Archive for November, 2008

Thanksgiving Day

Posted: November 29, 2008 in Holidays

It is that time of year again. We got to celebrate Thanksgiving with my hubby’s father and step-mom at their house at the lake. My hubby’s mother was not able to come with us but she was so nice to watch our little dog for us. Thanks C!

We drove up to the lake Thursday morning and had a wonderful meal. I told Z I would give him $5 if he tried everything I put on his plate for dinner so of course he did without a fight. (I also explained this was only a Thanksgiving deal because I didn’t want him to ask for money each time he tries something new.) After dinner, we took the golf cart on a one and a half mile adventure. Pappa R called it the Indiana Jones trip. It was absolutely beautiful there and we had a wonderful time. We even stopped for some photo opportunities. Next we went next door to spend time with M and N and their family. Z got to play the board game “sorry” and really had fun. Then back to Pappa R’s house for some fabulous pie and snacks. Emma went to bed and the rest of us played with beads and made bracelets and necklaces. Then Pappa R read a nice bedtime story to Z. What a nice day!

The next morning we had breakfast and Z and his grandpa did a frame craft together. Although it drove his grandpa NUTS, they did a great job together. Next he made beaded necklaces with his Emma and did some coloring pages. Then Z read Emma a new book and he did such a great job. After lunch it was time for us to head home. We stopped at Target so Z could pick out a toy because the $5 he earned was burning a hole in his pocket. Then we went to dinner.

Riding in the golf cart having a blast. Check out the new glasses mom has.

Riding in the golf cart having a blast. Check out the new glasses mom has.

Pappa R, hubby and Z at the lake. What a nice view!

Pappa R, hubby and Z at the lake. What a nice view!

Story time with Pappa R.

Story time with Pappa R.

The boys making a frame.

The boys making a frame.

Looks like Z is having more fun acting silly than making a frame.

Looks like Z is having more fun acting silly than making a frame.

They are really working together now. But not for long since Z is being silly.

They are really working together now. But not for long since Z is being silly.

Z is reading Emma a story. He did such a great job!

Z is reading Emma a story. He did such a great job!

We ate dinner at Texas Roadhouse and Z got to play with his new truck.

We ate dinner at Texas Roadhouse and Z got to play with his new truck.

Mr. Scarecrow had to go

Posted: November 29, 2008 in General Information

On 11-26-08, we FINALLY talked Z into letting the scarecrow go! He wanted to keep him at our front door until “fall” was over. Well, I am itching to put up our Christmas decorations and the scarecrow just wont match! So I told Z if he wanted Christmas lights and stuff the scarecrow would have to go….he finally agreed. I quickly grabbed the camera to get a couple pics of Z taking him to the curb.

Time for you to go Mr. Scarecrow.

Time for you to go Mr. Scarecrow.

I can tell he is going to be heavy!

I can tell he is going to be heavy!

Come on now! Mom said we can get Christmas lights if you go.

Come on now! Mom said we can get Christmas lights if you go.

Wonder if this is going to freak out the trash men?

Wonder if this is going to freak out the trash men?

Trip to the Zoo in Waco

Posted: November 26, 2008 in Playgroup

11-24-08 some of the moms (myself, D, C and L) in our playgroup took to the road to go to the zoo in Waco. It is such a great zoo for the kids and the weather was PERFECT and all the animals were out with the exception of the tortoises! Hubby was able to join us as he is on vacation from work. I got up and packed us a lunch and we left the house at 8:30 and got home just after 4:00. It was a great day! The kids (Z, A, S, D and A) had a blast playing, hubby had fun getting to go to an activity with our son, and I had a great time visiting with the moms.

Z with his Daddy

Z with his Daddy

Z and his Mommy

Z and his Mommy

Z loves to look at maps and tell us where to go

Z loves to look at maps and tell us where to go

Looking at the alligators

Looking at the alligators

Goofing around at the otter area

Goofing around at the otter area

Going down the slide that goes through the otter exhibit

Going down the slide that goes through the otter exhibit

Going down with Mom now. WHEE!

Going down with Mom now. WHEE!

Now with Dad

Now with Dad

Playing in the teepees near the buffalo exhibit.

