Thursday, December 27, 2012

Lizard Warning!!!

For those of you who didn't see my most recent Facebook status....I wanted to let you know that we are safe and sound and the "lizard warning" has been cancelled!!!

We recently receive a significant amount of snow that also included a blizzard warning issued by the National Weather Service.  Addison must of heard Terry and I discussing this because yesterday when I came downstairs after taking a shower....she promptly announced that she heard on the tv that the "lizard warning had been cancelled".  Love her!!

I was fortunate enough to have the day off work and was able to play outside with the girls.  Due to the "lizard like" conditions, we weren't able to stay outside long. We went out early in the morning before the snow got too deep and the winds got too strong.


Love this little goof ball!  Even while outside she wanted to make a silly face for the camera!

If you can't tell...Alexis is on the left & Addison is on the right.

Alexis making snow angels!!

Stay tuned....Christmas post(s) will be along shortly!!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Card 2012....


Wanted to share our Christmas Card this year for those of you who haven't seen it.

It didn't scan well but you get the idea...

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OUR READERS!!!

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Flash Back....

2009

2010

2011

2012

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas Program...

The girls had their first Christmas program at school on Wednesday evening.  I was so proud of my little girls.  They did awesome.  Here are the videos to prove it:










Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Chuck E. Cheese...


The same day we went to see Santa the girls were invited to a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese.  To say that they were fired up about the party is an understatement.

Because I am a huge germ-o-phob, the girls have never been to Chuck E. Cheese before.  They have seen commercials on tv so they kind of knew what to expect.  I'm also convinced that Chuck E. Cheese is Satan himself, but that is another story.  And yes, they were bathed in purell the moment we got into the car and went pretty much from the car into the bathtub when we got home.

The girls had a blast.  Trying to get them to hold still long enough for photos was not an easy task.  Here are a few of the best ones.





Monday, December 17, 2012

Santa....

This past Saturday we had breakfast with Santa.  The girls were in love and had a great time!
I'm not sure who is loving Christmas more this year...Me or the kiddos?  They are at the perfect age where everything is so exciting.  Watching them experience the magic of the holidays melts my heart a million times over!  I really do wish I could bottle their innocence!

As we were driving to meet Santa I was prepping the kiddos as to what we were going to do.  Alexis has been a little skeptical and I wasn't sure about her.  I explained to the girls we were going to go have pancakes with Santa.  Alexis looks at me and says "Mommy does it take a long time to drive to the North Pole?"  Love her!!  She thought we were going to the North Pole, where Santa lives for breakfast.  I explained to her that Santa was coming here to visit us so he could make sure he had their list correct for the Elves.  Everything went great and this year there were zero tears!!!

Here are a few pictures:



Hello Kitty face/hand painting by the Elves.

This is one of my favorite pictures.  Alexis saw Santa for the first time and her eyes were so huge!  Watching her talk to him literally brought tears to my eyes.


This Santa was amazing!!!  We happened to catch him just at the right time.  He was walking around the mall and no one else was around.  So my kiddos got a little extra one on one time with the big guy!


Another one of my favs.  I love the innocence of these pictures.  Can't they stay little forever???



Not the best photo but we had to attempt a family shot!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Everyone Poops...

After reading the girls one of their favorite books last night I had an idea....


Yes, I know....."Everyone Poops" shouldn't be a three year olds favorite book.  Joe the Elf  is having a great time playing with the barbie furniture.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Meet Joe....


It may be hard to tell from the above photo but this is "Joe".  He is our African American Elf.

Our Elf was gifted to us four years ago by a family member who purchased him at an after Christmas clearance sale.  "Joe" has been in storage until the girls were old enough to play along.  Imagine my surprise when opening the box this year to find he wasn't Caucasian.  No big deal, right?  I had no idea that the Elf on the Shelf came in different genders and/or races. 

Addison decided upon the name Joe.  I can't really recall how exactly the name came about, but it was Addison who picked his name.

Joe has been up to a lot recently. I don't believe in making Joe be naughty like a lot of the photos I've been seeing recently on Facebook.  In my opinion, it's not right for the Elf to be able to be mischievous but my kiddos cannot because Santa is watching. 

Joe has been known to hang from the ceiling fan, eat a candy cane from the Christmas tree, eat a banana, leave a note on the magnadoodle, take a flight in the Little People airplane, hang out in our stockings....and several more.  At first the girls did NOT like the idea of Joe playing with their toys. 

Just like Mommy, Joe is tired.  I'm running out of ideas that don't involve him being ill-behaved.  Last night Joe was just too tired to be creative!!!

(Apparently he was too lazy to cover himself with the blanket as well!)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Funny Face...

The girls have show and tell every Friday at school.  Every week show and tell is the next letter of the alphabet....meaning they bring something that starts with that weeks letter.

It's getting harder and harder to find two different items that are unique.

A few weeks ago (again with the playing catch up) the letter was "F".....

Funny Faces was the best I could do.

Love these little goof balls to pieces!!!



Monday, December 10, 2012

Jingle Rails....

