Saturday, November 27, 2010

Pumpkin pie is SO good! Why do I only make it once a year?

  Thanksgiving was delicious.  I've almost eaten two pumpkin pies all by myself, but you know what?  I don't care.  The nice thing about being 8 months pregnant at this time of year is that I don't HAVE to care!  Ha ha ha!  (Evil laugh.) 
I also discovered something new.  Mixing cinnamon into the whip cream before putting it on the pie takes it to another level.  Heaven.

We also celebrated Thanksgiving at McKay's preschool with a little program and luncheon.  The kids sang some Thanksgiving songs, (Hunter joined in since he already knew the songs from his day),
and then the principal read "Stone Soup" while the kids added a bit of vegtable brought from home to add to the pot.
Then voila, the soup was "done" and we enjoyed it with rolls, apple cider, and cookies.

On a sad note, my voice teacher Elaine moved last week.  I attended one of her other student's recitals and we had a small tribute to her after the program.  Pregnant and emotional as I already am, it was quite a sob fest for me.  I realized I didn't have a picture with her, (probably because she HATES pictures), but for once I didn't care and made her pose for one.  (She is on the right and my most trusted accompianist Patti is on the left.) 
This woman taught me much more than vocal technique.  She was like having a therapist and the most talented voice teacher combined in one.  I'll miss her so much!

Lastly, winter has come early this year.  I usually love snow, but only AFTER December 1st.  The weather and roads have been so bad that we've hardly gone out much and are starting to get cabin fever.  It started Monday morning and within a few hours our yard looked like this:
The kids were thrilled and woke me up holding coats and snow boots.  They spent an hour outside before breakfast and have tried to play in it as much as possible. 

And they loved playing swords with the icicles they picked off of Jason's truck:
Yes, little kids in hats and mittens is adorable, but I'm still not loving this weather.  It's not just the fact that I'm huge and have to walk on ice and snow with NO sense of balance.  There's another reason, but I can't get into it tonight.  I have a big announcement to make and more pictures to post, but I have to go to bed now.  (I'm already pregnant, so what could it be???  Hee hee hee...  more evil laughter.)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Soccer Wrap Up

Tomorrow will be the first Saturday this fall that we won't be trekking off to soccer first thing in the morning. The boys are a little bummed, but this tired momma is ready for the break until Spring.  (I finally got to take my mini van to soccer practice though!  I'm officially a "soccer mom!")
For our first soccer experience, this season couldn't have gone better.  Before we began I worried that Hunter wouldn't be a team sport kind of guy.  He's always been a lightning fast runner, but I was afraid he wouldn't be agressive enough to ever go for the ball.  I couldn't have been more wrong!  He is definitely Jason's son!
This year we have seen a new Hunter.  At school, gymnastics, and soccer he has become a confident and competitive little firecracker. 
Every week he proved to be an impressive forward and scored several goals.  For some reason though, he LOVED playing goalie!

McKay wasn't signed up this year, but the coaches let him warm up with the team using an extra ball.  He's GOOD too! 
Once the game started he was happy to sit with me and help cheer for his brother.  On Halloween weekend my parents were visiting and came to watch the game.  Both boys loved showing off for their grandparents.

With soccer over, I'm even more grateful for gymnastics!  Hunter's really loving it this year and McKay's enjoying his first taste of it in the 3-4 yr old class.

I've just been so impressed with their athleticism this year, and am glad they have outlets for their energy.  They like to pretend our family room is a gymnastics studio or boxing ring, so I'm seriously considering covering the play room in our next house with wrestling mats!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Guilty Tooth Fairy

   I figured Hunter would start losing his baby teeth at any time, but hadn't really been focusing on that with everything else going on.  Then suddenly I noticed one day that he had a permanent tooth growing behind his front bottom teeth--- with no sign of any baby teeth falling out.  I took him to the dentist on Monday and they said he had another one growing next to it, and that each permanant tooth was the size of two baby teeth.  In short they'd have to remove his front 4 bottom teeth to make room for the two new ones.  Thankfully they didn't have time to do it that day so we made an appointment to return on Tuesday.  I was grateful for this because I wanted Jason to take him, what with my pregnancy nausea and weak stomach.  He needed someone strong to go with him! 
Here's a picture of his perfect baby teeth the night before:

The poor kid didn't really know what was coming.  Jason said he did fine during the procedure-- they drugged him up pretty good and he watched a movie.  But once he got home the pain and realization kicked in, and he was kind of a wreck.  He was upset that he missed an entire day of school and gymnastics, was upset by the sight of his teeth, was upset by the blood and drooling, and began acting angry at us for letting this happen to him.  We gave him tylenol, finally convinced him to lay on the couch and relax, and got him some soft food to eat.  After a few hours he was fine and delighted by the smashed up food and pudding he received.  Mostly he was excited by the promise of a visit from the tooth fairy. 
Here's his new smile before bed that night:
His teeth are in that little blue treasure box, and he was thrilled to put them under his pillow.  The tooth fairy felt AWFUL about everything he'd been through, so she was extra generous (out of guilt) and gave him $1 per tooth plus an extra for being so brave.  (This was all explained to him in a note she left with the money.)
Hopefully he doesn't expect this kind of generosity for every tooth he loses, or else the tooth fairy will go broke!