I have always wanted to make cookies for our neighbors and this year we finally did it. It was actually a lot more fun then I thought that it would be and a lot less wok then I thought that it was going to be. I think that the secret is, I made the dough and then I let the kids do what they wanted, no micro managing and no impatience. Ryan and Julia did the rolling of the dough and the cutting of the shapes, while Sawyer napped.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Merry Christmas, the annual Christmas card photo.
This is Ryan being "cool"
And this is Ryan being real!
Ryan had his first choir concert of the year the beginning of December. This is a choir that he had to try out for and he goes to school early twice a week to practice. He is really enjoying it and if you have ever heard Ryan sing, you would agree that this a a wise path for him to follow. He has an amazing voice, I love listening to him sing, which he does do all the time! The choir did an amazing job. They are split up in to parts, I am so impressed that third and fourth graders could sing different parts altogether. It was a very enjoyable concert, I think Julia loved it the most since she spent the whole concert participating in her new favorite passtime, texting!
This tree is on our backyard and at one time it was so beautiful. It had every color that a leaf can turn in it. There was green, yellow, orange, red, purple and brown. Everyday I said I need to get out there and take a picture of it. Of course, as always, I was a day late! The previous night it froze and all the beautiful leaves looked like their color had been mixed with black. So imagine this tree brighter and more pretty. And yes, I did say that it froze. It only snows every 10-15 years here in Houston, but of course the first winter we are here is snows. I did not get any pictures of it, because I kept thinking that it was going to start snowing and then I would take a picture, but I soon realized that the almost invisible flurries, was what texans refer to as "it is really coming down". There were other places in Houston that got more snow, snow that actually made it to the ground, but where we live, we only saw in barely floating toward the ground.
This is Ryan with his good friend Caden.
And this is Julia with Caden's sisters, Grace and Maddie.
All these kids have a lot of fun together.
Nothing welcomes the Christmas season better then putting your Christmas tree up. I love this activity. I love pulling out the ornaments and remembering all the ornaments that the kids have picked out in previous years. I love how much the kids love putting their own ornaments on the tree and the place on the tree that they put them. Ryan's are high this year, but only on the left side of the tree.
And of course I had to get the picture of them in front of the finished tree. They were all in a very silly mood, so instead of the beautiful Christmas card picture , we get a silly one!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
I always remember loving to break the wish bone. The excitement of being a child, making a wish, believing 100% that it will come true. I sure do miss being a child. Ryan was super nice and said that Julia and Sawyer could be the ones to brake it. It was still a little moist to was not easy to break. Dennis got a little impatient and just grabbed it and broke it and handed the sides to the kids. Oh well maybe next year we will do it better!
Well as tradition, we were able to visit with Santa during Thanksgiving weekend. Thiss year we caught him at old town Spring!
Sawyer asked Santa for a stage for Christmas. I am not sure how Santa is going to make that one happen!!
Sawyer loves to sing, act and preform in front of people, but seriously what 3 year old asks for a stage for Christmas!
Julia's asked Santa for a doll she had just seen at the doll hospital. She had, however, already given me a list of what she wanted for Christmas,
a doll, and bird in a cage, a beach in her backyard and something that will make boys stay out of her bedroom forever.
What creative kids I have!! Or impossible ones to shop for!
Ryan is actually in the in-between stage. Toys don't really excite him, but some are real cool. Although the big kids stuff does not excite him either, even though that is where he wants to be. It has been the hardest shopping for him this year. He asked Santa for sports stuff and music stuff.
Is is just me, or do my kids take the cutest pictures!!
One of the places we went over Thanksgiving with our company, was Mountasia. It is an arcade with go-karts, batting cages, mini golf and bumper boats. Here is Ryan having a try at mini golf. He was very good.
Julia loved playing mini golf as well. She did get a hole in one this day.
In fact all the girls did!!
In fact all the girls did!!
Sawyer was hillarious playing mini golf. He could not figure out how to hit the ball with the club and was getting frustrated. Sometime he hit it like he was playing pool and sometimes he would just run and drop it in the hole.
This is Dennis's sister Lacy and her fiance, Andrew.
I had been up since 5am and did not sleep very well the night before since Sawyer was sick. I sure look gorgeous, no shower and all! ha ha Julia is so much fun to pose with though, she loves the camera.
Dennis and his mom, having fun playing mini golf.
Dennis's mom and dad sitting on the "love bench" Don't they look so in love!!!
We also had a blast in the batting cages. We did all agree that it hurts to hit the ball!
We also went on the bumper boats. The only drawback was you could squirt water at people with a trigger on your boat. No one liked that as much as Ryan and he was a little too trigger happy. It made us all mad at him, but it was still fun and he figured out if he did not want to get yelled at he could only squirt dad and grandpa.
Sawyer loved playing deal or no deal with Andrew. Andrew was so good with him, he let Sawyer make all the decisions on which case to open. I believe Sawyer even won like 200 tickets.
Our, or at least, my favorite activity, the go-carts. All of us that went, went at the same time and it was a lot of fun. The most fun part, my car was a fast car!
Last year I made a list of the things that I was thankful for. I wanted to do that this year, but as you can see, it is almost Christmas and I am just now getting to Thanksgiving! I will say that I love my little family and I am so thankful for them This year for Thanksgiving, Dennis's mom, dad, sister Lacy and Lacy's fiance, Andrew came out to celebrate with us. It was a great weekend. We did some shopping, went to a arcade place, ate too much food, went to a comedy show, ate too much food, went to old town spring(a cute vintage style shopping center), saw the new moon and ate too much food. All in all it was a great weekend and we sure miss them already!
Dennis has a really awesome schedule at work, he gets every other Friday off. If that Friday falls on a holiday he gets the last working day of that week off. Luckily he has the scedule that has almost all the holidays so he gets the day before holidays off. So the day before Thanksgiving we headed to the zoo. The kids and I had been there, but Dennis had not, so we were glad he coud come. The weather was perfect. We spent all morning and early afternoon there.
After the zoo we visited Hermann park, it is right by the zoo and very beaustiful. We decided to take a train ride around the park.
There was a little gift shop and Ryan had money that was burning a hole in his pocket, so he bought some cricket snacks.
And then he actually ate them!!! GROSS!!!
He even said that they did not taste that bad. I think being a boy is messing up his intelligence!
Sawyer then decided to try one. He thought it was way to gross to eat. At least one of the boys in this family has some sort of brain!! ha ha
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
This year in third grade, Ryan has a lot of projects that are completely only at home. Getting him ready for higher education, I guess. One of the more fun activites, was he had to dress a turkey. The assignment said that it was suppose to be a family activity, but it was a small turkey, so I just made copies of it and each of the kids deocrated thier own turkeys. I am always so amazed at how much they enjoy crafts and wonder why we do not do crafts more often. Even writing this I am making a mental note to organize more craft time!
Ryan's Julia's and Sawyer's
in case you could not tell