Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thanksgiving Weekend

I feel like I'm the last one in blogland to post about Thanksgiving but we've been out of town and I don't like blogging from my phone and don't have a laptop.

So, first of all, we actually got to watch some of the Macy's parade Thanksgiving morning.  Normally we have to leave around the time it starts or soon after to get where we're going, but this year at the in-laws it was just us, Paul's parents and sister so we decided to just go later instead of going early enough for breakfast and spending the whole day like we normally do.   I was still kind of busy getting everything ready to go so I didn't see a ton of the parade, but a lot more than I normally get to.

Paul and I had decided that instead of getting up super early for Black Friday, we would try "Gray Thursday" instead, so as soon as X Factor was over at 9:00, we headed to Target.  We took one look at the line (and by the time we got there they'd already been open for a half hour, it's not like they weren't even open yet) and went right back home.

When we got home from our aborted shopping trip, we found Kayley still awake with a horrible cough.  She coughed so hard she threw up (or maybe she would have thrown up anyway but I really think it was just the coughing).  We didn't have any cough medicine (which they say you're not supposed to give to kids under 6 anyway but she's almost 5 and what could it really hurt?) and they didn't have any honey, so we tried to make do with some agave nectar mixed with water and lemon juice, but that of course didn't help any.  We moved her out to the living room so she could try to sleep upright in a chair, but she didn't like that so we put her on the couch.  And by we I mean me and Paul's sister, Cheryl, because Paul was already mostly asleep in our room, whereas Cheryl was sleeping in the den area on a sofa bed with the girls on the floor next to her.  Cheryl eventually traded rooms with Paul and I stayed out in the living room with Kayley, who insisted on keeping the light on.  Sigh.  Needless to say, I didn't get much sleep that night, and was awake when the in-laws left at 4:00 or 4:30 to go shopping and a little while later when Paul left to go to Cabela's.

Anyway, after breakfast we decided to give Target another try, and this time we actually went in and bought stuff.  After driving across town to hit Old Navy we all reconvened at the house for lunch, then headed to Westport (on the Washington Coast, in-laws have a condo there) for the remainder of the weekend.

We spent Saturday walking down to the beach, and driving into town to the docks, where we walked out on a long boardwalk thingie and watched people crabbing and saw some sea lions.  Later, we swam in the pool.  This morning was sunny and nice and Cheryl, Paul's mom and Olivia all walked to the beach again, but Paul and I were watching the Seahawks (it was another close one--Miami kicked a last-minute field goal to win.  Grrrr...).

View of town from a lighthouse-shpaed tower-thingie


The girls collected a bunch of shells and sand dollars, and proceeded to decorate them with crayons.  Awesome.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Holiday Bucket List

Visit Santa
Cut Down a Tree
Put up Decorations
Bake Cookies
Drive Around Looking at Christmas Lights
Go to Snowflake Lane
Christmas Crafts
Drink an Eggnog Latte

Drink a Peppermint Mocha
Watch Christmas Vacation 
Go See the Gingerbread House Exhibit
Ride the Holiday Carousel
Take a Family Photo
Get Advent Calendars
Go Sledding
 And the one thing I wish we could do but it's not in the budget:  Take the girls to see the Nutcracker :(  Maybe next year.

Rainy Day Fun

It poured down rain today so I decided to take the girls to the mall.  Always a good time.  But they got to play and I got to buy a Christmas gift so it was a win-win.  I also had a Google Offers deal for Starbucks so we all got cake pops and I got a peppermint mocha.

We almost always go to the library on Tuesdays and we were going to go after, but it got too late.  Tomorrow is going to be a busy day of packing, baking and running last minute errands.  Whoo-hoo.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Friends, Bread and Turkeys

We did some fun stuff this week.  On Tuesday we went to a show at the library called "Pumpkins, Turkeys and Snow, Oh My!".  There was juggling, songs and a turkey puppet.  It was really cute.  I actually hosted a meet-up there for my mom's group, and it was the last thing I'll ever host as I am not going to renew my membership next year, since the girls start kindergarten in the fall making us unavailable for most of the events and we're limited to Tuesdays/Thursdays until then (except summer).

Thursday we had a playdate with a friend down the street that we met through said mom's group.  This is the girls' latest friend they've made.  We first met them two years ago at the mom's group annual Halloween party at their house but didn't see them again until this September, when we attended another event at their house, then another a few weeks later and then this year's Halloween party.  Since then we've had a playdate here and then the one last Thursday at their house again and we're all getting to be good friends and it's awesome.

Saturday I baked some yummy pumpkin bread with salted caramel drizzled pumpkin buttercream.  Yeah, that's right.  Found it on Pintrest and it looked and sounded so awesome and it was.  I was signed up to bring treats for our sunday school class today so that's what I made and it was a big hit.

That evening Paul went out with a few buddies so the girls and I made popcorn and watched Secret of the Wings (Tinkerbell movie).

Today we went to church and then out to lunch with some friends, and then I actually took a little nap while the girls were watching Sofia the First on Disney.  I can't believe Thanksgiving is a few days away.  Tomorrow during preschool I'm going to shop for whatever groceries I need for Thanksgiving and the rest of the week and then I think I'm going to make another loaf of that amazing pumpkin bread, because I only got one little slice and the poor girls didn't get any.

