Sunday, November 30, 2014

Wrapping up November

I cannot believe it is the last day of November. Where has this year gone? I am short on pictures this month - not because we've been busy - just the opposite. We have had lots of quiet evenings as well as several nights out together. I've kept the camera put away so we could just enjoy each others' company. That being said, I do have some pictures to share - some were from my phone and not that great, but I'm going to share them anyway. :)

First things first, all through the month of November, we each wrote down something we were thankful for and hung the papers on our kitchen door. It's always helps me have some perspective when I hear what simple things the boys are thankful for. For example, every single night when I asked Eli what he was thankful for, he said "mints." Every night. He did come up with other things, but only after he said "mints." Here are some of the other things they are thankful for.

Eli: Mints, apples, carrots, chip clips, apple juice, happy meals, Daniel Tiger, and coloring
Lex: snow, orange juice, blue tablet, mom, Mario Brothers, t.v., camera

Clearly, I have a lot to be thankful for too.

Here's what else we have been up to this month.

We had our first snow dusting. What you see is about the extent of what we got - but that didn't keep us from going outside and playing in it! 

With the exception of Chloe. She's all backwards. Loves to be outside in the heat of the summer but at the first sight of snow, she wants to come inside. She would definitely not cut it as a sled dog.

Eli collecting chunks of ice. 

This is not the greatest picture but I have to tell you this story. Our little town has the most amazing library and librarians. The children's programs are outstanding and we have been active in their activities since the boys were born. Recently they had a "Stuffed Animal Sleepover." The boys took their animals in one evening. They read bedtime stories to their animals and had cookies and milk as a bedtime snack. Then they left their animals at the library for a sleepover with the other animals.

The next day, we went back to pick them up and the librarian went to great lengths to tell the boys about all the "adventures" their animals had at the library. Lex's monkey got a blue ribbon for being the "best sleeper." Cat in the Hat got the "funnniest" award. So Cute! They were each given a stack of color pictures that showed the animals in a pirate ship (they were also given pirate bandanas as a souvenir), in time out (apparently monkey couldn't resist climbing and Cat in the Hat... well you know a lot about that). The animals also took selfies on the copy machine, but finally went to bed. We have picture documentation of everything. How awesome is that? The boys are already talking about taking them again next year.

 So here's a tradition we started this year. You know how in a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, they all eat toast, popcorn, pretzels and jelly beans? A student at school told me about how they all always eat the same thing while they watch the special each year. So of course, on the night before Thanksgiving when we watched a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, I made the boys homemade bread, popcorn, and gave them some candy as a snack during the show.

Our tradition every year is to go see Santa at Bass Pro Shop on the weekend after Thankgiving. They have the best Santa display and lots of games and activities for the kids to do. You also get a FREE picture with Santa with no pressure to buy extra packages. We have so much fun every year.

Some more fun at Bass Pro Shop. 

And finally, we also got our Christmas decorations up. Eli was clearly excited about that! I found him in the tub of decorations while I was assembling the tree.

It's Eli's year to put the star on top. 

And here the boys are giving their "thumbs up" approval.

 I hope you had a great November and Thanksgiving and have a restful December leading up to Christmas.

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