Monday, November 29, 2010

My refusal to "waste" things is going to put me in my grave y'all. Seriously. The house is a mess from the Thanksgiving business, and decorating for Christmas. Boxes and dishes are EVERYWHERE. Instead of cleaning I am still continuously ingesting leftovers. Blech. Someone come save me from my refrigerator.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Our Christmas lights are officially up and lit. I think that's a new record. We are usually a bit slow about getting outside lights up, but we have an abbreviated amount of time to get things done this year.
We did stick to our annual tradition of putting up the tree on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Daniel sets it up. I put on the lights, and the kids do the ornaments. Xander had no interest in the tree (he napped through most of the decorating). Of course Daniel and I rearrange the ornaments to get some up on the top. It's perfectly imperfect with all kinds of crazy ornaments from handmade by the kids over the years, to my own childhood ornaments, to all the more recent gifted ornaments from grandmas and whatnot. We have an equal opportunity tree, we take all ornaments here.
Bella ended up coming down with a fever within an hour of finishing the tree.
This year was Leia's turn to put the star on. She did not like the height at all, but stuck it out despite the look of terror on her face.
And...we...are...ready!

3 photos


I took a grand total of 3 photos of Thanksgiving. Here they are, lol. We had a successful day despite me cooking myself into the ground (my hands still smelled funny for 3 days afterward), and one entire family canceling due to illness at the last minute. Otherwise though, things went well. I am glad to have my holiday hosting duties completed. Bella made me the cutest Thanksgiving card with a drawing of Phineas and Ferb on it. It said "Happy Thanksgiving, you worked hard!"...true dat. If I have to eat one more plate of leftovers, I'm going to cry. Time to start recycling the items differently.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving guys. It's been crazy busy around here the past 2 weeks. I put in an insane number of hours at work last week by staying up till around midnight each night to squeeze them in. Well insane for me since I normally only work 10 hours a week and I did 30 last week. There was a large bonus involved, so it wasn't just because I am a dedicated worker, lol. I am taking this week off though...and boy did I need the recovery time. All 4 kids had dental appointments on Monday! Guess who did that stellar bit of scheduling? Let's just say it wasn't me...and it was a long day. I should say dental insurance is a wonderful thing. Bella, Jules and I went to see Harry Potter this morning. It was crazy crowded for 10am. I'm currently putting a series of pies and brownies through the oven in an attempt to be ready for the big day tomorrow. Our Thanksgiving started out with just us and my parents/brother, but has grown into a bit larger affair. We're thankful for the opportunity to host though and think it will be great fun. The kids are looking forward to having so many cousins/friends to play with instead of just adults.

In preparation to host I had Daniel go last Saturday and pick up a new TV for the family room because ours had developed several long annoying lines on the right side. I swear things just aren't built to last more than 3-5 years anymore...like nothing. So, he went to get diapers and a tv and came home 4 hours later with a monstrosity significantly larger than the old 42" tv. This required the purchase of a new bracket, because the old bracket wasn't built to hold a 55" tv. Guess who got to help him lift the darn thing up above the fireplace? That's right...me. I wasn't built to lift 55" TV's. I'm less than 62 inches tall. Again, thankful for the new tv, not thankful for the increase in my perpetual back pain.

Well, I had better get started on peeling potatoes, making cucumber salad and spinach dip. I find preparation the day before Thanksgiving to be the key to not going crazy on the actual day. That should leave me with a totally reasonable number of tasks to accomplish tomorrow. Happy Thanksgiving everybody. Hope you have a great one!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I hate Wednesdays

Every Wednesday it is just Xander and me (in the mornings until Leia gets done with preschool). You would think this would be enjoyable bonding time...but he hates it. All he does is whine and cry because "EVEY BODY GONE!" Ummmm, everybody is not gone. What am I chopped liver?

Friday, November 12, 2010

Boy and his dog

This relationship seems to be coming along. Its been a little rocky since the beginning with both of them being super hyper and sometimes accidentally hurting each other. Percy getting run over, Xander getting scratched...that type of thing. Percy will snuggle with anyone who has a blanket, so its a good way to get him to agree to sit with Xander, who always wants "Pissy" to sit "on my wap".

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

2 nights, 2 pairs of jammies, 2 cute


It's Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear of Star Command! I can't tell you how much I am in love with these adorable jammies. Bella, Jules and I picked them up in a 2 pack at Kohl's a couple of weeks ago when we were out shopping for pants. Those girls are tearing holes in the knees of all their pants faster than you would believe. Then they insist on wearing holey kneed jeans to school instead of all their nice new pairs. Sigh...I don't get it.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Please check out this charity blog auction being organized by Daniel's sister for a friend whose daughter is going through treatment for liver cancer. Thanks :)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Violin

I've been promising to put up a video of Julianne playing the violin for Nana for months now. I finally remembered to grab the camera and record her practicing yesterday. It's not perfect, but she didn't have the patience to allow me to keep recording until we got a perfect version. So I didn't push her on it. This is the song that she will be playing in the Primary Program at church in a couple of weeks.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Thomas the Tank Engine

Xander is crazy for 2 things, and 2 things only....Thomas the Tank Engine and Scooby Doo. He has a small collection of Thomas & generic engines and tracks. I resigned myself to buying him a collection over time since they are super pricey for little wood engines and tracks. I thought I would put an ad up on our neighborhood Google group first to see if anyone was looking to sell their collection. Well, I hit the jackpot! I was able to buy a collection that an acquaintance of ours had been building for 5 years. She estimated it to be about $1000 worth of Thomas, which looks about right to me. I offered to buy half of it because really it is way too much stuff, but she insisted that I just take all of it. So for a steal ($200) we are the new owners of this enormous collection. Yay! I've managed to keep it hidden from him for the past few days. I'm going to break it up into 2 or 3 chunks and give it to him over the next few holidays.
I took a quick inventory of it when I took the pictures and came up with:
-73 trains
-366 pieces of track, bridges, tunnels, & miscellany
-65 trees, people, & more miscellany
-Firehouse
-Roundhouse
-Emergency Room
-Engine Wash
-Postal Station
-Garage
-3 cranes
-2 fuel pumps
-loading zone
-paint & oil station
-cargo ship
-mine

Monday, November 1, 2010

"Look, it's a Mama and her girls on an airplane!" she said. I love that the mama has 3 girls.

On Saturday night while we were driving to Trunk or Treat...

Leia: Mama, Mama, Xander put a bergie on his knee. (bergie=booger in our family)
Me: Umm, I can't really do anything about that right now. I don't want to know about it.
Leia: Sigh...I thought you were in charge of trouble around here.

Halloween Night

We were all strung out from a long, busy weekend by last night. We had given out all of our candy at Trunk or Treat on Saturday night. Daniel, B, & J attended a baptism Sunday evening while the little guys were napping and didn't get home until 6:30pm. We decided to end Halloween weekend with a fun, low key family night at home. We had witch's brew, made our own personal pizzas, then snuggled up on the couch with all the lights off and watched Scooby Doo Camp Scare. I'm officially exhausted.