Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Feliz Navidad! AKA: The Christmas of Archer's Golden Abraham Lincoln Statue

 Let's start at the beginning...



Della thought that bringing a tree inside the house was so amazing that she decided to stand up by herself...

Studying the underside of the tree with her infamous "pouty face"...



We went out to River Oaks to look at rich people Christmas lights...

Here are some property listings in the neighborhood, the first one starts at $10 million...


Ahhh yes...Christmas morning. Archer tried to get ours started at 5:20AM. We were able to hold him off until 6...

First things first...CANDY!

Archer gave his daddy a moose head coat hook...just what Chad always wanted...

Della's Christmas didn't start until 9 AM. She got to work right away on pushing her new shopping cart around with Raggedy Anne in it...


She wasn't too interested in the other gifts...that is until she realized there was paper ripping involved...


I edited this one a bit using Picnik...

 We decided to visit the Houston Museum of Natural History on Christmas Day. There was a visiting exhibit called "Real Pirates" that Archer really wanted to see. Side note: Archer has been refusing to wear long sleeves because they "get germs all over the bottom of them" so if you were wondering why his sleeves are rolled up even though it was 42 degrees outside when we took this picture, now you know...

 This was not one of the "real pirates" by the way. Again with the sleeves...


On the way home from the museum we stopped to get shakes because what else are you going to drink when the wind chill is 35 degrees? Sissy drank an ENTIRE pumpkin shake...by herself...

I asked Archer to smile and this is what I got. I love him...


So for those of you who don't know, we had some Christmas drama regarding Archer's wish list to Santa. He wanted two things, and iPhone (we said no to that) and...wait for it...a golden statue of Abraham Lincoln. I am serious. Well Santa ordered a statue on eBay (which surprisingly comes only in black or white, not gold) on the 11th of December. It never showed up. Santa left a note saying that he only had black and white statues of Abraham Lincoln but he had his elves working on a gold one just for Archer, but it would have to be delivered on a later date. That later date turned out to be Tuesday, it had finally arrived. Behold, Archer's "golden statue of Abraham Lincoln"...


He was pretty stoked...



Whenever he told people that he wanted "a golden statue of Abraham Lincoln" they usually asked two questions, the first being "Why?" Archer answered "Because he was our 16th President and he did some really great stuff. And he looks the coolest of all the presidents." The second question people ask is "What are you going to do with it?" Archer said the same thing every time, "I'm going to put it on my dresser and look at it." Of course.

So when I went upstairs to take a picture of it on his dresser, I was surprised to see that he had built some sort of shrine on his bottom bunk. The Lincoln statue resting on top of his vampire cape (you can see the reflective spiderwebs) and he had respectfully sprinkled pennies around it...

We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Yo Gabba Gabba Live!

We were fortunate enough to get tickets to "Yo Gabba Gabba Live" thanks to two very awesome friends Ruth and Julia. Lately Della's iPad has been looking like this (I can't get it to rotate, sorry)...


The buttons Della has pushed are shown along the top (or left in the picture) of the screen. If you can't read it, Della has said "I want to watch 'Yo Gabba Gabba!'" over and over and over again. We were excited to see her show some preference as YGG has become one of her favorites. We hoped this would make her experience at the live show even better but I'll admit that I was nervous about bringing her since she tends to freak out around crowds and loud music. Then the lights dimmed...

and she was way into it...





Della's good time was brought to the next level when hundreds of balloons were dropped from the ceiling...



But Della's mind was officially blown when the characters walked past. She was frozen with awe when Muno walked by...


But when she saw Foofa she wasn't going to let this opportunity pass her by. Della literally attacked her...
My apologies to whoever was in that costume. Having worked as a character at Disneyland I know how limited your vision is while wearing the costume and I know how disconcerting it is when someone you cant see is grabbing, pulling, and tugging on you.


Archer was also equally entertained...
And there was a lot of singing and dancing coming from his area...


