Thanksgiving Day

Like most, we alternate between spending Thanksgiving Day with Chase's family and with my family.  This year belonged to the Gunderson's.  We ate at Chase's parents house.  Chase's dad got a knee replacement just last week so, he wasn't really up for much traveling. :)
My little family.  I can't believe that this 4-some is my little family.  Man, time has gone so fast!  My little family is kinda getting big.
All the Gunderson boys minus Drew and Kent.  Drew was busy with his girlfriend, Nancy, and Kent was busy with a knee replacement! :)
Beau, Tigh, Chase, Paul, Baby Chance
Most of the cooking duties fell on the one and only Jana.  She is the most marvelous cook!!  And, Skye of course, too.  Her pumpkin dessert was my favorite.
Jacque. Char and Tigh's little family.
The whole crew.



Oh, Jax.  This little 2 1/2 year of mine is quite the little dude.  I am still trying to figure him out.  He laughs when you tell him no or say anything to him in a stern voice.  He is not interested in following any directions.  But, he does have a new nose squinching smile that lets him get away with most of it.

This last week Jax has boycotted shoes.  Literally.  Two Sundays ago he decided that he was no longer gong to wear shoes.  He didn't care that he was going in public or that winter has approached.  So, that Sunday he went to church without shoes.  I thought it was just a fit he was throwing before church.  But, I was wrong.  Eight days later, he still hadn't worn a pair of shoes.  He even went to "school" shoeless.

He kept bringing me a pair of Ben's Vans and sticking out his feel for me to put them on.  Obviously, they wouldn't fit.  When I try to put shoes on him he literally freaks.  Then, if I do get them on, he literally takes them on within 5 seconds.  So, we went to the mall today to experiment in the Vans store.

We got him a pair just like Ben's - only a different color because they didn't have the same one, which made me a little nervous.  Chase tried 3 different pairs on him checking for the right size.  He sat through all three and allowed them all to go on his feet!!!  Holy smokes!  We were shocked.  We had no choice but to buy them, and he wore them out of the store.

So, I am pretty sure he will soon be the poster child for Vans.  I am not sure why he is so into Vans, but if it means he wears shoes he will be rockin' these babies every day!
If you asked me what Jax's favorite thing to do right now I would hands down say playing in the washer.  I am not sure how this even started, but it is his favorite place.  He pushes the garbage can over and climbs up with screwdriver in hand.  Then, he sits in there and "fixes" it with his screwdriver.  Pretty sure he could be entertained for hours in the washer.
Let's talk a little about Jax's personality.  Let's just say that I would not let him walk around in William Sonoma alone.  He is quite the destructive little guy.  He really isn't malicious about it (and that is not just his mother speaking).  He just likes to grab things, take them apart, and fix everything with his screwdriver.  That being said, there are times when he goes a little too far.
Him and the rip in my couch would be one of those moments.  He thought it was so awesome to climb inside the couch.
Wow...doesn't he look sooooo remoseful?
I sure do love this little guy.  He is the epitome of an active boy.  He can't sit still for anyone but Mickey Mouse.  He is one cute little dude.  He makes me pretty dang tired, but I just want to squish him all day.


Choo Choo

I am feeling pretty proud of myself right about now.  Due to my lack of artistic talent, this project turned out way better than I was expecting.

We wanted to buy Jax and Ben a train table, but were a little weary because we didn't want to spend $200 on something we weren't sure they would play with.  So, I decided to take matters into my own hands and make a cheaper version so that I wouldn't be mad if they didn't play with it every day.  So, after a google search, I found the perfect tutorial to follow.  It was SOOO easy!!  And, it cost me a total of $42 (I did make 3 trips to Hobby Lobby and used the 40% off coupon 3 different times)!

I bought this table for $15 at DI.  It is the sturdiest rock you have ever seen.  So, Jax and Ben can climb all over it without breaking any bones.
And, here she is!!!!!

Now, get yourself to Hobby Lobby STAT and make your own!


Snug as a Bug in a Rug

There is nothing sweeter than a sleeping baby.  Nothing.
Jax found these blocks and literally wouldn't put them down for about 4 hours.  As he was getting put in bed he refused to put them down.  So, they went to bed with him.  Amazing.
Ahhh..this is so sweet!  Ben is not really loving his life off of a bottle.  He is so sad when it is time to go to bed, and he is left empty handed.  It is pretty sad.  So, Chase just snuggled Ben to sleep one night.
This picture is so cute!!!  First off, if you haven't met Sniffy, Ben's dog, yet, you are missing out.  They are best buds.  And, Ben's front teeth are amazing.  You get a little glimpse of them here!! :)