Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Conductor Jake

Jake's school does this thing where teachers can pick a "conductor" to represent the class for a week; a conductor is someone who honors the pledge of their school to be a responsible, safe, and respective member of the community.  The teachers look for someone who has shown kind characteristics and lives up to the pledge.  After wishing for weeks that he could be the conductor, Jake was notified last week that it was him!! 

He was VERY excited.  The kids get their picture taken and it gets placed on a huge train that runs the span of the main hallway in the school right by the office, and their picture goes up on the screens in the lunchroom.  He felt like a celebrity! 

In other fun Jake news, here is a recent assignment that was sent home that made me giggle:

In case it's not clear, it says:

Instead of a baby brother, I think it would be fun to have a baby wildebeest. First of all, they have the largest migration of any animal and I want to go with them.  Also, I have a lot of grass and they eat grass.  Finally, wildebeests snort loudly which will make me laugh.

I'm impressed with his animal skills, and the fact that he knew how to spell "wildebeests"....because let me tell you, I just tried to type it in as wildebeasts and autocorrect saved me.  Schooled by my 6 year old again!! 

Monday, December 15, 2014

What we've been up to....

Phew, it's been a busy past week or so!!  I had to go to DC for work 3 days last week, so Brian was on his own with the boys, while I was in a hotel room with a remote all to myself.  I sent him this picture from when I first checked into my hotel and had a bit of time to kill and told him I was about to do some serious daytime TLC and Bravo binge watching:

It's nice to get away for a bit (and catch up on sleep!), but I'm always happy to come home to all 3 of my boys. I left the conference early on Friday to make it home in time for Liam's Christmas pageant...that event deserves its own post, so once I upload the videos I'll be sure to get that up :)

On Saturday, we started off the day with some Christmas coloring....Liam said "Mommy, where's your phone?  Let's take some selfies"  Sorry, I must have missed the part where he was 13 and not 3....but I complied.  Here are our selfies....at 6:45am.   Real life here, people.  And really dark undereye circles.


Jake had a basketball game later that morning...and the moment came that the poor kid has been waiting for for weeks now....he made a basket!!! He was so excited, fist pumping his little teammates.  Some pics from that game (he's #7):

Liam will pause sometimes to cheer for Jake, but for the most part, he spends the hour and a half snacking and playing his Leap Pad (what a lifesaver that thing is!):

The rest of Saturday was spent just hanging out, getting some stuff done around the house.  That evening, once we triple checked that the kids sound asleep, it was time for our marathon of gift wrapping!! Our tradition has morphed into turning on a Christmas movie and just going full-force with trying to get as much of the wrapping done as possible.  "Love Actually" was the movie selection this year....it really never gets old.

"So if you really love Christmas....come on and let it snow!"

You know you were singing it, too. We got about 80% of it done before having to tap out.  Brian had plans to take the boys skiing on Sunday (a day to myself 10 days before Christmas?? It was like some type of holiday miracle!!) so I knew I would just finish it up then.  (which I did, woohoo!)

It was super foggy and kind of drizzling all day, but they had a blast skiing:

The aftermath.

I shared this on facebook, but it's worth sharing here, too....I made chili for dinner last night and this was Liam's reaction once he started eating:

Liam: mommy, I don't want all of these ponaenos in my chili.
Me: Do you mean tomatoes?
Liam: Yeah, that's what I said....ponaenos. 

Duh, mom. :)

Only 10 more sleeps until Christmas!!!

image courtesy of trainsandtutus.com

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Santa Edition

Tis the season...for crying Santa pictures!! Not every year has been full of tears....but every year is cute, regardless of the reaction.  Let's take a look back:

Jake 2008 - 11 months old (this is a terrible shot because it was somewhere that didn't allow parents to get close to take a picture....also, I'm just noticing that there is a semi-naked lady to the left...what staff person was responsible for putting that next to Santa's workshop??):

2009: Apparently, we didn't make it to see Santa that year.  Oops.  #Parentingfail

Jake 2010 (age 2):

whoa, getting a little close there, Santa Man!  Lean back!
2011: another year of no Santa, how have I failed so much??

2012: Ok phew, we went to see him this year.  Liam was not thrilled (he would have been about 18 months old, Jake was 4):

Those pictures were at a lunch with Santa at our community center...here are some others taken a few weeks later at our friend's annual Christmas party...he seems to be much happier here!

2013, (Jake-5, Liam-2)

A few more from 2013 (at our friend's Christmas party):

 And of course, 2014 (Jake-6, Liam-3)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

All aboard the Santa Express!!

On Saturday, we surprised the kids with a little trip to the Santa Express...our church was doing a fundraiser for their preschool, with a whole Santa Express theme, right down to the tickets and bells!!

The first thing we did was hop in line to see Santa...priorities peeps, mama needed a cute picture!

 Liam was a bit hesitant and kept asking to get out of line...but to be honest, I'm not sure if it was actually him being nervous to meet Santa, or more because there was so much other stuff going on all around us that he wanted to get to the fun.  Either way, it wasn't an issue once I plopped him on Santa's lap...he literally did not stop talking.  And if he took a breath and poor Jake tried to jump in, Liam would just attempt to talk over top of him.  I finally had to step up and ask Liam to give Jake a turn, and he did listen...but boy was he excited to chat up the man in the big red suit! 

Next up, time to climb aboard the Santa Express train!  The kids got a huge kick out of this, ringing their bells during the ride:


Some video:

Next we moved onto the bouncy house area, and then onto the games....

There was other stuff, too, like a hot chocolate bar, cookie table, balloon animals (which sadly, we didn't have time to do), a dance area, and even Anna and Elsa meet and greet.

2nd weekend of December: success!!!

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