Thursday, December 31, 2009

Christmas In Pictures

Isla as an elf (a common theme for her this Christmas) at her school performance.
Justin and Isla in front of our tree. There were some hilarious outtakes of this sitting.
Justin and Isla getting jiggy with it at cousin Keeny's on Christmas Eve.
With cousins on Christmas Eve.
Christmas morning, santa gave Isla just what she wanted, "baby Starsong that goes to sleep"
Santa brought Justin just what he wanted, Star Wars Imperial Spaceship
A fine mess.
It was a lot of dress clothes for Isla - Snow White
Ballerina and butterfly wings and wand
I did a lot of baking even though I kept saying I wasn't going to this year. Gingerbread men cookies for Justin's class.
Pink reindeer for Isla
Snowmen for Justin
Red velvet cupcakes for the party on Christmas Eve.

A gift from my mom and Lainy - it's so pretty at night when it's lit up!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. Ours was going well and then one by one we each were diagnosed with Strep (Justin was the last this morning). We had big plans to go to the movies, out to eat, play in the snow, etc but it didn't go as planned. It really was a downer all being home (no school or work) and not being able to go anywhere. There's always next year, right?
I just packed away the last of the ornaments today and going to enjoy a very quiet New Year's Eve with just us. We were invited to a few houses but I turned them down - I don't want to get anyone sick and the kids are still acting a little off. Again, there's always next year. We'll have to party twice as hard to make up for this year's lose!!!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas Eve

December 23
I sent Justin to school even though he wasn't 100%, I felt so guilty dropping him off but I told him to tell the teacher if he wasn't feeling well. I really didn't want him missing his school party. The day was spent doing last minute things like shopping for food to bring to parties, etc. Looking forward to seeing my family later and will post about that tomorrow!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

My Son

(Justin leaving for school in his pajamas for Polar Express day -last week)

December 22
My Justin has been sick. He spent the day on the couch again. He kept asking me to sit next to him, something he rarely asks, a sign he was really sick. Steve and I took turns leaving the house to do last minute shopping. We are officially done and we wrapped everything last night after the kids went to bed. I took the two gifts they kept asking for from santa and wrapped them in gold paper with gold tags. It was so much fun seeing what we've bought over the past month and knowing how excited they are going to be opening them. Can't wait!!!!

Monday, December 21, 2009

My Daughter

Here is Isla listening to the Nutcracker on our kitchen CD player. She's become obsessed with the music. She's definitely my daughter. She asks me to put it on everyday. At a very young age I fell in love with classical music. I'm still almost embarrassed to say it as though it's a bad thing but I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
Here is her dressed up version of the mouse king. After I took these she asked me to get her red cape and failed to take a picture of her. She's in her dance costume here, she loves to wear it at least once a day (she has 15 outfit changes a day). I can't wait to see what this little girl grows up to be!

December 21
Today Justin stayed home sick. Poor guy. I hate seeing my kids sick. I thought I wouldn't have time to do anything but he was so weak he just layed on the couch. Isla asked to watch 'the boy who goes on the train' movie (The Polar Express) and they both watched quietly and I was able to decorate gingerbread cookies for Justin's class on Wednesday. I hope he's better by then!!!!!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Salt Dough Ornaments

December 20
I was talking on the phone with my cousin Misti last night and she gave me the idea to make salt dough ornaments.
This morning (being a weekend morning) I found myself with the kids all day with nothing planned so we made these ornaments. These were one of the better crafts I've done with the kids (thanks Misti!) because the kids were really interested and into it, it was in steps so the whole process took some time, not 5 minutes and done like other things we've done. They hung the ornaments on their trees. We are going to make these every year. Actually, I did have a flashback to my childhood making these. I made my mom letters spelling Merry Christmas. It was the smell of the dough that jogged my memory. I was such a crafter even as a kid.

25 Days of Christmas

(Isla took this picture of Justin on the Polar Express)

December 19
I couldn't get moving yesterday. I just felt sluggish. In the morning, the kids wanted to play outside, it was really cold (didn't check to see the temp, I'm guessing in the 20's) and even though I didn't want to go out, I did. The kids wanted to make a snowman (they are so anxious to do this) but there just wasn't enough snow.
Later in the day Lainy asked if I could watch her kids. I was so happy about this, the kids needed to see their cousins and it kept them busy and I was able to relax for the first time in a long time. I didn't even go into my craft room, I just watched the boys play Mario Bros.

