Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Elf on the Shelf

Our Elf on the Shelf arrived the night we decorated our tree.  His name is Elfie.

His job is to fly back to the North Pole each night and update Santa on the behavior of our children.

Elfie is a bit mischievous.  He tends to hide in places that I don't always approve of.

I don't blame him from picking places up high.  I can only imagine what Charlie would do if he got his hands on the little guy.

If you have small children, this Elf will bring them great joy...and will be a fun reminder that Santa is watching!

The elves come with a cute book that you can read to your children.  It explains why the elf is hanging around.

Every morning my children wake up and immediately start looking for Elfie.  And in case you are wondering, all three have been extra good since he arrived!  :)


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Look Closely

Hmmm.  What do you see? 

Yes, that is Max.  Back behind the tree.  Why?  Because the train keeps getting off the track.

My sister gave us this train last year.  She accomplished two things at once with this gift. 

She has made my children very happy...and has driven me crazy.  The train whistle is loud and continuous.  Sometimes it gets off it's track and Max just HAS to climb under and behind the tree.  This, of course, causes tree needles and ornaments to fall.

But my children LOVE it.  Charlie has played with it for hours today.  Max and Annie have sent cookies to each other from one side of the tree to the other.  It is definitely worth the noise.

Now...back to putting the ornaments back on the tree.


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Just Perfect

We recently had some pictures taken by a good friend of mine.  Amber and I went to college together and now live only a few miles apart.  We don't see each other as often as we should.  But when we do, it is as if no time has passed at all.  Amber is a photographer in her spare time.  She took this picture of Annie and I LOVE it. 

This picture of Charlie is perfect!  His eyelashes kill me.  I remind my children that "life isn't fair" at least once a week.  Why do boys get the eyelashes?  That isn't fair.

When I see this picture of Max, I fight back tears.  How in the world did he get to be such a big guy?  They are not supposed to grow up this fast.  Yes, he is only in second grade, but he should only be 4!  I don't like him growing up.  Not even a little.

There are sooooo many beautiful pictures that I will share with you all soon.  But first, I have to decide which pictures to use on my Christmas cards.  Until then, you can see more of Amber's work on her blog.

I am so jealous of her talent.  I would love to be able to take pictures like this.

Thank you, Amber, for giving me pictures that I will treasure forever!


Thursday, November 25, 2010

When It Rains, We Paint

We have had a few cloudy, wet days around here.  In order to keep these guys from climbing the walls, I have been pulling out the play dough, board games, puzzles, blocks, and paint.  Since Charlie ended up painting my bedside table last time, I waited until he was napping to pull out the paint.

I love watching them concentrate as they create their pictures.

There were even some sweet moments of brother/sister love.  We have those moments around here a good bit, but I would be lying if I said that they get along all the time.  Max is a typical big brother.  He thinks it is hilarious to scare Annie.  He hides her shoes and her Baby Annie.  He drives her bananas. 

But he loves her.  He is the first to check on her when she falls down or is feeling sick.

Annie wants to be like him.  She wants to be "big and smart."  But she is not interested in "getting dirty all the time." 

Annie prefers to dress up Baby Annie and take her picture. 

Hmmm.  Wonder where she gets that from?


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thank Goodness...

Publix is open on Thanksgiving!  This is what I get for peeling the carrots ahead of time.

"What?  I'm hungry."

Guess where I will be headed bright and early in the morning?


Monday, November 22, 2010

Christmas Cards

Surely I am not the only one that stresses over Christmas cards. 

I want the perfect one.

I want the perfect wording.

I want the perfect font.

I want the perfect colors.

I want to buy them according to the number I need...not in packages of 25!

And it would be nice if it didn't cost me an arm and a leg.

 I'm not asking for too much, right?


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Too Much...

Fur!  This crazy cat has more fur then a 200 pound panda.  Seriously.

Take a look at his toe-hair.

The picture doesn't do him justice.  Simon is old, lazy, beautiful, picky, tired, finicky, ornery, loud (he has Siamese in him )and loving.  He is going down hill pretty fast.  I have had him for 13 years (I think) and  I love him most of the time :).  It breaks my heart to think of loosing him.  But the reality is: loosing him is coming sooner than later.  :(


Friday, November 19, 2010

Thanksgiving Feast-Take 2

Thanksgiving is a time for counting our blessings and spending time with family and friends. 

Our school has a little over 800 students.  We have finally discovered that having Thanksgiving lunch at school requires two days.  This year we had 850 guests (in addition to our 800 students) over the two lunches. 

