Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas from the Millers (The Card)

Merry Christmas from our house to yours...

Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Deferred :)

T-man woke up first this morning and dashed down to the tree.

But before the morning got started, Beza tossed her cookies.  And then M tossed hers.

Time for a change of plans.  (So thankful and mindful that it's just a stomach bug and that we have the flexibility of a whole week to fit in seeing our families.)

(Birthday cookie cake shielded from germs.)

T and M exchanged the gifts they got for each other.
 (T got M a jeweled pen.  She got him a Ninja Turtle marker set.)

And then, as the only kid standing and a very good sport, he did get to open one small present. (K. Croc?)

All day long, while I ran to the dentist for a toothache and M went to the doctor and while we cleaned up after the girls and set mousetraps in the basement (!), he played. 
(Chicken, mashed potatoes with butter and peas inspired by his Highlights magazine.)

Now everyone is tucked into their beds.  The girls are feeling better.  The house is almost entirely disinfected and very clean. :)  My toothache is just some sore muscles and NOT a cavity or something worse.  I squeezed in a nap and some book-reading.  J was home from work and is awesome when the kids are sick.  And just maybe the mouse in the basement is a figment of our imaginations.

Here's to Christmas at the Red House (take 2) tomorrow! :)

(These guys trekked through our backyard this morning.  So handsome.)

Sunday, December 22, 2013

A Few Things From Our Week

1.  Baking.  Aunt Marg's sugar cookie recipe makes a lot of cookies.

2.  Singing.  Sing-a-long parties for the youngest two.  
Party dress.  He insisted on the tie.  The part where he told us he wants an iphone.  (That's a want that's going to last for a good long while.)

3.  Resting.  (And Sanitizing.)  M has been feeling under the weather all week.  :( 
The tv at the Dr.'s office is a crowd pleaser.

4.  Folding.  Writing.  Stuffing.  And Stamping.  The Christmas cards are done!

5.  Painting.  Cards for the "people in our neighborhood."
For teachers, the recycling crew, the mailman, the garbage truck workers, the firefighters and the librarians.

6.  Elfing.  It's WAY better than leprechauning.  Elves are apparently helpful (and little--hence, the knee-walking.)  This elf has been delivering presents under the tree, replacing empty soaps and all kinds of other chores.

7.  Sleeping.  Under the tree.  

8.  Fortressing.  This is what it looked like the next morning.

9.  Wrapping.  Tomorrow is Christmas at the Red House.  Can't Wait! :)

Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas Tour 2013

A little peek inside our house this Christmas Season. :)

*Note:  I took these pictures on a day when most everyone was out skiing.  There are usually a lot more stacks of stuff around. :)  Also, if I had my druthers, everything would be white.  But, I get to live out these years with little people who think it just isn't Christmas without red--so, red it is. :) 

And the tree?  (Much like last year's.) I know, it is funny.  But I love it.  It's a good way to display the thousands of pictures we take all year long.  Oh, the memories.  (Like the upside down blue cereal bowl--April Fool's Day--I totally forgot about that until now. ;)  M added the paper chain and the two of us finger-knitted the yarn garland on the train ride last week.  Also--it's so comforting to see the au natural spider web decor in the picture with their three heads.  (Bah!)

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Five for the Week (+Sunday Funnies)

1.  We had our first bigger snow of the season on Monday--a Snow Day.

2.  You know the floor is bad when this happens. ;)  (Also, he's just a good guy. :)

3.  My errand-running girl and me.

4.  On Friday, a day in the city with these two.

5.  Because J had LASIK surgery on one eye.  (CREEPS me out--but, pretty cool stuff that he can finally see a bit without contacts/glasses.)

We had a much bigger snow storm yesterday (maybe 8 inches or so?).  Bez is wearing her "gobbles" to go sledding down the big hill.
(Also, she regularly reminds me that, "I don't like the Lizard of Oz.  It's scary."

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Our Top 10 Toys

As I've been shopping for Christmas gifts this year for our crew and our little nephews, I've been looking back at some of our most favorite toys--toys that have stood the test of time.  Here are a few that get the most mileage at our house. :)
1.  Art supplies.  Chalk, colored pencils, markers (and the holders to carry them--similar), crayons of every sort.  For traveling the Doodle Traveler and the AquaDoodle are awesome.  And M and T use those lap trays EVERY DAY.  (However, if you jump off of your bed and try to land on one--it will break.  In case you're wondering.  They are both on their second one.)

2.  Wooden blocks.  A lot of wooden blocks to make sharing easier. :)  J's grandfather made T's castle blocks.  (Similar.)

3.  Mega Bloks.  We've had these since M was a baby.  They all still play with these at least once a week.

4.  Large cardboard building blocks.  We have 90.  (Just a few.)  It's enough for them to each build their own house.  (I found them on clearance last year at JCP*nney for $2 a box.)

 5.  Zoobs.  Really such a fun, versatile building toy.

6.  Imaginext characters and buildings.  T obviously digs their superheroes.  They go everywhere.

7.  Fisher-Price's Loving Family dolls.  M doesn't love the girly doll-houses (she makes her own), but she likes the dolls.  (And the camper.)

8.  Bean bag chairs.  Awesome for watching movies--both inside and out.  And for just lounging.  Anywhere.

9.  The last few--
The Battat Dump Truck and Mega Bloks Tractor-- T has had them since he's been one and still plays with them all the time.  The Melissa and Doug Cookies (Beza's favorite).  And IKEA's wooden train track (plus a few extras from yard sales).

10.  Small backpacks to take toys on the go.

I love that these are all toys that add to and inspire their imaginations.  I know we don't have a ton of years left of dolls and big dump trucks, but loving it (and adding a bit to it) while we do. :)