Thursday, November 29, 2012


 Emma and Josh like to pull into our driveway during Holiday time. I do a lot of online shopping so they are always looking for a box on the front step.  And if they see one? They demand that I open it immediately so they can play with the packing materials!


1.  She likes to bargain with me.  If I tell her "No, you can't have that," she likes to respond with "Well how about one of these?"  or "I will just have a little bit."


1. He loves cereal, mostly cheerios.  He has started asking for them instead of eating dinner.  He can also eat 2 or 3 bowls!


1.  They are true partners in crime.  I catch them pulling chairs over so that the other can climb up and get on my counters.  I hear them plotting to yell so I come and check on them in their room at bedtime.  "Yell like this and mommy will come!"  Oh yeah, we're in trouble!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sunday, November 25, 2012

He's Here!

Santa arrived during a parade in our city tonight and Emma and Josh were super excited! It is cold out so we bundled them up in snow pants, mittens, two pairs of socks and hats (I am not, I repeat not, risking another cold or worse in this weather) and went to the parade.   Their favorite part?  The free donuts and hot cocoa.  They each got their own cup and Emma promptly spilled half of it down the front of her coat. Fun times!

Waiting for the parade

Emma with her doughnut.  She was actually dipping it in her cocoa!

Josh drinking cocoa

Me and my babies big kids!

Yep, they are excited

The parade

More parade


Watching Santa

Josh was chasing after Santa.  Looking for his Thomas Trains.  I guess he thought Santa would bring them...

More Thanksgiving

We celebrated Thanksgiving with Dan and his family yesterday at our house. I made a roast instead of turkey, since all of us ate turkey on Thanksgiving.

We also celebrated Dan's Mom's birthday and his parent's 40th anniversary. Emma and Josh took a late nap so they slept through dinner (which was fine with me, I actually got to eat!) but they were happy to get up and eat some birthday cake.

My sometimes serious boy

Emma, eating a roll

Checking out Uncle Kevin's I phone

Playing with nana

Josh loves cars now, too

Playing cars

Dan's parents

Happy Birthday!

Emma and Josh with their cake

Saturday, November 24, 2012


We celebrated Thanksgiving with my family on Thursday. The food was good and it was nice to be with family.   Emma and Josh were...wild.  I have to remind myself every minute of the day that they are not yet 3.  And "it won't be like this for long."  And "I'm going to miss this." get the idea.  I love them but sometimes I wish they would just relax instead of trying to climb on top of my parent's entertainment center.

Enjoying some spinach dip with my grandparents

Josh, strutting in his skinny jeans

Such a cheeseball

All of my pictures have Emma wiping her nose, as  they are getting over colds

Or doing this

She is a firecracker

My little girl

My grandparents

Holding baby Olivia
Olivia, pre "Baby Blowout 2012" (Oh yeah, it was bad!)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Christmas Set Up

We decided to get a jump start on our Christmas decorating today.  I put Emma and Josh into Christmas pajamas, we blared Christmas music and went to town!


Running to see the stockings

Checking out the stockings

Emma kept covering her face and then uncovering it while yelling "surprise!"

Josh, bored of the stockings

In the space we cleared for our new 9 foot tree


Emma with some Christmas toys

She lined them all in the sleigh

Josh playing with a singing bear

Decorating the tree

Decorating the tree

Emma with the Santa hat

My special "helpers"