Monday, March 23, 2015

Christmas Unexpected gifts

Since our Christmas trip to MN was a surprise, grandma decided to throw some gifts together for my boys.  Surprising enough they became the most played with gift.  She had a bunch of Ban Bao for when any of the grandkids came over for a quick toy play.  Well we have played with many different building blocks that are similar to LEGO, but almost all of them just do not work well.
That being said, my guys wanted to start building immediately, that's just the kind of guys they are.  I made them wait until we got home because mom was mean and said NO to them being strewn around grandma and grandpas house with 20 other people there and needing to make a quick get away I did not want to be looking for building blocks into the wee hours of the night.  If it is buildable they will do it as fast as they can.
They had 3 boxes each from grandma and then dad brought them both a box home to have blocks just for their block building mug.  They started into the boxes and unfortunately mom was helping build instead of taking pictures of the building process except for the big box for their mugs.
By this time thy had already made the 4 little cars that came in grandmas boxes. 
The helicopter went over seriously well with the little boy who thinks all things that fly may be just as awesome as cars, machines, trucks and trains.

Our little modge podge of their new creations.  Played with for hours on end.  Building toys are a must in this house.
Well maybe the helicopter needs to become a car too.  hee hee hee
Then they added string to bungee vehicles and create a crane.  I love their creativity.  The rest as they say is history.  These are now a constant in our house and usually spend the night in their room so they can play as soon as they wake up.
Hope all is going well for you.
God Bless
Gretchen

Someday

Ok I so did not keep the, I will keep up my blog resolution.  Oh well sorry to my friends whom I lied to.  My excuse is I've been having crazy fun with my boys and loving it.  So I guess I will try again.  Wish me luck as I begin again.
God Bless you and your day.
Gretchen

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Speilgaben has arrived woo hoo

This is what arrived today after waiting since October. They were supposed to be here for Christmas, but you can't rush customs.  Oh well my guys didn't care it just extended Christmas for them.
The top box was a wee bit mangled, but all the pieces are fine. 
This is what came in the top box. 



So it took mommy an hour to unwrap everything. And it was so much fun all I could think of the whole time was what will my sweet boys do with all these fun things. 
And once daddy got home they were allowed to open their last Christmas gift and they went at it with a vengeance. 
Mom I love the colors and the circles, these are my favorites. 
Daddy look I can lift this huge barbell I made.  Daddy told him to be careful and not over lift such huge barbells. 
Check this out brother aren't these circles super cool. 
This is my volcano that will spill all over the Earth not another plant brother.  Mwahaahaahaa 
Mom I lost my main support, I need more support.  Argggggh 
The bad guys are trying to get rid of my fleet mom.  (Some squares and half circles were added to the board.)  They are trapping the guys.  (More squares and half circles.)  They are going to be attacked by more bad guy fleets.  (Even more squares and circles.)  Wait how did you guys get in here?  (Ahhh the diamonds have been added.)  This side is good, that side is bad.  They are going over all my fleets all the bad guys are trying to get me.  (The circles have been added.)  I have beat the bad guys mom.  (The circles and diamonds have been put away.)  I have now turned them all into good guys.  (The rest are put away)
Hope you all had as much fun over Christmas as we've had.
God Bless you and your family.
Gretchen

Merry Christmas

My fabulous hubbie decided that we could go surprise the MN grandparents so my oldest and youngest spent the drive like this hee hee hee.  Ok not really since my hubbie is driving.
Daddy is wonderful because this was a quick trip, as in we were there less than 24 hours, and the trip there is 7 hours both ways.  Not a big deal when we were younger and with healthy children, Buggie was still feeling sick to his stomach and hadn't eaten for 3 days.
 Well it was worth it and this was the picture to prove grandma loved her surprise.  It was really nice to see my mommy and boys so very happy to be back together.
 Ice skating on Grammies back porch on Christmas day can it get any better.
Feeding the birds on Christmas day.
More feeding of the birds, gotta make sure they get their present too. 
Are we really all done, awwwww I want to do more with the birds Grammie. 
Woohoo time to play in the snow, why don't we have snow at home, we need snow at home mom. 
 
Christmas at Grandma and Grandpas house, and yes we got to play with Grandpas train, until Bobo fell on the track and everyone was asked to go take a break. 
We were attached to cuzzie most of the day, totally love her he does.
Cuzzie outside fun in the snow, let the snow ball fight begin. 
Mom is the new target, I started running after this shot.
We were in uncles lap when we weren't with cuzzie.
Grandma giving Great grandma's toast.  "Here's to the prettiest, here's to the wittiest, here's to me."
Opening presents, woohoo finally the waiting is over.
Daddy taking pictures of mommy taking pictures of family. 
Sugar and brain games is there anything better for a little boy.
Grandma and Grandpa, don't tell him we got a pic haa haa haa. 
Cuzzie and his man bun, yes we all really do need help.
Cuzzie playtime with Grandma and Grammie does it get any better.
See he just could not let go of her and cried when they had to go back up North.
One last snowball fight, but the best one because it's with Grandpa right before we started our way back to NE.
Bye bye Grammie, Grandma and Grandpa it was fun but daddy has to work in the morning.
And they are out until 8 am the next day.
Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.
God Bless
Gretchen

Monday, December 22, 2014

Our 25 Books of Christmas

In our house we have a tradition of wrapping 25 Christmas books up for the boys to unwrap every day of December.  This year mommy went a little nuts and instead of using the bazillion Christmas books we already have I decided to get a bunch of new ones.  Hee hee hee sometimes mommy needs to give herself a present and new books for the boys always fulfills that one, with Daddy Geeks approval of course.  Not only did he approve, he decided I needed a new place to put all of the books that I have collected or my mom has gotten for us, so he got me a library, which was delivered the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.  My Library is a 8.5ftx45ft by 9.5ft tall cargo container, I will do a different post on it's delivery and the fun that went along with that.
We started Advent Sunday November 30, 2014 this year by opening the 6 books above. I went a little overboard with the first night because I wanted to give the Ace Collins books, which we have been reading since Buggies first Christmas from the library. We have been reading Tabitha's Travels pretty diligently, which I'm happy about, Bobo wasn't into it at first  but now even he wants it read every night.  We got Joy to the World:Advent, we did not get into this book at all this year so I have put it aside for next year.  My 7 yr old Buggie loves The Adventure Christmas Children Traditions and read it every day and asked to do something out of it every day.  Now I had a plan and was going to bake, craft and do songs and books every day of December, but due to the whole family getting sick for a week and a half and right now I have my Buggie throwing up most of the day. Well that didn't happen so my new plan is that we will take the next month and do all the things we wanted to do during December and try to do it throughout the new year after all the craziness is over and when the real cold kicks in to visit our neighbors and do community service projects.  The guys don't know about this yet so I will see how it goes.  They are usually the ones who lead and ask where we are going next to help. 
These are all the books that we got each day this year.  Always check and see if Amazon has them first, I bought all mine in October so most of these links are not Amazon.  I bought over 15 books from the same vendor, hippo_books, for $0.01 a book and $3.99 for shipping, which I thought was good, then I asked if they would cut me a discount since I was buying so much from them and they cut my charge from $60 to $30.  Also make sure to check some of my links they may be kindle books.
 
 
Hopefully this will give you some help or spark your own imagination for a new family tradition.  I hope the Christmas season is living in your hearts and you are passing it along to others.
God Bless.
Gretchen