Thursday, December 31, 2009

What Cool Boys Wear to a Wedding

We are going non-traditional with the boys' shoes for their Nana's wedding this weekend.

These will look cool with their tuxes, right?

(I couldn't resist...heehee.)

Monday, December 28, 2009

It's that Weird Week Between Christmas and New Year's

So Christmas came and went without this Writer remembering to take a picture.
I know, I know.
But seriously: I just forgot!
Here's what I do remember...
Biggest triumph: Honey Monkey, age 4 screaming "I GOT DIS!!!!!" opening his Bat Cave.
They have all played almost non-stop with it.
Biggest surprise: strangely helpful that the Blonde Pony Pup ate the cookies left for Santa. Looked very authentic.
Biggest frustration: Pony Pup also chewed to oblivion 3 out of 4 new dog gifts.
Causing me to wonder: "Why do I even bother?"
Most pitiful lament (also most humorous request): Little Bunny, age 2.5
telling us mournfully:
"I need my DVD" because he wanted to sleep with it.
Saddest thought: missing extended family.
Most adorable reaction: Little Bunny prefering his brothers to open his gifts for him and introduce him to them while looking on excitedly.
Cutest Comment: "I heard his sleigh on the roof last night", Doodlebug, age 7 on
Christmas morning.
Sweetest moment: the Hub set up a TV and DVD player in the Cave downstairs (his office) and we snuggled in the super-dark, super-warm afternoon (heated basement, obviously)
and watched the BBC Austen film he bought for this Writer as a surprise.
It was the middle of the afternoon and we had 3 whole hours. Was luxurious.
Best gift maybe ever.
NO, true best gift ever: The Hub had 4 days off. Totally off.
Best news: we leave for Florida wedding trip on Friday morning, New year's Day!
Always helps to have something to perk your up after Christmas and that'll do it!

Monday, December 21, 2009

"Macaroni Grill" Wait Staff: Eat Your Hearts Out




In preparation for my mom's wedding in less than 2 weeks, the boys were gracious enough to all try on their tuxes and the result was ridiculously adorable.



However, they all resemble tiny restaurant waiters!

...and This Writer notes that they are in serious need of haircuts before then.

Little Bunny's Bed

Found in our 2.5 year-old's bed while changing his linen:

9 cars
7 books
2 Bat Man figures
1 Superman figure
1 wodden beaded abacus
1 stuffed bear which is not a polar bear named "Polar Bear"
1 stuffed tiger named "Tiger"
1 blankey named "BeeBee"

Ever seen the A&E's channel show "Hoarders"? Now you don't have to. This was a free preview.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

December Delights


December has kept us busy and loving it.
Here's what we've been up to...
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Since Thanksgiving (when we had THREE rounds of company)
we have had SNOW!!!!!!!!

and visits from my sister, Aunt Sissy

and the Hub's brother, Uncle Bubba, with a pal to boot.

We loooooooove when aunts and uncles come visit - we are spoiled and we know it.


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We are members of a fabulous and sometimes-rowdy adult Sunday School class.
(That may sound like an oxymoron: "Adult SS class" and "fabulous" but it's true.)
This was the night of our annual
Christmas Party Progressive Dinner and White Elephant Gift Exchange

which gets really noisy and incredibly fun.
We were lucky enough to help host a course this year and it was a blast.

The grandparents' assistance was essential on this one and so appreciated!
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Our home is decorated and warm and cozy.
Twinkle lights arch the entryway outside, a wreath greets you at our door and the family room breathes with evergreen.
Since I am both Jewish and also a Believer in Jesus we enjoy a truly spiritual season and we are loving explaining to our boys how the two faiths merge at Christmas and Hannukah.
We decorate the tree while singing carols and eating candy canes
and
we light the menorah while playing dreidle and eating gelt.

Hannukah = a true story of God's faithful rescue of His children through a Leader.

Christmas = a true story of God's faithful rescue of His children through a Savior.
It all makes perfect sense.
God does not contradict Himself.



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There has been 1 Block Party, 1 Board Meeting Dinner Party, 1 double date to the new pizza place, and so much babysitting that my kids are losing it.


The boys themselves have all enjoyed parties in their classes at school and Doodlebug had more festivities going on than I could even keep up with!
We had a top secret field trip to the IMAX downtown with his class in pajamas to view
The Polar Express on the big silver screen in 3-D which was too fun.
The kids were all surprised and it was a hoot to hear them
flip out when they caught on to the plan.
He had parties at school, crafts and endless homemade goodies to bring home.
His 1st grade class made gifts for all their parents- they constructed a Cookbook.

