These are leap pads….not “i” anythings…..
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Monday, December 09, 2013
We can check Santa off our list. We went to a cookie party on Sunday were the jolly ole guy was there.
Here are the crazies waiting to see Santa. I say crazies because they were, in fact, crazy. Hyped up on sugar and adrenaline. Case and point:
Will has been to this party several times before. But this is the first time he’s chosen to talk to St Nick. And he did it begrudgingly. I think he was afraid that if he didn’t talk to him he wouldn’t get anything.
I asked him what he asked for, he said a keyboard (which is on his list). But he left off all the other important items. [Totally reminding me of the scene in The Christmas Story movie.] I told him not worry since we had not sent Santa the official list yet.
Miss Ella….well, she’s still Santa’s #1 fan. Last year she met Santa here and would barely leave his side! This year was no different. She hopped in his lap like they were old friends. And because he IS Santa, he started singing Jingle Bells to her. He KNEW this was her favorite song (all year long). He didn’t sing to any of the other kids, but he just knew it was her song. We were all pretty speechless. Ella’s Santa encounter was pretty magical.
She then whispered in his ear her list (a pink kitchen, games and toys). And happily walked away.
Of course, I can’t not mention that Ella had met the jolly guy the day before at the mall. She and Mimi were out running errands and decided to make a quick stop to say to Hi. Of course Mimi couldn’t leave without a picture. Ella was SO excited about her special visit.
Though now she keeps asking why the presents are taking so long to get here!
OH, forgot to mention Wyatt. There is video, but it was ugly. He was afraid of Santa. No surprise there. But he was all talk until we got face to face with him, and it was all down hill. Bless his heart, he is just like his Momma. Maybe one day he’ll change his mind (It only took me 7 years to decide to sit on his lap….but only with a few younger cousins in tow.)
Sunday, December 08, 2013
Saturday, December 07, 2013
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Turns out I don’t know Mister T as well as I thought. Thanksgiving morning he declared “it’s just not Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie”. Huh?! 16 years together and this is the first I’ve heard of this. My sole job at Mom and Dad’s Thanksgiving feast is dessert. Pie, cookies, whatever my heart desires. I usually make a chocolate pie and apple pie. I was feeling lazy this year and was just going to go with apple pie. And then Mister declares pumpkin pie is his favorite. What’s a good wife to do? Whip up a pumpkin pie of course.
I visited my favorite, reliable, homecooking site: the Pioneer Woman. I
asked Ree searched Pumpkin Pie. She linked to this pumpkin pie recipe. Normally I would compare several recipes, I just went with it. Chris said it was the best!
Now, I’m sure you’re wondering if I really had all the ingredients on hand. And yes, I did! So that worked in my favor. The only problem was I only had one pie crust (I used premade for my apple pie). So what was I to do…ask Ree if she also had pie crust recipes. She sure did. I used this one and it was amazing. I have made pie crust in the past and it was a disaster. This one was perfectly amazing! I used it in both the apple and pumpkin pie this year. Looks like we have a few new traditions to add to our feast.
All that to say, I spent alot of time in the kitchen Thanksgiving morning. And who was beside me every step of the way? Ella Wei. She LOVES being in the kitchen! She took her job seriously and did a great job helping. The two of us had a great time together.
Our two pies were a success. Everyone gobbled up the apple pie. And Chris ate the entire pumpkin pie over the holiday week. Who knew an entire pie was his dream come true?! I think we have a new tradition to add to our feast.
*the running joke around here is that we are either out of ink or paper. naturally, this was the case when I needed to print two recipes. insert ipad, covered with saran wrap. i am a messy baker, haha.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
I’m blogging a bit out of order!
We are so thankful for these three turkeys this year!
Chris went to Wyatt’s school for Thanksgiving lunch. This little Indian was thankful for raisin bread, among other things. No surprise there.
No Thanksgiving feast for Mister Wilson at school :( But he did create a thankful list at church. His list included Santa’s hat, Wyatt and God.
Ella did not want to be left out, so we whipped her up an Indian hat to match the boys. And she told us she was thankful for Mommy, Daddy, Guh Guh and Wyatt. And Gus and Kitty.
