Saturday, December 29, 2012

Lazy Morning

Sometimes, walking around on subfloor gets old.  But, sometimes, it's worth it all... when I wake up to views like this one from my bedroom!  

It's a lazy morning around here: playing with new toys and wearing matching jammies... the glories of being home together with nowhere to go and nothing we have to do!!

Thursday, December 27, 2012


A Match Made in Geekdom

This is why every nerdy engineer and geeky video game designer is going to be in love with my girly-girl daughter.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas 2012

We headed south for our second annual pre-Christmas water park adventure.  This little get-a-way is really the only time our "little family of 5" gets to spend together over a very busy season.  The kids love it; it's never crowded, and Bret and I enjoy some relatively quiet and warm moments together.  This year, Grant was able to do every slide in the park, completely on his own.  He was up the big tower with a tube more times than I care to count.  Grace, with Bret's help, could do the two big inter-tube slides.  She wasn't a fan at first (cried the first time down each slide), but she quickly warmed up!  Plus, we discovered that Grace has a severe fear of heights.  She practically crawled on hands and knees up the large tower.  And, Trent... well, he loved the water!  But, to be honest, he spent more time napping in Daddy's arms than he did the water. 

Then, we headed to Bedford to see all of Bret's extended family.  I have no pictures of this experience because the screaming baby (tuckered out from two days at the waterpark) was, well, screaming.  A lot.  It didn't seem to end.  Even on Christmas.  Even with gifts and boxes and bows.  In fact, on Christmas, he slept for 20 hours throughout the 24 hour day... one tired cookie.  The kids had a blast, and I am often reminded of how thankful I am that Bret has such a large family relatively close by.  It sure makes me wish my California family was closer!

Christmas morning we did stockings in bed and opened a few presents.  I know there is a long line of people who want to complain to us, telling us that our kids deserve a mountain of presents on Christmas morning (I'm looking at you, Kate and Barb).  But, we keep it pretty simple: about two presents and one from Santa... and the kids don't seem to mind (might have something to do with the VAN LOAD of gifts they receive at THREE different family Christmas celebrations).   The best Christmas presents of all were having Trent David with us and the start of a week long visit from my aunt and uncle from CA!

Today, snowed in with the "Blizzard of 2012," we have been up to our ears with Play-dough, pipe cleaners, colored tapes, skylander giants, star wars, flash pads, ninja turtles and chocolate.  And, to think, we have one more Christmas celebration to go!!

We're thankful for so much... blessed beyond measure!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Grace Christmas Classics

For those who really know Grace, you know that she is "her own bird."  She's funny, quirky, wildly independent, bossy, caring and a whole bunch of crazy thrown in for good measure.

A few of my favorites this holiday season:

1.  Today, when visiting Santa at Walgreens (read: free photo with Santa beats the mall any day), she had a note to give him.  She had spent an hour coloring it and writing "her words," as she called them.  What did the note say, you ask?  Well, only something my super meticulous, super detailed oriented, and a whole lot of bossy daughter could concoct:  "Dear Santa, I hope you get me gift right."

2.  Another Grace classic comes when she is singing a various assortment of Christmas carols, most of which she butchers wonderfully.  My favorite mistake, which I simply refuse to correct is during "Winter Wonderland."  You didn't know that "Person Brown" asks to get married and later "expires" by the fire?  Well, that's the Grace version, at least.

Here is Grace getting ready to enter the stage for her big Christmas preschool program!  Too cute!

We hope to have plenty of updates in the coming days, but for now, we are packing to head south for our second annual trip to a water park before the festivities begin!   Bring on the CHRISTMAS!!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Saturday Morning Fun or Snow, Part II

Forget the cartoons!  When your house has a hill in front... you're good to go!  See ya at lunch, kids--see ya, at lunch!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Take THAT, Friday Morning

A delay and a closure... AND THE SEASON'S FIRST SNOW!!! 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Grace's Tea Party

I told her... get anything you want for your princess tent tea party: fudge, Christmas cookies, brownies, pie (why do we have so much food in our house?).  What does the girl grab: ham and cheese.

Chewbacca (see picture) has to eat something, I guess.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Friday, December 07, 2012

You know you have a solution...

when you can now send your four-year-old in to Starbucks to order for you--instead of waiting in the drive thru line!

Problem (see previous post) solved, my friends.  Problem solved.

Plus, she was so proud of herself--coming out with that hot coffee in her hands!