Sunday, December 15, 2013

I Called It!

Remember how I predicted this would happen??

Yes, that is one of my Ikea cardboard "ornaments."  Miss Chelsea has eaten the tops off of 3 ornaments and pulled countless others off of the Christmas tree.  But -- it doesn't bother me one bit.  We're suppose to enjoy the tree with all of our senses, so why not add taste to that list???

Here's how the tree turned out:

I really think this might be my favorite tree we've ever decorated. There are the Ikea ornaments, paper gingerbread men that Nate and I made, ornaments Nate made at school and a few sentimental favorites.  All of that has created a colorful, festive tree.  I love it so much.  We have it lit every day from 7am until Lee and I go to bed. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013


Wait, did November even happen?  Because at Halloween, I blinked and suddenly it's December 3rd.  What a blur.  Am I the only one to feel this way?  The end of the year goes into hyper speed and I don't like it. 

Chelsea had her first ride on the Griffith Park Carousel. 
It's a rite of passage in our house.  

I think Nate isn't particularly happy that Chelsea gets to play with his "younger" toys that I've been saving in the garage.  I hear "hey, that's mine" a lot.  He pushes her around the yard in this police car a tad too aggressively....oh boy.

The ONLY good think about living near an airport is that on holidays such as Veterans Day, you get to see some pretty cool planes fly above your house.

Old house meets new paint.  Yippee!  We went from terrible tan (I guess that's what it was) to gorgeous gray.  I channeled my inner-gardener and prettied up the front too.  Isn't that bench divine?  My talented hubby made it for me.  We needed a place for kiddos to remove their sand-filled shoes after school.  Love it!

The nice thing about gray walls is that
 it makes a nice backdrop for portraits!

Our new backyard adventure: T-Ball!

Turkey Day!  

Man boils oil.  Man slowly lowers turkey into hot oil.  
Turkey cooks in 45 minutes. Best. Turkey. Ever.

New fried turkey fans.

We made a "thankful" tree and added leaves to it every night to show that, even when you're having a not-so-hot day, there's always stuff to be grateful for.  The leaves said things like: Churros, running water, our health, playing baseball, family time, Jesus, etc. Nate's pointing to his favorite leaf that said Darth Vader and Samurai.  Oh-kay....

Here's a preview of how I'll be decorating my toddler-friendly Christmas tree this year.  I found cardboard drink coasters at Ikea that resemble Christmas bulbs (99 cents for 10).  Thanks to my trusty hole punch, I now have unbreakable ornaments!  Chelsea will still probably put them in her mouth -- I wonder what Swedish cardboard tastes like??