This may be a new record for getting the tree up early this year!! This year's Christmas decorations were hand picked from the Sanders Christmas vault by Zane! And he is all too proud;) His absolute favorite is the vintage Santa and a silver sparkle ball we got from a friend's wedding a few years ago! Liam wast quite amazed with the lights as we decorated;) There is nothing quite like seeing a child with Christmas lights for the first time.
And no sooner the tree when up...well then Fred the elf came and he brought back up!
Made my usual meat pies but this year I made one for our church youth Thanksgiving dinner. I was happy to share it.
We also celebrated my little niece Macie's 5th birthday. She is growing up so fast!
Speaking of growing up so fast, would you look at my little pilgram?! He has to be the cutest one ever.
So we went to Z's school for thanksgiving lunch...he was so excited!!
As for our real Thanksgiving day lunch...we took a little family road trip and spent the holiday with my parents in Fairhope, AL.
We went eat at The Grand Hotel for lunch with my parents and my brother and sister in law. We are not a big fan of such a fancy and formal Thanksgiving lunch...we much rather a home cooked family meal but to have our whole family together, including my brother and his new wife for the first time since I can remember...well I'll take it!
Rockin' the hair beads tonight! Zane gave me two of his tickets at the kiddle carnival tonight to get hairbeads for my hair! I was too excited;) I've never had then and you know all the cool kids were doing it! So I gave it a go. And what a bargin at only $1.00! So there. Even old ladies like me can get hair beads...at least at Jellystone they can. And that's good enough for me!
Yep we are Trick or Treating Yogi Bear style tonight!
Liam got to wear the very same suit Zane wore just last year! what a big boy he is! Zane wore his Yogi shirt and hat he wore for his birthday party last year and there you have it...dueling Yogis! They were a hit at Jellystone as we did Trick or Treating around the campground for the Pumpkin Patch weekend;)
This was how I started my day today...in a pumpkin patch in Hammond with an amazing little boy that I'm blessed to call my own. I was brought to tears on more than one occasion as I watched him this year experience this very same field trip that was such a breaking point for him last year. What a difference a year and an awesome teacher can make in the life of a special little boy. God brought me to this day...and he brought me through it. Thank you.
So since we have a large selection of random costumes to choose from in Z's closet we just pulled an old one from his room and went with it. One of his old favs was black spiderman...also know as Venom. Now for you who are like me and don't speak comic book...Venom is a bad guy. Z was obssessed with him. Like crazy obssessed with him. So we got him the suit and all last year. We haven't really watched or discussed any Spiderman stuff lately so when the super hero thing came up I didn't even think about it I just pulled the suit out and went with it. So he gets home and tells me..."Mommy, I dont' want to be black spiderman anymore...I want to be red and blue spiderman now. I want to be the good spiderman." Well yeah! Sweet! This kid is changing. I'm one happy momma. Happy indeed.
Liam and I had a rare zoo date! We loaded up and met some other mommies from the church with their kiddos and had a zoo date! It was such a great break. We both enjoyed the day. Liam just sat back in his stroller and enjoyed the animals and the train ride and I enjoyed the company and conversation;) We must do it again soon!
If you follow me on facebook you may be familiar with the after school snacks we do for Zane. I've gotten lots of questions, comments and positive encouragement about them. So I thought I'd share a bit more with you here.
We had purchased the Bento box to use for our outings as an easy way for us to carry inexpensive and healthier snacks so we won't have to keep buying junk and spending MORE money! I started out doing one for him as a special treat on the first day of school since I already had the box. I threw together some stuff we had on hand...peanuts, gummy bears, yogurt raisins, pretzel rods and peanut butter. I added some of the cute food pics I had ordered to go in the bento box and presto. Done. Well when he got home he saw that snack and he was hooked. To my surprise, my picky eater at it all. Every bit of it. Granted this is all things he normally eats (this time). I saw this as my opportunity to slowly introduce new things into his diet and to keep his snacks balanced. Since Zane struggles with weight gain I have to be on top of things like this and find creative ways to get him to eat. I have to make food fun and interesting. I had to figure out a way to make him enjoy his food...something he was not doing before. My thought process was, if I can get him to experience his food then he will eat it and be more adventurous and hopefully keep some weight on. After all, it was up to me. I have no idea what he is eating at school. When he gets home from school he usually can't even tell me what he had for lunch, this leads me to believe that he didn't eat it.
