No Batteries Included

This year we succeeded in having a virtually tech-free Christmas.  Nearly every toy was free of flashing lights or the need for batteries.  There is one toy–a puzzle, for goodness sake–that can use batteries if one wants to hear the sounds of the vehicles.  But that is it.  Every other gift was creative, low-tech, kid-powered or imagination-driven.  Yay for us!  And it is a month later and most are still holding the attention of both big kids.  The trampoline, McKenna, face paint kit and arts and crafts things seem to be the most popular.  

Christmas Pajamas and a Ham

Sam came home early from work on Christmas Eve bearing gifts for all.  Every year we have gotten each kid a new set of Christmas pj’s; they were all so adorable!  And I was not forgotten.  He brought me a beautiful and utterly mouth-watering ham.  I love ham.  Merry Christmas 2012!

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Its Been a Very Merry Christmas!

I can’t help but think about our life a year ago today and just be so grateful of where we are now.  Today was kind of my the dream I had about what I wanted Christmas to be for our family.  It was low-key but full of fun and playing and eating unhealthy food.  In a word, perfect. Or relaxing.  The opposite of stress.  It was a great holiday.  Thankyouthankyouthankyou, Baby Jesus.

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Accumulating Snow

Shhhh….I got the kids snowpants for Christmas.  As evidenced by their lack of bundling and warm, snow outer clothes, these are needed.  I do love, however, that Lil had pink, sparkly shoes on to play in the inch and a half of snow we got last week.  And Ollie even kept his mittens on for much of the time.  When he took a taste of snow, the look on his face was one of shock.  Too cold!

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Before Its Too Late!

Before it is too late, I need to record some of our fun stuff over the past week or so.  Sam is still working to get my computer up to speed in receiving the photos taken on the new-fangled camera–which, btw, makes one seem like they know what they are doing when taking shots.  So for now, I only have my own pictures from Instagram.

Last week we finished Christmas shopping, I somehow collected all I needed for our gingerbread neighborhood party, got stocking stuffers wrapped, took kids for checkups and shots, stayed warm, made teacher gifts, and even got to the gym.  By Friday afternoon, all there was to do was enjoy the weekend.

Here’s shots from the week:

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NUTCRACKER 2012

You know in the movie Elf when Buddy the Elf sees the department store Santa Claus and he screams out, “SANTA!” with all the excitement of a brand new puppy who piddles on the floor?  That’s how excited Lily was about the Nutcracker.  Especially, I think, because Sam was taking her.  And they were dressing up.  And no one else was coming along.

She was really excited.

There are much better pictures than these on Sam’s new fancy camera but these are the two I snapped with my phone.

She was fairly glowing when she got back home.

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Lots of Christmas Activity…

We have been on a merry-making tear around here!  Last weekend was full of fun and Christmas cheer.  On Saturday we woke up to go eat breakfast with Santa.  You can see that there was a little trepidation but Lily knew what to do.  She told Santa wishes she hasn’t even shared with her parents.  I hope he was listening!  Ollie was not interested in sitting on a lap but did enjoy making some crafts and eating lots of pancakes.  Later that day Sam played barber to Ollie’s beautiful baby curls.  {sniff, sniff}  I was a little bit sad–he looks like a different little man.  Finally, to celebrate, we went to dinner and our kids were just awesome-well-behaved, patient, interactive.  It was an enjoyable Saturday.

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This weekend the fun continues as we scurry to get last minute foodstuffs and wrapping.  And Sunday we host a neighborhood gingerbread house making day.