Saturday, November 26, 2011

‘O Christmas Tree

The putting-up-of-the-Christmas-tree was a two day process this year.
We always use an artificial tree - the same one I’ve had since I was a kid. It’s about as old as I am – but unlike me, its age doesn’t show…soooo anyway…This year except for the lights, the kids pretty much decorated the entire thing themselves.
They did an awesome job

We watched Polar Express while we decorated. I love and hate that movie.
It’s so awesome but also so creepy!

This ornament always has to go front and center on the tree, of course

When we were done, we put on the BEST Christmas movie of all 
A Christmas Story
had some cocoa, and sat and stared at the tree…

Friday, November 25, 2011

Giving Thanks

Every year on Thanksgiving, we go to my husband’s parents house for dinner…It is always outstanding, with all of the traditional foods of Thanksgiving – and it looks pretty too :)

Our sweetie joined us this year.
She got all prettied up for the occasion with a nice bath and nail trimming.
(The dog, not my daughter :) 

My son put on his best crazy face, as always
And then we stuffed ourselves...

That would be my husband trying to grab my food…

The dog begged for food the whole time. Little stinker.

My husband also baked this delicious birthday cake for his Aunt who was sharing both holidays with us for the first time in a long time (Thanksgiving AND her birthday)She was truly surprised and very touched…
One of the things I was most thankful for this year was that my father made it through his terrible medical ordeal this past summer, and that he did not lose his leg.
He does still have to have his other leg operated on in the near future, but I honestly wasn’t sure he was going to pull through after having the first one done. It was an incredibly hard year for him…and I was so happy he and my mother shared Thanksgiving with us this year. The only person missing was my sister – who is having surgery herself in a couple of weeks. That’s a whole other ordeal that I’ll get into later. Prayer definitely helps.

I hope you all had a wonderful, happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thankful Thoughts

Some Pinteresting things to ponder
on this Thanksgiving Eve…

Wow, what a thought!

…pretty deep. And all oh-so true.

To lighten the mood a bit :)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It’s happening…

I was so dreading this. My daughter and my son have always been inseparable. They are three and a half years apart, she is the older one – and when he was born, she adored him…and that’s the way it stayed for a long, long time. I have always been so thankful that they got along so well and loved each other so much and I counted my blessings on that because I knew the day would come when they wouldn’t be best buds anymore… Well, now that my daughter is in her pre-teen years, naturally, she doesn’t want him around so much. He is turning 8 and he is still very much a little kid, while she is really growing up fast - rapidly outgrowing the silliness and the usual games they used to play together. So far middle school hasn’t really been a bad experience, per se – but it’s definitely changed her already. She’s closing her door and wanting time to herself a lot more…she listens to her music and drowns out the world quite often these days, and sometimes she is just plain impatient and doesn’t have any interest in my little guy’s antics anymore. It breaks my heart because he doesn’t understand it and he just wants to play with his big sister like he used to. I don’t know, I know I’m making a bigger deal out of this than I need to, and I know that what is happening is completely normal – but I dreaded it for so long, and once again, I sit here wishing I had a time machine so I could go back to all of this…

So if anyone out there knows any good time machine makers, please let me know.
I am so sad about this

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Starting Early

Usually we hold off until the day after Thanksgiving to start decorating for Christmas, but I don’t know what it is, this year we just couldn’t wait that long! Today we busted out our knick knacks, candles, snowmen, reindeer – pretty much everything but the tree - and decorated the house.
SantaI am SO ready for Christmas!!

Of course after about ten minutes of helping, this is what my kids do…
Who can blame them though? Elf was on.
…which I think we’ve watched a total of three times now since Halloween.

