Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008

Thanksgiving 2008....We are so blessed.
"Give Thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever."
Pre-Thanksgiving Crafts - what cute little turkeys!
The women, slaving away of course.Oh and one weird brother got in there too!

Cousins enjoying dinner @ the kiddie table
Joe and Ava snuggling after the feast!

Apparently Ava's thankful for flowers.

THE MEN. Enough said. :-)

Post-Thanksgiving decorating time.

And the magic of the Christmas Season begins.....

Yackity Yack....And Don't Talk Back!

I have a plan to end all sassy talk from my daughter. And my floors have never been cleaner.....

Yes, that's right - from now on, when Annalise decides to talk sassy to me, she'll do her 4 minute "reflection time", and then she'll get to mop my floors......just to make sure she remembers. This particular day they got mopped twice. :-) Ava just thinks it's fun to help mop - she wasn't sassy - thank goodness!

Monday, November 17, 2008

First Annual Movie Under the Stars

Movie Under the Stars
Joe and I need to start some fun traditions so the other night we decided to kick the holidays off with movies under the stars. We'll do this every year around this time and also on Christmas Eve. We watched a really cute little Christmas movie that Joe's cousin produced and cuddled up under blankets on the trampoline to watch a movie on my laptop. At first I was hesitant, but it turned out to be so much fun and I'm excited for Christmas Eve to do it again. Although Annalise is worried that Santa will see her out there and not come b/c it's dark and she's still awake. :-) I think Santa will be kind enough to wait till she's in bed!

Halloween 2008

Happy Halloween a little late!
Such cute little Trick-or-Treat kiddies!

Annalise hamming it up for the camera!

Sure this kitty looks cute, but wouldn't you know it, she gave me a guilt trip b/c she wanted a necklace like her sister. SOOOO, stupid me found a neclace that looked similar to a cats collar. And this particular necklace wasn't on the cheap side AND we bought it in Sedona on our honeymoon. And YES it was lost about 2 hours into the night.

Our favorite neighbor kids at our annual Halloween Soup Festival! That's just a fancy name for our annual soup potluck, but boy was it yummy and lots of fun!

If this doesn't look like a princess and her hero - I don't know what does!

Hmm. maybe my necklace disappeared after this photo was taken...
They are the cutest Kitty and Princess I ever did see...... and I'm not just saying that! In fact, it's been comfirmed by a very reliable and wise source === THE GRANDPARENTS!! ;-)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

My Veggie Technique

Yeah! Ava and Annalise now love another veggie - bell peppers of all colors! Bell Pep's are one of my favorite veggie b/c they are packed w/vitamins, so I'm so glad my kids like them now too.

Here's my technique for getting kids to eat their veggies. It's worked with both my kids and they now eat (with no complaints): sweet potatoes, broccoli, salad, carrots, asparagus (I can never roast enough), zucchini, eggplant, celery, beets (only Ava), green beans, peas, and as of tonight bell peppers.

1. When they are infants I only offer veggie baby food - no fruit until they like all the veggie tastes - then I'll incorporate the fruit.

(When they can start eating solid food)
2. I don't give them any veggies on their plates (they still will eat baby food veggies at this point) when they are toddlers until they ASK for some off mine. THAT is the trick! Especially with salad. Ava's been loving salad since she was about 1 1/2 years old. Not bad for a little kid! I'm telling you, making them ask for something that you present as too good to share, will get them to like the veggies.

3. We all go through spurts of liking and not liking certain foods. So, if they start acting bored of a certain veggie, I delete it from the menu for a week or two. And soon enough, they'll start enjoying it again on their own.
Okay, that's it. I just had to share how happy I am that my girls are now begging for raw bell peppers!
******Update on little niece Bree: She started Chemo yesterday and so far so good. She's a real trooper and gave me several smiles the other day. It felt like such a privilege to hold this little girl. I really love her like one of my own children. And I love her momma like my own sister. We love you Justin and Kari! Keep being strong for your darling princess! You can read more of her story if you like on 'Justin and Kari' on my sidebar.