Sunday, November 23, 2014

It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas

We decided not to go to Pittsburgh's Light up Night on Friday night due to traffic, crowds and the cold.  The girls went to bed early that night anyway, so it worked out for the best. Since we missed it, Saturday night we went to a local light up night for Lily to meet Frosty the Snowman.  That was our main objective!

The weather had warmed up a little bit Saturday. We were happy about that! As we were walking from the car, the fireworks started which made for a nice kick off! The kids were excited to see them and as we got closer, we could hear that there was Christmas music playing along while the fireworks were going off.

When the fireworks ended, the crowd headed into the area where Santa would be. We headed over towards the outdoor Christmas tree to take a couple pictures and to look for Andrew's friend, Jake. We found Jake pretty quickly for the crowd size! 

While we were hanging out there, I spotted Frosty coming out of the library.  We made our way over to him. Lily was so excited! 

 Violet did pretty good with Rudolph!

 And of course, Andrew had to be with The Grinch! hahaha

We lucked out catching them all quickly!  After our photo ops, we headed into the library to make some crafts. Andrew requested we skip the Frozen karaoke though.  First up was a picture of a Santa hat. Lily was excited to glue a "snowball" {cotton ball} on the top. She also loves to write her name, so she made sure that was on there even though she started to high on the hat and ran out of room at first. :)

Next, was a Christmas tree card that she got to glue the pieces to make the tree. Although it won't look like this exactly when Oma gets it in the mail because the old lady "helper" didn't think Lily had enough glue, so she "fixed" it.  Here's a lesson's better when it's "imperfect" done by the child. While we were at this station, we ran into another of Andrew's friends' dad and little sister.  It's been awhile since we've seen them and it was nice to catch up.  Andrew and Jimmy have been friends since we moved here when Andrew was in 2nd grade and although they haven't gone to school together since 4th grade, they've remained friends since.

Not to avoid all things Frozen, the next station had Frozen coloring pages and Lily was pretty happy to be there for quite some time! She colored the snowflake, but we convinced her to take Olaf and Anna home with us, so we could go find her a balloon!

We left the library and headed over to the middle school where the other activities were being held and got in line for the balloons. We grabbed a cookie while we waited. 

The girls both got flowers and Andrew got a sword! When the clown tried to hand Violet her balloon, she wanted no part of him. She looked at me with a pretty scared look and turned her head! She happily took the balloon from me though. :)

Our final activity was cookie decorating.  Lily loves sprinkles so this was a great activity for her! She made Andrew one first and then did one for herself.  She wanted to do one for Violet too, but Violet was still working on her first little cookie. I think Lily just wanted to use more sprinkles!

I'm never one to miss a photo opportunity that is presented to me, so despite this little penguin being too narrow for anyone's face ever, we took it. 

We decided to skip Santa and wait for Daddy to go with us, plus Lily was sure that The Grinch was Santa anyway.  She keeps calling The Grinch, "The Arch".  Not sure why, but that's what she thinks his name is. 

So, lastly we headed to finally take the picture in front of the tree before going home.  We had a fun night and I'm glad that even though I often drag my teenager out with us for things like this, he still enjoys himself. 

This was the best I got.

Oooooh too bad Violet didn't look my direction...

 And well, these last few...this is what picture taking often looks like with this crew.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Trick or Treat!

Halloween 2014 is in the books.

For approximately year 4, we had cold, rainy weather. It makes for a not super fun trick or treating for the little ones, but we made the best of it!

This year Andrew's school football team had a playoff game on Halloween night, so the marching band did too. They made it a special night for the band kids by having supper for them before they had to get on the bus to go.  The kids also got to wear costumes instead of marching band uniforms. Off he went to the game as a piece of bacon!

We dropped Andrew off at band then came home to feed the girls a quick supper before trick or treating began at 6pm.  The girls thought these little jack o lantern quesadillas were pretty fun!

Then we needed to get outside for a few quick pictures before the sun went down.  Trying to get Violet to stand long enough for me to get a picture of her was tough. Lily was pretty cooperative. :)

Our favorite Elsa and the sweetest guitar!

 Daddy went as a hunter and helped out with Pippi standing and smiling! :)

Oma snapped a quick family picture on her phone for us too! 
(Violet and I are shooting lasers with our eyes!)

