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

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

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

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.

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:





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


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).


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



Thursday, November 3, 2011

Quite the performer

Noah's teacher made me a copy of this performance that she caught on video. She wanted to catch him singing another song, but as he says in the video, he only sings it one time. Notice how he looks at the camera. I think he's going to be a performer, don't you?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011



We went trick-or-treating with Sara and Eva yesterday evening. This is a little ladybug and curious George. Both were ecstatic about having their costumes on. The even posed for a costume tea party.


On the way out the door...


And, you have to see this. Curious George with his friend, the man with the yellow hat.


And we got a little lazy in that we didn't actually dress Wesley in the costume we bought for him (which was just a little skeleton suit anyway), but I did put him in an orange T-shirt and green pants in this little pumpkin hat that you might remember from this post (click here).