Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Hank has been busy.

Getting some water, hanging around the fruit, and practicing good
oral hygiene 

Getting into the jelly bean jar

Having cookies and milk

Snagging ornaments from the tree

Staying up a little late to watch the Alvin and the Chipmunks
Christmas special

Friday, December 16, 2011


What have we been up to?  Well, I can tell you what we've NOT been up to, and that's using our camera.  Seriously, I don't know what the deal is but we have hardly any pictures from this month.  So let's see, weekend before last we went OKC with Gigi and Pepaw for a change of scenery and a little shopping and eating.  We managed to take a few pictures.

As usual, we had a happy girl. 

This weekend was my family's annual Christmas party.  And (fail) no pictures were taken.  None.  Sigh.  Oh, well.  There was lots and lots of food and Avery had a great time playing with her cousins.  She wanted to hang out with "the kids" the entire time.  
On the way to the party

What else have we been up to?  Well, we made a gingerbread house.  Which, by the way, is a lot harder than you might think.  Working with icing is not my forte, add to that a 2 year old bumping my elbow, and you end up with quite the monstrosity.  
I don't even want to talk about that snowman

I'm pretty busy this week preparing for Christmas this weekend.  Between holiday parties at work, work gift exchanges, Christmas shopping (yes, I'm still Christmas shopping), getting out my Christmas cards that failed to arrive last week, baking, and a myriad of other things, this week will be busy.  Fun, but busy.  

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Crafts and Other Things

So what's been going on at the Thomas house the last couple of weeks?  Well, I crafted a few items.  I started the ornament wreath at Summer's house, but didn't have enough ornaments to finish it.  Yet again, all ideas come from Pinterest.

Ornament Wreath

Advent Calendar

Card Holder Wreath

So that's that.  I'm done crafting for a while.  I think what drives me crazy the most is that I don't really have a place to do it.  If something doesn't have a designated place in our house, it's in the way.  And I can't stand stuff all over the dining table.  Ugh.  Moving on.

Gigi gifted us with the Elf on the Shelf, so we've been having fun with that.  The elf goes back to report to Santa every night, so every morning he's in a different spot for Avery to find when she wakes up.

Sleeping on a present with a dish towel for a blanket

Avery made the naughty list

Sunday night we set out to drive around and look at lights.  As we were leaving, she said "wait!  I have to get my crown!"  Of course.

We were maybe one mile from our house and I looked back to this.

Oops.  A late night the night before, shopping all afternoon with Mimi, no nap, and this is what happens.  Oh, well.

Also, the teachers suggested Avery start wearing underwear to school and we took the guard rail off her bed last night.  Sigh.  Big girl.

Finally, Avery singing Jingle Bells.  Kind of.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving Weekend Wrap-Up

We had a great, long weekend at the Thomas house!  Thanksgiving day we hopped from our house to Tulsa then to Claremore.  We forgot the camera so all pictures are from my phone!

Leaving my mom's house

Catching a few winks in between houses

Doing a puzzle at Gigi and Pepaw's

Digging into a cupcake
I had planned to go shopping at midnight but due to the crazy lines when we arrived there was no way were getting inside.  Lynn and I were in awe of all the people.  Needless to say we went home without entering a store.
That red spot way up there? Target.

I actually went back around 8:30 on Friday morning and got quite a few things on my list, and the store was practically deserted.

Friday afternoon we got the Christmas stuff down and decorated the tree.  This is one of my absolute favorite things to do and it was so fun to have Avery help.  Surprisingly, no ornaments were harmed in the process.  

You can't really see it but the Green Eggs & Ham ornament was her favorite.  She kept taking it off the tree.  I could see it being broken so I moved it out of reach, much to her dismay.

Saturday I took her to Target with me.  We went through all the toy aisles, hoping to find something that caught her eye.  Meh.  A few things interested her but nothing enthralled her.

Later that afternoon I went to a wreath-making party (more on that in another post).  

Sunday we hung around the house.  Avery's imagination is growing daily.  I am so glad to see this, as I have no imagination.  No really, it's true. 
Anyway, on Sunday she and monkey were going swimming in the "swimming swimming pool."  She went and put her swimsuit on by herself.  That chair turned on it's side is monkey's car (his "brand new car").  It's monkey's car, but apparently she gets to drive it.    She also drove (in monkey's car) to the doctor and to "the Target store."

