Saturday, December 22, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

Aiden's Preschool Program

Aiden had his preschool Christmas program on Monday.  They always have it in the library where the librarian reads them a story, then they make a craft (this year it was a rudolph ornament) and then the kids entertain with songs.  20+ 3-4 year olds singing together is pretty entertaining (and loud!).

I have videos but they aren't loading right now.  I'll have to try again when I can get my phone from the 4 year old.

Damon's 11th Birthday

 Damon turned 11 on Tuesday the 18th but we had his family party on Saturday the 15th.  (He took a couple friends to the movies on the 8th to also celebrate his birthday.)

He wanted a football cake and since the football season was over for KSU, he decided to have a Steelers cake.  We served dinner, I made chicken tortilla soup plus sandwiches and chips. 

He got lots of great presents, mostly Steelers stuff, KSU stuff, gift cards and cold hard cash.  I think everything a preteen boy could want. 

Tuesday on his actual birthday he took cookies to school (Yes I have edible markers just so I could write "Steelers" on the cookie. Yes I know that makes me crazy.) and we celebrated at home with his choice of birthday dinner, which for him is always steak and mashed potatoes.

Christmas Piano Recital

 The boys had their holiday piano recital at the mall last Saturday.  Xavier played Jingle Bells and Damon played Deck the Halls.

Someone likes being the Bishop

Last week Adam spent mutual with the Miamaids and they happened to be making gingerbread houses that night.  I think he was pretty excited to get to make his very own.  And the boys were very excited when he let them start eating it all. 

Long Lost Lockett

On December 6 we let Lockett out around 8:30 for one more potty break when the silly dog just took off running.  He must have saw a squirrel or a rabbit or something because he was gone.  Now he has not ran off in MONTHS and the few times he had done it when we first got him he came right back.  Well hours went by and he never returned.  Adam and I both kept calling for him but no Lockett.  I even woke up in the middle of the night and checked outside to see if he was curled up on one of our lawn chairs but he wasn't there.

The next day I contacted the animal shelter and posted a lost and found ad on craigslist but no hits.  Saturday, I called some of our local vets but no one had a missing jack russell. 

Later that afternoon I was standing in the kitchen talking to my sister on the phone when I see a guy walking what looks like Lockett.  So I start walking after him and about a block from our house Lockett stops and turns around and sees me.  So I run up to the guy and ask if he had just found him.  They live around the corner from us and apparently on Thursday night they let their 2 dogs out and 3 came running back in.  It was nice to know that he had a good home to stay at for a couple days.  The guy even said he was quite the snuggle bug and let him sleep with them during the night.  Admittedly, Lockett would have probably been much happier with him considering we make him sleep in a crate and put reindeer antlers on him. 

Oh Christmas Tree

This is our first year for a fake tree.  I still have mixed feelings about it but I think I'll get used to it.  It came prelit but that wasn't enough for me so I added about 5 more stands of lights and called it good.  (I would have added more but the boys worried about fire.)

The boys helped decorate it, we mostly just put on their ornaments and a few from Adam and I.  It could have used more but I was tired and cranky.  Nothing brings in the Christmas spirit more then your mom yelling at you about the ornaments.  But hey, they're young, there is a good chance they won't remember this bad mommy moment anyway.  I blame it on pregnancy.



 For Aiden's preschool class, I had signed up to bring treats for Thanksgiving.  I thought I would make it easy on myself and not do sugar cookies or cupcakes all decorated cute, I'll just make these mini cornucopias. 

Sometimes, things that appear easy are not so easy.  Each cone took at least 5 minutes to get the end to curl, not to mention the bad language, burns, yelling that took place in the making of these bad boys.  They did turn out cute and thankfully he has a small class so I didn't have to make a lot.

We spent Thanksgiving day with the Littles and Ben and Kelly and boys.  The food was great.  The boys had a good time entertaining (or being entertained by) the twins when they were in their bouncer.  Jonah had all four of them jumping around him for quite some time. 

After dinner we decided to head to the bowling alley for a Dolezal brother bowl-a-thon.  Ben beat Adam twice so Adam will have to start practicing for next year.  

After bowling we went to Pizza Hut for our traditional Thanksgiving evening pizza.  Surprisingly it was pretty packed.  I guess more Manhattanites are catching on to the joys of pizza after stuffing your face with turkey and pie.  

The weather was so nice we were able to wear shorts on Thanksgiving day.  It was beautiful out.