Now, with these little hearty snacks...at least I know he has had this and it was healthy. I've had some question why I spend so much time and effort on them (which really it takes minutes at most). When you consider that sometimes this is my only shot to get some good nutrition in him without him knowing it. If he didn't eat his lunch and may not eat very well for supper and I know he at his snack at least I know he has had something that will stick with him.
The proof that it's working? Well he has gained weight! He is eating things he would have never eaten before. He is eating food combinations and talking about them and enjoying his food experience (we referenced the animated movie Ratatouille in a discussion about flavor combinations during snack time one day). Even his attitude is different. You see Zane suffers from anxiety among other issues. I've noticed some very positive differences in his attitude since we have started these snacks. Like it's his little special thing. One afternoon I was still putting his crackers in the container and had not put it on the table yet...when he walked in and he didn't see it on the table his whole demeanor changed. He was a different child and was difficult all the rest of the day. It was like I had forgot about him in his mind.
Whatever the reason...it works for us. On many levels. And I hope our story helps you;)
As most of you know...I'm sort of...well, more of an "indoor girl". So when my friend Annie posted on facebook looking for friends to do the Play Dirty Mud run with her and her husband, I'm sure I'm the last person she though would respond!
But we signed up...not really knowing what to expect. I had every intention on going to the gym and preparing. But that didn't really happen. I just rolled with it. When we got there we just went for it. We ran. We jogged. We did our old lady in the mall speed walking thing. We did a lot of laughing and surprisingly enough...not a whole lot of falling! LOL!
We climbed. We we crawled. We tunneled. We did it all. There was not one obstacle that we did not do. I was so proud of myself! I even went through the mud pit that had a snake in it! Yes, there was a snake spotted off to one side of it and I quickly scooted through the other side while David stood watch! LOL!
The team work was awesome!
We gave a helping hand when needed, a boost or a tug and we all made it through.
And we even stopped and hammed it up for the camera;)
It was such a fun time!! Something I NEVER would have though I would have done but I'm so glad we did!
But the balance beam...I have to come clean...I tried...but had to step off and walk through the mud! My legs were like jello by that point and I had NO balance left in them!
It was such a great team building exercise. I truly recommend it for any couple or group of friends to do together. It's a great experience!
We had a blast and can't wait till next year!!
Here is a link to the video of what we did...we didn't make it in the video but it will give you an idea of what the event was all about!
Zane's LEGO birthday party was a hit! He loved it all!!
I think his favorite was the lego board with the number "six" that he got to help me make. My favorite was the lego sugar cookies!! I'm a sucker for a good sugar cookie and these were adorable to boot! Even better...I didn't have to make these. I ordered them from The Talented Cookie on Etsy and it was SO worth it!!
The favorite of the the kids was the cake! They all had to pick which color they wanted;)
I was kinda in love with the favors, the Lego shaped crayons...
Then Zane and the boys did the Lego car races
And there was lots of block building on the Lego table!
Zane was so excited to have his BFF, Bobby there to celebrate his birthday with him;)
So that's all for this year's party!! We had a blast!
Just a day after Hurricane Issac passed through the gulf coast, this is what the sky over Baton Rouge looks like as we return home from delivering a generator to David's parents who are still without power. As we passed through horrible flood waters that are continuing to rise and watching news coverage of those that have lost their homes due to rising waters and levee breakes, we can't help but realize how blessed we are that God spared us from this storm.
It still amazes me how durring the entire storm, no matter where it moved and swirled...it continuted to surround us but we stayed sheltered from the storm. Amazing. Truely.