Sunday, December 27, 2009


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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Vids

These videos are more for the Grandparents.

Beware! they are doused with annoying voices from me... just try your best to ignore them.

Our Christmas

We had a really nice, relaxing Christmas this year. We decided to take it easy so we could just enjoy being together as a family. I didn't prepare a huge meal (I did bake tons a few days before, though). We ate fancy sandwiches and goodies all day, and it was just so great! I'm thinking we might carry on this tradition every year. We're so happy to have Nikki nearby so she could join us. I just love my sister!

This was the first Christmas that Miles has really gotten into. It was so fun to see how excited he got about everything. It was so exciting to get everything ready for our boys to enjoy on Christmas morning!

Christmas really is so much more fun with kids... I just can't get over how incredibly cute and fun it is to watch my boys open their presents and just have a look of magic in their eye. So sweet.

Opening presents.
Just a small sampling of the many fun things the boys got this year: a play kitchen from Nana & Papa, some adorable play food from Nana & Pops, a tent, a train set, books, movies... The list goes on and on!

One extra special gift that Miles got this year was a bell from Santa's sleigh. That's the only thing that he told Santa he wanted this year. And guess what, Santa brought it for him, and even set it way in the back, behind all of the presents under the tree. Miles was thrilled! (have I ever told you that Miles is OBSESSED with The Polar Express? He reenacts that story all day long. I would go so far to say that his life revolves around the story!)

Eating crepes.
A couple of years ago, Pops got Miles hooked on squirting whipped cream into his mouth, and he hasn't turned back since! We tried it with Carter, and he just wasn't quite sure about the whole situation.

After a few attempts, though, I think we have a taker.

Playing with the new toys.
Carter took an extra special liking to the new ice cream cone set. It's very adorable, I must say!

Miles loves his new train set!
I keep asking myself why it took me this long to buy it for him.

We watched many movies. Miles especially loved the tent he and Carter got.

So much, in fact, that I beheld this magnificent scene.
Normally I would have stopped him, but hey, it was Christmas, and the boy just wanted to lay low!

We loved our Christmas this year, and hope you did, too!

p.s. Thank you, family, for all of the amazing gifts this year! We loved them all!
We are so blessed to be so loved!!!

Monday, December 21, 2009

He's Got It

Looks like I may have an assistant soon.

Oh, and we have a new home for our family photos. Go HERE.

Friday, December 18, 2009


Miles and his little buddy, Jack, couldn't get more silly. When these two get together, there is plenty of rough play, loud laughter and lots of love.

Cute boys!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Ice Cube Paint

I've really been trying to encourage more love for the arts with my boys, and decided to try something new. I froze some water and food coloring in an ice cube tray. After a couple of hours of setting, they were ready to become water colors.

Miles really like this.

Carter decided it would be best to paint his face and hair, so we resorted to crayons with him.

Regardless of what was being painted, this was a huge hit! And I didn't even mind cleaning up the crazy mess this created because I was able to clean up my kitchen while they painted for a good half hour. Success.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Calm No More

I remember right after I had Carter, always commenting on how incredibly calm he was as a baby. He was the kind of baby who just breathed calmness. His presence was strong, but very soothing. He never cried, he would just snuggle all day long, and be completely content in doing so. He loved hanging out in his baby sling, I carried him around in that thing until he was almost a year old. I remember telling myself that he would just be the calmest kid on the block, just like Dillon.

Let me tell you, times have changed. This little guy is a wild little man, and he definitely makes me earn my keep around the Cowan house! He gets into EVERYTHING, and he's quick! He's our little tornado. One second, he's playing in one room, and the next, he's migrated to the next room, turning any and every container over. There's nothing that will keep Carter busy for longer than a half second. Nothing.

Well, except running water. This kid is obsessed with any kind of running water. Oh, and his toothbrush. Today, I put him up to the kitchen counter and I just let the water dribble out of the faucet. I know, Not very environmentally friendly, but hey, it kept my little rascal busy long enough (a good hour, longer if I would have let him) so I could try to dig a pathway through our living room.

Oh, how I love this wild boy of mine!

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

The temperature here dipped down to a whopping 40 degrees yesterday, and I refused to go outside because it was too 'cold'. This is coming from a girl who took an entire two months off of work to go snowboarding every day, regardless of what kind of blizzard was raging on the mountain. Oh, and a girl who endured (not always happily) three whole winters in Ithaca.

I think I've reached a whole new level of ridiculous-ness when it comes to the weather: if I (or my kids) have to wear anything heavier than a hoodie, it's just too cold to go out. Do I have a container in my garage full of winter wear? Yes. But I refuse to crack into it because I know the 'bitter cold' won't last too long. I think I've officially turned into a weather snob.

I used to make fun of all of the Californians that I met along the way for being wimps, but I must confess, I think I'm evolving into one, myself. It's unavoidable once you live here. It really is.

So, what did we do to kill some time yesterday?
We made (and ate) some of these:

We painted pictures.

And we made some of this goopy stuff. Remember this cornstarch/water mixture from your childhood?

The kids destroyed the house yesterday, but they sure had fun doing it.
And we stayed WARM.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

The Cowan Boys Meet Santa

Our boys met Santa for the first time this year. I was quite surprised that Carter took so well to him- he's usually not a fan of anyone holding him outside of Dillon or myself. Miles told Santa a really, really long story, complete with much hand waving and what not. I'm not sure what it was about, but it looked like it was a very important one-sided conversation.

Then after we got home from running a few errands, Carter went straight to our Christmas tree, and knocked it over. I think I'm officially ready for my trip to Vegas next week.