Not sure where I have been the last few weeks - we've been terribly busy at work and are in a constant state of rush once we get home. Sean has been working EVERY night on a new side project and who knows what the hell I'm wandering around doing....laundry, lunches, clean up, a bit of office work...
Our weekends seem to go in slow motion and by Sunday, we wonder where the weekend went and why we did not get anything done.
Truthfully, we need a vacation. We've not taken a proper vacation this year and I think it will do us a world of good....so we're trying to hang on until the week of Christmas...we both have that week off and I am looking forward to it more than you know
Halloween came and went - and we had a blast.
We made ghosts and pumpkins and hung them from the ceiling in the kitchen and living room.
The ghosts and pumpkins were decorated with stickers, glitter, buttons and pom poms......all carefully and lovingly placed by Lucy.
We carved pumpkins and again, Lucy's favorite part was cleaning out the pumpkin guts.....and teasing (read terrorizing) her Dad with them because Sean HATES pumpkin guts....pumpkin guts gross him out as much as throw up grosses him out...actually, he deals better with throw up than he does with pumpkin guts.....
Lucy and I then to have a food fight with said pumpkin guts....
By time we were done, we were both covered in stringy orange goo and pumpkin seeds...and so was table, the chairs, floor, the walls....there were even a couple on ceiling.
It took me 20 minutes to all out of Lucy's hair but her of laughter an were totally worth it
Sean busted out a pumpkin with Lighting McQueen on it for Lucy and she was ever so impressed - told everyone who stopped by and admired it that it was "My pumpkin...Daddy made it for ME (emphasized with a tilt of her head, eyes upward to sky and her thumb pointed to her chest)"
Lucy was an elephant for Halloween.....I told everyone she was a Republican but few got that joke....
The weekend after , we did our Thanksgiving decorations. We decided leave pumpkins up we had made for Halloween and made some turkeys and leaves to go with them. We put stickers on some of and glued feathers on others and hung up the leaves and turkeys from ceiling with pumpkins.
Cousins De and Brad came for breakfast that Sunday and Brady decided he flip on ceiling fan thinking it be cool to see turkeys in the breeze...and it would have been except one of turkeys was pretty close to and it end up turkey off ceiling and sending across room. Poor Brad looked like he was going to pass out - Lucy just yelled out:
Oh! My turkey! My !
To this day, if we mention Cousin Brad, Lucy says Cousin Brad who my turkey?
was a quiet affair. We worked Wednesday and I had to work Friday. So for first time ever, we had a Sykes Family ...just three of us. We got up, cupcakes (we frosted cupcakes, piped on a head, used Mike and Ike's for tail, and gel and chocolate chips for eyes and candy corn for beak....looked awesome).
We watched Day Parade (Lucy loved it but was annoyed with number of ), and Dog Show. We m dinner, dinner, played outside, took a drive...forgot to eat dessert and ended the day watching Charlie Brown's Halloween special.
We're now gearing up for Christmas.
Lucy begins by down over stairs to her Elf on a Shelf she lovingly named Peter. And as soon as she finds him, she yel and points:
There's Peter! Peter's back! He to see Santa! In North Pole!
She'll ask Peter how his trip was, how Santa is, when did he get back...Peter never answers...not that we can hear anyway
We went up to a couple weekends ago and watched Santa arrive by boat at Number One. Lucy could not even she was standing so close to Santa - and when they made eye contact and he waved at her, the smile on her face was worth more than I'll ever be able to put into words.
This past weekend, we ventured up to Portland and went for a ride to North Pole on the Polar Express. Lucy could not have been excited - week our adventure, she told anyone and everyone she was going on Polar Express to see Santa.
We did see Santa and to Lucy's credit, she totally kept her cool....she did not freak out and cry or go all Buddy the Elf on us. Instead, she eyed Santa the way one would eye a celebrity standing in line behind them at grocery store...sort of did a double take and gave a slight nod to Yeah, I who about it.....
However, when she was handed her bell (which is part of story) she totally out!
A bell! A bell! I got a bell!
We drove home bell in her clutches, she went to sleep that night bell in her clutches...she woke us up Sunday morning with bell in her clutches....
We have made rounds in neighborhood showing people her bell....she was gagging to take it to school but we convinced her that would not be such a great idea as we did not want it to get lost.....but we had to take a picture of her holding said bell so she could show Ali and !
Lucy also wrote her letter to Santa (and by that I mean of course she dictated it to me)
It read like this:
My name is Lucy Ellen Sykes...did you already know my name?
I was wondering if you could bring me some animals for .
I just want a tiger. I love tigers 'cause tigers is orange and orange is my color.
also bring a lion for Baby Jesus? It his birthday and he likes lions.
We're having cake for Baby Jesus, cake......you want some Santa?
Thanks Santa, have a good trip, be careful!
I love you
PS thanks for Peter!
She is totally into thing but also totally gets its Baby birthday and she has been quite sweet about it. We've planned a party for Baby J on Christmas Eve: cake, balloons and maybe, Lucy says, he'll get a lion like Lucy asked.....!!!!
I’m sure he will Lucy, I'm sure he will............
Maria the Mum