December 31, 2010

Last Post of 2010!

I just wanted to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!  I really, really wanted to sit down and write a post about this past year, but it just didn't happen.  Ryan is sick, I don't feel too great either and then there's mister Jack that needs his momma.

I am hoping to get to it tomorrow, there are some things I want to say!

But, for my last post of 2010....

Happy New Year's!  Thanks for following my little blog and helping it grow.  Here's to 2011!!  And soon to my little bottle of sparkling wine waiting in the fridge, only 5 minutes remain of 2010!

Five Question Friday

So long 2010! 

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Happy New Year!!

1. How long does your Christmas tree stay up?

It depends on how I feel.  Last year, it was up until mid-January.  The first year we moved to Washington, I took it down the day after it Christmas.  It was just a reminder of my family and missing all of them that year, so I took it all down.  Quickly and quietly. 

This year, I wasn't feeling it and it came down on Wednesday.  I had this overwhelming urge to reclaim my living room, so I did. 

2. Do you have plans for New Year's Eve?

We did, but then Ryan got strep.  And our friends that were hosting the get-together have a sick kid as well.  So, we stayed at home.  I went grocery shopping without all the kids, it was glorious.  And I have a little bottle of sparkly wine waiting for midnight!

3. Do you have any New Year's resolutions?

This last year hasn't been easy, so I just want a better year.  I don't have any expectations or resolutions.

4. How did you spend New Year's Eve when you were younger?

When my sister and I were younger my parents would drive us out to where we could see Pikes Peak because they set of fireworks at midnight every year.  That was always a lot of fun, it was special.   

5. What was the best way you've ever spent New Year's Eve?

Back in 1999, everyone was gearing up for 2000!  Was the world going to end???  People were crazy, I thought they all were.  Anyways, I was hired as a barista for a big New Year's party in town.  It was so much fun.  I witnessed a bunch of people in our town completely wasted and crazy.  (City council people and similar types.)  It was awesome.  Thank goodness camera phones weren't around then.

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December 27, 2010


Today I got an email that immediately brought me to tears.  One of Hayley's school mates lost his mother unexpectedly two days before Christmas.  I am having a hard time wrapping my head about it.  I spoke with her at the last parent meeting and asked inquired about her health.  She had a rough go of it last year during kindergarten, but she seemed to be on the mend.

She was always so nice and willing to give a hand.  During my pregnancy last year she offered many times to to help me out or to have Hayley over for a play date so I could rest. She was not having the easiest of times that year health wise, but she always asked about me and the baby.  She offered help many times and she listened too.  I always, always appreciated her kindness.      

My heart breaks for her two boys.  Her oldest is Hayley's age and her youngest is Ryan's age.  My heart breaks for her husband.  My heart just breaks for her family.

Right now, I am trying to figure out the best way to explain this to Hayley.  I don't want her to hear about it when she goes back to school next week from other children.  I want her to have some grasp of this.  She isn't the the same class as her school mate this year, but they do play together during recess.  I just want her to know that her friend is going to be sad for a while and to just be his friend.  Be kind and caring.  I just don't know how to tell her.


December 24, 2010

And All Through the House...

There were still some creatures stirring, thankfully it wasn't a mouse.  The girls are all snug in their beds and over joyed that Santa will soon be here.  Jack's been asleep for a while in his crib, my poor baby boy is sick with a hacky cough. 

Our Christmas Eve was relatively low key today.  We hung out at home, the girls played with friends for a few hours.  We went out as a family to get hot chocolate and drove around to look at the Christmas lights.  Then we came home and made dinner.  Soon it was time to open one special gift on Christmas Eve.  Everyone received new jammies and a new book! 

And now, I am relaxing on my couch watching It's a Wonderful Life and waiting for the chatter from upstairs to quiet.  I'm excited for tomorrow, the girls are both so excited for tomorrow morning.  And it's Baby Jack's first Christmas.  I am also dreading what will probably be a 5am wake-up call.  Maybe.  Jack will probably be up before his sisters.  Maybe.  I am also wondering what that big box contains that is under the tree bearing my name. 

To those of you reading this, I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.  Thank you for following my blog and my family.  This blog has grown quite a bit this past year and I'm excited to see what next year will bring.  Again, I hope that your Christmas is merry, bright and blessed.        

