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The Sunday Somethings, 24nov13

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Something that makes me happy: Winter holidays!

Something happening around the house: The living room is a disaster. What else is new?

Something I’m reading: I finished (and enjoyed) the first book of The Demon Cycle and started on the second book.

Something Gabe is reading: Gabe finished the third book of The Demon Cycle. He’s now reading The Daedalus Incident.

Something I’m watching: We’re getting really behind on some of our shows. We have managed to stay up to date with Survivor, Amazing Race, and Hart of Dixie.

Something I’m creating: I’ve been working on our 2012 photobook. The year-in-review books take me a while.

Something tasty: Dove Dark Chocolate…yum.

Something about both kiddos: We have been doing “good/bad” on some days, and on other days listing the things that we’re thankful for. Everyone names something they are thankful for, and you can’t repeat something that was already said. We keep going around the table saying one thing at a time until we’re done with the game. It’s fun to hear what the kids say. The kids wrapped up their sports lessons this past weekend, and we were surprised that both of them wanted to sign up for more lessons! Maddie is signed up for more rollerblading, and Cullen is signed up for more soccer. The kids have been having fun playing with all the leaves in our yard. We’re thankful for the girls next door who have been raking the leaves so they can jump into them, too. We had a wonderful, quick visit from Nana and Papa while Daddy was visiting with Grandma (and Grandpa, Heidi, and Dylan). We visited Santa and checked that off of our holiday requirements. We also did the carousel and train at the mall. The kids loved it.

Something Maddie is doing (5.5 years old): Maddie was very upset this weekend when her beloved Baby Sister doll broke her leg. The fabric separated from the leg in a way that I think I will be unable to repair. We are sad about it, too. This is the doll that she received when we found out that she was going to be a big sister. She has been rather attached to baby sister for more than four years now. Maddie’s new phrase is “more than outstanding,” and she uses it when asked about how she liked something. She went to art camp for two weeks, and I love to see how her art is progressing. The first week, they did art inspired by Walt Disney and last week they did art inspired by Georges Seurat. Maddie kept saying all week, “Dot dot, it’s Seurat!” We were impressed with both of her art shows. She is at a drama and art camp this week, and she’ll finish out her track out weeks with a few more days at art camp. Maddie’s giant goose egg bruise is still not quite healed. She banged it a couple more times, so it took a little longer to heal. Maddie is making a new friend, Elizabeth, who is Austin’s big sister. Maddie has been thankful for some great things. She often says things like love and freedom and electricity. She is thankful for trees, and not just because she played in a giant leaf pile that afternoon. She’s also thankful that trees provide us with oxygen and paper.

Something Cullen is doing (3.5 years old): Last week, Cullen said, “Maddie, I love picking boogers. Do you know why? Everyone asks if I’m digging for treasure!” Cullen has had several play dates with two of his best buddies from preschool. We have had a couple of dinners with his friends, and yesterday he went to a bounce house with Blaise and to Austin’s house. I love that he’s forming these strong bonds with other kids. I’m enjoying getting to know their moms better, too. Cullen has decided that he no longer wants to be a stormtrooper when he grows up. He wants to be the red ninja (from Ninjago). He said we will have to call him Kai. He’s very into Ninjago these days. He talks about it all the time, and he wants to play ninjas with his friends at school. I had to tell him that his garlic knot was not a ninja at dinner the other day. He took my ceramic mixer implements to his room, presumably to be used as a ninja weapon. Cullen saw Santa with his friends when we were at dinner as he just happened to be at the restaurant that night. The boys were cute all together with Santa! Cullen loves playing two different Ninjago game on the iPad. He is constantly asking if he can play Daddy’s iPad. The other day, one of the things he was thankful for at dinner was that he was going to get to play Daddy’s iPad after dinner. Haha! Wishful thinking!

Something I am struggling with: I’m struggling with writing this every week (or sometimes even every other week). Sometimes we’re just busy on Sunday and I forget about it. Other times, I’m well aware of it but just don’t feel like doing it.

Something I’m looking forward to: Maddie is going to a new arts and drama camp this week. I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving and getting our Christmas decorations up! We also have kiddo book club next weekend.

Something captured:

Thanksgiving 2011

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Better late than never, right? We spent Thanksgiving in Davidson with my parents. My sister and Chad joined us for the day.

We were excited to Skpye with my grandma for the first time. We have been telling her about it for a while, so it was neat that she had the opportunity to try it.

We had a “feast,” as the kids called it. We had all the traditional, southern options. We put a little bit of everything on their plate.

Of course, they refused to eat more than half of it.

We put napkin rings on our eyes. Or maybe that was just me while everyone else laughed at me. I love Cullen’s expression. I think he’s already embarrassed by his mother, and he’s not even 2.

