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Ten On Tuesday

1.  Quarter Update:  The quarter has passed.  Jacob had another x-ray yesterday to see where it was and it was no longer there.  I didn’t realize how much I was holding my breath over the last two weeks until we were told there was no more quarter.  I definitely felt lighter today!

2.  Mazie was named Student of the Month for her CTE class.  She was pretty happy about that good news.

3.  Parent/Teacher conferences are this week.

4.  We had Flat Stanley visiting us last week.  We took him to the Natural History Museum of Utah.  He seemed to have fun. ;-)

5.  Mazie gets to go to that same museum for a field trip on Friday.  She’s excited since she knows her way around now.

6.  Jacob is doing a basketball camp at school.  For the next few Wednesdays, he gets to stay after school to learn some skills.  He’s pretty excited.

7.  All three kids got all As on their report card for last quarter.  I’m pretty proud of those smarties!

8.  Jamie’s big 10th birthday is in three weeks. *sigh*  She is having a party at Color Me Mine and a “Frozen” themed cake.

9.  Jeremiah’s big promotion is in three weeks as well.  Lots of parties going on here…

10.  It was just glorious outside today.  I had the windows open all day and just aired out all the stale air.  It was so nice.  I’ve been so ready for Spring to be Spring.

Happy Tuesday!

Spring Break 2014

Our Spring Break came and went what with 5 whole days off of school.  It sure is a difference from the whole 2 weeks we had in Colorado.  We just kind of hung around and relaxed for a change.  And the kids were ready to go back to school today!

1.  Quarter Update:  As you may remember, last week Jacob swallowed a quarter.  Still not sure how but it’s in there.  Friday he had his 7 year check up and we did a few more x-rays to see what was going on with this quarter.  Turns out that it hadn’t moved at all from his Wednesday x-rays.  This started a little bit of worry in the doctor.  She called a GI specialist who ordered a few more x-rays.  After a total of 6 x-rays (since Wednesday) we find out that the quarter is in fact in his stomach and can stay there for up to 4 weeks!  We were asked to just monitor his poop for signs of a quarter and otherwise come back on Monday for another x-ray to see what’s going on.  Monday’s x-rays (2 more) showed the quarter is on the move, still in the stomach but on the move, nonetheless.  We check it again next week.

2.  Jacob’s new theme song is Radioactive by Imagine Dragons.  I may have joked with him about heating some food up for me for supper.  All he would have to do is hold it and count to 60!  He didn’t find humor in that.

3.  I took the kids to school on Jacob’s birthday and when we arrived, it was just the right time to snap Jacob’s official birth picture…

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4.  This is his first year that school was in session over his birthday.  So he was pretty excited to share some mini chocolate cupcakes with his friends at school.  IMG_0008

5.  When he got home, Jamie and I made Jacob homemade fettuccine noodle while dad worked on the alfredo sauce, shrimp, and meatballs (yes that is what he ordered).  Then the neighbor kids came over to wish him a happy birthday while he blew out his seven candles…

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My little jokester.  He asked for all kinds of dress up things for boys.  He couldn’t wait to try them out!

6.  We celebrated Jacob’s birthday at Sky Trampoline Arena.  The only thing he wanted for his party was to have as many boys as possible at the party.  We do not have many boys in the neighborhood and with Spring Break (good job scheduling things, mom!) we didn’t have many to choose from.  He was ok with the girls showing up since there were actually more boys anyway.

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We were missing a boy in this picture.  Not sure how that happened.  But there were 6 boys and only 4 girls, officially!

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He wanted a Lego cake for his party.  He wanted a green piece that was chocolate cake and two white cakes that were blue and yellow.  I don’t think I did too bad of a job!  All the kids asked for seconds.  So that’s good, right?

7.  March happened to be Mustache March around here.  Jeremiah’s offices never made such a big deal out of it before so he thought he would join in the fun this year.  31 long days of facial hair.  Don’t get me wrong, I like seeing men with facial hair.  Beards fascinate me.  I always want to touch them when I see them.  Not that I would go up to a complete stranger to do so but still.  So facial hair is not a bad thing…unless you want to kiss it.  I personally do not like facial hair tickling my nose when I want to give my husband a kiss.  So on Monday, I took this of Jeremiah in all his facial (and head) hair and then ordered him to remove it so I could kiss his handsome face…and he obliged…

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8.  We had kind of weird weather for Spring Break here.  It would rain on minute and snow the next.  I’m kind of over the white stuff and we haven’t had much here.  I can’t even imagine what it’s like for our eastern friends.

