Sunday, November 29, 2015


This is when you know you're really nailing it as a parent.

Thanksgiving morning Logan was sitting on the couch in his costume du jour watching Mickey Mouse Club House.

"Hey Logan!" I exclaimed. "Since today is Thanksgiving let's talk about what you're thankful for. I'm thankful for you and Everett and daddy, I'm thankful we're all healthy..."

He looked over at me and without missing a beat replied, "I'm thankful for my shows," and immediately shifted his eyes back to Mickey Mouse.

Or how about when we set up the Little People Nativity in his bedroom the other night? Ready to engage in a meaningful and heart warming conversation about the birth of Christ I asked him, "Logan... do you know remember why we celebrate Christmas?"


"Is it about getting presents or something else...?" I gently prodded.

"Um, it's just about getting presents."

"But whose birthday is it??"


"MINE! December 20th, when it's almost Christmas, it's my birthday!" 

"But whose birthday do we celebrate ON Christmas?" I tried again desperately. "Baaaaaby......"

"....Baaaaaaby.... BABY EVERETT!" he exclaimed with such gusto and conviction that you might have been tempted to believe him for just a second. 

So obviously, Nick and I are really instilling deep values and lasting lessons in our childrens' hearts. We should feel proud for sure.

Did you have a good Thanksgiving break? Ours was cold and rainy, and we spent a lot of time not doing much of anything!

Except hug, then fight. Hug--> Fight. Logan is awesome at being an instigator and Everett has mastered the dramatics. Also, note Lexi in the background getting a whiff of the eggs on the stove.

On Friday morning we were all hanging out in our pj's being lazy, and Hattie came over to join the fun. They played play dough, created a band, ate chicken nuggets, and dressed up in costumes.

Hattie was less than impressed with Logan's assortment of dress up clothes. This one was given to Logan by a friend, and we're still not even sure exactly what it is. Regardless, it pales in comparison to sparkly princess dresses. 

On Friday afternoon Logan and I went to see The Peanuts movie, while Nick and Everett stayed home and did man stuff. 

Late Saturday afternoon I did have a couple of errands to run, and Everett and I made a quick stop by Starbucks for scones and hot chocolate. Cold day necessities!
On Saturday night Al and Teri had us, plus my mom and Chris's family over for a little holiday party. We had lined up a baby-sitter for the boys, and I have to say, I can't remember the last time we were with all the family without the kids. We had a really fun night! Teri had made all kinds of delicious food and decorated their house beautifully for Christmas. 

 We ended the night with a guys vs. girls game of Catch Phrase, which was highly comical.
Chris's face says it all. But probably, he was just feeling resentful because the girls' team was dominating.

Tomorrow, it's back to real life for a few weeks, and the downhill slide to CHRISTMAS!!!!! Nick always takes the last two weeks of the year off, and it's my favorite! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving break!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Happy Thanksgiving! We spent the afternoon at Andrea & Chris's house, with Nick's family and Chris's family from Michigan. Andrea & Chris worked so hard and everything turned out just great! The tables were beautiful, and we had tons of great food!

I think you can really only appreciate how much work it take to host Thanksgiving at your house once you've done it. We have hosted two of the last three years and I have to say, I enjoy it, but it also feels really good to come home to a clean, quiet house after everything is over. So, THANK YOU Andrea and Chris!!

This was also one of the first years we haven't made the rounds to try and see both sides of the family. I missed everyone we didn't see of course, but it was nice being in one spot the entire time. It is a lot for everybody, especially the kids, when you have such a long day like that. 
This year and last year, just for comparison. Untle Tris is the BEES KNEES to Logan and E.
And Aunt Deed is pretty special too!

Chris's parents Sue and Tim and his sister Emily were so sweet to Logan and Everett!! They played and played with them, and the boys adored them all. They are going to have some super lucky grandkids one day, that's for sure! These were two of my favorite pictures from the entire day.

