During this month of life Tillie was a little older than 2.5 and Calvin was 11 months old.
Enough chit chat. Let's get going.
::: We found out that our friend was returning home early from Iraq to surprise his family. You better bet that we wanted to be a part of the fun. One of my favorite friends, Patrice, hosted a little gingerbread decorating extravaganza as a "front" for the big reveal. It was great fun. And, the last time I decorated a gingerbread house was in 6th grade, so this was especially exciting for me. But it was really great to be there when our friend made his surprise visit!
|not quite camera ready...|
|okay, now I'm posing---but unfortunately, the eyes were closed. oh well. this is why we don't see many photographs of melissa on this blog.|
|This is him hugging his family. Just walked in and totally caught Erinn (his wife) by surprise.|
|pretty great. what a great reunion for them!|
|I think Tillie is really happy.|
|the mug looks as big as her head. I assure you, it wasn't.|
|Realizing they were twinners...|
|Mom wanted to get in the action. They were (obviously) having TOO much fun. And, I love that Tillie looks like she has a straw mustache. She's so indie like that.|
|Tillie's fake cheese for the camera.|
|the homeless woman we picked up by the side of the road---who's favorite accessory happens to be a floral bobby pin. Perfect.|
::: Hanging out on a December day. These next pictures aren't that great, but on this particular evening, Tillie and Cal were having a lot of fun with each other (rather than their parallel playing). Tillie kept laughing every time Calvin would try to put on her headband, "No, Bubba! That's MY headband! You're crazy!" is what she'd say. Calvin's face in these ones are CLASSIC.
::: Because I'm trying to be more domestic in my life, I decided to try a Pumpkin Choc. Chip Bread recipe that claimed it was AS delicious as Great Harvest's version. It was pretty good. So, b/c this was such a monumental day for me (contrary to popular belief, I don't cook/bake very often), I had to record the event.
Here are the children ready to partake of the deliciousness. Tillie's lips are so funny to me in this first one. And, Cal was in a daze. These were taken about 5 minutes after their afternoon naps. Funny.
|that's a good one.|
::: While we're on the topic of cute kids, let's not forget this little boy. Poor baby was sick for the bulk of this month. New teeth + "common" cold makes for a raw nose. He was pretty miserable, but darling, nonetheless.
|yes, he is chewing on the head of a wooden camel. My sister Becca brought it back for Tillie from Jerusalem last year. I think it's made out of Olive wood. Let's hope that there are no diseases or bad germs therein.|
|He likes it, even if it is groddy.|
|and, uh... where's Matilda? oh, there she is.|
The highlight of this shopping trip was the DISNEY STORE outlet. Oh my. This was Tillie's dream come true. All the Disney princesses in ONE place? And, the gang from Toy Story, Cars, Nemo, and Mickey too? She was on Disney overload and we ended up staying in the store for over 45 minutes. It was THAT magical for them. Tillie was in awe over all the singing princesses (little did she know that Grandma and Grandpa got her one of them). All in all, it was really fun.
I could see why people like to spoil their kids. I mean, we wanted to buy her SO many toys there. Luckily, I was the voice of reason and we ended up keeping our purchases to around $10. Not too bad.
Oh, and Calvin LOVES stuffed animals. He loves them much more than Tillie ever did. This is what he does when he sees one. It's pretty sweet.
::: Next up, some Sunday photos of the kids. On Sundays they seem to look their best (I wonder why? I think it's the only day I make sure Cal is wearing pants and Tillie has to have her hair done). Here is Tillie in her Christmas dress from last year. In hindsight, it was probably too short for her this year, but oh, well. Unfortunately, I don't have ANY pictures with her in it from last year (I blame it on my "at the time" pregnant brain). Anyway, I love this dress so much. I hope I have another girl one day to put it in. It's one of my most favorites. And, I love that I found it at a second hand store for a few bucks. Sweeeet!
Oh, and of course, photo-shoot overload (as always).
|oh, man. i love this where he's laughing so hard he throws his head back!|
|the staging lady... what a weirdo.|
|and one last one to end us off. nice, Tillie. And, poor Cal with his watery eyes and runny nose. The things these kids do for their crazy mother.|
|Sweet girl with the creepy mom. I'M WATCHING YOU. BEWARE!!|
Here Aaron is playing the Movie Charade game (a crowd favorite).
|I added this one, b/c I am ALWAYS lightning fast. Look at the way my hair is flying. That's WAY fast.|
|good times. good times.|
Aaron ended up with a toilet seat riser from the White Elephant exchange. It was huge and hilarious. More on that in a moment...
::: Another December Sunday shot. We were going to be late, so we made this one snappy.
::: Aaron had another White Elephant party at work. Unfortunately, our idea of White Elephant gifts were NOT the same as his co-workers. Since he had won that toilet riser seat a few days earlier, we thought that was a perfect gift to take to the work party. Oops. Too bad Aaron ended up with awesome movie passes, good candy, and a nice basket. Sad for whoever got his TOILET seat riser! hAA!!
ANYWAY, Aaron is not a fan of the classic Chocolate Chip Cookie---which is TRAGIC for his wife. The only cookie he really LOVES is this one. He'd been begging me to make it for years, and I kept saying, "Find me the recipe and I'll give it a try." Well, little did he realize that his parents found it on the Reeses Peanut Butter chip bag. So, we bought the pb chips and I made those for him to take to his work party. You should give them a try. They are really really good. OH, and the trick is to take them out while they're still soft. They stay delicious and moist for the next few days if you get it right.
There you have it. The first half of December. Christmas in Utah is up next!