Monday, January 11, 2010

Overheard at Our House

"1-800-BEACHES is where everything is perfect." - Lucy upon seeing a Beaches commercial while watching the latest favorite show around here Busytown Mysteries.

(Sammy doesn't have a voice, so I'll just include a little tidbit about him.) I just discovered that Sammy found the Kleenex box again. How do I know? There's tissue all over the bathroom and quite a bit of "used" tissue stuffed back into the tissue box. I've seen him with tissue; he wipes the walls and the tables. I think he thinks he's cleaning. And, no, I did not just wipe my nose with one of those used tissues. Nope, not at all. Uh-uh.

"Oooh, a three pound box of Cheez-Its! That should last about three days." - Paul of the Coscto-sized box. This came after I bought a small box and the girls devoured them in seconds flat.

Conversation on the way to Annabel's preschool:
Sammy: "Bob! Bob! Bob! Bob!"
Me: "Hey, you know Bob too?!"
Annabel: "No, Mommy. Sammy's not talking about Bob. He's talking about Spongebob."

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Winter Wonderland

During the week between Christmas and the New Year, we spent some time with my longtime friend Hilarie and family at their family cabin in North Lake Tahoe. It was gorgeous and so much fun for everyone. We are very grateful to have such wonderful friends to play with in the snow! The highlights were cozy meals, watching the snow fall every day and night, icicle picking, snowball fights, making snowmen and sledding! The kids' first real experience with snow could not have been better.

Sammy was not really a fan of the cold but he was such a trooper each day.

Annabel also was great despite the cold.

Our second day we woke up to more snow!

Lucy enjoyed the view from the window seat.

Hollis (Hilarie's daughter) and my girls played in a snow drift just outside the cabin.

Paul and Sam (Hilarie's husband) pulling the big kids up the hill on the way to Lake Tahoe.

The beautiful lake.

Sammy riding on the sled.

Lucy, Annabel and Hollis at the snowy lake.

Paul with Annabel and a couple of big snowballs.

Paul swinging the kids over a stream and Sam playing chase with his boy Emory.

After watching the kids have fun making many snow angels I finally took a turn making one of my own.

Me and the kids right on the lake.

Sam, Emory, Hollis and Hilarie at the lake

Sammy fell asleep on the sled ride home.

An afternoon of sledding!

After a long day of snow play we all found icicles.

Day three, even more snow!

Sammy found Daddy's boots.

Finally some good snowman making snow fell so we all got to work making snowmen.

Sammy on a snowy road.

Lucy had a blast sledding that day.

Hollis brought Hilarie a heart made of snow.

Sam and Emory sledding.

Lucy and Hollis in a sled race.

Annabel took a solo run for the first time and did wonderfully!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Christmas Day

Christmas day this year was the best ever! Santa came and brought some fun for the good little children living at our house. Lucy and Annabel are at such great ages for Christmas. Lucy in the end said that she really did believe in Santa after seeing the scene Christmas morning. Annabel was so very excited at all the new things to play with and the magic of Christmas. Sammy was just full of surprise at all the changes that happened overnight.

Sammy has discovered some balls that Santa left below. One-hundred and fifty balls to be extact. Not terribly fun to pick up at the end of the day but so much fun for him all day long!

The view of Christmas morning from above.

Opening Christmas Barbie dolls to inhabit the new Barbie house that Santa brought.

Sammy got a ball popper that all the kids enjoyed.

A futile attempt at a photo of the kids on Christmas morning. Sammy is not able to stay put for a moment, certainly not for this shutter bug.

Sammy in the sandbox turned into a ball pit (which will be turned back into a sandbox come warmer weather).

Opening gifts from Granny and Grandad: Three Muskateers Barbie dolls.

Talking with Granny and Grandad in England on speaker phone while opening their gifts.

Sammy showing off Mommy's new pink coffee mug.

A box full of fun. What could be inside?

A scooter!

Another scooter!

Annabel taking it for a spin.

Lucy also quickly becoming a scooter pro.

Annabel helping Daddy open a present.

Sammy trying out Annie's scooter.

Christmas dinner.

Annabel with her Christmas cracker crown.

Lucy in her Christmas crown.

Sammy in his Christmas crown.