9.  We received a package in the mail on Monday holding A Flat Stanley and his passport book.  We are so excited to take him into the city and then send him off on his next adventure.  He’s had quite a few up to now.

10.  Speaking of passports, Jeremiah and I have an appointment on Friday to get our passport photos and applications sent in so we can go to Jamaica in July.  I’m kind of really excited. ;-)

Ten On Tuesday

1.  Jacob and I went on our annual birthday date on Saturday.  He wanted to go for wings and see the “Mr. Peabody movie”.  So we did.  We tried boneless parmesan garlic chicken wings (which are yummy, btw) and the movie was spectacular.  We loved it all.  On the way to the movie, Jacob said that he was happy he decided to come on the date because he was having so much fun.  I had no idea he was considering not going but I’m glad he decided to go as well.  :-)

2.  He bought me flowers for our date.

IMG_00033.  So today is our last day with a six-year-old in the house.  Our last one.  No more six-year-olds ever.  I’m pretty devastated by that last statement.

4.  Jacob was not going to turn seven without a big deal.  Tonight he swallowed a quarter.  A QUARTER, people!  I have no idea how he did it.  One second I was telling him to put the quarter in his piggy bank and not in his mouth because it was dirty.  Next, he’s coming down the stairs with tears in his eyes because he not only had it in his mouth but swallowed it.  Since he was breathing fine, the doctor told us to take him for a x-ray tomorrow to make sure it is in his stomach.  He ate supper and played outside like nothing happened.

5.  Here’s hoping that seven-year-old boys listen a little better than six-year-old boys!

6.  I went along with the fourth graders to the Natural History Museum of Utah on Thursday.  It was quite fun.  I had 5 boys and 3 girls in my group.  Thankfully the girls helped me keep the boys inline since they probably shouldn’t have been grouped together.

7.  Jeremiah went snowboarding for the first (and probably only) time on Friday.  It was a military day at Powder Mountain.  He had bruised knees, elbows, bum, and was so sore that he could barely move all weekend.  Today he said was the first he felt like he had a good workout.  Oh, I almost forgot about the cracked helmet.  He fell so hard one time that he cracked his rented helmet.  The helmet came front and broke his sunglasses (leaving a mark on his cheek).  One of the guys with him said he was at least 100 yards ahead of him and he heard Jeremiah crack his head.  So thank God he had a helmet.

8.  Mazie is so excited about her CTE class (home ec for those old enough to know what that is plus a bit of business added throughout the year).  She will be sewing pajama pants.  Today she started learning about the machines she will be using in class.

9.  I made 70 mini cupcakes today.  I had no idea I was going to get that many out of my batches.  I only needed 25 for school tomorrow and a star-shaped cake with some cuppies for tomorrow night.  Needless to say, some are going to work tomorrow.

10.  The birthday banner is hung, the boy’s crown is out, his star is ready to go…I can’t believe he is going to be seven tomorrow.  I’m not going to get much sleep tonight worrying about his little quarter stunt and the fact that he’s just too big too fast.  *sigh*

Happy Tuesday!

 

Ten On Tuesday

1.  I bought a new scale last week.  The one we replaced was the old-fashioned kind where it would bounce back and forth until landing on the weight.  The new scale is digital and apparently pretty accurate.  It told me I was 14 pounds heavier than my old scale did.  I checked it with 3 other scales.  The new one is right, unfortunately.  So more motivation, right?

2.  I’ve been working out with a group of ladies for about 3 weeks.  They are teaching me how to use the machines at the gym and what weights to use and what exercises to do.  It’s been fun.  Excruciatingly painful, but fun! ;-)

3.  Jacob had a field trip to McDonald’s today.  They were given lunch and a tour of the place.  The point was for the kids to see the finance part of a restaurant and see how money works in a place like that.  He said his favorite thing about the trip was playing at the play place.  He did tell me all about the kitchen, fridge, and freezer and was excited about watching them make french fries.  So there’s hope that he got something out of it that was beneficial.

