Monday, December 17, 2018

Delicious Tiger Butter Recipe

Tiger Butter is on the top of the list as one of the things that reminds me of Christmas.  My mom would make batches of this to give as gifts to friends, postal workers, store owners, doctors, anyone who she wanted to give a little something to as a thank you for all they did in the year.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Houston Zoo Lights 2018

The boys and I took our annual trip to see the Houston Zoo Lights during their member's preview weekend.  This Zoo Lights event is one of the first things that we do to kick off the holiday season.  We decorate the wagon with Christmas lights and dress the boys in Christmas jammies.  The weather had turned cooler so we grabbed some blankets to bundle up with!  Benjamin was out of town so my Mom accompanied us for her first Zoo Lights experience!  

Friday, December 7, 2018

Friday Favorites

All of the holiday things were scheduled for this first week of December.  It made the week very full but very festive! 

First we got home from our yearly trip to the Gaylord Texan and went right into opening all the advent calendars!  I has been my favorite to see how excited the boys have been opening their calendars they get home from school this week.  
They both have Lego advents and we are doing Truth in the Tinsel this year.  It's Truman's first year to participate and the time we've spent together making the crafts and talking about the stories that surround Jesus' birth has been a favorite!
Also, the boys' Santa shark jammies are one of their favorites this year.  They glow in the dark!  You can find them here.  

I shared a few of our favorite Christmas books to read together in the evenings in this post.  

I volunteered at Winston's school this week making copies for his teacher and then being an elf in the Holiday Shoppe!  I was able to stop by his class for a hug.  When I got home I checked my purse for something and found this little note folded and stuffed inside!  Winston is a little sweetie and by for my favorite note of the day! 

Wednesday night was our children's choir Christmas production.  Winston was Inn Keeper #3; he gave Mary and Joesph his stable for baby Jesus to sleep in.  He was pumped for his role and did a great job!  This little wave was my favorite of the night.  

The next morning was Truman's little Christmas concert at school.  I had promised Winston that he could come along.  He was excited to leave school for a little break to cheer on Trumy.  My niece's class was performing their song at the same time which was special to be able to see her class perform too!
NaNo took my camera and I found this little gem of two of my favorite people!  

Truman did an ace job singing Jingle Bells and shaking his bells along with the song.  He gave Winston a big hug when he came down the aisle.  Truman beamed the entire time he was on stage and was precious next to baby Jesus.  He requested to wear his favorite Christmas shoes for the special occasion!  

I took Winston back to school mainly because his class would be visiting the Holiday Shoppe and he was not going to miss out!  He wrote his list and did a fabulous job shopping.  He was so excited to give his gifts.  When I asked if he wanted to save them for Christmas Day he said, "No Mommy.  These are my gifts to give and I get to to decide when!"  He can't keep a surprise and was bursting with excitement!   He found exactly what he wanted to get Truman; a green monster truck!  And Truman has not let it out of his sight yet!  
He proudly gave me the bag that held my gift.  He was so excited to see my reaction.  I said "Oh its orange, my favorite color!" and he said that's exactly why he picked it out.  He was chuffed that I had made that connection.  Picking out presents with definitely Winston's favorite and I will always cherish this sweet necklace!

Whew!  That's a full week, right?!  But how can we be anything then filled with joy because this is the season to all the festive things.  I think we'll may make some Christmas cookies, watch a few Christmas movies and take a ride to look at Christmas lights.  What are you doing this weekend?

Today I'm linking up with AndreaErica and Narci for my Friday Favorites!  

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Christmas Books

I love bringing out holiday books from our collection at the start of each new season.  It breaks up the routine of what we read at bed time.  We get to enjoy some of our favorites and since I'm always adding to the collection, have some new ones to add to the round up too!  


Monday, December 3, 2018

Here We Come, Santa Claus!

Every November I get very excited because I know that Christmas is right around the corner.  I start I shopping the holiday sections on H&M, Boden, Hanna Anderson and Tom's for coordinating outfits for the buddies.  I live for all the themed clothing!  I also start planning out some of our favorite Christmas activities.  On the top of that list is visiting Santa Claus!  Each year since Winston's first visit, we always go to Market Street so that we can visit the Man in Red.  

