Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Slobbery ball

It's currently 15 degrees but the dog and kids were getting a bit restless. Since Mobie didn't have any toys the girls gave him their tennis ball with the understanding that it would not be returnable. Once Kate saw all the slobber, she wasn't so sad to see the ball go.
Chasing the ball from Lisa on Vimeo.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Holiday wrap-up

We've been enjoying some much-needed downtime this week and really enjoying celebrating Christmas with two kids who are over-the-moon happy about the holidays. This will be a pretty picture-heavy post!

Christmas morning dawned early and snowy. Kate discovered that mama and daddy filled their small stockings in their room with an ornament and some candy.
And Santa had filled the larger ones in the living room!
He left us a beautiful ballerina snow globe to enjoy.
And then it was time to rip into the stockings!
After consuming some chocolate, they discovered their big presents from Santa--hula hoops and skates.

Which halted all present opening for about 30 minutes while they tried out their skates.

Some leapfrog readers and books from Aunt Kathy.
Dazzling princess wands from YiaYia and Pappou!
And also some new school clothes.
Nana got them these wonderful blankets made for them.

Uncle RyRy and Uncle Paul sent some great gifts from Singapore including these Chinese blocks.
Cozy fleece from Tita Wheez and Uncle Terry.
Nooks from Meme and Papa.

 More skating with a break to watch some of the Nutcracker.
Some Chinese yoyo dancing courtesy of Uncles RyRy and Paul.

Diving into the art box from YiaYia and Pappou.
 Did you notice the dog in the background? No, Santa did not bring us a dog. We are sitting for Mobie, Dog of Leander, which has made the girls quite happy. While he is a pretty easy dog to tend to, it has confirmed for me that I do not need anything else that I am required to keep alive and happy. On the day we picked up Mobie, I got in some good snuggles from Griffin, Leander's brother.
 Mobie is living the life though...lavished with attention from the girls...
getting some more love...
and having some treats.
We finally had a break from the snow and extreme cold so we packed up and headed to see the zoo lights. Unfortunately, 5 people do not fit into a Prius when two of the passengers are in car seats. So, into the trunk I climbed.
We made it all in one piece to find that most of Chicago and the suburbs thought the same thing. It was pretty crowded but we enjoyed the lights nonetheless.

I didn't have the camera needed to properly capture the Chicago skyline behind Lucy.
Nana left this morning so we spent yesterday dismantling the tree and storing all the holiday decorations. Today Len tossed the tree out (literally) so we could take it for recycling.
Tree tossing from Lisa on Vimeo.

Because of the snow and salt on the sidewalks, we've been unable to properly test drive the skates so they were allowed to do one lap down the hallway. It's a work in progress....
Skating (and falling) from Lisa on Vimeo.

We hope you all had a wonderful holiday and that 2014 will be a happy year!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas Eve!

It's been a busy time and mostly because I almost ALWAYS forget to move that damn elf every night. 9 times out of 10, Len is rushing out to the living room in his robe to move Charlie while I keep Lucy (she of the 5:30am wakeup) in our bed. But the girls love it when they find him every morning. Here he is eating cereal.
 And singing with the snowman.
A tea party with the Easter bunny and chick.
Having a bit of fun with the legos.
Nana arrived last week in time for us to do a classroom observation before Christmas break. We hid behind the one-way window for a while and then joined the class for circle time before they headed out for recess. Kate was working with a classmate and Ms. Xiang on math.
Lucy was working on colors and shapes.
They came together to work with Ms. Qiongwei on Christmas cards for grandparents.
We spent the weekend making and decorating cookies.

While decorating the cookies, we skyped with Sara and Lina in Sweden.

We celebrated Nana's birthday at First Slice with pie! Lucy chose French silk.
Kate chose chocolate peppermint.
And Nana chose apple.
Len and I went to Ikea while Nana stayed home with the girls. We wanted to get a daybed for the playroom and knew we couldn't fit it into our car if we had the girls with us. Turns out it wouldn't fit with 2 adults either. I ended up laying down in the back on top of the boxes for the ride home.
And here we are at Christmas Eve already! Charlie brought the girls Christmas nightgowns with matching gowns for their dolls. They opened their gifts this morning.
And here they were a few hours ago right before bed.
Meme and Papa sent Christmas ornaments (and an extra ornament for Lucy since she was lamenting how Kate has a lot of ornaments with her name and she doesn't have any...the pitfall of having a baby born into the family and one come along as a toddler).

Meme and Papa also sent Nooks for the girls. We got them charged and loaded with some books and apps. Nana gifted the Nook covers (I just love the New Yorker...or used to, back when I had leisure time to read).  They are now wrapped and under the tree.
Len and Nana took the girls to the Nature Museum today since it was in the single digits all day and too cold for the park. I stayed home and prepared our Christmas Eve dinner so we could celebrate tonight. It was the quietest meal I think we've ever had--the girls ate nearly everything on their plates and still had room for pie and ice cream!

And now we're off to bed. Santa has already come to our house to fill the stockings and add presents under the tree. Merry Christmas everyone!


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