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Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Velveteen Rabbit

Last week was super soggy - it rained or snowed practically all week - and I can't think of many interesting stories to tell from those days.

But, today we had our Christmas excursion with GG and went to see the Velveteen Rabbit.

It was in a small and sweet theater and was very well done.

When we got home, James needed to work on his school project about a famous landmark in a country where his ancestors are from. He chose Stonehenge in England, so we checked out a couple of books from the library and have been learning all about it. While he worked, I asked to play on the ipad. (After hot chocolate, of course!)

I sent an email to Lil (and Grandma and Mama Jennie) with a picture of the stage.

It was pretty accurate, as you can see!

James and I decided that for us, Leopard, Hedwig, Teddy, and Part are real. (But we sure hope no fairies come to turn them so real that they disappear!)

We both had basketball again yesterday, but Mom and Dad apparently weren't inspired enough to take pictures. Otherwise, we worked on a lot of house projects and had a quiet but productive weekend. We are getting very excited that Christmas is approaching!


PS - Happy birthday, Aunt Lexi!!

Sunday, December 07, 2014

The most wonderful time of the year

We're getting Christmas fever! We went to pick out our tree today. Scout helped us hunt down just the right one.

Amazingly, Lilli and I fairly quickly agreed on a single tree, and although Mom thought it was a bit small, she couldn't argue with our unified opinion!

Lilli and Dad accompanied the tree back to the parking lot on the tractor

While I made a snowman ornament.

It was a fun (if chilly and muddy) excursion!

A couple of other highlights from this week -

Lilli and Mom went to see a friend's chocolate lab puppies one evening this week (while I was at the dentist, no less! How is that fair?). They were pretty adorable.

They appeased me by having all of us meet GG afterwards at our favorite restaurant for dinner.

We saw GG again yesterday when we went to check out the gingerbread festival in Marblehead. There were some pretty cool creations!

The other exciting event yesterday was that basketball season started!  Mom took Lilli to her first practice (VERY early for a Saturday morning). Lilli was dressed the part

And check out that form!

She had a good time. I went later in the day, but we didn't get any pictures this time around.

Finally, we got new furniture yesterday! Having all of the Hughes's come for a visit over the holidays was a good excuse to finally do something with our sitting room. It's now our favorite spot in the house!

I hope you all had a wonderful week too!


PS - Belated happy birthday, Noah!! We hope you had a great one!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Lots to be thankful for

Happy Thanksgiving! We are thankful at our house for lots of things - first and foremost this week that we are all back to being healthy! James stayed at home Monday since he ran a high fever on Sunday. I managed to dodge that bullet, which was good since I had my big Thanksgiving presentation on Wednesday morning!

Mom and Dad came to watch and were very impressed with all of the songs that we learned.

After the presentation, my class had a big Thanksgiving feast, and then Isabella took James and me to a trampoline gym for the afternoon to kick off our holiday weekend. Things quickly went downhill that evening, though, when I came down with a stomach bug. Mom and Dad had to notify our would-be Thanksgiving guests that they should stay away, so we spent Thanksgiving holed up as a family watching the parade, working on a puzzle, and NOT eating much food.

I started to rebound after lunch Thursday, and everyone else felt ok, so we invited our guests to join us for a feast on Friday. And we woke up to snow! Scout loved it.

It was wonderful to spend the day with friends. Ben came to hang out, as did Tarzan, so everyone was happy! Somehow, the only picture we managed to take was of the delicious turkey that Dad prepared.

Unfortunately, James got the stomach bug in the middle of the night Friday, which prompted Ben and his mom to leave first thing Saturday morning, and yesterday was again a quiet day of just family. Today, we woke up all feeling better (and going stir crazy), so we took advantage of the warmer weather and went on a hike!

It sure was nice to get outside!

I hope you all had a wonderful (and germ-free) Thanksgiving!


Sunday, November 23, 2014

2nd annual Turkey Trot

It's that time of the year again - time for our school turkey trot! The goal is to run as many laps around the track as you can in 20 minutes. We both did a great job - I ran 15, and James ran 22!

Plus we had lots of fun - I even helped pass out straws to James on each lap (so he could keep track of how many he ran).

After the run, it was time for James's last football game of the season.  Thank goodness it was a bit warmer than earlier this week! (James is in the red hat.)

Today, we had a playdate with GG while Mom and Dad went furniture shopping. I'd say we got the best end of that deal! It was a beautiful day, and we played in a huge pile of leaves (that we helped create).

If you're noticing that James looked a little puny in that last picture, you're right - he is now laid up on the couch with a decent fever. Hopefully it's just a quick bug and doesn't affect our plan to host lots of friends for Thanksgiving!

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving week.


PS - Happy birthday, Uncle Parks!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

More birthdays!

We had a wonderful rest of the week at the Big House! On Wednesday, we had a special day with Coach while Mom worked and Lil went to Thomasville. We went to the beach and then to the Raw Bar for lunch. It was great!

On Thursday, JuJu came for a visit. As is tradition, she gave Lilli a book for her birthday, and it is so cool!

We both really enjoyed playing with it, and getting to spend time with JuJu.

Although we didn't get to talk to her, we changed the birthday banner in honor of Audrey's birthday on Thursday!

Friday was MUCH cooler (comparable to MA!), but that didn't stop us. We had another yummy Raw Bar lunch and then made a final trip to the beach.

It was too chilly to get in the water, so Lilli and I amused ourselves by running up and down the beach. In the process, we discovered some driftwood that made for really great wands (with some slight "carving" to modify them)

And the sunshine was bright enough that we could test out our cool moves by watching our shadows!

Amos was very impressed.

Friday was also Coach's birthday! Happy birthday, Coach!

We celebrated at the Tap Room (which included a brief but fun visit with Mrs. Kathy and Mr. Mark), and then followed it up with cake and ice cream at home.

We were sad to leave the Big House yesterday. After a pretty uneventful trip home, we were thrilled to see Dad and Scout!  We immediately started putting together the Lego set that Lilli got from GG last week just before we left for FL

While Scout got used to having Mom back at home.

Today is Dad's birthday!!

We started out the day by working as a family to pick up the leaves in our yard (which is quite an undertaking in New England), and then we celebrated by going to Crocker Park and getting ice cream. (Never mind that it's freezing and not actually ice cream weather!)

We imported the birthday banner from FL so that we could celebrate Dad properly.

He cooked a delicious lamb dinner, Mom made his favorite chocolate cake, and Lilli made a special present with her own gift-wrapping.

Happy birthday, Dad! We love you!!


PS - Happy birthday to Grandma on Tuesday!!