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Festive Holiday Wassail Recipe

There are certain things that need to happen in our house to usher in the holiday season: home made Chex mix, Christmas lights on the house and the smell of wassail on the stove.  Also munching my mom's fudge.  It's so soft and scrumptious; I could eat it for days.  😍

Monday, November 12, 2018

Weekend Top 8

Last week Truman's school hosted Donuts with Dad!  Benjamin spent the morning with Truman in his classroom.  Truman gave Benjamin a gift that he made, they chowed down on donuts and played together for a little while too! 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Book List of 2018

I love to read.  It's something I would get into trouble for when I was younger because I would do it when I was supposed to be sleeping...  I would sit by my night light and say to myself, "Just one more chapter!" and be so engrossed in the pages that I wouldn't hear my parents coming to my door.  I'd like to say I grew out of that habit but Benjamin can contest that there are many nights when he heads to bed that I say, "I'll just finish this chapter" and then 3 hours later I'm waaaaay passed my one more chapter! 😂 When my original Kindle died this year, he upgraded me to a Paperwhite Kindle which has a lit screen feature.  I wasn't sure I'd use the screen light until he pointed out that he bought it specifically with that feature so that he could fall asleep without the my side lamp blinding him!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Truman Starts Year 2!

Truman returns to the sweet preschool program that our family has been apart of since Winston was 18 months old.  Last year was a special year because both boys were there together.  This year is special because Truman proudly calls it his school and waves with big smiles at everyone we walk pass!  One of the many things I love about the place where Truman attends is that we are familiar with the amazing teachers and staff.  So going into Meet the Teacher, Truman already knew the two ladies that would be spending the year with our little guy.  In fact, one of them taught Winston when he was in this class!  I was pregnant with Truman during that time so she has seen him grow up through the years!  Truman picked out his Moo Moo shirt to wear for the Meet the Teacher and of course, Moo Moo came along too!  {Two of them actually, if you can see! 😂}
On the first day of school Truman was excited to go "like Winston goes to school."  He was a champ walking into his class, grabbing his nap mat and carrying it in all on his own.  
I am so eager to see how Truman will continue to grow and develop over the next months.  Already he has come home from school telling me about friends, new songs he is learning and all about the blue and green slides on the playground!  😍  At two, Truman is a comical little guy who loves for us to play right along side with him although he is content to be lost in his own imagination at times too.  He is caring and loving, he loves music and wants to know what the names of songs are.  He is quite strong willed and while that quality can be exhausting and overwhelming when trying to parent, I pray that God will use it for his glory!  Truman has a catch phrase and it just slays me with cuteness each time he says it.  It's a few times a day that we hear Trumy exclaim, "Oh my stars!" in relation to seeing something exciting, in relation to a great lunch laid before him or while we're out shopping.  Trumy is also very interested in having options for breakfast, for what to wear, for what to do next and if I don't give him any he'll tell me, "Gimme some options, Mommy!"  

And now for the questions that he answered this year!  I have to say that in the Spring of this year I was worried that he wasn't speaking much.  He understood what we were saying but wasn't quite yet interested in talking.  And why should he be?  Winston talked a lot for him! 😂  Gradually, Truman started stringing words into sentences and now I have two little chatterboxes!  I wouldn't trade it for the world.

How old are you?
I two!

What is your favorite color?

Orange

What is your favorite food? 
Macaroni and cheese.

What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas!

What is your favorite thing to do with Mom?
Watch a show.

What is your favorite thing to do with Daddy? 
Build Legos and take a nap!

What is your favorite thing to do with Winston? 
Build a fort and play outside.

What was your favorite thing you did this summer?
White House and water balloons.

What are you most excited about this year in school?  
 Playdoh and playing with trains

What do you want to be when you grow up? 
A dentist like daddy.

What is your favorite movie?
Lightening McQueen

What is your favorite toy or stuffed animal?
Moo Moo!  

Truman, you are sweet little buddy to your friends, you love fiercely and are quick to learn new things.  May this year be full of adventure and fun!  I am so thankful I get a front row spot to seeing you grow!
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