Even our Christmas tree is divided.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
On Tuesday, these 4 Shull turkeys traveled to Missouri to visit the Shull side of the family.
6 hours is a long time to be in the car!
We ate lunch on Wednesday at one of our favorite spots...Sandstone Garden. Smith loves his PawPaw!
Nanny, Kensington and Andrew
My silly boy back there!
Super excited about something!
After lunch, we made our way to the old-fashioned candy store. We looooooove getting candy here!
Running to the door!
Then, Cheryll and I did some shopping on our own. This included me visiting my very first John Deere store. And look...I coincidentally am wearing a green coat! This was my first (and most likely last) visit to John Deere. I'm too city for these folks. :)
Don't I look like a fish out of water?!?!
Later that night, we met up with the guys and kids for dinner and some mall shopping.
Then we did the coolest thing EVER! Way back in September, when we had K's Tangled birthday party, I purchased these Chinese lanterns (like from the movie Tangled)...well, Texas still had a burn-ban, so we weren't able to send them up. Sooooo...we took them to Missouri and set them off there instead. Words can't describe how cool these lanterns were. They were big (about the size of Smith) and floated waaaaaaay up in the sky. It was just like the movie. (You'll notice, my sweet girl was so excited to watch that she ran outside before I could cut the price tag off of her jacket!).
This is Andrew and Steve getting one lit.
The next day was Turkey Day!!
We were so happy to play with our cousins Brode and Sylvia!
Sweet Sylvia! (They're only 12 weeks a part.)
Uncle Dave was so sweet. He spent the longest time outside with all 4 kids. He was helping them slide, cheering them on...being sooooo sweet to the four kids!
Best part of my vacation...on Thanksgiving night, both of my babies sat in my lap for 30 minutes while we watched Toy Story 3. I am so thankful.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Ok people, I'm decorating my house for Christmas, listening to Christmas music and just proofed my Christmas card. It is super, super adorable! I don't care what you hear about using online companies for your cards, if you want quality, creativity and originality, you'll use Slightly Askew Designs. This is my 5th year in a row to use them and I continue to be impressed. No matter where you live in the country, Andrea can create a custom, one of a kind card for you and your family. Plus, you get to support a super creative, Christian friend...what could be better than that?!
Happy Card Shopping!
Thursday, November 17, 2011
For Christmas when Kensington was one, we bought her a Pottery Barn Kid's chair with pink monogrammed slipcover. Well, three weeks later, we had our little man and for some reason, that became his chair and not Kensington's. He's always loved sitting in the Pottery Barn chair and Kensington has preferred the regular chairs. (I'm sure you've seen 154 pictures of Smith in his sister's chair.) The other day, he kept saying, "I'm going to go sit in my pink chair" and I thought enough already. So, I ordered him his very own slipcover, we retired Kensington's pink one, and the boy has his own blue chair now. When it came on Tuesday and I put it on the chair form, he was so excited. He was genuinely thrilled with his new blue chair. Every man needs a good chair.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Today, is my little brother's 28th birthday. Happy Birthday Sean! We love you!!
On Saturday night, we had his birthday party at my parents' house. Kensington went straight to her Uncle Seanie and sat in his lap (with both of her ponies).
Then Sean read them both a book.
Me and Miss Paisley (who wouldn't look at the camera!)
Kensington is in love with her little cousin Paisley.
Smith is just in love with his car and motorcycle.
My kids helped Sean open presents
Me and my boy!
And then Kensington helped Sean blow out his candles.
Have a great birthday Sean! We love you!!
Monday, November 14, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
...we go to the zoo!
Andrew and Tab went out of town for a football game, so Erika, Sarah and I loaded the kids up and headed to the Dallas Zoo on Friday. Here we are...35 minute drive, 6 kids, one "accident" in her panties (she shall remain nameless but thank goodness it wasn't Kensington!), one infant diaper change, and three strollers later, we enter the zoo. All 5 big kids have suckers as a reward for getting from the car to the entrance peacefully. (Yes, we are moms that bribe!)
Sarah and Erika taking pictures of the kids
Nixon offering me a bite of his sucker. Sweet boy. My kids would fight me to the death if I asked to sample their suckers.
Look how close we were to the lions! The Dallas Zoo is notorious for animal escapes...seriously...I can see why!
Look at Erika's expression in the back. (Behind K's head) I laughed so hard when I saw this picture. Erika thought it would be a great idea to put all the kids in this old jeep and snap a photo. As you can tell from Erika's face...not a great idea. :)
Hello?! The giraffes were close enough to pet and feed!
Me and my boy!
We ended up putting Ebby Lee and Kensington in my stroller and the boys in Erika's stroller. They way preferred that! I love these two Ugg feet!
So much more fun sitting with a friend then a little brother!
Nixon will eat anything from anyone...here he is charming Molly for a bite.
I was trying to take a picture of the boys in their stroller but as you can see, Nixon is still eating out of Molly's hand.
We are also those moms that completely disregard the railing. Our kids go right up to the glass.
We ended the day with a ride on the carousel.
I love this picture. Don't they look "done"! Ebby Lee is mid hair bow ripping out, Smith is stealing something from Nixon and I'm pretty sure Kensington is moving Molly away from her. We did have the best time though. We heart the zoo!
We came home from the zoo, took naps, showered and changed and then headed to the mall. We had 3 kid's meals, 3 sugar cookies, browsed some stores and had the best time together. Even though we really missed Daddy, we managed to have a lot of fun!.