Playing in the teepees near the buffalo exhibit.

Getting a first class ride towards the end of the zoo

Getting a first class ride towards the end of the zoo

That is a Rhino in the background

That is a Rhino in the background

Love this pic of Z and Mom

Love this pic of Z and Mom

Girl sandwich with A and S.

Girl sandwich with A and S.

This giraffe was so close to us it was so cool!

This giraffe was so close to us it was so cool!

It was neat seeing all the elephants so close up.

It was neat seeing all the elephants so close up.

This meet kat was a SHOW OFF!

This meet kat was a SHOW OFF!

Thanksgiving shirt

Posted: November 21, 2008 in General Information, Holidays

My dear friend M had a wonderful idea to make Thanksgiving shirts for the kids. So D and I went to M’s house a couple of days to make shirts. They are so freaking cute I just had to share. We used the kids hands for the turkeys and their feet for the Pilgrims. And on the back we put their names really big in silver paint and a couple other items. I put a pilgrim hat, a cherry pie and a leaf on the back of Z’s shirt. Today, 11-21-08, Z wore his shirt to school since it is the last day before Thanksgiving break. The teachers thought it is so cute  – WELL DUH!!!

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Santa in November?

Posted: November 20, 2008 in Christmas, Playgroup

Yep! We went to see Santa today, 11-19-08, at the mall with some friends from playgroup. Z loved telling Santa all the things he wants for Christmas. Santa even gave him a bell necklace. After the kids got their pictures taken, Santa took a small break allowing the kids to sit in his chair and stuff. They had a great time! Then we went to the play area for a little bit before heading home.

Before going to see Santa, we had a friend come home with Z from school. Those kids spent most of their time terrorizing my poor cats! Heehee. Z and I took B with us to see Santa. B did not want her picture taken with Santa, but I did get an adorable picture of her in his chair. I think she had fun even though she didn’t talk to Santa. Maybe next year.

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Z telling Santa all the things he wants for Christmas.

Z telling Santa all the things he wants for Christmas.

Santa giving Z a necklace

Santa giving Z a necklace

Sitting in the Santa chair

Sitting in the Santa chair

B sitting in the Santa chair

B sitting in the Santa chair

We had a playgroup activity for the kids to play in the leaves and it was such a wonderful afternoon today 11-17-08. Our friend L showed us where there was some big trees with a bunch of leaves on the ground. She even had 2 trash bags of leaves she had raked for the kids and dumped them on the ground for even more run. We had a couple of rake that the kids got to use and they just had a blast! L and C brought some yummy snacks for the kids and L brought Cheerios for the kids to feed the fish in a nearby stream. Besides the fact that my allergies were giving me FITS, it was a perfect fall day outside with friends!

Playing in the leaves

Playing in the leaves

Z climbing on a rock

Z climbing on a rock

Cheers with friend C

Cheers with friend C

I am so going to throw leaves on you!

I am so going to throw leaves on you!

Z and friend D on a rock

Z and friend D on a rock

I LOVE THIS SMILE!

I LOVE THIS SMILE!

Z and A sittin in a tree......and no kissing going on here!

Z and A sittin in a tree......and no kissing going on here!

Thanksgiving performance at school

Posted: November 18, 2008 in School

Today, 11-17-08, was “treats feast” at Z’s school. The kids have been practicing songs for the performance and made cute crafts to decorate the tables. Each parent in each class was supposed to bring some kind of food for the feast. I volunteered to help make trays for the event. So once everything was in place, Daddy and Grandma C joined me to watch Z sing on stage. He was so proud up there and didn’t act shy whatsoever! He told me that he was going to sing on stage, but never told me what they were going to sing. Well, I got to find out! What a treat! I literally sat on the floor right in front of Z and watched every hand motion and every movement of his little mouth. I was so proud and still am! And his Daddy recorded the entire thing.

Afterwards, we all had some wonderful snacks and got to chat with our friend T and her family. Z was feeling adventurous and wanted to try some celery. He even asked me to take a picture. He soon learned that celery was not one of his foods on his “like” list. But at least he tried it!

Z singing on stage

Z singing on stage

Still singing

Still singing

He is just too cute!

