So much to be thankful for this year!

I am thankful for the friends and family that love my children so much.
I am thankful that they don't say no, even when it is the twentieth time that day Alex has led them by finger to the window to say hi to the horses.

I am thankful that I have two of the most beautiful, healthy, energetic and loving boys a mom could ask for...

and I am thankful that they love each other.

I am thankful that I have a family that has made it through so much and only become stronger because of it.

I am thankful for sunny Thanksgiving days spent playing football with the boys.

I am thankful for all of our cousins that the boys get to grow up with.

I am thankful that we have wonderful grandparents that live on a ranch with horses, chickens and donkey's galore!

I am also thankful that we have wonderful grandparents that live 2 blocks away that do way more for us than we could ever ask for!



Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

It all just worked.
Last night Mr. Alex was running a temperature of 102.5. Knowing we could not send him to daycare like that I called in with a sick child for today. Well, it was a good thing I did because it snowed and in true Seattle fashion school was closed with nothing but a dusting on the road. I could have just imagined Dan scrambling had I actually gone to work today.
The boys were amazed to wake up to a blanket of white stuff on the ground. It was Alex's first time seeing the snow and all he could say was "Woooow!". He appreciated it from the inside but actually being IN the snow was a different story. While outside all he said was "brrrr, cooold!" He wasn't quite sure what to make of it. Tyler on the other hand loved it.
The best part of the morning was coming in to have a nice hot cup of coco with my boys. Yum!

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Thank you Mister QFC Checker!

Some days you just need to be reminded that you ARE doing a good job. Yesterday that reminder came from the young man checking me out at the grocery store. I am pretty sure he doesn't have any kids so it was that much more appreciated.
Although behavior in our house has been pretty reasonable as of late there are still moments. They are 5 and 18 months, what more can I expect! Tyler usually likes to save his moments for public areas... oh joy. Yesterday was nothing new when he decided that he was going to help unload the cart and the checkout stand. Which at Safeway would have been fine. But, we weren't at Safeway, we were at QFC! And at QFC that is a big no-no. Tyler was kindly removing the lettuce from the cart when I reminded him that we don't do that here. He looked straight at me, proceeded to grab the lettuce while I was politely reminding him a second time. Nope, not listening! He continued on his mission to unload the groceries only to place the bag on the scanner and proceed to charge the women checking out for our bag of lettuce. It was then that I politely pulled him aside and informed him that his behavior was not acceptable and I expect him to listen to me the first time I tell him something. He was then to stay right next to me and not touch anything else.
It was finally our turn and the gentleman checking us out, without saying anything else, looked up and me and said "Thank you." I smiled and he said again "no really, thank you". It was then that I responded with "Well, we know what behavior is expected of as at the store and that is not it. I am just doing my best to raise a respectful child. :)"


Pumpkin Patch 2010

We came,

we played,

we picked,

we posed,

and by the end, we were pooped!

It was a fun filled afternoon and there were no other people that we would have rather spent it with! Thanks Colleen and Claire for joining us on our hunt for the perfect pumpkin 2010!