Since I can remember, my mom would make kiss cookies every Christmas and I would try to help (even if it started as just unwrapping the kisses). I always looked forward to the day I would be able to do this with my kids. You can only imagine my delight when I realized that day was here. Ellaina was my big helper this cookie exchange season :) She even showed more self control with the Hersey kisses then I ever did/do. Although I made the mistake of letting her have a broken one at the beginning. After that I always knew when there was a broken one.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Ellaina’s school had a Thanksgiving feast and little performance. My little pilgrim stood front and center, but that’s about all she did. She didn’t sing one bit. She just stood their playing with her bonnet tie. It was so cute…and completely unlike her. She is always running around the house dancing and singing. Apparently, she gets a stage fright. After their “performance”, we were able to enjoy a little lunch and snacks together.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
Ellaina and I had our first, of hopefully many, date nights on Saturday. Boyd high school was performing a musical based on Dr. Seuss books. They are performing it at State, so I figured it must be very well done. Some of the local elementary schools were taking their classes, so I knew it must have been kid geared towards kids too. Luckily, both were true. It was a fantastic play and perfect for Ellaina. We had an amazing time and Ellaina had a smile on her face the entire time. She even got to meet one of the performers, a patient at our office. It was such a great date! I cannot wait fro more of these! The next morning, she asked if we could go again :) P.S. She picked out the tutu :)
Sunday, November 7, 2010
The Great Pumpkin is something I learned about from my brother. The kids can decide to either keep their candy, or leave their candy for the great pumpkin and get a special gift or two. Knowing this is a hard decision for a two and four year old, we sweetened the pot a little. We let the kids each pick seven pieces of candy (one a day for a week) and then leave the rest for the Great Pumpkin. This was the first year the Great Pumpkin came to visit and the perfect gifts came with him! He left us with a voucher for the Toy Story 3 movie, a Disney store gift certificate for each kid to pick out a gift, and tokens to ride the merry-go-round. We couldn’t have all that fun alone, so we picked up Gavin on our way to the mall. It was such a wonderful time. When we left, we called the Hodges and invited them over to watch Toy Story 3. The kids were so good and cute while they watched it. Braden and Wolfie were holding hands during the scary scene at the dump. It really was a perfect day!
Saturday, November 6, 2010
We tried everything to get Braden to let them even look in his mouth, but he wasn’t going to budge. Eventually he won the fight and we left the office without even a tooth count. If they had, they would have found his one extra tooth on the top. Those Roufs’ and their crazy teeth :)
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
We headed to Stone Brooke Crossing to celebrate with our friends at the “Boo on the Brooke”. It’s a big party and the kids may even have more fun then the adults…if that’s possible. This is the third year we have celebrated Halloween this way and it is always such a great time! Although it’s hard to top our first Boo on the Brooke party in 2007. That was the night I realized I was late and we were expecting little Braden :)
We headed down to McKinney Square again this year to take part in Scare on the Square. This year we had two stowaways with us…the Daugherty boys, which was perfect since Gavin helped us keep up with our toy story theme. We had Jesse, Woody, Buzz Lightyear and Jason (from Friday the 13th). I figured with all those great characters, I was free to go as good old Kym Jackson :)
The kids had a blast walking the sidewalks trick or treating at all the businesses. They did a wonderful job holding onto my hands. At first Mason was helping me by holding Ellaina’s hand, but he is at the age where that it’s so cool. I think after we crossed the first street he dropped Ellaina’s hand and never grab it again. I didn’t mind though. It was sweet having all three kids holding my hands. They get along so well and always seem to have a fantastic time together.
As far as trick or treating went, Mason and Ellaina would go right up saying trick or treat in a loud voice. Braden and Gavin were much more timid. They would say it very quietly, so often times they were over looked. However, they weren’t going to take that. Both boys would stand there waiting with their bags out until someone would finally notice and give them a piece of candy. At first to funny and adorable, but as the square got more crowded it became more worrisome to me. Luckily Mason and Ellaina would come stand next to me right after they received theirs.
It was probably around 4:40ish when we decided we were good and headed back for D+B real estate office (where Kim and Sam were handing out candy). On our way we got a little candy sidetracked, the kids all sat on a bench eating a couple pieces of candy. It was the cutest thing seeing them all sitting there with their candy and balloon. Maybe is was the surrounds of historic McKinney, or maybe it was the innocence of the kids, but it felt like something from a long time ago. It was a wonderful day!