Thursday, December 29, 2011

Holiday Hoopla

A quick post to share some shots from the holidays.

Christmas eve at church

gifts at Nana's and Papa's house


Cindy Bears a special surprise from Santa

The MAN crane
(really that is what it is called!)

construction gear

castle furniture and Grandma'a and Papa's

stuffed animals to represent sponsored real zoo animals

trucks assisting the tree
(usually they are laying siege on the castle Santa brought the girls)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Festive Activities

So its been one month since my last post.
I am a working Mom to three...I dare you to comment...really.
Life...well busy, crazy, all around chaotic..are just a few adjectives to describe the times.
We love it...well most days...
the days when someone isn't whining nonstop (Sam)
and hair pulling wrestling fights are not center stage in our living room. (Girls)

I am happy to report that the house is decorated
and at the moment the children are "nestled all snug in their beds"
possibly with visions of "sugar plums??" 
Nahh...more like monster trucks and
fairy tales dancing in their heads.

The cookies are baked (courtesy of the resident chef/baker )
and the stockings are hung with care (oldest to youngest per the girls).

Me...well I keep up with the laundry so we all have clean underwear.
(hey, don't knock rhymed)

The activities left on our docket are a bit much
and we hope to pull them off with not alot of fuss.

The hunt for the tree was filled with rain. 
Bundling three kids up (and yourself) is oh such a pain.

By chance alone we parked by our tree.
It's funny how some things are just meant to be.

At the end of the event we thought we'd be sly
and bribe the children to sit with the holiday special guy.

We were pleasantly surprised when Sam took a seat
to earn the right to a tasty treat.

His sisters were not about to be shown up
so they decided to join in..and do what most would say..
"Man Up! (in this case Woman Up!)

So here it is in all its glory...
the end to this cliche' little story.

Merry Christmas to all...

and to all...a good night!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Extreme Flagging**

Its the time of year when almost everyday a new toy catalog arrives.
When you have three young children these advertisements put a parent in a Catch 22 situation.
The catalogs themselves keep the kids relatively busy and quiet for at least 15 mins.
But then for at least days after the arrival of the latest and greatest 
one must hear about all the wonderful things within it.

To curb the enthusiasm and make the Christmas spirit sparkle in our kids
we decided it was time to start working on their "lists".
While I was out one night last week 
Mike took the reindeer by the horns and started the list making process.

How did it go?
Especially with three kids who cannot write more than basic sight words? are not seeing double.
That is the true amount of post-it flags.
 I think if post-it flagging hit the X-games
Amelia and Natalie have a chance for top honors in
Extreme Flagging!

 Most flags where found on pages such as this.
No surprise there.

Others branched out a bit while still sticking to a more feminine theme.

 Now here Natalie strays from the norm in hopes of a new fishing pole.
Interesting since my Dad bought her a princess one two years ago.

 Christmas lights, Nat?
After seeing this I found out on one of our many commutes 
that the girls think the white lights we put on out house 
are "BORING" and we should put up "MAGNIFICENT" colored lights.

(note to self....colored matter the cost)

Ok...seems harmless enough $19.99 for a deer.
The girls like animals...alot.
So I am not surprised by this flag....
until...I read...

48" 3-D Deer Target
Inflatable 3-D deer with hook and target area

How is Santa going to explain the purpose of the 
large black circle?

Well I am not sure what to say so I certainly hope he leaves a note!

**this post is dedicated to my friend Chelsea...who needs and deserves a laugh or two.
She's just entered the fight ring with cancer and my money is on her.
love ya-  Chels!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Better Late Than Never

What more can I say?
I tried to get these posted sooner but life got it the way!  : )

This year I finally conceded I let the girls fulfill their princess dream.
It's not that I have anything against royalty I am sure they are rather pleasant.
I'll let you know if I ever meet one of the Royals...Disney or Windsor.
The princess thing at Halloween just seems so overdone.
Not to mention those types of costumes are in no way insulating for skinny little girls.
But as a good mother would I gave in made their Halloween dreams come true.
The decision did have more than a "making your kids think you are the best Mom in the world" payoff.
The costumes are replacing their trashed dress-up gowns...very economical, don't you think?

Sam... he was easy. 
A well known fact is he LOVES sharks.
especially Hammerheads...
too bad Old Navy didn't carry that kind of costume.

 Amelia as Sleeping Beauty

 Natalie as Cinderella

 Sammy the Great White Shark

This is a great picture of life around here...
princess wave, shark "roar", obligatory smiles
and chaos all the time.

Sunday, November 6, 2011


 This year the girls drew out their own pumpkin faces.
As you will see it was impossible to carve exactly what they drew.
Mike and I tried our best to keep the integrity of their plans intact.

We did however take our own artistic license.  : )

Sam was not so keen on pumpkins guts at first.
However he did finally succumb to a bit of peer pressure.
Its amazing what having older siblings will get a kids to do. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

If the 1970's had flatscreen t.v.'s...

 Last week-

This week-

Thanks to water damage this summer we had to 
replace the carpet in our basement.

My husband is a rockstar! 
He sought out the best price, brought home the samples,
moved all the furniture and ripped out all the carpet.

Me...I sat around and ate bon-bons watching Lifetime t.v. all day long.

Thanks to all who supported us in this long process.
We are a bit behind on things....blogging included.
Hopefully we will be back on track soon.

The reasoning behind the tile pattern choice and layout is beyond us.
We are just glad it's covered up again!

Stay tuned...Halloween festivities photos to come...

someday this week....

when I can find time...

to sort through them all...

Did I mention I was HOPING to get back on track?

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Now you see them...

and now you don't!

The price you pay for entertaining your brother.