Monday, November 28, 2011

Giving Thanks, with my favorite people

We started out our Thanksgiving festivities Wednesday night, with a yummy meal of mexican with the Griffins, in their new town of Hot Springs. Then we really partied hard with a sleepover...and played Scrabble and ate lots of junk food.

 The next morning we woke early to watch the parade (a tradition in our family, even if I'm the only one that watches) and started all of the cooking. Slowly, the Hartzells and Toblers trickled in. Shortly after everyone arrived we kindly asked the men to take the children to park, and leave the ladies to do our work.

 Spending time in the kitchen, putting the finishing touches on Thanksgiving dinner with my best friends was perfect for my soul. I'm already feeling the pains of missing them desperately...

Once the good sports returned with all of the kiddies in tow, we blessed the food and filled our plates.
The. food. was. amazing.

The kids barely ate...what kid would want to sit and eat when they are surrounded by so many friends.

The grown-ups sat around the table and visited. Some of us nursed our babies, some of us ate more and more, one of us broke a chair- but I wouldn't dare tell (LARRY), and some of us puzzled.

After dessert, we said our goodbyes, and we were homebound. A few preparations were made for the family portion of Thanksgiving.

Again, a wonderful meal, cooked with love, surrounded by special people, and a rainbow of personalities.
We came home and tucked our babes into bed. Then I started my Black Friday plotting. I wasn't as excited about it this year. I didn't see a lot that I wanted, and the midnight time change sort of threw me off.

Thanks to Teriney, and the fact that I couldn't just sit at home when EVERYONE was out bargain shopping, I headed out.

We actually had fun, it wasn't too cold, and I was able to find a few neccessary purchases. I got home around 2:30am, and crashed hard...

It was the perfect Thanksgiving, and the perfect beginning of the end of our time here in the LR!

(another AMAZING part of Thanksgiving weekend, was when we got together for Just Dance...and a coupla guys got their groove on...)
i laughed so hard i cried.

Friday, November 25, 2011


Theo found this mask at Sue-wee's... He loved it! He kept it on as he walked around the house, then outside. Every time it fell off he would say " on, on".

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

little bear cole

i had to make a little something to keep Cole's ears warm over the winter. it's the first time i've done earflaps...i really like how they turned out.
 doesn't he look so snuggily...
i miss him terribly.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Design Mom told me to: luggage

So, I haven't officially blogged about it yet, but.....

we're moving to Germany! We are beside ourselves with excitement, anticipation, nervousness...and also heavy hearted to say goodbye to amazing family and friends. (i'll write another post on this news soon)

Today, our luggage arrived- all 12 pieces. Design Mom is a blog that I follow. She recently moved her family to France. She highly recommended this luggage, so like any true follower...I listened.

Shane teases me, rightfully so. But how can you argue with tried and true? (there were plenty of other positive reviews on these beauties)

 Theo loved the boxes-

 Cannon passed the climb inside test-
 and Shane and I started thinking we might need to get the luggage it's own rental car.
 Ryli just wanted to pose and show off her new shirt, a Mini-Boden knock off that I threw together!
Happy trails to us!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Cannon's Thanksgiving Feast

Cannon was a pilgrim today. A very shy one. In fact, he barely even looked over at his momma and baby brother. He was all business.
I really could've used a third arm for this event. Even a fourth. I was manning the wonder baby, plus my Nikon, plus video-ing with the iphone. At one point I was also squeezed in some snack feeding and baby chasing.

video: (it's long)

It was all worth it though. Cannon was adamant about me being there, and on the front row. (of course I wouldn't have missed it) 
He explained a few weeks earlier that they were practicing their program and that he only liked one or two of the songs. There was one song that sounded country, and he didn't like that one. He is very particular about his music choices.
In the middle of one of the songs, the little girl next to him got a little excited with an arm movement and accidently knocked Cannon's hat off. His chin quievered, and he looked to me for encouragement. I told him to pick it up, he shook his head no. Then his teacher told him to pick his hat up, and he did.
Catastrophe avoided.
After the program, they feasted!
I contributed about 75 pumpkin muffins...that didn't get opened...that were then donated to Ryli's class for fun Friday

this picture is pure sweetness

Monday, November 14, 2011

and Cole makes 5

grandkids, that is. Cole makes one for Blake and Heather.

which means i'm a real aunt now! so exciting!

he was born 11-11-11, at 9:40pm. 9lbs, and 19.5 inches long.

it's so magical to watch first time parents. and, that little Cole is a piece of heaven on earth.

Heather and Blake are naturals. it's a beautiful thing.

there is no agreement on who he looks like, or what feature belongs to which relative. i see a lot of different people in his expressions.

he is definitely a Hendricks.

i love him as if he were my own.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

ready to go

Yesterday morning, as the kids were leaving for school, Theo grabbed his tie and a lunchbox...only to be left behind. His disappointment lasted only but a minute- he adores his SuperWhy and mommy snuggle time. We also usually share a multi-grain bagel and then he steals the ice out of my water.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Blogging from my phone

Nursing my baby to sleep.

I painted my nails last night. It's been awhile.

I finished this blanket for Theo today. I made his owl shirt last week.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

shane goes to the crystal mines...again

this time it was with Ryli. she was so excited to get her hands dirty...i was just glad that Shane was able to take the day off and attend.
she dug well, came home with a bucket full. nothing the size of her head (like last year). but that's just fine.

speaking of heads, she loves that newsboy cap. she tries to wear it to school everyday. i'm pretty sure she gets shot down the minute she walks in her class:)