Merry Christmas 2010!

Christmas around here is simply magical. Our home is warm with smiles, laughter and love.

These are just a few highlights from this wonderful day!

Ginger, as always, was the easiest child to please. She was in awe of each present she received. Here she is with Barbie clothes from Pap and Nana.

This was her most wanted item (next to her own pair of scissors). I had banned markers from any child under the age of 8. Although you would be correct in guessing that I'm a little compulsive about certain kinds of messes, I have to say that one can only find marker art on so many no-paper surfaces (such as dressers, bathroom walks, bed linens, you get the picture) before losing one's mind. Scissors have also been hidden and out of reach (rememember the case of the mysterious missing hair?). Anyway, Ginger was very happy to have the ban lifted.

She was also thrilled to receive a little bling!

A piggy bank from the dollar store was a big hit, too!

I'm not so sure this Wocket was a big hit for Ginger. She couldn't wear it, make art with it, or read it. It's been stuffed in a bag since Christmas day. I guess they all can't be winners, right?

Owen was thrilled with his boring assortment of boy toys. Bakugan, Mighty Beanz, video games.

As you can see, his fashion sense did not change for the holidays. (Not so interesting side note - Owen received this sweatshirt as a Christmas gift from my mother in 2007. The fact that he is still wearing it is a testament to his fashion sensibility. After all, you wouldn't want to wear something that actually fits and isn't designed to look cute on a toddler).

Maddie was tricky this year. She told Santa "Please bring me something to entertain me." That is totally not fair. I wish someone would explain the rules to this child! Without a wish list, how is Santa supposed to know what to get?

She was pretty entertained by her Nintendo DS. In fact, she has been entertaining her self with this pretty much non stop since Christmas day. In FACT, she has been wearing this same outfit since Christmas day.

And, what's Christmas without a little drama? Here is the Queen with a squishy ball, which was "Just what I ALWAYS wanted!!!"

I don't even remember what this was about. Whatever it was, it was pretty dramatic.

The girls dressed in their outfits that I got on clearance after Halloween. I think they cost 25 cents each. They've been wearing parts of these outfits ever since, so I think that was money well spent.

CoCo loved her Grinch, until I read the story to her. After that, she wasn't so impressed with him.

Even socks are exciting if they are wrapped in princess paper and found under a tree!!

And this is the Mayor of Quinbyville, who presided over the days' activities.

Merry Christmas to you! Hope that the magic of Christmas is with you always!


I just can't seem to keep up with anything these days. Ginger woke me up today by crying because she doesn't have any clean pants to wear. Seriously - it's that bad.

So, it's no wonder that I'm only posting about Thanksgiving now. Not that anything exciting happened. On the contrary, it was as boring a holiday as ever. Gobble gobble, and all that.

Anyway, the highlight of the day was this turkey sweet potato that Maddie made. This picture doesn't do the potato justice. That potato weighed over 1 1/2 pounds!! That was one big potato! I never had any intention of cooking it (we are a big family but - dang! - that was one big potato!). I just bought it because I wanted the kids to see it. I figured they'd never believe me (seems that certain children think that their mother is guilty of exaggerating at times).

I couldn't exactly buy a potato and not USE it. That would just be wasteful. So, I gave Maddie the job of turning it into a turkey. As you can plainly see, she did a fantastic job.

The part that you can't see is what Maddie wrote on the back of the tail feathers. She went around the house asking each mammal what they were thankful for. (I was thankful that she didn't ask the amphibians or fish - but I forgot to mention it). She wrote what each person was thankful for on the back of each feather. This has to be the funniest thing I've ever seen. Here is what she wrote:

Owen: "I'm thankful for the food Mother Nature gave us."

Mom: "I'm thankful for my family, especially my children. And that Quinnby came back." (I was a little freaked out that the cat ran away, and was truly thankful to have him home again).

Ginger: "I'm thankful for the trees that give us air."

Maddie: "I'm thankful I have a family that cares for me."

CoCo: "I'm thankful that we have turkey. And my workplan." (CoCo is very proud of her workplan - most kids in her class don't get one until kindergarten, and she's only 1/3 of the way thru pre-school).

Then, Maddie started getting a little punchy.

Quinn (aka the Mayor of Quinnbyville): "I'm thankful to be home."

Frizbee / Beano: "I'm thankful that I only sneeze 6 hours a day." (Kitty colds are no fun).

Kahlua / Buddha: "I'm thankful that I wasn't chucked out when I started peeing all over the house."

Amber: "I'm thankful that my owners got a cat that puts up with my herding and biting."

And that's that.

Hope y'all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!