Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Quotes of the Week

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On chores:

Me: "Your Daddy is going to be really upset when he sees that nail polish on your carpet!"
Blinky: "Then you'd better hurry and clean it up."

On Adele's 25:

Stinky: "Why does Adele keep breaking up with boys and writing songs about them?"

Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas 2015

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind. For our 10th anniversary, the four of us along with our mothers took an W Caribbean cruise. We had a beach day in Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas, did a camel safari and toured Dunn River Falls in Ocho Rios Jamaica, went on a 4x4 jeep safari in George Town Grand Cayman, and visited Tulum in Mexico. It was awesome! We sailed with Norwegian on one of their newer ships the Getaway and it was glorious. The Getaway featured two Broadway shows, Burn the Floor and Legally Blonde, a giant ropes course with a plank that jutted out over the edge of the ship 16 decks above the ocean, and five giant slides. Even our days at sea were full of adventure! And don't get me started on the food. I may or may not have 10 pounds to loose.

 

 

 


 
 







Last week home with the kids was nice and peaceful. Rainy weather kept us inside which gave us the opportunity to play games, work on crafts and enjoy being together. We did brave a thunderstorm Thursday evening to attend a Christmas Eve candlelight service at church.

The kids were sad to say goodbye to Odette but were overjoyed to wake up to presents the next morning. They must have been really good this year because Santa was very nice to them. :) We wrapped up the weekend baking cookies for the local firefighters, dropping off food to a friend who recently had heart surgery, and finishing up a gingerbread house.


 
 


I've lamented before how hectic our lives are during the school year {here}and {here}and how much I enjoy these school days off. They mean so much to me and I hope to the rest of my family too. If you have little ones, I encourage you to do the same.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Odette

Even the DH is getting in on the staging action.








 
Any my favorite...


 
 Fun times!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Things I Do for My Children

When the Elf on the Shelf frenzy hit a few years ago, I swore never to be one of those mamas indulging their children in yet another fairy tale. I laughed at the facebook posts about overworked and overstressed mamas who forgot to move the elf the night before. Life. Was. Simple.

Then last school year, Stinky's first grade teacher got a classroom elf and the pleading began. The DH and I held fast to our no and felt good about it. This school year, Blinky's first grade teacher got a classroom elf. Apparently its a lot harder to say no to two kids instead of one. The DH and I started to crack.

Yesterday, we finally talked about it. The DH's case was to let the kids have it since this is probably the last year they'll buy into such fairy tales. The way I looked at it, our kids don't ask for much. Sure, every now and again we do something to remind them that not every family around the world lives like we do here in America, and that blessings are not guaranteed, but a little magic once and a while is ok. (Especially for a seven and a half year old who last Christmas thought he was too big to believe in Santa.)

So last night, we received our very own package from the North Pole.


The kids' reactions were priceless! They turned beet red and began jumping up and down yelling, "WE GOT AN ELF!!!!!" They already knew all the rules (which the DH and I had to learn from the enclosed storybook) which includes no touching the elf. (Great foresight author lady!) And named her Odette.

To my pleasant surprise, they behaved remarkably well during homework and bedtime prep. We even got Stinky to take a shower without a fuss! Awesome sauce!

Finally, the DH and I staged Odette after the kids went to bed. We came up with a hot cocoa bath complete with mini marshmallows.


The kids loved finding her this morning. After a few inquiries at work today, I learnt that Odette will have to move several times a day, but especially every night which is when she reports to the North Pole to report on the kids to Santa. Let the madness begin.