Monday, November 28, 2005

Oooh Christmas Tree...

Since we are going to visit Tracy in Washington this year for Christmas, we decided not to put up our big Christmas tree. Logically this makes sense, but emotionally it does not. This is the first year Xander is really understanding what Christmas is all about and I love Christmas and always put up a tree. So, instead we put up the 1 foot tall tree that Mom gave me to take to college. I even got some little Dora ornaments for the boys to put on the tree. Even though we have more decorations/area for the small tree than the big tree, it was looking very pathetic because it is so small and it was making me sad. So I put some presents under the tree (really under the table the tree is on because the tree is too small to put presents under). Still pathetic. So, I went to Target and got a string of small colored LED lights and put them on the tree. Now the tree looks COOL. The light are very bright and reflect through the tree and onto the wall behind it. It looks like modern art. I feel better about the tree now.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Thanksgiving 2005

Tina's parents came down for Thanksgiving to visit with the boys. Grandma had a cold, so Grandpa and the boys went on a urban hike to Town Lake. We saw the Congress bridge and heard the bats. The boys were talking about bats the rest of the day.

For the big day itself, I brined and smoked a turkey in my Big Green Egg. My favorite part of the meal was the gravy which I made inspired by a recipe I found. I used whole wheat flour instead of white flour and dark beer instead of wine. This had some interesting effects because the gravy tasted like cheese foundue!

We also got Grandma hooked on Sudoku. This will go down as the Thanksgiving of Sudoku!

Sunday, November 20, 2005


Xander has been telling "knock-knock" jokes for a while (really the same one that he learned from Dora):
Who's there?
Don't cry, it's only a joke!

Duncan, imitating his brother, made up his own, borrowing the character of Boondai (Xander's imaginary friend):
Who's there?

He just cracks himself up and tells it over and over. He especially prefers if Xander does the responses.

Me Uncan!

This evening around bedtime, Duncan piped up "Me uncan". Tina was playing a game with him saying "Me mama" and he would faithfully respond with "Me uncan". So cute. :)

Friday, November 11, 2005

That's not your corn-hole!

After dinner tonight we had to pull a kernel or corn out of Duncan's nose.