Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

My Week(165) in iPhone Photos

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Considering this week was Christmas, it was decidedly uneventful. I mean, BESIDES Christmas. But we spent all of the 25th (and the 26th) in pajamas eating stocking candy and being as lazy as possible. Then I got the worst pregnancy headache of my life (aren’t you glad I announced so now I can complain about it all the time???) and barely moved for 2 more days, so there you have it. Uneventful.

Sunday:

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At the casino for some shopping, donuts and examining a fake ice wolf

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Sleeping beauty

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I have eaten two of these in a week

Monday:

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Watching the zamboni

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Once she got the walker thing she did great

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5 pm. THANK GOD the days are finally getting longer again.

Tuesday:

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A Christmas cookie miracle!

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Easiest baking ever

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My favorite part of Christmas Eve

Wednesday:

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Arming my children, one gift at a time

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Presents bigger than the child herself

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Blurrily playing their new Jake and the Neverland Pirates game

Thursday:

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Christmas recovery: chugging water and watching HGTV

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Wiggly tooth. He fell on his face. The dentist said he’s going to lose it and have a hole for a long time.

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Nothing says “Happy Day After Christmas” like Taco Bell

Friday:

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Two things in common: cuddles and technology

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Using his new fan to dry Caroline’s nail polish

Saturday:

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Apparently all the baby wants is fake Mexican food

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Naps for those of us with migraines/exhaustion

I had a newborn session this week (an early Christmas present not due until January!) and another session scheduled for next week, and I’m surprised to find myself excited about it. I burned out a little after the fall and hardly picked up my camera during the holidays so I’m excited to get it out again. Plus I’ve got a pregnancy post to write and a What’s for Dinner post I never finished and like 10,000 words about the Walking Dead I’d like to write but will spare you because no one cares about a show that already happened even if I only just caught up on.

I should probably also get the kids out of the house before we all go nuts, but everyone is doing that so pretty much everywhere is full of parents with the same crazy look in their eyes counting the days until school vacation ends.  I’m hoping a Target run for some storage bins and and Icees for the kids will do the trick.

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Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

special gift 1 special gift 2 special gift 3 Those should come in handy right around July  16th, 2014.

 

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North Pole Express 2013

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Back in August I saw a post go up on Facebook for the Essex Steam Train North Pole Express tickets. They’d only been on sale for like 20 minutes and the page was blowing up with people who couldn’t get on the specific train they wanted because they were already sold out. So I made a snap judgement, crossed my fingers that my husband would get first-half leave, and threw down a bunch of dollars for four tickets.

I would recommend it. Maybe not for a 3 year old, although Caroline loved it, but definitely for kids a little older who still believe in Santa. It was pretty magical, especially when our elf (every train car gets their own elf) found out it was Caroline’s birthday and had everyone sing Happy Birthday to her. I only managed to choke back about 85% of my tears, because magic.

And now here are a bazillion pictures:

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Matching pajamas because I win at parenting

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Snack before we board

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THESE FACES.

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TOTALLY WORTH THE TICKET PRICE

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Looking at the North Pole

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Dancing in the aisles

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I wasn’t sure we were ever going to get Caroline off the train – she LOVED her elf

Merry, merry Christmas to my Christmas-celebrating friends! I hope you all have a lovely holiday full of magic and family and memories and cookies.

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Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

I didn’t want to jinx it before now, my it looks like E is really truly on vacation. The kids are ALMOST getting used to having him around, although every time they wake up and he’s still here they freak out again.

Sunday:

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FTR as of today (a week later) this balloon is still floating

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Playing with her favorite baby friend

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They are excellent babysitters

Monday:

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De-icing the steps

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This is clean now, or I’d be too ashamed to share the mess

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The view from my new couch is pretty good

Tuesday:

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This hat is the best purchase of the winter so far

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IT’S COOOOOOOOLD

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They sent the kids home early because THIS.

Wednesday:

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Doing snow karate in his pajamas

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Sledding is 100 more fun when there is someone to help pull the sleds

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Decorating all the cookies for her school celebration in the morning

Thursday:

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Three

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Twinkle lights on the train

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She had a super great time

Friday:

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Princess Caroline is pleased with her new gown

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Chilis serves blue slurpees to children

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A pile of gingers and pillows

Saturday:

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This is how I get to sleep in on Saturdays

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Two serious movie watchers

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This is why having my husband home is AWESOME.

We’re watching The Walking Dead from the beginning (we’d only seen the first couple of episodes) so I’m not really sleeping. I CANNOT HANDLE ZOMBIES and yet I can’t stop watching this show. If E wasn’t home there is no way I could handle it, so we have to get through all of it before he goes back to working insane hours. I’m just so happy it looks like he’ll be home for Christmas.

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Sunday, December 15th, 2013

I survived party week! Now I have 10 days to clean up before Santa comes, takes one look at this disaster, and leaves with our gifts because I’m disgusting. I wouldn’t blame him.

Sunday:

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Off to church

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The Christmas tree farm has an adorable quaint tractor-pulled wagon to take you up the hill to the trees…or a heated mini bus. DUH.

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Caroline Claus

Monday:

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Trying to climb out the window at the pediatrician (wusses, it’s not even a flu SHOT)

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Tree decorating

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I’m the big one with the crown, the scribble on the left is E

Tuesday:

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Snow day = cookies

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They LOVE eating snow

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Self portrait(s)

Wednesday:

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Pretty

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More snow eating

Thursday:

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Sent him off to school in my slippers. I LOVE THE BUS.

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My house really needs some Christmas lights. Maybe next year.

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SO HAPPY her Mormor is visiting

Friday:

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Bumpas are too tough to need coats

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She was in a crazy bad mood considering we were shopping for her birthday

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Storytime!

Saturday:

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Castles for the Princess

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World’s Tackiest Cake? The castle turns into a purse for carrying around the princesses. World’s BEST Cake!

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Grandpas are awesome, because they read your new book 6 times in a row without complaining. Mommies don’t do that.

Besides the party and beating several levels of Candy Crush, I did NOTHING useful this weekend. It’s a good thing both kids love Caroline’s presents because it’s buying me a few days of recovery/time to get my photos together so I can share. Although Her Highness might be so spoiled at this point I never actually get a day off again. BRB, writing hate mail to the Navy.

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