The second grade students and guests were set up in the gym.  We enjoyed seeing Max will all his friends.

But we especially enjoyed getting to sit down and enjoy lunch with our oldest.

I am so thankful for this child.  He is a mama's boy...and I love it!  He is rough and tough, but he loves to snuggle up and read or watch a movie with me.  He promises to never leave me..and right now, I choose to believe him. 


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Thanksgiving Feast- Take 1

Today was our first of four Thanksgiving feasts.  Four. 

Annie's Pre-k class hosted a Thanksgiving program and lunch.  It was seriously cute.  I don't think there was a single person in that sanctuary without a smile on their face.

My little Indian sang her heart out.

And smiled a lot!

We had a traditional Thanksgiving lunch.

Even Max cleaned his plate.

We are thankful for days like today!


Sunday, November 14, 2010


We are big fans of popcorn around here.  We eat it all the time.  I have a pan that I always use to make it.  I love the taste of fresh (not microwave) popcorn.  I do not, however, love shaking the pan over the stove for the short amount of time it takes to make it.  That little problem is now solved.  Thanks to some sweet friends, we are in business!

This little guy is awesome.  It makes the best popcorn! 

And the best part: Max can help make it.

From the pictures below, you would think that it takes a long time to make.

In about 5 minutes, we have a fun snack that tastes fantastic!



Friday, November 12, 2010

Quiet Moments...Continued

Well, this is going to be interesting.  As of today, I have lost my voice.  This morning I woke up to a scratchy throat and sounded "a little funny" (according to Annie).  As the day continued, my voice became, well, barely there. 

I started drinking hot tea last winter.  I didn't drink it very often this summer due to the massive heat and humidity outside.  Now that it is pleasantly cool, I have started having a cup at night. 

The first picture is of my favorite tea by Gevalia.  It is Raspberry Hibiscus Tea.  The second picture is of their Mixed Berry Tea.  Both are delicious and smell as good as they taste.  As of now, my throat is killing me and my voice is gone.  This tea has helped to soothe my throat. 

All of this is to say:  My children are loving the quiet moments from me!  They are concerned about my voice, but Max has already told Annie that "mommy can't even tell them what to do." 

Now, go and enjoy a cup of hot tea!


Monday, November 8, 2010

Quiet Moments

I am thankful for a few minutes of quiet.  You know, moments with a cup coffee (or hot tea...I am trying to be better), a good book or magazine, and a great candle.

This Tyler candle is Mulled Cider.  Trust me, go ahead and by the big jar.  It won't go to waste.

This is one of my most favorite Christmas gifts ever!  My sister started a collection of antique china (Mason Vista) for me.  I have added to the set over the last few years.  I am now determined to use it, instead of just looking at it.  It makes me happy.

My few and far between moments of quiet are usually a gift from my husband....or in the middle of the night.  I promise I don't achieve these moments from the picture below.

But it sure makes me laugh! 


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Butterfly Bling

My school hosted it's annual Fall Festival yesterday.  Annie insisted on having her face painted.  The girl did an amazing job! 

I have to learn how to do this before her birthday party in January.  I have a feeling that Annie won't mind me practicing on her.


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Today I Am VERY Thankful For...


Yes, you read that right.  And Xopanex.  And Dr. E. 

My sweetest Charlie has asthma.  Bless him, he has had it his whole life.  We have had many fights with it over the last 2 1/2 years.  It seems as though any little cold turns into him needing oral steroids, breathing treatments, etc. 

This week has been no exception. Charlie had a temperature virus earlier this week. No other side effects, just the fever. We took him in to see his pediatrician, who hung the moon, and had him checked out. At that time, he wasn't wheezing, etc. But all that changed around midnight last night.

That (oh so familiar) cough and "whistling" began. It was another night of very little sleep. Today I took him back to see Dr. E. Just as I thought, his asthma was in high-gear. We left with Albuterol, Xopanex, Orapred (an oral steroid), and a strong cough medicine. Even with all the above, he is coughing his head off!

Albuterol has it's ugly side effects, but it works very well to open up his airway.  Of course, we prefer Xopanex (little to no side effects), but insurance companies don't like paying for it...which means we pay a TON for a single inhaler. 

My little guy is miserable.  He cries every time he coughs (which is about every 30 seconds).  I can't wait to see his sweet smile again. 

Hopefully that will be tomorrow!