Monday, November 28, 2011

Yogi Bear -- swimming






I thought it was way too cold to get in.  But the kids didn't seem to mind.  The pool was heated, but the air was pretty chilly.  They had a great time on the waterslides.

yogi-golf and night movie







yogi-fishing



Preston hooked himself...
Porter was a die hard, fishing in the rain... Still we have yet to catch anything.... Even in a stocked pond... I don't think it's meant to be.

yogi bear- craft





yogi bear- road trip

We made a last minute reservation at Jelly Stone Park in Waller, TX over Thanksgiving Break. 
We all dozed on the way there!
Luckily, we rented a cabin, because it rained a lot while we were there.  The cabin was bare bones, not even a bathroom, but there was a microwave, fridge, bunk beds for the kids and electricity.
The outside of our cabin.

Friday, November 25, 2011

sophie-thanksgiving feast



I was able to attend Preston and Sophie's Thanksgiving Feasts. They both played games after their feasts.  Sophie's were on the playground and Preston's were in the school gym. What fun traditions!

thanksgiving feast

We hosted Thanksgiving Dinner this year.  It's so nice to celebrate with friends, and share the cooking!  We started teh day off with our annual neighborhood kids Turkey Trot, and finished up with lots of pie! Luckily all of my friends are really great cooks, so we had lots of good eats!  We do indeed, have so much to be grateful for, and I love having a day devoted just to giving Thanks!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

crazy zoo trip


We went to the zoo during Thanksgiving Break with a crazy number of moms and kids!  Everyone has at least four or five kids.... we were quite the large group!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

reading glasses


Sophie has told me for months that her eyes hurt, so I finally took her into the eye doctor.  Her vision is fine, but she is slightly, very slightly far sighted.  If she wasn't complaining about eye pain, the doctor wouldn't have prescribed her glasses.  Luckily a friend told me about zenni optical, I got glasses for Sophie for $12, that included the lenses, frames and shipping.  For that, it was worth getting the glasses to see if they would help.  The jury's still out on their effectiveness, but she's enjoying the extra attention new glasses bring.

ribbon festival



Each November the kids prepare pieces for the Suzuki Ribbon Festival.  This year I went to an over nighter with my Laurels, came home, picked up my kids and drove them over to the festival. Sophie had thrown up the night before, but was okay for the recital.  Porter did okay during the recital, but threw up on the way home. Oh the joys... oh the memories!  They both did a nice job on their pieces, and I was proud of them for participating.  Porter didn't want to play, but decided, literally as I was walking out the door with Sophie, that he would come after all.  I did feel a little guilty when he proved he really was sick by throwing up on the way home... but not too guilty! These recitals make piano worth it for me, as a mom, and all of the time and effort I put into practices and lessons for the kids.

beard


Doug toyed with the idea of competing in the Movember Mustache contest, but didn't last long. He did grow an impressive beard for such a short run.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

hair cut



We let Porter grow his hair out for crazy hair day, but the new principal substituted that day out for something else during red ribbon week.  Porter wanted to keep his locks to keep him warm in Utah, but agreed to use a hat instead.  Doug took him to get his locks trimmed.  He came back with shorter sides, but still a fairly long front.  Reminding me of my brother Paul's days of keeping his 'long front' back in the day.  Hair is a hard thing, I want to give him choice in his hair style, but he's got to wash it more often if he's going to keep it so long!

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Happy Birthday Porter!

How is it possible that I have a 10 year old??? Double digits... A decade... Porter is so full of personality and passion and life and energy and drive and determination. He has a strong sense of right and wrong and has a hard time tolerating any deviation from the truth in people's actions or words.  He has big ideas and loves to try to make things happen.  He is constantly trying to create something new in his room with his hands as he listens to books on tape.  He also loves to read and create with legos.  Spending time with dad is a big deal to Porter. He loves to help Doug with projects(sprinklers) and service (moves). He is teachable.  He loves his baby brother and takes time to play with him and love him. I love my Porter!