Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

We went to the Orpheum this morning and they had a count down to noon for the kids. Its not that I think our kids won't make it up until midnight, but Andy wanted to take the kids to something today. I'm sure they'll be up running around at midnight - staying up that late is no big deal in our house. We've been really good about having an 8pm bedtime since they started school, but before that, well, they stayed up late. Really late. They get that from me I'm sure, and there was no way I was putting the kids to bed at 7pm and having them up running around at 5am. I'm not going to be up then.

The Orpheum was packed. It was really crazy. I can't even imagine what Times Square must be like. There were probably a couple hundred people packed into this really tiny children's museum, it was so loud it was unbelievable, and it took 10 minutes to make it to the other side of the room. I'm not sure I'd ever want to be in Times Square on New Years Eve. It was a little scary being in the children's museum.

At noon they let down balloons on top of us, and then it was even crazier! Of course the kids loved it!

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

1st attempt

Here is my 1st attempt at making vegan donuts. They turned out OK for my 1st attempt.  I overfilled a few and ended up with some muffin tops, but they taste great!

I've been wanting a donut pan for several years now.  When I tell people that we're vegan, everyone always asks me if I miss eating anything. Most of the time - no.  I never liked to eat meat, and the only dairy product I liked was cheese, and only in small amounts. But occasionally, there are things I would really love to eat and they are not vegan. The things I miss are usually things I shouldn't be eating anyways, like donuts, or rice krispy treats, or milk chocolate.  I've found vegan marshmallows, Dandies, so that is covered. I received two donut pans for Christmas (Yay!), so now I can have donuts any time I like! Tomorrow - chocolate covered donuts!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Flannel PJ's

I love flannel! It is so warm and cozy. We have flannel sheets for all our beds, and now I've been making flannel pj's for the kids. I made this nightgown for Faye this morning.

I love how it is a really long nightgown, and the fabric is very sweet. I'm thinking of making one for myself with matching fabric - I can make some adjustments so it will fit me, maybe. Faye feels a little left out sometimes when I dress the boys in matching clothes. She's told me several times she wishes she had a sister - I remind her how awesome it is that she gets her own room and doesn't have to share all her things.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Winter Party

Last day of school for the kids yesterday - and the winter party too! Chaos is the only way to describe a school party with 20 Kindergarten kids. Total chaos! But it was a lot of fun too - although I felt like I needed a nap or a drink when I got home. Maybe both. I went with the nap.

Here is the craft we made. The kids all did really well making these! Drew's is on the left, and Faye's is on the right. Anything with my kids hand-prints and I love it!

I made a bunch of gingerbread shaped sugar cookies, and we had the kids frost and decorate the cookies with candies. Some kids piled their cookies so high with candy it was unbelievable. We even limited the amount of candy each kid received by putting some candy into a cup for each kid. I think they must have put every single piece on their cookie. I've never seen anything like it!

Drew took his time and was really neat making his cookies - he didn't even have time to eat one of them he took so long, but he did a great job! I may have to put him to work decorating our sugar cookies this weekend.

I really didn't get much of a chance to see Faye's cookies - but I did get a shot of her eating them!

It also happened to be Ms. Curtis's last day teaching too. She was substitute teaching for Mrs. Peterson, who will return in January from maternity leave. I have to say she was one of the best substitute teachers! When school first started and I heard that my kids would have a substitute for the first part of the year, I was not thrilled. But she was great with the kids, super sweet, always calm even when dealing with difficult kids, and my kids really learned a lot! Thank you Ms. Curtis!

Unfortunately when I took this picture, Drew was upset because he couldn't find his gloves.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Happy Holidays!

The kids and I went to the Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana today while Andy took an exam for one of his classes.  The kids were a little disappointed they didn't get to see Santa, but they had a great time sitting in his chair in front of this huge tree!

They also went to the Crisis Nursery Holiday shop, and bought presents for mom, dad, and each other.  They had so much fun with this last year - and we had some really good laughs too when we opened the presents.  I can't wait to see what they've picked out this year!


Last day of cheer for Faye! 


Today was the last day of basketball for Drew at the YMCA. The past 7 weeks he did not improve much - he would stand where the coach told him to stand and that was about it. He didn't play any defense, he didn't play any offense, and he stood and stared at us with a really scared/sad look. It was cute the first week or two, but after that it was a little embarrassing. He knows what to do, but he was just too scared to make a mistake. But today - I missed it! He almost made a shot, he got a rebound, and he had a steal! He came home with a trophy and some sugar cookies from his coach.

I'm a little sad it is over just as he is getting the hang of it, but I really won't miss the 8am Saturday morning games. Hopefully if he does this next year his games will be at 9am!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Letters to Santa

Faye and Drew are excited about Santa this year. I don't know how many more years it will be this way, so it is really fun to listen to them talk about Santa. The number one question they ask me, "How does Santa get in, since we don't have a fireplace?" I just make up some nonsense - and the kids haven't really questioned it yet. Faye is absolutely certain that Santa will come in through the attic, which is in the closet in her room.

They wrote out their lists for Santa, and they spent a lot of time really thinking about what they wanted this year. I took a picture, then we put on a stamp and the mailman collected the letters.

Here is Faye's list:

She is asking for Zhu Zhu pets, Donkey Kong Returns, and a robot arm. Andy took the kids to the toy store, and they all came back (Andy included) asking me if they can get a robot arm. Something similar to this. It really doesn't seem like a good idea to me, as they will all be grabbing things from me as I walk by, or fighting with them.

Drew's list:

He also wants a robot arm, Zhu Zhu pets, and Mario stuff. We'll have to see if Santa brings them all a robot arm. Even Alex has asked for one now - Santa will have to do a lot of thinking about that one.