Friday, November 26, 2010


We have much to be thankful for in the Giles home. We had a fun Thanksgiving this year celebrating with friends, and I was thankful not to cook the turkey for the first time in the last 4 years! It was a delicious potluck feast shared with good conversation and lots of toys to keep the kids occupied. The only picture I got was this one of Ellie, who unfailingly reaches for the camera...I think all pictures of her will look like this for a while.

We are also thankful to live in such a great town. It has a special old-small-town feeling and is so family-oriented. The small main street has little shops and street lamps that are already decorated for the Christmas season. Today there was the annual "Christmas Walk" which was basically Christmas trick-or-treating. Local shops and businesses handed out treats, roses, candy, hot chocolate - even elf hats! Ellie and Linc were in heaven with all the cookies and popcorn.

The fun culminated with the appearance of Santa!

It was really special to see Lincoln's look of wonderment as he waved and said "Hi Santa! Hi Santa" with a big smile on his face. I think it's going to be a very magical Christmas this year for Lincoln.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Carlos and his Best Friend

Lincoln is not "Lincoln" least that's what he insists. He is Carlos (from The Magic School Bus), and will not answer to "Lincoln". To keep us all in correct character, Ellie is now "Dorothy Ann", Ryan is "Arnold" and I am "Ms. Frizzle".

Well, "Carlos" has a new best friend; and it just happens to be a 2 ft tall skeleton - complete with moving limbs and freakishly-glowing green eyes. "Carlos" has been in denial that Halloween is over, and when we went past the clearance section at the grocery store he HAD to have this skeleton (skelligan as Linc...I mean "Carlos"...says it). And for 75% off the original price, I decided to indulge him...all in the name of science, of course. "He's learning anatomy" is what I have to keep telling myself when I see that creepy skeleton peeking out from under the covers, or hanging from my kitchen cabinets.

He really loves this skeleton though, and "Carlos" has asked him to play catch, given him a tour of the house, tucks him in bed at night, and gives him lots of hugs. So, it is kinda cute (but still creepy!).