Lily did a good job remembering to say trick or treat and thank you this year. She didn't need any help going up to each door and she loved ringing the doorbell--even if someone was standing there waiting haha! My girl is too big, too quickly.

Violet grabbed some Cheetos at her first house. :)

The rain picked up a little more, it got colder and we were ready to head home. Our neighborhood didn't have a lot of trick or treaters, so our girls ended up with a TON of candy for just being out for about 45 minutes to an hour. 

We got the girls out of costumes and warmed up to snuggle up and read a couple new Halloween books and soon it was time for bed.

Since I wasn't able to get a picture of all 3 of my kids together on Halloween, I had them all costume up for a few pictures the next day. :)  Oma was here this year too!

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Celebrating Mini Milestones with Netflix

I've said before how much our family loves Netflix and when we can find the perfect shows for our family, that just makes me happy!

Mini-Milestones?  You ask my husband and he'd say I think everything is a mini-milestone haha! He routinely brings up Billy Gardell's schtick about "making memories." {If you haven't heard that, you need to!} So, while we're busy "making memories" in my house, some of them involve these mini-milestones.

George and I have just started watching Hemlock Grove, a Netflix original, together and we love that we can watch commercial-free! With my husband's work schedule, finding time to watch a couple of episodes together is one of the ways we simply connect without the chaos of our busy family. We try to find a show to watch together and this is our most recent.  So far, so good!  

One of Lily's favorite things to do is "have a snuggle" and watch a show or a movie together.
Last year, Lily got her first pair of glasses. Recently, we watched Arthur's Through the Looking Glasses (S15E09).  Lily loved watching Arthur looking for his glasses first thing in the morning and she exclaimed, "Arthur looks for his glasses just like ME!"  and he got to try on new glasses "Just like me!"  
This was a definite milestone in Lily's life and it was special to be able to watch this show together and talk about her own experience picking out glasses and wearing them!

Another current family mini-milestone involves trick or treating! Last year was Lily's first year she really understood the concept, but it was cold and rainy, so all she wanted to do was go home.  This year she is completely enamored by the whole idea of Halloween and trick or treating! 

Lily so excited to see another Elsa and Anna in our local Halloween parade.

She can't wait for her baby sister to be able to go for her first time too! Violet was just 2 weeks old on Halloween last year.  Lily picked out a special purple bucket for Violet this year. Looks like Violet has already started the swiping of the big sister's stuff and preferred Lily's pink bucket!

Looking for Halloween shows to watch, we were happy to find  Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Tricks, Treats and Treasure! (S02E15)

This one we had Andrew watch with us and despite his teenage grumbling, I know he really loves the family connection because each year he talks about what we did the last year or in previous years. That's something I truly love about him, his connection to traditions and making memories. 

As we've celebrated a big milestone in the last week with Violet turning one, George and I have talked about our last pregnancy a lot lately and I talked him into watching What to Expect When You're Expecting with me! 

Of course, I may have jinxed myself when I overheard him say a few days later, "We need to have one more little boy."  What???   

I love making memories with my family and Netflix is definitely a part of some of those that we make at home!  I love that through the #StreamTeam I can share all of this!

Here are some Netflix Titles to Celebrate Mini Milestones with your family!
For your kids:
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70222359 3827682
70176984 3827040
70070452 2243674
70200276 2432682
292876 4066169
70143241 3862357
Mighty Ducks  The D2 The Mighty Ducks NA EST and VOD Poster Key Art JPEG 571 x 800   WDSHE UK Netflix
Akeela-And-The-Bee EN US 571x800
70235385 2128751
70171969 9650290
Diners Drive Ins and Dives EN US 571x800 copy
70136147 2313158
60028097 3785137
70264625 2502581
70235691 1142298


Plus a few major milestones for mom and dad:
70136120 3360608
70221841 2756788
what to expect when youre expecting poster Cleaned

Parenthood S5 571x800 ENG US.2
70143842 11330576
House Hunters EN US 571x800
New JobThe Office
Getting MarriedMy Fair Wedding with David Tutera
Having a BabyWhat to Expect When You're Expecting
Life as a ParentParenthood
Running for OfficeParks & Recreation
Buying a HomeHouse Hunters