Sunday, November 29, 2015

We're Going to ...

... Disney World!

We're going with Grandma, Grandpa, Anna, Abby, Aunt Kelly and Uncle Brian. Hooray for family and incredible vacations!

MJ and I have known about this for a long time, of course. But we broke the news to the kids on Thanksgiving night. Little Man and Sweet Pea stared at us. CC squeaked. But the more we talked about it, the more excited they got. Grandma surprised them all with Disney shirts, which helped set the mood.

We're leaving early Monday morning and will be gone for a week. Rest assured there will be TONS of pictures upon our return!

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Thanksgiving Weekend

We're winding down a great Thanksgiving weekend. Grandma and Grandpa flew in on Thursday morning, and MJ picked up Uncle Brien for the holiday too. I'd been wanting Brien to spend a holiday with us for a while, so it was particularly special, especially since Sally was here too. With the exception of an air mattress malfunction the first night, the visit was smooth and Brien was extremely happy to be with us.

MJ smoked the turkey in the Big Green Egg, and it was delicious. Everything else came together nicely too. I made three pies (apple, pumpkin, and -- at MJ's request -- blueberry), and two days later, they're almost gone. Even the ginger turkey was gobbled:

The rest of the weekend was lovely, too. CC demonstrated her reading skills:

And we all participated in a tea party for King Little Man and Queen Sweet Pea:

The weather was beautiful, so we took several nice walks and bike rides outside.

We also FaceTimed Anna and Abby several times. I love how technology helps families and friends stay close! CC, Little Man and Sweet Pea feel like they know their cousins well, despite not having seen them for more than two years.

Tomorrow MJ and Grandpa are taking Little Man and CC to a hockey game, while Grandma and Sweet Pea and I run some special errands and spend a nice afternoon together.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Photo Friday

Photo credit this week goes to Julie, who did this adorable Thanksgiving project with Sweet Pea and Little Man:

Doesn't Sweet Pea look ridiculously crazy?! I love it!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

We are healthy, happy, lucky, grateful. And our three little turkeys are having the time of their life, with Grandma and Grandpa flying in for the weekend, Uncle Brien down for the holiday, and Mr Brett on his way. We are so, so thankful for our many blessings. 

Much more excitement is to follow, I promise you. Stay tuned for a big announcement!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Nature Hike

The kids are constantly begging me to go on "treasure walks." But searching for acorns and leaves along our neighborhood streets is less than ideal. So last week, we headed to the nature museum and spent almost the whole time on the hiking trail.

I'm not really sure what these cement posts are, but we used them as dancing platforms.

CC climbed this rock (almost) all by herself. She just needed a boost to get started. 

I love the glorious fall weather!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Jacket Weather

Little Man has decided this year that he doesn't like wearing a jacket. Ever. So despite the cold weather so far this fall, he has never worn one. Any attempt leads to a complete, level 5 meltdown. I've decided I don't want to deal with the tantrums, so I'm going to let natural consequences take effect. Eventually he'll be cold enough to wear a jacket, right?

As you can see from all the pictures so far in the last month, nope. Even an outing this weekend, when it was mid-40s and windy, didn't sway him (despite the rest of us being bundled up in multiple layers). He lasted all day in just a t-shirt.

Yesterday, in a rush to pick CC up from preschool on time, I grabbed Chick Fil A to go and had Sweet Pea and Little Man eat a picnic lunch outside the doors of CC's school. It was approximately 32 degrees, windy, in the shade. Little Man was shaking so hard, he couldn't dip his nuggets into the sauce. Finally he said, "Actually, I do want my jacket, Mommy." And for the first time, he wore his jacket calmly. "But can you help me take it off as soon as we get back in the car?"

Chalk one up for Mommy!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Photo Friday

Enjoying some fall foliage with the kids this week.