Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Saturday, December 17, 2011
So many strange things about that sentence, right? True story, stopped at an interesting looking garage sale and although the desk had just sold that originally caught my eye, I browsed the other junk...and found our little treasure.
Lucca has been learning all about the Nutcracker at music class this month and she looooves the teachers nutcracker. I figured she would like this guy, but I didn't know how much Jackson would too! He spotted "Olof" right away and was so excited to touch it.
We came home with the cool original German box for Olof too, and found out this guy actually carries a little value! It will be fun taking him out of his box every year at Christmas time and letting the kids play with it. We needed a nutcracker :)
Friday, December 16, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
But that's not all. At this crazy house, you actually go INSIDE and see the madness continue in each and every room of their home. Never seen anything like it. A train room, a Santa room, an angel room....you name it.
To top off the experience? Lucca enjoyed her very 1st candy cane. Kid heaven. I can only imagine how magical her dreams will be tonight.
Monday, December 12, 2011
While not quite the moneymaker reactions this year, I still love the uncertainty my kids have of this man. This experience was not as traumatic as the past two years, but Lucca still doesn't feel comfortable in the arms of a big, fat stranger -- and I'm ok with that :)
When Santa asked what she wanted for Christmas, she told him she needs new paints because her other paints ran out. Gotta add that to my list.
Jackson cried for a split second, but that was nothing compared to the absolute freak outs his big sister had for two years.
This is our third year taking the Santa photo at this location, but this year the Santa changed. Kinda bummed about that -- where did our favorite Santa go? New Santa gig?
We spent this chilly December morning at the gem of the Bay Area, the Discovery Museum. We love this place. Our membership has expired, but if we still lived down the street I would renew in a heartbeart. This place is amazing for kiddos -- I highly recommend it.
Maybe we can take the Swishlette twins here next week??
Oh, and Jackson & his sweet baby blue track suit decided to start pulling himself up and standing (!!!) while we were there. #Awesome
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Was planning to photograph 5 of my favorite ornaments, but only got to three before Jackson woke up and our HP printer failed me. Both, not shocking. The two honorable mentions not included on my favorites page are 1) the American flag, in honor of my grandfather 2) my very 1st Christmas ornament my mother got the year I was born, 1981.
A game we play daily around here is "pick your favorite ornament" and sweet Lucca loves it. She walks around and around the tree, examining each ornament very closely before picking her favorite (which happens to be the same every time...the gondola!).
I love our tree and all the memories that come alive when hanging the ornaments. It's no wonder my mother cried every year while we decorated the tree :) Suddenly, it all makes sense.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Once upon a time we grew up and got a big ol' house in the burbs. What fun! Our very first place to hang Christmas lights on. Thankful, so very thankful, for someone who knows how to do it...Pops! Would your Dad drive 2 hours after work to hang YOUR lights?
Lucca had the best time helping Pops make her house look the prettiest and most magical on the block. Thanks Popsy!
Monday, December 5, 2011
Welcome to our Monday night. Here we are, 20 minutes after Daddy came home from work, 5 minutes before bedtime. Having fun every chance we get because that's how we roll.
Even on Mondays.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Jackson is a lucky dude - because Lucca is his sister. Actually I can't get over what an amazing sister she is. She has so much patience with her brother, soo much love for him, and she's such a helpful little mommy. I am so proud of her. She is so understanding, beyond her 2 years, of why she is loaded and unloaded last into the car, why her dinner is ready after his dinner, why I have to nurse Jackson before we have a tea party, why I need to put buddy down for his nap before we can go in the backyard, etc etc etc. Sometimes it feels like I am always telling her "just a minute" so I can take care of Jackson. She never throws a fit over any of this -- never seems to get jealous -- never resents that the world doesn't revolve only around Lucca anymore. Tonight in the bath, Jackson kept taking every toy away from Lucca. Every single one. And she never got upset with him. When he took her ball, I was waiting for her to tell him nooo buddy, but she didn't. She would just grab something else.
She is seriously the best big sister.
Jackson stealing her water
Playing music together (Sis always brings Jackson an instrument to play)
Playing together in the ball pit
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Newest lover of Halloween? Me.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Lucca was the smallest tot to climb up the big slide, so the attendant suggested I go with her. I started to follow her and she immediately told me "No Mommy!! You wait over there!". Ha, never underestimate what this child can do all by herself. Miss Independent. So she climbed right up to the top and slid down, as the other kids got scared and came back down the ladder or waited for their parent to climb up and slide with them. She rules.
And then we rode a pony. Smokey to be exact.
We left the market with a stroller full of goodies, a flower balloon, and the happiest little girl in the whole world.