Archive for November, 2011

spending turkey day in arkansas

We spent an incredibly relaxing Thanksgiving weekend down in Mena, Arkansas.  We have done this every year since Travis and I started dating 9 years ago, but this one was extra special.  The whole family was back together (minus Aunt Kelly and Cameron and Cristina…we missed you all a bunch!).  Last time we were all together was three years ago and Owen was the only child.  Now there are 5 children between the cousins!  It made life a little crazier but SO much fun.  Here’s the crazy crew at the kids’ table…

Not too long ago this table was considered the “kids’ table”!

It didn’t take Molly long to become obsessed with Mila.  She LOVES babies and wanted to kiss her all the time.  Whenever Mila would cry Molly would say, “What’s wrong with the baby?  I go check on her.”  Such a little mommy.

After gorging ourselves with Julie’s delicious Thanksgiving feast, we decided to get out of the house on Friday and go up the mountain to see the train.  We’ve done this in the summer and taken a train ride around the top of the mountain and you see some really pretty scenery.  This time…not so much.  The fog was so thick you could barely see 10 feet in front of you.  And it was cold.  And windy.  But the kids still managed to spend some time exploring the big train.

We opted not to take the train around the mountain (even though it was still running and taking passengers in the nasty weather!), but the conductor offered to let the kids sit in the train before it left again.  Molly was all over it, but she kept saying, “Why it not moving?  The train is broken.”  I think she’s actually mid-question in this picture…the girl just doesn’t stop talking.

Molly and her Bubba.  This one’s a framer, no?

Besides eating and hanging out on foggy mountains, we spent a lot of time watching Grandpa Lane and Bubba do this…like father, like son.

We also got to spend some time with our good friends, Annie and Walt and Chloe.  Chloe is simply adorable and she and Molly became fast friends.

We took advantage of Walt’s photography skills and got a group shot.  It’s near impossible to get all five kids looking at the camera at the same time.  Three out of five isn’t too bad.

And a few fam shots…all four of us looking at the camera!!  Don’t be surprised if this makes an appearance on the annual Christmas card.  I’m not sure we can beat this one…

And one with Nana and Bubba.  We didn’t have the same luck getting the kids to look at the camera for this shot.

And one final picture of Grandma Renie with her grandkids.

It was so fun having everyone back together again.  My first Thanksgiving with Trav’s family was when we were just dating.  It’s crazy to see how far we’ve come since then.  I loved this Thanksgiving.


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happy thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from my little Pilgrim and Indian.

And in honor of turkey day on Thursday, Owen’s preschool class had a Thanksgiving feast this afternoon.  Their preschool class dressed like Indians and the other preschool class dressed like Pilgrims.   Such cuties!  This makes me miss my teacher days…there’s so much fun stuff to do around the holidays!  Can you find Owen?  Back row…far right.

Enjoy your turkey day!

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Pinterest!  Not what you expected me to say, right?  But it’s true.  I can’t get enough.  I am rarely on Facebook anymore, haven’t checked the blogs on my blogroll in at least a week (no offense to my fellow blogger friends), and have been delinquent in responding to emails.  All because of my new obsession.  If you haven’t joined Pinterest yet…DO IT!  You won’t regret it.

If you have no idea what this Pinterest thing is, here’s a quick explanation.  Basically it’s website you can join (similar to Facebook) where people share pictures of things they like in different categories (crafts, kid stuff, recipes, home decor, travel, music, movies, books, etc…).  I thought it sounded lame when I first heard about it.  I honestly thought it would be another time waster that I didn’t need.  But then one night while Travis was out of town I decided to see what all the fuss was about.  After three hours online I had to MAKE myself stop…and I was hooked.  My one worry was that I wouldn’t actually create anything that I saw…but I’ve already made a few things that I’ve seen on Pinterest and I have a long list of projects waiting in the wings.  Here are some of the things I’ve made….

1.  My new knife block.  My first project.  It used to be boring a boring butcher block, but add a fun paint color and a last name initial…Voila!

2.  My second project…Thanksgiving handprint plate.  A cheap plate, some enamel gloss paint from Hobby Lobby,  and my son’s hand made this one happen.  It’s not food safe, but I’ll just display it every year at Thanksgiving and remember how sweet and little Owen’s hand used to be.

