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2010 December


December 15, 2010


The boys reading one of the Christmas books, The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey.
I call the photo, The Christmas Miracle of Them Sitting So Close Together and Not Fighting.

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December 14, 2010


‘Tis always the season for topless wii playing.

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December 13, 2010


Let’s pretend that when I dropped the cupcakes off at school in the morning that I had just finished working out and those were my work-out clothes I was wearing. Not my pajamas.

Also, let’s pretend that the cupcakes came from a fancy bakery and not the Wal-Mart. Because I don’t shop there! Okay I do sometimes often, but I properly chastize myself every time I walk into the store and buy their cheap, cheap products rung up by the underpaid employees. But I have seven kids. How else am I supposed to keep them supplied with the over processed, sugar filled, fat ladened snacks that is their god given right to consume as Americans?

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December 12, 2010


Christmas carolling.


Sprinting from house to house, because that’s just what you do when you are seven years old.


Just hoping this house gives out candy.
Or that it’s the last house.
Miles was convinced that we were walking much because we lost our way and had no idea how to get back home. Because that happens all the time. You go out for a walk, get lost, and then decide to ring people’s doorbells and sing to them instead of asking for directions.

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December 11, 2010


It is the sport that never ends
It just goes on and on my friends…

Eleven year old was thrilled to play in another football game. (He’s the one with the 88 on his jersey)The opportunity to run around and tackle people? Who in their right mind would want to pass that up?!?

The weather was gorgeous and sunny. And a hour or so sitting on the bleachers was a nice respite from the rest of the holiday madness.

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December 10, 2010


Season of small miracles.

Jars full of Christmas candy. So far the kids haven’t noticed them on the bookshelf. Usually they have a radar that hones in on anything sugar related.

My 16 year old is feeling well enough to eat today. Dinner saw him down five sloppy joes… so far. And I see him reaching for the half gallon of ice cream.

The miracle of antibiotics never ceases to be miraculous.

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December 9, 2010


The blondes.

I bought Miles those headphones because when he plays on the computer, or watches anyone else on the computer, he likes the volume turned way WAY up and it is annoying to everyone else. Why do all the kid websites have such grating music? So when I brought the headphones home we all rejoiced at how smart I am.

Until he put them on and started talking to us really REALLY LOUDLY. Some might even call it shouting. And because he could no longer hear us responding to him, he continued to say the same thing over and over again.

We stared at him for several minutes while he did this, oblivious. When he finally looked up at all of us standing around him, he smiled. “I LOVE THESE NEW HEADPHONES!” We couldn’t all help but laugh.

My 11 yr old son looked at me with the expression he has in the photo above and said, “I’m not sure this is an improvement.”

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December 7, 2010


Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall. ~Larry Wilde, The Merry Book of Christmas

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Book Advent

This is one of our favorite family traditions. Even with the kids that you would think are too old to enjoy it. I took this photo Sunday night.


The post I wrote years and years ago on my other long ago abandoned blog has disappeared. But basically, every year I wrap up all of our Christmas books and each night the kids get to unwrap one We read it by the candlelight of our Advent wreath while drinking hot cocoa. With marshamallows.

It is a magical way to end each evening. And surprisingly peaceful.

I have a huge assortment of books amassed over the many years that I have been a parent.

Today over at Cool Mom Picks my lovely friends have a list of 12 must-have Christmas books to begin your own collection. There are a few I don’t have that I will grabbing, too!

I am now off to the elementary school where I will be helping 22 kindergarteners make holiday t-shirts. I have heard rumors of fabric paint being involved. I am pretty sure this is why flasks were invented.

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December 6, 2010

My to do list today was a mile long.
I didn’t get through half of the things on the list.


The sheets haven’t been changed.
The bathrooms still need cleaning.
I didn’t step foot in the grocery store in over 24 hours. I’m sure they are wondering where I am.


It is going to be another year without Christmas cards. I am saying that definitively now. Taking the word “maybe” out of the statement.


But I did have gingerbread men for the kids to decorate when they got home from school. Some people would say that was the most important thing on the list.


These are some of those people.


And we all know that the gingerbread men are just a vehicle for shoving as much candy as you can into your mouth.


So I am going to consider the day a success.


I think the kids agree.

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