Archive for December, 2010

Z got a cool dude skateboard for Christmas and now that the weather is better, he decided to get out and ride it. Hubby and Papa R went out front and worked with Z and his new skateboard. I got a few pictures before Z told me to go back inside. Apparently I was messing with his mojo 🙂


YIPPY!!!! It is Christmas FINALLY! Z couldn’t have been more thrilled! Santa came! He ate the cookies, drank the Egg Nog, fed the reindeer, and Mr. Shelf (our elf on the shelf) went back to the North Pole.

Z kept telling his dad that he wanted a Christmas miracle and for me to be healthy on Christmas. I don’t know how it happened other than a true Christmas miracle but I was in the best health that day! Not one cough or anything! Thanks you sweetheart for wishing me well! You are such a sweet boy!

We had a great Christmas morning! It was just the three of us. We got our coffee poured and Egg Nog for Z and sat down to some serious present opening! WOW there were tons of gifts! We always say we are going to slim it down, but somehow we seem to miss that. I think we did some this year, but when you look at it all – not so much! However, Z did notice that Santa slimmed down the presents some this year. But in his words, they were really “quality gifts”. 🙂

Z got some pretty cool things, the biggest thing this year was the Wii. He got a cool game and some money from his grandparents in Arizona and a camera from my grandma in Indiana. I got some beautiful earrings, a watch and a Roomba. But the most precious gift was the beautiful necklace Z bought me all on his own at school. (They had a holiday fair shopping company come in for the kids to buy gifts for their parents. Z picked out the perfect gift for me!) Hubby got some tools, sonicare, and a tabletop foozeball set. His precious gift from Z was a cool alligator and an awesome mug!

We had Papa R and E come visit us in the afternoon and we prepared our traditional spaghetti and meatballs for our Christmas dinner. Then we exchanged gifts with them.

Of course we ended the evening playing games! What a fun day with family! I am so blessed!

MOM!!! DAD!!! Santa came!!!

When you have puppies around you can't put gifts under the tree. And no, we didn't learn the hard way.

Checking out what Santa left in the stocking

Shadow playing with the ball Santa got him

My most treasured necklace!

Dad's alligator

Love this picture!

Gotta just love the excitment of seeing what Santa brought.

Yes, he was jumping up and down!

Cool dude!


More excitement

Thank you Grandma A

Echo already tearing up the tennis ball from Santa

Z picked this out for his daddy

I think every kid in America got a pillow pet

Now I wont have to sweep up dog hair all the time

Aint he sweet

Enough remote so we can all play Wiiiii

That is a lot of loot!

E opening her special gift Z picked out.

Z picked out a fishing mug for Papa R

E looks so pretty with her bow in her hair

Listen closely, you can even hear him scream he is so thirlled in this pic!

Playing the Hedbands game Santa brought Z

On Christmas Eve we always bake cookies for Santa. We also get the reindeer food ready to go and hubby makes his famous meatballs for our Christmas Dinner. As always, that is exactly what we did. But this year it was a little harder for me. I had been sick again! In fact I almost went to the Emergency Room again because I couldn’t get my breathing under control with all the coughing. It was really scary. So hubby had to run to the pharmacy and the grocery store for some last minute items. I had some wonderful friends drop by to deliver baked goodies and to check on me. I sure have some amazing friends!

So after spending most the day sleeping, I was able to rally to help with some of the cookies and participate in the evening activities at our house. Reindeer got fed, meatballs got made, cookies got made and decorated. We were ready for Santa!

Z had a great time making the cookies with his daddy!

Making the boy do all the work

This is fun!

Decorating Santa's cookies!

Z being Z

Reindeer food made and cookies ready. Just need to pour the Egg Nog

Z's creations just for Santa!

Lots of meatballs!

