Thursday, January 31, 2008

Little Bits of Info....

I still don’t have any pictures of my scrapbook…you know why? Because I went to bed at 9:45 last night! That’s right! When I picked the kids up, they both told me they were tired, and wanted to take a nap. I told them that instead of a nap, we would go home and play, and then go to bed early. So that’s what we did – we played, ate dinner, took baths, watched Dora and then they were in bed by 9:00. Actually, my son stayed up until about 9:30, at which time I brought him into my bed for some special snuggling.

Hubby didn’t get home from work until 10:30…it sucks because we’re both so busy right now, and it’s hard to balance. But only another month and a half to go! :)

I spoke too soon on my son and accidents…he had one at the sitter’s yesterday :( Hopefully it was just a one time thing.

I got an e-mail from my sitter this morning stating that she needs three weeks off over the next 5 months. Why does this happen to me? Hubby told me not to worry and it would be fine, but it’s just frustrating since when we talked to her we specifically asked about time off and they told us that they probably wouldn’t go on any vacations this year or take that much time off…but now three weeks and that’s just through July!

OK, time to get to work…the girl that works for me has to leave to take her mom to the airport around 8:30, and then she has to leave early today for a doctor’s appointment. So she told me she would be coming in really early today, but it’s 7:50 and she’s still not here yet. I hope this isn’t a foreshadow of how my day will be going.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Random Thoughts....

-I’m very, very tired. The stress of work and still trying to be a great mom at night is wearing me down. I’ll be OK…I just need some sleep!

-My son has not had an accident in a while! We really didn’t do anything differently, I think it just took patience while he just got back into the routine of going potty more often.

-This weekend hubby is going away with his friends, so it’s my turn to spend tons of time with the kiddos. You know what else it means??? We all get to sleep in my bed together all weekend! I love doing that so much, and it’s so rare that hubby isn’t home, so it’s a very nice treat.

-Normally the kids are asleep when we take them to the sitters, but the last couple of mornings they have been awake, and those few minutes each morning have been so nice! I get to see their happy, smiling faces and they are in such great moods!

I think that’s it…time to get some more work done!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

A Fun Weekend!

What a fantastic weekend!!! I got to the scrap place, which thankfully was only about ½ hour away, Friday night ready to relax! We unloaded our stuff and then headed out to a local pizza place for dinner. After that we came back and started scrapping.

It was so relaxed, and there were about 50 people there and it was neat to see some of the people from the last crop there. We stayed up until about 12:00 and then headed up to bed.

We woke up and had breakfast and then went back to scrapping around 10:30. I also got to use a Cricut machine which was so cool! I’ve never used one of those before and now I will be purchasing one here very soon because it was so cool! It cuts letters and shapes and pictures out for you very quickly!

Around 1:30 we headed out for lunch. We also went to a local scrapbooking store. For lunch, we found this local Mexican restaurant that looked very shady and very non-authentic. We were very hesitant about eating there, but we noticed that it was packed at 2:30 in the afternoon…had to be a good sign, right? It definitely was worth the stop! The best food…sopapillas stuffed with beef, cheese and rice with lettuce and tomatoes on top. For dessert? A sopapilla stuffed with apples and topped with ice cream. The three of us had appetizer, big meal and desserts for a total of $30! You can’t beat that!

We then headed back and scrapped until about 11:30 when we broke for dinner :) After dinner we scrapped until around 2:30 AM. I woke up around 8:00 on Sunday and we had breakfast and scrapped again until around 1:30 when we had lunch and then I left. I really wanted to see the kids, my parents and my sister.

I had so much fun hanging out with my friends...we're pretty similar and it was fun to laugh at and with each other :)

I don’t have any pictures yet…I forgot to take them of my album, so I’ll have to try to do that tonight and post them tomorrow. I got all but about 2 pages done in my Disney album, so I feel like I accomplished a ton! And it was so fun reliving that trip!

