Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas (eve) To All!

And to All A GoodNight!


Monday, December 21, 2009

Do Not Even Try...

to top this Santa picture.
It just can't be done.
I mean the pure excitememnt and joy in an 8 year old boys face,
the terrified horror in an almost 2 year old girls face
and the bored-get-me-outta-here-so-I-can-grab-a-drink look in Santa's face.

Tis The Season!


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The True Meaning

Tonight I ran to Wal-Mart...kiddos in tow. We had to grab some M&M's for Logan's class party this week. It was blistering cold and the wind was whipping in all directions. Not to mention I parked in the LAST spot in the BACK of Wal-Mart parking lot. I wanted to hurry in and hurry out as fast as possible. Wal-Mart, a week and a half before Christmas, is not where I want to be. However, a very important lesson was learned from this trip and a very important lesson was remembered.

As we were walking in a large, Santa-like man was ringing the Salvation Army bell.
"What's he ringin that bell for?" Logan asked.
"He's collecting money for people that don't have any. Maybe it will buy them some coats or a hot meal for the winter."

We rush in, grab what we need and head out. I start digging around for change so Logan can put it in the SA bucket. A few other people had started dropping change in as well. He puts the money in and gets a BIG grin from the Santa-like man who then thanks him whole-heartedly for his contribution.

As I'm walking the mile back to my car, my 2 beautiful healthy kids in tow, Logan says quietly, "Mom, when we went in the store I was feeling pretty bad but, now I'm feeling good!"
"Oh yeah? Why is that buddy?"
"Cause no one was putting money in that mans bucket and I felt bad for not giving any. But then we did and other people were too!"
So basically Logan just realized the true meaning of Christmas. On his own. With no prompting from me. In that short, fast trip to Wal-Mart, that I just wanted to get through and get home as fast as possible, he experienced one of the most important things he'll ever experience. The reason for the Season.
And me? Well I was reminded of just how much I have to be thankful for. Yes, I had to park in the very back of Wal-Mart but, I could park. Because I do have a car. And yes, it was a mile hike to the door with kids in freezing cold but, we walked. Because we are healthy enough too. No, I didn't want to go to Wal-Mart to buy M&M's but we did and we bought because we do have money (albeit not much). And the kids? They were with me. Two clothed, fed, happy kids were with me.


Monday, December 14, 2009

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Welp, here we are again. Another year has flown by! I'm a closer to my 30's. Logan's considered a Tween. Brynn's a full-blown toddler. Josh is ALMOST mid 30's!hehe And now it's time for The Most Wonderful Holiday of the Year (aside from my birthday).

As some dear friends pointed out to me, I've been a gynormous blog slacker! What with the holidays, working here and here , trying to keep my house in order and keep up with the kids schedules I'm strapped! Simply strapped! And worn out! But I will be better. I promise.

I did, however, want to take some time out to show some of our holiday decor/traditions. Let's roll!

Mom's Christmas Carolers (that I will sadly have to split with my dearest sister one day. tear)
Oh how I love their joyous little faces and rosey cheeks.

Fizzle who joined us last year. You know, The Elf on the Shelf craze! Yes, he watches the kids behavior and reports back to the big man himself.
He moves every night and Big Brutha LOOOOVES finding him!
Stockings hung by the chimney with care.
Very minimalist and simple
Above the fridge
Lots of Dollar Tree ornaments hung from light in kitchen
Floral Arrangement I made myself a few years ago. I think I wanna change it up soon though. Maybe just some long berry sticks next year in a tall cylinder vase.
One of my all time favorite things about Christmas was my mom reading us The Nutcracker every year. Not just any Nutcracker either! The one illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Love him. I wanted to be Clara soo bad in the ballet performance at TPAC.
Sadly, I never quit got the Point thing down.
I CAN.NOT. wait to take Lil Sista to see this on stage when she gets a bit older!
Maybe she'll be Clara and I can live vicariously through her.
I really need to work on the kids trees too. I want Lil Sista a white one but, I love the sparkly birds I found for hers. Big Brutha's could definitely use some lovin too. His treee holds all my old tiny ornaments from Hallmark.
Since we are The Fakey McFakersons with our tree
at least we can pretend we have a live one.
And last but not least, the presents. I'm almost done! Brown shipping paper, red & white yarn for bows and a silver sharpie for monogramming names is
how I rolled with the wrapping this year. I love it!
That's it folks! I swear I'll be back sooner.
Surely things will start to get back to normal soon Right. Right?
Happy Holidays to You & Yours
From Us & Ours


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