4.  Jamie had a field trip to Snow Basin on Friday.  She was given a choice to snowboard or ski.  She chose snowboarding.  When she came home, she announced that snowboarding is a spectator sport for her and then pulled up her bangs to show me why.  The side of her forehead decided to try to break up a bit of snow.  The snow won.  She still has a bit of a brush-burn-type bruise but otherwise is just fine.

5.  Speaking of field trips, Jeremiah is going to Snow Basin on Friday…to snowboard for the first time.  He’s been skiing a few times but never snowboarding.  Hopefully he will come home with no broken pieces.

6.  Mazie has a HighMarket day on Thursday.  The junior high kids get into groups and make a product.  Then they set up a table and sell their goods.  Kind of like a craft fair.  Her group made bracelets and things out of duct tape.  She’s really excited about it.  It should be fun to see what the other groups are doing and how it all works out.

7.  Tonight after supper, Jamie and Jacob were riding bikes in the sun.  Then it started to snow.  Just a quick squall that didn’t amount to anything but they were bummed since they had to come inside.

8.  Jacob turns 7 one week from tomorrow.  Time is going way too fast for this Mama.

9.  Jamie came home from school yesterday in tears.  Big crocodile tears streaming down her face.  It took me a good 10 minutes to calm her down enough to tell me what was wrong.  Her teacher is no longer her teacher for personal reasons.  I am sure it was an extremely tough decision for her to make.  She is a great teacher and Jamie adores her.  So yesterday was rough for Jamie (as I’m sure for her teacher and other students).  This made me think of all the great teachers we have had up to this point.  My kids have been blessed with some spectacular teachers in their lives.  This means that we’ve been blessed as parents because these terrific teachers have made learning fun and interesting for my kids.  So thank you to all the great teachers out there who care enough to make learning awesome!

10.  I love my husband.  This is not new news.  Just something I wanted to share.

On that note, Happy Tuesday!

Ten On Tuesday

1.  Jacob woke up on Saturday and stated that it was one of his very favorite days of the year.  The rest of his very favorite days of the year are March 2-31, with March 26 being his absolute favorite.  So the whole month of March is his very favorite!

2.  Since his 7th anniversary of his birth is coming up on his absolute favorite day of the year, I would like to share some of what is on his birthday list.  Besides the obvious cars and trucks and other boy things, he has asked for a baby brother and a baby sister.  I tried to tell him that regardless of the fact that we can not medically add humans to our family anymore there just isn’t enough time to grow a baby.  He decided to keep them both on his list.

3.  Jacob said he wants to see the Mr. Peabody movie and go for wings for our annual date.  It’s our first with something other than just eating supper.  He seems excited to go this year which makes me happy!

4.  If you heard squeaking today (like an old hinge needing to be oiled), it may have been my lower body.  I may have overdone my workout just a bit on Monday and then added to it today.  I can barely walk without wincing (or crying) but I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s workout.  May as well get the rest of my body sore while I’m at it!  After nearly 7 years of not exercising with weights, I’d say I’m doing pretty well.  At least I can move, not well, but I’m still moving.

5.  Speaking of tomorrow, there is a scheduled power outage for the housing area on base.  From 8am to 4pm.  Six whole hours of no power.  Good thing the kids are in school most of that time.  For those of you who have lived in base housing, is this a normal thing?  This is the second time for a scheduled power outage.  The last one was scheduled for 4 hours but didn’t take that long.  I’m hoping tomorrow’s doesn’t last all day.

6.  The kids are taking a little vacation this summer…without the parents.  All three of them are going to Pennsylvania for almost 2 whole weeks.  Plane tickets have been purchased so there is no turning back.  Pop Pop has graciously invited them to stay with him while Jeremiah and I celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary.  It will be the longest time I have spent away from any of the kids since birthing them.  The longest up until now has been 4 whole days when Mazie was 18 months.  God, help me!

7.  What are Jeremiah and I going to be doing?  We are taking a trip to a Sandals resort in Negril, Jamaica.  Aside from being away from the kids for that long, I simply can.not.wait.  It’s going to be fun!

8.  It’s going to get busy around here pretty quickly.  The Stahrs have lots going on in the next few months…Jacob’s birthday, Jamie’s birthday, there’s a promotion to Lt Col in there, a wedding in California, just to name a few.

9.  It’s been raining here.  A lot.  While I realize that rain is better than snow (for those of you East of us, sorry for the whining), it’s just so gloomy.  I guess it’s just going to take some getting used to…all this doom and gloom…I miss the 300 days of sun in colorful Colorado.  At least the grass is turning green.  There’s a plus!

