Monday, January 14, 2013

Happenings...and introducing....

Well it seems like Christmas was already a year ago... except at my neighbor's house apparently, because all manner of yard decor and Christmas lights are still running full steam.  Anyway...
We've been staying busy, managing 'the cold' that keeps going around, and enjoying all sorts of everyday adventures.

Here's life in our house with the help of Instagram (follow me! #christmastreeface).

Corbin-o's enjoyed playing with all his new Christmas toys, including his new 'bike!'

We've enjoyed some fun playdates with friends.  (encouraging his current obsession with boots)

And a few shopping trips with Modo (Corbin's grandma- pronounced 'do-do').

I worked on a little project for some friends nearing the end of an international adoption.

And I had a wonderful reunion with college roommates (and little boys).

And... a big announcement from the Nielsen family... our newest addition:

Meet Ralph!

(hehe did I fool you?)

A story: I love Anthropologie (the high- end women's fashion and home decor store... not the one with a 'y'...although I kind of like that too...).  I rarely buy anything from Anthropologie.  Its usually out of my price range unfortunately.  But I Love (note the capital L) their window displays and store decorations.  I'm always figuring out what exactly is used in their displays (coffee filters? paper plates? paint brush bristles?) and thinking of recreating them at home.  My mom and aunt were out shopping around new year's and stopped into an Anthro... where they discovered the winter store display items up for auction.  There were lots of snowy owls in various poses of flight and nesting and a big ol' reindeer.  My mom inquired about the auction and was quietly informed that none of the items were going for more than $20!  She knows of my love for Anthro decor and thought it would be cool to pick one up for me. So she went a little bid-crazy and signed up for several of the animals.  

A few days later she got a phone call- "Congratulations!  You've won an Anthro auction!  Come down to the store and pick up your prize!"  Yay!  So my mom and I loaded Corbin up in her subaru and headed down to the mall to pick up her auction winnings. 

After finding the loading dock side of the mall, my mom ran in to the store.  I stayed to drive the get-away car... or at least answer any mall security guards inquiries as to why we were parked next to the UPS vans... several minutes later, my mom returned with two Anthro shop girls (dressed very cutely I might add) wrestling a reindeer down the stairs.  A very large reindeer.  Like larger than a subaru could possibly transport... at least with a car seat and sleeping baby included.  After a few attempts to fit a round reindeer into a square subaru hole, we convinced them to return to the store for their screw gun to remove the reindeer's antlers.  I frantically rearranged the back seat, switching Corbin's car seat to the other side of the car, putting one side of the seat down, etc, etc.  The screw gun returned, the antlers were removed and them we all twisted and shoved and somehow accomplished the impossible by fitting ginormous reindeer into tiny subaru.

BTW, Corbin got over the reindeer in his space... eventually!

The reindeer was delivered to my house (thanks Mom!) where it faced the garage door in anticipation of Mr. Incredible coming home.  Needless to say, he was shall we say, surprised?

Corbin named our reindeer Ralph and says goodnight to Ralph right before bed.

Not sure what will ultimately be Ralph's fate.  Part of me wants to chop off his head and mount it on the wall... sorry if that sounded gruesome but Ralph is made of paper mache (and thus not weather resistant in the least).  But his size is also what makes Ralph totally awesome... so I just don't know.  I'm open to suggestions... anyone have brilliant ideas for the fate of my reindeer?

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