Tuesday, December 20, 2011

December Post

I thought I should have at least one blog post this month.  Lately I have been distracted by Christmas shopping, Christmas cards, Christmas music, Christmas cookies, the giant tin of popcorn from our neighbors that only I have been eating, and a stomach virus that Hudson kept around for four days.  Luckily he was selfish with his virus and didn't share it with the rest of the family.  

As Christmas nears, I decided to introduce the boys to something I have always loved ... gingerbread houses.  I'm not going to shape and bake gingerbread for the house (who has the time?) so I bought a package of graham crackers.  I made the rookie mistake of buying store brand and finding out they were squares of graham crackers and not the large rectangles that come in the Honey Maid box.  Rather than running back to the store, I made it work.  I used a glue gun (because icing was not going to cut it) and assembled four different houses.  Then we invited our friends Riley and Kingston over to help decorate them.  

The house on the far right turned out so small, I added a dog house as a bonus.  

Landon helped make the icing.  I found the recipe here.

We set out sprinkles and candy

Of course we had to have these.  I thought I liked them ... but then tasted them.  Has anyone tried these lately?  These were labeled as "spiced gum drops" and they tasted like black licorice.  I nearly gagged.

Kingston was all about the sprinkles.  The pink and blue dots still wedged between my hardwoods will always be a great reminder of the night.

Riley had a thing for the icing

Landon just wanted to eat the candy.  One for the house, one for Landon ... 

And here is how the houses turned out:

Riley's pink and green A Frame

Landon's top heavy pentagon replica.  I wish I had a picture of this house from the top down.  You would be impressed with my graham cracker square assembling abilities.  

Hudson's minimalist cathedral.  

Kingston's snow covered cottage and dog house.  

After eating a pound of candy  putting together the houses, I introduced the kids to my favorite Christmas tradition, the Nutcracker.  It was the NYC Ballet version on PBS.  All of the kids got into it--even the boys. 

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Since we just made two trips to Texas in the past two weeks, we decided to spend Thanksgiving in Kansas.  Our sweet neighbors invited us to spend the holiday with them at their farm.  The night before Thanksgiving we drove to Adam and Ginger's cabin which is about thirty minutes away.  It's more like a regular house, not a cabin.  We built a campfire, roasted weenies, made s'mores, and of course Steve broke out his guitar for some campfire songs. 

The boys and Baby Stella 

The "cabin"

We left Thanksgiving morning to celebrate on the farm.  There must have been at least 50 people there.  They were all so welcoming and acted like we belonged there.  The food was also pretty amazing.  The boys had a great time and got to have a real farm experience.  

All of the kids playing on top of the giant bales of hay

The tire swing was very popular too.

Hudson and Landon collected fresh eggs from the chicken coop!  We got to take them home and made eggs with them the next morning.  They were delicious!

Isn't this what you think of when you think of Kansas?  Bales of hay, a horse trailer, and big blue sky?

Landon going high on the tire swing.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Great Pumpkin - A New Tradition

We started a new tradition in the Hahn house this year.  It's called the Great Pumpkin.  After trick-or-treating, I gave each boy a ziplock baggie.  They could fill it with as much candy as they wanted, as long as it zipped.  Then we took the rest of the candy (a grocery bag full) and put it out on the back porch for the Great Pumpkin.  The Great Pumpkin visited us that night.  He took the candy and left a Cars 2 DVD for the boys.  The candy then went to Steve's office and was out of our house.  

Here's a shot of the boys and their preschool class on Halloween.  

Just before trick-or-treating with our neighbor Baby Stella. 

And a flashback to 1981, maybe?  My brother and me and Batman and Robin.

Monday, October 24, 2011

One Week Until Halloween!

Last Halloween was the first year the boys actually understood trick-or-treating.  Knock on a door, say "trick-or-treat", get candy, and repeat.  They are so excited about their costumes (I'll post pictures next week) and getting candy.  They were also excited that our new neighborhood has a tradition that was celebrated in our old neighborhood.  Last week we were booed!

We came home from school to find this on our front porch:

Can you see that the Hot Tamale box is open?  I couldn't resist.  

I don't know who was more excited about being booed, me or the boys.  We went to Target the next day and picked up some treats to leave on two other porches in the neighborhood:

We also had our last soccer game of the season last week.  It's getting cold here and the boys will start indoor soccer in November.  Here are some pics from their last game:

The boys had a great season and each scored in every single game.  I couldn't be more proud of them!

Somebody else also played in a game over the weekend:

Steve is in the middle of the picture with the red shirt.  Can you see the ball in the air?  That just bounced off of his head.  Pretty impressive!  

Happy Halloween!  

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Bench Makeover

I have casually looked around for a bench for our entryway for the last few months but never got serious about it.  I finally decided to do something about it and searched Craig's List for a couple of weeks.  I've said it before and I'll say it again, Lawrence Craig's List is quite different from Craig's List in metropolitan areas.  Lawrence is a small town and the selection on CL is small.  On top of that, I have to compete with college students that are trying to furnish their apartments.  After two weeks of searching, I came up with this guy for $15.  

I cleaned, then primed it.

Then I sprayed it white, bought fabric online, and sewed these pillows.  I know, more chevron.  I need an intervention.  

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Weekend

The boys were sick last week with sinus infections and the croup.  So sick that we had to cancel a trip to Austin to meet my new niece and play at my nephew's birthday party.  We were all bummed.  But they bounced back on Friday and we've been making up for lost time.  Here's what we've been up to:

School was out on Friday so we headed downtown to the somewhat new cupcake place called Cupcake Construction.  It's a concept similar to the self-serve yogurt places, but with cupcakes.  One red velvet, one mocha, and two s'mores cupcakes.  

We also went to Target for Halloween decorations.  We found this guy in the dollar aisle. 

These as well.

Sunday we went to the Maple Leaf Festival in Baldwin, KS.  We had a picnic with our neighbors and then visited the petting zoo.  

We also got suckered into paying a dollar to let the boys go down the slide.  Seemed like kind of a rip off, but they were excited about it.