Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Nate-ism

P1080085Nathanael is now 26 months old and quite a chatterbox. He loves copying most anything that Sammy says and is starting to tell stories in three and four word phrases. Here is a little story to share what life can be like with him.

Sunday afternoon at my mom's house we were setting the table and finishing the last couple of things before eating dinner when Nathan appeared with a small candy cane still in its wrapper. I told him quickly that we were about to eat dinner but that he could stick it in his pocket and eat it after dinner. Excitedly he said, "put in pocket" and he grinned widely as he stuck it in his pocket. It must have been burning a hole in his pants because not even a minute later he was walking by with the candy cane unwrapped. I was about to tell him to put it away when he very candidly told me, "Tummy all full. Not hungry. Nate happy!" and then walked away with a huge grin and proceeded to eat the candy cane.  Kids!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A Duck Frenzy

P1080067 We decided to go and feed the ducks this past Monday morning (since I’m still on vacation!) with the boys. We went right after they got up because that is the only time to get out with all three without interrupting nap schedules (since Danny goes down about 9 or 9:30 and then sleeps until Nate goes down and then Nate sleeps until Danny needs to go down again and then it’s time to fix dinner, eat dinner, and then do baths and bed!)

P1080062 Anyway, we took them to Heritage with a bag full of bread and headed towards the lake. Sammy was the first one there and the ducks started jumping out to meet him. One big, white duck actually started taking the food out of Nate’s hand and we had P1080072to put him up on the wall. Another started pecking Thad and me on the leg begging for food and they were all around our feet I was worried that we were going to  step on them. They were going crazy! Sammy went running off and found himself cornered and then ran and jumped on the little walkway.

P1080076 We fed pigeons, ducks, and many other fowl that I couldn't identify! It was fun, a bit scary, but lots of fun. We played on the swings and slides a little bit and then when it was time for Danny’s nap we headed home. Definitely my kind of fun! :)



Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas 2009

Christmas has come and gone and it was all a blur, but a good blur. Christmas Eve we spent at Great Grandma Marcroft’s house, had taco soup, ate goodies and celebrated with reading the story of Christ’s birth and singing hymns (and a few carols too!)

Christmas morning when we got up Sammy went running out only to come sulking back to our room. When I asked what was wrong he said, “Santa didn’t come last night” (I don’t know what he was expecting?) so I said, “of course he did” and we walked out together and we found a few presents to Sammy and Nate from Santa and then he was excited! We waited for Nate to wake up and then opened their presents. They got lightsabers, Jedi cloaks, Darth Vader masks, matching Clone Wars shirts (do you see a theme here?), oh and a few trains, train/plane DVDs and some Mercer Mayer books. They were more than pleased!

Later on in the morning we headed to the Badalamenti’s house for a yummy brunch and lots of fun playing, oh and of course some fun presents!

Then we headed to my mom’s house (no nap for Nate :( we were in for a disaster) to take family pictures at the park and then have dinner and open Christmas presents. They had fun with their cousins (and Lizzie and Natalie even painted Sammy up with their makeup-sigh!) The night got too late too quickly and before we knew it Christmas was over.

Here are a few pictures that I took on the Sunday before Christmas with the boys all spiffed up! Sammy was a bit hyper so I didn’t get a solo of him but some of them turned out nice for a little point and shoot camera!

Christmas is definitely a lot more fun with the kids around; more magical, more meaningful…makes me want it to start all over again but we’ll have to wait a few more months for that! ;) Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Date Night at Disneyland!

IMG_4413Thanks to some willing grandparents Thad and I snuck out one night a few days before Christmas to Disneyland after putting the kids down at their house. It was a beautiful (although a bit chilly) night, the Christmas decorations were gorgeous, and it was especially nice to be able to ride all of the rides.BuzzLightyear I hadn’t been on some of my favorites (Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Indiana Jones and The Matterhorn) since before I was pregnant with Danny! We enjoyed our time and rode on each of our favorite rides, got some sour balls and a clam chowder bowl to share and had a lot of fun before it was closing time! IMG_4408We swung by my mom’s and picked up Danny but left the big boys at Grandma’s house so that it was an official sleepover. They enjoyed waking up at Grandma and Grandpa’s house and played a bit before Daddy picked them up. I don’t even think that they missed us ;) but we sure had a great time!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Winter Wonderland

Snow2 Oh the weather outside is frightful, okay, well, not really but we sing about it, right? Recently it has been in the 40’s when I get to school although today when I left it was in the 80’s! Either way, Christmas is almost here! Here are some pictures from some of our holiday fun!

We got our tree set up the week of Thanksgiving and the boys had a blast decorating (and pulling off the ornaments). Sammy kept grouping them by family (all of the green balls together, all of the reds etc) and ChristmasTreeNathan wanted to play with each of the ornaments. I love having the tree up and enjoying the beautiful lights.

The next week Thaddeus and his friend Frank set up the lights. The boys (and I) were ecstatic. I love coming home in the evening and seeing the house lit up! It is fun and the boys love the lights as well. (Pictures to come soon!)

Our town had snow shipped in (how else do you think that we get snow at this elevation in Southern California) and they had a snow festival! We actually remembered to go this year and the boys loved it. Snow6They had a snow area for the little guys (away from the snow fights in the big kid’s area), tobogganing, slides and more. The line was so short that when our time was up playing in the snow we went out and were able to come back in. We will definitely be going to this next year too!

Our little Danny boy is growing like a weed (do any of our boys not grow exponentially?) He will be four months on Christmas and is starting to stick everything into his mouth. He is a bit of a charmer and has a huge smile that melts everyone's hearts. He has been known to "trick" whoever is holding him into keeping him up longer than he should be Snow5by catching their eye and grinning from ear to ear, and then the holder doesn't want to put him down. We are enjoying having him as a part of our family!

I still can’t believe that Christmas is almost here! I have almost everything purchased and most things wrapped (except I need to go buy more wrapping paper for Santa since the boys found my stash!) Now I’m on break and it is time to deck the halls! Merry Christmas everyone!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Free Udder Cover!!!

Just in case you are a nursing mom OR know someone who is expecting I thought I'd share this email from Udder Covers.

If you enter their code "Christmas" you get $32 off your total (no matter what you put into their cart!) The s/h is 8.95 and they have nursing covers and super soft nursing pads (they are way better than the disposable ones or the others I have tried--I think that they're Gerber?) The code is good for each transaction and you can use it as many times as you'd like (per their email!)

Anyway. I love my nursing cover and the pads that I bought from them and I thought that I'd share the code!

Merry Christmas!! :)
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