3.  My newest project and the one I’m most excited about…pajama pants!  I got a sewing machine for Christmas last year but never had time to learn how to use it.  Now that Travis is traveling so often, I’m having time to figure it out.  Jo-Ann’s had flannel on sale for $3 a yard last week and I bought three different materials to make him some new jammies…and it was about time.  His had become capri pants…not cool for a four- year-old boy.  Here’s my first pair…army guy pants.  I wasn’t crazy about the fabric but knew Owen would love it and I was right.  He wore them for 24 hours straight when I finished them.

My second pair…robots.  And a $2 shirt from Goodwill.  Cheap jams.

And the third pair…sports theme with a $3 Walmart shirt.

I also made teacher gifts for the kids’ teachers, but I won’t share that quite yet because some of my most loyal readers just might be getting the same thing for Christmas.  So if you haven’t already…go check out Pinterest.  It will change your life forever.  Seriously.

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Well, at least I think so.

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once again…i’m way behind

I’ve become a Pinterest addict.  If you don’t know what that is, I’ll be doing a post about it shortly.  Basically it has stolen all my previously used time for blogging, returning emails, and Facebook browsing.  Because of this wonderful new world I’ve discovered on Pinterest, I’m severely behind in blogging.  Again.  I’ve done this before and I’ll do it again…let’s catch up.

1.  We went to Columbia on October 22 to see the Tigers play the OSU Cowboys.  It was a beautiful day for a game, and we had a great time seeing Nana, Bubba, Georgann, Keith and Cori…but the game was dreadful.  While we were there we stopped into the bookstore and Nana bought a tiger stuffed animal for each kid.  Owen’s is a very authentic looking Truman (school mascot if you’re not aware) who accompanied Owen to school later in the week for show and tell.

2.  We carved pumpkins with our friends Anna, Ben, Ella, Drew and Aubrey.  The kids helped for about 5 minutes before losing interest and going back to the toys.  We got a picture with the kids before they deserted us.  Molly was actually really into pumpkin-carving this year and loved digging the goop out with a spoon.

The kids were glad to proudly display their pumpkins as if they carved them all by themselves…

3.  We went to Purina Farms with friends to see their Haunted Hayloft the night before Halloween.  It was a great excuse to let the kids get some more use out of those costumes.

That pretty much brings us up to date.  Travis has been traveling LOTS with work lately, and I’ve had lots of time to work on some of the projects I’ve found on Pinterest.  As I mentioned before, I’ve become obsessed so expect a post soon with some of my creations!


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Our kids were trick or treat FANATICS this year!  They couldn’t get enough.  I think we trick or treated for an hour and a half.  But let’s back up…here are some pre-trick or treat pictures in this year’s Halloween shirts.

After eating pizza with my parents, we got the kids dressed and ready to go.  The picture is a little blurry, but Owen was a very serious Storm Trooper fully equipped with a Clone Trooper Blaster.  And Molly was a soft and cuddly Simba.  They were supposed to look like this when we hit the neighborhood:

…but Little Miss Particular absolutely REFUSED to wear the Simba head hood.  She told me (and I quote), “Mommy, I not wear Simba’s head.  It’s not cute.”  This girl is gonna make me crazy!  I’d been talking with my friend, Bri, earlier in the day and she’d suggested putting lion ears on a headband if she wouldn’t wear the Simba hood.  Fantastic idea.  The costume was saved…mostly.  We had a couple people ask if she was a mouse.  Oh well.

The kids loved the trick or treating part.  It was hilarious though…they’d get up to the door of the house and forget what they were supposed to say.  Sometimes Owen would say, “Can I have some candy, please?” or Molly would chime in with a “Thank you!” before the candy was even in the bag.  We had to prompt them each time to remember to say “Trick or Treat!”.  After an hour and a half we STILL had to prompt them to say it.  Molly definitely wasn’t shy about the candy and often asked if she could have more than one piece.  Greedy little thing.

By the end of the night they still couldn’t remember to say “Trick or treat” but Molly had decided that wearing the hood might not be a bad idea.  I think she’d gotten pretty chilly, which was probably the only reason we could c0nvince her to put it on.  We snapped a picture on a neighbor’s front porch the minute she put it on…and forget about velcro-ing it under her chin.  Out of the question.

When the bags got too heavy for the kids, we headed home.  The kids loved dumping out their bags and checking out their loot.  And they sure did get a lot of it.  I hope it lasts a long time…because if it doesn’t it means I’m sneaking too many pieces during naptime.

And one more because she’s just so cute and those little whiskers are too much.

Happy Halloween!

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