It was made of recipes from each of the kids, labeled and typed individually.

Here is Doodle's contribution:


We even made some reindeer food (made of oatmeal, birdseed and glitter)

to help sustain Santa's help on Christmas Eve.

Honey Monkey and Little Bunny each had a neverending supply of homemade crafts that came home bi-weekly including ornaments and paintings that adorned our fridge amply.

And cards have arrived from all over the country which we enjoy displaying.

If you sent one, it's up there.

We are all set to slow down...just 1 "Happy Birthday Jesus Party", 1 Christmas Eve service, 2 more nights of Hannukah, 1 potluck with neighbors and 1 Christmas morning to go!


...and a cookie swap tonight where I will bring these yummy

Double Peanut Butter cookies....

and with one bite my husband is going to fall in love with me all over again....

Lessons








Parenting is teaching me many, many lessons.

The first is that
Nothing You Read About Someone Else's Lessons Can Truly Prepare you for Your Own Lessons
but even so, I will share some of what I am learning
raising three boys and a golden retriever with the Hub.

1.~ Days when nothing is destroyed are precious and few. Cherish them.
Perhaps write them down, number them and memorialize them for future reference on days when many things are destroyed systematically.

2.~If you smell something coming up the hallway to a bedroom and think:

"My, it smells like poop up here"
don't get distracted and walk anywhere else.
Go Immediately.
Watch where you step.
Have strong stomach and weak gag relex.
3.~ Being irritated, exasperated, annoyed, or flabbergasted when you are intentionally
spooked, scared, jumped out at, teased, poked, or otherwise punk'd
will only encourage them.
Be cool.
Make sure you scare them much more effectively, tickle with less mercy, spook them scarier
and they'll be awed.
Better still sometimes they will quit.
4.~ Don't believe for a second that you just KNOW what gender baby you are having.
5.~Don't believe that you have a "laid-back baby"
because your hopital stay is quiet.
6.~Newborns make you REALLY REALLY appreciate sleep.
Sometimes they can make you loathe all other human adults you see on Earth who do not
have a newborn and can therefore sleep through the night every single night.

7.~ Kids who hit age 2 are a miracle in some ways even more than when they were
miraculously created in utero and painfully borne.
8.~ Boys inherently believe all Barbies must be something every female would want.
9.~ Boys love to see their parents kiss but are also extremely grossed out by it.
10.~ No mattter the disposition of the firstborn, adding siblings brings about a leadership, kindness, bossiness, and protective streak enough to assure anyone of
The Birth Order Rules.
11.~ Money is irrelevant. Worth is changable, rationale about the value of a toy, blanket, or creature is subjective and attachment is utmost.
When a mother sits up awaiting the cleaning process of a beloved blankie to finish
in the middle of the night because a child whispers horrified:
"I don't seep, I don't have my White BeeBee..."
you realize: money is subjective.
The BeeBee is incredibly valuable indeed.
12.~ Kids get over stuff at their own pace. This includes hatred of certain green vegetables, thumb-sucking, diaper useage, waking at night, needing naptimes
and being carried around everwhere.
Unfortunately it also includes double naps in the daytime, that toothless grin, happiness just to see you walk in the room, contentedness through milk and
the joys of a completely clear calandar.

13.~ My personal life motto:
Everthing is a phase. The good, the bad, the ugly: EVERYTHING is a phase.
14.~ You will be humiliated.
There may be unidentifiable gross-ness on your couch when company arrrives, your child may throw a tantrum at the grocery store, pee in public, ruin your clothes with vomit, call out the lady in line ahead of you for having a big rear end, crash someone's glass table to bits, show his privates to neighbohood friends, bite someone else's kid, moon his grandmother and repeat things to their teachers you hadn't thought they heard.
(These have all happened to me.)
Before you react, consider why you are embarrased.
Then die to self and don't humiliate your child in return.
15.~ Boys think their mother
the most Beautiful Princess in the World
for a season.
It rocks.
16.~ You keep other parents you admire close at hand instinctively.
17.~ Certain things just don't matter anymore.
18.~ Your kids are always the exception.

19.~ Christmas, Disney World and the beach are magical again.
20.~ You realize: I am the Mom. The Only Mom they get, poor things.
I am essential to this person turning out well.
I have to make sure they not only are fed, warm and provided for but I have to get them through school, teach them colorblindness and friendship, how to handle money and girls,
concepts of integrity, appreciation of life and beauty, and love.
I. Need. God.
I cannot do this well alone.
21.~ I am the luckiest girl alive.