25 December 2009

A Very Merry Christmas

From (most of) our family to yours!

Today couldn't have turned out to be a more perfect day. The past couple of weeks I've been feeling slightly dissatisfied with Christmas this year. There were many things that I intended and planned on doing that just never happened. Our "12 Days of Christmas" calendar never quite came together even though I did have our 12 days planned. Watching a special, new Christmas movie on Christmas Eve ended up not being feasible, besides the fact that I never was able to purchase the movie. I never got the Babka made.
Instead, my cookie press broke and I wasn't able to make Christmas tree cookies. The only time we saw Santa was at the Christmas Train. The weather turned too bitter to take the boys sledding. And money was too tight to buy the presents I wanted to get for the boys.
I had a picture in my head of how I wanted our first Christmas together as a family, and here in North Dakota to go. And it just didn't happen. It left me feeling disappointed and ready to have the not-so-jolly-season over with.
And then yesterday came along. And even though I had felt no energy or motivation earlier, I decided that it just wouldn't be Christmas Eve without pierogis and set about to making them. As the day progressed and I started getting things prepped for today's meal the 'holiday spirit' came back to me.
While its something I've always known, I really felt for the first time this year that the most important thing is having those you love and cherish close to you. Our Christmas was nothing spectacular. M worked 8-4 yesterday and then started midnight shift so went back to work at midnight and came home exhausted, just as the boys were waking up. We opened presents, M went to bed, and the boys and I watched A Very Merry Muppet Christmas on TV, and I made a big ham for supper. Other than that our day was almost like any other (besides the fact that the boys had a ton of new toys to play with and were happy almost the ENTIRE day).
It was a quiet, peaceful day. And it helped me once again see, and appreciate the most important thing in my life.
And with all that being said... M did get me the most gorgeous watch and necklace for Christmas! Thank you love, for the beautiful present, for everything you do for the boys and me.

Christmas Morning

One of the most exciting moment of their christmas morning: getting to spend time loose in the living room. And not just because the babysitter didn't know better, but Mommy and Daddy let them!

10 December 2009

The Story of Daddy's Snack

Once upon a time, Daddy tried to eat a snack. And then there at his feet two little boys showed up. These little boys wanted to have some of Daddy's snack. But one little boy didn't like to take turns

And the other little boy thought he should just take the snack, and very swiftly grabbed the spoon (with a glob of peanut butter on it)

So then Daddy decided he'd had enough peanut butter and moved on to snacking on Life cereal.

And the little boys were very happy, because the love Life cereal

"oh yum, yum" said the little boys

"Pwease give me more Daddy"

But then Daddy was done with his snack. And he told the little boys that they were all done. And at the words "all done", one little boy had a meltdown.

And it just kept going

The other little boy was very sad, but didn't think it was worth shedding tears over

And the other little boy just couldn't be consoled.

The End.

08 December 2009

Look At ME!

[As I was uploading these I realized what a mess the house was that day... please ignore everything you see in the background.]

"Ohhhh Mommy"

"You should never leave us alone!"

Latest Project

Here's what I've been working on the last few days

I decided this year that I wanted to give our tree a new look. After seeing these in a magazine I thought they would be just the thing we needed. They aren't exactly easy to make, but for just a few bucks I've freshed our ornaments. I just need to pick up just a few more ornaments and I believe our tree will be perfect.

Just A Little Mess

Why, oh why did I think it was a smart idea to give them a container full of cheerios?