December 23, 2010

Shark Tooth 2

Just a couple nights ago Hayley yelled out that she had another tooth coming and soon she added that it was behind her baby teeth.  I thought not again.  Sure enough, there was new adult tooth coming in behind some baby teeth on the bottom.  I made an appointment the next morning with her dentist, hoping we could make it in before the end of the year. (I had already paid the deductible for this year.)  Luckily, there was an appointment available the last day they would be in the office for this year.

Hayley's dentist is awesome.  He isn't pushy and he is awesome with kids.  Besides Hayley's adult tooth coming in, she had a loose baby tooth.  She also has another adult tooth coming in and there's not much room for either of them.  He gave me three options.  Option one; just wait and see what happens.  Option two; pull the one baby tooth that is already loose and see what happens.  Option three; pull the loose baby tooth and the two canines to make room for the two adult teeth that are coming.

I went with the third option.  The dentist doesn't phase Hayley, at all.  (Read HERE for her first shark tooth.)  She was looking forward to today's appointment and to the possibility of the Tooth Fairy coming.  Plus, I know her teeth are going to be crowded and I know she is going to need braces one day.  I would really like her teeth to be a normal as they can until that time comes.

Once Hayley learned she was going to have all three teeth extracted, she was excited.  Tooth Fairy dreams probably danced in her head.  They got her prepped and the nitrous was going.   She watched  Bolt while they waited for her mouth to numb.  She was so quiet the whole time.  Until she suddenly yelled out "Styrofoam!!" while watching the movie.  If you've seen Bolt, you should get the reference.  It was funny, you had to be there.

She barely flinched when the dentist used the needle to numb her up.  I was cringing in the corner, thankfully she couldn't see me turn my head.  I laughed a little while she tried to talk, through the gauze, to the dentist.  She was trying to tell him about the guitar she asked Santa for, for Christmas.  He got to work and she only complained a little bit, but soon all three teeth were out and she was fine.  The popsicle they brought her made it even better.  And she got to pick two prizes.  And she got a little treasure box for her teeth.  And the Tooth Fairy is coming.  And tomorrow is Christmas Eve.  And in two days it's going to be Christmas... She's one happy, slightly toothless, kid.

Now that I am thinking about it, Hayley has had more teeth extracted by her dentist than those that have fallen out on their own.  Poor girl.  And poor Tooth Fairy, teeth extracted by the dentist are worth more than the others.  It's a conspiracy.  Even with all of that, she's handled it so well.  No trauma, no anxiety.  She's a rockstar.  For now, we just have to watch for her top teeth and hope those other two baby teeth decide to come out before the adult teeth push their way in.  I hope.

Wordless Wednesday - Before & After

December 19, 2010

Better Than a Gingerbread House!

I wanted to decorate a gingerbread house this year and I didn't want to decorate one.  It's fun and they're cute.  But... you can't really eat them.  It's just there to look at and soon enough, it's in the garbage.  It just seems like such a waste.  And Hayley made one at school this year.  It was a dilemma, for me atleast.    

I was about set to go and purchase a kit, but then something caught my attention on TV.  I was watching a local show and they were featuring Trophy Cupcakes; which happens to be my favorite place for cupcakes.  Their cupcakes are divine.  Mmm....  Anyways, the owner was showing off her "Deck the Tree Cupcake" and I thought: that's way better than a gingerbread house.  Basically; it's a cupcake with a tree on top that comes with a kit to decorate the cupcake.  Soon enough, I was on the phone placing an order. 

Yesterday, we made our way down to Seattle to pick up our cupcakes.  I didn't tell the girls what we were buying, but Hayley knew something was up as soon as we got to Wallingford.  When I showed her what we were buying she was so excited.  She not only got to decorate a cupcake, she got to eat it.  Again, way better than a gingerbread house!  After we got home, I got the table cleared and our kit supplies ready for our cupcakes.  The girls had a lot of fun decorating their cupcakes.  Jonas even joined us.  There were sprinkles everywhere.  Soon, we had four little Christmas tree cupcakes, they were all so pretty.  And they were yummy too.  Thank you Trophy Cupcake, for an alternative to a gingerbread house!  It was fun and delicious!  This will definitely become a new Christmas tradition for our family.

All the fun things to decorate our cupcakes!


Jonas' Cupcake.

My cupcake.

Ryan's cupcake.

And Hayley's cupcake.

Aren't they cute?!?  Maybe next year I will buy one for Jack.

She really wanted to eat it!


