Christmas

Super A LOVES Christmas. I mean LOVES Christmas. If he sees a decorated house, he says “Oh…look. What beautiful Christmas”. He loves all of the Christmas decorations, he loves the Christmas tree, and he loves the baby Jesus in his Little People Nativity Set. He has been carrying him around saying “Oh…baby Jesus needs a bottle, baby Jesus needs to be rocked.” We spent some time Thanksgiving day and Sunday putting up Christmas decorations and the tree and Super A spends time now sitting near the tree and admiring it. We just have to watch him to make sure he doesn’t run off with the decorations at the bottom. Or the lights. 🙂

I had to take a picture of what Super A currently believes is the best way to take a picture.

Peering at the tree from behind it.

Checking out the Mickey Mouse ornament

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And…we’re back!

Yesterday when the mail came I heard the postal worker set a box on the front porch. I ran outside, not knowing if it was some of the Christmas gifts I had ordered, or if it was what I had been waiting for…our battery and ac adapter. I did a dance of glee when I discovered it was, indeed, our battery and ac adapter. Unfortunately I awoke this morning to my husband telling me that our laptop doesn’t recognize the new battery. Maybe because they’ve never met? HA! However, the ac adapter works, so he can sort out the other mess and I have my life blog back.

I was going to do several posts over the next few days, but I figured that was silly because no one will be reading the next few days because of Thanksgiving! So here is a wrap-up of what we have been up to over the last week.

Before I begin…signs of fall at our house include…

Pink flowers and bumble bees. Isn’t that a spring thing?

We have enjoyed the several days of seventy degree weather and taken full advantage of it, playing outside, taking walks, and mastering the art of bubble blowing!

We got out all the chalk.

And after many, many tries…

And getting quite a bit of spit on his face…

Super A mastered the art of blowing bubbles!

I finally broke down and bought an ironing board. Until this point we had this sad little ironing board square that was on the top of the hamper I had in college. It worked really well when I was a college student, but now not so much. I finally found a reason to use my 20% bed, bath, and beyond coupon!

Putting together the ironing board. Notice the intense concentration. HA!

And speaking of new…I got Super A’s Christmas pajamas. They are Nick and Nora for Target with little rockets, Santas, and stars. He LOVES them. He has worn them every night since we got them and would wear them all day if I let him. Here are some pictures of him making calls when he got them to tell people about them…

Dialing the phone…

I know this picture is a bit out of focus, but it was so cute!

Besides all this fun, we have been planning for Thanksgiving, after Thanksgiving shopping, and I’ve been trying to get my final exam written. Oh and we connected all the pieces of Super A’s wooden train track…

Look at Super A’s face. In his words “be excited!”

After he finished he said “Woah…I thirsty Momma”. It’s a lot of work connecting all that track!

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Facing the Cold

Definition of Contrary: Noun/Action Verb. Super A. Decides he wants to do one thing then changes his mind. Constantly. Predicated by phrases such as “I don’t like that now”, “No. I don’t want to anymore”, “I can’t do that”.

This seems like a distant memory considering it is 72 degrees outside right now. However, last weekend it was dreary and frightfully cold. Yet Super A needed to go outside. REALLY, REALLY needed to go outside. So we bundled him up and took him outside for the fifteen minutes it took to cook our Tombstone pizza in the oven. I had to snap a couple pictures of the hilarity, because in the amount of time it took us to bundle him up and get him outside, he went outside, looked around for about two seconds and then wanted to go back in. Nice.

The one attempt to play ball.

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A Completed Project, A Craft, and A Recipe!

So due to my procrastinatory nature, I spent most of the summer working on these two canvases for my sweet nephews. But finally…finished!

The lighting is not great, but I got tired of trying to find good lighting on a rainy, cloudy day.

And now a craft. Sesame Street is all new this week (finally!) and so I have a few craft/learning projects correlating with the episodes. Today we learned about camouflage (I also learned I don’t know how to spell camouflage). I should really start looking words up. I’m getting a complex about my spelling abilities.

This craft was very simplistic. We just took red paper and then scraps of crepe red, yellow and green paper and glued them on the paper. Then we talked about how the crepe paper was similar or different from the red paper. And we read the book “The Mixed Up Chameleon” by Eric Carle.

Finally a recipe. For the Auburn game on Saturday I made turkey chili. Here is my easy recipe.

Turkey Chili

Ingredients

1 lb of ground turkey

1 bottle of beer (I used Sam Adams…just don’t use any light beer)

1 15 oz can diced tomatoes

1 small can (I think they are 6 oz) tomato paste

1/2 diced yellow onions

1 15 oz can white cannellini beans

1 tsp lawry’s seasoning salt

1 tbs cumin

1 tbs chili powder

Shredded Cheese

Directions:
Put all ingredients except shredded cheese in a crockpot. Cook for 6-8 hours. Top with cheese!

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Updates, Super A’s Phrase of the Day, and The Recipe I am Trying Tonight

So here’s what we did for ten hours over two nights this weekend…

New paint. Finally. I can stop being the woman crawling the pale yellow walls of our house (have you read that short story? I think it was meant to terrify those of us who spend a majority of our time at home).

By the way the paint is a Sherwin Williams knock-off of Benjamin Moore’s Gray Horse color. I got the color idea from this post on Urban Grace Interiors Blog. I couldn’t be more happy with it. In fact I was so excited by the new color I decided I needed to do some other (yet far less expensive) re-do’s. I got super inspired by this post. And from that I created…

Blah.

Fabulous! All with bottles found around the house.

So now that I have discussed all those items…it’s time for Super A’s phrase(s) of the day:

“Pick-e- Up Please” (when he wants to be picked up)

“Where ‘bastian? Where Paddington? I really miss them” (when he is thinking of his doggies at my parents)

“Spider, right there! Spider, right there!” (he has a meticulous eye that is able to catch the tiniest spider…or piece of fuzz. Guess it’s time to vacuum.)

Right under where Super A is sitting there is a clear statement on the truck that says…DO NOT SIT ON THIS TOY.

And finally…

Must Try Brownies.

It’s from Giada at Home. You can find the complete recipe here. It combines raspberry, brownies, and white chocolate. I’m thinking this will go over well when it’s my turn to bring snacks at Bible Study this fall! 🙂

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The Need to Run

It had been about three evenings since we had the chance to take Super A outside. When her boys where young my Aunt Lisa used to say that sometimes they needed to “just go outside and run”. A boy who has not had the chance to go outside and run will break things in your house, get themselves into all sorts of trouble, and wake you up at night. So if you are wondering why your toddler boy is acting all crazy and you haven’t taken them outside in a few days, now you know. You need to let them run.

Last night Super A needed to run. We took him outside after dinner and he spent over an hour chasing a ball, chasing us around with the hose, picking tomatoes, and working on his mower. Then he slept until 7:40 a.m. The benefit (for me! HA!) of being outside and getting to run.

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