Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas 2012

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

The kids new swing set from all of their Grandparents

What a great early Christmas present!

Hunter loves to climb into the fort at the top and pretend it is a pirate ship! Allie loves climbing the rock wall and Alexis loves swinging of course!



What a difference a year makes! This year the kids were SO excited to go and see Santa. Last year Hunter was not so sure about this Santa guy and Allie was bribed to sit on Santa's lap. Alexis smiled at Santa and did not have a care in the world when I placed her on his lap. She looked up at him and couldn't care less. Flash back to 2 Christmas' ago when Hunter was TERRIFIED of Santa at this same age that Alexis is:
2010 Santa Visit

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Elf On The Shelf Arrives

                                            The Davis Family Elf on the Shelf has arrived!
This is our first year to have an Elf and let me tell you, it is fun for both the kids and for me! There are lots of fun blogs that have awesome Elf idea's. Here is one of them:

Basically the Elf watches over the children during the day and then at night flys to the North Pole and reports to Santa if the children have been naughty or nice. The children can not touch the Elf or he (or she) will loose their powers.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

Allie at her school's Thanksgiving Feast

Allie singing with her classmates at the Thanksgiving Feast
We celebrated Thanksgiving Day by decorating our Christmas tree and watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. After nap time we went to Gigi & Poppy's for Thanksgiving dinner. Unfortunately the big kids did not venture out of their comfort zones and try any of the delicious meal. Alexis did eat some ham, mashed potatoe's, cranberry sauce and crossant roll. Clint's favorite was the deviled eggs and my favorite was the mashed potatoes. I baked a homemade apple pie for dessert.
Alexis Grace-18 months old

Group picture after our big Thanksgiving dinner at Gigi & Poppy's

Allie opening her traditional Christmas ornament from Gigi & Poppy

a ballerina

Gigi & her granddaughter's

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Hunter's 3rd Birthday

Birthday Boy!

Hunter & his new Buzz Lightyear

Hunter checking out his new train set/table from Pop Pop & Granny Jan

Homemade birthday cupackes

Make a wish

Alexis & Mom Mom
Alexis & Poppy

Lots of birthday cards!

Reading a book with Pop Pop before bedtime

Hunter & his new Cars bike from Mom Mom

He is such a big boy now!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Halloween 2012

Alexis was a kitty cat


Allie was Cinderella--her favorite Disney princess

Group picture--little blurry unfortunately

Monday, October 8, 2012

Pumpkin Patch 2012

We visited the Chesterfield Berry Farm pumpkin patch last weekend! The kids has a blast and the weather was great! Both Hunter & Allie rode a pony (Hunter's first time!) and we rode the hayride out to the pumpkin patch. We each chose a pumpkin and ended up bringing home 5 pumpkins for the yard :-)

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Groceries Cost How Much?!

After my weekly grocery shopping trip to Walmart I am always shocked when the cashier says those dreaded words "Your total is...." It seems like each week our grocery bill is increasing more and more. I am still shopping on a 'budget' and buying about the same items that I usually do but it seems like the prices must be going up. My 'budget' is $130/week and this includes vitamins, toiletries and diapers. However, here lately our grocery total has been as much as $160/week. I have noticed that our family now consumes not one but two loaves of bread each week along with two gallons of 2% milk for the kids. Clint and I drink 1% milk.

The top 5 items our family consumes each week are:

1. Bread-honey wheat by Nature's Own
2. 2% milk-Great Value brand (Walmart)
3. applesauce-Great Value brand (Walmart)
4. banannas
5. Kraft sliced cheese

Now that Allie is going to school I am packing her lunches everyday. Her school lunch consists of a ham & cheese sandwich, applesauce, small bag of dorito's and fruit snacks or pudding for dessert. She also takes a 'snack' for the afternoon which is usually a box of raisin's or cereal bar.

Bottom line-it looks like I need to increase our grocery budget!

September Photo Shoot

Alexis is becoming more and more of a toddler...16 mos. now

Group Pic before bed


Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!

Hard to believe that it is already officially FALL! The month of September has flown by. Last week Allie picked up a cold at school which spread quickly through our house. Poor Alexis was affected the worst and had a 102 fever for two days along with a bad cough and runny nose. Plus Alexis has not one but two molars coming in so she was not a happy camper. She went to the doctor and we were told she had a virus and there was nothing they could really do for her. She broke out in a rash on Friday and after calling the doctor back I was told that the rash was just another symptom of the virus and not to worry. Poor baby girl!

We are hoping to visit the pumpkin patch tomorrow if the weather is nice. We will be able to check off a few of the things on our "fall bucket list"-hay ride, pumpkin patch, corn maze, etc. For the past three years we have talked about going to pick apples at Carter Mountain Orchard in Charlottesville, VA but we just never make it there. This year we are determined to take the kids, so assuming nobody gets sick, we are hoping to go the weekend before Halloween. The views are great from atop the mountain and I think the kiddies will enjoy picking apples. I love apple pie and the kids love applesauce so it seems like a great plan ;-)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Kindergarten Orientation

We met Allie's Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Byrd last Friday at Kindergarten Orientation. Her teacher has a Master's in teaching from VCU. We have heard great things about her and look forward to the school year. At Orientation the students were able to see their classroom, ride on the school bus and meet their teacher. Allie enjoyed the morning and we found out that two children from Allie's preschool class are going to be in her Kindergarten class.

Allie & Mommy outside of the classroom

Allie & Daddy outside of the classroom

Allie sitting at her desk

Allie's Classroom