Sunday, October 31, 2010

Trick or Treat!

Tonight we went Trick or Treating in the historic district of Wake Forest!
Lana chose their Princess and the Frog costumes to wear.

 She was a pro!

Taking a break to talk to Daddy while he worked - 
I love the look on her face!

I didn't intend to get any candy for Tucker, but she was having NONE of that!  She found him a bucket, and carried it with her to  She'd very politely say, "May I have one for my baby brother, too?  He likes suckers best."
I almost didn't let her, because who likes the kid who comes up and takes more than their fair share of candy?!  But in the end, I decided that she was taking care of her brother, and I wanted to encourage that!

This is what Tucker did while Lana trick or treated.
I never heard a peep out of him!

I had to take a picture to show you how beautiful this historic district is: 
it really did look like something out of Southern Living.

We really had a wonderful time!
We went out early, around 5:30, before it got dark.
I LOVED wasn't too crowded and I felt safe being out and about without Dan.
We got back home in time to have them bathed, fed, and in the bed by 7:30.

And just for fun, I had to include a picture of this awesome wagon:

Mommy hair

Just about since she was old enough to talk, Lana has said she wants straight hair.  
She calls it "Mommy hair," because's mine straight.

Last night, I put Tucker to bed early and had a few extra minutes to spend with her, so I asked if she wanted me to straighten would have thought I had offered her the moon!


She said, "It's not quite straight enough to be Mommy hair yet."

so out came the straightener...

She loved it!
As she hopped off the counter, she asked me if it was still going to be straight when she wakes up.
I really have no idea, but I hope so, because Sunday mornings don't allow time for straightening a 4 year old's hair!

I overheard her talking to her babies in her bed as she was going to sleep, saying,
"Do you like my straight hair?
Oh, it's ok, I'm still me.
See my pj's?  I still look like me!
I just look like a Mommy now because my hair is straight."

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Baked French Toast

This was breakfast hit with our family!
I like that it's a make-ahead recipe....perfect for when company is in town.

1 loaf of white bread, cut into 1" cubes (I used leftover cinnamon bread)
6 eggs
2 cups milk
1.5 cups half and half
3 Tbs light corn syrup
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup butter
1 1/3 cups brown sugar

*Butter 9x13 baking dish.  Arrange bread in the bottom.
*In a large bowl, beat together eggs, milk, cream, vanilla, and cinnamon.
*Pour over bread, cover, and refrigerate overnight.
*In the morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
*In a small pot, combine butter, sugar, and corn syrup.  Heat until bubbly.
*Pour mixture over bread & egg mixture.
*Bake uncovered for 40 minutes.

Serve with something savory, like bacon or sausage.
This is really good, and best served right away....leftovers were not very yummy.

A (Satur)day in the Life of a Davis

7:30 a.m.
breakfast dishes

8:30 a.m.
flag football game

9:30 a.m.
good friends on rival teams, head to head

10:30 a.m.
home again, home again, jiggity jig

11:30 a.m.
peanut butter and banana sandwich, hot apple cider
first thing I've had to eat all day

12:30 p.m.
Tucker's up from morning nap

1:30 p.m.
anytime is storytime

2:30 p.m.
outside play

3:30 p.m.

4:30 p.m.
napping boy, time with my girl: practicing shoe tying

5:30 p.m.
waiting on mama to cook dinner

6:30 p.m.

7:30 p.m.
the end.

Life with Lana today (4 years, 3 months)

Profile of a 4 year, 3 month old Lana
  • Interests: coloring, doing "workbooks," playing family, dressing up, ballet
  • Enjoys: books, swinging, playing ball, typing on our computer, doing crafts, bandaids, wearing "Mommy outfits," riding in her big-girl booster seat, climbing the deer stand with Daddy
  • Turn Offs: napping, casseroles or anything "mushy," Tucker pulling on her clothes, bo-bo's
  • Vices: arguing with Mommy & Daddy, notorious for spilling her drink, overly emotional
  • Strengths: extremely nurturing, eager to share, become more outgoing and talkative, adventurous, doing the monkey bars 
Favorites of a four year old
  • Foods: black olives, pizza, apples, white bbq chicken, anything "sugarish"
  • Songs: anything she learns at preschool
  • Shows: WonderPets, Backyardigans
  • Books: anything she can read herself, her Bible
  • Toys: "school" stuff, blocks, hair and makeup stuff
  • Activities: being outside, playing family, doing "homework"
How 4 year old Lana is like her... 
mommy - likes to have a plan, emotional, loves to read, detail-oriented, not a big breakfast eater
daddy - loves to have people over, forgetful, has piles of "stuff" everywhere, loves to snack

Treasuring details of my four year old:
  • She is learning to read!  Just in the past few weeks, she's begun sounding out words, and recognizing a handful of sight words.  She's beginning to learn some basic literacy skills, such as tracking print, reading with expression, and self-correcting.
  • She's become very opinionated about what she wears: she prefers dresses (aka "Mommy outfits), but if she has on jeans, she insists on wearing tennis shoes.
  • She doesn't like to wear her crocs to school because she says they come off when she's running fast and "I can't keep up with my friends."  She wants tennis shoes instead.
  • She's blooming under the hand of her preschool teachers, and loves to "investigate" things, most often using a magnifying glass.
  • She's still an early riser!  She knows she can't get out of her bed until 7:00, but she's often up earlier than that, and just lays quietly in her bed.
  • She's on the cusp of not needing a nap....she'll go to sleep for one, but then have a hard time going to sleep at night.
  • She can't go to sleep at night unless we've picked out the outfit she'll wear the next day.
  • She is very helpful and thoughtful, always asking if she can help me with any chore I'm working on.
  • She's very much a follower, and often will do something out of the ordinary for her if an older child is doing it.
  • She loves church and small group, and will cry if we can't go.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Friday night at the Factory: Spooktacular

The Factory hosted a fun night tonight!
I was so thankful for this option, because Dan works the weekend, and he won't be able to be with the kids while they're trick-or-treating.  It was nice to have the opportunity for us to have some fun all together!

Lana & Tucker dressed up as Dorothy & Tinman:

They really were a hit!
This confirms to me the need for coordinating costumes every year until they revolt against it.

Shopowners were giving out candy and treats...

Lana got to give Tucker his very first sucker!

This face describes it all.

He was so still and quiet until every last bit was gone.

Jumpin Beans was open and free...super fun!

Lana got to break a board....I just LOVE this series of pictures!

Tucker had a good time....can you tell?
His love for life is one of my favorite things about him.
He just embraces it all!

My sweet little girl was Dorothy made over...
I kept getting her to say "There's no place like home!"
Truly, those blue eyes and long eyelashes are amazing.
And yes, she's every bit as sweet as she looks.

I think Tucker's one year old walk is what made his costume so funny....he really does walk like his joints need some oil!

My whole world stops when he just spontaneously reaches out and hugs his sister.  
This is what I live for.

There was a giant slide, too....she insisted on going down alone!

Her fearlessness is such a neat contradiction to the fact she's reserved and observant.  
She's a neat creation.

Daddy and Tucker had to take a turn, too!

When Tucker finally got so tired that he laid down on the floor and tried to go to sleep, we decided that we'd better call it a night!

Here's a video of the hilariousness on the walk back to the car.