Speaking of Lainey, she gushes over this paper towel dispenser every time we go in the Target bathroom. "Wook, Mom! It's just my size and soooooo cute." Obviously, my kids are mega-impressed with hand drying contraptions because with each outing we take, they spend more time in the bathroom than anywhere else.
Pacific Ocean? Nah......let's wash our hands.
I think we'll take them to see the Dyson Airblade this year as a Christmas treat. Maybe I can photograph them in front of one and send that out next year? Hmm......wheels are turning in my head.
It's nearly Fall here in California. I was just thinking the other day that we get a bad rap for our seasons. While they're not as distinct as other places I've lived, there is certainly color here.
Oh, and it's 82 degrees here today. Weird.
Share Day this week: Letter "I".
Jack brought a fake ice cube we got with drinks at Disneyland last year. Preschoolers were in awe. Everyone had to touch it.
Lainey now insists on bringing one relevant "share" and then whatever else she wants, too. So......she brought miss Hazel Darney's announcement for "infant" and her princess autograph book. I give up.
Blake was explaining all of this to Pa on the phone and he kept thinking Blake said Lainey brought incense. His reaction: "Wow. Yall are really taking this California thing to heart." Terrific.
Friday afternoon took us onto Camp Pendleton for the first time. I was so curious to see how this all worked. Our friends have a fabulous ocean view from their backyard. Is it too late for Blake to join the Marines?
We played and played and had a great time with Holly + her friend, Janet + kids. Jack can't get enough.
Carter, in usual fashion, wrangled everyone. Holly said she'd give him $10 to buy a raffle ticket for the IPad Heather is giving away. Have yall been to Cheatham Chat to see? Head on over. You might win!
Saturday morning brought us to an 8:30am basketball game. We spent 1/2 of it alternating chasing the kids. Jack and his buddy sprinted across the court mid-game this time without anyone noticing. It was pretty impressive.
I took them and a friend outside for a while. Choo choo trains keep everyone entertained.
Carter scored 15 points. Out of 16 for his team. The kid is awesome. Here he is doing the "15" as Blake suggested.
Sweet friends from Kansas City, Jillian and girls, sent the kids the greatest gifts.
A train project for Jack. Can you see how happy he is?
KU ornament for Carter.
And, a new kitten for Laine! Tinkerbell Kitty is her name. Expect to see more from her in the near future.
I love our house. The backyard is lit up in many places and has the prettiest glow when the sun goes down.
Finally, I'm going to share the easiest Christmas treat ever to create with you all today. You probably already know about it.
Almond Bark is your friend. Trust me. I always choose the vanilla flavor, seeing as white is much easier to remove from clothing than brown. And, I got it super cheap last year when it was marked down. Doesn't expire for another 13 months. I stocked up!
Melt it in the microwave according to directions on the packaging. 2 minutes, stirring once mid-way.
Grab some sprinkles. We used some Valentine colors because that's all I had in the house. Got those on sale, too. If I were giving these to friends, I'd add some green, but the punks don't care.
You can drizzle the coating on just about anything. Pretzels......
Become sugary sweet. The bark dries and hardens in less than an hour. Then, just break it all apart and enjoy!
While I prefer stove top popcorn, I microwaved a bag today and we covered that, too.
Graham crackers? Yes, please. Give it a try!
One more thing......check out Carter's cute artwork below. I love how clever he is. Click on the picture to see it full screen. (I actually took this photo because I've already screwed up our new scanner. Had it less than 2 months and I managed to cause a permanent "E" in the message box. This means that it will be there for 2 years until we buy a new one.)
***The picture is of Santa in a cardboard box, being pulled by a seagull. He asks, "How yall likin Cali, man?" He drew our house and the gazebo with lights all around.
This week's agenda:
*Send out more cards.
*Christmas shopping for our family.
*Field trip for Carter.
*Job search. (Someone hire me, please!)
*Christmas breakfast at school.
*Volunteer at Preschool.
*Register at church. (Still haven't done it.)
*And, hopefully.........a special day at Disneyland with the kids and then the night there with Blake after his work day is over. I heart Disneyland. It's such a happy place.