Here are a few recent highlights...
Day 25 of 25 days of Christmas - The girls took a full hour to open all their presents. It was an absolute blast for them and us but there was just so many new things that it took days before they really got to play with everything. It took 3 days to reorganize their playroom and find a place for all the new stuff. I wish I was one of those people who always has toys for any age kid that comes over but frankly I cant stand having that much stuff. Their playroom is very organized and surprisingly minimalist for a playroom. I like order and if something doesn't have a place it will probably be thrown out. I thought I prepped enough before the big day by tossing 3 bags but after this christmas there is another huge box to be dumped. Well, donated. I am that crazy lady who drops off bags of clothes/stuff at the thrift store twice a month. I like an organized, clean, and green house so we always donate/recycle.
Mom and Dad got their fair share of stuff too. And a credit card bill to prove it. I may have done some damage this year. I kind of get a little panicky when I think about it.
I start breathing heavy...my mouth gets dry...before I know it I'm pacing the house looking for something of my husband's to sell.
"Two pairs of shoes?! I can scrape the dog poop off this pair and make a few bucks."
"He doesn't need this many pens, what are we staples."
"What the heck is this thing? I'm for sure selling this! Oh, wait...no that's mine." (places it back in the drawer)
It's not pretty.
If you can stick around for a few minutes past the pleas and vows to spend less money next year, you will soon find me flipping through the post Christmas Sale ads from the newspaper, pen in hand circling my next purchases.
I'm not proud.
Before. Plus Santa gifts not pictured.
Daddy playing with his new Atari.
They love their new easel.
I guess there is always next year to focus on teaching them the true meaning of Christmas.
New Year 2013
The last day of 2012 was calm and perfect. Mom and Dad got some time to buy our new iPhone 5's (squeal!). Some friends came to hang for a few hours. The boys indulged in cigars and scotch while the girls watched Brave with all three of their new Merida dolls on hand. We let the kids stay up late and when they finally dozed off the adults ventured to the neighborhood party. Lots of laughs with friends and hugs and kisses at midnight.
Cheers to this guy surviving another year with me!
And I didn't end the night looking like this! ;)
2013 has some big shoes to fill!
Beau has become a writing machine
Beau has learned to sound things out and loves to write notes for everyone. Her favorite game is playing waitress and asking everyone what they want to eat while she doodles on her notepad. It is endless entertainment for us to try and decipher what she tried to write.
I woke up the other day with a note on our chalkboard and Beau screaming
"Mom! We get to go to Miss Ambers house today and play at the pool! See I wrote it!"
and tha has a pol
(and they has a pool)
here are some more...
Beau is fayrsot
(Beau is five years old)
I wont a jrm
(I want a drum)
And my favorite, my xmas card this year
It says: "Merry Christmas! I love you. Beau and Mom and Daddy and Alex and Owen", but she really likes to put lines between some words and not others so it became "I love | you" and "DadyandAlex". Oh and I love that she included her cousin Owen, even if she spelled it Omin :)