Friday, December 30, 2011

A Day Without a Plan

Jarrod had off today, and we started the day without a plan, but what a fun day it turned out to be! 

We knew that we wanted to get out to do something, and while getting ready, we decided to drive up to Williamsburg to ride the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry across the James River into Surry.  This ferry ride was a first for everyone in the family.  Charlotte and Jarrod took advantage of the smooth ride to catch some zzzz, while Trenton and I got out of the car to explore.  Trenton loved seeing another ferry pass us!

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After the 20-minute ride across the river, it was almost time for lunch.  We found a local café, and ate a very tasty meal. 

I had my new iPad with me, and had done some searching while we were on the road.  Our next destination would be the Seaboard Station Railroad Museum in Suffolk.

The museum is housed in an old train station dating back to 1885.  Not that my kids cared one bit about the building being an actual old train station.  They were all about the HO-scale (1/87) model of Suffolk, circa 1907, with the six railroads that ran through the town at that time.  The detail on the model was amazing.  Jarrod and I didn’t have a lot of time to check it out though while making sure our kids didn’t touch anything.  I think Trenton could have stayed and watched the model trains all day!  The museum also had a spiral staircase leading up to an observation tower overlooking the railroad crossing below.  Unfortunately, no trains passed by in the nearly two hours we were at the museum.  Trenton and Charlotte also had a lot of fun in the kiddie room with a train table, train books, and an old train bell.  Outside was a 1962 caboose that was open for viewing.

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Such an enjoyable day!  Maybe we need to have some more “fly by the seat of our pants” type days to see what other fun local attractions we can find!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Stay at Home Date Night–Portrait Night

Because it is sometimes hard to get out on regular dates, I decided to put together a package with a bunch (26 to be exact) of stay at home date nights as a Christmas gift to Jarrod.  Each is sealed in an envelope so it is a surprise until he opens it.  The plan is to pick an envelope at the beginning of each week and then have our “date” later in the week.  With our schedules, that won’t always happen, but we are hoping that these date cards will keep us from falling into the rut of plopping in front of the TV or computer every night after the kids go to sleep.

Jarrod picked his first date envelope on Sunday evening – portrait night.  So tonight after putting the kids down for bed, eating dinner, and having a couple of drinks, we set the kiddie easel up, grabbed some crayons, and went to work drawing each other.

How do you think we did?

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I really felt like I was tapping my inner-artist…until I got to drawing Jarrod’s mouth.  It was all down hill from there!  I was proud of myself for paying attention to detail.  I got his dimples, five o’clock shadow, and chest hair, but it wasn’t until we traded pictures that I realized I forgot the buttons on his shirt.  I guess I should forget ever making a name for myself as an artist! 

And the picture Jarrod drew of me?  My hair looks great!  And he gave me better eyelashes than I really have.  He also gave me dimples that I have never seen and made my teeth disappear!

We had so much fun with this date night – and so many laughs!  We are already looking forward to next week’s stay-at-home-date!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas From the Family

We had a fantastic Christmas!  It was low-key, but wonderful all the same.

In addition to making cookies for Santa yesterday, Christmas Eve mass was also on the day’s agenda.  We snapped a few pictures before we left for church.

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Christmas morning presents!  And a LOT of them!

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Trenton has been wanting to go on “Daddy’s ship” to eat Cheetos and jump on Daddy’s bed all week.  We’ve been telling him that we would go to the ship on Christmas, and this morning after he finished opening gifts, he started singing, “It’s Christmas, it’s Christmas!  Now we can go to Daddy’s ship!”.  The kid was definitely excited!  The ship was having a nice meal for Christmas.  Not that Trenton cared.  He ate “Ship Hay” (frosted mini wheats), cake, and a cookie.  Charlotte ate the full spread of food though.  And both kids had fun seeing where Daddy sleeps and jumping on his bed.  After leaving the ship, we drove around showing Trenton (Charlotte fell asleep as soon as she was strapped into her car seat) all of the other ships and submarines on the pier and some planes and helicopters.

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After we got home and everyone got naps, Jarrod and Trenton got to work on a gingerbread house while I made dinner and Charlotte kept herself busy with all of the new toys.

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What a wonderful Christmas!  Only 365 days until next Christmas!  (Trenton has already asked.)

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Cookies for Santa

Snickers had a message for us this morning when we woke up. 
 
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Daddy and Charlotte went out to the grocery store for a few things we needed, and then we got going on the cookie making.  It was a whole family affair!

“Look, Mom!  Flour hands!”
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“I wonder how this stuff tastes?”
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How many people does it take to mix up a batch of cookies?DSC_1534

Trenton has a cookie making app that he plays on my iPhone, so he was really into making real cookies.
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Cutting out Christmas trees.
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Someone snuck some dough…DSC_1553

…and wasn’t happy that she couldn’t have more.DSC_1561

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Putting “ornaments” on the trees….and in little mouths.DSC_1579-1

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Must Be Santa!

Santa Claus got mixed reviews this year.

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Trenton was first up to see the jolly old fellow.  He was a little hesitant at first, but a candy cane can work magic!

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Since Trenton was doing so good, we decided to put Charlotte on Santa’s other leg for some pictures with both kids.  Charlotte freaked, scaring Trenton who immediately hopped off of Santa’s lap. 

But no worries; enter Mommy and Daddy, and we’ve got the perfect family picture with Santa!

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Okay, so we did get one that was a little better…

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Better luck next year?

Oh, and for those of you who want a trip down memory lane, here are Santa visits 2009 and 2010.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Fun with Snickers–Week 3

Snickers got into Mimi and Pops’ suitcase!DSC_1301

He built a house out of magneatos.
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Time for a parade!
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Getting ready for a trip to the doctor’s office.DSC_1345

Nine more days…
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Yum!  Hot cocoa!
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Snickers loves reading Christmas books!DSC_1403