Wednesday, November 28, 2012

They're at it again... Our tiny dancers

It has been a while since we ended our last dance class and the girls have been asking to go back to dance class. This time we found an actual studio that offers a variety of classes. We starting off with the basics though, tap and ballet.  They are so much more confident this time around and are happy, willing, and excited to go to dance class. I think they will even get to do a little recital in June!   

Monday, November 26, 2012

Thanksgiving Break!

I had last week of work due to Thanksgiving Break! It was a much needed week off. We spent some time with friends, prepped for Thanksgiving dinner, caught up on projects, but most of all spent some much needed family time together.

The girls and I kicked of the week off by making treats for the upcoming Thanksgiving dinner party. Inspired by pintrest of course, we made acorns out of nut-a-butters and Hershery kisses to decorate our Thanksgiving table. They were so focused and did such a great job- and they were super yummy, definitely a recipe we will have to repeat. 

Play Date
We got to spend some time with our friends  Declan and Lexi at Open Gym followed by lunch at Hot Dog on a Stick. It was great day to catch up and let the kids run wild. Lola and Ellie absolutly love Open Gym.

Declan, Lola, and Lexi hanging in the hole. 

Declan, Ellie, and Lola hanging in the "castle"

Slumber Party 
We had to fit a slumber party in the break somewhere. It is amazing, the girls really understand when I am off work and what it means for them. Once I came home on Friday announcing I didn't have to work for 10 days, they started begging us to plan a slumber party. Why not right? We're always up for family fun! I am not sure if they love having daddy in the couch to cuddle with or jumping on their misplaced mattresses better, but either way they sure do have fun. 

PIZZA...and salad! 
Hot cocoa and movie to end the night ... doesn't get much better than that! 

Sleep Tight! 
Cousin time!
We surprised Aiden and Liam on Saturday morning... showing up in our PJ with breakfast in hand. It was a nice surprise for the kids and the cousins got to share their stories about how and when their "Christmas Elf" made it to their home. 

Sunday at the Farmer's Market
I love when we can take the time on Sundays to walk to the Farmer's Market after church. The girls love to dance to the music, watch the people, get their favorite lemonade, and I love to buy relatively inexpensive organic produce all the while soaking up the sun (yes in November).
I just love this picture, rarely do the girls pick the same outfit these days and they did today, they look like little twin Christmas Elfs- kinda.

Haddie is BACK!
 If you asked the girls I am sure they would say the arrival of Haddie, our Christmas elf, was the best part of the break. They were beyond excited when they woke up the day after Thanksgiving to find Haddie hanging out in our house, ready to report to Santa all that the girls say and do! 
Let the Christmas season begin!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

Little did I know the girls were working hard at preschool all week to help our house become more fesitve for the upcoming Thanksgiving celebration we were hosting for the first time this year. Yes, this year was my first time coooking a Thanksgiving dinner. Of course I had watched my mother, grandmother, and mother-in-law cook this meal multiple times, but these observations gave me little confidence for my personal attempt. I was excited to host Thanksgiving for the first time, but a tad nervous. So the adventure begins. 
The girl's handy work was displayed all around the house.
 My favorite was their handprint Turkeys...too cute !

Of course Tony was hard at work too, making a little fun out of the Thanksgiving football games. We all threw in $5.00 and answered 15 questions about the big game of the day. I don't know much about the specific questions all I know is that I won the bets and came away $30.00 on top! 

As I say every year, I absolutely love Thanksgiving morning. There is just something about lounging around in PJs, watching the parade, eating our traditional cinnamon rolls and drinking mimosas, all the while thumbing through the ads to find some great Black Friday Deals. 

This year the girls were inspired by the Macy's Parade, and started marching around the house with their own rendition of a marching band. Poppi, who spent many years in a marching band, would be proud.  

Well the relaxing was coming to an end and it was time to start fixing the bird and getting it ready for the oven. The girls were very interested in this process and were hands-on.
Ready to go! 
Starting the broth for the gravy!

So we didn't stay in our jams the whole day.. .These little ladies got fixed up in their "Thankgiving Dresses" and posed for mama. I could some up the whole Thanksgiving day with this one picture, I am so thankful for these two little girls and how they have made our life and family complete, but of course I am a bit obsessed about documenting our memories- that I must include all the other pictures too!

Let the party begin, family is here and came baring gifts, a huge plate of anti-pasta that was delightful. I was happy about the size of their anti-pasta, it was my back up -if I bombed the turkey then we had something to serve again! 

The preparation were in full force, from basting the Turkey, to making homemade gravy, to mashing the potatoes, and simmering the green beans. I believe that is the hardest park of cooking, trying to coordinate everything so that all dishes are still warm when they are served. I truly don't know how my mom managed that night after night. 
My first turkey!
 I was pretty please with how it turned out, it was moist, not dry and everyone said it was yummy!

love that Drew had to use my fancy pink apron to carve the turkey...
Table is set... no kids tables here, we all managed to fit around our table. 

In preperation for the day the girls and I made these little acorns to decorate the table and of course snack on. They are made from mini nut-a-butter cookies and big and small Hershey kisses. 
The girls had no nap this day, so when dinner came around Ellie was a tad tired and just sat at her seat looking like this waiting for dinner to be served. 
The Spread! 
Complements to all that's for sure, I made the turkey, gravy, mash potatoes, and Lola's favorite cole slaw salad, Emma made the cranberry sauce, stuffing, bread, and the desert- pumpkin and pecan pie. 

Let's finally feast and celebrate all that we are Thankful for!

I think I can officially say that my first Thanksgiving was a success. I was tired, but still managed to hit two stores after all the company left and the kids went to sleep. Not sure I'll ever do that again, but I did get a killer deal and took in some awesome people watching! 
Hope all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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