November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving & 'Tis the Season

Mia and Stella


Pre-Thanksgiving fun.


Mombow and the Monkeys snapping green beans. Love. 

The Expert does the Big Bird.  Awesome meal. I love this man. 

Papooh and the babies.

Ready. Set.

Grub.  Turkey, creamed collards, cheddar scallion biscuits, macaroni & cheese, 
mashed potatoes, tomato gravy and creamed collards

More grub.

The arrival of "Pickles."

Thompson Tree Farm. 

Mia and Papa.

 The ominous "beef-a-lo."

Mombow, Papooh and Me. 

Feeding the goats.

James:  "Mom, I had a good time at the Christmas tree patch."

Stella: "Look Mia.  Itsa gooooat."

 Post-tubby snuggles.

The Clan (minus the Photog)

Maze of trees.

Sitting by the fire.

Wishing for more. 

Love.

Princess Stella. 

Decorating the tree.

Stella's two ornament placement.

Sweet Monkey.



Ta-da.

Time to Rest.

November 18, 2011

Thankful Feast

I went to the kids' Thanksgiving "feast" at school today.  This was an added bonus to the nearby job - being able to actually appear as mom... instead of Aunt Mommy.  [We'll ignore the fact that when our nanny left, Stella cried for her. Ugh.]


Still, it was a great time.  Stella's feast was first at 11.  All the little munchkins walked into the gym in a line, dressed as little pilgrims and native americans (how's that for PC)... and Stella was stoked to see me.  And I was STOKED to be there.


We had a nice little lunch, and she hugged me at least 50 times.  I felt very blessed to be there.

After I stuffed my face at Stella's feast, it was time for James' lunch.   The last few times I have been to school with James have not panned out so well.  



This went off without a hitch.


I truly enjoyed being able to take time with my children today.


PS - Today is my 32nd birthday too.  Funny how ridiculously unimportant birthdays are as a real live adult....

November 12, 2011

INK

Trip to INK in Gainesville with the kids today.  Pretty cool children's museum that touts itself as a hands-on Children's Museum.  True to form, there was a cow to milk (faux cow), a fire truck, police car, pretend dentist office, doctor's office, courtroom, classroom, vet's office and radiology.





The kids thoroughly enjoyed and were adequately worn out.  Although I think I am more tired from being the "patient." 




And I got to see my best good friend Beth and her munchkins too. 




Lunch at Mellow Mushroom.  I'm pooped.