Sunday, November 30, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

We made a rather last minute decision to go to visit family for Thanksgiving this year. Nicholas's grandmother's health isn't great, and these might be her last holidays. Since we won't make it up for Christmas since Baby #3 will be making his debut soon after, we drove up on Tuesday to make it for Thanksgiving. We stayed with Bill and Tamara, who graciously opened their house to our hooligan children. We visited with Mutti and Uncle Chuck everyday. We crashed Aunt Steph's Mother-in-Law's Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday and had a feast with the cousins. And on Friday we celebrated Daddy's 35th birthday (yes, I am the older woman!) and Thanksgiving with Mutti's side of the family! As a wrap up, here is Kraft Thanksgiving 2014 in (few) pictures:

Being Thankful (stuff from school):
Olivia loved her Indian princess outfit!

Leo's Thankful placemat: Notice that the ketchup packet gets better position than Mom!!

At Grandpa's:

At Aunt Stephanie's:

At Aunt Judy's with Mutti and GG:

Old friends

Olivia and Leo's best friends from their old school in AL have grandparents who live about an hour from us. Olivia and Leo still talk about Laura Kate and Thad, and Leo insists that Thad is the only friend he wants to have over on his birthday--just like last year! So, when their mom let me know they would be in town for Thanksgiving, I jumped at the chance to get the kids together (even though I had been sick and we were leaving for our trip the next day). We met at a Chick-fil-a and let the kids play for three hours!! They had a ball and I loved catching up with Brooke! I hope we get to stay connected through the years!

Sick days

In the days leading up to our Thanksgiving travel, I got a bad cold. Yuck. Even yuckier, I passed it on to Nicholas and he is still fighting it. But he was so thoughtful while I was sick, and the kids were often very sweet--playing doctor with me as the patient. (Not to say that I would like to do it again. Being sick and very pregnant and home with the kids with no help is not exactly fun.) But, here is one photo from that week that I love! One cold afternoon when I told the kids we needed down time. Olivia really is beginning to read on her own--more on that later.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Monday Funnies


  • With Daddy
    • Olivia: Daddy, I cleaned all the leaves and dirt off your car.
    • Nicholas: Great! Thanks!
    • Olivia: ...with this block of wood.
  • With me
    • Olivia: When I grow up and have kids, I am going to have a big back yard, build them a tree house, and get them a trampoline.
    • Me: Okay. That sounds fun. Can I come to visit you and your kids?
    • Olivia: Will you be alive then?


  • With Daddy
    • Nicholas: Leo, please don't press on the speaker like that. You could poke a whole in it.
    • Leo: I'm not pressing, I'm rubbing.
    • Nicholas: Why?
    • Leo: Trying to get this icky brown stuff off.
    • (That one's for Grandpa Bill, on the wax I got on the speaker years ago and which we just can't get off....)
  • With Siri (yes, he loves Siri on Nicholas's phone)
    • Me: Let's go downstairs.
    • Leo: I want Daddy to come.
    • Siri: What is your father's name?
  • With me when I woke up coughing and sick this week
    • Me: I need a tissue.
    • Leo: You can wipe it on my clothes!
    • Me: That's okay, Leo. I'll get a tissue.
    • Leo: Sick? Need a cough drop? I can get it!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

And other activities, for the grandparents, in pictures

A lot of these are Facebook repeats, but since several of the grandparents don't Facebook, I thought I would share here, too! Just a few more things we've been doing!

Here Olivia is drawing a picture of Dad! Notice the little bit of hair on his face and head! Ha! She had just finished a portrait of Leo and had positioned him on his chair. So funny!

The first cold day at Pullen Park, and Olivia insisted on riding in her own train seat because she is over the height limit to ride on her own! Ha!

Another Pullen park day when Olivia wanted to ride the carousel on her own since she was tall enough, and she did for the first time. Leo and I weren't into it anyway--that thing is the fastest carousel ever! And the picture of Leo is when I asked him for a taste of his chocolate pumpkin pop, and he said, "You don't like this kind!" which totally meant no! Ha!


Later that day visiting Daddy on campus and seeing the huge robot at the library!

Another time playing indoors on a cold, wet day--using boxes instead of other toys for a dollhouse and a sled!

We discovered another playground a bit ago, and the kids really liked it. Olivia especially liked the low monkey bars and made it across them for the first time on her own!

At a playground we've been to before, but here this picture is so sweet of Olivia "teaching" Leo how to build something!

Olivia is still really enjoying her ballet/gymnastics class! (Much to my annoyance since it is expensive and late in the evening, but we are sticking with it until Christmas. Then I am pulling her since there is no way I am taking a newborn and Leo to entertain while she does her class in the dark at 5:30 in the evening! We'll have to find another one!)

School picture of the kids! Super cute!!

Since we are traveling on Thanksgiving as last minute plans, I went ahead and made our turkey on Sunday, and it was delightful! We had a mini-Thanksgiving here that day and the kids got a kick out of eating on china and drinking juice from crystal cups!

Olivia LOVES china! So, when we some in from outside on a cold day, her favorite thing is hot tea with real china cups! Mine, too!

This is me enjoying my time with just Leo on the days when Olivia is in school, but he is not. Today he picked the playground, which he often does, despite it being 34 degrees!

And when we came home and it was a balmy 36 degrees, Olivia wanted to be a princess and frolic in the yard. The girl is fancy!

And I did a little puffy paint with the kiddos on Saturday while we watched the Alabama game, and they loved it! After painting, you microwave the art to make it puff up, so it is part art, part science and super easy, too!

Olivia's butterfly! 

Happy birthday to me!

November 9th, two Sundays ago, was my 35th birthday! And we had lots of fun that day! Nicholas made waffles for breakfast, we opened presents, we headed to Red Robin for lunch, and got a membership to the Natural Science Museum in Raleigh and took in the dinosaur exhibit! I even got a short nap and a little trip to the playground that afternoon! Here are some pictures from the day!

Nicholas getting my picture! Ha!

The many whiney faces of Leo!

"I just want to play pirate ship!" This is where he gets on our bed and pretends it's a pirate ship. Some of his funniest stories have originated from this game!

Olivia had a hard time staying out of the pictures! Silly girl!

This is me feeling old and fat. 

Here's the advanced maternal age belly shot!

On the way to Red Robin listening to Queen. Olivia picked out her outfit and Leo was singing along!

A bad picture by our waitress, but a documentation that we actually went! The kids LOVED it and keep asking to go back! I loved it, too!

Checking out the dinosaurs!

And, finally, CAKE! Yum! You see that: 34+1 = 35!