We spent Turkey Day with Mimi and Poppy. And we celebrated the special occasion by eating in the dining room! Thankfully no spills occurred! And I think everyone actually ate some traditional Thanksgiving foods!
We concluded the holiday with our traditional feast on Friday with the T family. What a busy, but fun week of celebrating!
Monday, December 02, 2013
Five years we have attempted to go to our local Christmas parade. This year we finally made it!
We were warned to bring bags for the candy. But I had no idea that we would bring home more candy than Halloween. OHMY! The trio hit the jackpot! (and we had just finished our Halloween candy!) They grabbed at least an entire box worth of Little Debbie’s, along with every other type of candy imaginable.
Mister Wilson loved seeing the Army trucks. They all loved seeing the “moving car show” as Wyatt put it. Farm equipment in every color was a hit too. And Wyatt loved seeing all the yellow fire trucks. Everyone loved seeing the horses, especially the clydesdales. Ella loved the bands, but Wyatt was NOT a fan of them.
What a fun afternoon. We can’t wait to make this a part of our Christmas tradition.
*Mom, this is for you…..click on the collage and it will open it up bigger so you can see all the pics.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
It was time for Wyatt to experience his first movie. We decided Black Friday was the day. Frozen was our choice. I knew it was about snow, that was it. I didn’t realize it was another princess movie, oops.
We had a giant bag of popcorn for the five of us. That got us through the previews. Wyatt was good for the first half. Then he requested to go to the bathroom. Four different trips to the potty. He kept asking to go home too. No trains or other modes of transportation to keep his interest. Ella was not a fan either. She was bored and ready to go before Wyatt was. Mister Wilson, however, said it was “the most awesome movie ever”. So there. (Chris and I thought it was really good!)
Wyatt did sing the theme song for a few hours afterwards. So it wasn’t a bad experience. Just not sure we’ll be taking the littles back any time soon.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Finally finishing up our beach trip!
Of course I wanted to attempt the traditional beach picture of the trio. I was secretly hoping for a card worth of the Christmas card. Thankfully, I did not have high expectations.
This was as good as it gets.
Though I do love this one.
And this one….
This was the only picture we got with all 5 of us. You can see how successful that was….
The best part, for me, were the endless opportunities to be behind the camera without the kids a)noticing, or b)caring. Some people might not find that relaxing, but I enjoyed every second of it. All 1200 pics of it. But really, I just love having all these pictures of my trio when they were mostly content and happy.
And LOVE experiencing a first for two of my kiddos. Such fun!
The kids are still, fondly, talking about the beach. And can’t wait to go back. They love looking at the pictures and watching the video. Just hoping we don’t have to wait 3 years before we go back next time.
Glad to be finished with posting the beach trip….now we can safely move into the holiday season :)
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
So there was burying in the sand. Every one loved it!
Wave jumping was a big favorite! Wyatt required some assistance.
But the activity that the kids spent the most time on…..collecting shells. We mostly had the beach to ourselves so the shells plentiful. We found MANY shells that were unbroken. A few conch shells. Lots of starfish pieces (no finding whole ones though).
Wyatt, was happy to pick them up and thrown them right back.
“AH, a seashell. Throw it back!”
Ella was only happy if she had the most shells. She collected any and all shells. She spent over an hour with Poppy collecting shells. And then it was Mimi’s turn.
Then she moved on to Daddy to collect some more shells.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Wyatt’s beach adventure was exactly as I imagined. And my parents would probably say it was alot like my first beach adventure….minus some screaming.
He was timid.
This picture pretty much sums up our trip. Chris and Will exploring. Ella eagerly watching, waiting on her turn. And Wyatt, a safe distance behind watching. With very little desire to be in the water.
But he wasn’t unhappy. He was a happy little observer.
He did let Poppy help him jump over a few waves. But it took alot of coaxing on Poppy’s part. Wyatt’s stubborn when it comes to fun.
His favorite thing to do, dig a canal from the sand to the ocean and send his boat sailing down the hill.
Wyatt, my cautious, happy observer. Might be kinda like his Momma.
He did have a great time though! And he surprised us all but being very comfortable in the pool. Glad he seems to have crossed that hurdle finally.