The First Gift of Christmas

We are leaving for Fort Worth in the morning so Jake got his big present tonight so we don't have to take it with us...

What is this big thing?!

A cheapy little kitchen that mama got on clearance at the Kroger after summer that's still gonna be super fun?!

After Jake went to bed I decided to go ahead and put it together so he could play with it before we leave in the morning...

Kill me now.

First, I had to break/cut apart all of the pieces.
Then I got to work.

Two hours later.

And the inexplicably large number of leftover screws.

Oral-B Stages Party!

I was chosen to host an Oral-B Stages Mommy Party! They sent me this HUGE box of stuff to share with friends and have a party with!

The table full of giveaways!

Each family got Oral-B Stages toothpaste and toothbrushes, Oral-B coupons and information sheets, and Disney Daily Renewals Naturals baby wash.

They also sent popcorn buckets and popcorn. I added a few extra snacks so the kids could mix them all up!

The kids had fun with the balloons that came in the party box.

Everyone got their snacks and got ready for the movie.

All of the party guests.

They sent a Winnie the Pooh DVD for us to watch.

Everybody had a really great time!

Jake and Jack: 2011 Edition

Jake and Jack. They're more in love with each other than ever. Here are some pictures from this year.

When one looks out the window, the other one has to also.

They are usually on the couch together.

Now Jake will climb up in the recliner
with Jack and say "Take a picture!"

Heading to get the nails cut at Petsmart.

This is the set-up for a trip to Petsmart.

Hugs for Jack

One of my favorites of the two of them ever.

Random Octoberness

A few other things we did way back in October...

Dressed up for Aggie football.

Played with a football

Rode in one of these things for the first time.
And every time after that.

Cheesed after bath.

Watched Daddy rake the leaves.

Played at the park.

Lounged with Jack

Cheesed some more

Tried really hard to get the fridge open

Read (of course)

Told mama to be quiet because the animals are sleeping

Grabbed the closest thing around as a rally cap for the Rangers in the World Series.

Made "train tracks" (?)

...and did the Race for the Cure.


Yes, this is Halloween. Yes, I know it's December.

Jake acts like a pirate a lot.
"I'm a pirate... arrrrrrrrrrrrrr"
So it was the natural choice for his costume.

Granna loves to come in for Halloween.

Our church has a HUGE carnival every year for Halloween. The state fair happens to be just before Halloween, so they are able to get a bunch of the rides that were at the fair. Jake was big enough to ride this year and LOVED it!

First he rode the motorcycles.

He waved at us EVERY time he went by!

When we were at the fair, Jake saw the roller coaster and kept asking to ride "the train". We didn't do it that day, but since it was free at our church, we tried it, and he also loved it.

Then it got cold, so we coated up. And he rode in the Jeeps.

They went really fast and he was having a grand old time.

Again with the waving every time.

Then he touched a sheep.

Having fun is exhausting!

A better picture of the whole get-up.
P.S. Those pretend-a-boots were from my brother's Prince Philip (Sleeping Beauty) costume, circa 1986. Thanks Mom for keeping everything!