Archive for January, 2009

Grandma’s Birthday Dance

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

At Christmas, Grandpa asked me if I could teach him to dance like my family in our little elf Christmas videos.  So, for my mom’s birthday, I secretly sent him to ballroom dancing school so he could surprise her for her birthday tomorrow. 

I think the results are pretty spectacular, don’t you?  “Dancing With the Stars,” here they come!

The Birthday Boy turns 5!

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

He actually turned 5 two weeks ago, and believe me, we celebrated thoroughly on that day.  It’s just taken me two weeks to get to the photos. 

I’m sure, like everyone else with a near-Christmas birthday, Will will come to resent having to share his birthday with so many other events, but for now, just having cake and MORE PRESENTS to open is a thrill for him.  He is a boy, after all, so having all the bowl games on his birthday may prove to be a treat as he gets older. 

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The young banana picked out a gift and a card for her brother, wrapped the present herself (it’s the attractively presented gift on the top of the pile above), and addressed and signed the card!

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After a lunch of pizza, and a special rendition of Happy Birthday from his sister (the video is at the bottom of this post), we had quite a yummy cake, which was thankfully NOT baked and decorated by the mama!

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Will and Auntie ‘Nee have many animated discussions, but this one had something to do with her glasses:


Then the gift opening madness began:

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1-16-09-15.jpg  More cars!  Woo hoo!!!!

By the end, I think general giddiness had overcome him:


He got to stretch his birthday out a bit, since school hadn’t started yet.  I did bake cupcakes for him to take on the second day back (I wanted to check with his teacher first to make sure cupcakes were OK – I was afraid I might have to bring granola bars or something – Vermont is like that, you know).  But, she said cupcakes would be lovely, so he got to share them with all his little friends and send them all home that day with sugar highs!

And now the promised video:

Christmas to New Year’s Day

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Yes, I’m horribly behind.  Regardless, here are some pics of the doings in the vacation week between the holidays!

Anna helped me make pancakes with her new kitchen set.  She ate those little pancakes right out of her frying pan much better than she ever eats them when I give them to her, and these with no syrup or butter or anything!

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Anna showing off a couple of new outfits from her aunts:

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Anna helping Grandma in the kitchen:

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Will and Grandpa watching TV to stay out of the line of fire:

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Anna desperately wanted to decorate Christmas cookies, so Grandma made us a batch of sugar cookies.  She had to use Halloween cookie cutters, because apparently, I don’t have any Christmas ones.  In any case, the rest of the crew sat down to decorate the cookies, and the results were pretty appetizing!

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The kids modeling a very cute little tutu and hat made for them by a friend of my mom’s back in Oklahoma:

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This is how poor Grandpa looked nearing the end of his visit:


Presumably he had a headache.  Thankfully, we had some competent medical professionals on hand who could administer a band-aid with just the right pre-school character to make it all better!


It looks like Santa found us after all

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

Lots of company for Christmas here.   Auntie Nicki and Uncle Tony arrived safely on the Monday before Christmas, even though Sunday was a weather/travel nightmare.  I had to work Tuesday, but the rest of the week I took off and enjoyed the holidays and family doings.  We headed off to church on Wednesday evening, with Nicki and Tony.  I had to play the piano, and I also sang a little duet with our vacancy pastor, and had a little choir piece for the service.   It was a very pleasant candlelight service – quite a treat!

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As you can see, I had a couple of really nice photos of the kids in their Christmas finery, with nice expressions on their faces, etc.  Naturally, those are the photos for which my camera, in its infinite wisdom, decided to focus on the tree behind them, or a fly on the wall, or a dust speck on the lens.  Whatever it was, it wasn’t the children.  By the time it decided to focus on the kids, they were done looking nice.  Sigh.

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After church, we stopped by the hotel where everyone was staying, and magically, Grandma and Grandpa had arrived from Oklahoma!  They got here with no problems, and had a lovely room at the Comfort Inn.  The kids had brought their jammies, and Grandma got them ready for bed, in hopes that they might fall asleep in the car on the way home.  Of course, they didn’t, but it took half and hour off our “getting ready for bed” time.  The kids went to bed with threats of “Santa won’t come while little kids are awake”, and Baba and I got to work on assembling the big gift Santa left with us.  It was a V-Tech V-Motion game, which is sort of a children’s version of the Nintendo Wii.  They’re enjoying it, but it would be MUCH more fun if Baba were trying to use it to play one of his games.  It’s not nearly so interesting when the only person who wants to play with it is YOU.  At least when you’re a toddler.  But, I digress …

As  you can see below, Santa found us after all:

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The wrapped presents did NOT include all the gifts that Grandma had shipped directly here, and didn’t feel up to wrapping.  I keep thinking we should move back up to our full-sized tree one of these years, but I don’t know where we would put all the gifts in that case.

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The kids helped me with the photography chores, at least before the present-opening began.  Then the circus began, and paper and gifts were everywhere.  Then we had the big dinner, the post-dinner coma while children ran rampant through the house, the dessert course, and then a bit more relaxing before the toddler meltdowns began and bedtime arrived.  General photos of the festivities follow.

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