Monday, November 29, 2010

Want to see one little excited boy???

Movies... 3D style

Candice and Steve picked up the kids on Friday and had a fun filled afternoon at McDonalds and then the movies. They saw Disney's new "Tangled" in 3D. I think Caleb made it through the previews and then he took his afternoon snooze. Austin and Avery on the other hand stayed awake with the help of twizzlers, sour gummies and sprite.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Thanksgiving 2010 is now a thing of the past and we have great memories, but very few pictures to show for it. Thursday we made it to Rockdale for Thanksgining lunch w/ my grandpa's extended family and then we came home to watch the UT game. No need to discuss that outcome. Friday Uncle Steve & Aunt Candice picked up the kids to take them to lunch and then to see the Disney movie "Tangled" and then we all had supper back at our house with my parents. Saturday was Christmas decorating time and then supper at Mimi's for Maurer Thanksgiving. Despite Avery being a bit under the weather, Thanksgiving 2010 was fantastic. We saw most of our family and were able to make a few special memories.
This year Maurer Thanksgiving was missing a special person as Granny Maurer has been in ICU in College Station. She's had a pretty tough battle to fight these last few weeks, but now it looks as though she is one the mend. She has a slow recovery ahead of her. She could use a few extra prayers.
Now we move into the Christmas season and I can already tell it is going to be an absolute blast with the kids. We have been singing Christmas songs for 2 weeks already. I will be Rudolfed out by Christmas. We have 4 trees up -1 in Avery's room, 1 in the boys room, 1 in the play room, and the main tree in the living room- and I just realized I have one more in a box in the attic. Not sure if it will come down or not. Wesely would prefer it stay put. I am behind on Christmas shopping. I have yet to do the whole Black Friday thing.... that would mean I'd have to know what to buy already. Happy Holidays!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

It is Thanksgiving morning, still dark outside, and the rest of my crew is sleeping peacefully in bed. I on the other hand am enjoying an ice cold diet coke and some peaceful silence before we start the day. Yeah, me! Today is a time when we are supposed to stop and focus on all the things we are thankful for. Of course, we should do this more than once a year and I try, but often times don't do a very good job.
I think my thankful list could be a mile long and that in itself is a blessing. I am most thankful for my family, especially my husband, A, A, &C. Each one is amazing in their own way and I love them sooo much. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone out there. Hope you spend the day with those you love and that you wear your most comfortable stretchy pants to the Thanksgiving feast.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Caleb - I am thankful

I am thankful for:
- my cowboy hat
- my cowboy boots
- my belt
- my mommy and daddy
- bucking bulls
- Popo
- Woody (from Toy Story)
- milk
- Santa Claus
- rodeos

Happy Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Avery - I am thankful

I am thankful for:
- my teachers
- chex mix & apple juice
- all my dresses
- gymnastics
- markers
- my mommy & daddy
- my brothers
- pink applesauce
- the color pink
- Fancy Nancy books
love, Avery

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Austin - I am thankful

I am thankful for:
- my friends
- my mommy and daddy
- hunting with daddy
- my Gator
- candy bars
- apple juice
- daddy's truck
- cowboy boots
- my brother & sister
- ropes
love, Austin

Friday, November 19, 2010

The ultimate punishment...

Wednesday Wes picked up the kids and I when I got home I found Caleb in timeout and a long note from his teacher on the counter. Apparently Caleb had no interest in participating in gross motor that day and he preferred to watch the kids playing outside instead of eating his lunch. When the teachers tried to move him to a different chair, he threw a fit. We have seen these fits quite a bit lately, but this is the first time he has done it at school. Wes must have given him a pretty stern talk and he was given the ultimate punishment.... his boots and cowboy hat were taken away. They were put on the top shelf of our closet and would not come down until we received good notes home.
I am happy to report that those boots and hat came down today and so far we have had one well behaved cowboy.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

1st Father/Son Hunt

For someone who could care less about how many horns are on a buck's head, I sure was excited for Wes & Austin to get home from their first father/son hunt in Mason to hear all about it from the perspective of a 4 year old. Wes & our friend Dane Rau who are on the same lease, took the oldest boys of the family, Kade and Austin, to the lease for 4 days for a little hunting action. The full report we got back was that the boys loved it, got along the whole time, and were easily entertained at deer camp.
The morning they left, Austin was up bright and early and had his big buck shirt on before anyone else got out of bed. He was SOOOO excited. Wes said he sat well in the stand and if you saw my previous post you'll see that he didn't have a hard time keeping himself occupied. Wes was one proud daddy after the weekend was over. I'm sure there will be many more deer slayings in their future.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Modern hunting...

Here's one way to keep the boys still and quiet while waiting on the big buck to come to the feeder....

Monday, November 15, 2010

Hunting buddies

These two boys were like peas and carrots at the deer lease this past weekend. Lots of memories made for their first hunt!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Teacher Conference - Austin

I wasn't so sure what to expect out of Austin's teacher conference. He's not one that usually talks much about school. Avery usually overtakes the question when I ask how the school day was and every once in a while he chimes in. His comments tend to be more about what happened on the playground. He hasn't shown near the interest in writing his name or letters or working on homework. He does love to read with Wes at night and likes to draw.
Ms. Winkelmann said Austin was doing great in class. He is quiet, but seems to be coming out of his shell a bit. He still has a little ways to go on his letter recognition, but Ms. Winkelmann said he was still in line with the rest of the class. His self portrait was adorable. Like his sister, he included knee caps!?!? He plays well with others but also likes to play on his own and overall is a great little guy to have in class.
At the end of our conference we discussed the idea of holding the kids back a year or keeping them with their current class. Avery & Austin are the babies of the class w/ an August 15th birthday. I go back and forth alllllll the time with what we will do and maybe one day will post about it, but this is a decision we will need to make this year. It's a huge decision, one that could affect the rest of their lives, or at least a good portion of it. I know what every decision we make, we ahve to be confident in and stand by it.

