Christmas Tree: Phase One

Here's to hoping we finish making the ornaments, get a tree skirt, find the one missing track from the train set and figure out how to fix the broken train itself. Before Christmas.

Phillips Collection Jumping!

Student participants in Dr. Joseph Dreiss’s Neoclassicism to Impression field trip to Washington D.C. jump for joy in front of The Phillips Collection entrance. University of Mary Washington student art jumpers from left to right are: Caitlin, Jenniffer, Elisa, Mary, Mason, Robert, Anna and Mattson. Consensus on a favorite painting was Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party and favorite gallery was the Rothko Room. Thanks, jumpers!

Christmas Pinecones

Coltrane Stylie...

"Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn."  Orson Welles

He's Baaack!

Well, look who it is.  Charlie, our Elf on the Shelf .   We are one of those families who are pro-elf on the shelf.  There may be haters out there who don't understand the joy of an almost creepy little elf hopping around their house watching over their kids and reporting back to a make believe man, but haters gon' hate.  The joy on Kingston's face when he saw that he was back was the same joy that I saw in his face when we went to Disney World.  There is an innocent, pure, delight that I want to preserve.  And if that means that Charlie is part of our family for a month every year, so be it.  Coltrane naturally walked right up to him and picked him up.  I thought Kingston was going to pass out, luckily we all survived.

Kingston insisted that I bring Charlie into their room to listen to The Elf on the Shelf Book, and gathered materials for a makeshift bed.  (After being caught moving Charlie numerous times we told them that we are allowed to touch him.  I should also add that Kingston saw Coltrane's underwear on the floor next to the couch which had clean clothes folded on it and asked me if they were clean and I said I sure hope so, why don't we put them in the dirty clothes bin...I guess he had other plans)

Black Friday

We don't go shopping on "Black Friday".  We just don't.  I have a hard enough time navigating any sort of aisle with the boys, let alone on a day where there are a plethora of money saving crazies rummaging through the aisles.  So we headed to the Witte Museum with the Sauers.  All of the boys have been off of school for the week and home with  just their Momma's, so it was a MUCH needed respite for us and a burn some energy session for the boys.

For dinner we had turkey tacos and ended our evening with some popcorn and a movie.


Thanksgiving 2012

in all circumstances.
1 Thessalonians 5:18

Started the day off watching the parade.

Colored a lot of turkeys and then used them as football targets.
They love getting their pictures taken.

Photo bombed.

Best big brother, he was pushing everyone around on HIS scooter.

He appears to be running for his life...

For good reason...our faces say it all.

We went to UIW to walk through campus to see all the lights.

They wanted to touch every light that they saw.

Back at our engagement spot.

The bebe's in the Manger.