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Saturday, January 3, 2015

My Life with Everett

I've decided that I need to start documenting the things I'm forced to say to Everett, in public, on a regular basis.  Because things come out of my mouth that I could have never imagined ever would.

The two most recent I can remember:

At a sushi restaurant...
"EVERETT, YOU CANNOT EAT STICKY RICE OFF THE BOTTOM OF YOUR SHOE!!!!!"

In the middle of a crowded mall after purchasing new underwear for Everett...
"EVERETT, YOU CANNOT WEAR UNDERWEAR ON YOUR HEAD!  TAKE THEM OFF!!!"

At home...
 "EVERETT, YOU CANNOT LICK THE DOG!!!"
*this one actually happens a lot...you cannot lick the floor/table/your sister/your friends, etc.

Just added, in the bathroom...
"EVERETT, YOU CANNOT LICK MILK OFF THE BATHROOM RUG THAT YOU PEE ALL OVER!!!"  [yes, that really happened, and I nearly vomited]

On the plus side, the people around us are always cracking up, so at least he's (and me?) providing a free show.

New Years Eve 2014

Watching the countdown...

Happy New Year!!!!!!

Ryan and Everett intently watching a still photo of Taylor Swift...hmm...

Christmas Morning 2014


The story of Kristoff...

My kids are terrified of Santa so we don't even bother taking them.  But one day, my mom picked up Ella early from school and miraculously, she took a photo with Santa!  This was about a week or so before Christmas.  I asked her how it went, and she said, "Santa is bringing me Kristoff".  Um, huh?

Both myself and Santa had already bought the kids tons of random gifts because, well, I have kids that don't ask for anything.  Ever.  Ella is the kid who have to force to pick something out at a toy store, and if you take her to somewhere like Marshall's to pick something out, she will choose underwear every.single.time.  I know, they are strange.

So I was shocked that she was adamant that she spoke with Santa, and he was brining her Kristoff.  Who wants Kristoff???  Elsa, sure.  Olaf, I get it.  Even Sven, the reindeer, I understand.  But Kristoff??  I knew she meant a plush one as well because (a) her Anna, Elsa and Olaf are all plush, and (b) the hard plastic Kristoffs are super easy to find at your local Target so surely that would be too easy.

I figured she just felt pressured to say something, since it was Santa afterall.  That's what you do, you know?  But I kept asking her, and she was insistent that all she wants for Christmas is Kristoff.  It's the ONLY thing she asked for.  ARGH!

I wasn't sure that Santa would be able to find a Kristoff so close to Christmas, especially since they were sold out everywhere.  But apparently, after tons of searching, Santa WAS able to find a Kristoff!  He is magical afterall...

And I think that Santa would have thought it was all worth it because Ella was BEYOND excited when she opened her gift, and screamed that she just KNEW that Santa was brining her Kristoff!

Most of the [short] morning was spent like this...
With paper flying everywhere.  But we did get them to slow down for a few pictures...


Holidays 2014

This year's Christmas cookies...

Some sibling love by the tree...

We had our annual white elephant party and kids' gift exchange at Ryan's house this year...

We did our annual Christmas Eve morning breakfast and gift exchange with godsisters...

Ella and Olivia apparently missed each other. ;)

Christmas Eve mass...

The kids got to open a bunch of gifts at grandma's house on Christmas Eve, including Everett's fire truck and fireman outfit!

After Christmas, I gave in and bought the Elfie pjs the kids were dying for since they were on sale...

We did a holiday preschool reunion playdate...

And we took the kids to the aquarium (note the two penguins swimming in the background!)...
A wonderful and busy holiday season!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas Pageants

Ella and Everett's Christmas pageants were on the same day...luckily at different times.  When Ella first came out, she looked like she was about to burst into tears!  I think it was a little overwhelming to see hundreds of parents out in the audience!!

She did a great job though!  After the show, she had her classroom party where they made Christmas trees with frosting and ice cream cones...

Up next was Everett's performance.  Unfortunately, he refused to participate or sing one word.  At least his teacher told us that he does a great job when we aren't there!

And Elfie's been up to some crazy antics.  He made a trapeze from a candy cane and swung from the drapery rods...
He tried to play dress up with Ella's dresses, but since they wouldn't fit, he found my needle and thread and made his own skirts...one of which he is wearing!

And he tried to put out the fire in the candles...

Egg Numero Dos...

So after the initial excitement of finding an egg last Friday, we diligently checked every single day thereafter...only to find empty nesting boxes. :(  The chickens were out all day Saturday, Sunday and most of Monday so it's possible that she laid another one outside and a critter ate it (because I looked everywhere- a REAL egg hunt!), but even when she was locked in the rest of the week, nothing!

Well, what did we find Friday afternoon?  Another egg!  And this time, it was in one of the nesting boxes instead of the coop floor- what a fast learner!

I'm not sure if she's just a once a week layer or if she's just learning, but the second egg is BIG.  We are going to have some nice fluffy omelets eventually. ;)

Everett insisted that I take his picture with the egg since he didn't get a picture last time...

Sunday, December 14, 2014

First Egg!

I completely forgot to post what we found in the chicken coop on the night of Friday 12.12.14...

We cracked it open, and it was perfect!

It's now Sunday evening, and we still don't have another egg...we keep checking!  They only lay eggs 4-5 a week so who knows when the next one will come.

It was Goldie, our Red Star/Golden Buff, who laid the golden egg. :)  It's funny because she is actually the smallest bird...but has the biggest comb.


Now we just need to teach her to lay her eggs in the nesting boxes rather than right from her roost where it falls onto their poop board.  Yuck.

Lights!

We had a great holiday Saturday!  We dropped off a bunch of gifts for Toys for Tots at the local fire station...
Everett isn't in the picture because despite being SO excited to go the fire station and wearing his fire truck shirt, he wouldn't get near the firemen or fire trucks- argh!!  Of course, now he's asking hourly to go back.  Next year buddy!

We delivered all our neighbor gifts...

And we had our annual dinner and Christmas light viewing!  Godsiblings...

The Christmas tree at dinner...I still can't figure out why it is hockey themed??

We are lucky to have an AMAZING little neighborhood right by us that goes crazy with lights...

Even Olaf was there!

And Everett's favorite...