Sunday, December 25, 2011

Santa Came!

Merry Christmas all! We are in Kansas City celebrating with my family. This year has been exciting witnessing Christmas through a four year old. Wesley has embraced the concept of Santa and the North Pole entirely and his excitement grew with every passing day. He got to meet Santa when he came to his preschool a couple of weeks ago, even sit on his lap and tell him what he wanted (Angry Bird toys, puzzles and a sand digger). Last night, after all the presents had been placed under the tree, my sister took a pair of shoes outside and collected dirt....making dirty footprints from the chimney to the tree. It was great. The kids woke up this morning, came out and just stared, wide eyed, at Santas footprints and half eaten cookies. The kids all made out like bandits, it was a good Christmas. I hope everyone had a nice relaxing day and remembered the reason for the season. Merry Christmas!

Pictures at JC Pennys the day before Christmas.

Blake and Baby Bennett.

Greta and I.

The boys (one being thrown in the air).
Wesley with his new hat. We all laughed so hard, thank you Granny Randi for knitting it.

The expression made me laugh. He wears his beard well.

Betsy and Bennett. Little dude is getting so big!

Love the "Ohhh!" expression on Emery. Robot was a hit.

Playing finger puppets with Papa.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

ABC Girl

Greta has been dazzling us with her ABC's for a couple of months now. I thought I'd share it with you. Disregard her lack of pants, they are optional in our household.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Program

Wesley had his Christmas program last night and it was very cute. It was pretty much a repeat of last years songs but the four year olds got to do a few special things that he was too young for last year. He had to memorize his line of The Little Drummer Boy and preform it on stage. He did wonderfully! I sometimes wonder how he's my child, as I'd be petrified to be onstage. Here are some pictures of the evening and a video clip of the little darlings singing. Hope you enjoy!

Aren't they all just adorable? Wesley is back row, third from the right.

Little intermission. They look like they are having quite the conversation.

Classic Greta smile. She thoroughly enjoyed the show.

Group picture.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Weekly Winners

My dad brought over his new iPhone, the kid is in love!

Princess shoes and a Remington Gun hat. Makes a Dad proud.

Silly kids taking one of many "fake" naps during the day.

Killing zombies on the iPhone, it's a family affair. 

The kid loves Angry Birds, pretty good at it too!

Friday, December 2, 2011

A Sticky Situation

I'm starting to wonder if strange rodent related problems only happen to me, or if people just don't talk about it. Yesterday morning I'm awoken to the sound of tiny thumping. Immediately I think of the glue trap under the bed. Yes, I bought a pack of glue traps to try and catch some of the brown recluse spiders we have in the house. For some reason we have quite the problem with them in our bedroom in the summer. I never thought we had mice in our bedroom. So anyways, I peek under the bed to find this mouse dragging the glue trap around by its tail. Only its tail was stuck. I jumped out of bed and ran into the kitchen to get a container so I could catch him and get his tail out of the glue before he got his whole body stuck. Sadly by the time I got back to the bedroom he had firmly planted all four feet in the glue. I felt awful. Poor little thing was freaked out trying to get out. Darn glue traps, what was I thinking? I actually thought about donning oven mitts and trying to use rubbing alcohol to get his little feet unstuck. Yeah, that idea flew out the window when I saw how freaked out he was. So I did the only humane thing I could think of at the moment. I used tongs and picked up the trap, slid it into a empty Teddy Grahams box and popped it all in the freezer. I know, I know.....horrible. But I figured he would just go to sleep instead of sitting on that trap for days starving to death. This will haunt me for months I'm sure.

Ironically, after I'd put him in the freezer, I Googled "Mouse on a sticky trap" to find that there are several ways to remove a mouse from a glue trap. The most popular method is to place the trap with mouse in a lidded container and drizzle some vegetable oil on the trap. Apparently in a matter of minutes the mouse will be able to work itself free. The problem? You then have an oil covered mouse in a box. I couldn't exactly dump it outside in the 29 degree weather. Poor thing would have just turned into a popsicle anyways. I suppose I could have given him a nice bubble bath and blow dry before sending him on his way, but somehow I don't think that would have worked. So please learn from my mistakes, don't use glue traps. Oh and I'm never going to look at a box of Teddy Grahams the same again.