The next one we’re planning is the annual weekend at my house…I started this last year where I kick my family out and all the girls come and stay with me for the whole weekend to scrap and eat and hang out. Hopefully by then we will have our Wii and my Cricut machine! So if any of you feel like a road trip to Ohio, you’re definitely invited :)

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Condition Met!

So life right now is stressful. Very, very stressful. I have to admit though, I don’t really mind. My job is difficult and challenging, and that’s a good thing, even when it’s a bad thing :)

But as you can see, I got my numbers to tie out and now it’s time to move onto creating the statement of cash flows. If anyone out there wants to help I’d be glad to give it away :)

Last night I was able to go and workout which really, really helped me get some stress out. Then I had the pleasure of going to dinner with some of the moms from my table in my moms group. I was able to laugh and talk and not even think about work! Two of the girls there will also be going with me this weekend, so it was exciting to start planning when we’ll get there and the other fun stuff! I also go to stay and talk to two of the girls that I just met this year and it was so nice getting to know them more. I didn’t end up getting home until 10:45 last night!

The only thing I hate is that I will miss so much family time this weekend. Not only my immediate family, but my sister is coming down from Michigan to see a friend that’s in town and my parents are also coming up. So this will be a good trip for me, but it’s coming at a bad time.

I’m off to work on my cash flows…please wish me luck


I will let myself write a post once I have figured out why my segment cost of sales does not tie to the income statement.

(I know that's mumbo-jumbo to most, but it's my own little deadline...I really want to get on here but I HAVE to figure this out first!)

Tuesday, January 22, 2008


OK, so I’m asking for help, especially from the moms of boys (but if your girls went through this then I’ll take that help too!). I think I’m also just soliciting confirmation that my son is normal and that there’s not something wrong with him (as I’ve heard this happened to another boy our old sitter watches as well).

Here’s the problem:
We potty trained my son in October. As you might know, it was a fairly easy process, and once we were done, he was good to go. We went to Disney World for goodness sakes and he did not have one single accident the entire trip!

So fast forward to about 2 weeks ago and all of a sudden he’s started having accidents. At first, it seemed he would have them when he was in the basement and we thought maybe he wasn’t making it all the way upstairs in time (because he would go a little, and then come up and tell us he had to go potty, and then he would go in the potty). But then it started happening at other times…he’d be playing in the family room with us (20 feet from the bathroom) and he do it. And then like last night, we were cuddling in my bed watching a movie (about ½ hour after he had gone potty), and he tells me he has to go. So we run into my bathroom, and he’s already started to go.

I just don’t get it…we haven’t had any of the big things happen that I’ve heard cause kids to revert back (new baby, moving, etc.). And hubby and I have worked really hard making him go more, and we’ve talked to the babysitter about it, and she reminds him to go more as well. We’ve tried everything from punishment to rewards and nothing seems to be working. And my daughter never did anything like this, so this is very new to us.

So tell me all my wise friends, what is going on??? We’re at our wits ends trying to fix this!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Good Family Time, Good Food!

What a great weekend that went by way too quickly!

Friday night hubby and I were able to go to dinner while my mom watched the kids. It was great to get out with him alone! Saturday we did some stuff around the house and played with the kids. We watched The Little Rascals for the first time and our kids loved it! My daughter’s new “bestest sister” is Darla :) Saturday night we headed to the scrapbooking store and the grocery store. In the scrapbooking store I gave my daughter a budget of $7, but her sweet little face and innocent switching of stickers led her to a purchase of $10 (she decided she’d give up a set of stickers in her hand that were $1 for another one that was $5…I couldn’t get her to see that one was more expensive). It was a lot of fun and the lady working there thought she was adorable just running around looking at all the different stickers.

