Sing Songs, Bring Sweets

School Christmas party!


Forgot to post this one from Tues. Cindy Lou Who!


Party time!  So amazingly adorable.

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The party began at Jed’s nap time, so he was too tired to enjoy it.



But then we came home and he was ready to play! This is his FAVORITE place to pull up…you can see the mischief in his face.


I’ll take that cracker you’re eating, dear sister.







No pics tonight.

Jed didn’t sleep well, and I’m tired!

Polar Express PJ day!

Everyone at school wore their jammies today, including the teachers.  I’m told that everyone took marvelous naps, too!


She’s more interested in the accompanying CD than the book itself at the moment. But Liam Neeson is narrating, so who wouldn’t be?  He has a particular set of skills, which include infusing Christmas with magic and wonder.


I realize I haven’t been doing the journals lately, so here’s one for today:

What do you find irresistible?

Oh, lots of things.  The first thing that comes to mind is a loaf of freshly baked French bread at HEB.  When it’s warm and smells so good…hands down, the best way to spend $1.  I have been known to eat most of it a tiny, reasonable portion in the car on the way home from the store.


It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Well this went exactly as expected:


Jed is bewildered and Eliza is terrified.

Poor little Jed!  He had several bad nights in a row, plus a fever, so I spent all Saturday afternoon at the urgent care clinic with him.  Turns out he has an ear infection.  With the help of some medicine, he’s doing much better now, thank goodness.



I still can’t believe he’s standing up everywhere!




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Once she discovered it was edible and ate half the roof, she decided the Wiggles might like to move in:


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She removes ornaments from the tree and wears them around the house as bracelets.





Oh, siblings. They alternate between fighting over toys and chasing each other around the house. Never a dull moment!


Bathtub Christmas village! She played with this for over an HOUR.  Thanks for the idea, Highlights magazine!


Christmas program tonight!

It was adorable!


Jed’s favorite new activity.





The two of us haven’t slept much lately.


She loves to prance around onstage!

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Stuffy noses :-(

Poor Jed couldn’t sleep last night, and tonight isn’t looking any better.  Anyone have any stuffy nose solutions for an 8-month-old (besides Nose Frida and saline drops)?

Oh, well!  No sleep for me again!  And I caught the cold myself, of course.  At least Jimmy’s been able to take a couple sick days to help me out, thank goodness.  Because everyone knows that moms don’t get sick days!

Eliza has a cold also, but it’s clearly not getting her down:


Joy to the world!



Family pictures 2014!

Here are a few of my favorites from the session.






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Fun-filled weekend!

Against all common sense, we decided to take both babies to a showing of Oliver! at the community theater this past Friday.  A friend of mine met us there with her little girl, who is close in age to Eliza.

I was prepared to call the enterprise a success if we made it beyond the first 15 minutes.  But, lo!  We made it through the entire first act and 2/3 of Act II!  My drama-teaching heart grew three sizes that day!


We were sitting in the last row near the aisle/exit, so Eliza and my friend’s daughter could sing along and dance to the songs without disturbing anyone.  I’m glad we watched the movie a lot beforehand–she recognized most of the characters and songs (Mr. Bumble is her favorite).  Jed slept most of the time, which was his way of saying, “Everyone, please have a good time and enjoy yourselves.”


Exploring the lobby.



When she entered the theater, she slowly whispered, “Wow!”


Eliza only drew attention to herself at one point, when she exclaimed, “Uh-oh!” during an intense scene with the bad guy.  It was particularly well-timed, and the audience chuckled.  So that wasn’t too bad.  We finally left when she started getting really tired (it was almost nap time), and Jed was waking up and really wanting to crawl around.

I’m so proud of the kids!  It was a huge success :-)

In other news, it officially feels like I have two toddlers in the house.  Jed isn’t walking yet, but he’s pulling up on everything and crawling super fast on his hands and knees now.  He can easily grab Eliza’s toys/ipad, and she can’t even escape him by climbing on the couch (he can reach everything).  It’s getting pretty crazy here!


Let me in, Sister!



Jed’s morning hair.





Oh, toddler-approved Christmas tree! Glad I didn’t bother with many ornaments!


JJ and Papa came to visit on Sunday, and we had such a lovely time!  Eliza began to develop a cold the night before, so she wasn’t feeling her best self, but she still enjoyed a dance of Jingle Bells with Jed and JJ.  Any day with beloved grandparents is a good day!

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And last but not least, Nana Opal and Papa Truett got adorable little ornaments for the babies.  Eliza has been obsessed with The Nightmare Before Christmas since Halloween, so her ornament is a little Jack Skellington that plays “This is Halloween.”

She LOVES it.

Thanks, Nana and Papa Truett!



Whoa, Jed!

I guess it’s time to lower the crib!



He’s pulling up everywhere!

And it makes him so happy!  Except when he takes a spill and bumps his head, which happens much more frequently now.



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