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Thanksgiving 2011

Ok so before we really head into Christmas it’s time I post about our Thanksgiving.  First it was fabulous.  Period.  We were fortunate enough to have some guests this year.  My brother, sister-in-law, and sweet little niece came all the way from the Pittsburgh area and it was fun.  Chloe jumped right into playing with the kids…

We had tea parties and pretend play galore.  Jacob didn’t even mind that he was completely outnumbered since Chloe was so cute.Then it was onto our feast.  Jamie and Mazie did the wishbone this year with Jacob watching closely.  He vowed that next year he gets a turn.Jamie won, in case you needed to know.  And she didn’t tell us what she wished for.  We also got a few group photos…

and some silly faces…We played some instruments…

and played some mad ring around they rosy…We also went to the zoo.

and to the Air Force Academy.  We saw all kinds of “airpanes” but no “ornch” ones.

But, we pretty much just kind of hung around and had a good time with each other…I love this little family…It was so fun to have a little girl in the house for a few days.  You know, since my two aren’t little anymore and have sassy mouths and attitudes.  It was nice to have a little girl laugh and think we were fun.However, I see the attitude and sassy mouth in her future. With her strong will, her parents will have their hands full sooner than they want, I’m sure.Thanks for a wonderful weekend.  We had fun and it was so great having you here!

Thanksgiving Program

Jacob had a Thanksgiving program at school today.  He was so excited about the whole thing.  His teachers told the class to not tell the parents anything about the program so it would be a surprise.  He followed their instructions and wouldn’t tell us anything!

He was an indian…Jacob was so proud to be on stage.  His class was first to perform and they did so with another class.  They sang two songs that were completely out of tune.  It was great.  I love preschool singing!

After the other classes performed, all of the kids stood to give the blessing for their feast.  They all sang the Johnny Appleseed prayer.

Then it was time for the feast.  Jacob was excited about this part the most.  His class made the applesauce and cornbread muffins (shaped into leaves) for the feast.  Those were the things he ate too.  But they had a cute little set up for the students…He does make a handsome indian, doesn’t he?Jacob was most happy that Dad was able to make it.I have to say it was one of the best programs I’ve been to in a long time.  The rest of the day Jacob sang his songs over again.  He was happy he didn’t have to keep it quiet anymore!

Happy Halloween

Boo!  Gotcha, didn’t I ? 😉  We are having a fantastic Halloween Day.  Are you?  First we have our purple Witch…Gorgeous, right? But then we have the beautiful Rapunzel…Check out all that hair!  I never have to fear danger when I have Batman around…

Jacob had a party at school this morning.  He took 13 cake pops that looked like jack-o-lanterns.  At the end of school, the parents were invited to watch their parade…The girls’ parties are at the end of the day today.  I am sure it will be a great time for them.  I sent pumpkin whoopie pies with Mazie for her party (30 to be exact)and chocolate cake pops that were decorated as jack-o-lanterns with Jamie (26 to be exact).  I’m sure we will be filled in on all the fun festivities of the afternoon!

Tonight we are going to a Trunk-or-Treat but only after having guts and bones for supper…Also known as spaghetti squash and bread sticks with sauce (not pictured).  More on our Halloween adventures later.  Happy Halloween!

The Pumpkin Patch

We went to the Colorado Pumpkin Patch last weekend.  We’ve been there three times.  This year they downsized a little but it was still fun!First, my corny kids…

Then we hit the slides…

There was the corn box…and a hay ride…There were some pretty cool scarecrows…

There were animals to pet and pumpkins to pick too.  In fact, it took the kids almost as long to pick their perfect pumpkins as it did for us to do all the rest!

We took the pumpkins home and the kids went to work preparing their pumpkins with their faces…After Dad cut the tops, the kids dug into the “guts” and cleaned out the pumpkins…

While the seeds were roasting, Dad carved out the faces that the kids drew.  The kids watched closely to make sure he did it right.  And they were pleased with his mad carving skills…

The pumpkins even looked great at night…

Happy Father’s Day

We are pretty lucky to have some great dads apart of our lives.  Mainly I’m talking about this guy in particular…

He’s kind of adored around here. Just a little 🙂 and I wouldn’t want it any other way.  But then there is this guy, too.

