Wednesday, December 29, 2010

I'll be absent from the blog for a few days, but never fear, I shall return. Have a wonderful New Year, and I'll catch you on the flip side.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Rollin' Stone

The other day, Miss V was bouncing away in her Jump Up that hangs in the pantry door. The J-bird was eating his breakfast, and I was pouring a cup of coffee. Looking over at his sister and seeing her "on her own" (so to speak), the J-bird piped up, "Mommy, Miss V looks like a wolling stone!". Points to the three year old for the Bob Dylan reference.

Anyway, she's rolling in more ways than one these days. Miss V may not be crawling yet (though that's right around the corner, it seems), but she is most definitely mobile. She easily switches from a sitting position to lying down, and then she's off to the races.

See the Santa ornament? That's where she started out...about ten seconds before I snapped this picture.

Apparently my days of having the baby stay where I put her are, um, over.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

Stille Nacht

The stockings are filled. The gifts are set out. The food is prepped. The cookies and milk have been consumed, and the note to my children from Santa has been lovingly placed. My sweet ones are sleeping, and the house is quiet. Our little family is waiting, breath held, for the happy little faces and the warmth of being together in such a special moment. How I do love Christmas. How I adore my family. It's almost time!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Christmas Eve Eve

This evening, we drove around town, looking at Christmas lights (and all the various blow-up Grinches and Snowmen and Reindeer and...Sponge Bobs on folks' lawns), even driving out to the "Lights in the Grove", an amazing spectacle of lights that are synchronized with music on a dedicated radio station. You just pull over to the side of the road, tune in the music and watch until you're done watching. It's awesome! The kids seemed to really take it all in - I checked in my rearview mirror several times to see Miss V's sweet face in her little "baby in view" mirror, contentedly gazing out the window, and, amidst all his other chatter, I heard my little J-bird go momentarily silent and then quietly exclaim, "Whoa, dude!" as we passed one particularly be-decked house. Yeah. He's definitely my child! Our adventure kind of makes my one strand of duck-taped lights around our front window look even Oh well! There's always next year for a more creative effort. Though it probably won't be synchronized to music. I'll leave that to the experts!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

Santy Claus

This evening, we went less than a mile away to our local Santa, who decks his whole yard and welcomes kids for four days, right before Christmas. Parents can take as many photos as they like for free, though there's a little donation basket for a charity (I believe it's for Lymphoma). It's quick (no drive to the mall, no long line), easy, and very fun (instead of a drag : see the mall thing).

We didn't do the Santa thing when I was growing up, and I don't really feel like I missed out, but it is pretty cool to see the wonder in the J-bird's eyes as he very shyly (and my kid is generally NOT shy) tells Santa that what he really wants for Christmas is a pillow pet - the ladybug one.

Miss V just took it all in, as always.

And this one...well, see for yourself!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

While I'm At It

The last two are my favorites ;)

Our Sad Attempts

at a family photo


I'm out of icing

What's left of the candy has been put away

The little lazy Susan I use for decorating has been wiped down and stowed.

Fleets of gingerpeople have been packaged up and given away

These were some of my favorites!

A "J" for the J-bird, and one for James too.

And the gingerbread houses have been decorated

and assembled and (mostly) distributed.

Another year, another round of Gingerbread Madness conquered. Now, on to gift wrapping, meeting Santa, the very last of the shopping (gifts AND groceries) and, maybe, hopefully, a little Christmas peace. *aaaaaaaaahhhhh*

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Zoooooo Lights!

James tries to save up some vacation time each year so he can take time off at Christmas. Yesterday was his last day at work, so we celebrated by meeting him "in town" for some supper and then heading to Zoo Lights!

It is so cool. They cover everything within a certain area of the zoo with Christmas lights and invite everyone in (for a price - or not, if you're members, which we are!) during the evenings for a few weeks at the end of the year.

The J-bird was enchanted.

He wanted to touch all the lights. He got the opportunity to touch a lot of them as we waited in line to ride the train.

The only good part about waiting in the ridiculously long line was that it wrapped around near this, which spins slowly in a circle and is very fun to watch.

Did I mention that it was a long line? We waited for probably 45 minutes (bleh). I wouldn't recommend it, as the ride itself is only so-so, but to my three year old...

It was awesome.

Which made it worth it.

After the train, we tooled around, looking at the loveliness.

See? Loveliness.

Someone was very excited. And also up way past his bedtime.

Miss V seemed to take it all in.

A fun night!

And now, back to the gingerbread. The gingerbread that never ends. I mean, yay! Gingerbread!! ;)