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Friday, January 16, 2015

Five on Friday: 1/16/15

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{ONE}
Happy Birthday to my very favorite sister!  Here is the birthday card that M made for her.  I transcribed it word for word.  No time for fact checking.

{TWO}
We took the teenagers bowling last week for Jack's birthday.

{THREE}
I give up on recapping the holidays.  Here is brief proof that they happened...
Pre-parties happened.

Christmas happened.


New Years Eve happened.

I'm pretty sure there were men at all of these events but who wants to see pictures of them, right?

{FOUR}
I got this great bluetooth shower speaker and every morning I listen to my favorite station in Austin, KGSR.  It makes me so happy until the inevitable weather update when they tell me how warm and beautiful it is out today.

{FIVE}
Got another one of our super secret we are in the know you wish you could come with us dinners this weekend.  WGN probably wants to put us on tv again.  I'm so sick of all of the paparazzi.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Rude Awakening

Man this morning was rough.  M has one of those alarm clocks that turns green when it's ok to get up.  It doesn't mean he has to get up, rather it just tells him that he can't come bother us until it is green.  This morning he went back to school after two fun filled weeks of a revolving door of visitors, staying up late, and sleeping in.  He was so tired and said, "Mommy I think you need to make it turn green much, much later from now on."  If only.  Aside from the early wakeup for everyone, it is coooooooold.  Like, one degree cold.  And it finally snowed.  I love Christmas snow but instead this year we had no snow and warm temps.  Now is the time I'm over the cold and snow and we're only getting started.  Anyway, blah blah blah whine whine whine.

Christmas was wonderful, our third annual New Years Eve party was fabulous (it is tacky to say that about a party we threw?), and we finally FINALLY welcomed a little girl into our group of friends that has been front-loaded with seven boys.  If I can get my business together before the end of the week I'll share some pictures.  But in the meantime, welcome Juliette!!!  I'm so excited for you to start bossing the boys around.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Tomorrow!

We have had a busy month so far preparing for the big guy to shoot down our chimney.  First up, Christmas tree.
We get our tree the old fashioned way: pulling up to Costco, putting our son on a mack truck and letting him climb to the top of the tree pile until he finds the perfect one.

Next up, Santa Train!  We headed to the brown line for our yearly tradition of riding the Santa train.  M loved it, A fell asleep.










After the Santa train, we rode back the other way and got off at the stop in our neighborhood, where the local businesses were hosting a holiday stroll.  Businesses were giving out free cookies and hot chocolate, kids were caroling, and Santa was making the rounds.
(that is the cheek of a sleeping A)


Having a serious discussion about Christmas gifts.

Checking out the neighborhood Christmas tree.  Our neighborhood won some sort of an American Express competition for best "main street" so it was decked out... in AmEx blue and white.

And finally, on Friday M had his winter assembly and his class performed "The Reindeer Pokey".  This was the first time he'd ever done anything in front of a crowd or on a stage.  We were confident he'd be a statue, but he was kinda gettin' down.  I am 100% certain only his grandparents will watch this so here you go Grandma/Grandpa/Nana/Pops:

Hope everyone has a very happy holiday!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Five on Friday 12/19/14

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{ONE}
This was happening two weeks ago.  Now he's made it up onto his knees, but no forward movement in that position yet.  Every time it happens, I get excited and encourage him... then think about all the babyproofing headed my way and change my mind.

{TWO}
This is how these two knuckleheads wind down before bed at the end of the day.

{THREE}
Yesterday M had his winter assembly and his class performed "The Reindeer Pokey".  It was completely adorable and I'll be torturing yall with the home videos soon.

{FOUR}
We're eating food now.

{FIVE}
While shopping for stocking stuffers, I have never felt more like the mother of two boys.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Remember Thanksgiving?

I've been a slacker, but according to this post, it's a holiday tradition.  Nevertheless, here it goes... 

This year Thanksgiving was spent in Houston, rather than our usual Houston/Shreveport/Austin trifecta.  And as much as I missed a lot of our old traditions and seeing extended family, it was soooooo nice to stay put and relax.  Another benefit was that I got to see some old friends that I haven't seen in a long time.  I'm the absolute worst about calling people when I come into town but this time around I lucked out and the party came to my doorstep (well, down the block from my doorstep).  A friend of mine coordinated a park playdate right across the street from my parent's house for all of us in town and our kids.  I have to say, watching my kids (well, the older one at least) play with the children of people I grew up with is a pretty incredible thing.  Most of the people in this picture I have been friends with for about 25 years.





Bonus: this led to a night out, another thing I don't do much of when I'm in H-town.

 Side note: see that beautiful gal in the middle?  Well she's been one of my besties for something like 20 years now and I made a glaring omission in a recent post that was brought to my attention over a few beers at Little Woodrows. In this post I talked about how some of my favorite people came into town one weekend and I failed to mention this fabulous person was there as well on Thursday night.  I have a bad habit of leaving out information when I don't have photos to go along with it.  So there's that.  Not to leave out Liz there on the left, who I have been friends with longer than... actually I'm pretty sure longer than anyone.  I'm lucky to have these two.

Alright, moving on.  M, as usual, loved his time in Houston.  My parents have the house set up like they are running a play cafe.  






So now I'm realizing I don't have pictures from the rest of the house.  Trust when I say it was filled with ramps, slides, games, puzzles... definitely more toys than I ever had there when I was a kid.

He got to visit his favorite spot, a play cafe with an "alligator slide", then he got to wait in line for an hour for bbq at Gatlin's.  Houstonians, am I missing something?  The wait was not worth the end result.  Good bbq, not great.  

That floor trampoline at the end of the video?  That's where I spent most of my time.



An addiction to the game Sorry was procured, trees were decorated, goofiness ensued.










Also?  A new Thanksgiving tradition was created: Roofball.

Don Perignon was poured out (I wish I could pretend like we are too good for it, but rather it was taken from my grandparents basement where it had been improperly stored.  And yes, we had to pour it into the toilet to make it feel more dramatic), pies were made, great bbq was eaten.







And the icing on the cake?  Everyone stayed healthy this go round and the kiddos were perfect on the plane ride home (and thank god for that because I flew home alone with them).