Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Bennet and Jude are really getting into the Christmas spirit! See for yourself!

Waiting and waiting for Santa and Mrs. to get around to our table at the Santa brunch!

Our turn!

Mama and her boys.

Decorating cookies Christmas eve.

Christmas morning

Turtle and ball that Mommy made for Jude.

Cape and mittens Mommy made for Bennet.

Daddy made this ring stacker for Jude!


Be sure to listen closely...he's singing the Superman theme song!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Fancy Shoes

Today marked the official start of Bennet's winter break and he celebrated by sleeping in until 9 am!! Now, that is amazing on it's own. But what made it even better was that Jude must have talked it over with Bennet, because he slept until 9 as well! Needless to say, I was a very happy, and well-rested Mama.

This morning was the Jingle Bell Jog 1.5 k here on base. So we had to get dressed and out the door by 10:30. I quickly fed everyone, dressed them, and threw a diaper bag together. I sent Bennet to go put on his shoes and off he ran to the shoe basket in the front hall. Now, normally, he pulls out his favorite orange crocs and puts them on himself, but today he pulled out his black dress shoes that we bought for him to wear with his holiday outfit. I saw what he was doing and told him to grab his crocs. What happened next was so sweet and funny!! Bennet shook his head, "Uh-uh." Then, with a twinkle in his eye and goofy grin on his face, he said, "Fancy shoes!"

What could I possibly do? Certainly, I couldn't deny such a cute request!! So my sweet 4 year old jogged 1.5k in his "fancy" shoes this morning!

I have to add that the plan was for me to push both kids in our double stroller, but as soon as Bennet saw all the costumes, heard the music, and saw other people running and walking, he hopped out of his seat and literally ran the entire way! He was so pleased with himself! Of course, I wasn't thinking and I didn't take my camera with us today, so I missed out on taking photos of his very first racing experience. Bad Mommy!!

After the run, everyone went inside the gym for some lunch and raffles. Both Jude and Bennet won!! Bennet got a giftcard to the NEX and Jude got a toy. So after the run, we went to the NEX where we exchanged the toy (it had far too many flashing lights and sound effects) and got Jude a few outfits while Bennet chose to buy two Melissa & Doug toys (I may have gently swayed him towards those rather than the plethora of "boy toys" lining the shelves) with his gift card.

All in all, it was a very fun, and thoroughly exhausting, day!

Friday, December 18, 2009

It's been almost 2 years!!!

Photo Sharing - Video Sharing - Photo Printing

January 28th will be the 2nd anniversary of Adoption Day!! Of course, Bennet came to live with us in September of 2007, but January 28, 2008 was the day he became an official Nelis and we were finally recognized as a forever family!! Last year we had a special family dinner, but I think this year we may take a weekend trip. Not sure though. Do you have any good ideas for celebrating our family's special day? We'd love to hear them!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

7 months old today!

Where is all the time going?!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Official End to my Blogging Hiatus

Vacations, holidays, and children have been keeping me thoroughly busy and away from the computer. But I found a spare moment today and decided that I really needed to update here! So here is the past few months in a nutshell:

Bennet started going to school 5 days a week which has been great! He's opened up a lot more at school and he's beginning to repeat a lot more! However, this has meant that Tim and I have had to watch what we say...

Jude started eating solid foods. Super fun and SUPER messy! His favorites are green beans and squash. He's rolling all over the place now and is sitting up on his own...well for a little while anyways until something catches his attention and he rolls off to the side!

Tim is still training for his marathon and working long hours for the Navy. In his spare time, he's been building toys for Bennet and Jude. More on that in a later post -- don't want to spoil the surprise!

As for me, I've been preparing for the holidays and working towards my goal to feed my family wholesome foods from scratch as much as possible. As you know, I've been enjoying bread baking for about a year now and I recently tried my hand at making my own pasta!

It would be ridiculous for me to try to tell you every little thing from the last few months, so I'll leave you with a few photos and videos along with a solemn vow to blog frequently in the coming year!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Hats for Boys

The boys are just that much closer to ready for the fall and winter! I've got their jackets on my knitting needles right now and am hoping to have them done for our upcoming vacation!!