Monthly Archives: November 2011

growing up

she might be doing it slowly, but alex is growing up.


do you remember this day? it was july 13, 2010:


and this one was taken the next day (July 14, 2010):

this is alex and her buddy, elijah (the son of my good friend Karla). they were born only 48 minutes apart (elijah is older).


just a few weeks ago, alex and elijah looked like this:

they’re sitting up. they’re playing. they’re interacting with toys and people. they are 16 months old. and ever-so-adorable.



A Belated BOO to you, too!

i know, i know, Halloween was almost a MONTH ago. i’m ashamed that i’ve allowed so much of November to pass without sharing ANYTHING with you. little by little, i plan to catch you up on at least the big news. for now, however, let’s take a look at some COSTUME LOVE….


allow me to introduce you to Davey the Triceratops (NOT Davey the Lizard, as many people stated/guessed), Alexandra the Butterfly and Samantha the Parrot:


Many thanks to our neighbors for the FREE parrot costume and to the Harveys for the FREE triceratops costume. and many thanks to Second Chance for the $5.99 costume for Alex (even though I later found a better deal for only $2 at Old Navy for the FULL costume…. oops!)!


Not knowing what else to do since there were no (decent) free and local events to celebrate Halloween while we were available, we ended up walking around our neighborhood. Samantha thought it was the greatest thing ever. She LOVED Halloween and getting candy from the neighbors by simply ringing the bell and saying “Trick or Treat!” when the door was opened! Unfortunately, I had not taught my children well…. when they were allowed to choose their candy (which happened at quite a few houses), Samantha always chose the lollipops. Dum Dums, Tootsie Pops, etc. Seriously? What about the Snickers? the Peanut M&Ms? Ahhh… I think a little tutoring session will be NECESSARY next year before we go door-to-door…!


To his credit, Davey toughed out walking around several blocks. He had a bruised foot (or some bruised toes) so by the end, I had to carry him. He wasn’t all that excited about the candy. Sam, however, couldn’t get enough. She wanted to KEEP GOING! After walking the neighborhood, we drove to a few homes (including Grandpa & Grandma’s house) to show off costumes and pick up special treats.


Many thanks to the neighbors who handed out candy, erasers, fish crackers and more. Many thanks to family and friends, as well, for loving our kiddos so much! And MANY THANKS to the givers of the FREE costumes! We are VERY thankful!

“that’s not appropriate”

happy thanksgiving (i have 18 minutes left here on the west coast). i’ve lost all of november. where did it go? perhaps i’ll share some of it with you one day. for now, however, i must share that today, samantha stuck her finger in the cranberry sauce (from a can) at the table. she was told “that’s not appropriate.” then the part she touched was added to her plate. later, she and davey LICKED the top of the ENTIRE chocolate pie. i kid you not. they were BOTH told “that’s not appropriate” and they ate some chocolate pie for dessert. and even LATER in the day, while in “time out” on the stool at the counter (not sure WHY that’s where she was for time out), samantha REPEATEDLY stuck her finger into the remainder of the “regular” (as in, not gluten free) pumpkin pie. i’m pretty sure she licked her finger between pokes/scrapes. again, she was told “that’s not appropriate.” (and her time out was lengthened and she was moved to a different location).

here’s hoping your day was filled with good and appropriate things!