Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas Tree 2013

Last weekend we finally got our Christmas tree. (my opinion)
Last weekend we already set up our Christmas tree. (the Mr.'s opinion).


Since we now have two kiddos, I insisted we make a bit of thing about it. So we all packed up in our new mini-van, named Frosty, and drove to the largest Christmas tree in the area. There we were greeted by the largest Santa Claus PJ had ever seen.

When we were finally able to entice PJ away from Santa, we started cruising through the already-cut trees. There was a pretty big selection. Thankfully, PJ was willing to help by carefully inspecting all sides of every single tree.

Finally we found our tree: not too tall, slender, and easy to decorate (and un-decorate) for toddler-sized people.

And we all cheered! Okay, Jelly Bean slept, but same thing, right?

Later that same day, the boys put the tree up nice and straight. 

Then PJ and I wrapped the "snow" around the bottom of the tree.

And then the boys cut open the netting of the tree. I'm pretty sure I didn't breathe until the Mr. put those scissors away.

And, finally, right after nap time (and thus PJ was in his adorable monster pjs), we decorated the tree.

Even little Jelly Bean helped out.

And before we knew it, our tree was up and we were all watching a Christmas movie. While Jelly Bean just looked adorable with her papa.

Happy Christmas Decorating!


Friday, December 13, 2013

The Beatles x2

PJ displayed interest in music at any early age and now Jelly Bean is following in his footsteps. However, while PJ went towards harder music, like the famous Metallica lullaby, Jelly Bean is showing preference towards hiphop (Lord, help me) and folk (yeah!). 

Yet, their music taste overlaps in some areas, like Oasis, Martin & James, and - of course - The Beatles. Remember when PJ wore this T-shirt?

Damn, our kids are cute ;)


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Happy Two Months Jelly Bean

Jelly bean is already two months old. In the past few days she's definitely gotten more active. 

She's also still a good eater and a good sleeper. The past two nights she's slept five hours in a row with her dad. Glorious!!


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Granny Traditions 2013

While my mom was here, she built upon her special and new traditions with my kiddos. The links go to earlier blogs from her time with us earlier this year as a comparison.

1. She made awesome cookies with PJ.

Making the batter

Cutting out the cookies

PJ refusing to clean up after all the fun.

2. She decorated Jelly Bean's room. Apologies to my mom and Jelly Bean. I just cannot get good pictures of this room; it is too awesome for my limited camera options. And Jelly Bean is still too young to react and enjoy the artist value here.

3. She acted silly around all over the house with both kids. One strength that my mom has is acting child-like; PJ adored it.
Amazing picture snapped while playing hide-and-seek with Granny.

I have no idea what they are doing here but it was loud and looked like a lot of fun.

4. Getting the entire Steinbach clan in front of the camera at the same time (well, almost).
PJ refused to show his face.
So we tried again, including Granny this time.


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Granny Goes Home

My mom's trip over to Germany is already over. Can you believe it? Me either. Although we did a lot together during her trip - and if I get it together, I'll post about our adventures - her time here was still too short. Isn't it always?

When we told Tilly, her response was...

..."Yo, Granny, you just got here."

I agree but it was excellent to have her here again this year and I'm pretty sure I speak for us all when I say...

..."Come back soon! And bring Grandpa with ya."


Monday, December 2, 2013


Our little girl enjoyed her first Thanksgiving last week. We hosted this year again because my mom is in town and somehow cooking the turkey appeared (and was) easier than packing up the whole family. Of course we celebrated with the Lamberts; gotta keep the tradition going. 

The turkey was awesome and I got to use my fabulous crock pot to make the best stuffing I've ever made. 

It was a loud day, as PJ and Granny got to know each other again. I have no idea what they are playing here but it looked and sounded like a lot of fun.

After play and right before the food was done, PJ helped set the table with my moms support. 

Meanwhile in the kitchen, Mr. Lambert helped cut my glorious turkey. And my Mr. Supervised. Both excelled at their roles.

And then we all dug in. 

Except Jelly Bean, who just looked adorable the entire time. 

I did my best to look adorable too, but really, the competition was intense. Pretty sure I came in second. 

There is so much to be thankful for this year. As I get older the list gets more "classic": our healthy family, our safe home, and that we have each other. 


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