Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving weekend...

We celebrated a wonderful Thanksgiving this year at our home. Even though all our family was not able to be together I'm looking forward to spending time with my side of the family during Christmas break. Lots of stuff going on during our days out of school... a trip to see Santa, a message from Payton from school one day (it absolutely made my day!), a new bed, and a good lesson learned- hopefully. Payton's new big girl bed... over the long weekend at home with us she really started spouting out some new words. She is trying to repeat words she hears and really has discovered books! She loves to read books, even if it is the same one, over and over :)! The bed is taking a little adjustment... she has slept wonderfully in her crib so we are hoping after the initial shock of the change she will settle back into her routine. Still more changes to come... right now the bed is just on the floor with a box spring until she gets more comfortable.
I guess you could call this the kid table... but we had three stations of eating going on... the favorite part of the meal from the kids - pigs in a blanket and fresh corn from Aunt Nette. We had anything and everything you could think of and plenty of delicious desserts. The kids enjoyed riding in the golf cart and playing upstairs!

My message for the day... so sweet!

These are the bags of toys that RJ picked out to donate to a local organization. We went through several of his toy bins and he decided what to keep and what to give away. I really hope he understands the point and just how lucky he is.

After our trip to see Santa at the mall, home relaxing and playing... they discovered how fun the hats were to play in...

Monday, November 23, 2009

Getting Ready...

We are bracing ourselves for the month of December around here! This month is always filled with craziness: birthdays, parties, shopping, more birthdays, pictures, holiday festivities, school programs, and most important of all - family! We have just about finished our decorations for the house... first time ever I have been done this early. But I need desperately to start some holiday shopping and birthday shopping! And then comes Christmas cards... at least we had the pictures made this weekend, I'm dying to see how they turned out. Definitely keeping my fingers crossed. Here are a couple I got the kids to take for me at our local park. Almost card worthy, but I had my heart set on a shot of the kids together or a family picture (since we haven't had one made since our little girl joined the fam.)

Friday, November 13, 2009

Pretty toes!

This weekend the girls painted our toes while RJ was taking a marathon nap session... she absolutely loves having me paint her toes and sits very still for me. I can't wait for the day when we will be getting pedicures together!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Everyday life.

For the most part... until the little one gets covered with ants. There were about 15 bites on her hand and wrist, some on elbow, feet, forehead (from stripping her shirt off that was covered also.) Beautiful weekend so we decided to move our mums to the back yard and Payton just happened to pick the lucky mum full of ants. I felt horrible... she cried in the first few minutes and then she was over it. She is definitely a tough girl! I can't get over how grown up she looks in this picture...
she is really getting into the stage of 'writing' and 'drawing'.
At one of our favorite spots, Los Mex!

She had so much fun climbing in the box which I tried to capture, but I only
got the end result when she was stuck and couldn't get out!

A moment too sweet for words... both kids enjoying time with Daddy reading them a book!

Friday, November 6, 2009


They really do love each other... it is fun to watch the constant interactions between them.
What a pair!
Now for the way life usually is...
Can you tell she has had a terribly runny nose? Her poor little
nose is red and irritated...
What a handsome fella!
Just loved the way she was looking at him...

Monday, November 2, 2009

Happy Halloween!

We celebrated Halloween at The Pressley Halloween party! The kids had a great time trick-or-treating... we rode through the neighborhood (freezing) on a trailer. The kids loved the hayride/trick-or-treat ride. The Brooks Family costumes this year: RJ - Hot Wheels race car driver, Payton - Minnie Mouse, Roby and Mel - jailbirds.

On the trailer riding through the neighborhoods...

A rare family shot...

RJ loved trick-or-treating this year... so funny because just last year and the year before he was so shy and way too embarrassed to go up to the doors. This year he took off running!

Getting ready to race!

Race car driver and Minnie Mouse

She makes a pretty mouse!

At the party...

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