Monday, March 8, 2010


I took a few photos of the kids before Christmas thinking I'd get to sending a card or something out for Christmas. There was just too much going on and the idea of even tracking down addresses in the craziness that was our house became overwhelming.

I love these two kiddos. They are so different. I guess I never fully understood what my parents meant when would talk about their love for us...not only the depth of it but how they loved us the same, but also appreciated and treasured our individuality. I'm now beginning to understand!
Some words that describe Boston would include: sensitive, aware, persistant, tender, fast-learner, athletic, energetic, and good friend.
Boston loves the Wii and is obsessed with Legos these days (especially those of the Star Wars variety!).
Cassidy key-words would include: loving, affectionate, dramatic, expressive, grown-up, unafraid, determined, outgoing, outspoken, and so so precious. Cassidy loves animals, but that's where the maternal instincts end. She wants what Boston has and would usually pick a car or Lego over a doll.

In my mind I already foresee some of the challenges and triumphs each may have simply because I know them and watch them and see who they already are. I embrace their differences and love that I have the opportunity to learn different things from them.

Turkey Day

I guess Thanksgiving needs to be mentioned at some point! We moved back into our house the week before turkey day, and though there were moments we wondered if we were crazy for hosting, the day was ultimately a success and the food divine. Trav's mom and stepdad came a couple days before and helped us re-situate boxes and dig out kitchen supplies from the garage that had been boxed for months since the flood. We couldn't have done it without them.

The best part of the day, for me, was when we went around the table and talked about what we were thankful for. I was surprised at some of what I heard, and grateful for the family in our lives. They are imperfect (like us!), quirky (like us), and all trying to make the most of what they've been given and the circumstances at hand.

This year was Trav's family's year, and his mom seemed mortified that we opted for plastic plates. It had to be done, and, truthfully, Travis and I want to make this OUR tradition. It was so fun to have easy cleanup!

The kids and Aunt Ellie.

The kids wanted us to play board games, but, at some point, Sarajane and I realized we were the only ones playing!

This is a famous "Alan Sandwich". Every year my dad would make the best turkey sandwiches. They are amazing. I made several over the course of the post-Thanksgiving week. I added a gravy layer to switch it up. So delish.