Saturday, December 6, 2014

Kick Off to Christmas!


We had our 4th Annual
"Kick Off to Christmas!"
A weekend were We spend the time
Christmas Shopping,
Seeing Movies,
and
Eating Garbage! 

Christmas, Here We Come!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Light the Night


Our City Hosts a Night of Lights,
Hayrides, Ice Skating,
Free Hot Chocolate and Cookies,
Candy Sculptures,
Gingerbread Houses,
and Santa!

This was our first year going,
but I think we have a new tradition!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Someone's Been Busy

Putting Christmas Presents 
under our Tree.
[It's the 7yr old!]
Notice the correct use of the 's 
to show who it belongs to

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

O Christmas Tree!




I LOVE that My Christmas Tree 
is Smothered from Top to Bottom
with Pictures of our Family,
and our Special Moments and Memories.
Our Tree tells the story of Us.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

11.29.14

It's become our Post Thanksgiving Tradition
to make this stop on our return trip home
from Thanksgiving!
Its a drive through light display,
and there's hot chocolate, food and Santa.
Does it get any more Holiday-y?

Friday, November 28, 2014

T-Day

We always Travel across state lines
to my Parents' house for Thanksgiving!

And on T-day we start our early morning 
with some Pie-Earning
by Turkey Trotting!
Sometimes,
the Best time at a Race has nothing to do with Finish Time!
Love running with My Family!

When we got back to the site of the Feasting,
Grandma had her traditional Turkey making 
for the Grandkids!

And Much later in the Day,
after the Feast of Thanksgiving and naps
have been had 
My Mom always pulls out Gingerbread Houses
for the Grandkids to Decorate!
And let me just clarify something,
My Mom MAKES these houses from scratch-
no kits.
She mixes the dough,
bakes them, cuts them, assembles them with icing
and has them all ready to decorate before we get there.
She goes totally out of her way
and makes one for Each Family!
She's Amazing.

In the Days after Thanksgiving-
while all the family is still there,
the lady-folk make homemade chocolates
and cry while we watch
"It's a Wonderful Life"


And the Men-folk and Boys
Play lots of rounds of Backyard Football
Always a Good Time being Thankful!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Jack-o-Lanterns

10.31.14
Pumpkin Carving Time
[Skeleton, KC Chiefs, and a Zombie]

Spooky Things


Halloween Breakfast:
Witches Brew Smoothie
and Zombie Stew Cream of Wheat
{Ooooooooo}
               
                The kids couldn't do Blood and Gore for School 
so they came up with these beauties:

   A Vampire, a Hippie and a Soccer Star

Then at night they got to let their Spooky Selves Shine!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Mom activities

My kids attend a year-round school,
so they attend school, year round, but have
3 week breaks about every 9 weeks.
We actually LOVE it!
While my kids were "Off-Track" in October,
I tried to have a fun "Mom Activity"
for Me and Them to do together Everyday.
I've been doing this for the last year,
when ever they have been off-track,
and they really enjoy it, and so do I!
Here is a peak of what we did in October:

Picked out Grody Gourds
Made Fall Banners
Took Treats to Neighbors
Had a "Wear Orange" Day
Made Carmel Apples
Made "Witches Hats"
Read Spooky Stories
Had a "Poet's Society"- they each memorized a  
Fall/Halloween poem to share with us
A Movie with Popcorn
and
An Afternoon of Witches 

One night,
Dad Decided to plan the Activity for the Boys
and He planned something that 
was much Cooler than any of My Mom Activities,
in that it involved getting Messy!
A look-for-the-prizes-in-the-cool-whip-with-your-face-kind-of-activity!
And they Loved it, of course!


On our Last Day of Off-Track,
I did something the Boys had been looking forward to
for weeks-
They got the money they had been earning and saving,
and we all rode our bikes down about 
a mile and a half (on sidewalks)
to a Convenience Store,
and I let them each use $2 to pick out a treat or drink
that they wanted to buy.
(I was very good,
and said nothing about sugar content, 
or healthy vs unhealthy choices,
just smiled and let them have a little fun)
They had to use their math and buying skills
and the clerk was very patient with them,
even though they slowed down the line.
I LOVED doing this Outing with them.
It was a BEAUTIFUL Fall afternoon,
the leaves were falling gently here and there,
they were kind and patient with each other,
and
I had this feeling,
that THIS is what I had hoped Motherhood 
would be like when I was a little girl,
and had wanted to be a Mom.
I don't know how to explain it-
My heart was full and Happy and it seemed Magical.
I never want to forget this afternoon.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Birthday Girl

Pretty Much the Perfect Birthday for Me
looks like this:
Early Morning Run
[Earning that "Extra Frosting" Badge from my Running app]

Breakfast in Bed,
Money for new Running Shoes,
a New Cookbook,
Sushi,
and Chocolate Cake

A couple of very sweet gifts:
7 yr old wrapped a handful of pennies for me-
in christmas paper, all by himself.
And a Bundle of Red Roses from my sweet Husband and Boys.

It was a Wonderful Day