Sunday, January 31, 2010

Our Little Lady

Although she promised us otherwise, Ella is growing up so quickly, probably in attitude more than anything else. We've been getting a lot of sassy hip lately and flat out "no's" to things we tell her to do. So I expected this in the tween and teenage years--but, kindergarten? If you call Ella a little lady these days she is totally offended because, like, she is almost 6 years old, you know. Being nearly 6, apparently, now qualifies her as a big lady (and don't try to tell her otherwise...).

I'm not quite sure "lady" is the right word to describe Ella anyways. Ella excitedly tapped me on the shoulder this evening and, obviously very proud of herself, told me, "Mommy, mommy, I burped and said my name at the same time!" Gosh, I love this girl's spunk, even with the little bit of attitude...

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Snowball Fight!

If you even turned The Weather Channel on today you already know that Charlotte is covered in snow and ice. I knew this would be big news locally (oftentimes snow forecasts in Charlotte are much ado about nothing), but I was surprised that this was apparently newsworthy nationally--The Weather Channel even sent celebrity meteorologist Jim Cantore (ok, so maybe I watch The Weather Channel a bit too often, but I thought that was exciting).

Only a few inches of snow covered a layer of slushy ice, but it was enough to get a good snowball fight going. After some fun in the snow, it was a great family day loaded with cuddling, movies, board games, hot cocoa, and reading. I love cozy, stay-at-home days like this.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Jack Attack

I really love this mug. It makes me so happy that Jack has now grown accustomed to having a camera in his face and will actually willingly let me take his picture. I remember all too well those days when he would cover his face every time the camera came out.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Snuggle Puppy

Snuggle Puppy!
a little love song

by Sandra Boynton

snuggle puppy of mine!
everything about you is especially fine!
i love what you are.
i love what you do.
fuzzy little snuggle puppy,
i love you.

We do love our puppy. We now have this amazing likeness of Gator hanging on our wall that my mom did in charcoals. Isn't she incredibly talented?

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Leapster Mania

Ella and Jack have been playing their Leapsters like crazy since Christmas, just about every spare moment. I know we are incredibly delinquent with our thank you cards to all of the generous family and friends who gave us presents this Christmas (we are very appreciative and will be on it soon), but here's a little shout out to all those who gave Ella and Jack Leapster games this year (Aunt Chrissy and Uncle Chris, Nonni and PaPa, and Great Grandmom and Great Grandpop)--Ella and Jack are obviously greatly enjoying all of their new games.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


This week's theme over at I ♥ Faces is textures. I missed the boat on entering this week, but, and this is why I check out that blog in the first place, it gave me a new idea, taught me something, and inspired me to try it out for myself. I felt like having a little fun with adding a background texture to my photos and Ella just adores the way I've made a picture of her even more frilly. Photoshop Elements, you will not defeat me!
And, for the record, this is how Ella was dressed yesterday evening. I gave her a new scarf yesterday and she's turned it into a head wrap.

Monday, January 25, 2010


I think boys are made of sugar, too....
...but, there's no doubt about the spice in Ella!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Mountain Getaway

This weekend was our much-anticipated Williams/Browns/Hulls getaway to the mountains of North Carolina. We rented a house in Blowing Rock that was "above it all" and adjacent to the Appalachian Ski Resort, a lovely view that was obscured by a thick fog on our drive in. Knowing that the weather outlook for the rest of the weekend was bleak, there was no time to waste--we headed out for some Winter fun that very first night with some snow tubing at Hawksnest Resort. Ella and Jack took turns riding with either Jonathan or me, and boy could we pick up some speed down those long runs! This trip wasn't very conducive to having my camera handy, so I was thankful (for once) for the resort's camera-yielding employees.

It rained ALL DAY Sunday. We didn't get to do any more snowy activities--no sledding, no ice skating, no snow ball fights. The weekend might not have worked out quite the way we planned, but we still had a blast. It was a big sleepover for the kids, complete with bunk beds, movies, laughter, and Jedi fights. And it was so cool to have some grown-up hanging out time. We are so incredibly thankful for such an amazing group of friends. We're also thankful that for our drive home the fog had lifted, the rain had stopped, the sky had cleared, and we could finally get a glimpse of that marvelous view of the Appalachian mountains.

Thanks for the pictures, Carolyn!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Hello, Sunshine

A very welcome sunny day in the 60s had us enjoying our day off from school out in the sunshine with some Play-Doh and lollipops. The kids thought there was nothing better in the world, and I got quite a few "Thank you, Mommy"'s for making such a special day happen--seriously, is it really this easy? Gator was pretty happy to be playing fetch outside, too.

The ginormous swirly pops were courtesy of Santa this year. The kids had been dreaming of having one ever since seeing them in the Monsters vs. Aliens Halloween special.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Go Checkers!

We had a great time cheering on Charlotte's minor league hockey team, the Checkers, today with our friends the Miners. Our tickets came with hot dogs and sodas and, since lemonade wasn't an option, our kids tried their first sodas. Ella didn't like the bubbles, calling them "spicy", while Jack, on the other hand, guzzled half a bottle of Sprite. Afterwards, we got a good glimpse into the (distant) future of drunk Jack--let's just say there was lots of giggling, swaying, and head-butting. It was pretty hilarious. Luckily, he slept it off.
It was a fun time, the Checkers won, and we got our free burritos (at Moe's after 4 goals scored by the Checkers--yummy). Go Checkers!

Giving some love to the Checkers' mascot, Chubby...

Thursday, January 14, 2010

All Bundled Up

Jack has been loving this chilly weather. Every morning and every afternoon when we walk down to the bus stop, Jack gets a real kick out of getting all "bundled up". This afternoon we actually got up to 56 degrees and he still insisted on donning all of his Winter wear. First his hat goes on--his Star Wars Darth Vader one from Uncle Randy is the new favorite. Then, I have to tie on his scarf. Next, on goes the jacket which must be zipped up. Depending on his mood, he'll pick either his gloves or his mittens. Some days he'll even add another layer around his neck with a neck gator I got him in preparation for our trip to the mountains this Winter. Once we're out the door, his final request is that his hood be pulled up over his head. This boy is cozy! Now Ella, on the other hand, is ready to run out the door bare-legged in a dress every day...

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Doodle Art

Ella brought home her notebook from school today that she writes notes, practices letters and words, and doodles during free time during the school day. This page in particular made me smile, Ella's tribute to Jackson Pollock. Ella and Jack are fascinated by Jackson Pollock and his "messy art". So I might've been an accounting major, but my favorite classes in college were Art History I and II. It's so nice that my kids, even at this age, can share my appreciation of art.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Real Gators Drink Blue

An awesome Christmas present from our dear friend, and fellow Gator fan, Lauren had the kids drinking blue today as, apparently, "Real Gators" do. The 20 to 30 degree weather we've had this weekend definitely called for some hot chocolate. Ella was a bit unsure about the blue stuff and asked for some marshmallows to sweeten the deal. Jack dove right in, proud to drink his Gator cocoa. And, for the record, he drank some orange for breakfast.

Go Gators!

There's a Parade in Town!

Ella and Jack marched around our downstairs this morning singing "There's a parade in town!" over and over again, all to cheer up Jonathan after I rearranged some pictures and one fell taking a chip out of the floorboard (Jonathan takes these kinds of things pretty hard).

I love the pink bunny ears...those did make Jonathan smile again.