Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas on the Beach

Decmeber 24th wasn't really Christmas Eve to us, we celebrated that on the 21st. Keith was stuck in Galveston so I carted the boys down for a visit.
We started things of at an awesome park by the airport.
Then we took the boys to the beach for a stroll.

Where we saw dozens of these Man-o-war.
It was cold and windy. Brr!
A fun walk on the beach!
Ready for the long car ride home.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Out with the old...

Before I make my goals for 2011, I wanted to do a quick review of my goals for this year...Here's where I stand:
1. Read 20 books I read about 8 1/2
2. Stick to a budget Quite successful. First time ever I can say that! Paid for a baby, emergencies, school with proper planning. Even saved a little!
3. De-junk the house Did we ever!
4. Learn to make a patchwork quilt Complete and utter failure
5. Start making felt baby shoes {Crickets}
6. Lose 40 lbs I lost 60!
7. Learn more about photography, and hopefully improve upon Learned more, still trying to improve with my dopey little camera. Let's just say I won't ever be charging for my services!
8. Find a hint of a green thumb I killed off my basil, but the Italian parsley is still thriving.
9. Be a better and more effective homemaker Mixed feelings on this one. The babies keep it interesting.
10. Practice civility, generosity, and graciousness in everyday situations A never-ending struggle. Being aware of my actions has made a huge difference. This will have to carry on every year.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Come Early

Keith works on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so we decided today was our Christmas! As usual, I get so caught up in the flurry of flying Xmas paper that I neglected to take many pictures.
Here are the highlights. Oh, and I'm posting this from my new laptop!
Remi got a power wheels Jeep and a G scale train, Marshall got a fun ball giraffe. Many presents arrived for the boys from all over the country, so thank you family!
What a wonderful and Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

African Forest

The Houston Zoo just opened their fancy new African Forest exhibit. I couldn't wait to go! The animals were awake and alert and it was a beautiful day for the zoo.
Here's what my boys opted for over animal watching:

Snoozing:Spinning:Okay, he did watch the sea lions swim for about 3 minutes.

Monday, December 20, 2010


He wouldn't pose with the real Rhino...Just this cutout.

Cockatoo Baby

That hair refuses to be tamed!

Ho! Ho! Ho!

This has to be one of the best Santas I have ever encountered! Our locally owned Toys and Candy on the Park hosted Santa for the holidays and the boys finally got a good look at him. He was everything that Santa should be! I managed to snap this photo while Marshall wasn't crying. No easy feat!
Remi told Santa he wants a Woo! Woo! (train) and that Marshall wants a Neigh-neigh.
We'll see what Santa has in store for the boys!

A Boy and a Truck

Remi has a sudden obsession with garbage trucks since seeing Toy Story 3. I remember seeing the merchandise for the movie and one particular item was a WM garbage truck with Lotso Huggin' Bear strapped to the front.
I thought, "How stupid! Who would ever buy their kid a garbage truck?"

Well, apparantly I am the stupid one!

Remi took one look at this toy at Kohl's and fell in love! Luckily for him, I had a $10 gift card a got the darn thing. He has insisted on taking this truck nearly everywhere he goes, even to bed! He gasps when he hears the WM truck rumbling down our street twice a week, delights when he sees the garbage men on their lunch break at the gas station, and last week we even waited outside as the men came down the street with their big, orange barrels. The truck driver was kind enough to wave to us, and we waved and waved until he was out of sight. Now Remi tries to find any excuse to take things to the outside trash and he tries to pull the can out to the curb. He doesn't usually get very far. We can't wait for the next garbage day!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Marshall Newsletter: Nine Months

Dear Marshall,

Today you turn nine months old.

A few tidbits about you:

Feeling all better after surgery and ER visits.


Scream-laughing. Hoarse yell.

Sitting up.
Trying to pull up to standing.
No teeth yet.

Loves to eat, eat, eat!

Scared of small black dogs.

Babbles "Dada"

Likes to imitate.

Our little drama king.

Wearing clothes meant for an 18 month old.

You love your family. We love you.


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Yummy Surprise

A small town farmer's market is the last place on earth I thought I would find amazing Indian food...but wait!!! What's this? Amazing Indian food at a farmer's market!
OMG, this paratha is truly an inspiration. I want to duplicate these SO much! I feel a tear-apart-the kitchen-cook-all-day-load-the-dishwasher-twice kinda day coming on.
For my manly meat-eater:

And for me, a little Chana Masala:
Each item cost five bucks but we stretched it out into three teeny tiny meals. Me-o-my. So good!