Sunday, January 11, 2015

Animals and Careers

Wednesday - Career Day

Caitlin wanted to be a vet "just like Ms. Tamorah". Dr. Tamorah is a friend of ours and the mommy to Caitlin's best friend. Caitlin has seen her in scrubs, but usually she sees her in regular clothes with a lab jacket. So that is what inspired her outfit. It took her almost half an hour to pick out the perfect shoes to go with the outfit. :/

Dominic is rather obsessed with all things Legos. His dream job would be to have a real job being paid to play with Legos. So he has learned everything he can about Lego professionals.
If you look closely, you will notice that my son didn't even get through breakfast before getting dirty. There really isn't such a thing as a clean boy in our house. It's just varying degrees of dirty.

The pic from school

Thursday - Animal Day

Dominic wanted to be an owl just like the one that came in his stocking this year.

Caitlin and I saw a picture of a girl dressed very similar online while we were looking for ideas. I was all for it, since it was so easy to implement.
 Caitlin's class, minus one.
Friday is always pajama day. And for some reason I didn't get pictures of that. You would think that would be the easiest and lest stressful morning since they don't have to get dressed. But sadly that isn't the case. So pajama day we were almost late for school.

Friday, January 9, 2015


Tuesday - Nerd Day
Oh my word! We had so much fun with this one. 
I'm not sure if I should be horrified or proud, but my kids are amazing nerds.

Dominic totally got what a nerd was. And cracked us up for days with his imitations.
Dude makes a great nerd.
 Caitlin didn't quite grasp the definition, but she mimicked Dominic which was cute.
 These are the cutest nerds!
Here are a couple of pics I stole borrowed from the school site.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Spirit Week

Every year, the first week back to school after Christmas break is Spirit Week.

We've really had fun with the themes that were picked this year. 

Monday - Crazy Hair
 Caitlin's request for crazy hair was to have each strand of hair that I braided be a different color. The hairspray color that we have is a bit difficult to work with. We'll have to try something else next year. So we compromised by having these extensions on both sides that I wove into the braid.
Crazy kid - crazy hair!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014


We had a rather laid back Christmas this year. I was blessed with having everything finished several weeks before and so was able to spend more time doing the fun stuff of the season.
We enjoyed each day of the Advent calendar, although we had to shuffle some things around since weather wasn't very accommodating for the two parades on the schedule.

We had our little decorating party and once again the weather wasn't cooperating. It was pouring and a bad thunderstorm went through right before everyone was supposed to come. But thankfully two brave moms ventured out so we still had some kids here to help us decorate our Christmas trees.

Our first Christmas was at Grammy and Gramps on Christmas Eve. 
One of the funnest things about presents is taking these two kids shopping. We'll give them a budget and who they are shopping for and let them go. Sometimes they are spot on with something the person would enjoy. But sometime they are so off the wall that it cracks us up. 
Gramps received one of those gifts. Dominic and Caitlin laughed for the entire week before Gramps unwrapped his gift. It was worth every penny just to see them so cracked up about it. =)

Our second celebration was Christmas morning at our house. We opened presents 
 I wasn't sure how to wrap this gift. So I just wrote this note and put it on top of some books we'd given him. It worked!
and then had our traditional cinnamon rolls. We still had green icing from the decoration party.

Our third celebration was the next day at Grandma and Grandpa's house.
We had a wonderful Christmas vacation and really enjoyed the relaxing time spent with family.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Caitlin's birthday

I honestly can't believe that my baby girl is six years old. It seems like just yesterday that I was rubbing her curly head in the hospital. She's grown into such a beautiful and precious young lady.
She is independent, smart, kind-hearted, and funny. Our family wouldn't be the same without her.
She's my little turtle and I love her so much.

She had been begging for an American girl doll for quite some time. But those dolls are outrageously expensive. She came to sit beside me while I was researching all of the 18' dolls out there and fell in love with a blond Madame Alexander doll. It was only slightly cheaper than the AG, but the reviews said it was just as good. Caitlin was extatic to open that box and see her "baby." She named her Brianna and calls her Bri.

Since this was a "party" year for Caitlin she asked that I bring cupcakes to the school. 
Her only request was that they have lady bugs on them.

We had a family celebration that night. Caitlin requested strawberry shortcake. We still don't have our island (waiting on butcher block that's on back order). So some of the kitchen things are still packed in boxes. I forgot to look for the candles until the last minute and then couldn't find them. Caitlin was fine with blowing out the large ones.
Uncle Jason and Aunt Kim came up and we went out to eat. Caitlin wasted no time in telling the waiter that it was her birthday.
Happy Birthday baby girl!

Thursday, December 4, 2014


Thanksgiving was very low key. My brother and niece came up on Wednesday and we all (except Jon and Leila) ran the race Thursday morning. It was FREEZING cold. It was actually spitting snow, which the kids thought was wonderful.

Dominic ran the 1 mile with Caitlin since I didn't want to wear myself out and Jon hates to run.
In retrospect it wasn't a good idea (more on that later).

We had some friends who were participating as well and the girls ran with them.
The race didn't go as well for Zeb, Dominic, and I. All three of us have asthma and the cold really messed us up. Add the knee problems that Zeb and I are dealing with and it wasn't pretty.
Dominic was already tired from running with Caitlin and that added to the cold made him slow and stiff. By the time he came over the hill to start down he was almost in tears and really in pain from the cold. His muscles were cramping and he was miserable. I felt so sorry for the poor little guy.
Hot chocolate made everyone feel better and we enjoyed the time with friends and family.

We returned to have a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner that also included Grammy and Gramps. It was low-key and unstressful. The perfect holiday.