Monday, November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving was the quietest I have ever experienced. It was just the 3 of us!

For breakfast we had Mickey Mouse pancakes.

It was my first time making a whole holiday dinner, but it turned out really well! The stuffing was TO DIE for.

Jeff with his beloved cranberry salad.

Totally stuffed.

Jeff promptly fell asleep.

The day after, we went to the zoo. It was a gorgeous day! Unseasonably warm.

Tired boy who refused to pee for, like, 6 hours.

Saturday we went to a screening of The Good Dinosaur. Axel liked it, but I thought it was WAY too scary. There was a scary part every 5 minutes, no joke.

We walked from the screening through Central Park (shown below) to Gray's Papaya (a famous hot dog restaurant).

 From there we walked to the Museum of Natural History. Axel was completely out of it, as you can see.

He was so excited to see the dinosaur bones!

 The we went to the 34th street Macy's (you know, THE Macy's) to Santaland.

Axel kept saying that he didn't want to meet Santa, so we were ready to just say hi and run through, but then Axel loved it! The Santa was so nice and friendly, and spent a couple minutes talking to Axel before they even took pictures. They have a really sweet set-up there. You walk through a Winter Wonderland while you wait in line for Santa, and then there are probably 8 partitions each with a different Santa, so that each kid can spend a good chunk of time with Santa. We were very impressed!

It was a long day (11 hours out and about in the city!) so we were tired on the train ride back.

We had such an awesome Thanksgiving weekend and I am so grateful for all the time Jeff was able to spend with us. He has been so busy at work, so it was amazing to have 3 straight days with him (Sunday doesn't count because I was in various meetings all day).


All of the sudden, Axel figured out how to draw... We were sitting in the adult session of Stake Conference (yes, we didn't want to pay for a babysitter so we brought him) and he only had his magnadoodle to keep himself entertained. He started drawing these amazing "monsters" as he called them. It was amazing. So this post is dedicated to his new-found drawing skills from the past month.

He told me this one has "chestes-es" (meaning boobies). Whoops!

He figured out how to make his lightsaber levitate by sticking it in the door thingie.

On his first day of preschool with his friend Tytan! Tytan's mommy and I are taking turns teaching. So far, so good!

Inside the mind of a 2 year old.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Call Family Halloween Visit

Nana, Papa, Alex, Kaden, and Great-Grandma came to visit!

Great-Grandma got Axel this awesome Mickie and Minnie lego set! He loves it!

Nana brought some Halloween jammies and books. This kid loves to read!

Swordfighting with the boys.

We went to a farm to enjoy the nice fall weather and beautiful leaves.

Sorry, Kaden, I had to put this picture here! Your face is hilarious!

Jeff gave us an awesome tour of Blue Sky.

On Halloween Day, we went to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

This was a massive mausoleum for one of the Rockefellers.

On Sleepy Hollow Bridge.

Washington Irving's family plot. His grave marker is the one with the American flag by the tree (not the one in front. Behind that)

Since it was Halloween, there was a Headless Horseman!

Axel outside the Old Dutch Church.

Cutest Batman ever! Ready to go trick-or-treating!

 Everyone decided my floor is more comfortable? I love what Axel is doing to Kaden.

For Nana's birthday, we went to the Met!

Playing with Papa

Playing one last Memory game before everyone had to leave!

It was a fun trip and I am so glad that they were able to come out! Love you all!