Friday, December 20, 2013

Playgrounds and pumpkin breads

Wednesdays Chris comes home later than usual and so this Wednesday the boys and I decided to stop by the library and the playground. Here are a few pics of brotherly playground love.

Later, it was a great big pumpkin bread teacher gifts project. These boys are going to be great bakers.

Not quite Martha Stewart, but we tried. I think the teachers like them.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Letter to Santa

Okay, this is going to be one of the cutest things you've ever seen. I helped with writing the body of the letter while Noah dictated. He wrote the rest with just some instruction on how to draw a few new letters. Can I keep it forever?

Let's hope he doesn't get just coal after all.

A few recent Christmas conversations to give you an idea.

Noah: can we ask cap'n and G to give me a bullet train since Santa's just bringinge coal?
Me: why is Santa just bringing you coal?
Noah: because I've been bad.

And after watching the polar express the other night we were talking about truly believing in Santa. 

Me: Wesley, do you believe in Santa?
Wes: (in an adorable very high-pitched voice) No. I don't believe in big Santa.

Apparently Santa looked very big next to the elves and the children in the movie and Wesley was not convinced.

And here is the first time Noah has ever tried to draw a picture of a person - our elf on the shelf - for the back of the envelope. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Christmas Lights at the Zoo

Monday evening we were lucky enough to get to go along with Sara's family to the special night at the zoo lights with a little party for people that work at the college where she works. We got free hot cocoa tickets, tickets for the little train,  and a special area with cookies and fun.

Here are some photos that Chris took. I'm off to do more homework. Yes, really. Thanks to my dad for taking the family photos!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Sleepy time

I have so many things going on lately that I feel more than ever like I need to keep up with this blog, just to try to remember all these precious little moments with my little boys, who are getting bigger every day. Here are some precious photos from right before bed last night. The little bear that Wesley is sleeping with was Chris' when he was little. 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Christmas "tree"

Today I stayed home to work on a paper (argh) while the boys and Chris and my dad went out exploring in the desert. They came home with this amazing new Christmas "tree" - a tradition borrowed from the family of one of my best friends. Isn't it pretty? Our hodge podge of ornaments maybe isn't fancy, but we love it.

A close up so you can see what the branches like like. And my nana's pretty ornament. She had so many beautiful ones that wish every Christmas I'd been able to inherit. I guess I'll have to start collecting my own.

The boys were so excited to start counting down today with advent calendars and our Christmas train out to play with. This season is so much fun with little ones!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Happy Friday from agave land

A big octopus agave in our yard sent up a stalk this summer and produced hundreds of tiny baby agaves before it dried up. We finally recruited my mom to help with the project of planting them all- our own agave plantation. Maybe we'll set up a booth at the farmer's market...
Wesley enjoyed them. He sat there for a good 15 minutes or so just watching them. Maybe he'll help me remember the watering.

Later, our new little "tree" house (we don't have big trees in the desert), became a make believe ice cream shop. Yum.

Four day weekends are so much appreciated around here at the moment. Isn't it Sunday? Nope. It's Friday! Happy Friday.

Happy thanksgiving weekend!

We had a fun dinner yesterday with my mom, Ron and Mina all at our house for mostly traditional dinner, plus some artichokes per Noah's request. I had fun making a fancy centerpiece and trying to make it feel festive. The boys weren't too excited about the food choices (other than the artichokes), but we all enjoyed it.

We enjoyed a little walk between dinner and pumpkin pie. Such fun to have a whole day of cooking and feasting and no homework.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Sprinkle time

Chris made sugar cookies for his class to decorate. He saved us a few, which we ate too fast. Here is the sprinkle potion project it inspired afterward.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Chicago: post for the boys, day 2

Hi Noah and Wes,
I miss you so much. Can't wait to be home on Saturday. I hope daddy's giving you lots of hugs and kisses for me. I'm having fun in Chicago and I took some pictures for you of trains and other neat things I saw today. I love you so much!!

A train with downtown in the background, near the art institute.

A very funny park full of pretend people. This one was wearing a hat!

A big lion statue in front of the art institute.

Another cool train.

Look at all those tall buildings! They are really skyscrapers.

A reall cool giant mirror ball. Can you see my reflection?

Now do you see me? Look, you can even walk under there!

There I am again with the city behind me.

Love love love you and I'll bring you here someday soon! Love, Mama

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Missing my boys already: hello Chicago

I'm in Chicago from today until Saturday for the American anthropological association annual meeting. Thousands of anthropologists all wandering around downtown Chicago and sessions starting at 8am and going on until 9:45pm, and at least ten at once at any given time. It's enough to overwhelm even the most social among us (and me even more so).

Anyway, I'm going to use this blog space while I'm gone to post photos of Chicago for Chris to show to the boys. It's my first time away from them and I already miss them so much!

The "L" train in Chicago 

Maybe not the best quality photos but you better believe Noah will be excited about them.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Bike Race!

Chris decided to sign up for a "cyclocross" bike race yesterday. He signed up for the lowest category, thinking he was "new" to this cross between mountain biking and road biking. The boys and I showed up just before the end to see him get first place (against just two other guys, but still). We were proud, but I thought he should have signed up for the category above when I saw how far ahead he was.

And here he is (below) crossing the finish line. Yeah Chris!

And since it was a special occasion I brought along my big camera -- something I haven't been doing nearly often enough lately -- and the light was so pretty by the pond that I took a bunch of photos of the boys. Wesley's new hat was knitted by one of his classmates' mothers who knitted one for every child in his class for her son's birthday. I was so impressed! And these boys are so adorable so I had to share a whole bunch of photos.

Aren't those sparkles cool!? I didn't photoshop this one at all -- it just came out that way.

Jumping off the platform