Archive | December, 2011

On the road….again.

29 Dec


As we near the month of fresh starts, centering, and new beginnings we are on the road for one more weekend of fun times.  This holiday season has been so jam packed (not that you can tell from my blog updates….need to get on that) and we feel very fortunate. 

We are looking forward to popping some bubbly- both the apple and alcoholic kind and ringing in 2012 with some very dear friends.  There will be no internet, cell service and I don’t think we even have a tv. Just loud stories, kids hyped up on sugar and maybe even some snow.   And that is going to be bliss. 

2012 has to be less eventful than 2011- no baby boy welcoming, no business launching but there will be kindergarten starting and many other amazing moments to look forward to.  I keep thinking this is the year nothing huge will happen and something always pops up.  The anticipation is half the fun.

Happy new year!


Two moments for the memory books.

14 Dec


After the Nutcracker….

Me:  What was your favorite part.

Gia: ummm, I’m not sure but the emergency was really scary.

Me:  (quite perplexed) What emergency?

Gia:  You know.  When that rat had to go to the doctor.

Gia and I talking before she goes to bed….

Gia:  Mommy will you go home when you take me to college.

Me:  Yes.  I will always be there for you and you will be so happy for me to go.

Gia:  reaching over to give me a tight hug.  Please don’t go.  I will miss you so much.  Just love with me at college.

Pretty sure she will change her mind about the college thing.  I’ll take it while I can get it.

Nutcracker fun.

12 Dec



Today Gia and I spent the afternoon at the Nutcracker and the Sugar Plum Fairy tea with our dear friends.  It was such a remarkable time.  Gia behaved like such a young lady with only a few moments of much necessary attempted ballet.  During the tea she met the Nutcracker, Clara, Ritz and the Sugar Plum Fairy.  Such a great start to a new tradition.  I can’t wait for her very own ballet classes to begin in January.  She is so excited.  And mommy is too.

Teeth are overrated.

10 Dec


Especially when three pop through on the same day.  Bye, bye gummy smile.  We will miss you.  Hello pearly whites.

No Luke- this is not happening.

2 Dec

Within the last twenty four hours Luke has sprouted a tooth and now this. Where in the world is my baby going?


2 Dec

How to make two Advent Calendars in less than 45 minutes. (Almost.)

1 Dec

It should come as no surprise given my past efforts that I was less than prepared for December 1st.  My friend Laura always has these fantabulous ideas for Advent Calendars.  And because I can’t get my act together I did not order one of the awesome Advent-in-a-bag kits that Maggie put together to raise money for charity.  So, as usual I was ready to walk into a FAIL.

However, I am nothing if not resourceful.  A little messy, but always fun.

So I found myself desperately in need of two advent calendars a service based calendar and a fun trinket based treat calendar.  Mimi brought us a chocolate one- so if Ralph needs a treat he’s in luck.

Service Based Advent Calendar

What you will need:

  • Red, Green and Purple Construction Paper
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie
  • Stapler
  • 24 Acts that are appropriate to your child’s age
What to do:
  • Cut twelve trips of red and twelve strips of green construction paper
  • Cut one strip of purple construction paper
  • Write one act on each construction paper strip with Sharpie
  • Staple them together like a construction paper chain from elementary school
Viola!  Done.  My big suggestion is to track the days.  For example, you don’t want to have “Do something kind for your class.” fall on a Saturday.  Take my advice.  I made that mistake last year.

Trinket Based Advent Calendar.
What you will need:

  • 24 Brown Paper Lunch Sacks
  • 24 Trinkets (aka Junk) to go in each bag
  • Red and Green Construction Paper Tags- numbered 1-24
  • Sharpie
  • Stapler
  • Twine
  • Clothes Pins
What to do:
  • Line up the 24 bags and place one trinket inside each.
  • I used leftover red and green construction paper strips to make rectangles and wrote 1-24 on each with a Sharpie.
  • Fold over stuffed bag and staple number on each sack.
  • Hang twine.
  • Hang bags from twine with clothes pin in order.

Please ignore how dirty my counter is.  Gross.

Now internet I could lie to you and tell you that I finished it all easy peasy.  But I didn’t.  Gia has been using the brown lunch sacks in her kitchen and we only had fourteen.  So, I have to get some more in the morning to be completely finished.

I decided to hang them both in her game room.  I want to make sure that when we are playing “Elf on the Shelf”, watching Christmas movies, chatting about the Christmas Mouse and Santa Clause that there is some sort of constant reminder of the reason for the season.

So there you have it. Two advent calendars *almost* done in less than forty-five minutes with *almost* spending any money (for full disclosure I had lots and lots of junk on hand to fill the bags) I will have to spend a whopping dollar tomorrow to finish completely.

Happy December. Let the celebrating begin.