Sunday, November 25, 2012

Giving Thanks and Cutting Trees

Mondays are always hard to get back into the groove... they are more difficult when we were spoiled with some extra time off!  To top things off, Aiden has pink eye so I will be having to do my sub plans when I am done with this blog.  Yep - no day care until he has been treated for 24 hours.  We will be going to urgent care first thing in the morning to hopefully get some drops!  Is it bad that I am hoping Ashton gets it tonight too so it isn't just drug out another couple days (maybe he won't get it at all)?!?!  Adam took the flu shift, I guess I get the pink eye shift.  The last two times we have gotten together with family it has been something... the flu and now pink eye.  I am hoping with as quick as each of the kiddos pass things around, maybe they can pass potty training around just as quick!  ;)
On Thanksgiving Day, we went to Uncle Nate and Aunt Katie's house for an early dinner, and then headed to Eau Claire for supper at Missy and Dave's.  The day gets long and Adam's Black Friday starts extra early, but we love the time with our families!  They boys love playing with all Elle's toys.
 Aiden and I L.O.V.E. our snuggles with Elise.  Ashton actually wanted to hold her this time too, but I didn't have the camera.

 The boys were so well behaved and played great with Elle, Brock, and Afton!
 Elle has a train table and the boys LOVE it!

 Skip the pie... the kids got ICE CREAM!
 After a long day, a bath is just what they needed to get comfy for the ride home.
The boys watch the "DOODLE BOPS" on Saturday morning.  They are getting more and more into their "shows".  This and Elmo they will sit still for.

 Sunday we met Aunt Missy, Uncle Dave, Elle and Elise to cut Christmas Trees.  It was time to bundle up for the first time... boots, snow pants, and all! 
 Don't forget the saws to cut down the tree!
 Two bundled marshmallows.  So hard to move!

 The three kiddos... Elise was all snuggled in with her mommy.  She was so quiet and content, I forgot she was with us!

 It was A LOT of work trucking through the weeds and forest to get our tree ;)

 But we found one!  Honestly we couldn't be fussy.  The boys were getting cold by this point...

 Off to now help Elle get her tree... and try to walk without falling down every step!
 Ashton kept wanting to hold Aiden's hand.  He wanted nothing to do with having to help him walk...
 This looks like a little cold face!
 A successful day... now time for the tractor to take us back for cider, hot chocolate, and popcorn!
 I love this picture of Elle and her Daddy.
 Getting warm and eating popcorn and drinking cider!
 After popcorn, we met Santa!  The boys weren't too sure at first, but hey - he had CANDY CANES!
 Sure we'll have one.  Soon we will see if the boys will sit on his lap at the mall and tell him what they want for Christmas!
 Yummy.  Love the cold, sticky face ;)

 How tall this year?  Not sure - they wouldn't stay still...
 Once we got our tree home and inside, Aiden had to vacuum all the needles up!  What a good little helper.  They are pretty excited for the tree in their house!
 Ummmm.... IT'S HUGE!  Why don't they look that big outside?!?!  Now the task of decorating it this week...
HOUSE UPDATE:  Nothing.  Na-da.  Be looking for major changes starting December 1st.  Our builder is finishing off some other projects and then our house will be priority number one.  He keeps apologizing... and we just keep saying, "Don't apologize now.  Just be sure we are still moving in when you said we would be moving in..."        Gulp.

So I remember what I did in the week with what is on the camera... I just about forgot because these pictures where on my phone!  Ever since the new TCF Stadium was built, I wanted to go to a Gophers game.  On Saturday I met up with Kimberly Kay and her family and friends for the MSU Game.  I lived with Kim for the three years I went to the U and her family was like my family away from home.  It was a great time, even though Adam couldn't make it - as it fell on the WORST weekend for him!  The Gophers lost, but it was a great day.
Have a great week!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Little Faces

Where do we start?  This week marked the first for... THE FLU!  Yes, the stomach flu has officially wiped through our family and we survived (barely).  Last Saturday we had Adam's parents over, my mom, and the Rueber Family for dinner.  All was great and we were so excited that the kiddos didn't have runny noses for once!  A cough started moving in on Saturday but all was still OK.  Sunday night at 3 am, Aiden woke up screaming and throwing up in his bed.  At that same time, it started with Adam.  I took care of Aiden as he continued to get sick about every hour.  Then, I called my mom at 6 am to see if she could come help as I had to get Ashton to daycare and I HAD to go to work (WKCE Testing).  Well - Nana couldn't help, she was sick... Come to find out, The Rueber's were all sick as well.  Even Izzie was sick, throwing up on the carpet and going out many, many, many times.  I thought Ashton and I missed it, but then I got a call on Monday afternoon around 3pm to go get him from daycare.  With two sick kids, Adam sick, and Nana sick... My Aunt Debbie came to help me.  We had loads and loads of laundry to keep up with! 
I didn't want to be so confident to say that I didn't get it... but I haven't... so far.  My Aunt got it, my cousin, and now my sister as of this week.  Whatever it is, it comes on quick and it is lingering with the kiddos.  As of today Ashton and Aiden's diapers are finally back to normal. 
The kiddos may be back to normal, but where are these silly faces coming from?  We took a lot of baths this week... and bath time is where the faces come out... cheese faces.
Aiden James

Ashton Alan

 The flu wiped them out... this is the longest I have seen them lay in our bed and watch a movie. 

Aiden is figuring things out...
We have little steps to help Izzie in our bed, Aiden is figuring out that they help him get up too!

 Saturday Izzie had a hair cut and I had to bum in EC for three hours, without the boys.  They DO NOT bum... especially at the mall!  My cousin Marcy came over and helped the boys make me some bracelets.  Thanks Marcy!

Aiden was pretty excited to have a tree in his house!  Adam is adamant about still decorating for the holidays this year, even though we are only here temporarily.  

We put lights on one out front, and one out back... just a little exterior illumination.  It looks pretty silly amongst the pine needles and DIRT.  Hoping for some snow soon...

Aiden was a good helper...

While Ashton played in the DIRT, I mean our front yard.

 The finished product.  Let's see if the boys can keep their hands off and not knock it over when we bring a tree home for IN our house next weekend!
The days Adam has been waiting for... Messing around in the "woods"  with da boyz.

With such beautiful November weather, we went to see the Elk.  Yes, we do that often...

The deer were quite active and "spooked" today.  Hopefully some hunters saw this under their stands this past weekend!

Again... more faces.

Both boys moved away from the fence, when this Elk wanted a closer look at them!

House Progress:  Not much this week.  Basement walls have been poured.  We are now waiting for some major back-filling to happen, some framing, and all the floor and roof trusses are there and ready to go on!

The black "box" is our wine cellar under the garage.
 The door is another view of the wine cellar.
Our septic mound is in...

It's crazy how many anxieties I feel.  I just need to see it keep coming together.  There is two years worth of ideas and changes in this place.  The hole looked huge, and now the foundation is playing with me.  I think it looks small... I can't imagine how everything is going to fit!  Adam keeps reassuring me, and we have had the measuring tape out many times to help me visualize the spaces and rooms. 
Even with the flu hitting us this week, we have A LOT to be THANKFUL for. 
~The Wamboldt Family