Oh, and Friday the girls made these awesome turkeys at preschool.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Baby Shower Anniversary

Five years ago today was my baby shower (actually, I had two, but this was the "main" one).  I didn't have a blog yet, so I'm blogging about it now in honor of the 5th anniversary.

I think I was about 23 weeks or so (we needed to have it early in case I ended up on bed rest or something).  Our current house was being built and we had just sold our condo, so we were temporarily staying with Paul's best friend while we waited for our house to be finished.  His neighborhood has a clubhouse that residents can use for events, so that is where we had my shower.  My oldest and dearest friend (we've known each other since kindergarten) hosted it and did a great job with the decorations and food but unfortunately I don't have many pictures.


Kayley's name is spelled differently on the cake because at the time we were going to spell it "KALEY", but changed our minds later because we were worried people would think it was pronounced "Cal-y", so we added the second "y".

Last year on this day we had a birthday party for Gaga, but I think we actually got him at my second shower.  Can't remember for sure.

Yeah, I'm not a cake decorator.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Fun Day

The girls didn't have school today and I failed to plan anything fun to do (wanted to avoid the school holiday crowds at the mall play area and places like Kidz Bounce).  But for the last several months there have been many days where I have all kinds of great intentions to do x, y and z with the girls at home (crafts, games, practice writing their letters, etc.) but never quite get around to it because I end up just doing household chores and what-not while they play.

So today I decided to make a list, and I was going to try and actually do all but one or two things on the list, and we did!  Here was my list:
  • Play a game
  • Do a puzzle
  • Go to Fred Meyer (not because it's fun, but we needed groceries)
  • Dance
  • Practice writing their names and other letters
  • Play with a toy that hasn't been played with in a long time
The only one we didn't do was the last one.  In addition, one of their friends came over and played with them for an hour and a half or so.  To top it off, we got delicious Thai takeout for dinner.  It was a great day.

It's so weird--it already feels like forever since they went to school but it's only been since Friday.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Turkey Trot

The girls ran in their very first race this morning, our neighborhood's annual Turkey Trot.  There is a 5K and a kid's 1K, which is what they did, of course.  Me and Daddy ran with them.  It was really cold but sunny and they did fantastic!  Kayley ran the entire thing and Olivia walked just a tiny portion in the middle and picked up running again to the end.  They were really proud, and we were so proud of them.

We got medals!

Before the race

After the race, there was a pancake breakfast and then they had a bunch of prize drawings (vendor booths will a wheel to spin and you get whatever prize you land on).  They also had bouncy houses and we played on the playground (it was held at an elementary school).  It was super fun!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Birthday Party Dilema

It's 4 months away, but I've been thinking about what to do for the girls' 5th birthday pretty much ever since their last birthday.  So far, all we've ever done for their birthdays is have the family over.  That's usually around 25 people including us which is about all our house can handle.  For the first few birthdays, they were obviously too young to really know what was going on and to care whether they had any friends over, so it worked out great.  When they turned 3 and 4, though, we wanted to invite some friends but still had the space issue and didn't want to spend a fortune renting a place that would accomodate both the family and some of their friends (and their parents and siblings), so we compromised by just inviting their closest friend and her parents, who are good friends of ours, and last year we extended that to include another couple that are good friends of ours but don't have children.  We've considered the option of having two separate parties--one for just the family and another one for just their friends (and their parents/siblings) but have so far chosen not to do that.  But now that they are older and have made several friends in the neighborhood, church and preschool, we'd really love to finally have a "friend" party, whether or not we still have a "family" party.

I'd love to have their party at Kidz Bounce or someplace big enough for everybody, but it's just not in the budget.  I'd really love to have just a friend party at Chuck E. Cheese (and so would they!) and if we could keep the guest list down to about 6 (so 8 kids total including the girls) it would probably cost about the same or even less than what we've spent on food and decorations in the past for a home party with just family, but that would force us to leave out some friends who've invited us to their birthdays and whom we'd just really like to invite anyway becuase they are good friend that they play with often.  Ideally, if we were to do Chuck E. Cheese, there are at least 9 or 10 kids that I would really want (and feel somewhat obligated) to invite.  Enough to push up the cost above our budget, maybe.

So I've been leaning toward just having a party at home, with just their friends and their parents and siblings.  We will see all of my family a week later for their cousin's birthday, and 3 weeks after that for their other cousin's birthday, anyway.  Then, the other day it occurred to me that maybe we could still do Chuck E. Cheese with just us and maybe one friend and their parents/siblings on their actual birthday (whereas their party would be the weekend before).  That way, they would get their wish of a Chuck E. Cheese birthday, but also have a celebration including all of their friends.  The best of both worlds.  Then again, doing both would probably cost almost the same as just having the party we really want in the first place.  So we'll see, but even if we decided we can't do Chuck E. Cheese at all this time, we probably can in the next year or two (next year we won't have preschool (X 2) to pay for anymore and the year after that I'll be returning to work, lord willing).

Olivia at friend Lindsay's Chuck E. Cheese party, June '11

Birthday girl Lindsay and co., June '11

Olivia, Lindsay and Kayley, June '11

Friday, November 2, 2012

Halloween Video

Here's a cute video of the girls going through their haul after trick-or-treating.  Sorry it's so dark.