He is just too cute!

Trying celery for the first time.....not a fan.

Trying celery for the first time.....not a fan.

We Buried Crabby the Hermie

Posted: November 17, 2008 in General Information

We got 2 hermit crabs while hubby was out of town on business this summer. Z and I picked them out in June and named them Crabby and Cody. Z loved to play with them and watch them walk around the floor.

This evening hubby realized that something wasn’t right in the hermit crab tank. Our largest hermit crab was hanging out of his shell. At first he didn’t think much because the other crab had just molted so it could have been what Crabby was doing. However, the other crab dug deep in to the sand to molt and Crabby was on the surface. Hubby picked him up and his legs began to fall off and then his body fell out of his shell. Now we would have to explain it to Z.

I have talked to Z about death before and we had a dog and a fish die since Z was born but he doesn’t really remember going through them. So we explained that Crabby was old and sick and died. At first he wasn’t bothered, and he even said “good thing we have another crab”. Then we discussed what we should do with the crab (flush it, throw it away or bury it…Z even suggested feeding him to the cat). Finally, Z chose to bury Crabby. Since these things tend to stink fast, we decided to go out in the front yard and bury him in the flowerbed. Z wanted us to take a picture of the crab first, so we did. Then Z and Daddy dug a nice hole and put crabby and the papertowl in the ground. They covered him with dirt and Daddy said a little prayer. That was it…..Z started to cry BIGTIME! He wanted his crab back. It took at least 15 minutes to calm him down. It was so sad to see him so upset.

After Z’s shower, he asked if we could get another crab. I explained to him they don’t live long and we may have to go through that again. So we are not really sure what tomorrow holds, other than he will say goodbye to Crabby as Z goes to school.

Farewell Crabby! We will miss you! June 2008 – November 16, 2008.

Z is holding both Crabby and Cody after getting them in June 2008. Crabby is the one he is holding up.

Z is holding both Crabby and Cody after getting them in June 2008. Crabby is the one he is holding up.

Another view of Crabby close up. They are so cute!

Another view of Crabby close up. They are so cute!

This is Crabby before we buried him.

This is Crabby before we buried him.

Digging the hole for Crabby.

Digging the hole for Crabby.

Still digging.

Still digging.

Z put Crabby in the hole in the ground.

Z put Crabby in the hole in the ground.

Covering the hole and just before the prayer.

Covering the hole and just before the prayer.

Z and his Daddy started a garden on June 18, 2008. They planted Cucumbers, Sunflowers, Carrots, Radishes, Green Beans, Pumpkins and Corn. We did get some tall sunflowers this summer, 1 green bean, 1 ear of corn, 2 cucumbers and hopefully soon to be carrots. The other things are dying off slowly, but we still get flowers from the pumpkins. Z and Daddy picked the cucumbers the other day and we finally took a picture of them this evening. Z was anxious to try his garden grown veggy. We explained to him that it may not taste good since “we” grew it (we aren’t farmers you know). And if he didn’t like the ones we grew to still try the ones from the store. Turns out there was no need for that speech because he LOVED them! He is not crazy about the seeds but that is no problem since I buy the English Cucumbers (AKA seedless).

Getting the dirt ready for the seeds.

Getting the dirt ready for the seeds.

Here are the sunflower seeds.

Here are the sunflower seeds.

Carefully putting in each seed with love.

Carefully putting in each seed with love.

The finished product. Now we wait....

The finished product. Now we wait....

These cucumbers are as big as my head!

These cucumbers are as big as my head!

We spent the afternoon, 11-15-08, at the mall for another Kidgit’s Club activity. There were a lot of friends from playgroup there. We even got to meet a new member to our group, M. As usual, the kids had a blast! They learned all about Knights, Kings, Princes, Princesses, Duchesses and Queens. They even encouraged the kids to dress accordingly. Z wore his Knight costume we got while in California on vacation.

Listening to the story.

Listening to the story.

All the kids got goodie bags.

All the kids got goodie bags.

Coloring

Coloring

Making a crown

Making a crown

Showing off his wonderful crown

Showing off his wonderful crown

Playgroup friends that joined us at the mall today

Playgroup friends that joined us at the mall today