The Friday after Thanksgiving (yes I'm still playing catch up) I was fortunate to have the day off work.  We decided to take the girls to the Eiteljorg Museum to see their annual "Jingle Rails" exhibit.  Neither Terry or I have ever been to the Eiteljorg, but the girls went to this exhibit last year with their Ga Ga and Pop Pop and loved it.  Since my girls love for trains continues, I thought this would be a fun thing for us to do to get into the holiday spirit.  They loved looking at all of the model trains running throughout the Christmas display.  But I think they loved the attention they were getting even more.  We let the girls wear their "conductor" hats that they got last year at the exhibit.  We probably heard at least a 100 times how adorable they looked.  I have to agree!!  :-)





Since I had never been to the Eiteljorg I wasn't quite sure what to expect.  The Eiteljorg is the museum of American Indians and Western Art.  They had a few cute interactive displays for the kids. 


I'm not sure that we will be going back anytime soon, but it was fun nevertheless.  I love having family days with the four of us. 

Friday, December 7, 2012

MAX AND RUBY!!!

Last Sunday, December 2nd the girls Ga Ga took them and their cousin Oliver to see Max and Ruby.  The girls were in love!  Max and Ruby is one of their favorite shows so when I told them we were going to meet Max and Ruby they were pretty fired up.  Ga Ga got awesome seats for the show and included in her fabulous ticket package was a meet and great with Max and Ruby prior to the show. 
Here are some pictures:


Here are the kiddos showing off their VIP passes. 

Waiting in the VIP room for Max and Ruby with Ga.

At first Addison was scared of Max & Ruby. 
But finally we were able to get her to pose for a quick picture.



We seriously had amazing seats and the girls had a fantastic time. 

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I love this video of Alexis.  She was so excited most of the show. 

Friday, November 30, 2012

Playing "KETCHUP"

Please excuse my blogging absence.  I've been in kind of a funk lately and my blog has taken a backseat for a while.  I mentioned to Terry last night that I have a million photos on the camera that I need to download.  I told him that I needed to spend a little time in the office playing "catch up".  Addison then asked me why I needed to take the ketchup into the office?  Out of the mouth of babes, right?

We've been busy around our house trying to take in all the local holiday festivities that our town has to offer.  I plan to spend some time in the next week or so getting my blog up to date with a ton of photos.  I will leave you with a few photos from my phone today.....

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An attempt to get a photo of all the cousins together on Thanksgiving!!  And yes, It was that warm that my kiddos are wearing skirts and some of the other kids are wearing shorts.
Left to right:  Georgia, Greta, Alexis, Amelia, Oliver, Addison and Lila

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Doing a little Christmas shopping.  Addison had to stop and take a photo op with the zebra print hat she found.  She knows Aunt Sandy likes "zebra stuff".


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Trimming the tree!  Saturday after Thanksgiving the girls help me put up the tree.  Shortly after they went to bed I re-decorated the tree.  They did a good job but being the control freak that I am....I just couldn't stand all 200 ornaments right next to each other.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Helper...

Lately the girls have been wanting to "help".  They want to help cook, help do laundry, help with the dishes...just about anything.  I try to remember that even though their helping really technically doesn't help all that much....there will be days in the future that I will be begging for them to help me!




Addison helping with the dishes this evening.

Addison was washing dishes while Alexis and I were folding laundry.  After they went to bed, Daddy re-washed the dishes and I refolded the clothes.  :-)

Monday, November 12, 2012

HOMEMADE FINGER PAINT...

The weather here in Indiana has gotten REALLY cold really fast.  I'm always looking for new ideas to keep my super active kiddos entertained while indoors.  While in our basement searching for something I saw the girls house that Aunt Paula had gotten them for their birthday.  Their cardboard house has taken a beating and was barely standing.  They loved this thing but it has definitely seen it's better days.  It's been drawn on with crayons and markers and probably has over 50 stickers on it.  I figured what better way to send it to the dumpster than covered in finger paint.  And what better way to spend a chilly afternoon indoors? 

I told the kiddos that after their naps we were going to paint....to my surprise our finger paint was gone?!?!?  We obviously have some kind of ghost in our house who makes numerous things disappear.  I grabbed the Ipad and googled homemade finger paint.  Every recipe called for corn starch....which I did not have.  I was able to find one recipe that called for kool-aid, flour, salt, oil and water.  It served it's purpose but I will not be using it again.  I will make sure that I have corn starch in the pantry!!


It was rather thick, no matter how much water I put in it.

The girls were excited to paint but kept asking me where the paint brushes were because they didn't want to get their hands messy. 

Here they are hard at work:



After a little convincing....I talked Addison into painting with her hands.



Alexis resorted to painting her hand with the paintbrush and then making "prints".


I thought I had taken a photo of the finished project before it hit the garbage can, but I guess I didn't.  The finger paint was a big hit with the girls but wasn't what I had hoped.  It took more than 24 hours to dry and the color was not as vibrant as I had hoped.  Trial and error, I guess!  The good thing about it was, it didn't stain their hands or their clothing and we all had a great time doing it.

Would love to hear your ideas and/or recipes for homemade items and crafts to do with kiddos!!
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