Is basically a blur.  I got up to open gifts with the kids for a few minutes then headed back to bed.  J. took them to his sisters to celebrate and I stayed home to try to rest.

Pictures from morning.

Apparently,that is the sum total of the pictures I took.  Did I mention I was really sick?

Anyway, as a family we got a mini trampoline and a sled for each of us.  The kids each got a book, a set of Wikki Stix, and a pile of Pokemon figures to share.  I made J. a hat.  He got me “The Tales of Beedle the Bard”.  The kids got each other stuffed toys and a mug and a dragon figurine.  We all got goodies in our stockings like candies, lip balm, bubble bath, crank flashlights, and silly putty.

The kids seemed happy with it.  And trampolines are great!

Pics taken later…

Wikki Stix:

Color splitz markers:

J.’s hat:

Patting Myself on the Back

You know you are an over-prepared mom sometimes when the following happens…you are on the phone having a conversation with a friend and you don’t really want to get off.  Your kids come and ask if you will make them one of those lists of things to search for…you know, a scavenger hunt!  And you calmly say “There are some already in your notebooks” (the ones you spent time compiling for family trips to be sure the kids would be happy even if electricity went out and it stormed the whole time).  And then you pull one out and your kids who can now read the list go off and find all the items, triumphantly putting them on the couch while you finish your conversation.

This rocks!!!

Playing with New stuff and Old

“Totally Gross”, a fun trivia game:

The suncatcher/window art set from their cousins:

My daughter also made some freehand ones using the book that came with it.

After playing games and crafting…I felt ill.

Really really ill. And cramped up.

And got sick.  For days.

ETA: Finally recovered enough to be useful and up and out of bed comfortably on New Year’sDay.  This was the worst flu bug I have ever seen and it appears to have hit almost every family we know.

Christmas at my Mom’s House

We had a great time at my Mom’s house for our early Christmas today and the kids got to play with their cousins.  There was lots of DS playing (my nieces seem to like them), some rounds of “Thingamabots”, playing the new version of Rat-A-Tat-Cat” my daughter got for a gift, and foosball on my mom’s game table.  My son also worked on learning how to turn a piece of paper into a dollar with a magic kit he got for a gift. 

I only managed to snap 2 photos before my camera battery died on me.  The family pic was sent to me by my step-brother.  Thanks Keith!

When we got home the kids hung out playing in their new PJs and drank hot chocolate while munching on the apples we got from my Grandma.


Baby Sweater. It is amazing how much time it took me to pick out the buttons…I actually took the sweater to JoAnn’s and kept auditioning them. I settled on red and pink because everybody seems to feel the need to buy lots of red and pink for baby girls so hopefully she will get something perfect to wear it with 🙂

Final touches for the marble bag.

Microwave heating pad…a collaboration with my daughter.

Candied orange peel, drying and waiting to be dipped in chocolate. I like to make this for my grandma because it isn’t something you see in the stores everyday and because she has always told me she likes it.

Here is a bit of what was going on today in the background during the time I was crafting. We have a box I keep full of bits and pieces of broken toys, extra puzzle pieces, containers, cardboard scraps, etc. I have been adding to it since the kids were tiny. Here are some of my daughter’s creations and the BIG pile.

My son was off drawing pictures of characters for a comic book he has decided will be called “Whachamacallit and Rosies”.