Monday, January 30, 2012

happy fourth birthday malcolm!

today this boy of ours turned four years old! FOUR!! it is a little hard to believe. the years seem to be flying by. we are loving this age already, he seems to have grown so much just in the past month alone. he is so smart and says the wittiest things all the time. we truly love having him in our lives.



tomorrow morning we drop off his application for preschool. he would start in the fall. the school we want to send him to has a small number of openings and a high number of applicants, so please keep your fingers crossed for us! here's hoping he gets selected!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

december leftovers

marbles recently added some new items to their play area that encourage kids to be healthy and active. malcolm loves the new features.

eat healthy :)



play sports





get moving!


the giant marbles christmas tree


we went to a parade in the small town where danny's parents live. it was hilarious. this is the only photo i took, but boy was it a doozy!


how danny washes malcolm's hair


the only wreath i made during the month of december. it was delicious!


festive cupcakes from whole foods


the kids had their pics taken in a photobooth, after visiting santa at the mall



this is TJ. our local trader joe's store hides TJ in a new place every day, and if you can find him, you get to choose a prize from the treasure chest. this idea is genius. malcolm loves looking for the squirrel while we are shopping. 



playing computer games in the buff


gifts coming in...


...gifts going out :)


i took this the first day we had sweets in our house. she looks huge in this photo, but only because she was sitting closer to me. she is a beautiful dog. and lucky is so handsome.


malcolm was doing crazy kung-fu kicks and jumps, and alanna was taking photos of him 




the best gift under our tree


this year we gave malcolm a playmobil pirates advent calendar, to count down the days until christmas. he loved opening up the little boxes each morning, to see what tiny surprise was tucked inside. this photo is from christmas eve, so all of the boxes had been opened.


santa brought each of the kids a gift box from lush. (i told you they were spoiled!) lush bath bombs are the best!


december was a pretty great month. 2011 wasn't too bad either. 

Saturday, January 28, 2012

christmas day 2011

...and here are our photos from christmas... over a month late. oops! we had a wonderful holiday.

our little tree, which i have grown to love over the years. we bought it the first year we lived here, and it cost less than $30! it is small, skinny, and a little crooked, but it holds all of our ornaments perfectly. this photo is from christmas eve, just after santa visited ;)


pile of packages from my parents on the left! thanks guys, we love you!


my kewpie angel


lucky dog opening his gift


and the kids opening theirs







the aftermath.


santa surprised malcolm with the best gift ever, his very own tire swing!




danny has always wanted a lotso-huggin' bear!





one more swing before heading out to danny's parents house



more gifts! (wow, these kids are spoiled!)








this photo of compton and malcolm makes me laugh!


and last but not least... dessert! 


i always somehow manage to not get any photos of the family. i guess because dan uses his fancy camera to take them, so i don't? we love spending christmas afternoon/evening at dan & vicky's house. the food is always delicious, and the company is even better. we are very grateful for it all.