Archive for December, 2008

These pictures were taken on Dec 22 before I left for a mom’s night out party. Z has my old digital camera and is quite the photographer. He took this photo of me before I left for the evening. Yes, I wore that hat the whole night. And the other picture is what I took with his camera on my way out the door. Too bad we don’t have a picture of Daddy in a Santa hat also.

Say cheese Mom!

Say cheese Mom!

Your turn Z. Say cheese!

Your turn Z. Say cheese!

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It is Christmas Eve and we are now done opening all the books I had wrapped. It was a fun experience and I know Z will want to continue it in the years to come.

Dec 19 book

Dec 19 book

Dec 20 book

Dec 20 book

Dec 21 book

Dec 21 book

Dec 22 book

Dec 22 book

Dec 23 book

Dec 23 book

Dec 24 book

Dec 24 book

Christmas Eve!

Posted: December 25, 2008 in Christmas, Holidays

It is finally Christmas Eve! We had lots to do today. I must start by saying that Z got a wonderful video email from Santa himself. What a joy it was to see the gleem in his eye watching the video from Santa on the computer. Then we built a Santa House, baked cookies and put goodies out for Santa and the Reindeer. Z couldn’t go to sleep fast enough. Meanwhile hubby was in the kitchen preparing for our traditional dinner of meatballs and spaghetti. He made 130 meatballs. I will make the rest of the meal tomorrow when family gets here. It is going to be a great day tomorrow!

Getting the stuff ready to build

Getting the stuff ready to build

This is fun!

This is fun!

I am so proud of the Santa house

I am so proud of the Santa house

Cookies and more cookies!

Cookies and more cookies!

Cookie and milk for Santa and carrots for the reindeer

Cookie and milk for Santa and carrots for the reindeer

Now more reindeer food for the yard

Now more reindeer food for the yard

Finished house

Finished house

Making the meatballs

Making the meatballs

This is only 100 meatballs

This is only 100 meatballs

Making a Gingerbread house

Posted: December 25, 2008 in Christmas, Holidays

Dec 23 hubby and I decided it was time to construct our gingerbread house. Of course Z was THRILLED to do it. We built mini ones last year so this year I splurged for a big one. I don’t know what was more fun for Z, to decorate the house or to eat the icing. You decide…. Oh, and this kid can’t wait to eat the thing. We told him he had to wait until his family got to see it on Christmas Day. I imagine the first thing he will say after they get to the house is LET’S EAT THE HOUSE! 🙂

I LOVE THIS!

I LOVE THIS!

YEAH, I am eating the icing....so what?

YEAH, I am eating the icing....so what?

Daddy and Z did a great job making the house. I just took the pictures.

Daddy and Z did a great job making the house. I just took the pictures.

Dec 23 our playgroup had another visit from Santa. We met at D’s house and she had milk, coffee and donuts for everyone. The kids brought pictures or a gift for Santa and those who didn’t have something for Santa took some time to color a picture before he came to visit. But before he came, the kids enjoyed playing and then we played some silly games. Reindeer Reindeer Rudolph (AKA duck duck goose) then we played a game of what I want for Christmas having to repeat everyone’s wish. It was cute. Anything to kill time until our visitor came 🙂 Once Santa got there he read the kids a story, handed out goodie bags, and collected gifts from the kids. He couldn’t stay for long since he had to rush back to the North Pole. Thank you Santa for visiting us again.

Eating breakfast of course!

Eating breakfast of course!

Coloring another picture for Santa

Coloring another picture for Santa

Reindeer Reindeer Ruldoph!

Reindeer Reindeer Ruldoph!

Santa reading a story

Santa reading a story

The kids are giving Santa presents

The kids are giving Santa presents

White Elephant for mom

Posted: December 25, 2008 in Christmas, Holidays, Playgroup
Dec 22 was our playgroup’s Mom’s Night Out White Elephant Gift Christmas Party. There were 12 of us that met for a wonderful dinner at Z-Tejas and we had a blast! The food and conversation was great but the gift exchange was side spliting funny! I haven’t laughed that hard….well….since the last time we all went to dinner. 🙂 I ended up with a lovely gift of bubble bath, breath mints and lip balm. Let me explain why, #12 person took my gift leaving me to steal or take the last gift. I took the last gift and #1 person did not want to steal from me. Thanks for that K! There were some decent gifts there but I must say, some were HIDIOUS! Doesn’t that make it more fun anyway? I think so….
Merry Christmas Ladies!

Merry Christmas Ladies!

WOW! A Letter from Santa!

Posted: December 23, 2008 in Christmas, Holidays

Dec 22 was a great day for the  little red head in our house. He got a letter in the mail from Santa addressed to him! He was thrilled! Z read the entire letter to us – he is such a great reader! Santa even mentioned that in his letter to Z. Anyway, I just had to share the look of complete joy from my 4 year old today!

I am the luckiest boy ever! I got a letter from SANTA!

I am the luckiest boy ever! I got a letter from SANTA!

Z reading the letter to mommy and daddy all by himself! We are so proud of him! So is Santa!

Z reading the letter to mommy and daddy all by himself! We are so proud of him! So is Santa!