December 22, 2010 was our Christmas dinner with B’s mom, sister and brother. We went to one of our favorite restaurants, Canoli Joe’s. We had a wonderful dinner and fun conversations! Then the kids exchanged gifts with Grandma C and Aunt K. Everyone got some get gifts and we had such a wonderful time seeing everyone again. It had been too long!

Opening the hangman game from Aunt K

Aunt K and M

Grandma C

Aunt J and Z's cousin C

Uncle R

Z's cousin C

Z's cousin C

Checking out a super cool ice cream making kit from Grandma C

Playing hangman with cousin K

Since I had been feeling better and missed so many activities this season, I decided to do a fun craft/gift with Z. We made homemade hot chocolate jars. We even included little bags of marshmallows to go with the jars. We made 9 jars total. I think they turned out really nice!

Mixing the mix

Daddy had to help

Z being Z agian

Filling the jars and being silly

That is better!

They turned out really nice!

Puppy class graduation!

Posted: December 31, 2010 in Puppies

YEAH!!!! Shadow and Echo graduated their first puppy training class on December 21. Echo graduated top in her class. They put the cutest graduations hats on the dogs for pictures. We are so proud of the puppies and the fact that the training classes are done! That is a huge time commitment!

Aren't they cute in their hats!

School Chistmas party

Posted: December 31, 2010 in Christmas, Holidays, School

December 17, 2010 was Z’s class’s Christmas party. I was well enough to attend the party but not well enough to volunteer to help out during the party. It was a struggle for me to even be there but since I had missed so many activities so far this season, I was not about to miss this one!

The party was cute! The kids had made a North Pole Village in the middle of the class. It was a unit they studied on communities and each kid had to make a building that would be found in a community. Z made an arcade. I mean ever community needs a game center 🙂 The class was decorated with so many difference festive things also. Each kid made a house out of a grocery sack to collect all their goodies and work. The hallway was decorated like a huge fireplace and the kids had stockings hanging on the fireplace. During the month of December, each kid wrote compliment presents to each kid in class and placed them in the stockings. It was such a great idea and teaches the kids to compliment friends. Z absolutely loved reading all the complements kids gave him. They also did a couple of crafts and made brownie jar mix for the parents and had yummy refreshments. There was Christmas music and it was just a great party! Z didn’t want to leave school early because they had a snowball fight planned in gym class using socks. He wasn’t about to miss that fun. I am so glad I attended the party.

What a great North Pole Village!

Z's is the little red building with the snow on the roof. That is the arcade.

Z working on his brownie jar gift

Posing with mom while we closed the jar

Z just being Z

Reading his compliment presents and loving them all

A few of the compliments presents. What a great treasure!

Fireplace in the hallway

Mrs. S made me a bunch of homemade goodies. She is the best!

View of the room during party mode

Cub scouts visit the newspaper

Posted: December 31, 2010 in Cub Scouts

December 15, 2010, Z’s cub scout den went to tour a local newspaper. Since B is the den leader, he arranged it all. While on the tour, they learned all about communication. They had such a great time. The editor even took the boys’ picture and posted it as a “Top Story” on their website. What a neat experience for these kids.

Chirstmas party for friends

Posted: December 31, 2010 in Christmas, Friends, Holidays

December 13 was the day S and I planned to have a Christmas party for the kids. But unfortunately, I was still sick so I had to miss this too. I felt horrible because I was supposed to help her. Thank goodness my dear friend, T, offered to help S. Hubby came home from work early to take Z to the party. They had a blast. They got to play in a chocolate fountain, did crafts, decorated cookies, played games, and had a gift exchange. Of course there was running around outside too. The pictures looked like it was a huge success. I am so sorry to have missed the fun.

Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the YMCA on December 11. I was not able to take Z to this so hubby did. From the pictures, it looked super cute. Z got to meet with Santa and tell him what he wanted for Christmas. He got to have some cookies and do a cute robot craft. Then they listened to Mrs. Claus read a story. We went to this last year and it was really cute. I am so sorry to have missed the fun.