This kid is truly hilarious.  I don't know how many times I said to Rob this weekend "where does she come up with this stuff?"  A few of the things she's uttered lately:

Boogers are not food.

Poop is not delicious.

Chill out.

Cool<--in response to a question I answered.  She replied "cool" and walked off.

Hey guys, check this out<--typically regarding some sort of couch stunt

If you tell her no, she'll respond "Well...I really, really want to."  Lots of sentences begin with "well...."

Sunday night was finished off with a viewing of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, complete with popcorn.

It was a pretty awesome weekend, I must say!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Dress Up Closet

I saw this dress up closet on-where else-Pinterest.  I suggested to Rob that he could possibly make this and he was all over it.

The original idea and directions found here.

Please excuse the poor-quality cell phone pics.

We were going to paint it purple, but changed our mind when we found a gallon of pain in the "mis-matched" clearance section at Lowe's for $5.

One end has mirrors, the other has a couple of hooks for necklaces and purses.  The mirrors are were found at the Dollar Tree.

Also, it has wheels so it can easily be moved around.

The letters were done with stencils.  We glued on a couple of painted wood accent things found at Hobby Lobby for under $1 each.  As shown: a purse, a shoe, and, above the mirrors, a crown.

I think it turned out great.  And I can say that because I had absolutely nothing to do with it.  I didn't even lift a paint brush.  Not that I wouldn't have, had I been called upon to do so.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Last Weekend

A quick post full of iPhone pictures:)

Saturday morning we had breakfast at Panera.

Stephen's dogs are staying with us and she will not stay out of the crate.

A little lunch on Saturday

 I promised the playground after nap even though it was cold and windy.


Making some pear muffins Saturday afternoon. 

 Homemade pizza and green beans for dinner.

 Covering Elton with "blankie."

No pictures of Niles because he won't let her get too close.  They're not used to being around kids, but they're doing great.  She is already calling them "my dogs."  She may not be too happy when they have to go back home.

Other than the earthquakes, it was a pretty uneventful weekend.  We had earthquakes Friday night (2 a.m. Saturday, really), Saturday night about 10:45, and Sunday night about 9.  I slept through the early Saturday morning one but felt the others.  

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Halloween 2011

Who said Halloween is just one day?  Not around here!  Halloween kicked off last Wednesday with an event at my mom's office.  As you can tell, mom works at FedEx.  They had treats for the kids, pizza, and we got to see one of their big planes land right outside the warehouse.
Avery with her earplugs, watching the plane land.

Driving the soapbox card

Checking out a new van

In the driver's seat

Avery and Mimi

Friday was Halloween at my office.  As I've posted before, my company does a big Halloween celebration with decorations, trick or treating, cookie decorating, and pics of the kids.  I suppose I should have coached Avery a bit on trick or treating, as she didn't really get it.  When we first got there she was pretty shy and clingy to me.  She would approach each candy bowl and just stand there. I had to prod her to take a piece of candy.  Ha-next year she'll get it!

Avery and Bryce aka Captain America

Avery, Bryce, and Zoe

Little Red Riding Hood, Captain America, and the witch.
Avery would not stand with them.  

Click here to see how much these kids have grown in a year.

Her joy is really evident in these photos, is it not?

In spite of everything, I think she had a good time.

Saturday we headed to Brookside for the BooHaHa celebration.  The weather was beautiful.  It was pretty crowded (as expected).  We walked around for a bit, had some lunch, and left before the parade started.

Mice love chips
Same as last year

Monday (Halloween) rolled around and we put the Minnie costume on for the 4th time.  Avery had trick or treating and other festivities at daycare.
I snagged this picture from the daycare Facebook page.

After her nap Rob picked Avery up for an party at his office, stopping at his dad's office on the way.
Helping Pepaw work

Coloring in Dad's office

We decided to stay home and pass out candy.  With the above mentioned activities we had PLENTY of candy already, and Avery definitely didn't miss out on trick or treating this year.  

And with that, Halloween 2011 is a wrap.  Bring on the holiday season!