Monthly Archives: November 2016

Christmas Wishlist for my Kiddos

So far we’ve kept Christmas a pretty low key holiday. Don’t get me wrong, it’s filled with fun, family, food and excitement. But we’ve kept the gifts to a minimum. And we plan to continue to do so. For two reasons, really. One: we don’t need more stuff. We’ve only been parents 2 1/2 years and I can’t believe how very much stuff we have!! Two: I really want Christmas to be more about the spirit of giving, helping others, spending times with loved one and less about material stuff.

You probably notice we had no ornaments on our tree last year.... they had to be taken off well before Christmas...

You probably notice we had no ornaments on our tree last year…. they had to be taken off well before Christmas…

That being said, my extended family doesn’t seem to share in my “less is more” motto. They like to spoil the kids. And they also ask for ideas. So, I’ve been brainstorming ideas I think the kids will love, but shouldn’t take up too much room in our overly crowded and cluttered home.

Now that we broke down and bought a mini van I’m really hoping that Santa will bring my kids a DVD player for us to plug in and use for road trips. I’m super excited to be able to comfortably take the kids on long trips and definitely plan on taking them somewhere fun this spring. If Santa brings us this (I have a feeling he will) then we would be happy to receive some movies to add to our collection, especially:

Rio 2: have I ever mentioned Lennon’s obsession with the movie Rio? He loves it and sings about it all day long. I just found out there is a sequel to the movie…  watching the same characters ina new situation sounds slightly more entertaining than watching the original a 1,543rd time. Just kidding, if you don’t have the original, it really is cute. I think Lennon and Lucille are drawn to it because it’s so colorful and has tons of music.

Speaking of music: my kids love to sing and dance. For Lucille’s birthday she got a beach boys CD as Barbara Ann is her favorite song. But I’m thinking some actual children’s CDs might be good too, for car trips and for dance parties in our house.

Clearance Halloween costumes: my kids love to play dress up and I expect this will be a love of theirs for years to come. I know I loved it throughout much of  elementary school. Halloween costumes are so pricey but sometimes in November and December you can find them for just a few bucks.

Experiences: We love getting tickets to experiences. Plays, museums, zoos, etc. To me, this is the BEST kind of present! A fun filled day that creates tons of memories and no extra clutter.

What suggestions do you have for 2 toddlers who need nothing but enjoy everything? What are you hoping Santa brings your kiddoes?



Doing a 2 Year Old’s Hair

A hairdresser is one thing I’ll never be. Add to my lack of skill the fact that Lucille is a busy lady and doesn’t want to take the time to get her hair did anyway… When just lounging around the house, I usually let her hair go au naturel. But when going in public I prefer to make her look a little less sheep doggish. So here are a couple hair styles that I can usually do while she’s on the move. If anyone has more easy suggestions for me, please share! I would love to do some cute braids but she will just not sit still long enough for those..

1. The Triple Side Pony. Lucille’s hair parts to the side so this hair style is easy for us because we don’t have to re part her hair. I just take a small chunk of hair from the front of her head and put it in a pony. Then I take a chunk right behind this pony tail and put that and the original pony into another pony. Lastly I grab a chunk directly behind the first two and pony it with the other pony.  Typically I do this while she eats because though it doesn’t take long… it’s still too long for my little busy bee.

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2. The Sloppy Bun. This is for the days that I can’t get her to sit still for a single second. I’ve often had to do this while walking behind her. This is typically my hair style too, but I admit, it looks much cuter on her. Just a pony tail, not pulled through all the way.

Lennon's hair isn't long enough for the bun, so we just gave him a pony tail haha

Lennon’s hair isn’t long enough for the bun, so we just gave him a pony tail haha

3. The Sophisticated Sloppy Bun. With a side part, gather a small bit of hair and make a side pony tail. Then pull all the hair back into a sloppy bun. It makes it look a little more like you put some effort into the hairstyle.

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4. The Lopsided Pig Tails. This one too starts with a side part. Starting off like hairstyle number 1, I collect a small amount of hair and put it in a side pony.  Then I collect the rest of the hair from that side of thepart and put it in a pig tail halfway down the back of her head. I collect all the hair on the other side of her head and put in the other pigtail… hopefully in approximately the same spot on the other side of the head.

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5. The Cocker Spaniel. With a side part I put half her hair up in pigtails on the top of her head. The hair in the back stays down.

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A Note from the Editor: I never take pictures as soon as I finish her hair, so these pictures are all of hair that’s been played in for a few hours. Also, her part is not perfect most days and I’m almost always too lazy to fix it.




Trick or Treating!

Halloween this year was a blast! Lucille went with Peter’s mom and trick or treated at a few houses last year… but this was our first time taking the kids trick or treating ourselves. I was a little lazy with the costumes, but that doesn’t matter because we had so much fun.

I love group costumes (see last year’s list of possibilities here) but this year I wanted to dress the kids after their namesakes: Lucille Ball and John Lennon. I bought an orange wig for Lulu, but then I (irrationally?) felt mean dressing them in costumes for my amusement instead of one’s they’d love. Lucille is obsessed with butterflies and Lennon is obsessed with birds so that’s what we went with.

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Rio is a favorite movie in our house. Lennon’s costume looks like Blu from the movie so he spent the whole night singing the theme song. Lucille wasn’t as thrilled to be a butterfly as I had hoped, I think she was distracted by all the excitement of friends and candy.

We brought our wagon trick or treating and I assumed Lennon would stay in it the whole time. This was not the case. He was just as into trick or treating as his 9, 6 and 4 year old cousins. He got impatient if we didn’t move to the next house quickly enough. And he didn’t want to be carried to the doors but needed to walk, so we all had to take turns holding his hand and waddling down the sidewalks with him.

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Most the candy they got is not appropriate for their ages. But Lucille knows there is candy in the house. She keeps yelling for her “bucket.” So I think I’m heading to the store for clearance Halloween candy to replace all the overly chewy stuff I don’t want them to have. Thinking maybe I can start using this candy to get some consistency with potty training….

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Growing up I went trick or treating with my siblings and my cousins every year, so I was really excited for my kids to do the same this year. I hope we have many years of cousin trick or treating in our future. And no, I don’t have pictures with all the cousins…. the kids move too fast on Halloween it’s a wonder I got any pictures at all!