Saturday, November 30, 2013

She Did it Again!

So proud of Bennett, who donated 10 inches of her hair to Locks of Love again!  She did it the first time back in July 2011 (when she was only 3 years old).  This time she certainly understood it more, and though she agreed to do it, she has been a little wishy-washy about when that would occur.  She loves her long hair, but hates the work that goes into keeping it up (conditioning it, brushing it often because it gets tangled so easily, blow drying it, which takes a long time, and wearing it up most of the time since it is in her face.

After explaining that the sooner she cuts it, the sooner it grow back....she decided to go forth with it today. She does enjoy wearing it up sometimes, and I forecasted it would be long enough for pigtails by summer, maybe even by spring break!  She was a little grumpy during the process (only posing for pictures with a lot of begging from me), but she broke down when she got home.  Steve and Preston both told her how pretty she looked, but she didn't like all of the attention and compliments, and cried for a bit.  However, when we went over to Louis and Michelle's this afternoon and they didn't say a whole lot about it, except how cute it looked...she bounced back.


In fact, tonight she has been caught looking in the mirror at herself, and she told me she is excited about not having to condition her hair all of the time.  She is certainly getting used to it now, as I knew she would.  Her new sassy bob suits her perfectly!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013!

At the beginning of the year, we had planned to revisit the beach this week.  However, our plans changed as my pregnancy progressed.  Since we are just five weeks out, and I am quite uncomfortable on a bike, we decided we needed to postpone our visit for next year.  So as the long weekend approached, Steve and I began making plans for our family.

We decided we would try and volunteer on Thanksgiving morning.  Unfortunately, many places prefer not to have young children.  However, we finally found an opportunity to serve...Beloved Community Church in Avondale was making sack lunches for local people that had to work on Thanksgiving.  We all went there and filed into an assembly line.  Steve was helping to make the sandwiches, I bagged them and a variety of desserts and our kids were "runners" that collected what we were making and stuffing them in the bags.  Along with a variety of other volunteers, we made about 150 lunches, and then went out and delivered them to the local businesses.  We hit a gas station, CVS and grocery store, and everyone was shocked and so appreciative.  It was such a nice way to spend a couple hours, and I think the kids really enjoyed it.

Following that we headed over to Mimi and Papa's house to stuff ourselves.  As always Myra provided a nice spread of food, and it was so nice not to cook.  Sadly this pregnancy has really zapped my lack of enthusiasm for cooking, leaving my family bored with the same simple items and leftovers.  I think we all welcomed the opportunity to enjoy a real meal that wasn't had at a restaurant.



Bennett suggested that we all take turns saying what we are thankful for this year, which was nice coming from our six year old (who is thankful for God by the way).  It was just us, Steve's parents and Dan, but after a few hours, Louis and Michelle and the kids came over.  Bennett and Preston love spending time with their cousins, so they had a blast.  In fact, we all enjoyed visiting for a couple of hours, but our kids began fading, so we took our cue and headed home.


What a nice, relaxing Thanksgiving (even though we weren't at the beach).

Friday, November 22, 2013

Squeezing It All In!

34 weeks!
We are in the final weeks of this pregnancy, and with the holidays rapidly approaching...we are trying to squeeze a lot into a small amount of time.  Of course Christmas shopping has been a priority for me this year, and I am happy to report that I am almost finished (personal record to be this close).  In addition, I have been busy getting the nursery ready, and just doing other "nesting" activities around the house.

Lastly, I am trying to enjoy my final weeks with just two kids.  Though I keep telling them that things are going to change when the baby gets here, I am not sure they get it yet.  So, I took advantage of a scheduling problem Steve and I had today, and set aside a date with each child.

Every year Preston's school hosts a Thanksgiving Feast for all of the kids and their parents.  Every family brings a side dish, and the school provides the turkey.  Since we have had a child at this school, I have NEVER participated in this activity.  I have a problem eating mass produced food, and food prepared by people that I don't know (I mean who knows if they washed their hands, or if their cat was on the counter when they were making their dish?  GROSS!).  Steve has always taken one for the team for this activity, but that didn't happen today because he was playing golf.  So rather than sit through an unappetizing meal watching my picky son eat peanut butter crackers, I checked him out and took him to McDonald's.  I know you may be questioning my reasoning...I mean it is fast food that is mass produced by god knows who, but it is better than canned turkey and random sides...plus I got to hang with my boy for about an hour uninterrupted.


After our quick lunch date, I returned him to school so I could get my hair cut and colored one last time before this baby arrives (priorities people).  Following that appointment, I hightailed it back to Bennett's school to pick her up, and then over to Preston's school to pick him up.  We ran a couple of errands, and then met Steve back at the house.  He and Pres were meeting a friend and his son for some guy's time, while Bennett and I had a date.

I wanted to take her for a real pedicure, and then out for dinner.  This place has the little kid chairs so the girl's feet can easily reach the water, along with DVD players to keep them entertained.  Bennett selected her color, was offered a juice box, and got comfortable in her fancy chair.  She was fascinated with the bath salts while her feet soaked, laughed when they filed her nails (she is ticklish), and thoroughly enjoyed her leg massage.  She felt and looked like such a big girl  After her pedicure, we went out for pizza, where we colored and chatted before our dinner arrived.

It really was a nice day, and a great way to hang with the kids individually.  They each thrive with that quality alone time.  Five and a half more weeks to go for this family of four!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Boo!

Another Halloween has come and gone, and we still have a mountain of candy to prove that we conquered it!  This year it was supposed to rain, so we decided to hit the pavement early.  We headed over to Mimi and Papa's first, and the kids received their first "brick" of candy.


 

After a few photos, we returned home where we joined Steve and hit the neighborhood.  Since we didn't want to be caught on the other side of Homewood in the rain, we decided to park at the Jarmon's house.  We then went trick-or-treating with them for a bit.  It started to sprinkle and Bennett lost interest in a hurry.  Fortunately we were near Louis and Michelle's house, so she decided to stay and pass out candy with her cousins.  Preston, on the other hand, wasn't going to let a little rain slow him down, so he kept going until his pumpkin was full!
Ironman & an Angel


Then we returned to the Jarmon's house where they had a spread of food out!  The kids had fun handing out candy to the other kids who came by, and the adults enjoyed each other's company.  After a couple of hours, it really started to rain.  However, it didn't slow down the children who were on a mission.

When it finally thinned out, we were able to go pick up Bennett and go home.  Another long Halloween, but a fun one!  Kids had a ball with their friends and family, and everyone is happy with the loot they scored!