December 17, 2010

Five Question Friday

I'm getting to this late, this week has just been insane.  I am so glad it is finally Winter Break! 
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1. Do you regift...and if so, do you have a regifting horror story?

I'm guilty, I've done it.  I've received a few of those gift sets, that I never use.  And those usually end up getting put away.  All I have to say is that they come in handy sometimes. 

2. Do you know what you are getting for Christmas this year?

No, I have some ideas, but not really.  I give my husband lots of hints, send him emails and hope he gets it.  I really don't ever want to be the wife that buys her own gifts.  He does really well though, I give him props. 

Oh wait, I know I am getting some Godiva, because I sent my husband over there when we were at the mall. 

3. Who brings the most gifts in your family, you or Santa?

Me.  Santa fills the stockings and brings a big, unwrapped gift.  Maybe two. 

I put presents out under the tree a week after it's up.  I love watching the girls look through the presents and try to figure out what is in the box.  And I'd rather not have to hid everything in my house, I am afraid it would be discovered. 

4. What store do you love to buy jeans from?

Old Navy and Gap.  I also like Cato jeans, they're not too pricey and fit well. 

5. Christmas meal: Big, All Out Meal or Snacks and Apps?

We usually do a big meal and have apps out too.  We've never stuck to the same menu and haven't really figured it out just yet.  I think we're going to get a Honey Baked Ham this year and do sides. 

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December 14, 2010

How Lovely Are Thy Branches

My Christmas tree has been up since the weekend following Thanksgiving.  I've wanted to blog a little bit about it and share some pictures, but I've waited.  The past couple years we've made a point to buy the girls a new ornament every year.  So one day, when they move away and have their own tree, they will have a small ornament collection to get them started.  Before we put our tree up this year, we went to Hallmark and let the girls pick their new ornaments.  This Christmas also happens to be Baby Jack's first Christmas, and like his sisters, he needed an ornament to commemorate this. 

However, the ones at Hallmark would not do.  The girls both have engraved ornaments marking their first Christmas, so we would have to do the same for Jack.  But that day was also Black Friday, we would not be going to the mall that day.  No way.  I finally ordered Jack's ornament online a couple days later and it came in today!  Now I can finally share our new ornaments and a picture of our tree. 

We've added a few this year, as you can see!

Hayley had to have Rapunzel, it's her new favorite.

Ryan's fairy ornament she picked, it even looks like her.

Jack's first Christmas ornament.

I found this at a craft store.

Jonas bought me this one, I love cupcakes!

Ryan's first ornament that she made at school.

My friend bought me this one for my birthday.

I had to have this one.

And our pretty tree!

December 13, 2010


So, you know when you tell your kids not to touch the electrical outlets?!  And you put those outlet covers on your outlets to protect your children?!  There's an excellent reason for this.  I learned this today, first hand.  My right hand, actually.

My daughter's Nintendo DS needed to charge and I went to put it on the charger.  The charger wasn't plugged in, so I needed to plug it in first.  The charger is one of those where the prongs fold into the charger.  I was having a little trouble getting it into the outlet for some reason.  And then...

my hand slipped...

my fingers hit the prongs.... (that were partially inserted into the outlet)


It hurt, a lot.  I felt the shock go halfway up my arm before I pulled away.  Again, it hurt.  My hand felt weird for the rest of the day.  It still does.  My husband thought it was funny, jerk.

I did get the charger plugged in, carefully.  I've been a little fearful of contact with outlets all day.  So if you've ever wondered about shocking yourself, it's possible.  Very much so.  It's not hard to do.  And it hurts. 

Oh, and if you have small children, make sure you have your outlets covered.  That is all.


Monday Minute

It's the beginning of the last week before the Holiday break.  I'm excited.  I am really looking forward to the Holiday break.  It will be nice to hang out in the mornings with the kids and not worry about getting everyone ready for school.  I'm also excited about Christmas, so fun.  For now, time for Monday Minute with Cristi!

(1) Who is your favorite actor?

I don't really have an all time favorite, but there are a couple I don't mind watching.  Ewan McGregor and  Gerard Butler top my list.

(2) Do you collect anything?

I collect magnets.  Anytime we go somewhere new, we always buy a magnet for the fridge.  I have a big coin collection from my childhood.  I don't actively look for coins for it anymore, but if I come across something I always add it to my collection. 

(3) What's the biggest turn off in someone of the opposite sex?

