Sunday, November 29, 2009

Lego Fest 2009

A couple of weeks ago, we went to the Lego Kids' Fest. We had no idea what to expect but we ended up having a wonderful time. The Lego creations were amazing, the kids got to do some games and Lego building and E even got a massage. Clearly a winning family activity!

I'm including this final picture because I realize there are hardly any pictures of my belly bump...However, I am fully aware that it may be difficult to tell which one is me and which one is Hagrid. A clue: I am not made out of Legos...

Happy Thanksgiving

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving this year with family and great food.
Unfortunately for documenting reasons, I was so busy enjoying myself that I didn't get any good pictures - here is the best of what I captured:

I am thankful for wonderful days. I am thankful for family near and far! I am thankful that I have a wonderful husband who takes care of his children - and throws them around as well. I am thankful for good food. In fact I am thankful that we have food. I am thankful for modern technology hat allows me to speak with my family far away - I can't imagine the pain of the immigrants in days of old, who left their families behind in their home countries, knowing they would only ever communicate through occasional letters from then on. I am thankful for a loving Heavenly Father who helps me be better - and holds my hand when I'm not. I am thankful to not be vacuuming every waking minute this fall; for a clean(ish) house, with minimal buggage...I am thankful for the winter sun shining in through my windows (although that does remind me I should wash those...) I am thankful for lessons learned in the past year, for scriptures, for prayer and for church. I am thankful that I can listen to Christmas music at this time of year. I am thankful for the little kicks and nudges in my belly, reminding me of the little life there. I am thankful for the improvements we have been able to do around the house in the past year - and for the amazing help of my father-in-law who has done a lot of them. I am thankful that my husband has a job - and that he has this week off! I am thankful for my little, clever, crazy children, who bring so much joy and madness to my life!

The list could go on. And I am thankful for that! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Pretty or Gorgeous?

The other day at lunch, L and I had the following conversation:

L: Mami, who is prettier, a boy or a girl?
Me: Hmmm, I guess they could both be pretty. (As it often happens, I am wondering where he may be heading with this...)

After a short pause -
L: Mami, you will be pretty and I will be gorgeous.

In case you were wondering.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

S, Our Toothless Wonder

It happened this past Tuesday - S is so proud of having lost his first tooth and I just think he is adorable. The tooth fairy even stopped by the following night - which is nice, considering the fact that she never made it to Denmark when I was growing up...

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Halloween Extravaganza

Halloween is the only holiday I wish there was less of. Partially because all the parading, parties, and trunk/ trick or treating loses some of the magic through the sheer mass of it. And partially because I have no self-control and can't stop eating the kids' candy that is sitting out on my counter...
Meanwhile, the kids had fun dressing up this year, in spite of the fact that costumes were cut out of the budget and they wore the costumes they both received as dress-up clothes for Christmas. Of last year. Yeah, I was that cheap. But they did actually want to wear them - and I am fairly certain that they didn't feel deprived.

Here's my evidence:

S at the school Halloween parade:

S, L and their adorable cousin at the church trunk or treat. This was funny, because that afternoon I was double checking whether the kids wanted to wear their Pikachu/ cow costumes again or if we should pull something else out of the dress-up box. S asked what else he could be and racking my brain, I blurted out "Harry Potter." Which I didn't think he'd want to do because he has never read the books. He was totally sold on the idea, though, so we pulled together a costume according to the cover of book 3. We even made a wand. I personally think he is beyond adorable.
L fell asleep and had to be woken up to go, so getting him into any costume was impossible. We settled for his bone-pajamas:

And finally, the kiddos got to go to the dentist the day before Halloween. And yeah, that is a "got to" not "had to." Grandpa is the dentist - and the office dresses up in costumes. Fun all around! They had no cavities either! (Only a wiggly tooth!) I guess before Halloween is better than after...Or maybe it's because they had a chef check their teeth this time.

Monday, November 2, 2009

There Goes the Mother of the Year Award

Tonight L got himself tangled up in the rope that divides the kiddie pool from the slightly deeper end at the YMCA and I completely lost my head. I saw him struggle, ran over there and then just stood at the edge of the pool, hollering for S to yank his brother up. Then, finally, the lifeguard came and grabbed him.
I can't shake the guilt over not just jumping in and pulling him out myself. This isn't even about me - I mean, L is fine, he went right back to playing in the water and seems to have recovered just fine. I just wish I'd jumped in the bloody pool. Maybe then I could recover quicker too...As it is, I am just shaken - over the incident and over my freezing up. Can I outsource some responsibility please?