Sunday we got to sleep in because we go to a fantastic church that doesn’t meet Sunday mornings…it meets Sundays at 4:30!!! It was so nice to not have to go out when it was 0 degrees out! So we slept in a little, had a great pancake breakfast, watched Little Rascals again and played. We did end up going to the mall as my daughter only had one pair of shoes that still fit her (which were her crocs) and even those were getting tight. This is the first time with either of them that the shoes I got them in the fall didn’t last until spring. I always thought I was very lucky with that, and it was confirmed again at Stride Rite yesterday as we paid more for her shoes than I would ever pay for my own shoes!

After the mall the kids took a nap while I got the pot roast cooking that
Edie talked about here and that the wonderful Pioneer Woman created. I’ve made a number of her recipes and she is absolutely fantastic! We got home from church to a wonderfully smelling house and a great dinner of pot roast, carrots, onions and mashed potatoes!

I hate that weekends go by so fast (what a cliché but it’s true). Hopefully with all the work I have this week the days will go by fast as well! I’m gearing up for a weekend scrap trip with some of my friends this coming weekend…my goal is to get my entire Disney trip scrapped! And before that I have dinner with friends on Wednesday, lunch with an old co-worker on Friday and lunch with a good friend one of the other days, all while trying to get a TON of work done. It will definitely be a busy week!

Friday, January 18, 2008

The End of a Very Long Week!

It’s Friday, it’s Friday, it’s Friday!!!

This has been a very long and tiring week. But the weekend is here and hopefully it should be a fun and relaxing weekend! I might have to work a little, but at least I’ll be home!

Work has been nuts…especially since I was off for two days. I’m trying so hard to keep the stress away from my body, but I keep waking up with knots in my stomach thinking about everything that needs done. And I keep telling myself that I just have to get to March, and then I’ll be fine! I have seriously never been under this much stress, and it’s hard because I hate it and love it at the same time. It’s such a great feeling to feel important and needed, but it also takes so much out of me. I’m just thankful that so far it has not interfered with my family time too much yet.

It’s supposed to be EXTREMELY cold here this weekend (0 degrees Sunday morning) which for where I live is very cold! So I’m trying to stay in as much as I can! But I will need to go grocery shopping and I kind of wanted to hit the local scrapbooking store, so we’ll see!

My daughter continues to get better…she went to gymnastics last night and did fine, and then she stayed up late with my mom “doing Preschool” – my mom had bought her princess writing books and math books and she was having a blast working on those…at 11:00 last night!

Hubby got The Little Rascals and showed her part of it last night, so tonight will be movie night and we’ll finish watching it…I always loved that movie! We also got Grease on DVD (I had only had it on VHS and we no longer have a VHS player) which I think she’ll love since her current favorite movie is Hairspray.

I hope you all have a great weekend…I know I will try my hardest to have a good one!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

You Know Your Daughter’s Worn Out….

When she sleeps from 5:30 until 9:00 at night, gets up for 2 hours, and then goes to bed for the night.

This is seriously unheard of for my daughter…she never needs that much sleep, so I know she’s exhausted! She’s doing so much better though! She was in a fantastic mood when she was up for the 2 hours last night and then we watched American Idol together and around 11:00 she said she was tired and wanted to go up to bed. She didn’t even ask if she could sleep with us! Poor little thing! Tonight she has gymnastics and I think she’ll be fine…I just need to make sure she rests afterwards or takes a nap if she needs to.

On another note, yesterday when I took the kids to the sitter’s they had such a cute conversation about “movie cars.” See, hubby’s SUV has a DVD player in it, and it had been in the shop since before Christmas, and the loaner that they gave us, while extremely nice, did not have a DVD player in it.

So as we pull out of the garage last night, my daughter saw that our old car was back:

Daughter: “Yeah!!! Daddy’s movie car is back!!! Mommy, maybe someday you can get a movie car too…I really like them.”
Son: “Yeah, I ike them too. When I get bigger, I’m going to get a movie car too.”
Daughter: “OK, but they cost a lot of dollars.”
Son: “Yeah, they do.”

