Thursday, December 18, 2008

Incredible Gingerbread House

Our ward Christmas Party is tomorrow and Caitlin had signed us up to do a gingerbread house for a table center piece or something. I'm not sure what they're going to do with it exactly. I guess that part doesn't matter.
So, we decided we wanted to do something along the mid-century modern vein. Caitlin first suggested a Eichler type house but then I remembered the house in The Incredibles. So, we popped in the DVD and took a look. Here's what the house looks like:


And here's what I ended up with:


I'll be honest, it's not my best work. Truthfully, I got halfway through the project and the novelty wore off. So I did a rush job to finish. But, I think it turned out sort of alright. And, it sort of looks like the Incredibles' House. Mission successful... sort of.

This is what Archer was up to tonight:

Monday, December 15, 2008

Family Home Evening

The day Archer and I arrived in Houston Archer dropped our camera down the stairs. When I turned it on, a little puff of smoke came out as though it was a secret message self destructing. Since then, we've been using our camera phones which do take moderately decent pictures but do not do video. So, we finally caved and bought a new camera.
This evening, to celebrate the new camera, we decided to do a reenactment of King Solomon for Family Home Evening.
Enjoy-


Thursday, December 11, 2008

You Know You Are A Big Deal If You Are The Headline on Drudge Report...

So it snowed yesterday here in Houston. I guess it was a rare occcurance. Records kept since 1895 showed the last significant snowfall occurred in 1944. Archer started flipping out. Here is the madness that ensued.

Archer was running around screaming "It's Christmas!" as loud as he could...

As you can see, the snow didn't really stick...

Archer's snowball...

The neighbor kid's snowball...

I was in the front yard taking these pictures...
...when I heard some shouting across the street. Our neighbors were in a panic trying to cover their plants to protect them. I was too chicken to take a picture of them in the yard, so I went upstairs to get my photo op...

Baby it's cold outside!

Not to worry, it will be 78 degrees on Saturday. When we moved here someone told us, "If you don't like the weather in Houston, wait 5 minutes." So true.

Della Thinks We've All Gone Crazy

We got our Christmas tree on Monday night and Della was a little freaked out. She just sat and stared with her serious/pouty face on clearly concerned for our sanity. She slowly started to warm up and once she saw that there were colored lights involved, then there was no turning back, she was hooked!

First all she could do was sit and stare...


Then she became a little wary...


Getting a view of the tree from another angle...


Once the lights got involved, she was converted...


"If I shake it stuff falls off!"


"Mom, can I sleep under here?"

*I do know that his pajamas are too small, I have learned to pick my battles!

Friday, December 05, 2008

Día de acción de gracias

Della started off the holiday by watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with her Dad...

Then she decided she needed to be closer to the action...

She also clapped for her favorites...
Then she caught me taking pictures of her...
We had a nice quiet day, well at least until dinner was ready...

Archer cried for an hour and a half over eating 3 bites of turkey. It wasn't pleasant. We threatened some serious consequences if he made himself throw up (he does this on purpose, the most recent episode occurring 3 weeks ago over pork roast and peas). His favorite excuses are "I am pretty sure I don't like that", "I am scared", "I am not really hungry for healthy food, my body says it is hungry for candy", or the tried and true "I just can't do this thing!"
We visited the Museum of Natural Science where Archer was thrilled to see a real mummy and sarcophagus (his new favorite subjects in scary stories).

He also made a spider web at Dad's work. Notice his serious face...