Christmas – 2 days and counting

This past Saturday my brother and his wife were in town and we celebrated Christmas with my side of the family.  It was so nice having them back, even if it was only for a few days.

Since then we have been gearing up even more for Christmas.  The girls received several games for Christmas and we’ve spent many hours playing them.  For anyone who doesn’t know, I’m not a game player.  I don’t enjoy board games and such.  But I’ve been sucking it up and playing because that is what parents do…right?  Right?

Today Kalli and I worked on a kit that Tony and Kelli got for the girls.  We made Gingerbread Men.  Cassie didn’t want to join us at that time so she still has to do her man yet.



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This evening I mixed up a batch of homemade marshmallows.  I thought it would be fun to give them a try.  We will enjoy them on Christmas Eve with some homemade hot chocolate while we watch our Christmas Eve movie, Polar Express.

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Baby’s First Christmas Ornaments

Every year my mom makes a homemade ornaments.  I am lucky enough to get one every year.  When the girls were born, they each got their own ‘First Christmas’ ornament made by Grandma.

DSC_0063My mom had to hurry to make Cassie’s.  Cassie was due in January but decided to come one month early on Christmas Eve.  That made her first Christmas in 2000 instead of 2001.  Luckily, my mom is good.


Kalli was born in May (also one month early) but it still gave my mom plenty of time to make Kalli’s first Christmas ornament.

Every year when we pull out these ornaments the girls take time to look at them and each hang their own on the tree.

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Nativity Set

These are two pieces are from my Nativity Set that my mom made me many years back.

DSC_0056Unfortunately, I don’t have the room to set up the whole set properly.  Instead Mary and Joesph make an appearance each year.  Baby Jesus is put away in a safe spot awaiting Christmas Eve when he can join the scene.


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Holiday Decorations

I’m continuing with sharing some of our Christmas decorations.

This little guy has been with me since I was in the first grade.  A long, long, long time ago.


We had a gift exchange in the class and this is the gift I ended up with.  I can’t remember who I got it from, what anyone else received, or even who my teacher was.  All I can remember is that we were all sitting on the floor in a big circle and we all opened our gifts at the same time.  Either way, I love this little ornament and I tell the girls each year how he came to be.  I’m sure one day they will be able to tell me the stories of our special ornaments.

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Christmas Stockings

I am planning on sharing a few of our Christmas items over this month.  Things that we put up each year and things that have a story or meaning to us.

Tonight I’ll show you Cassie and Kalli’s Christmas stockings.  My mom cross-stitched and put them together years ago now.  Each year when we pull them out the girls talk about how Grandma made them for them as they hang them up.  I can foresee the girls being grown adults still having these stockings in their own Christmas decorations.


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Let’s Rock!

Outdoor Christmas lights are up, Christmas Tree is decorated, and we are ready to rock this holiday!

Christmas Tree 2013 (web)

Decorating Tree 2013 (web)The girls decorating the tree

I feel pumped this year about Christmas.  I have things I want to do… a couple crafts with the kids, some baked food and candies, a couple outings… hopefully we have enough time to do everything.


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NaBloPoMo – Day 30

Cue the music, ready the confetti, and hit the lights.  We’ve made it people!!

Here we are at the end of November, day 30, and NaBloPoMo is coming to an end.  For anyone just joining in…NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) is held during the month of November and is a challenge to post every day for the entire month.  Putting it down in writing like that makes it seem pretty easy, but I personally find it to be difficult.

Coming up with material is always an issue for me.  Especially as the girls have gotten older.  I want for them to have a little more privacy and they don’t all the cute and adorable things that younger kids do.  Gone are the days of “she said the darndest thing”.  Now I have to work to come up with stuff to write about.


Tomorrow we are putting up our Christmas decorations.  Out tree has been up for a few days now, but we haven’t been able to get around to decorating it or putting up any other decorations.  I’m looking forward to putting on some Christmas music and getting into our Christmas bins.  Of course, along with that we also have a lot of cleaning up to do.  With being at my parents’ house for the holiday and also being sick, things have gotten out of control.

I’ll try to post a picture tomorrow of our tree but don’t be surprised if I go AWOL for a couple days.  This chick needs a little break from posting nightly.

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NaBloPoMo – Day 29

This morning I woke up after a good night’s rest and was feeling almost back to normal.  With everyone feeling a little better we were able to have Thanksgiving with my parents.  Even though I wasn’t able to have very much, it was very good and I look forward to leftovers tomorrow.


Tomorrow is the last day of NaBloPoMo and I have to admit that I will be taking a couple days off.  Posting every day has been work and a break is deserved.  I do have to say that I’m proud of myself for making it all month and completing it.  Go Me!

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NaBloPoMo – Day 28

Early Tuesday morning Kalli awoke with a stomach bug.  Twelve hours later she was back to her normal self.

Wednesday night Cassie came home from my mom’s because she wasn’t feeling well.  It seemed that she had the same stomach bug.  By morning she was completely better and ready to go.

While Cassie slept on my floor last night, I started not feeling very well.  I tossed and turned while I tried to deny that I had what the girls had passed down to me.  While I was ever-so-cleverly ignoring what I knew what was going on, Andy woke up and headed to the bathroom.  He had it too!

I felt the walls closing in around me.  It was coming for me.  I could feel its warm breath on the back of my neck as I alternated ‘I’m cold and need all the covers on’ and ‘I’m too warm and want nothing to do with these covers’.  As the bug’s icy fingers wrapped themselves around me, I gave in to the fact that I was sick too.  <<insert thriller movie type scream here>>

I spent the remainder of the night unable to get comfortable, unable to get any sleep, and making trips to the bathroom.  Needless to say, today may be Thanksgiving, but we didn’t partake in any meal (we’re hoping to have our meal tomorrow) and the main thing I am thankful for today is the fact that we have two bathrooms.

By noon Andy was back to his happy self.  I remained on the couch waiting for the 12-hour mark to hit.  Once it came and went, I sat up and….still felt icky.  I thought maybe I needed to get something on my stomach.  I forced myself to chew and swallow a little cereal, waited a while, and I felt worse then before I ate.

What on Earth?? My body obviously didn’t get the memo that it was a 12 hour bug!  At this point, I’m trying not to glare at my family who are feeling better and really hoping for more sleep tonight.


Only 2 more days left until the end of NaBloPoMo!!!  Not that I’m counting down or anything.


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NaBloPoMo – Day 27

I almost forgot to post tonight. I think I would have cried if I would have made it this far with the month and forgot now.

Tonight I’ve been busy making pumpkin pies for tomorrow and also taking care of my Cassie. She seems to have caught what Kalli had yesterday. I’m hoping that she feels better for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving lunch. Also, I’m hoping that I don’t get whatever this is that the girls have shared with each other.

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