I honestly have no idea where she got that “movie cars cost a lot of dollars,” I don’t remember ever saying anything like that. But I thought it was so cute that she was preparing her brother to start saving up if he wanted his own someday :)

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

My Daughter's Weekend Hospital Adventure

Saturday we were organizing our office/craft room because we got these really cool Elfa shelves and drawers. I was updated the kids’ boxes that held all their memorable items and I laughed as I went through the numerous papers from Children’s Hospital and many Urgent Cares. I laughed because my daughter is somewhat of a hypochondriac, and being the good parents that we are, we never take any chances. I believe I jinxed myself by going through all those papers.

You see, my daughter had been complaining of stomach pains since Friday morning. But we figured she had sore muscles from gymnastics since she had gone the night before for the first time in 3 weeks. She would be crying one minute and then up dancing while watching Hairspray the next. This is why we didn’t take her “illness” very seriously.

But then on Sunday evening she stopped dancing around and just sat on the couch. At one time I put my arm around her and she felt really hot…she had a temperature of 104.3! So I called my doctor-sister in Michigan, but she didn’t answer. So I called the pediatrician’s after hours and started waiting the 1 – 2 hours it would take for them to get back to me. We looked up her symptoms and everything was pointing to appendicitis. My sister finally called me back and she had me poking her belly and answering a bunch of questions. She finally told me since it was her niece, she was advising me to take her to the ER. She said she was 99% sure that’s what the pediatrician would tell us to do as well.

So at 10:50 Sunday night we loaded up the kids and headed to the ER. Hubby and both wanted to be there, no question, so my son had to tag along for the ride. When we got there, thankfully it was not busy at all and the staff was so very nice to us. Our nurse in particular was so very warm, and even brought little teddy bear presents for both of the kids.

They ran all the tests needed to try to rule out appendicitis, including X-Rays and blood work (they put an IV in her which she was so very not happy about), and it turns out she has a UTI. They couldn’t say she definitely didn’t have appendicitis, but they wanted to treat the UTI and watch her symptoms over the next day to be sure. So we left there about 1:30 Monday morning, picked up her prescriptions, and headed off to bed. We slept in until about 8:00 and then took the kids to the sitter’s and headed off to work. I was at work no more than ½ hour when my sitter called telling me she had thrown up.

So we headed to the pediatrician’s office who informed me that her stomach was very confused by everything and to go home and rest. Unfortunately, she couldn’t keep anything down all day, including her medicine. So her temperature was climbing. I stayed home with her again on Tuesday and she started keeping Sprite down and her medicine. Her fever would still come back (at one point it was 105.8) but Motrin brought it right back down. She was even able to eat some food last night. By the afternoon she was running around and dancing and playing again, which was so nice to see!

So today she’s back at the sitter’s and so far I haven’t gotten a call :) I really hope she’s better and we fight this infection and she can get back to normal! She’s bee such a trooper and I know all she wants to do is get better!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Things I Want To Remember About The Kids....

I don’t have much to say right now…my brain is pretty much fried from all this work. So I thought I would record some of the adorable things my kids are doing and saying these days:

My son:

-I make a treat at Christmas time that is called “snowman poop.” During his prayers every night when he was thanking God for mommy and daddy and sissy, he would always add in there “thank you for snowman poop.”

-He loves the Lion King, and his favorite game/phrase is “petend ur Nala and I’m Simba.” There’s nothing really to the game, I just say “Hi Simba” and he says “Hi Nala.”

-I always ask him if I can eat him up, and he looks at me sad and says “U can’t eat me, then u won’t have a (insert his name here).” And then he tells me “U can eat a wuttle bit.” (translates: You can eat a little bit).

-His favorite word right now is “Poop.” Seriously, it gets added into every sentence.

-He is my snuggler. And he just comes up and gives me hugs…wrapping his adorable little arms around my neck.

