I think my favorite thing about this picture is that their real eyes are about the same size.

*Foam eyes courtesy of the MacDonald family

Thanksgiving '08

We'd like to introduce our blog readers to the newest addition to our Family:

the TV stand.

Nate used not one single nail on this project. He's quite the skilled woodworker.

We've titled the table The $1,000 TV Stand, as the purchases of some necessary tools were required for completion.

Soon after construction, we ventured on our cross-country road trip to PA and IN to visit the Knoebels and Smiths.

We discovered that Adam has been using some shady potty-training tactics with Jack

Grammy's surgery was successful, but watching her endure the aftermath was painful! Nevertheless, we're sooo excited for her!

Soon after, we drove 10+ hours to Indiana. We received some terrific news only 1 hour prior to our arrival that Silas had gotten a job! Not just any job, mind you, but an awesome one managing the assembly of diabetic kits! We
celebrated every day we were there by going out to dinner.

My personal favorite was Skyline - moment of silence for all you OCMers.

Ana also brought her work home.

We enjoyed a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner. Nate made a lemon meringue pie from scratch. Ana made everything else. Oh, Ana's friend made rolls and potatoes...and Ana made everything else. Oh, Linda made a delicious broccoli casserole, but didn't serve it until the next day...and Ana made everything else.

Which brings me to the biggest reunion of our trip:
We saw Linda and Heather!!!

Linda is my Dad's sister and Heather is her daughter...so my Aunt and cousin.

I haven't seen my Aunt since I was 13. We'd talking about getting together for so long; it was great to finally catch up and reminisce.

Here are all the kids:

It was sad to say goodbye, but great to know that the Smith family can now make online purchases guilt-free. Congrats again, Silas.

After returning to PA, the Knoebel fam met Santa Claus at the mall. We waited in a line that was surprisingly not too long. As soon as the family in front of us exited Santa's lap, Edie RACED up to him and screamed, "I WANT A BALL!!!" Well, Santa didn't know what to think because he usually gets to ask first. So then, they didn't really have much to say.

And Allison, well, she didn't want anything, because she's just perfect.

Edie's most favorite activity of our entire trip was riding the merry-go-round with Grandpa. He took her twice.

Now, on to Christmas! Happy Holidays everyone!

Papa John came to town

My dad flew in from Idaho on Oct. 30. He could only stay for two days, so every moment was action packed!

First, we visited the Minuteman Museum and walked the trail.

It was a beautiful day!

This is supposedly the exact location where Paul Revere was stopped by the British on his run.

After lunch and shopping in Concord, we visited Walden Pond. I love this picture. My dad looks just like Thoreau.

This is a replica of his cabin.

That night was trick-or-treating, and of course we dragged my dad along! We were hoping for a costume, but I guess after 60 it's not acceptable.

The next day we ventured downtown to walk to Freedom Trail. We made a quick stop at the carousel and park at Frog Pond.

Lunch at The Oyster House and shopping at Fanueil Hall.

We eventually made it to Mike's Pastry and got one of everything...so good!

Two days with no naps was a little risky, but the kids did great! Edie almost made it to the end of the trail.

That night we played with play-do. Nate made a Red Coat. Edie made a blue mountain. I made a turkey and a ballerina and Dad made a boy rolling a ball.

We had a blast! We slept REALLY well those nights: utter exhaustion.

Hope you can come again soon, Dad!

Kanoodle Turkeys 2008

Allison: The slug

Edie: Ballerina

Mandy: Miss American Turkey
(In honor of Carrie)

Nate: Richard Simmons Sweatin'

We calculate that in 10 more years, we will have approximately 73; in 20, we'll have 143.*
*Calculations require our children to continue turkey construction even after high school graduation.

Fall Festivities

Ward Halloween Party

"Shiver me timbers! My mom 'as made me a cross dresser!"

(Sorry, you'll have to watch this video while laying down - I took the video sideways.)

scarfing down worm-filled cupcakes

(An American Family)

Nate's Work Party

Ian and Edie bond over candy

candy and crafts at SSCI

Clifford visits Stoneham Library

How we get around town when Nate takes the double stroller to work
(in the trunk).

Edie and Nora

Edie's swoons and stares at Clifford's signature in her book while Nora screams with delight. You should've seen the other kids too! Clifford is such a dreamboat. Can you blame them?

This year I made:
1. Tutus
2. Flowers for Edie's hair
3. Allison's pirate shirt, eye patch, belt, and shoes
4. Nate's mustard cap
5. An i love N8 shirt, which I'll have to post later
(Look Ana, I can be crafty too)

Nate made his own mustard costume - AWESOME!!!
The coolest thing is, he made it at the church, 20 minutes before the party started! He's such an engineer!

And no, I didn't make the hotdog...I borrowed it from my neighbor.

Please, positive feedback only.

Breaking News...2 weeks late

Dinky Nomie O., the beloved lifelong companion of Edith Jane Knoebel, died Saturday, October 11, 2008. Formerly known as binky, Dinky Nomie O. received its new, endearing title nearly one year after beginning its devoted relationship with Edie.
Dinky and Edie spent every day together. Not a nap or night went by that Dinky did not selflessly aid its companion drift to sleep. Dinky spent most of its life in Edie's mouth, as well as some occasional moments on the floor and other various germ-infested locations. Dinky served as a friend, bribe, and comforter.
You will be missed.

View here for highlights from the funeral:

Edie seems to have recovered quickly. We thought nights would be a nightmare. But, she has taken the loss like a man. She hasn't even turned to fingers or thumbs.

She has asked about what the binky will grow into. I think she's hoping for a binky tree.

I Made Tutus

I wanted to make one for Edie, for Halloween. But I ended up with extra tulle, so I whipped one out for the little one too. They were fun to make, so I'll probably end up making one in every color.

In other news, she has started pulling herself up on things, such as this bed, the oven drawer, and the stairs. Hmmm.

Allison REALLY likes to wear her tutu.
(Edie took this picture - Genius!)

I tried to make it so she could still get around.

When Edie finishes her chore chart, she's getting a new leotard - which we were going to buy for her anyway...for Halloween. It's good to make her work for things, right.

All this ballet get-up is making me want to live my dreams through my daughters. I've been daydreaming of them as professional ballerinas all day. Better get crackin'!

Funny Videos

Ian and Edie were supposed to be sleeping when Joe and Jen came over to watch the VP debate. Needless to say, there was no sleeping.

This is what happens when Edie skips her nap.

Funny Pictures

Edie drew this triangle all by herself and was so excited to show me.

Playing dress-up with all the new clothes from Mei-Li

Dress-up, continued

Nater-tot (Edie took this)

Speak no evil

Hiking in style

How Edie eats a donut

When Jack slept over

Spot visits the library

Twins from head to toe