Friday, December 30, 2011

All I Want for Christmas New Year's Is My Two Front Teeth

Through the entire month of December we've all sworn every day that Finley's two front (top) teeth were going to poke through.  At her 9 month appointment in early December, the doctor said, "They'll be here any day now..." During the weeks leading to Christmas we all sung that infamous song to her knowing they'd be here on Christmas.  And on Christmas we all just knew they'd pop down.  But here we are, it's New Year's and we're still waiting...

...but I just know it will be any time now!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Don't Forget the Radishes...

Christmas Eve was an exciting one this year, as it was our first Christmas at our new house as well as Finley's first overall! 

It was an honor to be able to have Jason's family join us for Christmas Eve dinner and celebrate the holiday.  And it was fun for everyone to see Logan's excitement as he prepared for Santa to come. 

We spread reindeer food throughout the yard for Rudolph and friends...

...And of course left milk (chocolate!) and cookies for Santa.  But this year, Logan informed us that Santa is a radish lover and insisted we leave him (not his reindeer) a few radishes in addition to his cookies.  Who doesn't like radishes and cookies??

And then we quickly (at Logan's request, since he knows Santa doesn't come until he's asleep) read T'was the Night Before Christmas, before bed...

...anxiously awaiting, the dancing birthday cake.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Bubbles, Snow & Penguins

Every year the week before Christmas our family heads to Galena, Illinois to stay together as a big family at my Grandparents' home in Eagle Ridge, otherwise known as the Penguin House.  This year was Finley's first year and we were a little nervous about an 8 hour car ride with both kids, but they surprised us and were both amazing.

  The kids had fun splashing in the big bathtub but we were all a little disappointed that there was no snow when we got there - we barely recognized the house with out any snow!  The night before our 'Christmas' Logan went to bed wishing for snow.  We tried to let him down easy that there probably wouldn't be any (only a 20% chance) but he stayed hopeful. 

Lucky for him, the next morning we awoke to open presents with a nice dusting.  Enough to do a little sledding!

Logan had a great time sledding down hill and stomping around watching his tracks behind him.  

All in all, it was a great weekend despite nearly half our party getting the stomach flu (Finley getting it on the drive home!).  We tried to make the best of it and as always enjoyed each other's company doing nothing but visiting, laughing and relaxing together as a family.   

Thursday, December 22, 2011

We Hope You Have a HOOT of a Christmas!

Wishing you and yours a HOOT of a Holiday!


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

A Dancing Birthday Cake

It was down to the wire, the week that Logan would meet Santa and tell him his wishes and requests for the year of 2011.  I asked him over and over through the week what he wanted, prodding and planting ideas in his head, new train tracks, art supplies, trucks... I even threw out the idea of a new clubhouse.  He didn't take the bait.  He couldn't even think of anything.  Once he even said, "I don't think there is anything else that I really need." Really? 

Finally, out of the blue, he walks up to me looking proud.  He had made a decision.  "I am going to ask Santa for a pretend game of hide-and-seek with real people." Huh?  We asked him over and over and he was adamant that he was asking for this new game.  Finally, we convinced him that Santa might not know what that is and he should probably start thinking of something else (not to mention the fact that I have no idea how I would come up with a creation to match his request!)

He thought a little more.  And more.  And more.  And finally he came up with this:  a dancing birthday cake.  Yep, you read it correctly.   A dancing birthday cake (with a real banana on top).  Seriously? Where does he get this stuff?  No hot commodity item? Dancing Elmo? Silly Bandz? Cars II on DVD? iPad? Nope.  A dancing birthday cake, folks.  

And since seeing Santa, he has not wavered once in his request.  At least he's staying consistent, right? So, we are anxiously awaiting Christmas morning, with much anticipation of Santa bringing the dancing birthday cake.  

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Monday, August 8, 2011

News Flash

News Flash:

What? It's Summer? We obviously missed the memo this year. Between a newborn, toddler, moving and rehabbing our new house we haven't found much time to enjoy one of our favorite seasons. I'm not sure we would have even noticed if it weren't for the ridiculous heat around here! We have been stuck in a house remodeling zone and seem to have blinders to anything else going on in the outside world!

I am so far behind in blogging but have a long list of entries I plan to back blog about in the coming weeks. While I have been lacking in my posting, I have continued to snap pics of the kids as well as the house progress which I'm hoping to slowly update.

So, you're probably wondering why I'm talking about not embracing summer, but there are pics of us at the pool? Well, we purchased a pool pass again this year and this (just yesterday) was our first time to the pool. Yes, the first time. Don't worry, it's also the last full week that our pool is open -- only on the weekends from here on out since school is starting.

Regardless, we had a great time relaxing for the first time in a while. It's been a busy Summer and will hopefully be worth all the hard work in the end. For now, off to do more. Can't sit down for too long... :)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Saying Goodbye

Tonight we said goodbye to our home. Jason and I walked around together to be sure we hadn't left anything behind. To say it was a bittersweet feeling couldn't be any more accurate.

The house is empty and everything in the garage will be moved tomorrow. We close on both houses so it will be a busy day full of bittersweet excitement.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Last Days...

As the last days in our house approach us, we are all feeling overwhelmed with packing and unsure of what the coming months will bring us, not only physically but emotionally too. I of course have become sentimental since this was the home Jason and I came home to as Mr. and Mrs., the place we brought our babies to from the hospital, and not to mention all the little moments in life where we congregated with friends, met wonderful new neighbors, and learned to work as a team on house projects (as there were plenty to give us practice for the next house!).

With that being said, I'm feeling ready to move onward and upward to the next phase of our lives. Jason on the other hand swears he'll have to drag me out of here kicking and screaming :)

Logan really seems to get it. I mean, the concept of moving from the place we call home to a temporary house and then to a totally new house seems overwhelming to me, and I'm an adult. I can't quite grasp how such a little guy can comprehend the move quite so well. We talk about it a lot and I think that seems to have helped as opposed to keeping information from him to protect him.

Talk to me in a few weeks though as I'm a little worried that maybe he doesn't actually get that the move is permanent and we might have some melt downs. We'll see though; maybe he will pleasantly surprise me :)

And little Finley, what a trooper. She has blessed us all with her go with the flow personality as I've heard many second children do. She has been easily sleeping through the night for quite some time now which I couldn't be more grateful for!

How could I forget...Braisy. If you hadn't heard, he's still staying with my parents - temporarily. With the house being on the market, the move, the new baby, it was just too much for all of us. It's better for everyone, for now. But we miss him and can't wait to get him back once we're in the new house.