Just wanted to answer a few questions (all about where I shop for the kids).
1. I got Courtney's scarf (from the Santa post) at Gymboree. I looked online though and it doesn't look like they have it anymore (but they have lots of other cute stuff).
2. I Got Coley's sweater (from the same post) at Fred Meyers (a chain store - not sure if it is just a West Coast thing though).
3. Shopping for the boys is easy. I hit Old Navy in the Summer and then again in the Winter and they're good to go for the whole year.
4. Since little Courtney Bourtney (and now Annie) ended up in my life though, I've found that I shop for the girls all year round. I go to Target and Old Navy a lot, but it's kind of hit and miss. I think that little girls should look like little girls (I don't want their midriffs showing and I don't want the word "sweet" written across the seats of their pants), so I usually only find a few things that I like at those stores. My favorite place for the girls is Gymboree (really cute stuff, really good quality, but too expensive). I rarely buy stuff on there at full price though. I usually buy stuff on sale and I usually buy it when they are offering Gymbucks and then when I use my Gymbucks, I usually spend it on sale items (so when their Winter clothes go on sale, I will buy them for the girls to wear next Winter).
If you ask me, I'd say that I am saving us a ton of money (although every time I say that - Josh just laughs and says "you can't save money by spending money.")
But I saved $22.00 on Annie's Christmas dress (50% off at Fred Meyer)...so I'm sticking to my theory.
We lost power (us and 1.5 million other people) last Thursday. I had been looking forward to winding down my day with an hour on the couch watching Survivor, but ended up in bed at 7pm with a flashlight and a couple of kiddos snuggled up next to me instead (no power for 26 loooooong hours).
Spent Friday over at the mall with all the kiddos finishing up my Christmas shopping (better than sitting at home in the dark) and then dropped Ross and my Uncle off at the airport (they left for a cruise to the Caribbean). So I'm guessing that life is pretty good in Ross's world right about now (I can't believe he's on a cruise...I've never even been on a cruise before).
Josh flew from Ohio to Chicago, Chicago to Portland and then drove a rental car from Portland to Grants Pass Saturday morning. He got in at 4am and decided that he might as well stay up since Courtney had dance class and Coley had a wrestling meet just a few hours later.
So glad he's home.
And Josh's parents got moved back down here on Friday - so we got to spend Saturday night eating pizza and hanging out over at their house (good stuff).
Yesterday, we made it over to Jacksonville after church. Santa, carriage rides, roasted chestnuts and lunch at Bella.
And this fine Monday morning, I just got Annie laid down for a little nap and can hear Cole & Courtney playing nicely in Cole's bedroom (for now).
1. I'm sitting here enjoying a decaf mocha chiller, knowing that their days are numbered (I swear, I'm giving them up very soon).
2. Coley told me yesterday that he is going to have three jobs when he grows up - he's going to be a Beavers basketball player, an engineer and a lemonade seller (last week it was a Beavers basketball player, an engineer and a tap dancer).
3. Annie slept like a little angel last night (which means I did too).
4. Josh is getting an earlier flight home which means he'll be home Saturday morning!
5. Took Coley & Courtney to see Happy Feet the other day (really great kids movie).
6. Only two more days of eating take out and I will have successfully managed to not cook one meal then entire two weeks that Josh has been gone.
7. Looking around my scrapcloset - there is a pile of squished Cheerios on the floor (Annie got ahold of the box yesterday and dumped them everywhere and instead of cleaning them up, I have chosen to step on them each and every time I walk in or out of my scrapcloset), 3 empty mocha chillers and remnants & piles of all 4-5 projects I am working on right now. It is an embarrassing mess.
8. I'm in desperate need of some motivation.
9. I just heard a crash in the living room followed by Coley yelling "I'm really, really, reeeeaaaaaally sorry Mom" (a brand new Christmas ornament in a bazillion pieces).
10. I was going to pick out a really cool new coat for Josh for Christmas, but he called the other night from Ohio and mentioned that he was out coat shopping (this always happens - I have a gift idea in mind for him and then someone or something throws a wrench in my plan). Still don't know what I'm getting him.
11. Found this picture yesterday and it made me sad that I hadn't written down more about Josh's graduation from AMS (I've forgotten so many of the details now).
The good news is...we finally found something that Annie LOVES to eat.
The bad news is...Ross accidentally gave her Honey Nut Cheerios instead of the organic, whole-grain cheerios that I normally give her.
And she couldn't eat them quick enough.
I'm really funny about not giving her sugar (she's never had any sugar except for the finger full of frosting that my Aunt gave her at my Sister's wedding - right before I pitched a big ole' fit about it), so I'm not too thrilled about the whole thing.
I had visions of her being this really good, easy, healthy, eater.
Coley's been talking constantly about his two new best friends in kindergarten.
We'll just call them Billy and Bobby (to protect their little trouble-making identities).
And he says that they're his favorite friends because they're really funny. When I inquired about what it is that makes them so funny, he said it's because they aren't very good listeners and because they talk about a lot of things that they shouldn't talk about (apparently Coley has a real knack for choosing friends).
So I've been a little anxious to go to his parent-teacher conference.
It was yesterday and it was kind of cool. It was a student led conference, so Cole and I spent about an hour in the classroom playing number games and reading stories before I sat down with his teacher.
Aaaaaaand, I was happy to find out that even though Coley might think pretty highly of Billy and Bobby...he still thinks for himself.
She said he's a very good listener and that she's never heard him act or talk inappropriately. She said he's a leader (which I love about him), that he's a good public speaker, that he's a perfectionist (and we've got to help him to let go of that just a little bit) and that he's doing really, really well academically.
Mind you, I am not delusional. I've heard Cole spout off a few choice words before (in fact yesterday, he told me that Annie was pissed - said he heard it from Grandma) and I'm well aware of his affinity for hanging out with "funny" kids like Billy and Bobby.
I'm just thankful that he is respectful to his teacher (because that kind of thing is huge to me).
And it felt so good to hear her talk about him. To hear that someone else sees the same qualities in him that I see.
And he made this picture of an OSU Beavers shark for Josh.