Friday, November 26, 2010

Christmas Pictures 2010

It's that time of year again! We spent Thanksgiving in the Florida panhandle, and I thought my grandmother's (now my mother's) farm would make a nice backdrop for the annual Christmas photo. As usual, the kids were entirely uncooperative.

We did actually have some fun this week too! We ate Thanksgiving lunch at the Marriott in Panama City Beach with my family and enjoyed the warm weather and a stroll on the dock. We also spent a few days with my aunt and cousins at the farm, and now we're onto Gainesville for a weekend at my parents' house.

You will notice in the following photos that Molly is wearing the same dress. Last year, astute readers may remember, we had a wardrobe change midway through Thanksgiving at the Marriott when Molly fell into the muddy decorative pond on the hotel lawn. We stayed far away from that pond this year.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Molly's stage debut

Tonight was the annual preschool Family Night, and Molly is now old enough to participate. We were in a rush to leave to get there tonight, so I didn't fight Molly on the silver glitter shoes or the tights with the big hole in the knee, which we discovered as I was buckling her into her car seat. She did not want to take them off, and I decided it wasn't worth the inevitable meltdown to argue about it.

Thankfully Molly did not do anything too crazy during her class's performance; more embarrassing was Josh's overly enthusiastic cheering and clapping for Molly. He was very proud of his sister!

Fifteen preschool classes performed a song tonight. It's cute when your kid's class is singing, but a bit tedious to sit through 14 other songs.

Stage exit

Miss Sharron, Molly's teacher

Here is one of Molly's latest dress-up attempts. She also wore the glasses to church.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Psychadelic Wolf

Josh took his first big first-grade project to school this morning; research on wolves and a "visual aid" that he made out of clay and a shoebox. Despite good intentions, this project was constructed using my tried-and-true study skills, i.e. do most of it the night before it's due and the rest the morning before you take it to school. We spent the morning hot glue gunning the wolf together and then sticking it to the box.

Thankfully, he's very proud of his work, and I have vowed to teach him to get his work done in advance. We'll see how that goes.

In this photo, Molly is wearing her typical bus-stop outfit: shirt on backwards because she insists on dressing herself and her new "headphones" (earmuffs) that my mom gave her.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Halloween, a bit late

My plan this year was for Josh and Molly to support their future university by dressing up as a UNC basketball player and UNC cheerleader. As you can see, I only partially succeeded. Molly immediately vetoed my suggestion and announced that she wanted to be a brown toad for Halloween. This caused some panic due to the lack of brown toad costumes available, and thankfully she saw this lion outfit in a consignment store and dropped the whole brown toad thing. I mean really, what 3-year-old girl wants to be a brown toad?

You also will notice in this picture that Josh has lost his other front tooth and some more bottom teeth. He has very few teeth in the front of his mouth right now.

We spent the afternoon at the neighborhood Halloween party, which is always great fun. I'm posting a picture of one neighbor who dressed up like his Boston terrier--I have not laughed that hard in a long time as when I saw the googly eyes.

I've told some of you about this interesting guest:

Here are Molly and Siri, Molly's new idol. Siri came over to play with Josh recently, and not long after she had to go home a neighbor came over to tell us that Molly was wandering down the street alone. Molly told me that she was mad that "Siri just got on her scooter and left" and was going to Siri's house to tell her she wasn't ready for her to leave.

Josh really wanted to take the first hit at the pinata, but he had to wait for the younger kids to go first. When he finally got a turn, he took way more than his alloted number of whacks but no one was willing to go near him wildly swinging the bat to make him stop!

Molly makes a break for the first pieces of candy to fall out of the pinata. The candy-grabbing skills she learned at the parade in Iowa this summer helped.

Chris and I had to leave mid-party so he could take me to the airport, and many thanks to Tim and Hannah who manned our house and took Molly trick-or-treating!