Friday, December 23, 2011

December Pictures Round... Uh... You Can Keep Count ;)

His first nap on the pallet. I keep having to scoot it further and further from the piano, because when he wakes up he scoots until he's bonking his head...

Thank you, Aunt Kristina, for this wonderful idea! I now keep a Cadence sized shoebox with about two cups of rice, and several extra measuring spoons on top of the fridge. If I need an extra set of hands while I am cooking, I just put the shoebox of rice on the floor and Cadence goes to town. She knows the only rule is she can't pick the shoebox up (although, she's allowed to pick the lid up to dump the rice back in). She can write in it, dig with her measuring spoons, get out some bowls from her cabinet and 'cook'... whatever. Then when I am done cooking, I just dump it all back in and put it back on top of the fridge. If she gets a bunch on the floor, I just quickly sweep - which my kitchen always desperately needs anyway.

Christmas in Texas with the Leonard family:
James meeting Grandpa Leonard for the first time. He loved seeing all the new faces and grinning at everyone. The anti-Cadence strikes again!

Cadence loved playing with all the new kids (not so hep on the adults, but at least she had fun :))

Night-night James!

Opening stockings with Daddy...

James' first stocking! It says Tony, but only the great-grandkids get stockings and they didn't have enough with all the new kiddos, so James got to use Tony's from when he was little.

This boy is ALWAYS slobbering on something - if nothing else is around, it's his hands.

These are two of a kind... they kinda remind me of Matt and myself when we were little.
This was James' fist hotel stay. Cadence liked the round throw pillows. She announced they were haybales, and spent a lot of time throwing them around and putting them 'in the barn'. They both did really well, and it was reassuring that they didn't wake each other up. Maybe it won't be too much trouble to adjust to sharing a room - which is good, since James is about ready to crawl out of the bassinet.

It was fun to actually get to see James during a car ride. Another first - first trip out of state.

Loot from Texas.
Ok, this was not meant to be house divided... Cadence's red is for Christmas, not OU :D

"Please win OSU!"


When we got back from Texas we just kinda hung out around the house. Cadence read Corduroy to us, almost word-for-word. Something tells me we've read that book a FEW times!


If you tried to watch the video earlier... it didn't work :D Thanks for telling me Kristina - I hope I have fixed it. If not, let me know again ;)

December Pictures Round One (or Two...)

Awkward Family Photo!!!! This is us at Tony's concert. Don't we look.... beautiful?

See that little speck way over in the corner? That's Cadence. One of the best parts of Daddy's concerts for her is running up and down the bleachers.

15 Weeks

yum.... this poor tiger isn't going to survive if all these slimings keep up!

James FINALLY has a stocking!

Cadence telling me who each stocking is for.

Made a yummy pot pie in the pie plate Mommy got me for my birthday. It had been way too long - I ate it almost by myself in just two days. Yikes!
Getting ready to go to the second of Daddy's concerts... Cadence was a little awed that we had to wear church clothes to Daddy's concert.

See the presents Daddy? We can look with our eyes, but not touch with our hands!
James' last nap on the couch. He was just getting too wiggly, so now he has a pallett on the floor, so he can still be close to all the noise while he sleeps - if it's too quiet, he wakes up :)

He likes to sleep with his head buried in his hands. One of these days the little booger is going to sufficate himself!

Cadence has been rigging the baby doll's carseat to her ride toy so they can go places together - the store, the zoo, grandparents' houses...

Because I Can't Get Over How Freaky This Is...

Thursday, December 22, 2011

This Is a Little Girl

This is a little girl, contemplating going to Sonic with Daddy for lunch:

This is a little girl, counting her money to go to Sonic:

This is a little girl, who left her "Two Ponytails" in all day long, for the first time ever - until right before bed, when she wanted to be a "Firebears, the Rescue Team!"

This is a little girl, who conned her Pa-Pa into giving her a band-aid on her invisible ouchie:

 This is a little girl, who had a good day!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Decorating for Christmas

This was going to be "December Pictures Round One"... but I decided to be real creative and give it a more descriptive name.


James and I did the more serious work while Cadence and Tony set up the tree.

Cadence was in charge of mooses. We have a LOT of them!

Decorating the tree - with a really goofy look on my face.

She was VERY excited to put the angel up. She remembered from last year....


Ack! It's signing!

He loved the tree from the start, and now he loves the mooses too.

Riding the moose to Gramma's house. This was als the first time I saw James scoot - he was determined to get that moose!