jeremy, oscar and i went sledding with uncle chris today. oscar had lots of fun. he rode down once with me first and got mad when i tried to get him out because he wanted to 'ride!'

oscar riding with mama

oscar riding with daddy

uncle chris


let it snow

i was wishing so hard for snow while running around in a tshirt and shorts that i got some here in mississippi!

p.s. if you're still shopping around for a christmas present for me, i could really use a new sugar container.


missy's favorite baby stuffs - baby carrier

this snugli baby carrier was a HUGE help. it was one of jeremy's presents the christmas before oscar was born. when oscar was little he didnt want to sit in the car seat while we were in the grocery store, but he loved riding around with mommy or daddy. we used it every time we went grocery shopping. the baby can be put facing towards you before he can hold up his head. then once he can hold his head up he can face out and look around. once he can sit up you can use it as a backpack. i've walked around town a bunch of times with aaron on my back and oscar in his stroller. after about an hour with a 23lb kid on your back it does get a bit uncomfortable, but think of all the things you can get done in an hour..

missy's favorite baby stuffs - changing table

we've definitely gotten our money's worth out of this changing table/dresser. it was more expensive than the other changing tables we looked at, but i wanted storage.. lots and lots of storage because babies come with lots and lots of stuff. plus it's long enough that the wipes and butt paste (and newborn equipment like vaseline and alcohol and Qtips and whatnot) fit at the end so that they're handy when you need them. (actually, there's room for two things of wipes - one for oscar and one for aaron)

plus, once all the baby changing is done, you still have a good dresser to put clothes in. yay!


keeping busy

booby cupcakes

monday was the christmas meeting/party for work. after many requests, i whipped up another batch of booby cupcakes for the occasion. these turned out a lot more realistic looking than the last batch, but also took some extra time. they were a big hit.. they got a bigger reaction this time around, possibly because there were more hard-core pro-breastfeeding people there. there were none left by the end of the party.. several people wanted to take one home to show their family.

we played dirty santa and i got this ring, isnt it cute? i'm glad no one stole it from me.

after the party we finished up the christmas shopping and i looked for a coat.. and looked and looked and looked. i was ready to head home, but i stopped at one more place and found this coat. its not exactly what i was looking for, but its close enough. it also happens to be a JLo coat.. danielle and i were joking about my JLo coat and Hilary Duff glasses.

oscar and i also ran into santa while we were in the mall. he really liked talking to santa and didnt want to leave.

now i've got to finish up a few projects i'm working on for christmas, and wrap wrap wrap! (and pack pack pack!)


christmas lights

tonight we braved the cold weather (some places of business were closed today because of the CHANCE of snow) and went to see some christmas lights. we stopped at the gas station for hot chocolates and coffees all around. i discovered that you can get lemon juice in a packet.. like ketchup.. how crazy is THAT?
then we sang along with john denver and the muppets on the way to the display. when we got there they didnt have the lights on (boo!) so we found another place.. we got out and walked around. there were all sorts of crazy things like dolphins with santa hats and pink flamingos.
i'm not sure if you can tell, but there is a dolphin and a pink flamingo.. that green thing in front might possibly be a palm tree, but i cant remember.
here are oscar and lane by santa on a tractor.
aaron, danielle and lane at the north pole.

me and oscar by the snowman family.
here is jeremy wrestling oscar. he was SO grumpy today (oscar, not jeremy). he threw his biggest fit ever in the dr's office this afternoon. oscar now has ear infections in BOTH ears. i cant wait until he feels better.


last weekened

our tree is decorated and our stockings hung

we've been busy busy lately, as always. on saturday, jeremy and oscar packed up and went to hang out with noah and jenna. they watched some football and visited most of the day. i spent most of the day wrapping presents and had very sore shoulders by the time they got home.

here are some of the presents i've wrapped so far. i'm packing up ones that are coming to ohio with us

that night nana came and slept on the futon so that jeremy and i could leave bright and early for the saints game. we drove to a friend's house in mobile and then carpooled to new orleans. the game was lots of fun. i'm not a fan of watching football on tv, but i really liked going to the game. we got some red beans and rice for lunch and i had some cotton candy, too. i also made sure to clap for whoever the guy was from ohio state.

that night oscar woke up acting funny. he was shaking and his heart was racing and it didnt sound like he was breathing good, so we drove him to the hospital to have him looked at. it's just an ear infection... he's been taking medicine and being grumpy. here's a picture from today with his sick eyes. he looks so pathetic :( of course the bruise on his head doesnt help...

tomorrow we're doing some christmas shopping with nana, dr appts for aaron and oscar, going to see christmas lights and making more boobie cupcakes!



remember that chocolate cake in a mug i posted about awhile ago? well, i was in need of something chocolatey delicious this evening, and decided to try it again. this time i threw in some chunks of unsweetened chocolate from the bar in my fridge and a nice big glop of caramel sundae topping. i also didnt cook it the whole 3 minutes.. it was MUCH better. oscar and i ate the whole thing and we were both sad when it was gone.

