Friday, December 26, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Santa's Little Helper

Duncan plays with his little red fire engine, and Miranda plays with her little doodle bug. Duncan has already hidden his fire engine so well, we can't find it. I'm afraid he may have inadvertently thrown it away.

Duncan builds a house with his new blocks

The building was the one brief period of order during the day. But then the wall was quickly knocked down by my mini Godzilla. They just don't make toys tough enough for my guy. He's lost one and broken two already.

Work It, Baby!

After a stressful Christmas Eve with lots of family and a really late bedtime, Miranda recovered nicely to do some posing for Christmas Day.

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Miranda all gussied up to see the Big Man. Santa, that is.

Waiting to see Santa

I hoped that seeing several other children sit calmly in Santa's lap would help my kids see that Santa was ok. I expected Miranda's face to fall, her lower lip to poke out, and her girly little sobs to ensue. However, she did great! She looked at Santa and gave a smile or two. I really think she had a good time.

Duncan, on the other hand, seemed to try to make himself as small as possible, willing himself to be somewhere else. Santa tried to ask Duncan what he wanted for Christmas. But Duncan sat there, frozen. Afterwards, we gave him cookies and chocolate, and he thawed out again. Maybe next year we'll try giving him cookies beforehand.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Getting Into the Christmas Spirit

I've been practicing my flute in preparation for a concert at church tomorrow. I grumble about being on the first piece and the last piece, and not much in between. But I do love me some Christmas music. Christmas music, shopping for presents, the fragrance of our cut Christmas tree have me feeling rather in the Christmas spirit. But I haven't had so much fun during the Christmas buildup since I was a kid. I've always loved Christmas. It's always been a magical time for me. My parents made sure of that. I hope that Justin and I can do the same for our kids. Although, I think it's the kids that are getting us into the spirit. During all of my adult life, I always turned the lights on the tree once it got dark outside. Not this year. If the lights are off, Duncan insists that they be turned back on. We have a little snowman that we have plugged in all day, too. With two kids under 3, I'm forced to put delicate ornaments at the top of the tree (some remain in the box.) Duncan admires all of the ornaments, and yoinks on them. His favorites seem to be the bells. He pushes them with his little fingers, and listens to the tinkling sound. If I brush up against one, and Duncan hears the sound, he runs into the room and wants to make his own music. Of course, maybe it's not the holiday spirit, but just a bossy little boy. We're looking forward to taking the children to see Santa tomorrow. Stay tuned for pictures of at least one sobbing child!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


I'm almost done with my Christmas shopping! Yeah, I know. I panicked the other day for no reason. That's assuming Amazon ships everything out in plenty of time, of course. They usually do, so I'm not worried. I've only got a few more things to pick up. I sent out a bunch of Christmas cards. Justin brought the tree in last night. It's standing in our living room, still in the netting from the store. We could leave it like that, and hang the ornaments on the netting for a very redneck Christmas. The lights might make it all melty. And that would ruin the wonderful Frasier fir scent, and we just can't have that.

The kids slept great last night! Miranda has done well this week, but Duncan has been Mr. Screamy McScreamsall. The previous night he was up until 11:30, wouldn't settle down even though we offered to let him sleep with us, then screamed for an hour in his own bed. And then again at 4am. Ugh! At least he wakes up all happy in the morning! Unlike his sleep deprived mommy. Maybe tonight I'll get to decorate the tree. Can't wait!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Oh My!

I found Miranda looking like this after hanging up the phone with Justin. After cleaning her hands (and taking her picture), I cleaned the rest of her. Then called Poison Control...just in case. He said as long as she didn't have any more than a teaspoon, she should be fine. Apparently, Desitin ingestion is not uncommon. I didn't take any pictures of all the little white handprints and smears all over my sofa and floor. I'm just thankful we have hardwood flooring and leather seating!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

I Still Have Time

I keep telling myself this, but I've been working myself up into a panic about Christmas shopping. Yes, I know I'm being silly and have more than three weeks left. However, I usually have some sort of idea of what I'd like to get people. And I usually have made more than a couple of purchases already. Especially for the kids. This year, not so much. I have a friend that joked that her 3 month old daughter was getting milk for Christmas. I'm starting to think that's not such a bad idea! Miranda would love it, for starters. She's too little for toys (besides the toy chest runneth over already). I could get her a board book or two. And maybe a couple of winter outfits/sleepers. That's pretty much all she needs. Duncan has more toys than he needs already. We've been thinking about thinning out the toy box, so maybe he'll be less overwhelmed! (Merry Christmas, Duncan...we're taking things away!) I'm thinking I'll get him art supplies. I asked Justin what he thought about gifts, and he suggested some kid friendly seats for the play room. Something Duncan can by no circumstances climb on! (Like everything else!) Bean bags? I think I will feel better once I have a few things purchased and wrapped. So, maybe I'll relieve my stress by going shopping tomorrow.

Is Spring Here, Yet?

Not much going on here. The weather is consistently cooler now, so I haven't been out too often. A few friends purchased a 6 month subscription of plants from Harry and David's for me in memory of Evan. So far, I've received a mum and an Amaryllis. The Amaryllis is on its way to having some fabulous blooms. I'm afraid the mum will end up in the compost. It has definitely seen better days. Like the day before it shipped to my house! I know people have glorious indoor gardens, and keep them all year round. I'm just not one of them. I'm much better with the outdoor plants. I plant them, water them a bit, do some pruning, and let Mother Nature do the rest. I feel a little guilty, since the mum was a gift. But at the same time, in the compost bin it will be the gift that keeps on giving!