Wednesday, December 23, 2009

What's Under Your Tree?

Originally: Georgia


Georgia Brown

Roo Roo (Frankie)

Roo Roo Girl (also Frankie)

Georgy (Grace)

Roo-est (Frank)

Whatever she's called, she's a good cat. And we love her.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

As If We Needed More Proof...

Grace has recently really been into Ants On a Log (read: celery with peanut butter and raisins on top). She likes to make them herself, sort of. I put the peanut butter on, she arranges to raisins.

What I'd like for you to notice is how perfect the raisins are. Almost spaced the same, going the same direction. Then to solidify it, she was unhappy with the end piece of celery not staying upright, it kept falling over. So she used extra raisins to shim it up to be straight up and down.

I always say she is Frank Noble in a skirt, now you can SEE why.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Hello, USAA?

Frankie was cracking me up.
He feel off the car and proceeded to moan and groan.
Here's the story.

I hope he has good insurance.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Preschool Holiday Program

This past Wednesday was Grace's holiday program at her preschool. It was very cute. The party consisted of the kids singing songs, a visit from Santa and snacks. Frankie was being a pill during the song part of the program, resulting in sub par videos. I tried using a lolly pop, which usually works beautifully however, this time it only resulted in making my hair very sticky and ensuring a trip to the dry cleaners for one of my wool sweaters. I tried holding him, not holding him, sitting, standing... Nothing lasted long enough to make it through one song. So when you hear a child belly aching in the background, that's Frankie.

This is a clip of the kids coming into the room.
Warning: You may need a Dramamine to comfortably watch these two videos...

The last song:
We Wish You a Happy Holidays

Our table was right next to the dessert table. Outside of wanting to go home, which Frankie made sure everyone knew that's what he really wanted to do, he wanted a chocolate cupcake. I didn't give him one to begin with because the mom who made them was sitting right next to me. She told me how special they were to her son and how happy he was going to be when he saw that she made them for him. When Frankie approached the dessert table, she kept looking between me, Frankie and the cupcakes. But as soon as the last song was over, Frankie was up and at those cupcakes. We hadn't eaten lunch yet; I didn't care. Go to it Frankie; enjoy that cupcake you waited SO long for.

Grace is standing in line, waiting to talk to Santa, talking to one of her teachers, Ms. Debbie.

Grave NEVER looks Santa in the eye. She'll talk to him, willingly go sit on his lap, but will never look at him directly. Strange.

I thought this shot was classic. Frankie, sitting on Santa's lap, picking his nose. I'm sure Santa is thinking, "how did I get here?" ha ha.

Grace was so proud of her performance and all her other classmates. The kids did a great job. I will say these events are like a circus though. Kids, hopped up on cupcakes, running around like crazy people... It's not until I get everybody back into the car and strapped in, when I finally feel like I can take a deep breath. Whew.

Snow and such

In the winter time I mostly feel like Bill Murry in Groundhog Day, "It's going to be cold. It's going to be gray and it's going to last for the rest of your life."

However, when the sky does clear and you get a sneak peak at blue sky and gorgeous sunshine, it's so beautiful. Looking out from our house, you see the valley, covered in white and the reflection of the sun shining down on the city, painting everything pink. It's just so beautiful. Then, about five minutes later, the sun sets and turns the pink deeper, shall we say magenta...

By then the clouds are creeping back, giving the pink shadowed trees a gray background. Just lovely. I try to capture it with the camera but it continues to come up short.

This week has brought us lots about snow, about two feet. When I play in the "big snow" with the kids, I sink down deep, bringing the snow up to my thighs. We are having lots of fun.

I dug a snow maze on one of the lawns, which the kids love. I tried digging snow stairs going up the huge mountain of snow and I dig out the playground and little house.

I drag the them around the driveway on the sled and am going to make a sled run next.

The weather is cold and sometimes the days are gloomy and SOMETIMES the walls feel like they're going to close in around us, but look what I have.

How could I not be thankful?

Christmas Cookies

Yesterday we made cookies.
We all made cookies.
From start to finish.
I was exhausted.

I'll let the pictures tell the story.

(Frankie did not want me taking any pictures at this point.
This was the best there was of this moment.)

(They each shared a bite of their cookie; very sweet.)

So there you have it.
Hope you're having cookie fun too.


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