-When we come home from the sitter’s we go through blinking red lights (a four-way stop) and he calls them “the special lights because they”

-When we take my daughter to gymnastics he always gets a bag of M&M’s. As soon as they call her class out he starts his begging for us to take him to the vending machine and get them. We just had 3 weeks off of her gymnastics and last night it all came right back to him…only I don’t think he waited to start his begging…she wasn’t even done taking her coat off before he started asking!

My daughter:

-She desperately wants to be in school! Every day she pretends that she’s either in school or doing homework.

-She has more baby dolls than anyone I know. And she actually does a good job rotating them! She claims she wants to have 100 babies when she grows up.

-She has told me that when she grows up I can live by her (not next door because there are no more lots left next door to us, but down the street some are available, so that’s where she’ll live) and I can watch her kids while she goes to work.

-She loves to color and write.

-She gets in moods where she wants to do everything she can to help me…she gets mad if I empty the washer without her help, or if I try to take my plate up to the sink because she wanted to do it.

-She LOVES gymnastics! And she’s getting pretty good at it!

-She loves to be around “big” people…whether they are adults or just older kids. She craves their attention.

-I wish I had cute phrases that she says but she’s so darn advanced in her vocabulary that she never mispronounces a word or says things incorrectly. I’ve always loved that about her, but it’s also why I really enjoy listening to my son because he does the baby talk that she never did. I’m not kidding when I say that talking to her is exactly the same as when I talk to the two 10 year-olds down the street. The only difference is that she doesn’t have the “worldly” experience of a 10 year-old yet…she’s still an innocent 4 year-old, thank goodness!

-She LOVES to scrapbook! She is my scrapbooking buddy. Right now my whole scrapbooking table is covered with her stuff (she got so much for Christmas!). She asks me a lot if I’ll come up there and scrapbook with her! And she’s getting so good at it! I can’t wait to show her the album she’s doing now when she’s 20…I think she’ll be very impressed with herself!

I think that’s about it…now I just want to go home and gobble them both up!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Bucket List

Last night I saw The Bucket List. I’ve never been to a sneak preview before and it was kind of fun. We had to stand in line and wait (more passes were given out then there were seats) for about ½ hour. We were told there were 340 seats and we were 177 and 178 going through. I have never been to a sold out show before, so it was kind of nice having a full theater and hearing the laughing and crying magnified.

It was a good movie. It was also a very sad movie. It wasn’t fast paced and at times it felt like it was lacking something, but the overall movie and message was good. I definitely walked out of there wanting to slow my life down and take more time to enjoy the wonderful blessings that I have been given.

There are two men (Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman) and they have cancer and are given limited time to live. So they make the list, and the do some of the greatest things crossing each one off the list as they do it. By the end you are connected with them and feel the pain of what they’re going through.

Afterwards, during my drive home, I really reflected on how good I have it. I don’t care if you took away all of my money and my job and all my stuff, I have a wonderful family. That’s when I get scared…if something happened to someone in my family I’d fall apart. I’d know there was a reason for it, but I’d still fall apart. I’m just so undeservingly blessed. I also feel so badly for people that don’t look at their lives the way I do…that don’t look at those around them and realize how good they have it just by who they are surrounded by.

And there you have it! Was it one of my favorite movies? No. Is it one I’ll see again? Maybe if hubby really wanted to see it. But if you’re looking for a good movie with some laughs and some tears with two fantastic actors, this is a good one.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

A Noisy Night!

What a night! We had the strongest winds that I have heard in a long time! Hubby and I were up a lot last night and amazingly the kids didn’t wake up once! I can’t believe what great kids I have when it comes to sleeping through storms! I seriously kept thinking that something was going to break, it was so loud. And I was amazed to wake up and find that we still had power.

Last night I took the kids to the grocery store and we actually had a lot of fun! My daughter helped out by carrying things or putting them in the cart for me and my son just sat in the cart and played with my phone (he likes to take pictures with it). When we checked out both of them helped me put the groceries up on the belt and my son asked his usual question at check out (referring to the belt-thingy) “is this a moving one?” He asks that at every store!

