Monday, December 29, 2008
But nothing would say Christmas without throwing in a few extras we weren't prepared for. Ray's Grandfather on his Mom's side was married twice - his first wife, not Ray's Grandmother, died the day after Christmas. Get it? I am still confused by Ray's family sometimes. I can never remember who is cousin and who is an aunt or what. So Ray attended the wake on Sunday night for that.
And my maternal Grandmother was transferred from the hospital to a nursing home, so we spent some time with her on Sunday as well. She smoked a ton for a lot of her life, but she is doing okay considering she isn't on oxygen. She didn't know me when I was there, and often confused where she was, but I think visiting her lifted her spirit for the day.
We are back. I am off work until Friday, so the girls and I are going to spend tomorrow unpacking and getting things together while Ray works. I am hoping since Ray is working through New Year's, I will get a chance to sneak away one night and go see Twilight. Ray got me the book for Christmas, and I literally could not put it down. I finished it Sunday, and now I really want to see the movie.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
And then I read this post by one of my favorite bloggers. I am reposting a little bit of the story here because part of it happens where I grew up - Stafford, Virginia. The same place where my Grandmother will spend Christmas in a hospital bed, unable to get up and take care of herself.
"And then one Christmas my friend Angela told me a story of when she was an elementary school teacher in Stafford, Virginia. Every Christmas Angela and her co-workers identified families who might be having trouble making Christmas happen, pooled their money and helped to buy presents for them.
Angela was coming down the hallway on the last day of school when she found a little girl crying on the steps.
“Santa’s not coming to our house this year,” she said. “My mother says it’s because we don’t have money, but I know it’s because I wasn’t a good girl.”
The little girl wasn’t one of the children Angela and her friends had identified, but her situation turned out to easily be the worst. The girl and her brother, mother and grandmother were struggling to survive, much less have Christmas.
Angela called her husband, a Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant stationed in Okinawa, Japan.
“I feel so bad,” she told him. “What do we do?”
“Get the family’s name and address,” he told her. “And the ages of everyone in the house. I’ll see what I can do.”
From Japan, Angela’s husband called back to the Marine Corps base at Quantico. The following afternoon, Christmas Eve day, the little girl from Angela’s school was playing in her house when there was a knock at the door. Her mother opened it to find two young Marines in dress blue uniform.
While her mother stared in astonishment, the Marines began to move boxes of things into the house — food, gifts for everyone, and a tree.
The 20 year-old Corporal — stationed away from his own family (he would have dinner at Angela’s the following night) — stopped to speak to the little girl.
“Santa was worried he might not make it to your house this year,” he said. “So he called in the Marines and asked us to help out. He said to tell you you were a very good little girl and he was proud of you.”"
Read the whole post about Da Momma and her girls here. Take a box of tissues with you.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Tomorrow my brother and his wife, and my Mom and Stepdad are coming. They will be here until Friday, and then Saturday we head to Virginia to celebrate with my Dad and Stepmom and Ray's family.
I only have a few more things to do...I am trying to finish some curtains I started forever ago for my kitchen, and I have a project that I am doing for Ashley's room as a Christmas present. Hopefully I will be able to post a picture of it tomorrow. If only I didn't have to work today....
Thursday, December 18, 2008
And Ashley comes home tomorrow...she had been in Virginia all week visiting the Grandparents. While she I am sure has had fun, I have missed her tremendously. I told her before she left not to grow while she was gone, and when I talked to her yesterday, she told me she thinks she has grown. Which I am sure she has - she has been eating non-stop lately, and has been complaining of pain in her legs. I never experienced "growing pains" when I was a kid, but Ray says he vividly remembers them. This kid is going to be taller than me before she's in high school.
Audrey has of course loved the only child status she has had. If you ask her if she misses her sister, you will get an emphatic "No". I am sure she has, but all the Mommy and Daddy time she has received has been good for her. She never got to be the only child, and every chance she gets, she takes full advantage of it.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Ashley is on the right, her friend Alyssa dressed up as a Samoa cookie on the left...
Can one of my kids look like me?? Just one...
Monday, December 15, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
And while they are all smiles here, that only lasted so long. It seems that the favorite apron was the cupcake one. So fighting, trying to take turns, and some more fighting ensued. It made me reconsider some of the gifts I have purchased the girls for Christmas and if I should have gotten the same thing. But now, a few days later, they have gotten over it, and they have been wearing both aprons interchangeably, thank God.
I am hoping to do some baking of treats this weekend. My Grandmother always made so many things at Christmas time, I am hoping to recreate some of that. Any recipes of candy and such you want to pass along to me, feel free...
Also this weekend is our town's Christmas parade where I will be walking with some of the girls in our Daisy troop. The high will only be 50 degrees, and I am hopeful no one will have to go to the bathroom along the parade route...cause that will suck.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
For the second year in a row, I have been asked to join a webinar put on by the CDC about the flu. In my typical fashion, I failed to remember when it was, but they passed on some great information about the flu to me.
