Saturday, December 27, 2008

All things Christmas...and a trip to Ohio

Miss Do loves the snow, but we couldn't get her to stop trying to eat it.


The week before Christmas we went to Ohio to visit David's parents who returned from their mission in Cambodia. Welcome home! It was lots of fun to spend time with family. Above is one of the few pictures I took in Ohio. Abby was chasing the dogs. Note her lovely ear muffs. My sister in-law asked if Abby was bringing back ear muffs. Umm.. did they ever go out?! They really are the only alternative to hat hair, and by the way they are "ear muffins" not ear muffs (another abbyism I have whole-heartily embraced.)

Our kids were ridiculously good on the trip thanks to a DVD player with 2 sets of headphones. They didn't even notice we were driving in a major snow storm until we were almost through it. But by the time we got to New Jersey on the way home Peter was getting a little ansty and after he had all he could handle and in a sudden burst of panic he yelled "HUNGRY, THIRSTY, POTTTTYYY." It was pretty hillarious and we stopped at the next exit.


Click... Sometime I feel like I blog like I am giving a slide show, sorry, but pictures are really so effcient. So you see in the next pic (that's a Diegoism) is what might have been the cutest Santa picture ever had everyone stayed seated. This was at Peter's pre-school Christmas party.

Someday Peter is going to see this picture and feel the way I felt when I saw a picture of myself sucking my thumb at preschool. He was trying to hold up 7 fingers while they were singing a song about the days of the week. I was also struck at how big that girl looks next to Peter (3rd percentile meet the 90th percentile).




We had a very Merry Christmas, and we hope you did too. On Christmas eve we had a very festive Nativity with a Dragon/donkey and a sheep/dog, and a very cute baby Jesus. Life has been so busy lately we didn't really even think about what we were doing for Christmas, and were grateful to get together with friends.

Forgive me for this but my friend showed me a blog tutorial on how o make a Christmas garland. I promised her I would share the result.

Fancy Nancy is Abby's new favorite book!



I really love how excited Peter gets about Christmas. It makes it all worth it. This face is in response to his new "geotrax" trains that he has been playig with non-stop since Christmas. It turns out his love of trains has not faded, he has even intoduced the geo trax team to some of Thomas' friends, not Thomas himself yet, I think he might be worried about his feelings.

And forgive me again for posting Abby's new bed. I know she is only 2, but she has never had girl bedding until now. She likes the quilt and the pillows, but she was way more impressed with a 2 dollar plastic kitten that walks in circles. Meow...

Monday, December 8, 2008

The Thanksgiving Haps


We finally did it. After years of planning we made it to the Macy's Thanksgiving day Parade. We were even grateful for our previous failed attempts. Our kids are old enough to walk on their own, but small enough to sit on your shoulders and fit in small spaces. I had never really considered the endurance that is required to hold a child on your shoulders for hours.

Above is Peter's view until moments before the parade started. It was very intimate, as you might imagine.


We stayed at the Morgans Hotel a few blocks from Grand Central, which was perfect for us (as Peter would say :). We even got upgraded to loft, for being part of the family I suppose.



I was a little surprised to see the Fetch with Ruff Ruffman float, and Peter was delighted! I even recognized some of the "Fetchers" to my chagrin.
I know it looks like we had to make up super early in this picture, but we really only arrived at the parade 45 minutes before it started.
Here is Abby with her train ticket, and her baby, and yes one of those harnesses with a lease. I know it is not PC, and David was super opposed to the idea, and I had to go to Wal-mart to get it (which by the way I am NEVER going back to that store, please don't ever ask me to ((and it is not because I am an elitist, I could elaborate, but it wouldn't be pretty ((( and yes I know Wal-mart is fine in places like Utah and Virginia and even Ohio ((((and yes I know that this is not grammatically correct)))) but she has not survived 6 toxic ingestions and a broken arm for me to lose her in Manhattan.
Peter had a perma-grin pretty much the entire time.
Here we are in New Haven and on the train platform. There is something so romantic about train travel, especially on Thanksgiving weekend!
O.k. 2 more stories...

1- We got on the subway from Grand Central to Times Square, then to Columbus Circle, as we got on the train a Woman said to Peter "Do, you kow who is coming to town? Santa is coming to town!" Then she looked at me and said, "Do they know?" Then I said in a very solemn voice, "Oh, it was going to be a surprise." She got this horrified look on her face and apologized profusely. I was totally messing with her, I thought it was hilarious, so did her husband. Idid tell her I was joking.

2- After the parade we ate lunch at a little Deli. Abby was being a little difficult and I noticed David fell behind and leaned down to have a little chat with her. Then 3 blocks later as we were entering Grand Central Station I looked down to notice that Abby didn't have any shoes on!
She sometimes takes her shoes off to punish us. After some debate I headed back to discover two litttle pink shoes set neatly outside the deli where we ate our lunch! Oh, dear sweet Abigail what would we do without you.
We did have our Thanksgiving dinner the week before Thanksgiving and Abby was in charge of the Sea Foam lime Jell-O. She refused to let me stir it. It was a little chunky, but still delightful!