Tonight I get to go and see the premier of The Bucket List with my sister. We’ll meet for dinner and then head to the movie. I can’t remember the last movie that I saw!

Work of course is still super busy, but at least my days are going really fast! And it’s not too warm here anymore :( It’s still not cold (almost 50 degrees today) but not warm like yesterday at 66 degrees!

Tuesday, January 08, 2008


Our Buckeyes lost. Again. 2 years of this crap. Why can they play so well all year and then suck at the Championship game? And please don't comment that it's because of their schedule, I don't want to hear it right now.

My life will go on, but this entire city is so freaking depressed. We watched the game over at my sister-in-law’s and had a great time. We (including the kids) didn’t get home and in bed until about 12:30 this morning! It’s going to be a very long day for all of us.

And I’ve got so much to do…so hopefully I will forget about how tired I am :)

The great thing about today is that it’s so warm! It’s a high of like 66 today. The colder weather comes back tonight, but I have really enjoyed the last two days not wearing a coat! But it’s such a teaser…and I keep asking myself why I live in Ohio if I hate the cold so much, but I guess that’s what family does to you…keeps you close by :)

I know the above is very unorganized, but I have to get working (so I’m saving all my organizational skills for my actual work. No, really I’m just too lazy to put together a coherent post right now).

Have a great day!

Monday, January 07, 2008

Wii and Go Bucks!

I get it now.

I never had video games when I was growing up (I think part of it had to do with the fact that we were a family of all girls). I played them occasionally when I went to friends’ houses, but I’ve just never been into them.

So when the Nintendo Wii came out I thought it was cool, but nothing I would ever think to actually go buy. But this year hubby has become increasingly more interested in it, and actually talked about getting one. I didn’t take him seriously until recently when he would drag us to stores looking to see if anyone had one in stock.

Then he found a friend that is down supporting our Buckeye’s as they beat LSU tonight that has a Wii. His friend is letting us borrow it. And I’m completely addicted!

I now understand how Sherry over at The House of Mis-Fits stays up late each night bowling. I love the bowling! And the best part about it? Hubby, my daughter and I bowl and we are each playing as hard as we can and it’s a good game! What other system can you say that you play as hard as you can against your 4 ½ year-old and they win???

We played it all weekend. And then my sister-in-law and her family came over and we played it with them and had a blast! Hubby and I had to stop playing and make ourselves go to bed last night because we were having so much fun!

So needless to say we will definitely be getting one when they actually get back on the store shelves :)

And I hope you all tune in tonight to watch the Championship game…we are so pumped up here! To give you a better feeling of what we’re like in the Buckeye state, here’s a funny forward I received about Ohio (and it’s so very true!):

Jeff Foxworthy on Ohio:
All I have to say is "Go Bucks!"

You might be from Ohio (pronounced O-hi-uh), if:

You think all Pro football teams are supposed to wear orange!

You know all the 4 seasons: winter, still winter, almost winter and construction.

You live less than 30 miles from some college or university.

You know what a buckeye really is, and have a recipe for candied ones.

"Toward the lake" means "north" and "toward the river" means "south."

You know if other Ohioans are from southern or northern Ohio as soon as they open their mouths.

You can spell words like Cuyahoga, Olentangy, Bellefontaine, Tuscarawas, Wapakoneta and you know which letter is doubled in Cincinnati.

"Vacation! " means spending a day at Cedar Point in the summer and deer hunting in the fall.

You measure distance in minutes

Your school classes were canceled because of cold

Your school classes were canceled because of heat.

You've had to switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day.

You know what should be knee-high by the Fourth of July.

You end your sentences with an unnecessary preposition. For example: "Where's my coat at?"

You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked.

You think of the major four food groups as corn, pork, beer, and Jell-O salad with marshmallows.

You carry jumper cables in your car.

You know what 'pop' is.

You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.

Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow. (Amen!)

You think sexy lingerie is tube socks and a flannel nightgown.

