Christmas in Dallas and such stuff

The beginning of Christmas Day started Christmas Eve with the kids getting Santa his cookies and drinks.  Yes, drink plural.


See, Batman had noticed Santa drinking coke in the commercials and on the coke box.  He was quite insistent we needed to leave Santa a coke too.  We were out of coke, so I tried to suggest Dr. Pepper, which Princess quite happily agreed to, but Superman wanted Sprite as well.  So, Santa had to eat 3 cookies, drink milk, Sprite and Dr Pepper.  He might have sloshed as he left our house.



Santa was quite generous and the kids all were overjoyed at the contents of their stocking and their present from Santa (Dinosaur Train figures).  Santa was quite nice to me and I got several comics and chocolate.  Jeff was amused that Santa left him whiskey flavored coffee.  All I can say is Santa thought that was hilarious.



Nana and Granddad very much enjoyed the books Batman picked out for them for Christmas.  He was quite insistent that Nana likes birds and she NEEDS this bird book.



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Princess thoroughly entertained everyone with her pillow hiding antics, and I had fun trying to get pictures of her flyaway hair as a result of the static electricity.

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She continued to amuse us with her pants as a hat antics.  Really, it’s hard to keep a straight face to her yelling in a deliriously tired voice, “My hat!  My hat!” as it keeps falling off.


All in all this was a fabulous Christmas!  Much less stressful than last year, for more reasons than I can even start to list, and the kids made out like bandits with all family members.


Bother, it didn’t publish like I thought it had.

Ta Da! My new blog look!

I guess I should have written this post first, but I didn’t.


Introducing my super cool new blog look, Jolanthe over at Homeschool Creations also has a blog design company she runs.  Company just sounds so formal, it’s more of her talking through it all with you.  And if you’re curious about blogs she’s done head over to Relevant Designs and you can see some other blogs she’s made over to look TOTALLY AWESOME!  And the super cool part, she doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, and I get to support a friend while making my blog look cool.


So, I now have a button and it’s so cute!  I just love it.  All that to say, if you’re thinking about redesigning your blog you should totally check out her work.  All I had to do was say, “Yes I like this, no I don’t, or how about this?” and she did all the rest.


And, yes I will finish Christmas and have some other fun posts soon, but this was important to say too.  That’s kind of being held up by a sick husband, and way too many post-Christmas errands to run.

It’s been an awesome Christmas!

And I know you really want to see my super cool Christmas pictures.  Oh wait, that’s just me who wants to see them, and since it’s my blog I get to show them to you 🙂

First, on Christmas Eve Eve we gave Aunt Tara her new puppy.  Unbeknownst to her a whole slew of people got together to buy it for her.


Needless to say, she was thrilled.

We sent the kids to bed with dreams of opening presents.  Then about 45 minutes later one of the boys came out with, “Is it morning yet?”


Ummmm……  No.


Then Christmas Eve morning the kids woke up and looked at the clock and it wasn’t time to come open yet, so they went over to Mimi’s room and said, “Mimi the clock is broken it can’t get past 6 and 2 and a 4.”

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As you can see adults got presents too.  Aunt Tara might have been inundated with Christmas socks and toys for her new puppy, but she enjoyed it.  Mostly, I think.


And, score for me I got a spiffy new camera that can do everything but take the picture itself.


And just so I remember in the future, Batman is wearing the Transformer pajamas and Superman is wearing the red ones.  Oh, and obviously Princess is in pink.


Then we headed to my Mom’s for Christmas two.  Yes, my kids celebrate 3 different Christmases, wow there actually is a plural of Christmas.

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Aunt Jenn got a box full of dog food.  Uncle Sean got a G.I. Joe doll and a dancing hamster.  Okay, those weren’t the real presents but those are the fun pictures.  See Batman explaining to Aunt Jenn what she got.  And see the sparkliness of my new camera pictures?


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This was the night of duplicate presents.  They are all much appreciated presents, but it was amusing, and I had fun getting pictures of them together.  I especially liked Uncle Sean and Jeff hamming it up, nice knife Sean.  And I still remember you threatening me with your first pocket knife……..


And then I played with my new camera, and got pictures of the boys playing with my wooden sword from the Ren Fest oh 20 or so years ago……

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Gotta love the crazed go for the frosting look that Superman has in that first picture.



