Saturday, November 27, 2010

Decorating for Christmas

Since my brother and sister were still visiting, I decided to take advantage of the manual labor and put everyone to work the day after Thanksgiving. Due to the imminent arrival of Baby Marotz #2, I am feeling driven to get all our Christmas 'stuff' up so we can enjoy it for the month of December. Alex's little tree is up in her room, however she won't be officially decorating it until our Advent calendar tells us to.
I've been working hard in my Wednesday morning Handwork group (at MN Waldorf School) on matching Christmas stockings for Alex and Justin, and we got to finally hang them up today.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving....continued

Some photos from our Thanksgiving Day celebration...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Marotz Nature Table!

Our festivities have yet to officially begin, but Auntie Rorie led Uncle Willy and Alex in a craft this morning.....updates to come!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy First Day of Ski Season!

Alex, Dave and I made it out to Afton Alps this afternoon (at the beginning of our little snowstorm) for their 'opening day'....granted they only had the bunny hill/terrain park open, but it was officially the First Day of Ski Season, and we had a very excited Alexandra on our hands.
What can I say--- it's definitely not Snowbird, but it should be a good little hill for learning. Dave let Alex get her bearings/confidence by skiing behind her for a few runs, and then the true 'teaching' started. By the end of the hour, Dave's back was aching from bending down so much, and Alex was in tears...not because she was frustrated, but because she didn't want to leave. I foresee many Saturdays spent at Afton Alps this winter!
Ski on!
The line for the BUNNY Hill chair lift!! Most people were high-school snowboarders.

Monday, November 22, 2010

"i do not have a baby book. We have a blue book that baby justin can draw all over"

Sunday, November 21, 2010

New Sister Class

It seems like FOREVER ago I registered Alex for the 'New Sister, New Brother' class at our hospital, and tonight was the night! Despite a no-nap day, she hung in there, only losing it at the very end when, after a tour of the maternity ward, whi, we saw no actual babies. She was quite disappointed to say the least.
Animatedly telling us something undoubtedly important about babies...
The teacher (a RN from the hospital) showed the kids how to correctly hold, snuggle, swaddle and change a diaper with their own baby dolls. She also talked a lot about what new babies are like, and that they cry this point in the lesson Alex announced to the whole class that "My baby is NOT going to cry!".
So-- no babies tonight, but we'll be back in two short weeks! :-)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Holiday Fair

Dave, Mary and I brought Alex to the Holiday Fair at MN Waldorf School this morning. All I have to say is that is a shopper's dream! Next year, I'm totally coming on my own on Friday night so I can peruse to my heart's content without children hanging around! :-) Then the whole family can come on Saturday to play and have fun!Besides shopping, they had a lot of crafts for the kids to do-- and games-- and activities! Alex and I took in a magical puppet show put on by the Kindergarten teachers and she braved the dark passageway to visit the Gnome Cave and claim a 'prize' from the friendly gnomes inside. She also got her hand painted, but perhaps the most fun was making a wood spinner with Daddy. The project was a bit more complicated than either one of them first realized, but we have a beautiful wood mobile to hang in the playroom (photos to come later)!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Turkey Tales

Grandma Mary accompanied us to Carpenter Nature Center this morning for our November storytime-- all about wild turkeys. Alex seemed apprehensive about actually seeing a 'Wild Turkey', and I couldn't figure out why she was so nervous until I realized that her definition of 'wild' was "mean and crazy". After a quick discussion about how 'wild' means that the turkey lives in nature and not in a barn she was ready to go.We did not, however, meet any actual Wild Turkeys, but we did get to see eggs, feathers, a turkey beard (one of the strangest hollow-hair material I've seen), and some detatched turkey feet. We also got to go on a brisk hike to spot hidden pictures of turkeys on the nature trail.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Enjoying Grandma Mary's Visit

A few weeks ago, Mary saw a comment I had made on Facebook about being totally exhausted, took pity on me and booked a flight to Minneapolis to come and help out for a long weekend.
I am the luckiest daughter-in-law alive!! Not only have I had some time to get up to date on some sewing for my Etsy business, but I've gotten to actually nap during the day!!
So what have Alex and Grandma Mary been up to? A lot of creative play, a bunch of reading, and a whole slew of projects-- from crafts to baking!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Let it SNOW!

OK-- so yesterday it was about 50 degrees...Welcome to Minnesota!

Friday, November 12, 2010

NIP: Nursery-In-Progress- FINISHED!!

Well, Justin's nursery is just about complete... in fact I can't say we need anything else for it, but I'm sure I'll manage to work in a couple more things here and there in the next three and a half weeks! :-)

Here are some photos to enjoy.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Martinmas Lantern 'Walk'

Alex brought home a gorgeous paper mache lantern that she helped make in school for Martinmas.
Basically this simple holiday is celebrated with a lantern walk at dusk. St. Martin was a Roman soldier who saw a freezing beggar on the side of the road one night. Instead of sidestepping around him (as everyone else did), Martin took his sword and cut his own cloak in two, giving one warm half to the grateful beggar. That night Martin dreamed that the beggar was Christ and he realized that by helping one person he could serve God and make the world a better place. In honor of this selfless act, we light our lanterns and bring the Light into the darkness.
Alex carried her lantern very carefully, protecting the light within and illuminating the edges of our yard. I'm sure the neighbors thought we were conducting some sort of occult seance... and not celebrating God's light in our own lives!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Strange Kitty

We just might have the strangest kitty in the world. Yep...he's in about an inch and a half of water... on his own volition.

Monday, November 8, 2010


After dinner this evening Dave and Alex got down to work on a 100 piece puzzle! They actually got the entire thing framed in before Mama said it was time for bed-- hopefully curious kitties will stay away during the night so they can finish it tomorrow! :-)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

BIG Girl Bed...

Due to a shift in mattresses in the Marotz household, Alex 'graduated' to her full-size 'BIG' girl bed a bit earlier than anticipated. We ended up having an 'extra' full, and that was the size that her toddler bed converted into, so today was the day.
We'll have more bedroom photos after the final touches are done, but for now here's our happy girl in her 'big sister bed'!
"We like it, too!"

Friday, November 5, 2010

Nikki's Day Out

We decided to get 'Nikki' (Alex's American Girl Doll) down, dressed and primped for today's activity. Gramps and Grams were arriving in town, and they agreed to meet us for lunch at the American Girl Bistro at the Mall of America. Nikki was excited and Alexandra was ecstatic!
Alex and Nikki got 'matching' hairbows and got to ride next to each other in my Jeep (we still had both carseats in from when we had Emma over last weekend). Alex loved pouring her doll the special pink lemonade and sitting with her at the table. What a fun treat!

Thursday, November 4, 2010


Concentrating on kneading!

It had been a while since we made a batch of our favorite homemade playdough, so that was today's project. Guess what color Alexandra decided upon.... We need to go back to the grocery store to stock up on cream of tartar so we can make some more colors, too!

Our Healing Basket

This week's Simplicity Parenting post--

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Celebrating the joys of an oven!

I don't know if I've properly complained enough about our oven being out of commission for the past month. The heating element literally exploded the day before Alex's birthday party, and we've been waiting for the proper part to come in for about thirty days! Luckily the range still functioned, so we haven't been too put out.
The oven was fixed today, and to celebrate Alex and I promptly made a batch of 'fairy princess cupcakes'..... mmmmm