November 29, 2009
November 26, 2009
I have to say that I LOVE making the Thanksgiving meal. At one point I was singing along with the radio and cutting sweet potatoes, and paused and suddenly realized how extremely happy I was, and how much fun I was having. Part of the fun I had this year was making up a recipe for Sweet Potato Casserole. I couldn't find one (in cookbooks or online) that I liked, so I made it up myself. I really got a kick out of the experiment! I just really enjoy cooking (and having people over). I did get a little nervous after talking with a few other people though. They made the meal sound like it is difficult and something to be feared...and I started to wonder if I wasn't sufficiently afraid, and if my lack of fear would affect the quality of the meal. Thankfully, it didn't! I think you can't really be afraid of something you truly enojy... I also super enjoyed the wonderful smells of everything baking and watching the parade (yes, we let the babies watch. It is Thanksgiving! It's a tradition. They didn't seem much interested though...).
Every year since we've lived in Mass, our friends (Seth & Cari) from seminary have joined us for Thanksgiving. The tradition started at seminary with other seminary couples, but since we both stayed in the area, it has continued. They are basically our family out here. We definitely look forward to seeing them each year.
After we ate, the babies had their first taste of turkey (mixed with Sweet Potato).
It went over better than chicken...
The guys toss around the football (and talk) while the girsl go the the playground to walk around the track (and talk).
When we got back we joined another couple from seminary (who used to join us for Thanksgiving) via skype! How fun it is to live in a time where modern technology can bring people together from hundreds of miles apart!
Ryan & Allie with Seth & Cari, wearing the "I'm Stuffed" bibs that Seth & Cari got for them.
After the babies were in bed, the dishes were done, and we were filled with pie we pulled out a new game that Lucas and I hadn't had a chance to play yet (Carcassonne). It is a really fun game (of the addictive variety of Settlers), and I could have seen us getting sucked into hours of playing if Seth and Cari hadn't had to drive home.
I am Thankful For:
Dear friends and friendships that span years, miles, and seasons of life
Family - immediate and extended. We are so blessed by the people God placed in our life as our family. We love you so much!
God's grace - given freely and covering all my imperfections
2 sweet babies
1 wonderful husband (who loves me despite all my idiosyncracies - especially those that are germaphobic in nature!)
A recent favorite activity: concerts from our dancing/singing toys
They get a little unsure when the snowman grows...
Ryan wanted it to sing, so I told him "press here," and pointed to the spot. He immediately pressed there (and then repeated the action as many times as I needed to get a good picture!).
Excited, I tested it with Allie who also pressed exactly where I told her. Will they always listen this well?
Sippy cups are a new big thing.
Most of the time they chew...but sometimes they actually drink...
Ryan worked hard to place this book so it was standing up...
...and then Allie took it from him!
November 22, 2009
(fought over the football is more like it - if Allie had the football, Ryan cried...
I also discovered the ONE thing that Ryan refuses to eat (Allie is not a fan either, but she's always been a little pickier). Please, remember, hand sanitizer - while potentially dangerous and seriously yucky - is something he happily sucks down...earrings are apparently a delicacy...anything that looks like food is promptly placed in his mouth. However,
chicken is a no go.
The dark chocolate and magazine the babies (via daddy) brought me. My 2 favorite indulgences to help me unwind from a somewhat stressful day.
Ryan's favorite "bear crawl" position.
Allie loves practicing her crawling form!
November 21, 2009
November 19, 2009
Logan & his groomsmen.
Our family just before we left for the wedding. Allie is wearing a flower band that her new aunt Mindy made for her to wear (Harper had a matching one for her outfit).
Feeding the twins before the wedding. I thought it would calm them down, but it didn't!
The table I would have been at, had I been able to stay. Picture the twins and me here!
Congratulations Logan & Mindy!!!
The Big Screen:
Twice the Giggles:
Playing outside today. They just crack each other up!
So much mess, but so much fun!
Yesterday Ryan sang (yes sang) "dada" all day. He played on the floor singing "dada, dada,", he woke up from his nap singing "dada,dada," in between bites he sang "dada, dada." I was starting to feel a little left out until Allie chimed in. Every time he sang "dada, dada" she would yell "mama, mama!"
Getting all of our bags completely unpacked within 24 hours of getting home! Now to start the mountains of laundry...
A husband who cleans up the pumpkins I forgot to throw out before we left (and which are now completely caved in and leaking rivers of rotting pumpkin juice) without grumbling.
That I can watch programs, that were recorded on the dvr, while I unpack, delete them, and have the feeling that I'm "cleaning out" something!
The dryer is still going (despite the unending loads of laundry I keep feeding into it). In fact, the vacation seemed to do it some good!
That Lucas was home in the evening (when he thought he would be gone) so we could do an impromptu bath night after giving the twins teething biscuits (see the teething biscuit photos above to know why a bath night was desperately needed!).
Going to bed early. I have NOT been getting enough sleep, and I was starting to drag. I would have happily gone to bed at 7:30...but 9:30 was good enough!