Monday, November 28, 2011

I love being thankful, especially when it means we celebrate it with LOTS of food!

Thanksgiving break for me started like a child with the anticipation of Christmas. Not only did I know I had two glorious additional days off work, but we were going to get a LOT done in the nursery and the house decorated... it's fun to be productive! :)
And it's fun to make & eat awesome food! Well, let's be honest here, it's fun to EAT awesome holiday food. Who am I kidding, certainly not anyone of you who know me. 
 My father-in-law makes the BEST turkey and I think Guillermo just about nailed it this year with his own turkey (of course copying his Dad's recipe)... that's a 22lb turkey - can you believe it! 

We had a leisurely day playing games and watching christmas shows while making food at our house before our dinner.... 
Quinn has this new thing where he wears socks on his hands. All.Day.Long. We put him to bed in socks, he wakes up with them on his hands. Silly boy. 
Candy Land!
Rebecca made the boys these adorable shirts, I had to post this pic, Quinn looks so disgruntled here!
Quinn's shirt said "It's All Gravy" 
Judah's said "Gobble til you Wobble"

The boys were showered with attention and love by their Uncle Will.... 
and their Mimi & Papa.... 
The boys got to play dress up and play in the toys while we tried to veg on the couch (you know with an almost 8 month old bebe in your belly and massive thanksgiving dinner in your belly, it's hard to move- I was wobbling even before I gobbled!) 
Auntie Rebecca was the accomodating "jungle gym" for the boys as they pulled her around and climbed on top of her. :) 
Toooooo many treats (no wonder they didn't want to sleep all weekend)! 
And lots of fun & laughs! What a perfect day!

Then it was time for decorating the tree!! 
The boys patiently waited until the tree was up before they started to "help" (which at this age you pray too many ornaments are not broken).... 
They did a really awesome job this year! So good I think maybe they should attempt to take it all apart while I lay on the couch! I mean, chips & breaks in all the decor just makes it more rustic- right? 
Love the tongue out. Such a Sherman trait. 
And the wonderful hubby, and wonderful Clemson fan.... 
Even though they disappointed SO badly this weekend! 
And special christmas movie night with our sweet friends while G was away at the game..... 
I love this picture of the boys, Quinn's face is hilarious. Beth's boys smile so nicely for the camera, but my boys are doing fake smile and snarling or whatever.....

But what a wondeful weekend, with wonderful friends & family... I know I've said it before, and hopefully I tell you special people often, but I am so blessed by you & am sooooo grateful and thankful for you!!  I hope you all had an awesome Thanksgiving weekend!

And most of all I am thankful for my amazing husband, who loves me despite my hormones and my two precious monkeys (and my sweet baby girl too) who make me so happy & filled with love, I could just burst!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Everything is coming up Orange & Purple!

The same way I have dreamed about having kids all my life to do Christmas with them, to do family traditions with them and to play with them, snuggle them, I know Guillermo has dreamt about having sons to take to Clemson football games.  So this year Guillermo and Judah had a special weekend and went to the Clemson vs. Wake Forest game.

Judah was in Heaven. I know Guillermo was too. They had awesome tail gating, right down the way from Death Valley.
Thanks to our sweet friend Scott & his wife who took such good care of my boys that weekend and opened their home!
Guillermo + Meat + Clemson  = Happiness to the Nth degree
Corn Hoooooole! All that practise at Uncle James & Auntie E's house has been great for Judah's skeelz.
This much orange is the only thing that rivals what I see when I look in my husband's closet.  
Guillermo wanted Judah to have the eagles eye view of the stadium, and they got tickets at the VERY top! (which I like- CHEAP). LOL.

And later in the week, Guillermo took Quinn to the Clemson vs. Citedal basketball game.


Quinn looks really concerned about what's going on in the game, but I bet he was thinking about which snack he wanted at half time. 
Celebrating 2 wins! Unfortunately no smiles this weekend when Clemson played like POOP.

We got to see some of our sweet friends who moved to Virginia....
The Robinsons! They look like a cute couple on a honeymoon, that must be the look of  "we're kid free for the weekend". :) 
The McBrides came out and met us too. It's awesome to catch up with friends! 
And if seeing the Robinson's wasn't great enough, they brought our baby girl two giant bags of clothes that'll fit her for almost 2 years! What a major blessing! Thanks so much guys!! 
Judah thinks he looks so Kool in his sunglasses......  
And I'm all smiles too this week cause this week OFFICIALLY starts the holidays and the loveliness of the holidays! I hope it's MAGIC for all of us! And goes by slowly..... 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Need a Laugh?

I saw this link and it's one of the funniest things I've ever seen! It's from a haunted house and the pictures are taken of the people walking thru the haunted house at one of the scarier parts. Here is the Flickr link to see all the pics: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nightmaresfearfactory/ 

Here are some of the pics:
The girls in the middle would've been me back in the day- pushing everyone forward! I was in a haunted house in high school and I think I was lifting up like three people in front of me so they'd MOVE. Lol. 
The guys face kills me he's all like "Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh" 
"Awwwww Junk- I was trying to be brave for my girl!" 
It's like a man train! 
The guy in the back is like "Don't you dare leave me!" 
I love the first dude is grasping for the hand of the guy behind him! And the guy behind the girl in the pink is probably screaming like a girl.
"I got cha back" (love that the guys face is scarier than the girls) 
Man, this lady on the left will need an exorcism after this haunted house!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Fair! Woot Woot!

There are certain traditions that we look forward to all year long... having food fest at the Fair each fall with the Quintons is one of these great traditions......

This year was a whole new experience as both kids were able to ride the kiddie rides!

Quinn wasn't sure if he was excited or scared!

This is one of those moments that you realize you truly have as much or more fun watching your kids have a blast on rides than riding them yourself (coming from a ride ADDICT too, as a kid, I was ready to catipult myself out of the moving car just driving into Cedar Point as a kid, waiting in line was like torture, but now as a big ol' pregnant adult, I am thankful for that little time to slow down & take a break. Lol)

Despite Quinn's hesitation, he LOVED the rides. Judah takes after me 100 %- the faster/higher/more whip-lash-creating/death defying the ride is, the better! 

Judah's favorite was the "swinging carousel that goes really, really fast and really, really high" - good choice Judah, those were always some of my favorites too! (poor Quinn was too short for that one).. 
Quinn's favorite was the kiddie alligator rollercoaster and the animals. That boy is still obsessed with animals, he's just to sweet for words!  Thanks to Uncle James & Auntie Elizabeth for carrying two heavy boys around to show them the animals!
Ahhhhh, fried fair food, it makes us all so happy! 
Gmo dreams about fair turkey legs!
We love Gavin & Dante so much, even though they are cool teenagers now, they are still sweet & loving, esp with the boys (who LOVE them).
I'll leave you with the 7 month bump! Now mind you, this is pre-fair food, so it probably grew about 10 inches after that!