Friday, November 28, 2008

Happy Black Friday!

Happy Biggest Shopping Day of the Year!!
How was your Thanksgiving feast? Ours was yummy! We lugged all our ingredients and such over to my dad's GORGEOUS cabin, and hosted there. Much to daddy's dismay, I flooded the house with heat and fall decor and began the cooking. :) At first, things went a little bad because I thought the stove was on for 2 hours, and turned out, it wasn't! I wondered why the turkey was still white...
Anyway, I enede up getting it all cooked and delicious and started on all the other dishes. I still got done at 3, and we ate a yummy feast with my parents, John's parents, my baby brother, and my sister & her boyfriend, Levi. It was a great time. Evan enjoyed watching all his family eating, and starring at the intresting table of food. Emma ate 2 helpings of her favorite green bean casserole (between her & John, I'm surprised the rest of us got any!).

Evan taking a short nap before dinner!


The table with the turkey! Yum! (Daddy & I discussing wine)

Everyone but Daddy and half of baby brother Erich! :(
Evan's 1st Thanksgiving!

We were all exhausted by 6:00 that evening, and headed home. A few hours later, we woke up the kids for our annual tradition of black friday shopping. Emma's favorite part is getting to wear her pajamas out. Last year, John & I split up and my mom went to help him while my sister & I went to another store. This year, we all went together to WalMart. (Only in Oklahoma, right??) They had some cute winter clothes for Emma pretty cheap and we got a few other gifts. Right at 5, people started going crazy screaming and grabbing stuff, and my mom and I with the kids were having so much fun just watching the crazed mothers grabbing the Hannah Montana dolls off the pallets that we almost left Emma behind! Haha! John was off searching for blue ray DVDs and when we finally all met back up, we checked out and went home for pancakes and milk. Shortly after that, I went into hibernation and when I woke up 4 hours later, my mom was gone and everyone was laying down watching TV, except Evan, who had gone into hibernation as well. :)
ANyway, later on, my mom came back so "Santa" and John & I could go pick up a few last minute items. So, all in all, it was an eventful day that ended with us being done Christmas shopping for the kids! Yay!
Another exciting thing that happened today was that Evan turned 4 months old! Yay! He is still brown haired, but his eyes are blue with hazel in the center now. He is still almost ALWAYS smiling, and he laughs a LOT. He is lifting his head like a pro, and is cute as a bug! ♥



4 months old today!!!
Anyway, we hope you all had a safe & wonderful Thanksgiving, and we look forward to hearing from you soon!♥
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Sunday, November 23, 2008

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

As usual, we had a busy weekend! How was yours? John got the rest of the house lights hung after my half attempt last week :) So, our house looks so pretty at night now! I got a little excited after that and the satellite finally started their Christmas music channel, so we decorated the house inside for Christmas, too. I figured that since we won't be in our house on Thanksgiving, we might as well decorate now! So, our stockings are hung by the chimney with care in hopes that St. Nickolas hasn't been affected by the economy...

Anyway, last week went a little downhill when I had to pick up Emma from school early because she didn't feel well. Her friend had a stomach bug the day before, so I figured that's what it was, but I took her to the doctor because of a sore throat and she ended up with strep throat! So then, I had to go to MY doctor to get ammoxicillian, even though my strep test came back negative. I wasn't about to get strep for Thanksgiving dinner!

SO, the next day, she went back to school at lunch time and I was off to buy turkey dinner fixins!

Saturday Emma had her first Girl Scout function. They were making holiday crafts for themselves and some other community people, but I can't remember who...

Making pinecone turkeys



Her Daisy uniform - still patchless! :(

Anyway, she had a lot of fun, and then her friend from school came over to play. She ended up staying until night, and Emma wanted her to stay over. Unfortunately, they got a little rowdy together and John decided that they probably weren't going to sleep at all, so she went home :( So Emma was close to having her first slumber party, but not quite :)

Today was a pretty lounge around day except for a Kindermusik meeting, but it was here, so we didn't have to leave for that :) Our house is sparkly and festive, and our tree has already become Calypso's favorite place to cat-nap.


Emma also put up her tree today. It's really cute! I'll have to snap a pic tomorrow! But here's our little cowboy fan! :)








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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tummy Troubles :(

Happy Hump Day! Or is it.... ;)




I got an email from EMma's teacher that she wasn't feeling well, so it was up to me if I wanted her to get picked up or not. Since her friend got a stomach bug yesterday and went home, I decide I'd better go get Emma from school. Now she's lying down holding her tummy, a big ice cream bucket by her side "just in case". Poor kid.




AND I think baby Evan is sick, too. He's been really stuffed up and a little crabbier than normal. This morning I also stepped on a nice pile of furball, so apparently our step-cat isn't feeling so well, either! So, hopefully, we'll all get sick and well all before Thanksgiving!!









Today was my last class of my Sign & Sing B class. I graduated 3 children who have completed both A & B, and are now signing SEVERAL words, even at the young age of 9 months! So impressive! I can't wait to see my next group graduate!









My last class of Sign & Sing A is the second week of December, and then I'll be off for the rest of the month. Yay! But somewhere in there, I'll have to get my wisdom teeth out :( Yuk. I'm also starting to work on the curriculum & schedule for summer camps this summer. Hopefully, Emma & Evan won't mind Kindermusik-ing throughout the summer!









