28 December 2011

Purple Lip Gloss and Mascara






Yep, he got into my makeup...AGAIN. I am seriously considering installing a medicine cabinet in my bathroom near the ceiling for my makeup and bathroom valuables. I found Phillip sporting a girly look yesterday. He let me know that the color he chose was purple. It brings out his brown eyes. Add in a crazy eyes outlined with mascara for a rockstar look. His new favorite game is to dress up as Belle with Amelia dressed as Rapunzel; they play princess music and dance a waltz together. It is so hilarious. Justin is worried Phillip is walking the gender line. I told him not to worry. He is just copying the most interesting person close to his age which is a princess loving 4 year old girl. We are considering purchasing some boy dress ups. LOL.

Last night I used masking tape to make a race track and town in the basement. It was fun to make and use different toys the kids don't use very much. This morning both kids played with the track for 3 hours or more. Take care...

Seven Months Old



Christmas must have side-lined me as this post is two days late (gasp). Everett is now seven months old. In the past month he learned several new skills:

clapping
babbling syllables like da-da or ba-ba
responding to peek-a-boo games
eating four meals plus 6-7 nursing sessions. He is always hungry
rolling over from back to tummy on occasion
sitting up unassisted, bathing in bath chair
wears 12 month pants now, he is totally off season now with Phillip's hand-me-downs (shoot-dang!)
is ever so ticklish under his chin and around ribs
favorite busy time is spent pulling items out of a box. I prop him in a corner with a short box filled with interesting objects
is quite vocal around other people, love to gurgle and burrow into my shoulder

We sure love our Everett Lynn. He reminds me of Phillip as a baby; easy going and always smiling. That makes my heart happy until I reflect on Phillip's change of direction once he learned how to walk. Either the boys will be the dynamic duo or the destructo twins. I made two new hats for Everett on our drive to Sterling on Monday! I love the wolf hat! I made a similar one for Everett Lance that looks like a fox. The ears are lined with chenille pipe cleaner so they stand up and are bendable.

26 December 2011

Christmas of 2011


















Kicked off Christmas Eve with our annual clam chowder and bread bowl dinner. We made a delicious batch this year! I made an olive oil based bread this year that tasted great with the chowder. I keep forgetting to make a sourdough starter the week before Christmas. Maybe one day! Amelia did NOT like the smell of the chowder. She finally took a sip of the soup and then ate all the potatoes and bacon. The nelves dropped off Santa Jammies around 7:45 while we were getting Santa cookies ready. The kids were so excited to get their new PJs on. Amelia volunteered to get in bed with no stories and no cuddles...right after brushing her teeth. She is our bedtime procrastinator, takes that girl forever to get ready. The nelves did their magic and arranged the presents under the tree, added some sparkly bows, and filled the stockings. I joined my family (Dad in Jerusalem and Mom plus siblings in Utah) over skype during the last few minutes of their Christmas devotional. I enjoyed listening in while Dad read Luke 2. The feeling of getting Christmas ready is still so magical. I love imagining the kid's expressions. Santa hung Amelia's black ballet shoes ON the tree, not UNDER the tree. He is soooo silly sometimes.

The kids slept until 7:20 am. We are not experiencing the 3-5 am wakings the James Lance family is enjoying. Everett slept through the stockings and present opening. Our Christmas was relatively small this year. Each kid received a couple gifts from us, one from a sibling, and then grandparent gifts. Simple and fast! Amelia and Phillip were quite enthralled with the balloons in the tree. The balloons almost overrode the gifts! The highlight gift was an Olive Wood bust of Christ with the Tree of Life on the back. Mom and Dad got this sculpture from the world's foremost Olive Wood sculptor. It is so detailed! Most Olive Wood work is pretty plain due to the curvy wood grain.

About a month ago we went to Cabela's. Phillip had a candy cane treat in hand. He grabbed a stuffed turtle from a display case smearing his goobered hands and face all over the toy. We were forced to buy this stupid turtle. Yeah...I wrapped it and gave it to him for Christmas. To Phillip, From Cabela's. He opened it, "Turtle!!!!", turned it over and exclaimed, "Ahhhhh, MANNNN!" He remembered getting it dirty.

Justin made sausages and eggs for breakfast. We booked it trying to get ready for church by 10. The kids were soooo hyper. Phillip chucked a toy monkey across the chapel, not once but twice. It did not help that church went over 20 minutes. I enjoyed singing more songs than usual. We spent the rest of the day napping, eating, and playing with new toys. I made an easy dinner of a ham (with a bone), mashed potatoes, peas & carrots, beer bread, and Martinelli's. We also Skyped with Grandpa Lane, Grandpa Bruce, Grandma Lance and my siblings, and John/Courtenay/Everett Lance. John suggested we watch "Natavity!" on the Netflix cue. We did! It was very cute. I want to be Mr Poppy.

Justin has the day off so we went to Sterling for the heck of it. We played at the cold windy park for 40 minutes. Amelia, Everett, and I gave up after 20 minutes. We stayed warm in the van while I nursed Everett and the boys played in the snowy wind. Sounds fun?! We went to Walmart for a moment to get an HD cable and playdough. Then a lunch stop at Sonic. We are back home watching Stars Wars, rather Justin is napping to Star Wars while Amelia and I play on the computer. The upstairs is a disaster but the basement is clean. Odd.

Gift List:
Amelia received an art kit, a rubbing fashion plate kit, some books, play food (Calls), necklace (Calls), playdough (Jared), a movie (Jared), baby Aurora (Gma Lance), slippers (Calls), Nalgene (Cabela's), crochet owl hat (me), Princess Piano (Me), and Goldilicious (Phillip).

Phillip received an airplane, dinosaurs, train kit, turtle/Nalgene (Cabela's), lawnmower (Calls), Monkey (Calls), slippers (Calls), Blocks (Grandma), Jared gifts, and Cookie Monster (Amelia).

Everett got a lot of paper to play with and some baby toys.

Justin got a new down coat, a bacon press, hatchet, Star Wars in Blue Ray (plus the Blue Ray player), a nerf gun (Amelia), wrench (Amelia), Harry Potter 7b (Jared) and X-Men.

My big gift was an electric pressure cooker! Yipee! I also got some new pants, gloves, and a scarf. What a haul!

Christmas Photoshoot 2









 

Christmas Photoshoot

 







 

24 December 2011

Christmas Glow






 


Played around with my camera last night. I love the soft glow of the lights reflected on the kids. The only lights on were the tree lights! My 50mm lens was cranked down to 1.4 with the ISO bumped up to 1600 to get a nice exposure. The focus is pretty soft but still it fits the mood.

We saw the new Muppet movie as a family. It was so heart warming! I highly recommend it. Phillip and Amelia loved the dancing chickens! Everett and I danced in the aisle most of the movie. Amelia asked to watch more Muppets! That is awesome. Today the weather was around 52 degrees...warm enough for a trip to the park. Can't wait to show you the rest of our Christmas Eve...

MERRY CHRISTMAS