Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Give Thanks

We are home again, home again. We got to go to Gigi's for Thanksgiving and spend a good portion of the week with him. We had a wonderful time as always. I got to cook dinner this year. Last year we went the easy route and got a meal that was cooked at a local deli. It hit me then how much I enjoy the cooking that comes with the holiday season and how much I missed it so this year I cooked! We did ham instead of turkey since the men and Peanut LOVE ham. I made stuffing (a fabulous crock pot recipe), mashed potatoes, broccoli salad, homemade rolls, and pecan pie. We had very full tummies and ate left-overs many meals after the BIG one. We played games, played with the girls and just relaxed.

As I pondered the things that I am thankful for this year my mind travels right back to Memorial Day weekend when we by the grace of God walked away from an accident that could have taken all of us or caused major injuries. WE WALKED AWAY, ALL OF US! We were banged up really bad and suddenly without a car, but we were all fine. I am so thankful that He held us in his mighty hands and kept us safe in a very dangerous situation. I looked at my little girls this Thanksgiving and my heart swelled with gratefulness. They were running, yelling, giggling...Thank You, Jesus!

I want to close this post with the passage of scripture that was shared on Sunday at church.
Psalm 100
1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.


Coloring

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Spontaneity

Last week the girls and I had a day alone so after some last minute contemplation, we packed in the van and headed an hour north to a children's museum. It was such a fun time with my little gals and I am so glad we did it...just like that. We didn't plan it at all. The girls had a blast checking out all of the exhibits and fun things to play with.
Children's Museum

They got to dress up like penguins and slide down an "ice hill", dress up like polar bears and crawl inside a polar ben den. (Peanut's favorite part of our trip was dressing up like a penguin.)
Children's Museum
Barbie had her own exhibit too. It was kind of fun pointing to the Barbie artifacts and telling Peanut which ones I had as a child. Wow! Toys I played with are museum relics now.
Children's Museum
This was my favorite thing. It was called the Fireworks of Glass. This huge tower of blown glass is on top of a glass ceiling so you can sit beneath it with the lights reflecting everywhere. It was gorgeous! They also have a revolving bench underneath that you can sit on so it makes it look sort of like a kaleidoscope. There is a man hanging in the second picture beside the tower. He was DUSTING it!!!! I'm glad I don't have to hang from a rope to dust in my house.
Children's MuseumChildren's Museum
Spontaneous trips are filled with memories and excitement!
Children's Museum

Monday, November 22, 2010

Outside

When we are at Gigi's the girls' favorite thing to do is play outside. Like they get out of the van after our 4 hour journey and go straight to playing on the swing set, in the sand box, driving the jeep, and running around. I love it too. I love to see them getting that great fresh air that I grew up on. Also Pumpkin falls straight to sleep when we are at his house due to playing hard in the great outdoors. I've said it before and I'm going to say it again, if you have a backyard do NOT take it for granted. I took ours for granted for many years and what I would give to have outdoor space that is not a parking lot for my kids to just go out and play in now.
Going to Gigi's
There are lots of "big toys" to play with too! Peanut was actually steering this tractor all by herself while sitting on Gigi's lap and she rocked it to the moon! I was so proud of her!
Going to Gigi's
Since we don't have an area really to just go out and play in sometimes the girls can be a little loopy so we do things like stick bags on our heads and giggle away.
Going to Gigi'sGoing to Gigi's
Pumpkin started that silly adventure to get the crazies out. Surprise, surprise!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Cinderella

When we were at Gigi's, Peanut and I got treated to a special treat. We got to see a production of the Rogers and Hammerstein Cinderella.

The week leading up to the performance we listened to the cd in the van. I was under strict orders to continually have it playing when we were driving. Peanut thought it was very cool to hear the songs she had heard all week being sung right in front of us. The production was so well done and totally worth it to see my little girl's face all aglow in the world of happily ever after.
Cinderella
Peanut's favorite parts of the musical were the songs and the pumpkin that turned into a carriage. My favorite thing was the stepsisters. Here is a picture of Peanut with the wicked stepmother and stepsisters. You may notice that these stepsisters are exceptionally homely for sisters that is because they were played by actors. They were definitely the comedic relief for the musical and had us in stitches most of the time.
Cinderella

Monday, November 15, 2010

Stream of Photos

This is going to be a stream of photos kind of post. I have some odd and end photos that I need to get on here to get myself caught up.

