Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

I didn’t know TMNT was a thing. Not for 4 year olds. Maybe 37 year olds like my brothers-but Lily? However, tonight was a birthday party and that was the theme. Nick Jr. has a cartoon with everyone’s favorite bad guy-defeating terrapins.

On the ride home {to Sam}
L: there was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle there.
S: a real one?
L: no. The real one has a sword. He was stuffed. (thinking). But, Dada, how did it move?

She is the best girl and I am so happy she has been making friends. It was a big day for her!

Score One for the Mommy!

At dinner tonight, Lily told me a few times how much she liked the chicken (really a pork chop). She liked it so much “I’m going to call you Miss Connie because its so good.” This is her cook at school. I am pretty flattered, I must admit.

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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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.

Too Much Christmas Cuteness

We all attended Lily’s holiday show at preschool today.  It was just too cute.  She sang out loud and proud, Ollie buzzed around trying out all the toys and rock wall {especially after chowing down on cookies}, and Emmy relaxed in her easy-going Emmy way.  The school was sparkling  with kid-created decorations, there was plenty of coffee, hot chocolate and goodies to go around, and everyone was in a bright mood.  I am so glad {once again} we found this school!

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