here's a picture of oscar being sad.. not from a lack of chocolate cake, but because daddy left and didnt take him. tshirt from of gramma and grandpa, hairstyle by auntie danielle.


a visitor

i just made a midnight run to the post office to mail paperwork and check the po box.. on my way out i heard some shuffling on the balcony and in the stairwell and i was a bit creeped out.. then i realized it was a dog. i went to the post office and when i got back the dog was curled up in one of our chairs out front. i set some red beans and rice out for it, but it's just sitting there.. maybe it doesnt like leftovers?

this is not the first animal to decide to sleep in our chairs.. there was also oliver the cat. i dont miss having him around, he'd get under your feet while you were walking and nearly sent me and oscar head first down the stairs a few times.


a new tradition

the past couple years i've had jeremy saw off a slice of our christmas tree trunk for me. this year i finally turned them into ornaments. i'd had all sorts of wonderful plans for them, but i dont remember what they were, so i just mod podged a picture on each one with the date on the back.

here's this year's slice. hopefully we'll have a whole tree full of them when we're old.

tree fetching!

pictures from when we went to get the trees. oscar kept wandering off, so we took turns chasing him around. he picked the christmas tree this year.. we asked him about one and he went up to it and shook some branches and said 'oscar's plant!' so that's the one we got. the last picture is jeremy climbing in through the car window after tying the trees on top of the car.

poor santa

robyn posted about the advent calendar already (and beat me to it). so i've got this picture to add. i took this when i visited for christmas '05. i had told jeremy all about the one footed santa, and took a picture to show him. he's a bit blurry.


thanksgiving festivities

here are some pictures from our thanksgiving

our thanksgiving decorations this year. the tree starts out without leaves and i have a table underneath it where everyone can write what they're thankful for on the leaves and tape them up.

i had prettier paper for the leaves last thanksgiving. i think i need to make a new tree out of something besides paper... it got pretty bent up.

here's the table with some of the food on it. and tom, our thanksgiving turkey. every year i write on the back of a feather the year and who visited and any special notes.

our turkey and turkey carver. i have to toot my own horn on the turkey - it was juicy and delicious! and jeremy did a fabulous job of carving it.

here is oscar eating his turkey dinner and sleeping after pumpkin pie

danielle giving aaron his first real thanksgiving dinner (he was too itty bitty last year to eat it). since the grownup sweet potato casserole had pecans on it, i made a little one with marshmallows for the two boys that arent allowed to have nuts yet. jeremy filling up a plate. we got big plates this year.. last year he needed two plates.

oscar visiting with his nana and his auntie

oscar visiting with aunt janie. she let him wear her necklace most of the day. he was also wearing nana's watch. and aaron visiting with aunt janie.

jeremy's dad falls asleep on the floor at every gathering we have. i have pictures to prove it. this time was particularly amusing since he was between the furniture and the wall.

now we're off to find a christmas tree!


cheater cheater pumpkin eater

i just finished up baking the pumpkin pies for tomorrow.. we weren't going to bother with pie this year, but how can you have thanksgiving without pie? so i cheated and used store bought crust and pie filling to speed things up. yesterday i baked pumpkin bread (no cheating on that) and jeremy has been threatening to eat it.

here's a bonus picture for you- oscar fell asleep bent over the couch like this last week. aaron's not hanging out with us this week because his mama is off for thanksgiving. we miss him a lot. every morning oscar wakes up and says 'aaron? aaron? aaron?'


baby stuffs

i stumbled onto this site and found this tutorial.. how cute it that?!


cleanin' up

i was just looking around on amazon to see what there was in the way of mop & broom sets for kids.. i was pleasantly surprised that not a single pink broom popped up.. grab your brooms, boys!


missy's favorite baby stuffs - butt paste

i'm going to try to post about some of my favorite baby stuffs.. for all those readers expecting babies (robyn.)

i may not remember how to spell it, but i'm a big fan of the boudreaux's butt paste. i've tried lots of different diaper rash creams (usually because the store is out of the butt paste), and this one seems to work the best for us. it goes on/comes off easy, works great, and has a very subtle scent. of course, having a silly name doesnt hurt either....


strings and things

besides going grocery shopping, we havent done much this weekend.. though jeremy and i did spend quite awhile trying to remember how to play cat's cradle and to make other string figures like jacob's ladder. i had forgotten how much fun a piece of string could be!

image from here.


turkey time

thanksgiving 2007

it's my turn again to host the thanksgiving festivities. i've only roasted a couple turkeys, so the idea still makes me nervous. allrecipes.com has all sorts of useful turkey tips, but i still have all sorts of decisions to make. to brine or not to brine? to stuff or not to stuff? is it silly to stuff the turkey with bread stuffing like my mom makes when someone is bringing cornbread dressing? there are all sorts of holiday things our families do differently. no mashed potatoes for jeremy's family! it makes me extra excited about going home for christmas and having a pickle tray and three kinds of cranberry sauce.

thanksgiving at danielle's 2006