Hope you had some good family time and a whole lot of feasting today. Happy Thanksgiving, friends!!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Fall Fun with the Frosts

The Frosts have been visiting from Houston, and today Jill and I took the kids to the Dallas Arboretum. The weather was cool and crisp; it was a perfect day to be outside enjoying the final days of fall!
They all wanted to get their faces painted. I was shocked Everett sat still and actually allowed someone to paint his face. He loved it! 

We ate lunch near the Children's Garden, and the kids played on the playground before it was time to leave.

They told me Everett was "playing dead." How they got him to do this, I'll never know!
A fun day with some of our favorite friends!! I wish we all lived closer!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Turkey Day Week & Some Christmas Stuff

Do you type a letter to go inside of your Christmas cards? 

I'm not sure why, I decided I wanted to do that for the first time. I always love reading updates on everyone's families, especially those we don't keep in contact with regularly. This morning I sat down and tried to write out a letter, and let me tell you, that is no easy task! First off, how do you start a letter that is going to lots and lots of people? It's so awkward!
Hello friends, So this year our family...
Merry Christmas! How is your family? Ours is great. 

There is just no smooth, natural way to begin a letter talking all about your family. After starting and deleting a few times, I ended up Googling "how to write a Christmas letter" (ridiculous!), and ended up with a whole host of tips. 

Be positive, but don't come across as bragging. Be sure and mention some challenges you've faced this year, but don't focus on them. Add humor to your letter. Don't write more than a paragraph about each individual family member. Keep the tone light and warm. Don't appear to be bragging. Do send well wishes to the receivers. 

I'm telling you, I'm worse off than when I started! If I ever figure out how to briefly sum up the last year in a light, warm, positive yet not bragging way, including humor, hardships and well wishes, I will let you know. Or maybe you guys have some tips?
My other lofty goal for the week is I am determined- DETERMINED I tell you- to get back on the healthy cooking/eating bandwagon. This cookbook, 100 Days of Real Food is my favorite and totally my inspiration right now. It is practical and has tons of great information.

Logan went to an activity at Hudson's church this afternoon, so Everett and I ran a few errands. We made a stop by Central Market for lunch and groceries, so at least we have some healthy meals planned for Monday though Wednesday. After Wednesday all bets are off.

On Friday Nick came home from work early, so we took advantage of the weather while it was still nice outside. This picture sums up Logan perfectly. Scooter. Cleats. Cape and his Bubble Puppy. He is rarely not in a costume of some sort.
Saturday was COLD, and we mostly hung around the house. I got a few random things done, and Nick needed to work on the pool. Of course the boys wanted to go outside too, so we all bundled up and spent quite a bit of the morning in the backyard. In the frigid temps. Not my favorite.

When we came back inside I pulled out these neat little Melissa & Doug painting sheets Logan got last year for his birthday. The paint is right there on the paper, so all you need is a cup of water and a paint brush.
I'm sure any other kids would think these were fantastic, but Logan and Everett were pretty unamused. Everett knocked over his cup not once, but twice, and Logan painted about one stripe on two different pages and was done. It was a great idea in theory.

Sunday my mom so kindly offered to take the boys all day so Nick and I could get our house decorated for Christmas. We were able to get just about everything done, including the tree, and still squeeze in a late afternoon movie.

We normally never decorate for Christmas this early, but I am excited about it being finished so that hopefully the rest of the week can include good food, holiday movies, and spending lots of QT with my people.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Catalogues and Indians

We have two large pecan trees in our yard, and last fall my dad showed Logan how to crack the good pecans open and eat them. Ever since then Logan is always on the hunt for good "petans" and carefully examining our tree to see when they will fall off. 

