Tuesday, December 20, 2011

december daily: 12.15-12.19

parker brought home his gingerbread house from school. so cute! it is now the centerpiece on the island. love it. (photo coming)

love friday's. love the 3 of us. springer came over for supper tonight. he made chicken lasagna. it was to-die-for good.  so much fun to just "hang out" at home. i love that we have more space now to have friends over and entertain. the boys played a little xbox and we gathered in the living room to hang for the night.

finished up my shopping. ordered christmas cards.

a walk through christmas production at the waters church.  amazing.

family movie night featuring christmas vacation.  seriously - laughed out loud the ENTIRE movie. hilarious!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

december daily: 12.14

right now I am...

watching: my computer monitor
eating: just finished an isagenix chocolate crisp protein bar. yum.
drinking: water. lots of it.
wearing: grey dress pants, black tank and pink champagne cardi with ruffles. and my vera wang pumps.  boy, my toes sure were chilly walking outside today.
listening: to aly & aj (holiday) radio station on pandora. love.
avoiding: lines at the stores and crazy drivers. this town is ca-razy!
feeling: full of joy.
missing: holiday treats.
thankful: for my health.
weather: windy and a tad bit chilly. but still no snow.
praying: for jackson.
needing: extra snuggle time - baby it's cold outside!
thinking: about the list i need to plow through this weekend to complete my christmas shopping. reminds me of a line from the llama llama holiday drama book.
loving: my 2 boys.

and you?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

december daily: 12.12 - 12.13

report card time.  so proud of my little dude.  he's learning so much and quite the little reader. he loves writing and making lists and crossing them off (wonder who he gets that from?) :)

laundry. lots of it. folded, sorted, and put away.

Monday, December 12, 2011

december daily: 12.09-12.11

Family fun night!  We went out to eat at Texas Roadhouse.  Parker absolutely loved the little country dance routine the wait staff performed their jig.  After our tummies were full, we headed to the theatre to take in the movie Arthur Christmas.  Do you know how much sour skittles, a large pop and a bottled water runs these days?  $13.78 in case you were wondering.  It was a delightful evening out with my boys :)

Home day.  Followed by a trip to Sam's Club to stock up on fruit, meat, and new socks for the boys.  Jason and I had the privelidge of dining with some of his friends to surprise his brother, Josh, at Ciatti's for his 30th birthday!  We had good conversation, good food, and lots of laughs!  Love date nights.

Sugar cookie cut-out goodness.  Yum.  Thank you Pillsbury for making this available in box format so one need not make form scratch.  Parker got a kick out of rolling the dough, prepping the surface with flour and cutting out the shapes.  I'll have to put more cookie cutters on my list to stock up on throughout the year.  We made do with a tree and a flower aka: snowflake.  I love doing these holiday events with him.  It sure does test my patience though :)  I'll upload a photo of our process this week (pics are on J's phone).

Friday, December 9, 2011

december daily: 12.07 - 12.08

Wednesday.  Nothing extra-ordinary about today.  There are 18 days until Christmas.  Parker is enjoying the Countdown to Christmas activity on the fridge.  He peels back the days to reveal a cute little ornament on the tree.  He has also sorted all of the presents under the tree into "piles" of who they belong to.  He has a pile.  With 4 presents.  Jason has a pile.  With 3 presents.  Mommy has a pile.  With 1 present.

One of our morning conversations went a little something like this:
P: "mommy, can you get me a shirt with a wolf on it?"
A: "a wolf? like a real one or a fake one?"
P: "a white one. you know, with red and black on it."
A: "like the huskies?"
P: "YES! the st. cloud state huskies, you're so smart, mommy."
A: :)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

december daily: 12.06

Received this email from Parker's teacher today.  What a great day!

And we were running late this morning - the car was parked outside (too much STUFF in the garage yet from moving, and it hasn't been too cold to need to be in there yet).  After a good 10 minutes of letting the car warm up and scraping the windows, I dropped Parker off at school. 

Went to a new class at the gym and it was awesome!  Love the challenge of circuits and cardio.

At the dinner table tonight, I asked Parker about his day.  He said "nothing".  Then got up from the table, went into his bedroom, and came out with something behind his hands.  And proceeded to say "mommy - this is for you, thanks alot".  It was a tardy slip.  Gulp.  I.felt.terrible.  Absolutely terrible.  I apologized and asked him what happened.   He said "I couldn't go to my classroom right away, I had to stop in the office.  I told them we were late because we were letting the car warm up since it was so cold outside".  I love him for being honest.  I love him for just going with it.  The unexcused tardy absence was a lesson for ME, not him. 

So yeah - thanks alot, mommy. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

december daily: 12.01 - 12.05

December is here - yay! Love this time of year. And I'm documenting it. Here's the latest and greatest for these first few fabulous days:

12.01.11Caribou. The best way to start of any day. And the first day of the month seemed fitting to treat myself to a skim latte :)


I sent Parker into the living room/kitchen to make his breakfast choice. A moment later I hear him rustling in the cupboard, hear the microwave open and he asks "mommy - how many minutes do I need for my french toast sticks?" WHAT? Pause. Long pause. My little boy is making his own breakfast?! How sweet and cute. And incredibly smart this little dude is. We got out syrup (lots of it -- stuff tastes good that way) and he dunked those sticks so proudly. Love that he is figuring things out on his own. Ready or not, he's growing up fast.

Jason and I spent a good portion of the day (7 hours to be exact) at various stores doing our Christmas shopping.
Found this case at Best Buy and it made me giggle. Santa was scoping out the Kindle Fire's :)

Refuge Ball at The Waters Church! I hosted a table and sat with some fabulous ladies from our church and community. How lovely. It was delightful to engage in some girly conversation and get dressed up for the evening.


Giggles. Lots of giggles. We at dinner at the kitchen table. All 3 of us. I asked Parker to tell me one good thing about his day. He said "mini corn dogs for lunch". And then turned to J and asked him to tell me one good thing about his day. He said "I got to hang out with Springer (his best friend)". Followed by our yummy BBQ chicken and bacon with asparagus and texas toast supper (sidebar: do you know the first ingredient in BBQ sauce is high fructose corn syrup? I don't eat that stuff...its bad for you...just sayin) Parker got right to his sticker marker book reading and we snuggled up on the big chair in the living room. While the 2 of us were doing so, J disappeared. After P was done with his reading, he looked at me and said "Where did Jason go? Let's get him". So in true Parker fashion, we tip-toed down the hall and crawled through the closet to "sneak up" on Jason. And then proceeded to have a tickle war! And then we all sat around the island and ate ice cream.  Yum.  Parker: strawberries + blueberries.  Jason: peanut butter + banana + chocolate.  Me: Arctic Zero Cookes & Cream.  I loved our night together. It was quality time well spent. Conversations at the dinner table. Reading. Tickling. Loving. It makes my heart smile :)

Insider Clip

Parker's GAP video

San Fwancysco

The color quality isn't the greatest on this - but turn up the volume and listen to the excitement in Parker's voice about our trip next week!!!