Monday, December 15, 2014

Visiting with Santa

On our way back from having a breakfast out on Saturday, we decided to try to go see Santa with the kids.  He was visiting in our old hometown at the community center.  They had a few vendors selling their items, some food and Santa & Mrs. Claus.

December 13, 2014

This is as close as Libby would get to sitting on Santa's lap and she told me that she didn't have to tell him what she wanted for Christmas as she had already told Gin, our Elf on the Shelf and he told Santa.  I really only think she even posed for these pictures because Mrs. Claus had apples and M&M's to hand out after the kids were done with the pictures. 

Eddie wouldn't go near either of them and clung to William tightly through the whole time we were there. 

I guess it wasn't a terrible first time meeting Santa & Mrs. Claus!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Date Night - Minnesota Wild

William and I were lucky enough to escape on a date to the city the other night and take in a Wild game in St Paul.  I love watching hockey live, so it is always fun when we can get tickets - especially free ones! 

The Wild lost the game, but it was a good game to watch as they did play pretty good.  Plus, hanging out with my husband is fun and I like surprising him with tickets to these events when I am able to. 

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Ornaments

A glimpse into our Christmas tree this year.  Nothing too fancy, but beautiful anyway.

The real tree - in our upstairs living room.

An ornament capturing the moment William asked me to marry him.

Homage to A Christmas Story

Elizabeth's high heeled shoe ornament. 

Elizabeth's Cinderella shoe ornament - it plays music...  And she likes to hear it often.

Ornament from William's Step Mother back in 2001 when we had our first home together.

Eddie's first ornament

Miss Elizabeth at 1 year old.

Mr. Edward - less than one year old.

One of William's ornaments from his childhood

Elizabeth's first ornament - made by me when she was less than a month old.

Me as a kooky child - so far the only ornament I have from my childhood.  I need to raid my Mom's tree for more!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Elizabeth's 5th Birthday Party

What a wonderful celebration we had this past weekend in honor of Elizabeth's 5th birthday. 

It was so good to gather with family and know that everyone there truly loves and cares for our beautiful little girl!  She is such a joy to have in our lives and I am so blessed to be her Mom!

Singing Happy Birthday

Our homemade carrot cake - with carrots from Auntie Stacy's garden this year.

We smoked a couple chickens and some ribs and had scalloped potatoes, roasted mixed vegetables, baked beans.  Simple yet delicious.  The best way to have meals.

Auntie Leann with the kids

Presents were thoughtful and she loved every single one of them!  Especially everything Frozen themed!  She is a huge fan and has seen the movie many times.  She is such a fan of Elsa that when I was listening to Idina Menzel's Christmas album in the car the other day, she heard it and said Queen Elsa was singing Christmas songs to us!  Now that is a devoted Queen Elsa fan to know her voice!

Opening one of her Frozen themed gifts!

Grandpa, Libby and Auntie Leann waiting to open gifts

Libby and Eddie relaxing after the party.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Small Business Saturday

Libby and I headed out on Small Business Saturday to do some shopping locally.  She wasn't really that interested in the shopping (I was though!) but she did enjoy a Morning Bun at a local cafĂ©. 

She had to ask me how to eat the bun - it was so large!

She had it figured out pretty quickly!

"Mom, must you take my picture AGAIN???"

Almost done!

So close - I can't believe she ate the whole thing!

Last bite!

She is so fun to shop with! 

We found a lot of great gifts - now just have to wrap them up and get a couple more items and we will be officially done with Christmas Shopping for the 2014 year!!!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

2014 Deer Hunting Season - Success!

William was able to shoot a deer on the 28th this year - in the morning.  So nice to know we will have a freezer full of venison to enjoy over the year!

It was a large buck - would have been a 9 point if it wasn't such a fighter - most of the tines were broken off from fighting!

William showing Edward his buck!  Eddie loved it!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Lighting Festival - 2014

Headed out to a local town festival on Friday night for their lighting ceremony and parade.

I have never been to a parade in the winter, but it was very fun!  A little cold - but fun none the less!

Libby patiently waiting for the parade to start!

Libby and Eddie - November 28, 2014

Playing on the sidewalk in the cold!

Going to the lighting festival was something I have wanted to do for quite some time, so it was great to be able to attend this year!  I had so much fun and really enjoyed being able to have the kids along - they are now at ages where this type of event is possible, even in the cold!

Headed for pizza after the parade and Libby even got a balloon animal (a flower) there.  She loves the flower!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Happy Birthday Elizabeth!

Libby's 5th birthday was on Thanksgiving this year.  So we tried to make it special for her since we would be traveling to the city for Thanksgiving Dinner in the afternoon and we didn't know how much would be done there to celebrate her special day.

She woke up to balloons on her ceiling!

She LOVES balloons, so it was a perfect way for her to wake up!

Opening her birthday present from Dad, Mom and Eddie.

It was a vintage (replica) wedding Barbie from the 1950's!
And extremely beautiful - she spotted it in an antique shop when shopping with me a few weeks ago, and I went back the next week to see if it was still there.  It was, and so I had to get it for her!  Luckily it wasn't too expensive!

Special Birthday Breakfast of Chocolate Chip pancakes and bacon - her current favorite!

Happy birthday to our beautiful 5 year old girl!  You are such a joy to have in our lives!!!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Play Time: Dry Beans

Eddie and Libby have been loving playing with dry beans lately.  They could play with them for an hour straight with little to no fighting - which is a miracle in our home lately!

They are even getting better at not spilling them on the floor all the time!

I figure using spoons and scoopers (and a little fish from another game) can only help them with their control (manual dexterity) and so it is really learning, not just playing for them.  Plus it is fun to see them concentrating so intently!

Scooping up beans with a little fish from a board game.

Intense Focus!

Practice makes perfect!

Still working on it - a half hour later!

Eddie REALLY loves playing beans.  Yesterday, he carried a glass jar of beans down to the family room from the kitchen because he wanted to play!  I can't believe he didn't drop the jar and break it!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Family Feast

Libby's class hosted a family feast last week.  We were able to attend an event in her classroom then we went to lunch with the class!  It was so fun to spend the day with my little girl!