Sunday, November 29, 2009

Sensory fun

I remembered the other day that our wonderful "Grandma" Alice had given the boys Rice Krispies to play with when they were tiny. They make fantastic noises when smushed and are totally safe for little guys to put in their mouths. So in the interest of fairness...I got some out for the Little Sweetie to play in the other day. In the video you can hear how her brothers are getting quite a kick out of watching her antics.

Friday, November 27, 2009

The Countdown has begun

In our little town, the countdown to Christmas begins the day after Thanksgiving with the town parade (everyone marches down Main street singing Christmas songs) to the immense Christmas tree which is then lit ceremonially by an esteemed member of the community. Free hot cider, candles, light sticks, a visit by Santa (who rode on a 4 wheeler this year due to his poor health) and Christmas carols sung/played by the high school music program make it a really quaint small town Christmas kickoff. And this year, it wasn't a complete downpour like it was last year!

Little Sweetie and her friend Baby Ty got to ride in the parade (and play peek-a-boo)!

Splish Splash

In which Little Sweetie (soaked through) and O Boy play with bubbles and O Boy sings an original song.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

First Sledding 2009

A few weeks ago we got our first good snow; meaning enough to sled on! So we hauled out the sleds and piled into the car to go sledding with some friends "out the road."
Mr. T was an expert at bailing over the side if he felt at all like he was going to crash.

Little Sweetie got a few runs in both on the big sled with mom and going free solo by being pulled along behind us in her own little sled.

O Boy desperately wanted to go "in the hole" which meant get to the end of the run and drop down, out of sight, into a tree well. The bigger boys we were with were doing it, after all. But it was kind of dangerous since you had to lean quickly to the side when you dropped out of sight to avoid smashing into the tree. So I finally pushed him off and watched him head for "the hole." Sure enough, he dropped down and disappeared a few seconds while we all held our breaths and expected to hear a big crash. Then his little orange sled appeared again and he came up with a HUGE smile, having conquered "the Hole" like the big boys.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Castle

I've posted videos of O Boy explaining some of his amazing creations so I thought I'd better do the same with a pretty surprising and unusual castle Mr. T built a few weeks ago. It's not the best example of his fine speaking abilities, but I think the grandparents might enjoy watching it at least! He so rarely builds things like this (out of Legos or blocks) that it was cool to see him build it and then describe it.

Our first snowman

Last year we got dumped on with so much snow that we never could really make a snowman; before that the boys were too young. So finally, this is the year we had the right snow and the right manpower to build a real snowman! It's been perfect snowman snow this year so far (and we have a large snowbunny on our lawn).
Things you should know about this snowman:
I had totally forgotten how extremely heaving snowballs could get so fast. That's why he only has 2 body parts - I didn't want to roll another ball! His face is cranberries (all could think to use since it was already dark out) and was promptly eaten away the next morning by birds. At the breakfast table Mr. T exclaimed, "Noman! No face! Mom!" and sure enough, no face on the poor guy. Lesson learned. His nose was a nice organic carrot which (we thought) was promptly thrown over the deck by Mr. T the moment I turned my back. I should have seen than coming but I didn't. Actually, several days (and lots of rain) later, we discovered the carrot still on the deck - he'd almost thrown it over the edge but he missed and it got buried in the snow. It has now reappeared and will live again as another nose on another snowman. This guy isn't looking so good as of today; I think his head fell off yesterday thanks to El Nino and tons of rain.
It was fun making a snowman again. We have a picture book about snowmen and the kids in the book say something like, "It's amazing! These things work year after year!" And that was my reaction too - I had forgotten how easy and fun it is to make snowmen (and how much lumpier they really are than picture book snowmen). Thank you God for snow!

"Twins" can be pretty fun...and pretty messy!

We had some friends staying with us for a few days and our 2 babies (10 days apart) provided many, many opportunities for laughter and great photo moments. These two funny babies were continually switching pacifiers (it's amazing no one got sick!). As soon as we would switch them back, they'd head for the other one's pacifier and switch back again. !!

Here's Baby Ty delighting in his food.
Little Sweetie loves to eat too...
Here are the adorables:

Bye Ty! We loved having you (and your bro and mom) over!

My favorite kind of pretzel!

Yes, he truly was sound asleep when we found him like this. Amazing!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Halloween 2009

Here's O Boy's (the doggie) preschool class. Apparently O Boy the doggie doesn't have the same aversion to group pictures that O Boy the little boy does. He (the dog) lined up for this one without batting an eye. Perhaps next year we'll send him to his group picture in costume.
Here's Mr. T (the lion) with his class
Little Sweetie got to dress up in the $1 butterfly outfit I found for her for our playgroup costume parade at our local assisted living center.

Here's one attempt to get (most) of the recent playgroup babies in one picture! At least one more baby didn't make it into the shot because she was asleep!
All these babies are about 9 months so as soon as we set them down, they began crawling away like little ants. And unfortunately for the little pumpkin (who is much younger and can't sit up on his own), that meant he went tipping over!
LS and her sidekick, Ty
This was taken at O Boy's preschool. Here's O Boy's friend Charlotte giving the LS a little costume support.

Bird feeders

Quite a while back for some reason I thought it would be fun to make bird feeders with the boys. And nothing so ambitious as this is ever as fun as when you include several other friends, so we invited a pack of friends over and had a grand time making some things that performed as bird feeders for a few days (until they were filled to the top with rain!).

We got the instructions off the internet, though everyone kind of free-wheeled on their own end product. The options for decoration were: water based paint (washed off in the rain immediately), glue and several kinds of beans (also washed or eaten off), and stickers (soggy, but still sticking). This was another good example of the process being way more important than the actual functionality of the end product.

Here's one of O Boy's preschool friends putting stickers carefully on hers.

O Boy went with paint and stickers.
We moms hauled out a hair dryer to get them dry enough for a second layer of decorations (usually glued beans) and of course, dry enough for the trip home!
Little Sweetie getting a blast from the hair dryer.
Mr. T's final product
O Boy's final product (note the compromise: I got to take a picture of his bird feeder, he didn't have to actually be completely in the picture.)

Tuesday, November 03, 2009