Monday, December 28, 2009

Mashing Potatoes at the Jessups

I've mentioned several times on here about Kevin's steaks (Cliff's dad). But I don't think I've ever mentioned anything about his mashed potatoes. When the Jessups cook, they cook in bulk and have a bunch of people over. You could imagine what that might be like to mash potatoes.

Or maybe you can't imagine, so I will show you...

That's right. That is a large pot of potatoes, being mashed with a drywall mixer, specifically set aside as a kitchen utensil, only. Takes two people to mash Jessup potatoes. Oh, and they are delightful.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

World's Best Sandbox

We're back in El Paso, and Stone is having quite the time. We took him out to my dad's job sites again yesterday so he could play on the tractor and the dirt hills. He was in heaven! Yes, I may have been a little nervous during this first picture...

We are getting quite excited for Santa's visit to Stone in a couple days. "You need to be good, or Santa won't come!"...has been working like a charm.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Stone Sees Santa & Snow

Holidays are SO fun with a toddler. They're always great, but there's a fun, magical feel to all the holidays with children. It started with Halloween (which by the way, for the past 2 weeks, Stone has been in his Superman costume OR the NEW once piece swim suit that Jordan and Rachel got him EVERY SINGLE DAY (I do not exaggerate). Yes, that's right--he is no longer trying to squeeze into the 18m swim suit).

We took Stone to see Santa last night, and he was SO excited. He told him what he wanted (though he suddenly turned shy and would barely whisper), and we even got him to smile in his lap. What a cute Santa, huh?!

It snowed here at the beginning of the month...a perfect way to welcome the Christmas season. Stone was in heaven, but the novelty quickly wore off when his hands turned to icecubes trying to make a snowman. What can I say, we're not prepared for snow down here in Texas. After all, I was in shorts and flip flops yesterday! And I'm not complaining. :)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Antique Trumpet

My mom kind of [REALLY] loves antiques. When we were in Arizona for Thanksgiving, Stone found a little antique treasure in her closet. ....a trumpet. AND BOY DID HE PLAY IT. Who knows how many mouths have been on it, or how clean it was, but Stone was in heaven, while the rest of us perhaps weren't. He wanted to bring it home, and we quickly said, "NO."

And by the way, do you know how hard it is to blow a horn? I played the flute when I was younger, and it is totally different. Most of us could not do it (and were winded), but Stone had that thing blaring. Trumpet-playing-football-player? We shall see.

Oh, and don't you just love him in his undies?

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Time for an update!

Yikes. I don't know that I've ever gone this long without posting! We've been quite busy. It started with a Thanksgiving trip to Arizona by way of El Paso. [....with our potty training 2 year old, and I must say...he did GREAT. Not a single accident on the long road trip(s)... I think he's OFFICIALLY POTTY TRAINED!!! We are proud of him!] Then, I had seven quarterly client meetings to prepare for, which means extra hours in my home office. So FINALLY, here's a quick update.

We broke up the road trip with an overnight stop in El Paso (both ways). On our way out of town, we stopped at my dad's job site, and he took Stone on a ride on his Bobcat. Stone LOVES tractors, so he was IN HEAVEN.

We made way to Arizona, where we stayed with my mom. Jordan, Rachel, and Gavin also made the trip, so we had a BLAST. I hardly got pictures on this trip, believe it or not! :( I left my camera battery charger at home, and thus, I was cameraless once it died. Stone and Gavin always have a good time together:

My dad also made it over to Arizona for Thanksgiving. We stopped by my Grandpa's, followed by a trip to the Mesa temple for the Christmas lights lighting. Stone LOVED all the Christmas lights.

Can you tell Stone was having nothing to do with pictures?

My dad took a wagon to the temple to tote Stone in, but Stone had other plans:

We LOVE Arizona, and always have a blast when we're there. This time of the year is particularly enjoyable with the perfect temperatures. Summers are another story...