Thursday, December 20, 2007


Yes that is Blah, as in NOT BAH HUMBUG!!

While I am still in the pseudo-Christmas spirit, my stomach isn't. After having a sinus type cold for several days, I now have a stomach bug to go with it. The doctor who insisted on making me come in, gave me the dreaded diagnosis...Hmmmmm a VIRUS! Well, I could have told you that. I was just looking to alleviate the symptoms.

So since Monday I have had a little jello, a popsicle, a little oatmeal, and now I have branched out to a little mashed potatoes.

Yesterday, Mike and I "celebrated" our 9th wedding anniversary. He took Katie to ballet and Christmas shopping. I laid on the couch. He came home and bathed the kids. I laid on the couch. We got the kids both in bed. I went to bed. Such celebration!!!

Maybe next week!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Uncle Doug???

Could this possibly be Uncle Doug in a former time and place???
A nephew after his Uncle's heart!!!

Nutcracker Performance 2007

Katie had the opportunity this year to be in the Nutcracker performance that is put on by her dance school. After practicing every Thursday since October, they finally performed Sunday afternoon. My pictures are from the dress rehearsal on Saturday though. No flash photography on actual performance day.

Here is our Little Angel:

Thursday, December 06, 2007

St. Nicholas Day

Shoes were put by the fireplace last night. And this morning St. Nicholas must have come since there were 2 candy canes and a book left for each child.

Our day went well. We finished lessons, relatively painlessly. The kids colored St. Nicholas pictures. I had a quick doctor's appointment for which I got a neighbor to watch the kids, so they had fun playing with friends. Nicholas took a nice nap in his actual bed instead of a car, as it has been lately. Katie and I made St. Nicholas day puppets, and then made chocolate chip cookies. We managed to survive Nutcracker practice as well as gymnastics with minimal I'm hungry complaints. And then everyone made it through a nice warm bath and picture taking session.

I would say it has been a good day!

Christmas Pictures

I had this grand idea....
I would take pictures of the kids in matching Christmas jammies, and then take another set of pictures of them in their Christmas finery. Then I would make a beautiful, stunning Christmas card out of the two pictures.
Here are the outtakes from session 1 tonight.
Maybe if I close my eyes and stick out my tongue this will all be over soon.

Hello, I am Mr. Grumpy Pants.

Hee, hee, hee. My sister is cute, but I look better with my tongue sticking out.
GRRRR! I am so outta here!!!

Snow Day

Everyone loves a snow day.

But how many of you can say you love a snow day that begins at 7 AM with your 6 year old begging, and pleading to go outside before the snow melts. The snow mind you that is still coming down quite steadily in the 30 degree temperatures before the sun is even up.

Our snow day began at 8:30. It would have started at 8 but it takes half and hour just to put all the gear on 2 children. And that was without boots. You see, since we are planning to return to Texas quite soon, what did I need to buy boots for? I couldn't even imagine if I had more than that.

So here is our snow day in pictures.

I am currently calling our snowman Tilty instead of Frosty. As the day went by, he seemed to have some gravity issues.
Anyway, the kids had a blast, and since another 2 inches or so is expected tomorrow, I think we will be in for some more fun!

Monday, December 03, 2007

It Is Officially Winter

How do I know???

The electric blanket went on our bed last night. COZY!!!

Happy Birthday Katie!

She finally made it to birthday #6. It has been over a month of great anticipation. When your birthday is the month following your brother's it is hard to wait.

We filled her birthday full of fun. I was supposed to watch her best friend for the morning anyway, so she chose a playplace that she wanted to go to, and we called up another neighbor to come play with Nicholas. The kids ran and jumped, and went up and down the slides until they were STARVING...then we went to McDonald's for lunch (the birthday girl's choice).

Afterwards she played with her friend a while, and then in the afternoon had gymnastics practice. After gymnastics she chose a lovely dinner of Taco Bell (YUCK) and Cold Stone for dessert. Then we hurried home and to bed they went.

The following day we had some errands to run, and things to do, and then Katie had her birthday party at her gymnastics place. She got to invite 10 friends, and 8 of them were able to come. The played with the parachute, they built a house with a bed and couch from foam blocks and mats, they jumped on the trampoline, and into the pit. And some of them swung from the bars. She had a fabulous time!! And when I say fabulous, I mean FABULOUS!! After all, she wanted a High School Musical party.