Friday, November 30, 2012

Thanksgiving at the Rosenbaums

We drove down to Greenville for Thanksgiving and had so much fun with the Rosenbaums.  Harper and Avery are two peas in a pod and Kate and Olivia just followed them everywhere wanting to play with the big girls.  Harper and Avery had a slumber party in Avery's room and it was interesting.  They were too excited to go to sleep most nights and once I woke up at 3 am to find them playing secret agents with flashlights and play jewelry.  We also found a tub of melted ice cream and marshmallows the next morning so who knows what they were up to all night.  

We made fabulous food.  My favorite was the smoked turkey-and I don't even really like turkey.  Matt smoked the turkey and Kathryn and I made mashed potatoes, bacon green beans, Sister Shubert rolls, sweet potato casserole, apple and sausage stuffing and a pumpkin dump cake.  YUM!  Kathryn is such a great decorator and I love seeing what she's done to the house.  

Sippy cups and wine glasses go hand-in-hand...

The girls also played outside in their backyard a lot because the weather was so nice.  Matt and Kathryn have two chickens and they collect fresh eggs.  Kate was fascinated by the chickens.  

I got my first speeding ticket in-where else-Virginia.  Oh well, I've never even been pulled over for speeding and it was an honest accident/fluke of a second of speeding and I'm over it.  Brian is an old pro at tickets so he just walked me through it.  Ha!  He's such a rebel...

It was so relaxing and just a great time with friends.  Matt and Kathryn are the best hosts and my favorite parts were watching our kids play and sitting up late talking.  What a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Monday, November 12, 2012

the raking of the leaves

So we are LOVING this fall!  I think this may be the prettiest one yet.  I am hoping for a snowy winter too, especially after last year's 60 degree weather all winter.  We are busy on the weekends raking leaves.  We finish after a few hours, then look up to FULL trees overhead and just laugh.  We have a long way to go.

The good thing is that the girls just play and play while we are working in the yard.  

Harper looks so old in this picture.  My sweetie.

Happy Fall!!

fyi-Target reversible vests (corduroy and flower print) for $10

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Disney on Ice...again

We went to Disney Princesses on Ice again this year!  Ha!  The girls loved every minute of it.  It is so cute to see them get all excited about something.  We made it a big surprise and didn't tell Harper until we got there.  I think this look says it all.

Little Kate loved it too and was so good through the whole thing.  Doesn't Brian look thrilled?  Ha!

The colors were brilliant and the songs were classic.

Of course Brian spoiled them rotten with cotton candy and a light up wand.  Oh the memories!  I remember times like this when I was little and I hope to never forget these new ones.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween 2012

We had a nice Halloween, all things considered.  Hurricane Sandy blew in over the weekend and made things kind messy around here, but we are lucky compared to those in New York City and New Jersey so I am counting my blessings.  

Harper's school had a celebration and parade and Kate and I stayed to watch the kids march in their costumes.
Harper and her class, with Ms. Abed, her teacher, as the cow

Harper and Miss Sandy

I picked up Harper from school and we got a special Chik-fil-a lunch.  Kate is barely eating because she's on an antibiotic for an ear infection-but the girl loves chicken nuggets so I'll do what I can to get her to eat.  On our way into the house, the girls begged to play outside for 5 minutes and I reluctantly let them, despite the fact that we hadn't cleaned up the driveway or yard yet.  Well it took about 1 second for Kate to slip on the wet leaves and bust her lip open.  Well, actually it wasn't open because her front tooth was stuck in it.  So off we went to the ER to spend the next 3 hours waiting on a doctor.  She was a wreck and covered in blood but she is ok and her lip came loose of course while we were waiting.  She was in more pain AFTER being "fixed" and passed out in the car on the way home.

So I got home and QUICKLY prepared for our 30 Halloween guests set to arrive 2 hours later.  Ha!  I made a pork shoulder and root beer baked beans and everyone else brought sides and appetizers.  It was a mad scramble and I was changing out of my bloody shirt when friends arrived at 5.  We had a HUGE feast and let the kids play and then set out to trick-or-treat.  It was very cold and still very wet and messy from the storm so Kate stayed snug in the wagon.  

We had 14 kids, but they are all under the age of 4
so a group photo was not happening!

Harper couldn't have had a better time and went from house to house in a fury to get candy.  She loves Halloween and I love sharing these special days with the girls. 

Kate's face is cracking me up-it had been a LONG day!

We had hardly any trick-or-treaters compared to most years, I think because the storm kind of messed things up for a lot of people.  But, having friends over made it so festive and fun.   We ended the night with a Wallace tradition-watching Charlie Brown's The Great Pumpkin.  The kids were spent!  All in all it turned out to be a GREAT Halloween! 

Elsa, Gavin, and Harper