A few weeks ago Peanut saw hopscotch being played on a cartoon and wanted to play so we made our own hopscotch board using some masking tape on our living room floor. She had so much fun playing. Pumpkin had a great time peeling the tape off of the carpet after her nap time.
Homemade Hopscotch

I have said it over and over on here but I'm going to say it again...WE LOVE OUR LIBRARY! They always have neat things for the kids. The girls got to meet Max from the famous Max and Ruby duo. Peanut was super excited, Pumpkin wasn't too sure about the giant rabbit. (I am in love with Max and Ruby's little cottage home. It's one of the reasons why I like the cartoon!)
Meeting Max

My girls ADORE their baby dolls so we had a party for a few of the baby dolls. The girls got all gussied up. There may have even been some lipstick application before the party began. We had tiny food served on a blanket in our living room. It was a grand afternoon. It ended with hot chocolate being served while viewing Little House on the Prairie.
Doll PartyDoll Party

The girls have made some sweet friends in our community. We had a couple of play dates for the first time with some of these little friends. We were invited to a birthday party for one of our new friends. The girls had a ball playing at the Dora themed party! It is so fun to see them interact with other sweet munchkins.
Birthday Party

This one had NO problem eating the entire birthday cupcake!
Birthday Party

We were so blessed with another spurt of warm weather so we took in the playground one afternoon. The girls had a ball going down the windy slide together. My heart was so full as I watched my two sweet littles squeal in delight!
Sisters

We just got home last night from a visit to Gigi's house, so I will be back soon with some pictures from our time there. We had a very special reason for visiting that involves a princess!

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Doppelganger

If you are looking at the title and wondering, "What is that?", let me fill you in. A doppelganger is basically a celebrity look alike. And now if you are wondering why I am blogging about celebrity look alikes, well let me tell you a little story.

Friday night I took the girls to Target to pick up a few things. After scurrying through the incredibly busy store, I decided I deserved a small Starbucks treat. I got into line with both girls still in the shopping cart. Two men got in line behind us and one struck up a conversation with us. He asked Peanut how old she was and told her about his little girl who was getting ready for college and shopping in the store.

This man's doppelganger would be a cross between Dustin Hoffman and Ozzy Osborne. (I can not believe I just mentioned Ozzy Osborne on my family blog. Wow!) He was short, Dustin Hoffman nose and voice, and had long black wavy hair.

So I turn my attention to the sweet mommy in front of me and her precious little boy. All the while though I can hear the man behind me talking to his friend and he is saying things like "she looks just like my friend in a rock band." I am sure he is directing his attention to someone across Starbucks but realize he is looking our way. I then hear him say, "I should take a picture of her to show him." He has to be talking about someone else, RIGHT?

As we move forward he catches my attention and says, "Your daughter looks just like my buddy who is in a rock band. He's in the band Nile." (As if I am supposed to know the band, which I do not.) I ask which daughter and he points to.....PUMPKIN!!!! He pulls up a picture of said friend on his phone and I see no resemblance. I laugh and say, "Well, rocker definitely fits her personality. She rocks our house daily." He even says, "I should take a picture to send him and ask if this is what he looked like as a child." As far as I know, that did not happen thankfully!

He was for real people. My little pumpkin has a doppelganger and he is a 46 year old man in an Egyptian heavy metal band. (What in the world is Egyptian heavy metal? Hubby has yet to introduce me to that genre...thank goodness.)

I know you are dying to see for yourself. You want to see the resemblance or LACK THEREOF don't you?
Karl Sanders
Karl Sanders
Pumpkin
Homecoming Parade
Hmmm....I personally think it is the blond bangs falling in front of the face that did it for him. As one friend put it, they both have two eyes, a nose, a mouth and two ears! Lots of similarities!

Oh the craziness you can run into on a Friday night at Starbucks!

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Trick or Treating Take 2 and 3

Zoo Boo
Last Friday I took the girls to the zoo for Zoo Boo. I had teased Peanut and told her that the animals probably would dress up as other animals for Halloween. Ha! It was really neat to see all of the little cuties walking around in their costumes watching the animals at the zoo.
Zoo Boo
Peanut wanted to ride the merry-go-round so we took Pumpkin too. In honor of Zoo Boo it went backwards instead of forwards. Peanut got a kick out of this. Pumpkin was just in awe of her first ride on a merry-go-round.
Zoo BooZoo Boo
Then of course we took the girls out trick or treating on Halloween. They had a ball. Peanut was in a frenzy about making sure we hit every house we could and wanting to eat candy in between each of those houses (which we didn't let her do the whole time). Pumpkin was astounded that by going with her sister to a stranger's door and looking cute, she would get candy! She also wanted to eat as much candy as Mommy and Daddy would let her.
Happy Halloween
Daddy went as a college student and Mommy went as a blogger with camera in hand. Haha! They had a great time as did we. Another trick or treating season is tucked under our belts and into our memories.
Happy Halloween
Happy Halloween
Now we move into my most favorite time of the year...the season of family, magic, innocence, thankfulness and remembering the true meaning of everything!