Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christmas Cookies...and more!

I didn't take many pictures during Christmas. Sometimes you want to enjoy the moment rather than take pictures of it I guess. One thing I did take pictures of is the decorating of Christmas cookies. We had made a lot of cookies in the past couple of weeks, but these were the last ones. The ones we made especially for Santa. I used the recipe for Susie's Super Cut Out Cookies that I have posted on my Monthly Challenge blog. Here are the boys cutting out their shapes:

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Aunt K doing the icing. She did a great job!

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Here are the kids decorating. This year we used M&Ms, chocolate chips, gum drops, and crushed up candy canes. Next year I would lose the gum drops and do mini chocolate chips and M&Ms.

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What you can't tell from that last picture is that Andy isn't wearing any pants. Guess who potty trained himself over the holiday? Merry Christmas to mommy!

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That Aunt K, she talks tough, but then authorized that the kids could eat one of their cookies. I was going to wait until after lunch.

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Here is a look into the future. The boys and their video games:

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We had a great Christmas! Just a few pics of the presents. Mainly, look at that size of that ATAT! James loves it!

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And Andy got a scooter:

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Star Wars Party

So, James loves Star Wars. He has talked often about having a Star Wars party for his birthday. Unfortuately, he has a LONG time until his next birthday. Turns out you don't need a birthday, you can just have a party! So we did. The kids were out of school so I threw a Star Wars party for something to do on a cold winter's morning. I even made it a "drop off" party to give the other moms a break. I really didn't do much.

Here is everyone gathering. There were costumes, there were props. For this party I just put on "one" as in "episode I: the phantom menace" and let them play.

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There was also snacks, as in popcorn, juice boxes, and star wars fruit snacks from publix's!

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Against my better judgement, there were also girls. Who played quietly with toys why the boys were star warsing it up:

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Even the baby was into Star Wars!

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The big thing of Star Wars is the pod race. All the kids had pods and watched much of the movie in them:

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There was also light saber battles!


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It was a great party! But I don't know if I would do it again!

Basketball game

Clemson had a "black friday" sale on men's basketball tickets. We decided to take advantage since when else are we going to get to go to a game as a family. I had taken the kids to a women's game, sure, but not a men's game. We even let Andy skip his nap. (I was thinking he might be ready to drop it. I thought wrong) One difference between the men's and women's game is the stuff. You get good stuff at the women's games. Men's - ehh, it was ok. Here is Andy with his poster:

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And James with his 3 pt sign.

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Everybody in their seats...this was not a well attended game...just like we like it!

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The view from our seats.

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We even saw some friends nearby:

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Andy had a great time! As soon as we sat down he shouted "go, go, go!" I mean, it was only warm ups but still. He loved it when they dimmed the lights and put on the "show". Then there was James. He did well, but still asked to leave with 5 minutes left in the first half. We walked around a bit, saw santa and the tigers at half time and scored a tootsie roll:

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I did tell James that if he cheered and danced, he could get onto the tv. Here is one of his attempts:

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And the result when he didn't get onto the tv:

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We almost made it to the end of the game. Hopefully the team will continue to not be good so we can go again!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Coldest Night of the YEAR!

I cannot begin to explain how much I hate the cold. The winter here, although mild to some, hovers at about 35 degrees with rain. Even those from the north admidt this is a very unplesant way to spend 4 months. Usually, this cold starts in January, but this year, we have already had our first really cold snap. Another one is headed here now. (the high tomorrow - 29) All on his own, James asked about the Christmas parade. Like fools, we told him and of course, that ended up being The Coldest Night of the YEAR. Here is how I prepared the kids for the weather:

Layer of jammies (this proved to be brillant because when we came home, we took their outer layers off and off to bed!):
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Their clothes:
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Their heavy jackets:
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Hats and gloves, and no, these did not stay on for long:
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And finally Santa hats!
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The parade was fine. Andy true to form refused to wear hats and gloves and got really cranky and cold. He actually asked for his hat and gloves, which at this time helped, but really he was too far gone. Thank goodness for the hot chocolate!
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James had a great time. The cold never seemed to bother him, but the second it was over, he broke down. He took a long time to warm back up:
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I didn't take many pictures of the actual parade, but here is the grand finale - Santa on the fire engine.
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Thursday, December 9, 2010

My book club

Last year I joined a book club that was affiliated with the local Mom's club. Love my book club. We read a book a month, meet, discuss the book and other things. Oh, and there is wine. ;) Love, love my book club. We are meeting tonight and are bringing suggestions for books to read next year. We are suppose to bring our favorite books as suggestions. The moment that someone said this, I scoffed. I read a lot and don't even remember what I have read. But they insisted, so I have prepared a list. I have been giving this a lot of thought over the past month, but these are the books that came to mind. Most of these are not "book club" books, but good reads none the less.

1. Time Travelers Wife. When someone ask me what my favorite book is, this is what I say. This is a book club book. I like it because is jumps all over in time, but does so in a way that makes sense. It is one of those books that you don't really know what is happening until the end and you knew all along.

2. Pat Conroy. Oh, some of these are authors, not books. If I had to pick one, I would pick Lords of Disapline, but Prince of Tides is good too. Most of his books are set in the low country and he does it in a great way. Oh, and my aunt totally knows him!

3. The Shaaras (father and son). Dad wrote The Killer Angels and had a certain style that covered the battle of Gettysburg. After the died, son wrote books before and after that battle, and then covered other battles as well. I finally understand what started WWI! Of course, I can't remember now...

4. Saints at the River. This was written by Ron Rash, a local author. My mom used to work with him. But this was a very great novel. He also writes short stories, but I prefer the novels.

5. Gone With The Wind. When I was in 8th grade, I remember reading this until 10pm and telling my dad I couldn't talk anymore, the Yankees were in Atlanta! One of thos great big thick books!

6. Into Thin Air. It was between this and Into The Wild by the same author. Both are non fiction. Really good non fiction is one of my favorite things to read and both of these are great.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Branching Out

Hey everyone. I am trying some guest blogging. Check it out at Screamin John's - Big Night Out!