Gingerbread Train

December 2nd, 2010

Lexi and Milo built a gingerbread train tonight.

Look, isn’t it cute?
Building a Gingerbread Train

And here’s their version:
Building a Gingerbread Train

Sort of a Christmas Train Wreck.

A few more pictures:
Building a Gingerbread Train

Building a Gingerbread Train

Building a Gingerbread Train

Building a Gingerbread Train

Building a Gingerbread Train

#6 Cousins Pictures

November 6th, 2010

Every year when I was growing up, my grandma insisted we take a photo of all the cousins together before we got to open our Christmas presents.

And it didn’t really matter how old we got:
Christmas Cousins Picture

Or how ridiculous we thought it was:
2007 Cousins Picture
(yes, my two cousins really are that tall)

Which ever cousins were able to make it back for Christmas had their picture taken.

And significant others and children got thrown into the mix as well.

My sister and I both have kids now. And we do the same thing. Plus we throw in Christmas PJ’s.

Cousins Picture
Lexi & Ari in the Chair
Christmas PJs at Thanksgiving

(This is one of my favorites. No matter what we did we could not get the three of them to sit still or look at the camera at the same time. We blame the striped PJ’s.)

This year there will be 5 kids in the picture. 3 will look like they are having fun, 1 will look completely irritated at the whole thing and 1 will have no clue what is going on because she’s 6 months old. But they will all have their picture taken, together, in matching PJ’s.

And when they are in college, I will still insist on a picture, although I may ease up on the matching PJ’s.

Best Christmas Present

January 1st, 2010

Remember way back when, when I said I wanted a piano? Well, guess what my Christmas present is? Yep. A piano. We started shopping around (we’re looking at used ones), looking for one that will fit nicely in our living room. I’m pretty excited. I think Lexi will enjoy playing piano – or at least enjoy trying – and I’m planning on taking lessons as well.

Anyway, pretty excited about my present.

I think Kevin likes his present as well. This summer I’ll be painting his office.


December 25th, 2008

Merry Christmas everybody.

We are hanging out in Kansas with Kevin’s family for Christmas. (For those of you keeping track, yes, that’s a 12 hour drive from our house – with a 3 year-old.)

We brought the dogs who are loving the fact that they can be outside and run and bark and nobody cares.

We opened presents this morning, we’re so proud, Lexi got her first Red Wings Jersey. There was also a jersey for her baby brother as well. And yes, there will be a photo shoot with all four of us in our matching jerseys. (Well, five if Lexi is allowed to bring Pinky who also got a Red Wings jersey.)

Tonight is Christmas with the extended family and tomorrow and Saturday involve much sitting.

Gotta love Christmas break.

How Many More Reasons Do You Need?

December 10th, 2008

If you are unsure of why you should donate money to Water4Christmas, then look here.

The goal is still $144 Billion. Enough clean water for the world.

But for right now – let’s say for Friday the goal can be $50,000. That’s enough water for 10 villages.

Water4Christmas already has $16,000. So to reach $50,000 we only need $34,000.

3400 people donate $10. By Friday.

Or 3400 people could donate $20 by Friday and we’d end up with enough for almost 15 villages.

Tell your Mom, your wife, your husband, your kids, your dog that you are spending $10 less on their gift and donating the money to Water4Christmas in their name.

I’ve started my Christmas “shopping”.

September 20th, 2008

I’m really excited about Christmas this year. Since I’ve decided to go handmade with most of my gifts, I’ve had to really think about what I can make (or who I can hire to make it) and what people would appreciate. I’m not going to go through the effort to make someone something just to have them say “thanks” and stash it in a drawer. I’m trying to come up with stuff that people will actually use or wear or play with. I started working on a couple of things this weekend – trying out a few ideas to see how they would turn out and sketching out patterns for other things.

Sorry I can’t go into details. Pictures will go up on my flickr site after the gifts have been opened.

Stupid Sick

December 28th, 2007

Christmas Eve Lexi got sick – the gross, throwing up all over, all she wants is to be held kind of sick. Christmas morning she seemed to be doing better – just tired. Then on the way home she got sick again. The car still has a funky smell. Well, I think I caught whatever she had because last night I spent most the night in the bathroom. (I’ll spare you the details). I’m feeling a little better – but not “good” by any stretch of the imagination. Kevin was supposed to leave for LA tomorrow to write an article on a conference out there. Right now, he’s in bed sleeping after canceling his flight, etc.

Stupid sick.

Christmas Baking (with Lexi)

December 21st, 2007

Wednesday I started baking Christmas cookies. And since I love to bake and I love Christmas cookies, I tend to make a lot. This year was even more fun because Lexi wanted to “help”. Lexi is almost 2. And there are 3 rules for baking/cooking with a toddler.
1. Be prepared for spills and don’t get mad when it happens.
2. If you want your cookies to turn out, give them their own bowl, spoon, and random pile of ingredients.
3. Have extra ingredients so when 3 cups of flour spills you still have enough to finish your cookies.

This year I made 2 batches of sugar cookies, 1 batch of snickerdoodle, 2 batches of chocolate crinkle cookies, 1 batch of those peanut butter/hershey kiss cookies, 1 batch of reindeer food (it’s like gourmet puppy chow), 1 cake and 2 pies.

Lexi made something that involves about 2-3 cups water & flour, 1 box of baking soda, 1 small bowl of cinnamon and sugar, milk & orange juice (added for flavor, I’m sure).

Right now, the reindeer food is in the oven, smelling pretty good. Lexi’s is sitting on the counter top fizzing and she says she’s not done yet.

We’re Back

January 1st, 2005

Well, we’re back from everywhere. The wedding was fun. Very small and simple, but it was still fun to hang out at Jo and Gabe’s house, see family, have an early Christmas and all that jazz. The best part of the weekend was I got to wear a cape. When I get a picture of it, I’ll post it. It was very cool. It was a huge floor length black velvet cape with a hood. I felt like one of the Elves.

Our trip to Kansas was great. Since I didn’t have to head straight back to work this year, we were able to stay longer than we normally do which made the drive a little more managable. Christmas was very fun, Everyone except for 2 people made it to Christmas dinner so there was a houseful – which is my favorite part of Christmas – a huge house full of people.

We went to see The Incredibles (again) with Kevin’s dad. That’s a great movie. If you haven’t seen it yet – go. Go now.

We met Linus the Chihuahua who was very cute despite his need for an attitude adjustment.

Since we’ve been home, I’ve been spending my time helping walk dogs at the kennel in the mornings, taking a nap in the afternoon, cleaning things I haven’t had time to clean in forever (like my office), and wearing pajamas as much as possible.

It’s going to be rough going back to work on Tuesday.

How have you been spending your Christmas vacation?