Andy, Kelly, Carter & Charlie

Snowy, coldy fun!

Since we missed our movie at the Science Center, we took the afternoon (actually, 15 minutes!) to play in the snow.

I don’t know if you know .. it’s COLD outside!! 

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Wipe out!

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“Coldy”Mommy and Carter

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“Snowy” Daddy and Carter

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Chilly Chalupa’s!


Andy, Kelly, Carter & Charlie

The LOVE Sac

… more like the Love Continent!  This foamy-bean bag is seriously so big it needs its own zip code!  A colleague of Andy’s is moving from snowy IA to sunny CA, and she didn’t want to move her Love Sac bean bag (somehow, it converts to a king-size futon!  Nuts!).  She heard from someone who talks with Andy that we considering getting one for the theater room, and she made us a cozy deal we couldn’t resist!  We spent most of the evening curled up (yes, all 3 of us fit comfortably!) watching Desperate Housewives, season 3.

Speaking of the Desperate Housewives …

*  Who locks children in their basement?  Or dumps them on a deserted roadside?  Or lets them have affairs with their history teacher?  Hello – call DHS or YESS!
*  Tom’s old girlfriend, Kayla’s mom, TOTAL crazy .. but we both GASPED when Aunt Jackie shot her at the grocery store.
*  Despite what Andy tells me, I still hate Edit.  She’s gross.  But I kinda heart Mike and his road to coma recovery.
*  If Carlos, or anyone else, took a sledge hammer to my walls, I would kick their butt into his or her throat (FYI: that’s a Lynette line – she’s my favorite!)
*  We’re half-way through season 3, so you can only talk about things after the grocery store shooting.  At this rate, we’ll be on season four by the end of our winter break (don’t call it “Christmas break,” it offends people) and caught up by the end of the writer’s strike!

Let’s move our cozy new Love Sac, and everything else, to Wisteria Lane!! 

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Carter helped Andy and I lug this beast of a bean bag down the hall and to the theater room!  Hands down, this is the best $10 I’ve ever spent!!

Andy, Kelly, Carter & Charlie

Pop Tarts: Totally FUN!!

Who knew the simple act of eating breakfast could turn into such an exciting ordeal?  Well … okay … if you have ever spent any amount of time with a toddler, I guess you know it’s completely possible!

While eating breakfast, Carter carried on conversations between herself and her Pop Tart.  Crazy, I know, but really cute! 

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“Hey Op Top!  How you doing?” Seriously … she asked her Pop Tart this!

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“I silly!”  There’s no doubt about that!!

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Sorry Isaac …

Carter may be on her way to replacing you with a new BFF: Mickey!  I guess that just means we’ll have to schedule more play dates and adventures so that she realizes what she’s missing (girl’s respond to jealousy!)! 

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“I love Mickey!”  Two peas in a pod!


Andy, Kelly, Carter & Charlie

Santa! Santa!

Despite rumors and heresay, Santa did, indeed, stop at the Chalupa household.  Carter’s terribly two, so I wasn’t so sure!!

He left her a Mickey Mouse Club House play house and a MMCH bowling set!  That Santa .. right on!

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Merry Christmas!!

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Enjoying the Mickey Mouse Club House Bowling Set

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Andy taught her to properly hold and roll the ball, versus tossing it at the slider!

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When you miss, just smack ’em over!

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And then ..

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The MMCH play house! 
What a Mickey-tacular holiday!

Andy, Kelly, Carter & Charlie

It's Christmas EBE!

Nothing beats Christmas Ebe with a toddler!  It’s magic and amazement packed into one evening!

Andy made a delicious dinner (baked tater soup) while Carter and I played blocks.  After supper, we opened gifts while listening to Christmas music and watching the Grinch.  Everything I asked for and more was under the tree!  Andy also faired nicely, but Carter was, again, 100% spoiled!  The smile on her face, the precious giggle, and the thankful hug make parting with the pennies easy!  

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Cheeser by the Tree

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Carter … I mean I … got fuzzy purple slippers because our house is always freezing!

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Andy got 1 Versus 100, and a Carter with a bow!

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This is all the present we need! 

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A very-wired Sammy also got into the spirit

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Carter’s “finale:” dress up items
Clothes, props – like handcuffs for her police costume and pom-pom’s for her cheerleader gear – and make-up to be a princess!

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Happy and Merry from the Chalupa’s!
No, my feet aren’t that big … but they sure look huge, don’t they?!?

Andy, Kelly, Carter & Charlie

Chalupa Christmas

All of the boys and girls, with our girls, gathered for Christmas breakfast and gifts this morning.  Let the spoiling continue!  From navitiy scenes to DVD’s to scooters – yes scooters, plural! – everyone got all they wanted and more.  The “more:” we all got to spend the day together.  I can’t remember the last time that happened!  

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Our fluffy, snuggly girls, ready to open presents!!

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What’s that???

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Courtney diligently opens girl supplies – nail polish and chapstick

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Scooters!  That’s cool!

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Cool .. but what a mess!

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The best gift of all: Carter’s bag!  And our best gift: what’s in the bag!
Merry Christmas!!

Andy, Kelly, Carter & Charlie

Chalupa Christmas

Despite the bad weather (and I mean bad – in the .4 mile drive from Andy’s parent’s to his aunt and uncle’s, we could see nothing, and would’ve ended up in the ditch had our guardian angels – Kevin and Katie – not been behind us!), Chalupa’s of all shapes and sizes gathered for Christmas.  We ate well (that was the best pork loin ever!), caught up and laughed lots, and enjoyed gift exchanges – men and women, and watched our favorite toddlers continue to be spoiled!   

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The crazy’s under the table!
(Cousin Courtney – isn’t she too cute?!?)

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Grandma joins in Under-the-Table Fishing with the girls!

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Uncle Kevin and Carter work on Courtney’s Dora puzzle (see – spoiled!!)

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Uncle Andy and Courtney, who still isn’t too sure about him!

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Told ya!

See?!  Tony rocks!

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I think we all played about a billion games of Tic Tac Tony Saturday afternoon!

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Carruthers Christmas!

One word sums up our Christmas at Grandma and Poppy’s: SPOILED!  Everyone got the best gifts (games galore!!), and we got to spend time together, which is the best gift of all!

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Tic Tac Tony is definitely a winner!  We love Tony!!

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Carter and Grandma read Pooh

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And Poppy opens Carter’s match game while she plays with her tub toys!