This video will make you cry...I only suggest you watch it if you have a box of tissues close by.
It's not too late to get vaccinated...check out CDC.gov/flu for more information.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
As I mentioned in yesterday's post, the girls opened one gift early. Ashley also admitted later that day that she wanted to open a "big" gift early; I told her those will wait until Christmas (although I have no idea what big gift she thinks she has under the tree, I barely have anything wrapped for her). Ashley was semi-excited, although she did spend some time on the Webkinz site tonight playing with her dog which she named Lucy. She seems to name everything Lucy.
Audrey, on the other hand, couldn't contain her excitement. This kid would be excited to open a box of cereal. Christmas is going to be so much fun for her this year.
She got a Panda, which Ashley named "Pandy" for her.
We also hosted the PJ exchange last Friday night at our house. Audrey's PJs were adorable (size 2T, the girl is little...).
The aftermath of 10 kids opening gifts....
When they are really eating the batter off of some beaters. Thankfully, we were able to send most of the cookies home with our friend. I do not need anymore sweets...
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
So I am working really hard this Christmas to keep things sort of equal. And a good thing too, because it started this morning.
Ashley pulled the "open one present early" tag off the activity wreath. I had purchased some Webkinz for this occasion (they were buy one get on free at the Justice outlet in Myrtle Beach when we were there).
"Audrey's present is bigger."
"No, it's not. It's the same exact size."
So, this should be an interesting Christmas. We are trying to beat into her head (not literally...) that Christmas isn't just about present and such and who cares if one is bigger than the other. It's the thought that counts, but I am not sure that goes over well with a five year old.
Monday, December 08, 2008
One of the books has gone missing. Poof, gone, disappeared, no where in our house to be found. I last saw it in our bed when Audrey was reading it. So I am guessing I will have to pay for that one.
So that's one thing missing in the "black hole" of our house. And just let me clarify, our house is not that cluttered. We don't have a lot sitting out, we try to keep toys in their respective rooms in the house. Ray will say we have a lot of crap, but there really isn't that much room for stuff to go missing in. I searched the couch cushions, took apart our bed. It's just gone.
So then Friday night we had that PJ exchange at our house...I of course had two kids I was supposed to buy for. As is my normal fashion, I waited until 5:00pm to wrap the gifts. And of course I could not find one of them. I searched, Ray searched, the pj's were no where to be found.
Thankfully, the one I lost for a just turned one year old, so she didn't even realize I had misplaced her present.
Then last night I remembered I have to turn in Ashley cheerleading uniform at some point this week.
You guessed it, I can't find it. I give up.
Friday, December 05, 2008
And then work is kicking my butt. I had a couple of deadlines this week, went out of town for a quick trip yesterday, and we have our "Holiday" party today of which I have to help with because I am on the social committee (I need to learn how to say "no").
Tonight, I am hosting a PJ exchange for some of our friends on the street we see the most. So that meant every night of cleaning and cleaning and prepping for dinner tonight which I secretly love doing. Not the cleaning part (oh, how I miss the cleaning lady...), but the cooking part.
I also started tutoring kids online, had our last band practice before our concert next week, and had to coordinate all the gifts for the teachers for Ashley since today is her last day at school until January 5th. She tracks out and is looking forward to spending some time in camp, at some of the Grandparents houses, and hanging out with us.
Tomorrow both Ashley and Audrey have birthday parties, and Virginia Tech plays in the ACC championship game at 1:00pm. I am so looking forward to sitting back, watching the game, and praying and crossing my fingers they win.
Don't even get me started on next weekend...
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
But still, real trees are my favorite.
Last year, we purchased a sad looking artificial tree. It was a pre-lit tree, but we went for the one on sale, and it looked pretty sad.
It looked even sadder Sunday night when I put it up and half the lights were blown. It was my only chance to try and convince Ray to get a real tree. The stars must of been aligned, because he agreed, and off we were to buy a stand and then to the local tree lot to get a tree.
It is really lovely, the house smells like Christmas, the kids love it. Now if I could only convince him that I need another tree...
Monday, December 01, 2008
We did have a good time in Myrtle, though. Audrey was well enough to go to Broadway at the Beach and to go with her sister to get a pedicure and manicure at a nail place that had kid chairs. We also had a great time with our friends on Thanksgiving Day.
The other throw up incident was on the trip to Myrtle. Tootles, our lovely dog, decided to get car sick and throw up all over Ray. I thought it was comical, Ray did not. On the way home, she stayed in her cage and did fine.
And then this morning, I get Audrey to school and she always uses the restroom and washes her hands before I leave. As I rolled up her sleeves to wash her hands, I noticed a perfectly circular rash near her elbow. I asked her teacher, and yup, it is ringworm. There was an epidemic of it in Audrey's class almost 2 months ago - I have no idea what the incubation period is for ringworm. Another parent arrived at this time and started to freak out that Audrey was standing there with ringworm. Lucky for Audrey, this means no school for 48 hours. Ray is taking her to the pediatrician this morning while I head into work.