Friday, December 18, 2009

25 Days of Christmas

(the wreath I made Isla that's hanging in her room)

I forgot to list December 15: Another low key day, Justin went to the zoo with his class, field trips are always fun days for him. Man, this kid loves school (I know it will change as he gets older). That evening we watched The Polar Express and ate gingerbread ice cream sandwiches.

December 17 Isla had a gift exchange at her school. She came home with a gift she loved (a LPS squirrel) and a few other treat bags. Later we played with Christmas Foamies (LOVE these) I bought on sale for $3 at Michaels!! A huge container with santas, wreaths, trees to decorate and reindeer.

and for today...

December 18 Justin went to school in his pajamas today. When I dropped him off I got a chuckle watching all the kids in the hall in their pajamas. The school is doing something to celebrate The Polar Express. Not sure exactly, I'm sure I'll hear all about it when I pick Justin up from school.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Run, run as fast as you can

December 16
Today while Justin was at school I baked gingerbread men for us to decorate. He's been asking to do this for years, one of his favorite books is The Gingerbread Man which I pull out this time of year. I think we will count that as decorating cookies and I can check that off my list. I used the Martha Stewart recipe that was in Martha Stewart Kids, very good recipe. Oh and I saw this tutorial AFTER I was done rolling out my dough that I thought was brilliant. So much easier than what I've been doing and I've been baking a lot of cut out cookies lately. Take a look if you like to bake cookies. Check out their website too!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Picture Update

Our Snow White gingerbread house. Snow White and Dwarfs came from Bake It Pretty.
Isla mostly ate the candy.
While Justin actually decorated.
My mom and Isla at the Nutcracker. Sorry, mom!
Ready to go to the Polar Express in their pajamas.
I love this old train station.
It's my goal to get a crystal clear picture without using a flash and I think I did that here the best I could.

The Nutcracker cookies I made for Julia and Noah. Those circle things are supposed to be peppermints (one of Julia's parts), I know they look like something else, that's why I didn't end up gifting them.

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Polar Express & Santa

December 13 & 14
Sunday we rode the Polar Express (Adirondack Railroad). We all had so much fun, very relaxing for me. Ashlee was able to go too. On Monday we took the kids to the mall for the visit and picture with Santa. What a difference a year makes. Last year Isla didn't want to sit on his lap, she did after he gave her a bear. This year she held her arms out to him and let him pick her up. Afterward, we treated the kids to some ice cream at Friendlys.
The mark on Isla's head is from an injury she had over a week ago. She hit her head on the coffee table and needed 5 stitches. They are out now and the scar is starting to heal.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Nutcracker

December 12
Yesterday the kids and I decorated a gingerbread house. I let them do most of the work. This year we added Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (I'll post picture soon). Isla's really into Snow White this year.
Last night I took Isla to see the Nutcracker. This is Julia and Noah's 2nd year in the show and I thought Isla was old enough to see it (Justin would be bored and probably end up falling asleep). I really wanted her to see it and asked if she may want to be in it next year, of course she said yes, not sure if I'm up to all that driving next year so we'll see. She already picked out her roles. She wants to be a mouse and a peppermint. She cried when she saw the Nutcracker (the life sized dancer) then it got worse because the mouse and the nutcracker started to sword fight. I told her to close her eyes, that seemed to do the trick. When the Nutcracker finally took off his mask, I told her that the Nutcracker was really a handsome prince. She stared at him for the rest of the scene. Other than that I think the show really moved her. How could it not? It's so amazing beautiful.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Holiday Magic

December 11
Last night, Isla performed in her first performance called Holiday Magic. She did an amazing job, never missed a beat, doing every single step on stage. I was one proud mama!

Friday, December 11, 2009

25 days of Christmas

Our first snow-just a dusting but the kids loved it!
Our cheapo advent calendars-some moms do the most amazing advents, I just don't have the time!

This is the tree in Justin's room, we add to it often, he loves it so much~makes me happy!
Isla decorating her tree, letting her put 5 ornaments on one branch and being OK with it and not changing it no matter how hard it is for me!
I LOVE this CD!!!!! We rock out to it in Justin's room.

