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A Very Merry Christmas

We had a quiet Christmas at home with the kids this year.  Here are the excited kids in front of the tree on Christmas Eve.

During the afternoon on Christmas Eve, the kids and I made gingerbread man cookies.

Here, the girls are writing notes to leave for Santa along with the gingerbread man cookie.  One of the notes told Santa that there was a glass of milk for him in the fridge.  I guess Santa got the message, because come morning, along with stockings full of presents, the cookie was gone, and an empty milk glass stood on the counter.

Here are the lumpy, bumpy stockings after Santa filled them.  Even Moose had a stocking (although I didn’t get his initial sewn on it in time) and got some tennis balls and a new leash on Christmas morning.

And, there were many presents under the tree to be opened!

One of E-boy’s gifts was a new leapster game:

E. got a new game:

And A. got a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle (confession time: I probably put 950 pieces of this puzzle together…I could not walk past this on the counter without stopping to fit some together):

There were more presents opened, but after a while, I stopped taking pictures.  Because, really, if you’ve seen one grinning kid tearing the paper off a gift, you’ve seen them all.  I hope your Christmas was filled with grinning kids of your own!

Hubby Proved Me Wrong

I didn’t think he’d really be able to do this.  I should have known that telling him I didn’t think he’d be able to do it would be challenge enough that he wouldn’t give up until he’d succeeded.  And succeed he did, even I have to admit it.

The other day Hubby got the idea in his head he’d try to build a snow cave with the kids.  Yesterday, he piled up a huge mountain of snow on the front grass.  The kids spent a while sledding down the hill yesterday and again today, helping daddy compact the snow.  And today he started digging in.

Here’s E-boy in the start of the cave:

At this point I said, “yeah, we made a cave big enough to fit a toddler”.  Hubby was undeterred.  E-boy looks on as daddy continues.

Now, the cave is big enough for Hubby to squeeze in, and he convinces me to help move the snow out of the entrance.

All three kids now fit into the snow cave.  Neighbors start wandering over to see what we’re up to, and passing cars slow to watch to action.

Finally done, the whole family inside the snow cave.  I recruited a neighbor to take this picture.  (Thanks!)

Inside, the snow cave is actually quite cozy.  There is plenty of light coming in through the door, and through a couple little vents in the roof.  The walls are about 10 inches thick.  It’s surprisingly roomy inside, with plenty of room to sit or lay down and to turn around.  Wiggling through the door is a bit tight for an adult, but totally doable.  So, yes Hubby, you’re right.  Having a snow cave on the front lawn is pretty cool.

Festive Paper Crafts

The kids and I spent some time this morning decorating the house for Christmas.  Okay, I’ll admit that I did the decorating and the kids watched.   

The first project was these colorful paper chains to adorn the dining room windows.  These are made from the covers of magazines and catalogs that were bound for the recycle bin.  I chose the brightly colored pages, cut them into strips and linked them into chains.  I love how the colors from the opposite sides of the pages peek out!  And even though you can get a glimpse of what they used to be (see the blue New York Life ad?) the look now is just bright and cheery!  I’m debating adding a few more chains to each window, or maybe some more in the living room, but we’ll have to see what kinds of catalogs come in the mail this week.  If you have to know, it was a Nordstrom catalog that came addressed to the lady who used to live in this house 4 years ago that started it, it had the greatest red cover with hot pink writing on it I just had to find a way to use it.

Second, I made some paper snowflakes to hang in the family room window.  I also made a big mess of little bits of paper all over the floor.  We haven’t had any snow so far this year, so I guess I felt the need to make some on my own. 

It’s That Time of Year

We put up the Christmas lights on the house this week.  For those of you who live in somewhat warmer climates, it may seem a bit premature.  But, we have cold, snowy winters here, and if you don’t get your lights up before the snow flies, you may not get another chance until spring.  No one wants to climb up a ladder to hang lights in the ice and snow.  Much to the kids’ dismay, though, we won’t light them until after Thanksgiving.

I’m a Wii Bit Sore.

We got a Wii for Christmas.  The whole family has been enjoying playing with it, but I’m definitely noticing how out-of-shape I am.  My shoulders and arms ache from playing golf, bowling and bating practice.  It doesn’t help that hubby and I are terribly competitive, so when he suggests nine holes of golf, and I lose, we HAVE to have a rematch.  The kids only complaint is that mommy and daddy aren’t sharing very nicely.

Their Stockings Were Hung…

…by the chimney with care…

As it is Christmas Eve, a holiday themed post is in order.  And what good is a post with no pictures, so here are our Christmas stockings, hung and ready to be filled this evening.

As you can see, they’re really more socks than stockings.  Growing up, my family always had red and green “toe socks” for stockings.  When Hubby and I got married and celebrated our first Christmas together, I got hiking socks to use for our stockings, as we enjoy outdoor activities.  Then I sewed our initials onto the socks with buttons, to differentiate one from the other.  As our family has grown, we’ve needed to add more pairs of socks to the collection, but the theme remains the same.  Casual, outdoorsy with a bit of handmade charm.  I think they represent our family pretty well.