This is my favorite picture of the twins this Christmas playing with the balls that were from Grandpa and Grandma Carpenter. They really liked them. They are made of this strong plastic and they can chew on them or squash them and they remain in tact. This is good for teething babies who like to put all things in their mouth! They had a good tug of war over the balls for a while too, which was fun. There are many more pictures of the twins individually and of Josiah as well. I will post many of them on Facebook and have a link to all of them via Snapfish if any of you want a link to that, just let me know. Later on, Grandpa and Grandma Walker came by to have lunch with us and watch the boys play with all their new toys. One highlight of the day for me was finding a stocking stuffer that got my hubby to smile bigger than I have ever seen. I can't really share what the gift was, as it is an inside joke that is personal, but let's just say that the "I always know what I am getting" guy was stumped on this one and laughed really hard! For me it is FUN to find something that he can't guess he is getting. Wahoo...score!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
And of course the twins, were most interested in the wrapping paper as is appropriate for their age, and Daniel found his gift to be a great place to pull up as well! They both like to pull up on anything that is nearish to their height and do so quite frequently. Even as a little sick boy (Daniel has his now 2nd cold of the season), he gives a nice big smile for the camera. He got this "Little People" farm that of course will be shared with Caleb and Josiah as well.
Here is our very serious Caleb boy with his gift, the "Little People" Noah's Ark. It is hard to get a shot of him smiling these days as he doesn't smile quite as often. In this shot though, I will give him some slack because he didn't have any sort of nap really to speak of before he came to Grandpa and Grandma's house, so he was pretty beat! You might notice the little scrape on his nose and head? Yeah...he fell off Josiah's bed the other day...long story, but needless to say, he is OK and has some battle wounds to show for it. He too is sick right now with a runny nose and he is losing his voice, so hopefully they will all get better soon. We could certainly use yours prayers this winter as we seem to get a lot of illnesses during this season.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Here they are with the little snowman that they made. It would have been bigger, but the snow was the powdery type and wouldn't stick together very well.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Oh another fun note was that I didn't wait for the frosting to dry enough after the initial "put-together" stage and then brilliantly put in some of the trees right in the way of where I would decorate the house. I tried to get to the windows to frost them and upon tipping the tray a bit too much apparently the roof started slipping off. Hence all the cracked, dried frosting on top of the mints that took a dive INTO the house at one point. I got kind of frustrated about then and said, "Honey...help...this is not working," to which he replied, "It's OK, it is just your first time making it and it doesn't have to be perfect." Later, I told him to remind me someday that I should never decide to be a cake decorator at a future date. Me and frosting decor don't seem to jive. Now eating frosting, well that is another story! :) Anyway, I ran out of frosting towards the end of my creative attempt at gingerbread construction and David got me some more white frosting the next day to finish off the monstrousity of candy goodness. Josiah had fun helping from time to time and more fun begging for frosting and gumdrops. I tried to get him to pose with a smile here, but as you can see...no luck on that count. Our kitchen now has the alluring smell of frosting as you walk through. Echo the dog takes a few extra sniffs as she passes by. :) Oh and another funny moment for this one. Do you notice that lovely green window on the left? Yeah, at one point Josiah said, "Mommy, why did you make a pretzel?" At first, I didn't know what he meant, but sure enough if you look at my green window there it resembles a pretzel! Umm...yeah, did I mention I am not so good at the piping? Oh and I would like to point out though that they didn't provide a "drawing" tip for the windows, but rather had the star like shaped one instead. Yet, the picture had the single line outline. So, there was quite a learning curve on the gingerbread house creation this year, but next year....LOOK OUT!!
Friday, December 05, 2008
Here is a fun shot of the boys eating their birthday cupcakes. They had a lot of fun eating the frosting! We thought they looked like clowns afterward! So funny!
Caleb boy looked like "The Hulk" after he was done eating and it took lots of washing up with scrubbing and soap to get the green off!
Here is Daniel boy with a nice red hand. After he was finished he looked like he had been bleeding! And again we did lots of scrubbing and cleaning of his face, head, and arms afterward!
Here is Josiah at the restaurant giving me his "I hate pictures" look. We ended up going to the "Thai Bistro" which is a place I really love. We tried going to a more kid-friendly place, but it was packed, so we went to my favorite instead. Josiah didn't care for the fare (as I suspected he wouldn't) and so Mom took him to McDonalds (which was nearby) to get him his dinner afterward.
This one is earlier in the day of our Josiah boy, when he was proud of his "Tall Horsie" he made with the Duplo Legos. And ummm....not sure it resembles a horse, but hey, he is being creative, so it's all good! I think it looks more like a tall tower with a tree on the top! He asked me after he made it if we could "take it to the fair." He is so excited about entering a Lego creation at the Puyallup fair. I told him we would practice a bit more and maybe take one to the fair next year. :)
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
And here is sweet Daniel boy after his meal.