- I’ve been saving this whatnot up for a while, so you may want to pour a cup of coffee and come back. I’ll wait. It was either finally sit down and write this or make Christmas cards. And that sounds hard. Personally, I’m relying on a glass of sweet tea and a bag of white chocolate and peppermint pretzel crisps to get me through this.
- See there, I already got myself sucked into a game of Bejeweled Blitz while I was waiting to upload my pictures. This post may never be done. Power through. Just power through!
- Isaac drew this picture the other day. It’s a picture of our cat, Collin and it was his first time drawing a cat–Matthew saw it on the coffee table, and picked it up and looked at it. He looked at me and said, “that’s a good looking giraffe, right there”.
- On Matthew’s family day, we went out to a nice Korean restaurant. We almost didn’t because of all of Isaac’s allergies. With rice, beef, onions, and 8 other allergens on the list, an Asian restaurant is not the place to be. I probably should have just packed him a dinner but there were noodle dishes on the menu and I was going to ask that they prepare him a noodle dish plain with butter. Well that didn’t work out–we’re going to chalk it up to a language barrier. What we got were cold, plain noodles, which were not appetizing. So we ordered some sashimi, because he does like salmon. We didn’t tell him it was raw, just cut him up a piece and he announced, “I do not like WET salmon”. Then he reached out and tried to pick up the pile of sliced ginger on the plate. I asked him what he was doing and he apparently thought it was thinly sliced ham. He was pretty disappointed about that. He is still talking about the green tea ice cream though, which he loved. (Personally, I loved the red bean kind.)
- Isaac is in the beginning stages of reading. He can sound out lots of words and read short sentences. After work one day, I had gone to Arby’s and came home with an Arby’s cup. Isaac sat studying the cup (which said Good Mood Food) for a while. Finally, he said, “Mom, what does God Mod Fod mean?”.
- We have decorated the house for Christmas, which is more challenging in this house because we don’t have a fireplace or mantle, so there are fewer surfaces to put my decorations on. These trees had to find their way to the china cabinet because…..
when the boys got up one morning and saw them, they screamed, “YAY!! Party hats!”.
- One night as Isaac was getting his pajamas on, I heard him call in a muffled voice, “can I get some help up here?”. I went upstairs to find this–He had put his pajama pants on his head and couldn’t figure out where the head hole was. Of course, I made him wait while I went to find my phone and took his picture. Cause I’m a good mom blogger.
- You know what’s good about boots? Being able to wear mismatched socks and nobody knows. Oh, and also they are cute.
- As a testament to how tired I was after cooking, serving and cleaning up from Thanksgiving, I let the kids watch “Home Alone”. Maybe “let” isn’t the right word. Maybe it’s more that I said, “hey guys, we’re having family movie time. Sit down. I’m tired. Watch this”. I knew it might scare them, but I also knew that I needed to veg out and digest. Strangely, they weren’t traumatized by the kid being forgotten or left alone, but Isaac is apparently scarred for life thinking of bad guys and how we need to set booby traps for them. He’s been drawing some elaborate schemes, one of which involved him pouring “barby a cue” sauce on a bad guy’s head. Whatever it takes to make you feel better, kid.
- Isaac started something on Thanksgiving that cracked us up. Jason and I were hugging each other and he ran up and said, “hey, you got room for three in there??”.
- Do you have a cat? Is your cat obsessed with Christmas decorations? Ours is too!!!
and he’s so cute, I didn’t even get mad when he jumped into our Christmas tree.
- I went to see Breaking Dawn finally. And I even wore vampire pins. I’m a dork. I had a coat on and I mostly wore them to make my friend laugh. That, and when else was I gonna wear them? I had saved one though and put it on the outside of my coat. But then my friend was late and I ended up standing outside waiting for her and all these high school kids were out there and I felt like the creepy old Twilight lady. Even if I am the creepy old Twilight lady, I resent those kids for making me feel that way. They ought to be glad I didn’t grab them by their shoulders and shake them, saying, “you have no idea, you spoiled kids!!!! Life hasn’t kicked your butt yet! Just wait till you have bills and kids and responsibilities! This is all I have! Let me have THIS!” Then I would have shoved them down and run away screaming, “Team Edward!”. But I didn’t. Instead, I texted my husband that I was really embarrassed and tried to look busy and important until my friend got there.
- Jingle the Elf is back. He’s been up to his usual antics…..
Last night, we were going to have him make some paper snowflakes. I don’t even know when the last time I did that was. At first I tried to do it from memory, but I ended up with these, which I know, they’re terrible. They look more like ancient Mayan war art. Thank goodness for the internet though because after a quick web tutorial, I was able to make these…each unique, just like a snowflake.
- The kids have an adorable nativity scene that is just for them. It is wooden and colorful and awesome. They know Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus, even the wise men! But they call the shepherd “Little Bo Peep”. And it’s so cute, I cannot bring myself to correct them!!
- Oh, I never told you how Costco almost ruined my life. Not that I ever overreact. Anyway, I’m kind of a Christmas fanatic and I love getting huge Christmas trees. One year in Florida where we had very vaulted ceilings, I bought a 14-foot tree. Drove that bad boy all the way home on top of my Mercury Sable. Sure did. But big trees are expensive, so when a friend told me that Costco had 7-9 foot trees for $30, I was excited. That was a cold and rainy Sunday and Jason was spending the afternoon at his office getting some stuff done. The boys and I were getting stir crazy, and I thought, what the heck, let’s just go get a tree. So after we paid for the tree, I drove around and showed the tree guy my receipt and got back in the car. He looked at me expectantly and when I got out he asked if I wanted it on top of the van or in the back of the van. Especially since I had just vacuumed the van out, I said on top of. That’s when he dropped the bombshell. That he wasn’t going to be helping me secure the tree whatsoever. He could give me twine and encouragement (although to be honest, he didn’t even say or give me encouragement), but anything more than that would be a liability. After telling him that I wouldn’t have bought the tree had I known that, he and I proceeded to have a staredown of epic proportions….in the cold….in the rain…..that I lost. Which is why I drove home with a tree in the back of my clean van with the door poorly tied down and an annoying safety beep reminding me that the door was open. I had to unload the tree once we got home because it was raining and I couldn’t just leave the door open. By that point, the sorry excuse for twine that they had used to tie the tree had come completely unraveled and I had to get this massive tree out all by myself. Not my finest hour. It’s all good now…..and as Jason keeps reminding me–hey at least it was just 30 bucks!!
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