Sunday, January 26, 2014

some november happenings and snapshots

November is always a nice month.  We finally slow down a bit more than October, but it is still have enough going on that it is fun.  Since Thanksgiving was late this year we had time to get ready for it, but then Advent snuck up super fast.  Here are a few things from November before the rush of the holiday season...

We went to a Day of the Dead party and made skull bread and other fun creations.
 We got a fun care package treats from out cousins in Germany including a Gummy Pizza and Kinder Eggs!
It was a thank you for us sending them our Star Wars Halloween costumes which I was happy to see get some more use.
 Needless to say the boys were very excited about this gift and put it's contents to good use...
On November 15 we celebrated what would have been my mom's 67th birthday.
It is always hard to find a way to celebrate, but we do our best. 
A few days before I had been up at St. Mary's High School and stopped by the brick that has mom's name on it so that Gus could see.
Emily and I went over to Mimi's house with Gus, Dot, and Nora.  Mimi had gotten doughnuts since "Nona" loved them.
 We are so blessed that we have my mom's best friend to share her memory with.
 That same day also happened to be Jimmy's Jog-a-thon at school.  We was so excited for it and very proud of his 45 laps!  After school Zoyo yogurt was doing a special fundraiser for the school so we went there with our cousins and some friends and dozens of other families from school.
 Mornings do seem much slower as it starts to be darker earlier.  It sure gets harder to get the boys up and it seems like we are slowly a little later to school all the time.  During these early mornings when Gus would rather be sleeping still, he likes to just hug the potty for awhile.  He is just too tired to stand up and pee I guess.  Based on how often I clean that toilet and how many little boys pee in it on a regular basis, I am positive that this is not sanitary:
 I don't know what they were watching below, but I love the expressions.  
I looks kind of like they are showing her Star Wars for the first time and she is unimpressed.  Of course, some girls may act that way, but not my daughter so it must have been something else.
She just continues to be a joyful little bundle of love who makes us all laugh with her crazy tongue.
She begged me to help her make this sign for her friend she hasn't met yet, but plans on rooming with in college:
 She sure get lots of love from her brothers and she sure seems to love them back.  They just love to make her smile and laugh. 
They all love each other so much and I love that so much!

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