The local paper covers national and international headlines on one page but requires six pages for sports.


Friday, January 04, 2008

Christmas Break Wrap-Up

Here are some pictures…I realized that I didn’t take very many! I guess it’s OK to be so caught up in the moment that I forget to take pictures, right?

Here is my sister-in-law getting her laptop. From left to right it's hubby's sister, me, hubby's other sister and hubby.

Here's hubby's whole family:

So the week after Christmas my sister from Michigan stayed with us which was so wonderful! The day after Christmas I was able to take a 3 hour nap because she watched the kids for me! We really just hung around the house and played each day. One day she took my daughter out for some one-on-one time which was so special! She was going to take her to get a manicure and pedicure, but on the way there my daughter asked if they could go to Chuck E Cheese’s instead :) They had so much fun!

It was definitely a very relaxing time for us! Saturday night we had family dinner and we all went out to a Chinese restaurant. My dad got his PhD from Penn State, so they bought the kids these outfits which they wore to dinner and then while we watched the game.

New Year’s eve I took the kids to the mall to play and then we met hubby for lunch and then home for some naps (for all of us!). Then we went to the zoo and saw all the Christmas lights with our good friends and then headed over to their house to watch the ball drop. The kids had a blast because our good friends have their family in and that means two more little girls my daughter’s age to play with!

So now it’s back to true reality…I’ll probably be working tomorrow and I’ll definitely be putting some hard time in the next couple of months. But it will be OK, because I’m looking at the bright side…when I resurface to the social world again, it will be spring!

OK, that’s actually kind of depressing.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Christmas Recap

Happy New Year to all of you!!!!

What a wonderful, fantastically relaxing Christmas break! I had so much fun and enjoyed it so much that coming back to work today was so incredibly difficult.

I left my memory card at home, so I’ll have to do pictures tomorrow.

Christmas Eve was a pretty good day…my one sister had come in from Michigan the night before and my dad had come in earlier that day. So on Christmas Eve day we ran some errands and started cooking. My other sister and mom came in late afternoon and we headed to church at 6:00. After church we came home and made a great prime rib dinner. After that the kids opened presents from my family and each other. Then they went off to bed and we went to work getting the presents under the tree. Hubby and my sister went down and set up the train table and dollhouse for the kids. Then we all headed up to bed.

Hubby and I got up before everyone and started making some food so that when everyone got up we were ready to go. My daughter came down the stairs and opened up her stocking and just kept staring at the tree! I don’t think she realized that we would get to open all of those presents (and trust me, there were a ton! My mom still does Santa for all of us) because she never once asked if she could open anything. My son didn’t wake up until about an hour later, so that gave everyone time to shower and get ready before diving into the gifts.

We had a blast opening everything! My daughter just kept saying “I need another one” and my son was happy playing with the toy he opened. After all the Santa gifts were opened we stopped and had a wonderful brunch. I made cooked-to-order omelets and some bacon and sausage. After that the kids went up for a nap (it was about 2:00 at this point). Then my family and I all exchanged gifts.

Around 3:30 hubby’s family started rolling in and my family left. I started cooking for hubby’s family and we all just hung out and played with the kids. After we exchanged gifts hubby and I took over a surprise gift for my sister-in-law. She’s the one that does everyone’s hair and is awesome! She colors and cuts my hair every six weeks, cuts my daughter’s hair periodically (she wants it long) and cuts hubby and my son’s hair every three weeks and never charges us a dime. Let me rephrase that…she won’t take any money from us. So we decided to buy her something she’s wanted for a very long time but has never bought herself…a laptop. I’ve never seen such gratitude and shock before. Seriously, I don’t think she has any idea how much we appreciate what she does for us…she really looks at it as part of her job and that she’s not doing anything special. I’m glad she loved it and at least now I feel like we’ve given something back to her.

OK, it’s getting late and I have a TON of stuff to do, so I’ll recap the rest of my break tomorrow :)