Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Plumbers Christmas Party






On Sunday, James's grandfather invited us to the Plumbers Christmas Party. When James was a kid they went every year and we were really excited that our kids would be going this year. It was neat to think that James's grandfather has taken three generations of kids to this party. The kids were so excited to go. When we got there Fletcher was thrilled to see Santa. He could hardly control himself. They each recieved a bag of goodies (candy), and were able to sit on Santas lap. Santa had gifts for each of the kids, Fletcher recieved a fire truck with a little fire man in it, and Sophia recieved a June (Little Einsteins) Doll. Fletcher was a bit jealous that he did not get the June doll. We ate cookies and just relaxed for a little while. There were tons of kids there and Sophia and Fletcher found some new friends. We stayed for a little over an hour and then headed home. It was a really nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Thanks to Grandpap Pelley for including us!



Christmas 2008








Every year since we moved into our house we have taken Christmas pictures on the steps. It has become a yearly tradition. We don't bother with the professional pictures, there is too much drama involved. So this year, just like last, we dressed the kids in their Christmas outfits (which they will more than likely only wear once) and took some pictures. They were much more cooperative this year and actually smiled without being bribed with candy. Fletcher even tried to hug Sophia at one point. I guess maybe they do like each other sometimes.





The REAL SANTA

















We recently made a family trip to Robinson Mall in Pittsburg Pa. The REAL Santa comes to that mall and we have gone every year since Sophia was born to see him. He is the most wonderful man, he is so great with the kids, and they love him. He gives me chills everytime we see him. He really is amazing. He can speak 9 different languages and he knows sign language, he takes his time with the kids and never tries to rush them off. Sophia and Fletcher both sat with him and chatted for a few minutes and amazingly enough sat for a picture. Sophia requested a Barbie movie and Fletcher asked for a Little Einstein movie. We assured the kids that Santa would be able to take care of those gifts. This year christmas morning is going to be so exciting.









Saturday, November 29, 2008

Happy Turkey Day

Our turkey day was a success. On thanksgiving eve, we made our own dinner and invited our friend Sean and his mom over. We had a great time, the kids loved having people over and the food was awesome. On the actual thanksgiving we watched the Macy's Day parade and then went off to Nana's house for a thanksgiving lunch. We played cards and hung out with family. All in all it was a great holiday. Now we are looking forward to Christmas. Oh and our Christmas tree is up and we are ready for Santa!!!!!

Monday, November 24, 2008

The many Faces of FUN!





Fletcher is a character, he is contastly cracking me up. He recently learned to count to 15 and do the ABC's which totally amazed me, and the pediatrician, since he is not even 2 yet. I cannot wait to see what he learns next. He is absolutely obsessed with the little einsteins and he refuses to watch anything else on TV. He is a loyal Annie fan! Christmas is going to be so much fun this year since the kids are a little bigger and really excited. Sophia still cannot figure out how Santa is going to get down the chimney and Fletcher does not care how he gets here as long as he has a Little Einstein movie in his bag.





Christmas Parade, Here we come!








Sophia was able to go to her first Christmas parade. Thanks to Ashley and her family having the flu we were able to use their tickets and sit in the Children's Museum to watch the parade. Kim and Nic joined us and the kids had a great time. Sophia's friends from school were there and they all sat together right by the window. I especially love the pictures of Sophia and her school friend chatting it up before the parade started. They look like little ladies. Sophia dresssed up like a princess for the parade and she cheered for every float. When the dancers went by she yelled, "Go Cheerleader Go!".....She thoroughly enjoyed herself.


First Snow





We finally got the long awaited first snow of the year, the kids were so excited. These pictures were taken at 7:00 am, James had to work and I had school, but we were not missing out on letting the kids enjoy the first real snow. The did not care what time it was, they had a blast.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Comments please!!!!!

THIS IS FROM A BLOG THAT I READ EVERYDAY (usually unless my cat is puking under my dining room table) PASS THE WORD ON AND START COMMENTING!!!!!!!!


