Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Fa la la la la la la la la...

Tis' the season!  We dove into the Christmas decorations early this year.  This is going to be Charlie's most magical Christmas thus far and our traditions have begun to set in for years to come.  We have endless fun with the Nativity scene and once again, Baby Jesus is the center of attention.  However, the other day Mary Kate told me, "Mommy, Jesus is in jail".  Should I be concerned? ;)  She also told me, "Mary is mad at the sheep.  They ran away from the goat" (it was actually a camel).
Our 24 doors til' Christmas is stirring up excitement, while I try to find 48 little but cheap items to put in each door.  The stocking are hung at the end of each bed, and I hope that St. Nicholas won't wake the sleepy heads.
Charlie's wish list for Santa continues to grow.  Number one on his list is a real Polar Express Train that blows smoke.  The details included in his description make me believe that Santa has his work cut out for him.  He is also standing strong on the Batman Castle/Cave.  I think Santa can handle those, however, the train track in the backyard may be a little difficult.
Mary Kate so simply has asked for a baby doll.  I would just like Santa to grant her the ability to use the potty.
I hope that you are continuing traditions in your home.  It brings a feeling of comfort and joy!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Keeper Crafts

The following crafts are certainly keepers.  Kathleen had the kids paint paper and recycled paper towel tubes.  She then traced their hands and cut them out, glued them on the front and back of a cut tube and added turkey parts.  Adorable, can be used at napkin ring holders, simple table decorations or even salt and pepper shaker covers.
My other favorite craft this season was a hit in my kindergarten and at home.  A simple recycled baby food jar, old flannels, some ribbon and a label, make a perfect little "Gratitude Jar".  The kids wrote all of the things they are thankful for or show gratitude toward on pieces of paper and folded them up into the jar.  Voila, a simple keepsake.  My children included all of our family members, friends, fruit, apples, strawberries and let's not forget Superman and Batman!

 Happy Thanksgiving to all readers and loved ones.  I am thankful for my warm home, beautiful trees that surround my house, understanding friends,  unconditional love from my family and husband and the spirit of each of my children.  

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Perpetual Mess and Clutter

This was my home...is my home just about everyday (that I am home) at around 5pm.

Monday, November 22, 2010

A Nana day!

Charlie woke up Friday morning and with one eye open he muttered, "Is this the Nana day?"  My mom came to visit for the weekend and the kids were drawn to her gracious gift giving and warm hugs.  We spent the morning at the Discovery Museum, enjoyed lunch in the sunshine on the walking mall and Nana offered free babysitting for N and me Saturday evening.  Thanks for a great weekend Nana!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

21st century living room with a touch of the 19th century

We have made a few updates to our cozy little home.  We welcomed a flat screen TV, what a space saver and not to mention an amazing picture.  We took an antique mantel saved and restored from an old mansion on top of the mountain.  Nick has fond memories of visiting the victorian home of family friends.

Sunday, November 7, 2010


My baby girl turned three this week.  She was born on a beautiful fall day November 2nd and each year the sunshines just like her!  I love her, I adore her, I could eat her up, I admire her and I could listen to her all day long (except the whining).  Her baby doll party was perfect.  It included paper dolls, baby doll bubble bath and diaper bag decorating!  Happy Birthday Mary Kate!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Trick or Treat

Mary Kate: "Come on guys, let's go get more candy.  I love Halloween Mommy"
Charlie: " I got the lotest candy"