Thursday, November 25, 2010

Kickin' Off the Season in Style!

Wishing everyone a Rockin' Christmas!!

Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!

(Link in case you are not able to play video in blogger...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Give Thanks!!

Every good and perfect gift is from above...James 1:17

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!  

Go stuff yourself with some turkey! =)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Standing and Walking!

After Anna's bath this morning, she just couldn't be contained! Look at her go! She is getting so much better at standing and walking. She just kept going and going.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Happy Birthday Lori !!!

Hi Blogworld,
This is Jonathan...Lori's husband. I'm guest blogging in celebration of Lori's birthday today.

I could go on and on about how much I love Lori, how beautiful she is, what a great woman, wife, mother, and friend she is...and it would all be true. But I'll save you all from that...and instead I'll share with you a video I made about Lori a few years back. I made this video when Lori went away for the weekend and I really missed her. Hope you enjoy.

Happy Birthday Lori. I love you.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A BIG Week!

Paige has had a big week.  Scratch that...She has had a HUGE week!

I am always bragging about Anna's milestones (and there are a few more to come as soon as I can catch them on video), but this is Paige's turn in the spotlight.

Paige (4 1/2 yrs.) decided to tackle some major milestones this week, and I have to say that she is doing quite well, and I am quite proud of her =)

First, she decided that she was ready to learn to read.  I thought, "why not?", and broke out the Hooked on Phonics material that we used (with great success) with Charlie.

She has worked very hard, and is starting to get it.  Here is a video of her reading one of her first books.

It won't be long before we are no longer able to talk in "code" (what she calls when we spell words) with Paige around.

Then, Paige decided it was time to ditch the training wheels!  Woohoo!

She was a little nervous and scared at first; she didn't want to fall and get hurt.  But, we encouraged her to keep trying, and in no time she had it down.  Now she whizzes around the cul-de-sac (or corner sac as Paige likes to call it)!
Paige and Daddy taking off her training wheels...forever!!

Paige has also declared that she is going to stop sucking her thumb this week. We shall see!  But, it appears that when this little girl makes up her mind to do out, world!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Rapunzel in the Making

I love little girls in braids, so I was very excited that Anna actually let me braid her hair the other day.  I am, by no means, any good at braiding, and I can't do the french braid, but look at how cute she is! 

I will probably never be able to get her to sit still that long again, so I am going to relish this one for a little while =)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Origami Yoda

We just finished reading a very funny book with Charlie. It is called "The Strange Case of Origami Yoda" by Tom Angleberger.

He picked this book from his school's book fair.  We read it out loud to him because we thought it was a little bit over his reading level, though he probably could have handled it.  He is such an awesome reader.  (I am such a proud mama!)  But boy, I am glad we did read it out loud.  I think Jonathan and I were laughing harder than Charlie through a lot of it. 

Anyway, if you have a Star Wars fan at home, I highly recommend this read.  I do caution about some crude humor/language that is probably typical of 6th graders like the characters in the book, but nothing I want my 1st grader repeating. 

At the end of the book, there are instructions for how to make your own Origami Yoda.  Here is Charlie's...

Origami Yoda: Read it you must!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

There's Nothing Like a Pile of Leaves...

There's nothing like a pile of leaves to bring a smile to a child's face.

The kids were itching to get outside, but claimed there was nothing to do.  So, I gave them each a rake and told them to go rake a pile of leaves and jump in it.  ( I know, my 'motherly wisdom' never ceases to amaze me - ha!)

Here are the results...

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

School Pictures 2010-2011

School pictures are in!

My handsome boy! (Going for the serious student look this year)

And my crazy beautiful girl! (Wish she would leave her hair alone before pictures!)

BTW - for those wondering...after our debate last year, I didn't even bother asking Jonathan about pictures this year - I just bought them.  =)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween, Halloween...Such a Spooky Scene!

"Halloween, Halloween...Such a Spooky Scene"

That was the title of a poem I wrote when I was in the 4th grade.  It is quite humorous and I should include a copy on here sometime; it would give you a good laugh. Only problem - my husband won't let me anywhere near the box in which it resides as I am sure to get lost in memories for at least a couple of hours.  But it is good stuff, I tell you...good stuff. =)

So, it is on to current memories in the making!

We had a great Halloween weekend.  This year we had Anakin Skywalker, Merliah (from Barbie in a Mermaid Tale), and Sleeping Beauty.

 Charlie and Paige were both thrilled to wear their costumes to school on Friday where they had a party and parade.
Merliah - "The Queen of the Waves"

Merliah's totally gnarly pink hair

Anakin Skywalker (The Padawan years)

Side Note: If you are thinking that Charlie's costume is missing something, it is not his light saber (not allowed at school).  He is missing his Padawan braid.  
 This was not due to lack of effort on my, or Paige's, part.  See, the day before Paige had a couple of friends over for a playdate.  During a brief moment when they weren't being watched like a hawk by me, Paige managed to grab the scissors and cut a chunk of each of the girls' hair (yes...both of them!).  Trying to make lemonade out of lemons, I took the discarded strands of hair and made a very nice Padawan braid out them. But, Charlie refused to wear it citing the arguments that it was "gross", and it was "girl hair". =)

On Saturday, we carved pumpkins.

Storm Trooper pumpkin...Nice Work, JR!

And on Sunday, we got dressed up again for trick-or-treating and bringing home bags and bags full of candy!

Merliah, Anakin, Sleeping Beauty and Dr. MD =)

Paige and her guinea pigs...their hair doesn't look lopsided at all!


I think my poem for this year would read: "Halloween, Halloween...Such an Crazy Scene", but then again, that wouldn't be very distinctive from any other day around here. =)
I know what is in here!


I knew it!

Can't stop thinking about it



Fine - I will just go out trick-or-treating and get my own candy!

And now, it is November.  It is my birthday month in case anyone was curious =)