Nov 30, 2012

Thanksgiving

This year we spent Thanksgiving at home for the first time in 10 years!  For the past 10 years we have eaten our turkey and dressing in North Louisiana with the Crane side of the family, but because of a few factors, including home rental and pet occupation, we decided to move the celebration south this year.  Grandpa Crane and Grandma Tonie came down to celebrate with us, and Grandpa got to meet his latest namesake for the first time.  I present: Watts squared... 

Grandma's boy...
Mawmaw had some minor foot surgery the day before Thanksgiving, so we felt extremely blessed that she was feeling well enough to join us on Friday...
Apparently we didn't take many pictures, but the whole Pourciau-Ourso-Kemp clan was there, minus Aunt Alaina who was a victim of Baton Rouge traffic and a bad work schedule...


The next morning we took some pictures before heading off for a final breakfast together...
Four generations...
Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 29, 2012

Thanksgiving at PBS

One of the joys of my sabbatical has been being able to join Stella and Cille at school for field trips and parties.  The week before Thanksgiving it was time for their classes to celebrate Turkey Day.  Daddy and Watts were able to join the fun, too.  Stella's party started first.  She chose the Native American name "Deer Star" for herself.  Star because Stella means star and she knows this very well, and Deer in honor of Pawpaw because he likes to hunt deer.  Not sure she really gets that whole hunting concept yet.  This may also be a good time to mention that our little star is currently telling people she's going to be on stage when she is 6...
Stella was eager to show off her pine cone turkey...

She posed for some of her friends to take pictures...
Watts was having a blast nearby...
The Thanksgiving party was also a celebration of Miss Aphra's last day. She has been Stella's afternoon teacher all year.  She gave all the kids awards at the party and Stella won the "Most Likely to End Up on Broadway" Award.  After all the awards had been distributed, Stella ran up to give Miss Aphra a hug and the "Miss Aphra Award," ostensibly given for, well, being Miss Aphra...
Next it was on to this little injun's party...
Is she an Indian?  Is she a chipmunk?  Who knows?
Cille also made a pine cone turkey craft...

Nov 28, 2012

Christmas Boxes

Since Stella was in the womb, our family has packed Christmas boxes for Samaritan's Purse each year. (Apparently I only blogged about it in 2010.) We have always donated one box for each of our kids, so this year we got to add a box for Watts!  Yay! 
The kids and I spent an afternoon at the store choosing the items for their boxes.  They really had fun picking everything out...
When we got home it was time to divide the goodies and pack them up.  Stella's current favorite color is yellow, so she chose all yellow items for her box...
Stella felt the need to test a few of the items.  She is our quality control expert...
As Mr. Almond used to say, Cille "was just proud to be there..."
Watts supervised...
Almost ready...
My three cheerful givers with their boxes...
Lots of love from our house to some kids in need!

Nov 8, 2012

School Pictures

As promised, here are the girls' school pictures from this year....
 If you would like to compare 2-year-old Cille and 2-year-old Stella, click here...

Nov 7, 2012

The Bumbo Seat

The Bumbo Seat...such a great idea, but such a small window of opportunity to use it.  This is one baby product that I have never purchased because I just didn't think the use I would get out of it would justify the cost.  When Cille was little we borrowed Mrs. Paula's for a couple of weeks and she loved it.  Thanks to Reid and Tucker, who have every baby product known to man, Watts is the proud owner of a hand-me-down Bumbo!  While he's not really big enough for it yet, I don't want to miss that window, so the other day we tried it out...
 He loves it!
 Leaning to the other side is even more fun!
Thanks, Aunt Lacie, for bringing a smile to Watts's face!

Nov 6, 2012

Halloween Do-Over

Since I am determined that Watts will not be one of those third-born kids who has no pictures from his childhood, I decided that he needed to dress up in his lion costume one more time the day after Halloween so I could take some pictures of just my little cub...
 If you look closely you can see some of Mom's green witch make-up on his costume...
 I love my little pumpkin!

Nov 5, 2012

Halloween

This year for Halloween we decided to go with a Wizard of Oz theme.  There have been quite a few changes since Stella's 1st Halloween when she was a kangaroo, and her 2nd when she was a cat.  There was the year that she and Cille were the princess and the pea, then last year our family recreated Petite Rouge.  

May I present Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, or as Cille prefers, the pink princess...
We all know that Glinda travels by bubble, so Cille had her bubble machine ready in case she needed to make a quick trip...
If he only had a brain...Daddy made a very convincing Scarecrow...
Dorothy Gale and Toto joined the fun, complete with ruby slippers...
Our Cowardly Lion must have spent some time in the poppy field because he was a little drowsy...
Love this one...


Watts was not a fan of his make-up, so it got a little smudged...
Of course the mom has to be the green mean lady, or as Cille called me all night long, the Wicked Witch.  She seriously refused to call me "mom" in this getup...
I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore, Toto...
Let the joyous news be spread, the wicked old witch at last is dead!


I will never again carve initial pumpkins for 5 kids without assistance...
Poppies...poppies will put them to sleep...
So we had lions...and tigers!  But no bears, oh my...

Our Tin Man had a business trip...
Maybe my costume was a little over the top...poor Tucker was terrified of me...
Ready to trick or treat!

Last Halloween Reid was still in the hospital.  What a difference a year makes!
From our gigantic bowl of candy, the girls chose RAISINS!  
Our new neighborhood distributes orange ribbons to each house.  If you have treats, you display your ribbon on the mailbox...
Not really sure why we brought the wagon this year...the girls walked the whole way by themselves...

Reid and Tucker thoroughly enjoyed their wagon, though...


Watts made the rounds in his stroller and was a sweet little cub...
See?
Now, to start planning for next year...