I know I am a little late, but we are very Thankful for our little family and all the many blessings that we enjoy.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Miss Do & Peter too



My right eye has been twitching for a week. I suspect it is "terrible two's." We love miss Abby, sometimes she is cuter than one can handle. I am fond of telling her she is "cute as a button." We like the way she says it, "I cute a buttn." Yesterday I told her she was cute as a button and she said, "No, I cute as a zuopper." She loves her clothes and has to have all her jackets fully zipped or "zoupped." Otherwise she will chant, "zoup it, zoup it, zoup it." She also says "ye" instead of "you", it's very formal, and "me" instead of "my." I do not correct her language quirks, first beacause they are way too cute, and second even if I did she is too stubborn to change.

Miss Abby has a will of steele, thus the twitching, but we love her so.


Peter is hillarious! David has been teaching him to read. At primary yesterday they asked for a volunteer to read something. He jumped out of his chair and his hand shot up and he said, "Oh, I know how to read." Uhh, not quite ready for the big leages friend. He has also become quite fond of joke telling. He thinks he is hillarous, but again not quite ready for the big leauges.

Pete is quite the big brother. The other day Abby decided she wanted to wear his sweater, and he wanted to wear it too. I let him wear it. A major fit ensued and Abby refused to leave the doorstep.
P: Are we going to leave Abby
Me: I am thinking about it.
P: I don't want to leave my sister.
Me: We are not really going to leave her.
P: Mom, I don't really like this sweater anymore... Abby can wear it.

Crab Party!

Peter has been totally into Crabs and lobsters since we went camping in Maine last year. He just had to have a Crab Party. He is so social he wanted to invite everyone he has ever met, but David set the limit at 8.

We played Rock Band with Aunt Vicki and Nicki after the party.
David was in charge of the entertainment. Here they are having a frog race, I think the crab race went undocumented.
...and the crab cake. Yeah go ahead and google crab cake and see what happens. I was on my own for this one, luckily I have been watching Ace of Cakes. It is good to have television when the internet fails you. I did also make crab cakes, the savory kind, for the big people.

There really is not anything that could make Peter happier than having a party!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!



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I started the kids costumes months ago, I even did a blog post about being done, and yet was sewing the clasp for Abby's cape on at 6:05pm when David came home.

Even with my last minute frenzy Peter and Abby had loads of fun trick or treating!

I hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!

It could be LOVE!


We went to Virginia last week in search of a new place to call home (in 20 months and 1 day.)
Peter was super upset about the idea of moving. He likes our "house" and Connecticut. Several days with his cousins and a trip to the beach changed his mind pretty quickly. He was ready to stay in Virginia with Davis, he suggested that we find another Peter to take home with us. Then he kept pointing out houses for us to live in on the way home.

Here we are in front of the Governor's house in historic Williamsburg.
This is at the birthplace of George Washington.

I convinced Mike that this pictures would look really great on his myspace page.

Can you tell the door picture was coerced?



Here is Peter at Virginia beach. He had so much much fun! He got a little too close and fell in, he even thought that was fun. He got a new shirt he loved so much it took me 3 days to get it off of him.







David has researched where every oral surgeon in the state of Virginia lives, practices, went to school, and what year they graduated. He is also working on the population to oral surgeon ratio. It is all very intense.

I have to say we like it in Virginia a lot. The weather there in October was way better than the weather in Seattle in June. I have also been told the possibility of staying in CT another 3 years may also exist...

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Phone is re-connected

Our phone works again! After only 10 long phone calls to Vonage, Clyde managed to solve the phone mystery and we are again able to communicate with the world at our old number.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Halloweeen Preview

I finished Peter's and Abby's costumes today! Hurray!!! This is a new record for me, I usually finish minutes before the first time they wear them. There is still a cape in progress, but I am feeling pretty good about the situation.

Abby's pattern came without the instructions. David said, "It isn't a hard dress, you don't need those." He got a very stern look for that one before he conceded he had no idea what he was talking about. The truth is my Mom taught me the sew by picture method of sewing, so it all worked out. I had to put the zipper in 4 times, and the darts are a total mess, but it is dark on Halloween, so were good. Can anyone explain why a dress for 3-5 year-olds has darts anyway?!

My Mom convinced me I didn't need a pattern for a spider costume. Thanks Mom for the tips on this one. I had to use pink snaps on the bottom, please don't tell Peter. I really want to buy him some shiny black tap shoes to complete the costume, but I don't think he or David would go for that. What do you think?

Watch for a Virginia post, I started one that got deleted.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Pumpkin Picking



We went to "pick" pumpkins, which technicality is more gathering than picking, but it was super fun! We got our friends the Shamo's to take a break from their house renovations to come with us. David got a new camera for work, and decided to bring it along. On the way I changed the camera instructions to French, I wanted to be funny but not to mean. The joke ended up being on me, and unfortunately the pictures suffered.



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Riding the ferry to "pick" pumpkins has become our little tradition. It is hard to say who likes Ferries most Peter or me.