Thursday, December 11, 2014

'Tis the Season.

It's the most wonderful time of the year, or so they say. I love Christmas with my kids, despite the inevitable stress that goes along with decorating and baking and shopping and gift-wrapping and holiday parties that seem endless, and as a result, I tend to go overboard with their gifts each year, despite my best efforts not to. Wanting them to grow up knowing the real reason for and spirit of the season, however, we make our best efforts each year to give back and turn our hearts and resources to others. For one of our giving experiences this year, we took a page from our own book a couple of years back and baked for our local firefighters, surprising them with muffins at the station!

The station was relatively quiet when we got there - always a good thing, considering what it means for them to be frantic - and so they took the time to give us a little tour and let the kiddos play in the firetrucks. One of the firemen had a similarly aged daughter, so he really went above and beyond to show her a good time in the trucks, and let her play with the headsets and lights and all. It was such a treat for them!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Full Circle.

While we were at my in-laws for Thanksgiving, we walked down the street to my husband's elementary school and let the kids play on the playground. Talk about coming full circle!

 Oh, how I love his sweet little head hugs!!

Monday, December 8, 2014

That Time Ava Was On TV.

A couple Sunday mornings ago, Ava and I hopped in the car and drove down south to Locomotion for a special trip: she was going to be filming to be on the TV show Locomotion Station! They had called us to ask if we wanted to participate and be a part of an episode a couple days prior, so naturally I jumped at the chance when she said she wanted to! The episode hasn't aired yet, but you know I'll be recording it when it does :) In the meantime, here's a few shots from filming. She had a blast!

Afterwards, we got to stay and play when they inflated the inflatables, and it was a blast! 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Thanksgiving Feast.

I love having kids in preschool around the holiday season. While the things they bring home are always special, the crafts that are made around the holidays, and the events that take place at the school, are amongst my favorites! This season kicked off with the Costume Carnival, and continued last week with their annual Thanksgiving feast! Such fun!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Thanksgiving and the Houston Zoo.

Last Wednesday night, we loaded the kids into the car in their jammies, and made the 3+ hour drive to my in-laws house for Thanksgiving. Though I don't love driving at night usually, it's ideal with the kiddos, since they sleep the entire time and then are still ready to doze until morning when we arrive. 

For Thanksgiving, it was just the four of us and my in-laws, since my brother-in-law and his girlfriend had other plans/to work, but it ended up being really nice. Though their holiday traditions are different than my own family's, I've spent enough Thanksgivings with them to be used to them and feel at home there as well. I'm thankful for any family within driving distance :) As someone who loves to eat and whose sole purpose is to grow and put on weight, Jack really appreciated and made the most of Thanksgiving! 

We were able to do most of our Black Friday type of shopping online this year, so aside from a bit of frenzy Thanksgiving morning when Best Buy's site repeatedly crashed, it was smooth sailing. Since we weren't rushing from store to store, we opted to take the hour drive into Houston to visit the zoo in Hermann Park, and I was so glad we did. It was Jack's second trip to a zoo (he's also been to Cameron Park Zoo), but it was the first time he'd been where he was big enough to explore on his own. He loves animals, and though he can be a skittish compared with Ava, he loved checking it all out and taking it all in!

I got a Canon for Christmas thanks to Best Buy's Black Friday package deal, so my mother-in-law let me test drive hers while at the zoo to see how it works. I'm still really fuzzy on how they operate, but I got a few decent shots!

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