Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Oh, This Boy...

Still loves baths in my tub and pretend shaving his face...



Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Cookies & Pjs...

For the past four years, we have all gotten together with family and friends to wear pajamas, eat cookies and do a Christmas craft with the kids.

This year, Remi was adamant about not wearing pajamas, which led to Roen not wearing pajamas, so I know my days of the boys wanting to participate in this activity, are quickly ending. As sad as that makes me, I have to remind myself, that getting to watch these wild animals of mine grow into bigger boys is something to be celebrated as well.











Putting paint on the bottom of the boy's feet was pretty funny. They have the most ticklish feet and just laughed and laughed!!



Here are our past crafts. We missed last year because of an ice storm and the very first year we did it (the reindeer feet) I left Roen at home because he was just a wee little thing! These little footprints are something I love getting out every Christmas...

Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas Lights...

On Friday, Micah and the boys started hanging our Christmas lights. I love lights on my house and last year, I decided that I wanted to do even more this year. In addition to the house, we did our driveway and I really wanted to do my columns in garland too, but that may not happen until next year. Regardless, I am pretty happy with how pretty they turned out!!

In hopes of getting our very tall 'steeple' lighted, Micah had this delivered, but lighting the 'steeple' proved to be just too high for anyone to be brave enough to tackle. Except for me, and much like the bungee jumping over Victoria Falls, Micah would not even entertain the idea! (he is a bit fearful of heights and a bit overprotective of me)

Micah did take the boys up on it, because what boy wouldn't beg their daddy to go way up high :)






The highest anyone got was our little round window way up top



Remi really was Micah's biggest help this year. He worked so hard spending most of his Saturday putting all the bulbs in for the driveway and then putting the stakes in the ground... in the freezing rain!! He may be a stinker, but he is most definitely not afraid of a little hard work!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Black Friday...

I personally think there is not a whole lot more exciting than an entire day dedicated to shopping, recognized by the entire country!

In fact, if I don't participate, I usually feel like I missed out on something grand that only happens once a year. Now, lets clarify, by saying I am not really out hunting for deals or standing in line, I just like the hussle and bussle of Christmas shopping!

This year, there was only one store I wanted to go to. It is the downtown boutique that our local artist owns and sells all kinds of unique inventory. I specifically went to purchase some hand-painted ornaments of local landmarks. There were only a handful being released on Friday.

That morning, Micah and the boys decided to tag along so we could go eat breakfast afterward. We ended up visiting three stores on the Main Street Square and then eating at The Fried Pie... it was a perfect morning!

The boys were pretty good about entertaining themselves while I browsed...


"Unicorn and Zombie Unicorn"

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Deer Hunting...

Micah took the boys hunting two times over the Thanksgiving break. The first was an afternoon. They accidentally slept in and had to wait until after lunch to head out. They stopped at the Dairy Queen, got cokes and treats and then headed out to the middle of nowhere. They sat in the blind for two hours and though they never saw a deer, they came back with smiles on their faces.

Micah took them again the next morning in hopes of seeing something. Waking up early at dark, was something they thought was super exciting. After I saw them off, I went back to bed for a few hours and enjoyed the house to myself, knowing the boys were off doing one of their favorite things with the best dad in the world.

One of these days, they will be bring back a big one and I cannot wait!!















Sunday, November 27, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016....

We spent Thanksgiving in town this year, with Micah's family. Other than Thanksgiving Lunch, we had nothing on our agenda. It was so nice getting to spend so much time at home together. There was cookie baking, present opening, hunting, playing with friends, sleeping in, a little shopping and lots and lots of smiles!





So, us girls, get a bit camera crazy at family gatherings. I don't really even think we realize it half the time! Of course, we always like to get a kid picture... this always calls for lots of picture snapping, hollering and trying to get kids to look and smile! While we were in the middle of this, Micah took a picture of us! I think this might be the best picture of the day.....







We did our traditional ornament exchange this year, and decided to let the kids join as well...





I spotted this little gem of an ornament hanging from Gran's tree and I just couldn't resist taking a picture (that's Micah when he was just a boy!)...



We also did a bit of Christmas present opening with the family that we won't get to be with at Christmas. Of course, the boys just loved this!!!

The boys were 'over the moon' excited about their new Polaroid Cameras! They have since taken about a million pictures of things like Legos, ornaments, Little Anne and anything else that catches their eyes!



These are the night vision goggles they got. They have barely been taken off and even went hunting with the boys!



The boys also got a big bucket of arts and crafts goodies... which they broke into the minute they could!! It is for this reason that we have an art room for the boys! I love for them to be able to glue, paint, cut, draw, and make a big 'ole mess doing it...







We had a super blessed Thanksgiving filled with lots of sweet kiddos and family time!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Trimming the Tree...

I have been busy putting up Christmas decor since Halloween ended. Last week, we finally got our big tree out and the boys could hardly wait to get the ornaments on it!

They each have a small tree for their rooms- which I let them decorate all by themselves. I get them a new ornament for their little tree every year and they just have the best time decorating and deciding where to put it!

But, their most favorite, is decorating the family tree. They just love pulling ornaments out of boxes, asking if it is my most favorite one (Roen) and then hanging them all in one spot and usually on the same branch. It is a little tradition that just us three do every year and for me, it is one of the best parts of the holiday!! We spent an entire afternoon decorating, I had to pull Roen away to eat dinner and then he woke up the next morning wanting to decorate more.... only to find out I had already finished putting all the ornaments on!

Roen's little tree is soft, white and has only branches. Since Remi is older, he had his tree first and I wanted their trees to be totally different and reflective of them. So Roen's tree is sweet and simple just like him...




(this was Roen's new ornament this year)






Remi's tree is very traditional. It is tall and hardy... ready for the extra love Remi likes to give it! It is filled with lots of soft and furry animals- deer, dogs, monkeys... for my rough & tough, animal-loving little dude...







Here they are decorating the family tree...







Roen still has a BIG love for all things transportation- trucks, trains, boats, buses, planes- he loves them all! He likes to sneak into the library, take off the boats, tractors and firetruck ornaments and quietly push them around the house...




Presents are quickly filling up the space under our tree, the boys can hardly wait for Santa to come and we are ready for Christmas!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Skating...

Well, yesterday was the very last day of skating.

The boys ended up being pretty good little skaters and loved having me come skate with them everyday. I actually put skates on and skated 4 different times... and I didn't fall!

Micah came up most days to see the boys skate... which was icing on the cake!















All said and done, Roen came home with this certificate. I wish so badly you could have seen this boy skate. It was like he sprinted laps around the gym! It was the cutest, funniest thing I have ever seen!! No gliding was involved, just fast, running with skates on!