Yesterday we found a bunch that were finally ripe. I gave Logan a bucket and he gathered a few handfuls for us to crack open and eat, which he thought was the greatest thing ever. As we were sitting on the back porch eating pecans, I was filled with a memory of being at my Nanny and Papa's house as a kid. There was a big pecan tree in their yard, and Nanny kept a red bucket filled up with pecans on her back porch that we would always crack open and eat. (That is, when we weren't too busy eating candy from Stop-N-Go or having breakfast cereal with mounds of Sweet'n Low piled on top. BLECK!!)
The boys and I came inside when all the pecans were eaten so I could fix dinner, and Logan was looking at a toy catalogue that had come in the mail. I gave him a marker and showed him how he could flip through and circle all the toys he wanted to put on his Christmas wish list. This was another thing we always did at Nanny and Papa's house. Nanny would have stacks and stacks of magazines, and JG and I would take pens and sit on the steps in her living room and circle all the toys we wanted while they watched Wheel of Fortune. I remember Nanny's catalogues being the most exciting thing ever! The difference for Logan is that every single thing we circled would end up under the Christmas tree or would magically come in Nanny's mail for us. Unfortunately for Logan, parents don't operate that same way.

I have the very best memories of time spent with all my grandparents as a kid. I know one day Logan and Everett will have the same kinds of memories, and they have no idea how lucky that makes them.

Today was Logan's Thanksgiving Feast at school. Normally, parents aren't allowed to come, but since Allyson and I are room moms we were able to be there to set up and pass out food to the kids. I loved being at school with this little turkey!

Allyson & sweet Luke
My favorite little Indian (Native American??)

In other exciting developments, I feel as if I should report that not one, but BOTH trash houses have been removed from the premises. I don't know what made them lose their luster, but Nick said he was going to take them out with the trash last night, and Logan non-chalantly agreed. I think I heard the Hallelujah Chorus playing far off in the distance.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Father's Daughter's Son

Friday was such a fun day! My Grandmother Jeanice and my other Grandmother Scat went with me to an event in Southlake called Table Tops. It was a fundraiser benefitting a local women's shelter. There were 24 beautifully decorated tables set up in one of the ball rooms, delicious food, music and a silent auction. The tables were pretty unbelievable!

Some of the tables were so extravagant and gorgeous, you just looked at them in awe and thought, "Wow! I could never do that." Others had ideas that you could probably recreate (or think you could, but not really at all.)

We loved looking at the tables and admiring the creativity, and of course it was fun to spend the day with two of my favorite people!
Kimba also met us, which made the day even better. We sat outside on the patio and enjoyed the beautiful afternoon and the delicious meal. Scat and Jeanice had us cracking up the entire time!

Nick went to Lubbock for the weekend, so it was just the boys and I. We had a pretty low key weekend, and it was really fun! We went to Central Market for dinner one night, cooked spaghetti at home and had a movie night, played with neighbors and met Andrea and Chris for lunch. Logan slept in my bed on Friday night, and on Sunday he informed me that was his very favorite part of the weekend. Secretly, it might have been mine also =)
Movie night with my babies!

Our big project for the weekend was cleaning out their toys. I have been putting this off for quite a while, but with Christmas and Logan's birthday coming up in a few weeks, it was time. I was actually able to swipe one of the trash houses for this project, so now I just have to figure out how to get rid of the other two. We filled an entire giant box to the brim with toys, and our cabinets and the playroom look so much more orderly now. The next step is figuring out where to take the toys, because I would like to take them and drop them off somewhere they are needed that Logan can see, rather than just setting them on our porch to be picked up.

It was so funny, as we cleaned no toy was spared in Logan's eyes. I fully expected him to not want to get rid of anything and suddenly have a million favorite toys, but he was quite the opposite. He was taking anything and everything he could get his hands on and throwing it in the box. I actually had to regulate and convince him to keep at least some of his toys. I would say it's his generous spirit shining through, but let's be honest, he's related to me and my dad. We are the exact same way! I tend to go overboard when it comes to purging and getting rid of stuff. I happen to think it's an excellent quality to have, except for the fact that you never have obscure things lying around when you need them. 

Hope you had a great weekend!