Friday, December 27, 2013

Counting with Coby_Wobe




I love my little guy. Here is a video snippet of our morning.

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Happy Birthday


What a fantastic Friday.
Our baby boy turns 2 today.

Happy Birthday! Let's Party!

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

 
Merry Christmas from our family to yours.
 
 
 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Secret Santas

This year we each are playing Secret Santa to another person in our family. When I was growing up we did something similar with the ENTIRE extended family on Christmas Eve. I thought it would be so much fun to try it in our house this year. I'm the only one who knows who is who's "Santa". Which means I know Baby Girl is my Santa but I'm leaving that shopping trip to her and Daddy. As of today, so far so good, no one has squealed who's Santa they are. 

We really wanted to teach the kids more about giving and the love behind a GOOD Gift. It was clear our summer vacation had confused our children, they must have forgotten we aren't financially rich....not yet at least. The Christmas consumerism had invaded our house like an extraterrestrial takeover. There were advertisements for plastic toys made overseas everywhere. I was up to my ears in catalogs and Christmas lists as long as my arm. And all the talk about a jolly mystery man in a big red suit who supplies all the presents 'ANYWAY'. 

Now I thought they understood that money doesn't grow on trees and Santa is just a representation....'yeah, yeah Mom' *clears throat..."Christmas is all about the gift of Baby Jesus to the world" *in his best Easter speech voice. Now can I have these twenty six gifts I circled? SMH. 

We thought the best way for them to REALLY Get IT was to see the joy in one another's faces and know that THEY (Momme & Daddy, Family, friends etc) made those feelings of joy possible. To not ask for every toy in the catalog or on tv because the person who pulled their name from the hat may not be able to buy them EVERYTHING they think they want. 

As shoppers I think the older girls really SEE how the right present can make a person feel good. Can make a person look at things differently or have a renewed enthusiasm. They also saw how things begin to add up and learned a little lesson on "sales tax". When we shopped we shopped with purpose, to fulfill something within for the person they were playing Santa to. 

We'll start wrapping gifts this weekend and then we'll shop our local DollarTree & Learning store for stocking stuffers. I'm not quite sure how we're going to pull this off without everyone blabbing what they wrapped up while they were Santa. It's already taking poor five year old PacMan everything he has not to tell his arch nemesis and best-ist sister ever that he is her Santa...wait til he gets a load of her presents ....wha-ha-ha! 

I'm about to burst at the seams just thinking about their excitement. I can already feel the LOVE. This is going to be an AWESOME Christmas. 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Oh Christmas tree...

Our Christmas tree
 thus far..

 
..we still haven't dug the ornaments out the garage.
 
We kinda like it like this this year.
 
If we fish them out, I'll repost.
 
I'm planning some Christmas Eve crafts and shenanigans...so we may make some ornaments then.
 
I found a bunch of super cute crafts on Pinterest---> follow me.
 
If you read my winter ramblings post you know I also put a small tree upstairs this year.
 
 
It was in the hall but BabyGirl lost her night lights...
 
and it turns out, Christmas trees make great night lights.
 
Now all the kids want a tree in their room.
 
SMH.
 
I'm going to hunt for some small ones during after Christmas clearance sales.

There's that Marshmellow Mom behavior again, lol.
 
Well, Happy Saturday everyone. Please feel free to comment or subscribe to our blog.
Thanks.
 
 
 

 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Momme's Favorite Christmas Things




My favorite Christmas movie:
A Christmas Story

My favorite modern Christmas song:
Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You"

My favorite classic Christmas song:
Silent Night

Favorite Christmas Carol:
12 Days of Christmas

Favorite Christmas Dessert:
German Chocolate Cake

Favorite Christmas Pastime:
Falling asleep under the tree on Christmas morning

Favorite Christmas tradition:
Choosing & Decorating the tree

Momme's other
Favorite Things for Winter:
  • eos lip balm
  • laura mercier tinted moisturizer
  • a good humidifier
  • Lands End outerwear for the family
  • Duraflame Safe Touch electric fireplace
 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Märshmellow Mom

It's official. I am that mom.
The mom whose kids (the two youngest) run all over her. 
I'm the marshmellow mom. 
I didn't realize it until today.
Today, when I found my twin, my twin marshmellow mom.
I pointed her out right away. Smiling hello,
trying to not to laugh out loud
and then I felt like a mime looking in a mirror.
My kids got started.
I couldn't speak, our every action was identical.
The need to establish structure, the soft and sweet reminders to behave
followed by the frazzled laugh and the nervous empty threat.
All classic marshmellow mom behavior. Tsk, tsk, tsk.
I try to be stern and structured and they rebel.
What happened to me?
Or have I always been this way?
The three oldest don't give me this trouble.
Or did they?
The gruesome twosome.
Our two I mean our one year and 347 days old son
and our four year old daughter.
Their behavior is a bit notorious in our family.
They laugh in the face of time outs and quiet corners.
They have ART ANYWHERE ANYTIME! Grrrrr.
Snack time brings out their inner Viking.
What's a mom to do?...they're so darn cute.

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

a question

I was asked this question:
Am I worried about their future because of the uniqueness of their names?
My answer:
Absolutely not!

When we were deciding on what to name our children I dug deep into the depths of my heart, mind and bible. Choosing a name, in my opinion, was one of the most important parts of becoming a mother. I am a believer. I know the power of the tounge and the power behind a name. My husband helped; but he knows and trusts me completely and always honors my thoughts. So, I researched names, name origins and the Hebrew language. So that our children were named for the most important prophets, familial names, names with meaning...like our Angel of God.

So again, am I worried about their future because of the uniqueness of their names?
Absolutely not!
Ignorant judgemental people don't hold those kinds of keys.
 
 
 
 


 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

winter ramblings

I'm think I'm running out of topics to blog about. Nothing too exciting going on. If you read our last post you may have picked up on it. It's gotten cold outside.

DivaDaughter and I were able to put a few Christmas decorations up outside before the temperature dropped. We also pulled the little pink tree out of storage and strung a string of blue lights around it for the upstairs. I picked up the Sunday paper(on a weekday, for a dollar) and it looks like Menard's has their live ones on sale for 15$. We got a White Pine, it's green needles were softer than the others. I'll post a picture this weekend once we get it together.

Hopefully 'the little kids' let the tree be. My roses are doing well this week. I simply gave in and let BabyGirl have ONE. I explained that the others are for Momme and she is not to bother them. We've got a few Poinsettia plants, one from my beautiful friend K. She's such a doll, with a husband five kids of her own and still time and energy to think of me. My loving hubby also brought me a beautiful Amaryllis. Thank you honey, I love my hubby. If you couldn't tell, I love plants and flowers too! I wish I would have started a picture diary because the Amaryllis is about to bloom.
A picture journal...that would be a great start to a science project. Hmmm? My wheels are already turning for the school science fair this Spring. We'll see what the kids think. Knowing them, it'll most likely be something on animals and/or some type of chemistry. Anyhow, enough mind wandering and rambling...I've got laundry to fold.

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