Teachers conference - Avery

Avery loves school - writing, singing songs, reading books and most of all, the teacher's attention. Ms. Winkelmann, her Pre-K teacher, had nothing but positive things to say. She noted that Avery usually prefers to go to the reading center when they are allowed to pick where they want to go and she loves writing her letters. We see that at home too. Avery likes to participate and always raises her hand when a volunteer is needed. I got to see some sample work she did for sake of a mid year evaluation and it still makes me smile to see the art of a small child. I loved the self portrait. It was a basic stick figure but for some reason she included knee caps?!?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Parent/Teacher conference - Caleb

At the ripe old age of 2, we are already having parent/teacher conferences. No need to fear, this was a scheduled conference, not a "your child is a real terror, we need to talk" conference. Actually I love to have the time to sit and talk to the teachers without 10 other kids running around in the room.
So I met with Ms. Becky today to talk about Caleb's progress as a Frisky Frog. I'll spare you the boring parts, but one thing I found interesting is that when playing inside, Caleb tends to hang around the teachers. They often times have to tell him to "go play". I have been told the same thing about Avery. It really is eerie to see how alike those two are. Now when the class is outside, Caleb is off and running and could care less where the teachers are at. His vocabulary is very extensive for his age and he holds well thought out conversations. As she is telling me this, I am quickly reminded that he is only 2, but so often we think of him as 4. Overall he is doing great and off to a good start! Unless she was keeping some things from me, it is obvious that some of his behaviors at home have not carried over to school. Thank goodness!
As I drove up the drive after work today, I was met by my kids - the hunter, the cowboy and the gymnast. Wes had picked them up and they chose to change as soon as they got home. Have I mentioned that this drives me crazy??

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Weekend report...

Well my first weekend of the season as a deer widow has been far more manageable than it was a year or two ago. The ability to throw on clothes and load up in the car sure beats the process of packing bottles, diapers, baby food, change of clothes, etc. A few highlights from the weekend:
- The kids stayed w/ Mimi and Popo on Friday night since I was in Dallas at a workshop for the day. I came home late Friday night to a quiet house. It was almost an eerie feeling.
- Saturday Avery and I had a first - a Paw-ty - a birthday party for Maggie, a puppy. She was 21 in dog years!
- Saturday night while the girls were at the paw-ty, Popo took the boys hunting at New Years Creek near by. The plan was to hunt about an hour and then go out to eat at Applebees. Turns out, Popo shot a 10-pointer which made going out to eat out of the question. Caleb said "I don't want that deer. I want to go to Bumblebees." Austin was so excited about the deer and even attempted to help get it on the bed of the truck.
- Sunday morning we skipped church and went to the park mid-morning. As we drove up to the house on our way home, buzzards were circling in the back yard.... never a good sign. I was able to find two dead chickens in the yard. 3 were hiding in the cedar trees and there is still two MIA.
- We made Halloween a two weekend event. The kids dressed up again today and we went to both great grandma's here in town. We missed both last weekend. We got just what we didn't need, more candy.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Deer hunting...

After getting off a deer lease two years ago, Wes is back on a lease and has a place to escape during deer season. He left for opening weekend on Friday, and so far no kill to report. There was a time I wasn't so crazy about his deer hunting weekends.... the long drive, packing up, bow and arrows, no scent spray, gun.... all to "maybe" shoot a deer. I admit I still don't understand sitting in a wood box in frigid cold, luring animals with food just to shoot them, nor do I understand the "thrill of the kill." But, I do understand that hunting is something Wes enjoys doing, takes pride in, and gives him a little "me" time. One other perk is it puts meat in the freezer.
I remember when I was pregnant and we found out we were having a boy and a girl, one of my first thoughts was "Wes has his hunting buddy and I have a shopping partner (I got a shopping diva!)." When Caleb came along, Wes gained one more hunter - one shopping partner is all I need!
This year, Austin will be able to tag along a few weekends with Wes. Austin is SOOO excited and I'm pretty sure Wes is too. Every night, they look at the calendar and count down the days until they leave. They are going w/ Kade & Dane Rau next week. For the boys sake, I hope they see lots of deer and shoot something. Austin will likely put on camo all week long and I will find tons of acorns in the washing machines, the ones he is saving for the deer. Thats ok, the excitment in his eyes when he talks about those deer makes it all worth it.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween 2010

Halloween 2010 has come and gone and we've got the pics, dress up costumes and LOTS of cavity producers to show for it. Austin, Avery and Caleb all knew fairly early on what they wanted to be for Halloween this year. I admit I talked Caleb out of the fireman costume only because I am all about the all in one costume - 1 full piece of clothing to keep up with! So we wound up with 2 super heros - Batman & Spiderman and 1 butterfly. They wore their costumes with pride and decided Halloween was no day for a nap so after our 3rd stop trick or treating at family, they decided a little cat nap was neccesary before taking to the streets for some door to door action. Thanks Kristen & Jared for inviting us over!