The highlight of his evening was when Biz Markie asked for volunteers to participate in "Biz's Beat of the Day." Archer got to that stage in record time...
He told me later that he was so glad he had practiced beat boxing at home. Clearly all that preparation wasn't for nothing because he did pretty good!

Leslie Hall came out to do a "Dancy Dance"...


We were able to catch up with her after the show. She is the bravest woman I have ever met...


We had so much fun!

Thank you to all who made it possible for our family to this show. It was a really special experience to see Della recognize the characters as she made the connection between the TV show she watched at home to what she was seeing in front of her. I am not sure we have ever seen her show so much excitement and happiness over something like this. I may have gotten a little teary-eyed. Don't worry, it didn't last long!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

November and Stuff

We went to Archer and Della's school for "Thanksgiving Lunch" in the cafeteria. Don't worry, neither of them ate any of their food...
We had visitors for almost the entire month of November and we loved it! My mom came out at the beginning of the month and we had so much fun. I don't really have any pictures but that is because we were so busy sewing! My mom watched our kids while we went to a Bed and Breakfast for one night. Alone. Isn't she awesome? I confess, I had a hard time leaving the kids, not because I was worried but because I have an unhealthy attachment to them. Anyway, we made it to Brenham which is around 50 miles northwest of Houston and almost halfway to Austin. We stayed here...
Our first stop was a Monastery where Nuns raise miniature horses. I am being serious. Chad and I called it Mini-Pony Farm. Here is a picture from their website...

Look! I found some mini-ponies!

Chad is a little nervous around horses due to a childhood incident...

Then we went to a giant indoor greenhouse. Can you spot Chad amongst the Poinsettias?

We also went to some antique stores which we have never done because we have small children. I picked up this bitty bird (3/4 of an inch high!) to add to Della's collection...I have become a but obsessed with birds since we found out that Della wouldn't grow up to be like other children. I formed this image in my mind that her little spirit was trapped in a broken mind and body, much like a bird trapped in a cage. And like a bird, one day she will be able to escape the physical confinements in her life and fly away. I know, cheesy, but it reminds me that there is always hope which Emily Dickinson puts into words much better than I can:

“Hope” is the thing with feathers

“Hope” is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -

And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -
And sore must be the storm -
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm -

I’ve heard it in the chillest land -
And on the strangest Sea -
Yet - never - in Extremity,
It asked a crumb - of me.

OK-enough about that.


Our last stop was to the Antique Rose Emporium. I never really liked roses until my first visit to ARE where I had a conversion experience. We now have 11 roses growing in our yard. Our newest varieties are Red Cascade (all photos are from the Antique Rose Emporium website except for the Don Juan)... Don Juan...

Pioneer Spirit..
Moonlight...
And Star of the Republic (hmmm...that couldn't be a Texas native could it?)

Sadly our Constance Spry wasn't as spry as we had hoped. RIP...

Then my grandparents came for Thanksgiving. My grandma showed me how to make my first turkey. It was GOOD if I do say so myself...




We enjoyed Papa's famous tacos while they were here...

Even Della ate them. Behold the miracle...

Grandma also made cookies for the kids to decorate. Archer always takes his decorating duties seriously...
Della wasn't sure what to make of it at first...
She didn't like frosting on her hands...
But in the end she came around...

This picture sums up the experience, Archer busy decorating and Della eating a cookie out of each hand...
Papa and Grandma took Archer to get his first pair of cowboy boots. Mission accomplished...


He wears them CONSTANTLY...

It was hard to say goodbye to our family and we miss them so much. Thank you for visiting us!

We also had a freeze at the end of the month...
It finished off our "Juliet" and " Heinz 1439"(yes, as in the ketchup) tomatoes...

Chicken and Waffle didn't seem to mind the cold...

But that's probably because they were snug and warm in their newly finished chicken coop! Didn't Chad do a fantastic job?