So that means Friday……..we can just concentrate on the tree

Daisypath Christmas tickers

Thursday, November 17, 2011

It has begun… (TMI alert! Not for those with a weak stomach)

Well, it seems my little guy is the first in our family to get the flu this, my ipod takes TERRIBLE picturesHe woke up in the middle of the night last night with a fever and earaches so we kept him home from school to take him to the pediatrician. I was totally expecting to be told that he had a double ear infection and so I figured no big deal, he’ll get some antibiotics and that will take care of it. It’s happened countless times in his little life, he has been pretty prone to ear infections.
Well, on the way to the doctor’s……..
he threw up ALLLLLLLLL over himself in the car.
My poor boy.
It came out of nowhere - he said he didn’t even feel sick before it happened.
I drove as fast as I could after that and honestly I thought I was going to throw up as well. That was the worst. No, actually, the worst was getting him out of the car afterward. OMG. I had to strip him of his coat in 30 degree weather because I couldn’t bring him into the pediatrician’s office all a mess (sorry, I warned you about the TMI) because I was sure the other parents would protest to this puke-covered kid coming in the door – I know I would. We went right in their bathroom and cleaned him up the rest of the way as much as possible and then I sat him down in the waiting room and proceeded to get in line to check in. I got stuck behind a very calm, slllllllow-talking, over-explaining Mom who everyone in line was ready to scream at while my son was trying not to hurl again in the waiting room. When I finally got up to the check in window, I told the girl what happened and they got him into a room pretty quickly but once we were IN the room we waited about 45 minutes to see the doctor which has never happened before, so I’m guessing he was the sickest kid there and the doctor wanted to see him last so she wouldn’t pass the germs around. It was BUSY there today, I’m sure this flu is really making its rounds. When the doctor finally did come in, she looked at him for two minutes and said his ears are fine, his throat is fine, he has the dreaded stomach flu and it just has to run its course…
So Mommy feels helpless.
Popsicles, ginger ale and dry toast are on the menu for the next few days.
I just pray to God that he doesn’t end up in the ER from dehydration like last year.
Flu season, my friends, has reared its ugly head. Beware!!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Fall Fun

I don’t know who enjoys jumping in the leaves more – the kids or the dog.
She’s afraid of every little thing but she goes CRAZY for leaf jumping time. It’s the cutest thing ever.
The only thing she might love more is jumping in the snow.

I love this one.
“Did you say COOKIE?!”

He’s not standing in the pile although I love that it looks like he is. He’s right behind it…
Still – that’s a LOT of leaves

My daughter found that raking leaves when it’s windy can sometimes be painful to the eyes…

And this will be my new desktop background at work :-)
I love that we get to experience all four seasons where we live.
I wouldn’t move away from here if someone paid me to.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

This Old House

I have never really understood why, but this house – the house I lived in for a mere three years in my early childhood - has always held a special place in my heart.I have countless memories from inside the four walls of this house.
Memories that for some reason make my heart ache.

I remember this……playing with my dolls in my room and listening to my records (yeah I’m old)

Christmas mornings
I remember our wonderful landlords who always gave me cookies

I remember riding my Strawberry Shortcake bicycle up and down the driveway with my BFF who lived next door, swimming in that Care Bears pool, picking berries off of the bushes, sitting on the porch…so much more. I remember the good times…and the bad. Unfortunately, there was plenty of bad.
All of this from when I was between ages four and seven.
And for whatever reason, I love that house. I always have.
So when my daughter and I had to drive past it on the way to a  friend’s house today, I pulled over and snapped this pic. It ages, but for the most part it has always stayed the same. I “have to” drive past it maybe once or twice a year (it’s not far from where we live now and sometimes I cut down that street) and every time I see it, I feel sad and happy at the same time.
My parents have never been able to understand it at all.
I guess it’s just one of those things in life that you can’t explain.
But I’m so happy I have a picture of it now…

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tuesday at the Park

Today we all had the day off…no work… no school…we were pretty unproductive.
And we took a rare November trip to the playground. The weather was gorgeous!
I’m sad that the swings are gone already.

I love this picture…my sweet girl <3

And I actually got a good picture of the moon…that never happens!
And to top off  this great day…my Sabres won big tonight.
Could I ask for more?