Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Just Us Girls

I rarely post photos of myself, but James snapped this just as it really started to snow yesterday and told me it's of "his two favorite girls". How could I pass that up? As you can see, Vivi is growing quite well ;). What an odd shape we women become when we're pregnant! And each of us different. I'm one of those who gets round all over and shows early. I have friends who are the same, then some who are all belly or who never look pregnant at all or whose appendages do all the swelling and so on. Nature is an amazing, inscrutable thing, isn't it?

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Mo' Snow!

It gets dark early here, and Jimmy's a late napper, so by the time he woke up this evening, it was full dark out. That did not deter us from playing in the 3 or 4 inches of snow that had accrued over the afternoon though!

There was a freak blizzard last year, and I didn't have any snow pants for J, so this year, I picked some up at the Pass It On Sale (for $2!!) on the off chance we'd need them. I'm so glad I did! My little dude was, as he says, "toasty warm".

Building a snowman with Daddy.

Daddy and Jimmy

We had a ball, and Little Mr. Rosy Cheeks didn't want to come in! Next year, I guess I'll have to pick up some snow pants for Mommy and Daddy ;)

A Little Snow

Our families and friends in Kansas will giggle at our excitement. They've been buried in 9+ inches of snow for the last week. When we saw some flurries outside though, Jimmy insisted on bundling up and going out to play in it, and it was so fun!

James showed Jimmy how to catch snowflakes on his tongue.

It took some trying,

but he got some!

Eventually, we got tired. And cold.

So we came inside and had some hot chocolate before the J-bird went down for his nap. I think I'll follow suit!

Prince Super Jimmy

It's the hair, man. That's what gives him his powers of cuteness.

Monday, December 28, 2009

More Fun Than A...

My pal, Jaimey is having a baby boy in a few weeks and chose monkeys as the theme for her nursery. I helped out with her son, G's wall awhile ago, so she asked if I'd do a little mural for the new baby's room. Here's how it came out.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

What I Did Today

I may add some little birds or something later, but after nine hours or so of painting, I and my back are done. It goes around three walls, and came out almost exactly how I planned. I'm pretty happy with it!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Baby Quilt For Vivi

From a kit I got at JoAnn Fabrics. I was there, painstakingly selecting fabrics and mentally calculating how much it was going to cost me, when I ran across this little setup for much less than I was looking at spending. I just had to cut the fabrics to size and put it together.


'Round these parts, we fend off the post-Christmas blues with some serious relaxation. Oh, don't get me wrong - we aren't wallowing in sloth - but a little lounge lizard action never hurt anyone.

Look at these two, for instance. I came into the kitchen, having just finished sewing, and I found my boys in full slouch mode, immersed in technology. James was surfing the 'net on my computer, and Jimmy was playing a toddler preschool game on James's iPhone.

They were also listening to Weird Al. Just to complete the full Houx nerd circuit.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Night

Having Ourselves A Merry Little Christmas

Though the day is only half over, all the big action has passed, and we had a complete, utter blast! Jimmy chose today to perform the rare feat of sleeping in. I had to wake him up just after 9am from a dead sleep! Once he realized it was Christmas though, he was up and at 'em, and because he'd had so much extra sleep, he was totally rested and has been delightful all day.

When we came downstairs, he found his note from Santa, and James read him the page "Santa" had left about the birth of baby Jesus. His attention was immediately riveted to the train set that was set up under the tree, so he played with that for awhile, and then we looked to see what Santa had put in the stockings (we make stockings from Santa and gifts from James and I - not for being "naughty or nice", but because we love him).

He got candy, some new crayons, a new chapstick (this kid is obsessed with chapstick...I have no idea why) and...

...a crown. Since he will only keep anything on his head for 2.2 seconds, this may be the only time he wears this.

Then - to the presents! We take turns and open them one by one so it lasts longer. Jimmy was in absolute HEAVEN.

"Hmmm....I see what you've done here with this Mr. Potato Head...yes...very interesting."

Scoping Daddy out with his little binoculars.

Three Slinkies!


"Seriously Mom? A cape? Really? Get this thing off me."

Robot truck!!

Bob the Builder workbench.

Pirate ship playset.

Let the playing begin!! We start shopping very early when it comes to Christmas gifts for Jimmy. That way, we can scope the deals and get him all the crazy, wonderful little kid stuff we think he'll like. His utter delight makes it worth it.

Happily, my folks in Kansas were able to get their internet back online, in spite of a crazy, Midwest blizzard, so we got to webcam with them and with James's parents as well.

Then, lunch.


Green bean casserole.

Twice baked potatoes

and deviled eggs.

After which,

Hurricane Jimmy hit the gingerbread house.

With a little help from Tropical Storm Daddy.

From the Houx house to yours, here's wishing you the very merriest. I hope yours has been a day as full of fun and love and family as ours has been!