He was also amused.

He wanted to try it for himself.

We enjoyed some family time. Between us, we had 5 iPhones, an iPad, and a few MacBooks. We played a lot of Words With Friends against each other.

Cullen played an iPhone, too, in his new Apptivity case. That case is great for letting toddlers play the apps. I think my favorite feature is that it blocks the home key.

We had a great day with family. After the kids went to bed, we played Wits & Wagers and laughed a lot, as usual.

Happy Thanksgiving to us!

The Sunday Somethings, 27nov11

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Something that makes me happy: The GIANT Christmas tree that we have in our library right now. It has lights, and we’ll have to do the ornaments soon.

Something I’m thinking: The holiday season is going to be so rushed this year with our cruise coming up really soon now!

Something I’m hoping: I hope that we can get all the things that we need to get done before vacation and Christmas.

Something happening around the house: We’re getting the house decorated after a few days visiting my parents.

Something I’m reading: I finished The Peach Keeper today, thankfully. I wanted to make sure I finished before it was due back at the library on the kindle. The waiting list is huge! Fortunately, it’s a quick read. I enjoy Sarah Addison Allen’s novels!

Something Gabe is reading: Hero of Ages. I don’t think he read any of it this week.

Something I’m watching: Getting ready to watch tonight’s Amazing Race.

Something I’m playing: We played a lot of Words with Friends on our iPhones this week. We played Wits and Wagers twice with my parents and Kristin and Chad and then Ticket to Ride twice with my parents. We had so much fun with my family!

Something tasty: Thanksgiving dinner at my parents house, though my favorite part was probably the turkey and country ham casserole the next day. Yum!

Something about both kiddos: We visited Santa on Saturday, and this year’s Santa was much better than previous ones. He attempted to make Cullen feel more comfortable, since he was not at all interested in sitting on his lap. And the photographer was amazing! I could not believe that we actually got a photo of both kids smiling. I was not even aware that Cullen smiled at all until I reviewed the photos. He was crying and trying to get away for the most part. I couldn’t hear what Maddie told Santa at first. Santa tried to ask Cullen what he wanted. Cullen was not talking to Santa, and he asked, “would you like a truck?” I told Santa, “actually, he wants a doll.” Maddie then said, “Hey, I want a truck!” So my son wants a doll, and my daughter wants a truck. After the Santa photos, we went to have lunch with my parents. I then had a spur of the moment idea to get haircuts for the kids (too bad we didn’t do that *before* Santa photos), and amazingly a kids’ salon was literally 30 feet away. Saturday went extremely well, and we were so happy to have haircuts and Santa photos out of the way. We had dinner at my parents’ house and headed home. We had a smooth ride home with no traffic jams. It was a wonderful ending to a wonderful visit. While we visited my parents, we took them to a children’s museum that opened last year. The kids had a blast, and the adults were completely worn out by the end of the morning. Whew!

Something Maddie is doing (45 months old): She has a new habit this week of saying “ya” instead of “you.” I’m going to have to try and break her of that habit. It’s cute at times, but it’s annoying at other times! I have noticed recently that her vocabulary is getting more and more sophisticated. Lately, she hasn’t allowed me to do anything with her hair, so it’s good that we trimmed up her bob again. It’s an adorable look on her! She looks so cute with pigtails, ponytails, bows, and braids, when she allows it!

Something Cullen is doing (22 months old): When you ask Cullen a question that doesn’t require a yes/no answer, Cullen starts his answer by saying, “um….um…..um…..um….” He also has a habit of saying “Awwww, man!” whenever he doesn’t like something or drops something or anything negative. Both habits are hilarious, and he says them at extremely appropriate times. He should be entertaining on the cruise. When we were having lunch with Nana and Papa, he had a taste of something he didn’t like. The next thing we knew, he had leaned over and spit it out on Maddie’s plate. Hilarious!!! He didn’t want to have anything to do with that piece of food! No way he was going to spit it onto his own plate. Too funny. We don’t get a high chair for him most of the time in restaurants, though he still uses his high chair at home. He’s so proud of himself, and I don’t think it will be long before we ditch all high chairs. We are probably going to transition him to a big boy bed after the cruise. He’s still resisting naps on the weekends, but most of the time he still takes one each day.

Something I’m doing towards my goals: Getting ready to go on the cruise on Allure….so soon now! Even Gabe is starting to get excited.

Something I’m looking forward to: I’m going to see Breaking Dawn with girl friends (rescheduled from last week), book club, early Christmas with friends, a birthday party, our annual poker tournament, and my annual Christmas date with a friend. Whew. Busy, fun week.

Something captured: This year’s Santa photo!