Pop Pop’s a big part of our lives and the kids (and we adults) wouldn’t have it any other way as well.  Thanks for being such great dads, you two!

Happy Father’s Day to all our Dad friends.  We love you and we hope you had a wonderful day!

Memorial Day, S’mores, and a visit

After Jeremiah’s change of command ceremony, it kind of became a little crazy around here.  Jacob’s last day of his gym class at The Little Gym was the following day.  Jacob loves Show Day because he gets to show off all his new gymnastics he’s been working on.   Miss Alexis introduced each of the kids so they could each make a grand entrance!

Then it was onto the activities.  First the group huddle…

then the bar routine.  Jacob started out the semester not wanting to be on the uneven bars at all.  Now he willingly goes to the bars and goes all the way up.  As you can see, he’s quite pleased with himself…

Then it was onto the high beam.This forward roll on the beam was not a favorite of Jacob’s either.  Then he did it only a few times and he wasn’t so scared!

Jacob went onto the tumbling routine.  He went through everything Miss Alexis told him to do.  Backward rolls, star jumps, back hand springs…

This was the most important part.  The medals.  The kids all enjoy receiving their medals.  Jacob especially…

Then the kids all sat together for a quick group picture…

The theme for this show day was red, white, and blue.  So the instructors were playing patriotic songs throughout the class.  When the kids were getting together for the group picture “Hail to the Chief” was playing.  Jacob marched around and acted like The President himself!  It was pretty funny.

Next we move onto what a lovely weekend we had for Memorial Day.  It was sunny and warm and perfect.  We decided to take Stahr Mam, who was visiting, to a Sky Sox game. 

Really, the kids only like to watch Sox the Fox but Mazie was getting excited when the team finally started racking up points in the 5th inning when they scored 13 runs (4 of them being because of a grand slam)!

The kids had a fun time with Stahr Mam.  They took her to some of our parks and played games…

We even roasted our first s’mores of the season!  We started the fire pit, toasted some marshmallows, and put the s’mores together.  This was a first for the kids…

Yes, Jamie’s is without marshmallow.

 I love this guy…

Jacob liked the s’mores but really liked toasting the marshmallows!  It was a lovely weekend.

Easter

So we woke up to about an inch of snow laying on top of the grass.  That’s right.  It wasn’t down all the way on the ground.  The grass collected it.  Plus it was gone by 2pm because the ground was not frozen anymore.  But still the snow put a little damper on our plans for an egg hunt.  No matter, though.  We decided to do a scavenger hunt of sorts.  With the kids baskets on the table, we took individual colored M & Ms and did a little trail to the top of the stairs.  Green for Jacob, purple for Jamie, and pink for Mazie. 

The kids thought it was fun…plus they did get to eat their trail before breakfast!

Peter was even nice enough to hide eggs inside this year.  The kids didn’t seem to mind!

After check out all their candy goodies, it was time for a yummy ham dinner and some cake (which you can read about at the business site).   Many of you know Easter is the only time I make ham.  It’s just because it’s so much work for the leftovers because I have to make some ham and green beans and some ham pot pie with the leftover ham.  (By the way, ham pot pie is not a pie with ham in it.  It is yummy filth with home-made dumpling noodles…a Pennsylvania Dutch treat!)  So that’s what we have to look forward to after the Easter dinner.

Valentine’s Parties

We’ve been busy around here with all kinds of Valentine festivities.  First, Jacob’s party at preschool was held on Thursday.  I was so glad Jeremiah could join us.  So was Jacob and other kiddos.  When we got there, it was time for library time.  Jeremiah was tasked to read and two or three other kids thought this was fantastic to hear him read!

Then it was music time.  The kids were able to grab any kind of instrument out of their bucket and dance around the circle.  It was fun to watch!