So what happened December 7-10?
A lot and not much. During those days, things slowed down a bit and I did things over the span of days, not just one. I shopped for supplies to make wreaths (something I've never done before and I kind of feel at a stand still with), I wrapped the wreaths but that's it. Steve and I went out for dinner, just the two of us (those are so needed). I made Nutcracker themed cookies for my niece and nephew (we are seeing the show on Saturday). Finally, last night Isla had her rehearsal for her Holiday show, the show is tonight and I'm so excited to see her on stage!! Last night I received her dance pictures in her elf costume, will post soon.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

More Louie

As you may notice, there are more pictures of Louie with Justin. While Isla literally smothers him (see above picture) and treats him like one of her stuffed animals, Justin takes the more laid back approach and Louie loves to cuddle up to him.

Here Justin is asleep on the couch. Louie took his position next to Justin, falling asleep as well until he heard me run for the camera!

25 Days of Christmas

December 6
Today was fun. We didn't leave the house at all (sometimes I need that). I kindly asked Steve to find my favorite Christmas CDs, which he did and put in my Old Navy one that features big band music while in Justin's room. The kids got excited, dancing around, having fun. I was also able to address about half of my Christmas cards. (above is my favorite Christmas CD)

25 Days of Christmas

December 5
On this day we put small Christmas trees in each of the kid's bedrooms. In Justin's room we put an old pine tree that used to be used by Ashlee at Christmas time. I collected all his ornaments he's made in school over the past two years and some special ones I bought him and special ones he's picked out. Isla's is a Martha Stewart white feather tree. She doesn't have a collection like Justin yet so we adorned it with the bulbs I bought for that particular tree years ago (pink acorns and glitter balls). They both loved this activity and each tree matches their room perfectly. I'll post pictures soon.

Some more things I'm looking forward to this month: the scent of gingerbread filling the house

Friday, December 4, 2009

25 Days of Christmas

December 4
Kind of an uneventful day. After dinner we watched Frosty the Snowman and made Christmas cookies. I pulled out the little trees and put one in Justin's room and one in Isla's and we'll decorate them tomorrow. Never got around to starting my Christmas cards, I figure I have plenty of time and not to push it. I really want to not stress out this year and try to go with the flow as much as possible. So if I don't get around to doing something, so be it!

Some things I'm looking forward to doing this month: sipping eggnog and watching The Polar Express!

25 Days of Christmas

December 3
Today I put up the tree and lights and had all the ornaments ready for when Justin came home from school. He and Isla hung the ornaments. They are both at an age where they are really into it and do a great job. We didn't have a star for the tree so we went out last night to buy one, the last one actually.
I think today I will start my Christmas cards!

Thursday, December 3, 2009


I forgot to mention our new cat, Louie! We are having so much fun with him. He's 4 months old, all black and very friendly and playful. Isla pretty much won't leave him alone but I think the newness of him will wear off, hopefully. He runs from her when he sees her but goes to Justin and likes to sit next to him. We love our little Louie.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

25 Days of Christmas

December 2
So I had big plans today but they, like everything else in my life, changed. After Justin left for school, I planned on putting up our tree but before I knew it, I had a chiropractor appointment and Steve and I planned to go Christmas shopping. We made a dent in our shopping and ran into some friends and cousins Misti & Maya - I love running into people! BUT, I did bring down (from our attic) our Playmobil Nativity and opened our new Playmobil Woodland Forest. The kids LOVE these! Looks like tomorrow we'll put up our tree.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

25 Days of Christmas

I'm going to do something different. I'm going to document (at least try) each day leading up to Christmas. I plan to do something everyday, we'll see if I can, but won't be able to post pictures with each posting. I'll try but we don't download pictures everyday. So here we go...

December 1st
I gave the kids their advent calendars. In making my Christmas this year as simple as possible, I bought the cheapo ones at the grocery. I could make my own, running around looking for 50 little toys to give my kids that they will most likely play with for a minute or break and I'll be picking them up off the floor all day long but decided to let that go. I opted for the simple, one piece of chocolate each day, the kind that I had as a child and will do just fine.
Today marked our first snowfall, how perfect on the first day of December.