I woke up with indigestion. That’s the best description of my affliction that I can give. This has never happened before! Halloween induced anxiety? Could not be crazier! Halloween is one crazy party. One kid runs ahead and one lags behind and I never know where anybody is. I feel a lot of pressure to make sure that everyone has a good time but I find it impossible to do. Argh! My only hope is that there are enough people that everybody finds someone to have fun with while I try to keep tabs on the kids. No one got lost! I don’t even know how I would do trick or treating without 10 or more adults. Read the rest of this entry »
Mostly pleasant but with slightly more barfing than I would say is necessary to adequately mark the occasion. Ben got the gift of permission to spend his own money on himself! The computer store, a pair of shoes. And yet more than once I exclaimed but is it really Mother’s Day? He’s a good guy that one. I had fun. We ate cake. It was a, mostly*, good day.
*Statement qualified due to excessive barfing.
Once, when Chase was two we had a Valentine’s day party. It was fun but a lot of work and we never did it again. The next year we had Avery and it never evolved into a tradition. Sorry, it never evolved into a tradition for me. Meanwhile, Chase still remembers. Valentines day was over a week ago and yet, still, on Monday she was asking me if we could have a party. When I continued to resist she agreed to having just a family party.
The family party consisted mostly of the eating of candy hearts but also pinning the tail on Eeyore and oh, eating more candy hearts. Who am I kidding though, it was totally fun, I didn’t have to vacuum and partied in my jammies. Now that’s a party I can totally get behind. The girls even cleared off the dining room table in preparation.
I feel like I should check in here even though I’ve enjoyed this nice long break so much! Christmas was lovely and, quite wonderfully, uneventful. Over the holiday I got sucked into Scandal. Are you watching that? If you liked Damages, have ever dreamed of secretly making love to the president in the oval office, have ever dreamed of being a high powered somebody in DC or maybe think that John Stewart is a little bit cute then this show is for you. I’m all caught up now and ready for it to start again in January and Downton, don’t forget Downton. The new year promises to bring great things (to my tv).
Bennett is growing at an alarming rate. You go to sleep one night with a baby who is happy to sit up and play with whatever you give her to waking up with a baby who, instead of sitting in one place, launches herself kamikaze style toward anything she things looks Read the rest of this entry »
It took us like 3 or 4 days to get it together. I know because we went to buy candy last week when we hadn’t even started with the dough yet. But here we are! We pulled it off again and I was only a little worried that we wouldn’t be able to cross it off our holiday bucket list. Gingerbread houses are so fun! Especially when you don’t fuss with it much.
To say I don’t fuss with it much is an understatement. I used a box of crackers as a guide for the shape of the house and I don’t facilitate the decoration much at all. They make is exactly how they want it to look. Maybe one day they’ll get interested in making them precise and fancy but this is good for right now.
And everyone is happy.
The girls have been waiting forever to visit Santa. We finally, finally did it this afternoon. Santa and hair cuts and the train garden. So much fun!
There was no line for Santa, nobody cried, that was the easy part. The hard part was taking Avery for her first hair cut. I just really did not want to do it. Finally though I realized that it probably not any better for the yogurt crusted hair to just break off than for it to be cut by a professional and so now she sort of has bangs. Nothing drastic. I won’t lie. I was a little jealous of all the pampering they got. Soon though. Soon it will be my turn. Soon.
I shouldn’t talk it up too much. You can hardly tell but it was such a big deal for me. I should have gotten the lollipop. It’s ok though it seems that most of Avery’s curls survived.
Pomanders are an old fashioned traditional holiday decoration that make great gifts and are easy enough for little hands to make (very nearly) on their own. We used clementines because Chase REALLY wanted to try this project after finding it in one of our craft books and that’s what we had in the kitchen. But it turns out that a clementine is just the right size for her level of ability and concentration.
You don’t even need many supplies. Fruit, whole cloves and a skewer to help poke pilot holes for the cloves. Oh, and some string or ribbon for hanging. I helped her tie the twine. She could probably do that part on her own but we tied it after the fruit was studded with cloves so it was a little tricky and I helped.
They smell just like Christmas.