Though there may be 100 reasons why people blog, I've yet to meet a blogger who doesn't appreciate comments. For this reason I'm starting Blog Comment Day on December 3, 2008. Here's how it works:
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Yikes

THE TEST WAS HARD!

Well....let me recap my morning!

So this morning at 6:45 we were all awake. It had snowed about 1 1/2 inches last night and the kids were psyched. Sophia instantly wanted to go outside. I am sure our neighbors loved us more than ever this morning. Sophia (screaming mimi) and Fletcher were out making snow angels by 7:15. Then breakfast, Sophia will only eat Vanilla wafers dipped in milk...Healthy huh? Then off to school for Sophia. She did not want to go as usualy until she found out Grandma Karen was picking her up, then it was ok. Then I came back home, Fletcher was dressed and ready to go, he was as usual begging to watch Little Einsteins, "the balloon one" to be exact. To which I said NO 500 times then finally gave in. So then the cat puked under the table. Finally at 9:00 I showered, and managed to run the sweeper since my dad was coming to watch Sophia this evening. Fletcher and I got out the door and about 1/2 way to Nanny Vopals when I realized I forgot something that I needed and had to go back home. Finally at 11:00 Fletcher was dropped off and I headed to school to study....Which I am not doing, because I am typing on here and reading everyone elses blogs, THANKS GUYS!!!!! Wish me luck on my huge test that I should be studying for......TTYL

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Dr Vopal in the house

Well, I always thought James would be the doctor first, but now I am starting to wonder. We have called Fletcher Doogie Howser before, but Sophia really is into my nursing things. Who knows we may have a couple of doctors on our hands. The kids were so excited to put on my nursing isolation gown (never really used, only for practice). They were having a great time. Afterwards Sophia took my camera and was taking pictures of everything in the house. We really had some fun last night.



Wednesday, November 5, 2008

TRICK OR TREAT







Trick or treat was something the kids were really looking forward to. However, the first trick or treater to come to our house had a scarey mask on and scared the life out of my kids. Sophia and Fletcher instantly began screaming and shaking. Fletcher was clutching my leg and Sophia was screaming HOLD ME! So, we managed to get Fletcher to about 3 houses then he had to go home because he was still screaming. Sophia finally loosened up and was able to trick or treat on 2 streets. She closed her eyes everytime someone scarey came near us. The nice thing was everyone was giving her double the candy since Fletcher was not there (she was actually supposed to share with him...yeah right!) By the end of the first street I had to carry the candy because it was so heavy. She had a really good time and helped me hand out candy for the last 1/2 hour of the night. Hopefully next year Fletcher can last a little longer.



Nanny Vopals leaves






















Over the weekend we went to James's parents house. They have tons of trees in their yard and James and Nanny Vopal raked a huge pile for the kids to jump in. Sophia and Fletcher think that jumping in leaves is sooooo fun. The kids had a great time and they even got to stay up late and eat tons of chocolate. It was a great way to spend a Friday night!






The first of many school parties!




Sophia had her first school party last week! I was so excited to be able to go and take pictures. Sophia loves school and the little girls in her class are so fun! Sophia and Ayla (the little girl with brown curly hair) are buddies. The seem to hang out together all the time. The kids played halloween games, trick or treated, sang songs and danced, and then had a special halloween snack. The teachers did a great job and everyone had a blast. I cannot wait for the Christmas party!!!!!



YUCKY, GROSS, WIPEY!!!






















The kids were excited to carve pumpkins until they realized that gross, sticky, gooey slime came out of them. Fletcher did enjoy helping me carve the pumpkin with a kid friendly carving kit. NO SHARP KNIVES FOR FLETCHER. We carved 3 pumpkins, one was a headless horseman, one was happy (Sophia's pumpkin) and the last one was winking. Sophia and Fletcher were really excited for Halloween as long as they did not have to deal with anything scarey. Needless to say trick or treat was a bit shakey! All in all the pumpkin carving was exciting.