Sunday, November 28, 2010

Our Turkey Day

*Disclaimer: There are a bunch of posts coming. Due to error user on an unfamiliar computer during Thanksgiving, I could not post while we are on vacation. Then, we all got a nasty cold upon returning home, so watch out blog world...the posts have been piling up.

We had a chilly day this year for Thanksgiving, but at least it was warmer than it would have been in Colorado. We mainly played indoors in the morning - exploring all of Gigi and Grandpa's Toys. The kids had fun entertaining the likes of everyone: Gigi, Grandpa, Uncle Jacob, Aunt Amie, Great Nanny, and Great Aunt Jackie.

Jack with his Great Nanny

There were yummy smells coming from the kitchen all day, it was heavenly. Before nap time we took the kids to the park to feed the ducks along with Aunt Amie and Uncle Jacob. It was very cold but the kids had so much fun throwing bread to the ducks and yelling "quack-quack" at them. (Pictures of this will come next week).

We ate a late thanksgiving meal after the kids took naps and they loved trying all the "thanksgiving food." Also, check out my brother's pie - it was the first pie he ever made - I am so proud of him, it was good too!

Thankful for so many things this Thanksgiving~

Our family being together - Last year we were thinking of Hannah wishing she was already with us.

Thankful for this guy!

And for time with family!

Aunt Amie, me, and Hannah at dinner.

Mark, Jack, and Uncle Jacob.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Cut it off

(Jack's new hair cut)

I have been fired from cutting little man's least that is what was strongly implied the last time I accidentally butchered (trimmed) Jack's hair in August. My best friend Becky is just finishing cosmetology school and so I decided to let Becky do the honors on Jack's ever growing mullet like head of was the day.

Jack did pretty well sitting still for an 18 month old. He didn't really like the sound of the clippers but we did lots of distracting via tootsie roll pops, hair clippies, mirrors, brushing Becky's hair, and kid apps on my phone. Becky is so great with kids and really knew how to connect with him and try and make him more at ease despite his trepidation over that buzzing thing that kept coming near his end. The end result is a little Big Kid. His hair looks great.

(Becky and Jack)

Also while there, Mark got a cut and then me too. No pictures of our new do's but here is a picture of the remnants of hair on the floor after my chopping experience.

p.s - Thanks becky - you're Awesome!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Uncle Hub-bub

Reading books of course with Uncle's their favorite activity.

My brother Jacob a.k.a. "Hub-bub" recently came for a visit. It was so fun to have him visit us. He has been out in California working and was on his way back to Tulsa to see his lovely bride. We are really thankful for the time we had with him. He came on a Thursday and left on Saturday morning. It had been 6 months since the kids had seen him and they thoroughly enjoyed showing off for him. It was sad to say good-bye but we are so excited that we get to see him again for thankgsiving.

(Hannah being comforted by Jacob)

Using Jacob as a trampoline.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Grandpa Pumpkin

We recently had a visitor: my dad, (Grandpa to Jack and Hannah). He came up in the afternoon from Denver where he was on a business trip and arrived just before the kids woke up from nap time. We enjoyed the nice weather and walked to the park, we read books (lots of em), and we had lots of fun enjoying our short time with him. The next morning we had breakfast together and then Grandpa had to head back down the hill for a few more meetings before heading home to OK.

~Fun on the slide~

~Sitting on the "rock" - a new favorite word~

~Swinging time~

~Working on a puzzle~

~Reading books~

Hannah calls Grandpa something like "ba pa" and for Jack it comes out "pumpkin." Weird, right? I know he will get it eventually but for now he is Grandpa Pumpkin. We all really enjoyed the visit and are thankful that we will see him again soon at thanksgiving!!

We really love visitors and our next one comes tomorrow. We CAN'T WAIT!!!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Last of Halloween

I am sure you could tell from our Pumpkin Party that our little ones dressed up as a scarecrow and Dorothy. Hannah had the little red shoes and everything - even a basket with a dog...not that it ended up in any photos. Jack seemed to do pretty good with his costume too and we did manage to get some photos with the hat on!

This was our first year in our new house and the first year we have had trick or treaters since Mark and I have been married. I thought I was prepared and bought candy. Then, someone told me that there really are a LOT of kids coming through so I bought more. We ran out by 6 o'clock when I had to announce the group of kids on our front porch that we were all out of candy. Oooops!
Jack and Hannah really liked seeing the kids come to our door and J even helped hand out some candy.

After we ran out of candy we fed the kids dinner and headed over to some friends house for some soup and hanging out.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Bringing Eyerus Home

There is a family from our adoption agency who is trying to bring home a special little girl named Eyerus. She is 7 yrs old and has lost her mother to AIDS. Her dad who has HIV took her to the orphanage in hopes of her finding a family who would love and take care of her. The Brown family wants to be this family for Eyerus. Take a look at their blog...

Prayers for the family and for Eyerus.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

kids halloween party

This year we decided to have a Pumpkin Decorating Party for our kids and their friends. It was really fun and chaotic. 14 adults, 9 kids (2 and under), and 6 infants (under the age of 1) --that is 31 people!!! We had treats, stickers & markers for decorating and we did lots of playing. Thankfully, it was pretty nice outside and we spent a good deal of time on the porch.

This is an attempt at a group picture...

Notice: Jack's cheeks are all puffy because I tried to bribe him to sit for the picture using candy corn.