Dec 19 we took a train ride with our friends the M family. Let me start by saying these tickets are hard to come by and you have to book the ride a year in advance. So that is exactly what we did. So with much anticipation, the date finally came! We all were thrilled. We met for dinner at a local fish restaurant near the train tracks and then we boarded the train around 6:30pm. My family wore pajamas but B’s kids were the only ones in her family that wore jammies. Yes, we went to dinner in jammies and slippers 🙂 Anyway, the train was supposed to leave at 7pm sharp but there was train traffic on the tracks so we were delayed a long time. Finally we got on our way an the front car detached from the engine. We were beginning to tell this was not going to be a good trip. But we did have carolers sing to us and some girl scouts read a story to us, they served hot chocolate and cookies and we even got a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. The kids really enjoyed it all even though the adults were irritated that it was not going according to plan. I decided to make the best of it and took the boys car hopping. We walked between cars and even stuck our heads out the windows until we got in trouble. But the kids just had a ball! So even though the ride was not the full 2 hours like it was supposed to be, the kids will remember it as a wonderful time and so will I since it is all about them this time of year.

Thanks to B and her family! We had a wonderful time visiting and I know Z misses G BIGTIME! And I miss my friend B too! Since school started and G is now in kindergarten we don’t see them as often as before. But that has to change!

Waiting to board the train

Waiting to board the train

The M family

The M family

ALL ABOARD!

ALL ABOARD!

Family pose on the train

Family pose on the train

G and Z having the time of their lives

G and Z having the time of their lives

Having fun with G and Z

Having fun with G and Z

Yum....hot chocolate

Yum....hot chocolate

Mrs. Claus handed out the cookies

Mrs. Claus handed out the cookies

Z and Santa

Z and Santa

Z and G with Santa

Z and G with Santa

Dec 19 was Z’s last day at school until next year. They had a little classroom party that day. Z had gifts to give his teachers and for all his friends in class so he was thrilled to get them handed out. Each kid got to wear the shirts hubby and I helped make and they did some fun crafts. They also had McDonald’s for lunch. I mean how fun and cool is that to get McDonald’s for lunch at school???!!! Then they ended the day with a book exchange. The kids got in a circle and handed a book around while the teacher played music and then the music stopped that kid got to open that book. It took about 20 minutes for all the books to get opened and the kids loved the game. When it was time to leave, each kid had a large grocery sack filled with artwork and goodies from classmates. The day was a fun one and we will miss everyone on Christmas break.

Leaving the house for school

Leaving the house for school

Holding a couple teacher gifts

Holding a couple teacher gifts

Z gets greeted each day by his friend B with a huge hug! She is so cute!

Z gets greeted each day by his friend B with a huge hug! She is so cute!

Getting ready for the book exchange

Getting ready for the book exchange

They all were reindeers with red noses and they wore handmade ears. TOO CUTE!

They all were reindeers with red noses and they wore handmade ears. TOO CUTE!

Showing the class the book he got

Showing the class the book he got

For those of you who don’t know, I organize a neighborhood playgroup http://www.meetup.com/The-Funatics-Group/ with the help of my dear friend D. Our playgroup has many activities planned each week but our Christmas party this year was in my opinion the best yet! (I thought our Halloween party this year would be hard to top…..but we more than topped that at this party.)

On Dec 18 our playgroup had an AWESOME party if I do say so myself. D and I have been planning this party for months. Each mom brought a dish to share so we all were able to have a nice meal during the party. Our friend K hosted. She is such a warm hostess. There were 18 moms and 31 kids there. It was a BLAST to say the least. We had arranged for a visitor to come to the party and bring each kid a gift. Turns out the visitor was SANTA himself. The kids just loved the surprise and they got exactly what they hoped for as far as gifts go. We also arranged to have an ornament exchange and the kids LOVED that too. Then to end the evening with a bang, we went caroling down K’s street. We gave each child a bracelet with bells on it and they sang Jingle Bells at each house. Then they would wish the people a Merry Christmas and run to the next house. It was just like trick or treating but at Christmas time. They loved it! Ooops, we actually ending the night hugging everyone before they left. The party was such a success everyone was glowing and full of excitement. Now that is what this group is all about to me! I love all the moms and kids in our group and have been blessed with some wonderful friends! I must not forget to mention the HUGE gift basket they gave me. I was just speechless! The basket was filled with some amazing stuff…..candles, lotions, candy, a movie, ornaments, nativity scene, a necklace, crafts from some of the kids, a gift certificate for a pedicure, scrapbooking stuff….and the list goes on and on. Thank you to everyone who contributed.

Z couldn’t wait to get home to tell his Daddy all about the party and about the special visitor. Then he showed him all his goodies he received from friends as well as his ornament and Santa gift. I must tell you that boy was on cloud 9 for the rest of the night. Then he passed out within seconds of his head hitting the pillow.

Playing with some friends in the playroom

Playing with some friends in the playroom

Eating chocolate cake

Eating chocolate cake

This is yummy cake!

This is yummy cake!

LOOK it is SANTA!

LOOK it is SANTA!

Everyone is thrilled to see Santa!

Everyone is thrilled to see Santa!

Z getting his special gift from Santa

Z getting his special gift from Santa

After Z had to ask Santa if he could open his gift this is what he got. He loves it!

After Z had to ask Santa if he could open his gift this is what he got. He loves it!

Santa posing with some of the kids before he had to leave

Santa posing with some of the kids before he had to leave

Getting organized to go caroling

Getting organized to go caroling

Jingle bells.....

Jingle bells.....

Merry Christmas and now they are off to the next house

Merry Christmas and now they are off to the next house

What a lovely gift basket I got!

What a lovely gift basket I got!