Monday, December 10, 2012

November 2012

November started out with one of our favorite events for 2012 - Beth and Matt's wedding!  We had an absolute blast and the girls felt so special being a part of the "Gala".  The weather certainly did not agree with the day but everything else went off without a hitch.  It was a fabulous day!
After the wedding we had a celebration for Grace's birthday in Indy with my family and then came back to Ohio and had a celebration that following weekend.  Grace had a great birthday and I can't believe she is already 3 years old!
The next weekend we decorated for the holidays and had our 2nd annual "Friend's Thanksgiving" party.  It is a nice event that gets just the adults together to relax and have a good time as the holiday season approaches.  This year I came up with some "Minute to Win It" games for the men and women to compete with.  It was a lot of fun and we had a blast that night!  The newlyweds (Beth and Matt) were able to drive over for the evening as well!
We spent Thanksgiving here with Pete's family and had a wonderfully relaxing holiday weekend.  I worked on Thanksgiving and then went Black Friday shopping around 10 pm until 4 am.  It was nuts!  My friend, Trina met up with me and we had a lot of fun facing the crazy crowds together!
The final week in November, Pete worked evening shift which meant for a long and stressful week for our family!
Claire is growing up so fast - she no longer takes a nap unless I need her to (i.e. I work that night).  She started playing Mario Kart on the Wii and she loves it!  It is so funny to watch her while she plays because she will yell things at the TV like "Come on, lady, MOVE!" or "Did my friends go this way?"  She is such a delight but certainly our #1 talker - she won't stop talking to me or asking me questions as I try and write this! :)
Grace has turned three and plays the part!  Whoever said Terrible Twos?  Definitely Terrible Threes for us over here!  She is stubborn and gives stone-cold looks!  She will drop to her knees in a heartbeat.  Then, she'll turn around and be the sweetest little dear and give me little kisses and long hugs.  I could do without the tantrums, but luckily it is just a phase...(right? please?!)
Jake is ALL BOY!  The other day he was "helping" carry Grace's shirt into the bathroom and decided the best place to put it was in the toilet.  He takes any Christmas ornament he can get, yells "ball" and chucks it across the room.  Many ornaments have broken...what can ya do?  Today at the dentist office, there were three trash cans in the lobby.  He just kept taking the three trash cans and carrying them all around the lobby and rearranging them.  Luckily, we were the first appointment so they were empty.  Boys will be boys.
Here are pictures from our month of November...
These are pictures from the wedding and prep before the wedding:

Jake and Bently - best buds

We found a local grocery store had kid carts to push around - BEST. IDEA. EVER.

Great Grandma and Grandpa came to visit for Grace's birthday
Claire REALLY liked seeing them and we had to laugh when Grammy and her mom walked in and she yelled "Look mom!!  Grammy is here and so is my old grandma!"
We promptly emphasized that she is Great-Grandma

Decorating for Christmas

2nd Annual Friend's Thanksgiving

Goal:  Be the fastest to pull all of the tissues out of the boxes

Goal:  Knock down pyramid of cans with rubberbands

Goal:  Stack 7 Christmas Cakes on your head and balance them

Goal:  Balance 5 dice at the end of a popsicle stick the longest

Monday, November 12, 2012


In October, we took on one of our first home renovations.  We decided to gut and redo our half bath on the first floor and replace the utility sink and build cubbies in the laundry room.  We painted, put new flooring down - well when I say "We"  I mean a rescue contractor because we were in over our heads!  Here are the pictures...
Mud room before...

Mud Room after

Half bath when we moved in

Half bath after we painted

Half bath after

Happy Birthday, Grace!

Our little Grace turned 3 years old on November 10th.  We can't believe where time has gone!  Pete and I looked at some pictures from her 1st and 2nd birthdays and felt a little sentimental about how big our little girl has gotten.
We first celebrated Grace's birthday in Indianapolis the day after Beth's wedding.  We were able to celebrate with many people and enjoyed having so much family around for Grace!  She got lots and lots of Barbies from our family including a Barbie house and furniture from my mom.
Here are pictures from our Indy celebration...

On Saturday, we had a party for her at our house and lots of our Ohio family and friends came over to help us celebrate!  Grace's great-grandparents drove in from Michigan and we really enjoyed seeing them as well! 
Here are pictures from our celebration in Ohio...
 Grace and good friend, Eve have the same birthday so here is a picture of the two birthday girls!

My first attempt at making, baking, icing, and decorating a cake all by myself!

November Professional Pictures

We recently went to get Grace's 3 year pictures, Jake's 18 month pictures, and Holiday Pictures