Arrogance.  I can't stand people that have no humility and act as though they are the best thing ever.  I just find that incredibly unattractive.

And bad teeth, it's gross.

(4) If you HAD to change your first name, what would you change it to and why?

Ummm....I like my name, but if I HAD to I guess I would change it to Delaney.  It's the first thing that comes to mind and I like that name.  If Jack had been a girl, that would have been the name.

(5) What virtue is better: forgiveness or justice?

Forgiveness.  While justice is awesome and all; if you can't forgive, then it weighs on you.  I believe you can't really move on without forgiveness.  Forgiveness can be hard and trying, but harboring anger and resentment towards someone is also hard and trying.  It takes energy to be angry with someone.  After a while, it become a waste of time.  Forgiveness is freeing.  It doesn't make the actions of another person right, but it makes you the better person.

December 10, 2010

Mario Sparkles

Our beloved Bernie Mac Betta fish died a few weeks ago. I actually wrote about him in a post and mentioned he was a little sickly. He died hours later, I had to update my post. Yes, it was only a fish. I know.  But he was Hayley's first pet, she picked him out.  She was a little sad; said a couple words at the toilet bowl when we flushed him out to sea and told EVERYONE she came in contact with that her fish had died.  They sympathized.  It was cute.  But soon, she was asking for a new fish.

It was beginning to get weird looking at the empty fish bowl on the shelf.

Meet the newest member of our family, Mario Sparkles.  He is our new fan-tail Betta fish that Hayley and I picked out today.  Hayley picked out the first name; he's red and she likes Mario.  We decided to let Ryan pick out his middle name.  She pondered for a little while, it was really cute.  And finally, she looked at me very seriously and said: "Sparkles."  So, our new Betta will here-by be known as: "Mario Sparkles!"

Five Question Friday

Only one more day until the weekend!  Although I had hoped for a weekend without plans, my hopes have been dashed.  I'm to blame, but it's okay.  Saturday I am participating in a mock jury and getting paid for my time.  Yes, paid, in cash.  And they're feeding me too.  I couldn't resist, and it sounds interesting.  And then, that evening we are planning on attending a Christmas party.  (That party was supposed to be our only plan!)  And Sunday, there shall be no rest.  I have a photo shoot, hopefully the rain will give me enough of a break.  Cross your fingers for me, please.  But again, it's okay.  I'll have some extra cash in my pocket and that's nothing to complain about.   For now, it is time for 5QF.  Head on over to My Little Life to link up!

1. Do you open presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?

On Christmas Eve we each open one present, one in particular.  It's a tradition we started a few years ago.  For the kids, that present is brand new pajamas to wear for Christmas and a new book.  Jonas and I also get new pajamas, but no book.  It's a fun way to start getting the kids ready for bed and they love it.  We open everything else on Christmas morning.

2. What is your favorite Christmas cookie (or candy)?

I love frosted sugar cookies for Christmas or Molasses cookies.  Mmmmm....  I can't wait to bake and decorate some with the girls soon. 

3. What's the worst Christmas gift you've ever received?

Hmmm.... I hate to offend any body.  And at the same time, I don't think I've ever received anything that I've hated.  There are times I've received clothing I would never, EVER, wear.  Oh wait... now I remember a gift that my grandmother sent me.  It was this white sweater, it may have even been a sweater vest, it was trimmed with blue and had one of those little animal patches on it.  It was ugly.  I know she meant well, but really, it was ugly.  I never once wore it.  Ick...  And there was another thing she sent me one year... some of those isotonor gloves.  I made the mistake of wearing them to school one day and some kids made fun of me for wearing "old lady gloves."  Too bad those gloves were lost shortly after that incident.  Oh Granny!  (Thank goodness she doesn't have the Internet!)

4. Christmas song that you love?

Merry Christmas to You sung by Nat King Cole.  Listen here! 

5. How many trees do you put up?

Only one, unless you count my little feather tree that remains up all year.  It has an ornament set for every holiday.  I never realized, until recently, that people put up more than one tree.  We only ever put up one each year growing up and I didn't know anyone else that did otherwise.  In fact, upon learning this revelation, I was a bit shocked.  Why do you need more than one tree???  A neighbor of mine does this, she has one in her living room with all of her nice ornaments and one in the den for the kids.  I still don't get it, at all.  Why?  I love my tree, I love decorating it and adding new ornaments every year; but one tree is enough.  I find you poly-Christmas-tree people crazy.

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