddler gym program. This place is amazing -- it's a gymnasium-sized room chock full of padded ramps, tunnels and swings, plus trampolines, bounce houses, riding cars, and anything else that might entertain a toddler. Every square inch of the floor space has some kind of ramp or pad or device for the kids to climb, sing on, jump from or bounce on. It is impossible for anyone to get hurt here!

Anyway, here's a video I've made from clips of the twins playing at our gym over the last few months. It took them a long time to really start going crazy on all the equipment, but now they run into the gym every Wednesday at full speed, ready to tackle anything they see. Enjoy!

Direct link to the video:

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Seeing Santa

Our kids were lucky enough to see Santa twice this year: once when Santa came to visit MJ's office, and again when we attended a Santa Social thrown by my local twins club.

There was no way Sweet Pea was going anywhere near the strange man in the white beard. Little Man was having some last-minute second thoughts too, so at MJ's office it ended up being a full-family picture:

But at the twin social, we plopped the twins down on Santa's lap before they realized what was happening, and this is what we got:

Fortunately, Little Man can always be counted on to give us a good picture:

Both times, CC refused to sit on Santa's lap, so I told her she could just stand next to him and tell him what she wanted for Christmas. "I don't want to talk to him!" she insisted. "I don't want anything for Christmas!" (despite having told me for weeks that she wanted Santa to bring her cowgirl boots and new tights).

But once we were face-to-face with the big guy, CC steadied herself enough to nervously tell him what she wanted. Santa looked at her for a while, then looked at me and said, "How did you know she needed glasses?"

Sigh. Way to go, Santa. Let's focus on the children, shall we?

But all in all, our Santa experiences and pictures were pretty decent this year. Better than last year, when the twins were both screaming and Little Man was giving Santa the finger!

(And kudos to my observant 3-year-old, who mentioned at our second Santa meeting, "This Santa looks a little different, Mommy!")

Monday, December 8, 2014

Tree Decorating

This weekend we decorated our tree -- which was the last bit of decorating we had to do -- so our house is ready for the holidays! 

Sweet Pea and Little Man surprised me at how well they could actually "hang" ornaments. They have no recollection of last Christmas (even CC barely remembers), but they needed no instructions at all:

Daddy helped them reach some of the higher branches (where the breakable ornaments are hung):

After the ornaments were on, we turned on the lights and added the pièce de résistance:

(CC helped put the star on the tree last year, so Sweet Pea did it this year -- despite CC's full-scale meltdown -- and Little Man will do it next year.)

Next year I've resolved to get everything decorated in the first week of December, so we have even more time to feel festive and excited about Christmas.