Friday, November 30, 2012

Fa La La La Long

 Everyone should just prepare themselves for too many pictures. We decorated the house and we were feeling proud of it, so here are some photos to prove it.
 I'm sorry about these pictures. Cell phone pictures at night hurt my eyes too. It was the only way to get a picture of these amazing wreaths that I was so very proud of.

 Lest you think it's all been fun and games around here, I interrupt this Christmas post to show you how much laundry I had to do earlier this week. (this wasn't even all of it, gulp)
to add even more shame to the previous picture, I put Maddy in front of the pile to give it some scale. Don't forget that she also happens to be tall for her age. Mamma mia

 I put a desk into the living room because I thought it would be nice to have a little command station. The kids like it. Well mostly they like the ipad
 now there's a cell phone pic that doesn't make me want to cry from pain. not too bad!
 moved this chair in front of the fire to add to the cozy cottage feel

 I added the little boy to add to the crazy cottage feel
 see, it's working! very crazy

 dark photos of my entryway dresser

 just about the only cool things my dad ever made and that I didn't mind keeping
 bookshelves o' christmas
 that brass candlestick looks like a game of clue waiting to happen in real life

 we moved around stuff again. no big surprise. now the kids have an area to play downstairs. they love their easel and use it all of the time

 no, sorry, this blog post isn't over yet

 even the diaper basket caught the christmas spirit!
 still love the homemade stocking my mom made me

 i want you to know that I worked SO DANG HARD on this chalkboard art. I don't know why I care so much, but chalkboards are sort of fun to mess around with.
 speaking of which, I made another chalkboard using a thrift store frame that I've had forever and some chalkboard paint. this hangs over my command center
 here's some more photos of that area
 candy canes as decoration do not go well over here. those had to be hidden (and ok, eaten)

 cute boy alert! i shared this photo on facebook AND instagram. and now on my blog. because it's my party and i'll over-post adorable photos of my kids if I want, Grandma Jane doesn't read any of that other stuff. This one's for you Jane!
 Also in my stash of random stuff from thrift stores of the past, I had these pottery barn stockings. I bought them last year for $3 for the both of them. I sold them on ebay for about $26. John says that I made almost a 900% profit. It sounds more impressive saying that then saying you made $23 doesn't it?
 the night we decorated the tree and sat on dad

 and played with the christmas nativity

 and took cute pictures of children putting on ornaments with their daddy

 i love how determined Maddy's face looks in that one

 some people got creative with their use of the ornaments

 these pictures, as always, are out of order. here we are picking out our tree and sucking on some free suckers the tree people gave my kids.

 we used to have a fake tree, but he died on the move. let us have a moment of silence for our ugly walmart fake tree.
 i was thinking of buying another fake one, but figured we might as well do fresh since there was a place just around the corner from us and since we will probably be moving again sometime we better not risk another trees life needlessly

and so we finally leave you, after this epic post, with a view of one of santa's elves wearing her Hello Kitty sweatsuit. Can't wait to see what other christmas mischief we get into this month.

Monday, November 26, 2012

monday monday

 Things that I have realized this past few weeks: playing in the sink is more fun than any other toy ever invented and will help you get dinner made (except I stayed super close by because I was afraid the chair might slip. I need to get one of those kid tower things. Anyone ever tried one?),  I hate not having a phone--I know this makes me a terrible person for loving a cell phone--but I missed being able to call people during the day, I felt really lonely without it. Being a mom without outside contact during the day is ROUGH. I didn't realize what a lifeline my phone was. I also realized that my house needs a deep clean, my laundry is backed up. I learned that even though I thought I was sorta dumb for doing all the work to cook a turkey that it was totally worth it for the awesome turkey sandwiches in the days following. I am also apparently wracked with nerves that our van will give out like John's car. I have had two dreams in the past two nights that the van has died. I have learned that Maddy is growing up and out of her "i love to help mom and dad do whatever they ask" phase and is getting into the sassy not-listening stage. I learned that I still really love teaching relief society in church even though I get nervous every single time. Also, I would like to end this list by mentioning that the bottle that the kids are playing with in these photos is a Root Beer bottle.  And yes, I am probably a bad mom for letting them play with a glass bottle. Don't worry, I was supervising the heck out of that bottle.

 my cousin saw these photos on instagram and said Maddy was Catniss. I laughed and replied, May the odds be ever in Grant's favor because...
 I came upon this scene in my kitchen and just about died laughing. Don't worry, she didn't shoot. The only thing that would have made this even better is if Grant had an apple on his head. Siblings....
 and...they love each other again.
 we have nary a picture of Grant without his beloved Na-na (binky)
 Maddy's awesome native american hat. She said she was from the Wampanoag tribe. I think that school of her's is pretty fancy.
 She commanded me to take a picture of her "being fashion." She wanted to have the apple included because it was her "apple jack" pose. If you are wondering what else helps you to "be fashion," the list includes wearing your hair in a bun, wearing lipstick like Mommy's, glitter, and definitely not puffy winter coats. Oh boy.

next on my posting list for later is the fact that we put up the tree and decorated the house for Christmas and moved a bunch of things around and suddenly my rental house feels like a cozy cottage to me and that makes me very very happy.