Tuesday, December 30, 2014

corn what?

The kids group gift from Mimi and Poppy was a cornhole set.  Wyatt played with the neighbors one time and has obsessed ever since.  He seems to be a natural.  Ella and Will are really good too.  We’ve had the best time playing together!

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Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve dinner with Mimi and Poppy and presents.  The kids were so excited for the evening.  Their first gifts so they were beyond giddy.  

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After gifts we headed home, got our Christmas jammies on and set out Santa’s cookies.  Read a few Christmas stories and then it was lights out.  This year we had to explain over and over that Santa would NOT come until everyone was asleep.  Eventually they all caved.
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Monday, December 29, 2014

hut, hut

Wyatt’s rules for football: only people wearing visors can play and football players help other football players up. Oh, and no girls allowed.

Every night for weeks on end, the boys “play” closet to bed football.  Wyatt has become obsessed with football. 

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

a few of their favorite things {gifts}

*Yes, Will’s favorite gifts were books…. 2014-12-25 will 2014-12-25 ella2014-12-25 wyatt

Saturday, December 27, 2014

cmas day

Christmas morning FINALLY arrived.  The kids got up at 6:45 (I’m impressed).  The kids were ready to come downstairs and see if Santa had really stopped by.  On the way downstairs the kids spied Flynn Flyer.  Ella was terribly upset at the thought of Flynn leaving so she wrote him a note begging him to stay.  He left the kids a note and Will read the note as they walked down the hall.  Flynn, on direct orders from management, was asked to stay at our house for a few more days.  Ella was beaming. 

On to the den the kids spotted what Santa had left for them.  A Millennium Falcon and car road map for Wyatt.  A new big girl scooter for Ella.  Along with a Doc McStuffins mobile clinic.  And Will got a Snowalker and some Hexbugs.  They played with their Santa gifts for a long time before moving on to unwrapping presents.

The kids had more gifts that they loved… From Wyatt’s football helmet and “costume”.  To Ella’s new doll that looks like her.  And Will’s pile of books and light up snake. They had a fun and magical morning. 

And we all had a very quiet afternoon…these three were so busy playing we never heard a word out of them till 4:00!

It was a very Merry Christmas!

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

we wish you a….

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*We did not actually send out cards this year. But I did order a few :)

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

merry and bright

spontaneous Christmas pics in front of our Christmas decorations and all three are in red clothes.  I’ll call that a Christmas miracle.  Even with crocs and fireman boots.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

taking the train to the North Pole!

Our neighbor, Kendall, invited Will on the Polar Express train ride with her.  Will excitedly said yes.  They visited to the North Pole. Had a visit with Santa and saw dancing elves.  And had some milk and cookies on the way home from the North Pole.  And of course, they were given a bell, just like in the movie.

Will said it was “amazing” but he doesn’t need to go back, haha.  I told him we might want to take Ella and Wyatt next year.  Then he decided he might want to go again next year. 

While Will was off at the real North Pole, the little kids were watching the movie Polar Express and having popcorn in the basement.
What a fun holiday night for everyone!

*I totally don’t know these other kids, so I hated to blast their faces across the web so I hearted them out :)

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

celebrate, celebrate!

November and December brings Poppy and Mimi’s birthdays.  Lots of candles and cakes and celebrating!

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one final Christmas program for the year

Monday, December 15, 2014

santa, santa, ho, ho, ho

We surprised the kids with a trip to visit the Jolly guy.  Ella was the only one who really wanted to go, but the boys came around when we got there.  Ella asked for an art set.  Will wants Skylanders.  And Wyatt wanted Star War legos.  Let’s hope Santa’s workshop has those toys!

Wyatt was very hesitant to meet the big guy.  But then got all giddy when he walked past him in line.  Looks like he’s finally warming up to him.

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Christmas Programs (2014-12-14)

(E's solo is at the 4:50 mark!) (Clips from Wilson's play)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Beginner's Ballroom?

Beginner's Ballroom? (2014-12-12) from Gusturtle on Vimeo.

funny {elf} business

Just some more elf antics.  Looks like I loved the Super Flynn Flyer so much I included it again on this page…

A side note, Mister Wilson LOVES Flynn.  And “visits” him daily for a chat.  No clue what he says, I haven’t been able to overheard the one-sided conversation yet.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

looks good, little full, lotta sap

every year I say I want to take the wreath class at church and then forget.  I finally did it...with a reminder from Renee.  What fun!  It was alot of work.  And alot of sap.  But I’m glad I finally made my own {real} wreath!

I’m not sure I want to go to all that trouble each year though….but it is beautiful.

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throwback to Thanksgiving

I’m only a few weeks behind….

Wy and Ella with their Indian feathers.  Ella was sick that day and had to miss her Thanksgiving party.

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Wyatt was thankful for Mommy and Daddy, my frogs, my brother and sister, my cousins, my toys, and my soft covers.  {love this}
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Before Ella got sick, Ella’s class put turkeys in disguise so they would avoid becoming Thanksgiving dinner.  Ella got very creative and wanted her turkey to be a Knight.  It turned out very cool!

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Wilson’s class spent the week talking about the history of Thanksgiving.  And brought home all kinds of turkey art.  This one was my fave.
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And of course, the requisite thankful turkey.  He was thankful for his cat, mom, skylanders, ham, toys, and apples.  So thankful I made the list, haha.

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Monday, December 08, 2014

flynn antics, again.

Flynn has been busy this week.  Fishing, sawing down trees.  Doubling as a super hero and bringing us a new movie.  He was late one day.  Something about the teleporter again.  Seems like that is a reoccurring theme this year. <ahem>

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Thursday, December 04, 2014

Flynn Flyer has ARRIVED!


Our elf, Flynn Flyer, has come back from the North Pole.  Apparently he took the wrong portal, and ended up at the Post Office.  He hitched a ride in a box, and brought along some new Christmas books for us. 

The kids were so excited to have Flynn back.  Will had started to worry that Flynn had forgotten us this year, since all his friends’ elves were already back from the North Pole.  I guess going down the wrong portal will delay things a few days. We can’t wait to see what kinds of mischief Flynn gets into this year!

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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

a train ride for Wyatt (kind of)

It was time for another Daddy/Wyatt date.  And what place to go than to ride the Incline Railway for the first time.  Wyatt loved riding the “train” up and down the mountain.  He thought it was great fun! And only slightly disappointed that there wasn’t any tunnels.  They had a great afternoon together!

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