And I can’t end talking about our Christmas at Mom’s house (Mimi) without mentioning Jeff and I made out like bandits too.  He got a Nook, and I after much rather heavy hinting got the super cool Silhouette machine.  Now, I’m going to disappear for a while and play with it soon.


And after the craziness of all the opening we got to take some time to focus on why we have Christmas at the Christmas Eve Service.

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The kids were super excited because this was the first year they got to have their own candles (See the neat effect I got using the fireworks setting on my cool new camera).

038But, the poor little guys were all tuckered out with all of this excitement and they didn’t stay awake through the whole thing.


Okay, the Dallas side of the family and Christmas Day will have to wait for tomorrow.  I’m getting calls to sing a lullaby, and I have to admit that has more appeal than writing a blog post.


I’m looking forward to seeing everyone else’s Christmas posts.  I’ve seen a few, but not all.

How to wrap a Christmas present according to my kids



1.  Make the wrapping paper.


2.  Take a bath, you’re now filthy, and need a bath.


3.  Find the presents again, and any random toys you want to wrap.


4.  Cut a HUGE piece of wrapping paper.


4b.  Move the dog out of the way.


5.  Don’t listen to Mom about how to fold the paper, just kind of scrunch it around.


6.  Use most of the role of tape.


7.  Convince the dog not to undo all of what you did.


7b.  Make gift tags.  (Note to self next year turn off TV, and don’t buy textured cardstock, does not work with stamps).

8.  Repeat the process for the next present.


When all done, and not a moment too soon, stand back and look at your gorgeous tree!


Merry Christmas!

Fun and quick Christmas cards and gift tags

As you know we usually make our wrapping paper……..

And if I could get this new version of Livewriter to actually put in pictures from a webpage I’d share it with you too, but it’s so not being cooperative.

So, instead I’ll just head straight to how to make the card.

Supplies needed:  cardstock for card (cut to 6×8, that’s what fit the envelopes I bought), brown paper, green paper, glitter glue, stamps)


1.  Fold paper in half.

2.  Cut out a small brown paper rectangle for the trunk.  (Can you tell how easy this will be?).


3.  Glue down a triangle for the tree (I precut out all of our triangles, but I’ve seen where the Mom drew the triangle and let the kids cut it out, and that turned out super cute!  I’m feeling lazy but the one I’m thinking of is over at Katie’s Nesting Spot).

4.  Decorate with glitter glue.


3b.  Actually before you decorate with glitter glue stamp the inside with a cute Christmas stamp and saying……….  That’d be good to do first.


Then take some of your leftover cardstock and cut into 2×3 rectangles, more or less.  Let each kid stamp one picture on each card.  Be vigilant on this or your cards will be covered in stamps with no room to write names.

Not that I have any experience with this………

And if you haven’t gotten your Christmas card from me yet it has absolutely nothing to do with my not having addressed them at all, okay it does.  I’m also struggling with what to write for a Christmas letter, it’s been a really weird year for us.  That’s been my big reason.

Christmas Around the World: Sweden

So, I’ll say this right off.  Sweden just didn’t gel for us.  I don’t know if the kids were in a bad mood, or what, but we finished it all in one day, and it just felt like the kids had no interest.  And honestly I don’t think we’re going to get Hawaii done this year, oh well.  I’ll have it for next year.

Bother, this shows how not well this study went.  I can’t find any pictures.

And, I’m having one of those down and feeling sad days, so I’m rather lacking inspiration.

So, quick walkthrough of what the plans are for it.

1.  Trace the words Sweden and “God Jul” (Swedish for Merry Christmas).

2.  Make the stick puppets, they’re Saint Lucia, Saint Stephen, Tomten (Swedish Santa), and the goat that he rides (whose name currently escapes me).

I do remember the kids being very amused at the idea of  Santa riding a goat.

3.  Saint Lucia bread (simplest recipe I could find), traditionally the oldest daughter serves breakfast on Saint Lucia day.

4.  Little booklet about Saint Lucia and Saint Stephen.  The Saint Lucia booklet is much sanitized.

5.  And a mini-book about what they do on Saint Lucia day.

6.  I also used the Saint Lucia Day doll I saw used over at Almost Unschoolers, and agreed with her about the whole drawing on underwear thing, it did look kind of creepy otherwise.

So, as you can see it’s just not inspired.  I got some good suggestions on Saturday of things to add in next year and we’ll go back there next year again I think.

Head on over to Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn for more great geography stuff.