Monthly Archives: November 2011

Moco Noses, Giving Thanks, Cooking and More!

Another month is about to wrap up and it feels like we have been cooped up inside for the majority of it. Yes, lots of germies are going around and the Flints were unable to escape the wrath. Mr. Pickles started day care and seemed to bring home a little more than his fair share of them and decided to share them with Nana Flint, Mommy, and Daddy. We can’t ever say our son never gave us anything. 😉

Here’s what a sick Mr. Pickles looks like:

"Cuddling up next to daddy makes me feel better."

We learned pretty fast that wiping his little moco nose was going to be a challenge. We have mastered the “sneak attack” to minimize the crying and protesting. With all the slimey tissues around, lots of baths have been in order.

Just call him Mr. Bubble Beard.

Woz got hit a little harder than the boys and was super grateful that Russ was great about keeping her supplied with plenty of tea, cold medicine, and back rubs. 🙂 We all started to come around by Thanksgiving morning.

Xion's First Thanksgiving Day Parade!

We headed over to Nana and Grandpa Flint’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. Lots and lots of good food. This energized most of us but it put Russ in a deep food coma.

"Mommy, I need some help over here!"

Easily distracted, X leaves Daddy to play ball with Grandpa.

Thankful.

Xion loves his Nana and Nana loves her Xion.

Everyone feasted.

Thanksgiving feet!

We all started to feel a little better by the end of the weekend, but at the time of writing this none of us are back to 100% just yet. We even made up a parody of the Beach Boys song “Kokomo” and sing “There’s a place called Moco nose…” Yeah, we are easily entertained. 😀

Feeling better and reminding us that we need to child proof our cabinets!

In other non-sicky news, Russ has taken to cooking lots of yummy dishes the past few months. Woz has been encouraging him to take a cooking class, and when there was a Groupon for a class at the Santa Fe School of Cooking, he jumped on it!

Taking photos and lots of notes!

He learned a lot of new techniques while he was there and got to eat the tasty food he made! He’s since recreated most of it for Woz and one of her new favorite things is potatoes with green chile. She’s definitely a New Mexican now. Look out Chef Ramsey, Russ will be heading your way for Hell’s Kitchen 14! 😉

Woz has been tending to one of her passions as well. She is slowly working through an e-course by SARK called Juicy Journaling and is loving how fun it is turning out to be. She also finally threw her hat in the NaNoWriMo ring this year, and while she didn’t come anywhere near where she needed to in order to “win” this year, she got a good chunk of words on the page and considers that a total victory. Write on! 😉

Even with the chaos of being sick, we have a ton to be thankful for and absolutely know this. We are pretty darn happy and are finding happy in all the places we can everyday. Like this…

Xion helping Daddy clean AND workout!

Yeah, you know that made you smile. 😉

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Happy Halloween!

We’d been looking forward to Halloween for lots of reasons, but mainly because it was the first as a family. In preparation for All Hallow’s Eve, Russ suggested we head to a pumpkin patch! So we headed to a great one…

Linus waits here for the Great Pumpkin 😉

I ain't no jive turkey, y'all!

The weather was gorgeous and we loved that there were rows and rows of pumpkins and displays for the little man to see.

Look, Mommy and Daddy, I made a friend!

Does this thing go any faster?

Sure, there's plenty of room, Daddy! Come on in!

It was all very official!

Happy.

Mommy and her little love.

The next day was carving day! A Jack-o-Lantern and yummy baked seeds were a waitin’! Russ got right to work.

He's a master with the knives! Ooooo ahhhhhh!

While Russ carved, Xion had his own fun activity going on. Something had to happen with the pumpkin!

Oooooo, this feels nice on my hands!

The kitties were clearly uninterested while Mr. Pickles tended to his artwork.

I see great things taking shape here, Mommy and Daddy!

All done! Ta da!!

Pumpkin was everywhere so this little guy headed straight for the tub. Meanwhile, Woz was busy making some seasoned pumpkin seeds. Just add some oil, a pinch of salt, and spices (we used the Trader Joe’s South African Smoke) for 12 minutes at 350 degrees and you are all set. Yummmmmmmmy!

Warm and crunchy!

We were super excited for Trick or Treat and hoped we’d get more kids come to our door than we had last year. It wasn’t hard to beat since last year we didn’t get even one! 😦 We did get some this year (16 in fact!), so we consider that a success!

Xion was all decked out and was ready to greet the ghouls and goblins each time our doorbell rang.

Our little calf went mooooooooo.

Pumpkin slippies for Pickle feet.

We wanted to go all out on the Halloween decorations but, wow, are they ever expensive! So, Woz found some super inexpensive ones at the dollar store. They did just fine.

The Walking Dead could be filmed here. Zombieeeeees!

Those who didn't escape the zombies.

And of course, our Jack-o-Lantern that we fondly named Edgar. He actually stayed lit all through the night and well into the next day!

Edgar the Happy.

Cards from Aunt Deedle and Uncle Dave for Xion’s first Halloween. 😀

Boo!

Waiting for the trick or treaters!

Daddy and his little love.

Does this outfit make my cheeks look big, Mommy?

So ended yet another wonderful Woztober. Oh, Woz did have a great 35th birthday, too! So many cards, Facebook happy birthday wishes, and some wonderful gifites. She is looking forward to her hot and cold massage (and facial!) that Russ got for her. Those are scheduled for later this month. Long live, Woztober! Here is one of the gorgeous presents of the year from Dave and Papo. A one of a kind wooden treasure box made by Elise of Dark Fairie Creations.

Once upon a time...

And they lived happily ever after, too. 😀

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