Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas 2009

We had a busy but fun Christmas this year.  Gree Gree got into town on Christmas Eve midday.  Aunt Kelly came by to drop off gifts and the kids got to open one each.  Jake absolutely loves his T2 (a remote-controlled Star Wars R2D2).  He’s had an ongoing obsession with Aunt Kelly’s Star Wars figurines for awhile, and R2D2 is his favorite.  He’s never seen the movies, just loves T2!

We headed to 4pm Children’s Mass and even though we got there a few minutes early, both the main church and the overflow Mass in the gym were  full.  We ended up watching Mass from the narthex.  After Mass we went home and opened Christmas PJ’s, changed into them, and drove around looking at lights.  We got home, got the kids to bed, and got gifts ready for Christmas morning.

Christmas morning we got up before the kids and were waiting for them downstairs.  Clare was the first one up.  She curled up in my lap for a bit.  Jake was next and he needed some snuggle time in Daddy’s lap.  I finally had to wake Grace up.  She came downstairs and went straight to her new bike.  I swear that girl can go from 0 to 6o in no time at all.

We opened presents and played for a bit, ate breakfast, and then Daddy set up the new bounce house.  The kids jumped for a bit and then went in the front to ride bikes.  Gree Gree and I got started in the kitchen while Daddy cleaned up some of the mess and kept the kids occupied.

George’s family started arriving shortly after 4pm.  We ate dinner around 7 and then opened more presents.  Everyone left around 9, I cleaned up a bit, and we all went to bed tired and ready for good night’s sleep.

In Christmas PJs and ready to look at Christmas lights

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Who needs presents?  The dog’s cage is fun enough!

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Clare on Christmas morning

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Jake on Christmas morning

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Grace heads straight for her new bike

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Jake opens a new Leapster game.

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Gree Gree helps Clare open her presents

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She can’t wait to go for a ride

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He can’t either

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I love this face!

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In the bounce house

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Gree Gree and Mommy

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Tina and the kids have some fun

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Kids’ Christmas Party

Last Saturday, George’s work had a Christmas party for all the employees’ kids at the Houston Zoo.  The kids each got a special gift delivered by Santa himself.  We had some cupcakes and popcorn then wandered around the zoo for a bit.  Grace cracked me up the whole time.  We’d rush to see an animal, she’d look for all of 5 seconds, and then tell us she wanted to see the next one, and off she’d rush.   Jake was more content to amble along, and Clare took some goading to keep up.  She was happy to just la-dee-dah along at her own snail’s pace.  George and I ran 6.5 miles that morning, so we were a bit dead on our feet.  After a couple of hours, we were all ready to go, and everyone was excited to play with their new toys.

Waiting to be called by Santa

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Clare goes first (she got twin baby dolls)

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Then the twins

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Grace got a Disney Princess Aquadoodle

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Jake got a remote control Thomas train

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Decorating the Tree

We decorated our Christmas tree on the first Sunday of Advent, the Sunday after Thanksgiving.  It looked really good right after, but as the kids pull ornaments off the tree, I put them back on up high out of their reach.  We pretty much have zero ornaments on the lower third of our tree right now.  Oh well, at least I can maintain my sanity this way.  Now if only they would leave the presents alone…

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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Christmas Showcase

Our local Catholic homeschool group had a small Christmas group performance tonight at our parish.  I co-teach the preschool group with my friend Blair.  The preschoolers did a rendition of The Friendly Beasts where they held up pictures of the various animals to go along with the song.  We made the animals in class this past Friday.  Grace and Jake also participated in a Nutcracker excerpt.  All in all, it was a success.  All the kids really seemed to have a good time.  I’m just sad Daddy couldn’t be there.  We missed you, dear!

The best picture I could get of all 3.

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Twins

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Donkey

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Sheep

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Sheep Too

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Skipping

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Getting those naughty boys

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The End

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Thursday, December 03, 2009

Turkey Day 2009

We started off the day bright and early with a 5 mile run near our house.  It was a lot of fun and we both finished faster than we thought we would.  Gree Gree and Aunt Kelly brought the kids to cheer as we crossed the finish line.  Because the line was long and the area was crowded, we opted to skip the free pancake breakfast and go to McDonald’s instead.  After some showers (which we desperately needed after our run), we got everyone dressed and headed off to the in-laws.  Clare took a short nap after we ate and then we headed to my sister’s house.  We walked to a nearby park with all the kids.  They had a lot of fun, but the visit was cut short by a couple of twins needing to visit the potty.  I got a picture of the twins in a swing that just happens to be the exact same swing that I have a picture of them in on their 1st birthday.  After more food, we decided to call it a day and headed home exhausted.  I don’t think we could have fit more into one day if we had tried.

Clare and her new “friends”

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Then (1st Birthday)

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Now (4 yrs old)

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This one loves to hang upside down.

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Swinging with Gree Gree

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Getting a much taller ride than she ever gets around here :)

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Walking home

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Busy Busy

Not much to report other than the usual day-to-day busyness of life with three small kids.  I haven’t even taken many photos this month.

This one is from George’s cell phone camera.  The twins were supposed to be sleeping.

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This is Clare in her new swing, purchased at the garage sale that benefitted my friend Kelly’s boys.  She passed away on Halloween after a 5 year battle with breast cancer.

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A Sleeping Beauty

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Sunday, November 01, 2009

Halloween 2009

Friday we went to our village center’s annual trick-or-treating.  The kids had fun and got more than enough candy.  Jake was Thomas the Tank Engine again this year.  Grace was Tinkerbell (although if you tell her that, she will insist that she is Tink not Tinkerbell).  Clare was a cute little ladybug.  Yesterday, we carved pumpkins.  I carved the girls’ and George carved Jake’s.  Jake’s was Lightning McQueen.  Grace’s was Tinkerbell.  Clare’s was a little girl with pigtails.  We had a great time last night at our street’s annual Halloween block party. 

Thomas the Tank Engine

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Tink

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Little Ladybug

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Lightning McQueen

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Tink

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Little Girl with Pigtails

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Most of the kids on our street

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Miss Clarey Beary

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Putting on makeup with one of the neighbors

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