Last night was John's Metallica concert. He had a lot of fun. I hope he didn't fall asleep today at the big meeting, because he didn't get home until after 1am and wakes up at 5! He & his friend, who stayed here also, looked pretty ragged this morning, but who am I to judge, as I've looked pretty ragged for months now?!









Well, I'm going to sneak out and try to hang a few more light strands while the kiddos are sleeping. Have a great rest of the week!






My cute little warm snuggly bug!
I tried to swing Evan outside today to cheer him up, but it only seemed to work half way :(
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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Countdown to Turkey Time!!

Well, we're winding down to the big meal, and we made out our menu today. Yummy! I've cooked the dinner the past 4 years, so hopefully it will go well! It's exciting to think of our first Thanksgiving together as a family of 4. :)

The ad for December is due tomorrow, so I had to get pictures done today for it, and decided to go ahead and attempt Christmas pictures while I was at it. So, here are a few cute ones :) I'm not sure what I'll use for the cards this year...



















Emma has begun her list for Santa, which you can view to the left, unless you are on an auto-send. In that case, you'll have to go to the actual website, http://heidicastro.blogspot.com/



and see the list there, along with Evan's and of course John & mine, too! Hee hee!



Emma is in a 6x in tops and bottoms, and a 12/13 shoe. Can you believe it?? Evan is already in 3/6 month clothing, and soon in the 6/9 month as far as tops, since he is so tall. Growing like a weed! He is in a size 2 shoe, but probably not for long!



Our garage in in shambles, as we are trying to go through everything and stopped short. Then we brought out the Halloween & Thanksgiving stuff and today came out the Christmas stuff for the day after, so we can't park in the garage for awhile! Brrrr.



When John went to Chicago, he met up with some laser people that are coming to talk to his company on Tuesday. So, that's exciting. He also will be going to a Metallica concert that night. He's pretty excited about it!



Today Evan went on his first bike ride, but he promptly fell asleep. I guess with our newly paved road, it was so smooth and quiet!








Also, Emma is learning to ride her bike without training wheels! She still isn't too confident, but it's the first day. She'll get there soon!




Anyway, off to eat some dinner! I hope you all had a good weekend!
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Thursday, November 13, 2008

New 'Do!

Happy Thursday!!

Evan had his first official hairdo yesterday. Yay! His naturally spiky hair just was stuck together with baby lotion to form his first baby mohawk :)







He has also discovered Sesame Street, which he loves. So, yes, I let my 3 month old watch TV every morning for a bit when Sesame Street is on. But, hey, he might learn to read early like Emma! Plus, it's funny to see him smile and laugh at Bert and Elmo.
Luckily, Grandma Joyce gave Emma a lot of Elmo toys, so she passed them on to him, and he's in love :)

He has stayed with my friend, Amanda, twice now, and has really taken a liking to her. She can make him laugh by making funny noises and tickles and it's so cute! :) I know, I know, you're all gasping that I left my child somewhere without me for a couple hours, but yes, I did it. He wasn't liking to stay in Kindermusik more than one hour!
Anyway, off to start the day!!
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth...

...or maybe a bottom one! Emma lost her first tooth last night. Well, I guess she didn't "lose" it, but it was loose and Emma wanted to join the "Lost Tooth Club" at school, so she asked Papa to pull it out, and he did!



Toothless Grogin!





She left it under her pillow in a tooth chest that her dentist gave her last week.


Cute little baby tooth :)


The tooth fairy gave her a dollar bill and a gold dollar. She was sooooooo excited!

Waking up to see what she brought!


Evan is growing up, too! He pulled his pacifier in and out of his mouth twice on his own, and he is lifting his head up when he's on his tummy. He's starting to want to eat more than his little 4 ounce bottles, even though I am in denial that my baby is growing up, so I just make another one :)


Little recliner potato already!








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Friday, November 7, 2008

A New Roof!

Thank goodness! Our roof is on, and almost complete! Just a little bit of cutting to do, and it'll be finished. It made it through our first big storm, and stayed up there! Yay!
It was fun for Emma, having new people at our house everyday for a week. We were outside a lot. One day, Emma set up a Kool-Aid stand to raise money for our neighbor's kitten rescue (Tiny Paws). We matched her donation and she got to keep half. She raised a total of almost $15.00! Who can resist a princess selling kool aid?? :)






Bumbo Baby :)




Evan & Daddy <3






Evan & his best buddy :)




So sweet <3>Evan is getting bigger every day. He is laughing more, which is so cute. Anytime I am down, that sweet little smile melts all the bad things away.




He loves to look at Emma, and hear her talk. He also has taken a liking to his octopus toy and fish. A future Jaques Cousteau, maybe?



Emma is still into her ugly dolls and webkinz. She also likes My Little Pony & Littlest Pet Shops. The Great Pumpkin brought her a My Little Pony this year and some play food. (If you didn't already know, she leaves 90% of her candy outside her door on Halloween night for the Great Pumpkin, who trades it for toys).








She will be starting Girl Scouts soon, which she is excited about. Now that soccer season ended, she's been a little bored.




Anyway, have a wonderful weekend!




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