Thursday, December 18, 2014

49/52; Little Elves

I picked up a sequin Santa hat for Donna last week to wear to work. The biys loved it & fought over it for an entire day, so while we were out over the weekend I picked up 3 regular fuzzy Santa hats for the boys. Caden still insists on the sequin hat though, lol...
They wore the hats non stop all weekend & even to speech therapy on Monday :)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Dear Santa

The boys' Christmas requests change frequently. I ask everyday just to keep up that Santa is 'watching.' It means nothing to Garren, if he wants to misbehave he just says "I don't want Santa to come to our house." He is a booger that one! But anyways, while driving to speech therapy yesterday in their Santa hats I asked again what they would like Santa to bring them & it was the funniest reply I've gotten yet...

Garren what would you like Santa to bring you?
G - A Thomas tent & a Thomas hat.

Caden what do you want Santa to bring?
C - A Thomas tent & a Elsa bike.

It took me a minute to figure out "Elsa bike"
Garren chimes back in with a monster truck & a Barbie car, lol...

I said "well you don't have a Barbie sweetie, what will you do with a Barbie car?
G - it's not for Barbie, I will drive my brothers around in it, and a motor bike, one that goes faster & (sound effect here...) vvroooooooommmmmmmzzzzzzzz!!! LOL!!!

When I finished laughing I told them we would work on writing Santa a letter while we waited at speech. Garren insisted on writing even though I said Santa would be able to read my writing more easily, so interpreted their letter states (even though it just looks like scribble)...

Dear Santa,
Would you please bring my brothers & I a Thomas tent & Thomas hats. An Elsa bike, a monster truck, a Barbie car (the kind you drive on the sidewalk) & a motor bike that goes faster. 
We promise to be good listeners & get quarters until you come.
Thank you so much,
Kellan, Garren & Caden

What can I say?! They are smitten with blondes, blue trains, pink cars & fast motorcycles! :)

PS Kellan was eating & couldn't be bothered with the conversation but had plenty of input in the writing of the letter!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Weekend Festivities

We had a fun filled weekend of Christmas activities! The boys & I started the weekend out with a Christmas craft, pine cone Christmas trees. Back in the fall we collected pine cones on Jekyll Island specifically for this project. I gave the boys some glitter glue & pom poms & let them have at it. It was a super simple project but the boys really enjoyed it, especially the glitter glue! 

I think they turned out cute enough to use with our Christmas village

Our new neighborhood had a Christmas festival Saturday, with a petting zoo, Santa & yummy Christmas treats. The boys, especially Garren loved the animals in the petting zoo! I didn't think we'd ever get him back out of the pin.

Garren & his tiny pig friend


Kellan trying to decide which one to pet


Chatting up the little pig

Baby chicks

Seeing Santa went a little different than we anticipated, Garren had told me he was going to sit on his lap & not cry this time. And he did, he ran right over to him, climbed in his lap & told him he wanted a Thomas tent & a Thomas hat, lol... Caden & Kellan pulled their shy act & hid behind us but they did give Santa a high five before leaving :)

After the festival we went to get some Christmas lights for the house. Our 2 strands from our old house weren't going to be enough for this house plus they were white & the boys wanted "rainbow lights."

The boys enjoyed some scooter riding while Donna hung the lights

Donna getting the lights up

That was our fun for this weekend, we probably won't get another day with Donna now until Christmas. We've gotten use to being a FedEx family during the holidays & keep ourselves busy while she works crazy hours making sure her employees are ok & just hope she makes it home before midnight on Christmas Eve!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

48/52; Twice The Boys

We had a LONG overdue play date with our triplet friends Riley, Bryce & Tyson yesterday. All the boys had a great time & it was nice to have a real live chat with their mama :)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Gift of Sight Donor Quilt Dedication

The Monday after we moved into the new house I went to get my FL drivers license. My sense of urgency fueled by the loss of my GA drivers license & the title company needing a copy ASAP! When I sat down to wait for my license to be printed there was a Florida Eye Bank banner hanging directly in front of me that had information regarding donating corneas.
A few days later at our nieces birthday party my Bonus Mom showed me an invitation she had received for us to attend a quilt dedication in honor of the donors.

My dad had cancer, which returned with a vengence very quickly resulting in his sudden death earlier this year. Because of the cancer his organs could not be donated but his corneas could. There was no doubt in any of our minds that Dad would want to give something, so his corneas it was.

Sunday my Bonus Mom & I attended The Gift of Sight Donor Quilt Dedication. My sister couldn't make it because my nephew was having surgery the next day.
The families of those whose loved ones donated corneas when they died were invited & encouraged to create a square for the quilt. 
The dedication ceremony brought together donor families, recipients & recipient families along with the areas cornea transplant doctors. 
Donor families shared stories about their loved ones. Recipients & recipient families shared about how their lives were transformed. The founder of the Florida Eye Bank shared about how he came to start the business of banking corneas & the doctor shared his love of helping people see, sometimes for the first time in their lives.
It was a special but emotional day. At the end it felt good to know that in our hardest hour, losing my dad, actually helped someone by giving them the gift of sight.

Our piece for the quilt, of course my dad's grandchildren were his pride & joy. My dad also worked for Orange County for 30 years (in addition to the 8 years he worked for Manatee County)

The quilt that was unveiled from last years donor families

All the pieces that were donated by this years donor families

We will be invited again next year to see the result of this years contributed quilt pieces.

Monday, December 8, 2014

46/52; Let's Go For A Milkshake

We asked the boys if they wanted to go for milkshakes? When they answered yes we asked them to go get some clothes,  this is what each of them picked out...




Crazy t-shirts, wild pajama pants & their monkey backpacks are what they picked out & that is exactly what they wore to go get milkshakes, lol...


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