Others writing The Sunday Somethings: Audrey

A Tour of ShambroLa

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

My in-laws fulfilled a dream and opened their own shop in Lexington, Kentucky. They have had their book and wood art businesses for years, and they are excited to combine them into one physical shop. They have a partnership with a few other Kentucky artists as well. At ShambroLa, you can find a variety of unique gifts in the form of books, artwork, jewelry, ornaments, and more. Their shop is located at 208 West Maxwell Street in a charming shotgun style house in the historic district. We saw ShambroLa for the first time when visiting last Thanksgiving, and we were very impressed with how nice it was! They did a wonderful job with it, and I took some videos during our visit. Please enjoy this tour of ShambroLa! Click on the post to see the embedded video.


Cullen and Winnie the Pooh

Friday, February 4th, 2011

During our Thanksgiving trip, Cullen got a hold of Maddie’s Winnie the Pooh (a few times). He had so much fun with Pooh! This was the first time that he had shown interest in a stuffed animal. Cute boy! Click on the post to see the embedded video.


Movie Trailer: Thanksgiving 2010

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

The newest iMovie has templates for trailers. I knew I wanted to give it a try when we went to Kentucky for Thanksgiving. I finally sat down and put one together last night. Click through to the post if you’re unable to see the embedded video in your feed reader.


Cullen’s 11 month letter

Friday, January 7th, 2011

So….Cullen turned 11 months a few days before Christmas. With family visiting, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and a stomach bug, I haven’t had a chance to post the letter. I did write most of it just before Christmas, but it took me a bit longer to organize the photos. What else is new? So, here’s Cullen’s last monthly letter before he turns 1! (more…)

The Sunday Somethings, 28nov10

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Something that makes me happy: Being back home after a long road trip.

Something I’m thinking: Why is it that every year I feel like I’m ahead of the game before Thanksgiving, and then suddenly after Thanksgiving I feel REALLY BEHIND with my Christmas shopping.

Something I’m hoping: I’m hoping to get a lot done this week…priorities are to finish Maddie’s 33-month letter, finish Cullen’s 10-month letter, and decorate our Christmas tree (and the rest of the house).

Something happening around the house: We were out of town for more than a week. It’s great to be back home. We have a fresh mountain Christmas tree that we cut ourselves this past weekend. It’s sitting in the library waiting to be decorated.

Something I’m reading: I didn’t read anything this week.

Something I’m watching: We’re still struggling to keep up with our television shows. We didn’t watch a whole lot this past week, though we did manage to catch Amazing Race when we were at my parents’ house.

Something I’m playing: We played euchre with my parents and with Dylan and Gabe’s mom. We also played Scrabble Slam for the first time. That was fun and quick.

Something tasty: We had lots of tasty things this week!!! The most surprising dairy-free food this week was the devil’s food cake with “milk chocolate” icing. I was shocked that milk chocolate icing did not contain milk or chocolate. I wasn’t complaining – I was able to eat it, and it was tasty!

Something Maddie is doing (33 months old): We drove around Lexington a bit on Wednesday while Gabe’s parents were setting up for a craft show. Cullen was sleeping, and we hoped that Maddie might nap as well. At one point, we heard a little voice in the back seat say, “Both kids are sleeping!!” Maddie had her eyes closed, pretending to sleep. Her giggles gave her away. Maddie has been very sweet this week. She often says things like, “I am happy to see my Mommy,” “I’m happy to be with my family,” and “Cullen makes me happy.” She’s a sweet girl!! She barely napped all week. She only napped once when we weren’t in the car. Without a nap, she gets a little out of control in the evenings! Sometimes she’s whinier than usual, and other days she’s just crazy.

Something Cullen is doing (44 weeks old): Cullen was a chatterbox this week! His babbling has increased immensely, and I think he might be giving his sister a run for her money. One of the new sounds that he has been making this week is “mama.” I’m not sure he’s using “mama” and “dada” in context quite yet, but he’s getting close! I love hearing him say, “Mama” over and over. This week, he was introduced to both Soy yogurt and Coconut Milk yogurt. He thought that was quite yummy! We are wondering whether Cullen has some issues with soy in addition to dairy as he had a few rough nights that coincided with soy yogurt consumption. I’m considering keeping a food diary along with notes of how his nights are.

Something I am struggling with: We found out a few days ago that Gabe has to leave town for 4 days soon. I don’t know how I’m going to survive with the kiddos while he is gone! I’m a little nervous about how all of that is going to work. I’m most concerned about making dinner, getting both kiddos to bed (always a challenge), and getting myself and the kids ready each morning. I know I can do it, but it seems a little daunting at the moment!

Something I’m doing towards my goals: I decorated a cake for Dylan’s birthday, and that makes me want to look into taking a cake decorating class (on my goals list!). Maybe I’ll look into doing that soon!

