Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Well Evan and Eliana must have been extra good because Santa sure left a lot of presents under the tree! Here's Eliana discovering Hungry Hungry Hippos.
Santa left Evan the most AWESOME monster truck. Grave Digger!
Evan still had sleepy eyes, but had plenty of energy to open all his presents!
What's in the box???
Evan was so happy to try out his monster truck!
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Saturday, December 21, 2013
After weeks and weeks of Saturday morning ballet classes, Eliana made her stage debut in the Nutcracker on December 21st. The curtains opened at the very beginning of the show and there was Eliana with all of her classmates as the 'Sugarplum Fairies.' Photography was prohibited, so I had to sneak these, which is why they're not so great, but you can definitely see her. I didn't think it would happen, but I was moved to tears when I saw her, so proud!
Here's the excellent behind the scenes video Mommy was able to shoot from the side of the stage!
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Friday, December 13, 2013
Took the kids to the Elmwood Park Zoo to see one of Santa's Reindeer. Turns out, if you can stand the cold, Winter is one of the best times to go to the zoo! Hardly anyone there! (I don't do well in crowd situations.) So it was perfect, we got to take our time checking out the animals.
A Barred Owl checks us out.
A Golden Eagle looking regal.
Evan checks out the rooster cage.
I think this is the closest I've ever seen a wolf.
They ALWAYS find the ice.
North American Bison.
This Cougar came and sat right by the fence. Poor kitty has had cataracts since being 11 months old and is now basically blind.
And here's the reindeer! Eliana didn't want to go up for a photo, but Evan was a really good big brother and took her hand so she wouldn't be scared.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Evan's school put on a Christmas Show at the church.
This is Evan the moment he sees his family sitting a few rows behind him. One of my favorite photos of the year.
Notice Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus in the front row.
Evan and his classmates line up to join in on "Joy to the World."
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
I was going to pick the kids up on Saturday, it was a beautiful, sunny day out, and as I was driving I noticed there were a lot of squirrels out, way more than usual, and they seemed to be working rather urgently. I thought to myself, I wonder if they know something we don't, looks like they're getting ready for blizzard! The weather forecast was typical for December in the Northeast; 1-2 inches of snow later changing into rain. It happens that way every year, sometimes the snow is even gone by noon and replaced with cold, wet, miserable rain. But not this time!
So I woke up Sunday (afternoon *cough*) to a text from my friend Chris in New Jersey. "Are you watching the Eagles game? Holy crap!" I sprung up and ran to the window and was shocked to see everywhere covered in a blanket of snow. We had 6 inches in just a few hours and a little over 8 1/2" at the airport when all was said and done. Evan wanted to play in the snow, so I headed over to the Lambert's house. Little did I know, a journey of just 8 miles would take 90 minutes! The roads, including the highways were a solid sheet of ice. Cars were struggling to make it up hills, and there were accidents and spin outs everywhere. I think so much snow feel so fast that there wasn't a chance to clear it. So by the time I got to see the kids, it was already dark out. No matter, Evan and Eliana got all dressed up in their snow gear and we headed off to the local park to do some sledding. It was Eliana's first time and she loved it. We stayed out until all the other kids had gone home and they still wanted to keep going. I remember when I was their age I would stay out in the snow long after the street lights had come on, and by the time I got home I would be crying because my hands were nearly frost bitten.
Then yesterday it snowed again, we got another 3-4 inches. A sign of things to come? We only had 8 inches all last winter. We had more snow than Buffalo, NY the winter before that, so who knows? Certainly not the weatherman!
Friday, December 6, 2013
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
What do me and Eliana do between the time I pick her up, and the time I pick Evan up? (2 hours and 55 minutes, not a terribly long time, but enough time to do something.) We went out and got a gas cap for Daddy's car. You see, daddy left the gas cap on top of the car then drove away at the gas station. So we went to Pep Boys, where in addition to my new gas cap, it cost me a few bucks more for a Hello Kitty sticker that Eliana spotted. How could I say no? After that, we went over to the park, since we still had about an hour left. It was a really nice late autumn day, and I had a nice time with just me and Eliana on the playground.
Monday, December 2, 2013
I dropped Evan off at school early this morning and Eliana had the day off, so we went shopping to go and pick up supplies for some Crock Pot chicken noodle soup. Got all the ingredients but forgot the noodles. Luckily, I don't have I put them in until the last minute, so I'll let the chicken cook for a few hours and get the noodles later. Anyway, Eliana was helping me push the shopping cart around and picked a few items out for herself. We're both feeling a bit under the weather, so we were having a quiet day inside watching Spongebob reruns.