Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Roadtrip 2011

This is our usual circuit. Wes' first big road trip. Albuquerque first, then Amarillo and then back (we're still in Amarillo, so the 'back' is still looming ahead of us).

Jennifer had a little Christmas train set up in the living room for Noah to play with, but it turned out to be great for tummy time. Another train enthusiast is budding.

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And is this a reindeer or a moose?

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Turtles, rum balls, and cookies for Santa. And a few carrots for the reindeer.

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Presents in the stocking. Wrapping paper is hard to get off!

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Oh, and at Chris' dad's house we made what seemed like a million tamales (but it was really only 13 dozen...)

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The captain with his grandsons.

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Wes has been enjoying Christmas, but mostly because he's being so spoiled by all the attention.

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Xander got a lightsaber, here is Noah trying to harness the force.

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

The stockings were hung...



I dusted off my embroidering fingers this week to put my little ones' names on their "sockings" (Noah's interpretation of what we are calling these socks). I did Noah's first, and then I remembered how to embroider (Sort of). They're good enough for Santa to tell apart though, I think.



Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Geesey Reunion

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From last weekend's trip to Flagstaff. All my mom's brothers came down for a visit. It was a whole house full of fun Aunts and Uncles. And Noah liked being the center of attention.

And here's one more for this month's fascination with a 2 year old's experience of Christmas. I can't get enough.

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P.S. Thanks to Dennis and Lisa, Noah has an awesome new room and I have to show it off.

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Also, here's one of the little guy. He's not old enough to be into the spirit of Christmas or the new bedroom, but I'm determined to have photos of my second child.

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A house for the sugar people

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We had fun building this little "kit" gingerbread house, complete with sugar people. Christmas has been so much fun this year, and we're not even there yet!

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Jalapeño Jarvest

If you need some jalapeños, you should really hit us up. This is too many for one little family (especially one little family that has at least two non-jalapeño-eaters.
And the sad part is that this is the majority of our garden's output this year.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

2 Months Old

... Yesterday.

Today was Wesley's 2 month appointment at the pediatrician and here are the stats:

14lbs 4oz (96th percentile)
26 in (98th percentile)

He's a big boy! He's been smiling more consistently,   which is so sweet.
He clasps his little hands together. He's much more aware of his surroundings.
He seems to be getting accustomed to the noise of having a two year old in the house, and he's really interested in looking at his big brother's face.

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Decorating

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This is already one of my favorite Christmases ever. Noah is old enough to be interested in Santa, to hang every ornament on the Christmas tree with determination, until they were all done, and he fell asleep faster than I've ever seen.
And he is young enough to be interested in his advent calendar, to pretend his little trains are at the north pole with a little string of Christmas lights, and to be in the season without really even understanding that Christmas is one day, or that presents are involved at all.

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Wes is still too little to care about his first Christmas, of course, but he's so cute (and so is his daddy).

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Stuck at home on a sick, sick rainy day

Last week Noah had croup. That means he had a barking cough, and just all around felt really lousy. So we stayed home, watched movies and read stories, had tea parties in the living room (it's cold in our dining room lately), and did art projects.



The colored sand was from this little sand art photo frame kit that Noah actually got for his last birthday (but I was really glad I saved it until last week!).








Who knew you could have so much fun with a little bit of colored sand?!

Monday, November 28, 2011

A Bell from Santa

We rode the Polar Express all the way to the North Pole.
Okay, it was really the Grand Canyon Railway's Polar Express trip, but awesome for this train-loving two-year-old. And great fun for all of us too. Even Wes, who has been quite fussy a lot of evenings, was wide-eyed and interested the entire time!

Ready for the polar express
Look of wonder as the train approaches the station

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Inside the train, ready for the trip to the North Pole

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Wide-eyed Wesley enjoying the trip. And, yes, even matching pajamas :-)

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A Silver Bell from Santa Claus
Before the trip, Noah told me that Santa would give him a bell (which he actually called a "star"). I was relieved to find out that they really do pass out silver bells to each child (so I didn't have to search for one to give him...). After Santa came through, Noah was singing and dancing with some of the other kids, and a lady asked him, "what did you ask Santa for for Christmas?" He held up his silver bell. This is a very special age for celebrating Christmas. I love that he hasn't learned to make a list of all the toys he wants. A bell from Santa is a special gift.
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Happy Boy

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Baby faces

Little Wes has definitely lost his newborn look. He's working hard on growing into quite a chubby little baby. He's the sweetest little guy. And so cute too. See for yourself:

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Mustaches and Family Resemblance



And here is the mustache outfit that Aunt Amy and Uncle Scott sent for Wesley (can you believe they found those adorable little crocheted shoes, and they have mustaches on them!?):





And I know everyone things that Wes looks just like Noah, but here are some photos that might change your mind. I mean, look at those cheeks.







His ears aren't quite as pointy, but the cheeks and nose look the same, don't you think?

Friday, November 11, 2011

Chocolate Beet Cake

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This photo does not really do the cake justice. I forgot to do the "in process" and the "before" pictures (a.k.a. the pretty ones), but as you may have noticed, I've been slacking in my photo taking lately. It's not really surprising. I mean, 2nd children rarely have any childhood photos of themselves, right?

This cake recipe came from Louisa, and it's really great. Especially because, just like carrot cake, it's easy to make and you can pretend it's healthy. I made one big change, which was that I just grated the beets and put them in raw (not willing to dirty the food processor and steamer) and it worked out just fine. It's great with a cream cheese frosting. My favorite one is here.

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Beets

3/4 C Beet puree (steam and blend)
3/4 C sugar
3/4 C flour
1/2 C cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 C veg. oil
1/4 C buttermilk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp white vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 350. Line cupcake pan.
Whisk together dry ingredients and set aside. Mix wet ingredients, except buttermilk.
Slowly add dry to wet, alternating with buttermilk.

Bake 15-20 min for cupcakes. In a cake pan, probably 45 minutes or so.

And here's a pic from last week's visit from Chris' mom, "Nama" (it was right after halloween).

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And a beautiful sweater that my aunt Nancy knitted for Wesley. And it's finally been chilly enough here to wear it.

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