Something I learned: The Monday before Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving Day itself are excellent travel days! The bulk of our travel was on these two days, and I feel like we had the road almost to ourselves. We did our last bit of travel around the kids’ bedtime on Saturday, and that was pretty good, too.

Something I’m looking forward to: Decorating our Christmas tree!

Something random: We saw a giant forest fire in West Virginia on the way back from Kentucky.

Something that didn’t fit in these categories: We visited Gabe’s parents’ shop for the first time this past week! We loved it! They have done a very nice job with it. I made a video walk through and hope to post it when I get some free time (hahahahaha, free time! I’m so funny!).

Something captured: The tripod is on my packing list every year so I can get a group photo on Thanksgiving Day! I think this is our best shot…the kids were not too happy about getting photographed.

Others writing The Sunday Somethings: Audrey

The Sunday Somethings, 21nov10

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Something that makes me happy: Beautiful autumn weather and colors. Can’t beat 70+ degrees and sunny on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

Something I’m thinking: Turkey!!

Something I’m hoping: I’m hoping to get Maddie’s 33-month and Cullen’s 10-month letters done soon.

Something happening around the house: As usual, it took us about an hour to undo all the work that the cleaners did on Friday morning.

Something I’m reading: The Secret History, still. I haven’t had much time the last few days, but I hope to get some time this week. I’m taking the whole week off from work, woohoo!

Something I’m watching: We’ve been watching some Pixar lately. Maddie still loves Cars, and she’s getting into Toy Story.

Something I’m playing: We played a little euchre and might play again tonight.

Something tasty: Thanksgiving turkey dinner with my parents!

Something Maddie is doing (33 months old): Maddie is now 33 months old, as of yesterday. We had a nice visit with my parents, and Maddie loves hanging out with Papa! They have all kinds of adventures together. Maddie’s favorite question continues to be “why?” It’s a fun challenge to try to come up with good answers, but sometimes the only answer is “because it is.” Maddie had a fun time the first part of this week with Daddy. She had a mysterious fever that lasted for four days. She had no other symptoms, aside from some general crankiness whenever her fever was spiking. It started during the weekend, and Maddie had to spend 3 days home with Daddy. They went to the park together and spent a lot of time bonding. Sounds like they had a fun time, but Gabe said he’s not cut out to be a stay at home Daddy! One night this week, I asked Maddie to come over to where I was sitting so that I could feel her forehead. She denied my request and said, “No, I don’t like you, Mommy.” I knew the day was coming, but that still hurt my feelings!

Something Cullen is doing (43 weeks old): We’re still working on getting Cullen happier at night. He’s taking the reflux medication, and I really think that is helping. I still think that the biggest difference is quitting the dairy. We had a good weekend last weekend, but then we had some rough nights in between. It took me until Friday to figure out that the batch of milk that he’s getting in the afternoons at school is from the week or so where I ate quite a bit of dairy. Last night was one of his best nights in a week, which made sense since he didn’t get a bottle yesterday. I’ve also been very strict about dairy this week, and I really think it has been helping him. He’s continued to eat new foods. We are still giving him some fruit purees, often mixed with veggies. I want to use the cubes of food that we have left in our freezer, and I figure he’ll be eating things like applesauce for quite a while. He loves feeding himself. He is eating very well and seems to like almost anything we put in front of him. He especially loves the meats, which is surprising since Maddie wasn’t a big meat eater until recently. This week, he had chicken, turkey, and beef. He likes bread, too. He will eat some of the veggies, but he doesn’t always prefer them when there’s something more interesting on the plate. Oh, and he absolutely loves music at school. The daycare has a music teacher that visits each classroom at least once a week. I think that Cullen participated in music class 4 or 5 times last week. Twice, I have tried to take him out of the room when the music teacher was there, and he threw a fit! He’s so happy to listen to the music, and he dances and shakes his rattles. It’s adorable.

Something I am struggling with: We’ve had some issues with getting all four of us ready and out the door lately!

Something I’m doing towards my goals: I finally made a list of all of my accounts, woo! This is something I’ve been meaning to do for a while, which is why I put it on my goals list.

Something I learned: I learned that I also told my parents that I hated them (at least once). I honestly do not remember doing this. I was pretty convinced that I never did it. Sorry, Mom and Dad!

Something I’m looking forward to: Thanksgiving with family.

Something captured: Cullen playing the glockenspiel with his music teacher.

Others writing The Sunday Somethings: Audrey

Thanksgiving photos

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

Once again, I posted these on Facebook a while back but forgot that I haven’t posted them on the website. We had a nice trip to Kentucky to visit family for Dylan’s birthday and Thanksgiving. Lots of tasty food, fun games, and visiting with Gabe’s family. Click on the photo to see the rest of the album (some of these have not been posted on Facebook).