During the party, the parents were invited to go to outer space with the kids.  We sat on the carpet and rode our spaceship all the way through space.  The kids got out and walked on the moon (some actually acted like they had heavy boots on!) and we flew along the solar system.  It was so fun to see the kids react to what we were doing.  Jacob was asked to be the sun and stand in the middle.  The rest of us held hands and rotated around him.  He smiled the entire time!

Then it was time to hand out the Valentines.  The teachers asked the kids what they liked about their friends.  The teachers wrote what the kids said on the heart and then they presented it to the kids.  Jacob loved his…

On Friday, Jamie’s class had their party.  Again, Jeremiah was able to join us.  The kids handed out their Valentines to each other quite orderly for first grade!  Then the kids were able to decorate sugar cookie hearts.  Jamie didn’t like hers so she let Jacob have it!

The kids were allowed to go through their Valentine’s while putting them into their bags to go home.  They were also allowed to enjoy three treats while do this…

Jacob fit right in with the first graders…or at least he thought so…

Today was Mazie’s turn.  I only got one photo of her party.  The kids went right to work distributing their treats to each other and then ate their goodies.  There wasn’t much else to do since it was at the end of the day.  Jeremiah surprised Mazie by showing up toward the end of the party!  For the party, the kids were asked to make Valentine boxes.  This was what Mazie made…her Love Boat!

We love Family Fun!  I hope you had a lovely day with your loves.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

The Big Christmas Eve/Day Post

This post was supposed to be blogged yesterday but I decided to watch a movie with my love instead!  So here we go.  Christmas eve was just lovely.  We let the kids open some of their gifts so it wouldn’t be so overwhelming on Christmas day.  It’s better for everyone if we do that!

Dad and Jacob got the same gift from Stahr Mam and Pappy John…this year’s Hess truck…

When it was time to get ready for bed, the kids did a quick check on where Santa was (noradsanta.org)

and set out a plate of cookies, a plate of carrots, a bowl of reindeer food, and a cup of milk which Santa and his reindeer made a big mess of…

The kids also put letters out for Santa and he replied with his letter like he does every year.  Mazie had the honor of reading Santa’s letter this year…

This was the before picture…

I didn’t take an after because anyone who has children or has seen children open gifts knows what that looks like!  And Santa was busy collecting the paper scraps anyway.  So it was relatively tidy during the whole process. 

Isn’t he a handsome Santa?

The kids were pretty pleased with all their gifts this year.  everyone went way overboard, as usual!

We had a fun Christmas day.  We relaxed, tried out all our gifts, relaxed, had a yummy brisket dinner, relaxed, ate lots of cookies and even played with a few…

Jacob decided to put on a puppet show with one of the gingerbread pops.  It ended with him biting more off of his head…

The End!

It’s A Wonderful Life!

We’ve been busy this week.  But I’m going to share with you some of the Christmas-y things we’ve been doing.  The kids helped make cookies one day this week.  Jacob was first…

He rolled out the sugar cookie dough…

Pressed the snoopy cookie cutter into the dough…

and out came a giant cookie…

He was so proud.   Then it was Jamie’s turn.  She was all about putting the ingredients into Ruby…

and watching the dough mix.  Then she was very determined to roll her cookies perfectly into the oats before placing them onto the cookie sheet…

While they were baking, she cleaned up her mess.  She does bake like her mama…

Her end result…Peanut butter oatmeal cookies with chocolate and peanut butter drizzle…

Then it was Mazie’s turn.  She decided to make peanut butter temptations.  She insisted on unwrapping (and enjoying a few) the candies.

She, too, was happy to clean up after herself…

No pictures of those but they are yummy!  More of the sugar cookies…

Also another tradition here in our house is to Santa watch.  The kids checked out where Santa was before they headed for bath time and bed.  They looked at a few of the videos from some of the places he’s already been to.  It’s quite fun to see their excitement…

So with lots of visions in their heads they are fast asleep while I am enjoying It’s A Wonderful Life with my dear husband.  It truly is A Wonderful Life on this special night.  Happy Christmas, everyone!

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