Archive for December, 2010
“I’m not the boss. I’m just a kid!” ~ Paul Paul says this all the time. Ironically, it is just after he told someone what to do and I look at him. It is almost as though he is trying to convince himself.
The kids were dressed and ready to head off to church. It only took about 20 tries but we finally got something great, without having to use photoshop. After service we went over to Grammy’s house for lasagna and garlic bread. The kids were excited to get to their presents so they gobbled up the [...]
On Christmas Eve night we decided to go to the Candlelight Service. It was the Girls first service. (Paul and Bill stayed behind this year.) I explained to the Girls how the service would go and they were excited. As I sat there in the church I was married in, with my children by my [...]
At Paul’s 3 year old well check there seemed be some concerns with his testicles. We went to see the specialist this past week and it looks as though they are “okay for now.” They are currently classifying them as retractable and will continue to keep an eye on them as he grows. Having dealt [...]
On Wednesday we went over to Grammy’s house to make gingerbread houses and the holiday baccala with Aunt Christina. Aunt Christina had done some of the prep work for the baccala at home since it can be a long process. Basically, you take salted dried cod, soak it for a couple of days, put a [...]
Last Sunday night we were invited to a caroling party. Since the kids love singing Christmas songs I decided it would be a great thing for us to do. We went over directly after the Concert. We strolled through her neighborhood and sang carols to whomever would answer their door. It was a fun night [...]
Yesterday we were finally able to make it down to the mall to visit Santa. Paul was so excited. It was his first visit with Santa. We didn’t wait in line too long. We had to keep a good grip on Paul to keep him from bolting off to see Santa out of turn. Once [...]
As a teacher each time I went on a break, be it Christmas, Spring or summer, I would get sick soon after starting. This always drove me nuts. I would stay healthy all through the school year and get deathly ill over the breaks. Certainly not a fun way to spend a vacation. Now that [...]
Whenever Bill and I go out to a concert or event the kids ask when they will be old enough to do something like that. When I saw the tickets for the Salt River Brass Holiday Pops Concert on sale I decided it was time for us to take the kids and try it out. [...]
Today was the first day of Christmas vacation and while the kids were cleaning their rooms I made some salt dough. The Girls are getting older and paying more attention to detail so I knew their ornaments would be great. I made a candy cane ornament to show them how to use the different colors [...]
“Mom, can I sleep on the couch on Christmas night?” ~ Annie “Sure, Annie.” ~ Mommy “Yeah, Mom said I can sleep on the couch and wait for Santa!” ~ Annie “What?!?! I want to too. Can I Mom?” ~ Kimberly and Mimi in unison “Sure you can sleep on the couch on Christmas night, [...]
Once a mood strikes you have to seize upon it and that is what I did yesterday afternoon. I was making a batch of Andes Mint cookies and I began to feel like baking. I picked the kids up from school, told them we were skipping gymnastics and got started. First up were the super [...]
Since Thursday evening at least one member of the Brown family has been plagued with the stomach flu each day. It has been no fun. So many sheets were washed and so many baths were taken. It seems to have gone through the entire family with the exception of one. Little Mr. Paul Brown hasn’t [...]
Paul had his 3 year well check today. He weighed in at 30 pounds and was 3 feet tall! He is growing well and doing great on his medication. He is in the 10th percentile for both weight and height. It is amazing how much he has grown in the past two years. When I [...]
This weekend Annie and I decided to get on some of our holiday baking. We like to have treats around the entire month. We made peppermint bark and white trash (though our white trash is made with cashews only due to a peanut allergy). Here is Annie helping me spread the chocolate for the peppermint [...]
The kids love playing Santa. They set up everything and belt out the carols. It is so fun to walk by and see them in action. Bill caught this video last night.
Kimberly lost her front tooth. She had been allowing it to hang on forever. It was making me batty. I am beginning to think my children like to make me crazy. When laying in bed she was playing with it and it fell out in her hand. She put it in her tooth pillow and [...]
Two years ago my sweet boy was placed in my arms. I am so thankful for him each and every day.
Normally this time of year I am bubbly and excited. I place each decoration out and enjoy every aspect of it, I make cookies with the kids and we have a blast, I find the perfect gift for those I love and on and on. This year things have changed. No longer am I feeling [...]
Last night at dinner we were all gathered around the table eating our homemade turkey noodle soup and talking about our day. All of us were, including little Paul. He was so delighted to be an active participant in the discussion. He talked about what he had for snack, the song he sang at school [...]