10.  Since I’ve been such a great blogger lately, I may have forgotten to update about Jacob and Jeremiah’s Man Day a few weeks ago.  Jeremiah surprised Jacob with tickets to the Monster Truck Jam in Salt Lake City.  Jacob tried his hardest to guess the surprise for days with things like getting gas or running errands.  He had no clue it was for them to see monster trucks.  When they got home, I asked how it went.  Jacob ran up to me and said, “It was incredible”.  He didn’t even know where to start, he was so excited about what they saw.  Huge points for Dad!  I can’t wait for my surprise Girls Day.

Happy Tuesday!

10 on Tuesday on Wednesday

This was supposed to be a 10 on Tuesday but now it’s Wednesday and we’ll just go with it.  Ok?  Great!

1.  The girls had a mini cheer camp a few weeks ago.  They practice short dance routines and a cheer or two and then performed at one of the boys basketball games.  It was quite fun to watch.  Jamie surprised me most by being able to do a Herkie jump.  Trust me, she jumps a little like her mama so I wasn’t really expecting her to get off the ground but she did it and was so pleased.  This isn’t a great picture but you can see her doing it nonetheless.

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2.  Mazie was a natural.  I mean, really, did you think otherwise.  Big mouth, lots of energy, bouncy…

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Seriously, the girls had fun and Mazie has decided that she wants to try out for the cheerleading squad in the Spring.  I guess the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree. ;-)

3.  I cleaned out my way of eating one month ago by following the Paleo or Caveman way of eating.  Basically, if the cavemen didn’t eat it, I don’t either.   I am sugar, dairy, and grain free and feel great!  I eat lots of veggies, fruits, and meats.  I have never had this much energy, ever.  Quite frankly, I was tired of being so tired all the time.  So it’s been great and I look forward to finding more recipes to enjoy!

4.  Since I started that by the way, I have lost 6 pounds and 12 inches total off of my body.  Four inches just off my hips…yep, the saddle bags are leaving…because I have had so much energy, I’ve been able to make it through insanity workout and running as well.  Jeremiah has been meeting me at the gym to run on the track when it’s too cold or rainy outside.

5.  Jeremiah had an office olympics at work today.  I really wish I could have seen some of those uniformed officers competing with the hula hoop.  Jeremiah’s group, known as the misfits, won 3 gold medals and a bronze medal.  I’m not really sure that constitutes work these days but it was a nice break from their normal routine.

6.  Mazie and I registered her for her 8th grade classes yesterday.  I had to go into one of her classes to help her fill out her form.  The counselor seriously has no clue how to be a counselor in my opinion.  Mazie had clearly marked her electives by number (#1, #2, #3, etc) and the counselor asked her which was her first choice.  I was ready to smack her since I wasn’t her biggest fan after dealing with her about the whole band situation (if you follow me on facebook you will understand where I’m coming from).  Mazie simply said, “I already marked them in the order I would like them to be.” The counselor mumbled under her breath that the choices that were on the paper were going to be picked first and not her write ins.  Mama Bear may have appeared out a little and snapped that she already couldn’t choose Band I or II (which was already on the form and not a write in) because the school isn’t offering Band II and she wrote what she wants instead.  I swear I said it as calmly as I could and the counselor proceeded to make a note on the form to make sure Mazie would get what she asked for.   I gave Mazie a hug and kiss and left her to the rest of her class.  I really don’t like when Mama Bear has to come out.  It doesn’t happen often and it typically involves someone being stupid.  I really hated out flippant the counselor seemed to be about the whole situation.

7.  Jamie and Jacob both have Valentine’s parties on Friday.  They worked really hard on their Valentines cards to their friends.  Jeremiah and I are going out on Saturday since we have a really cool (read FREE) live in babysitter! Thanks Mazie.  On Sunday, Jeremiah and Jacob are having a Man Day and going to the city to see the Monster Truck Jam.  Meanwhile the girls are going to Target to spend money. :-)

8.  Jacob fell yesterday.  It was quite funny actually.  He just tripped over his own two feet and landed flat on his face.  No bruises or anything to complain about but the kid would not stop crying.  His pride was wounded way too much since he did it in front of his pretty little sisters.  Dad and I happened to be there too.  So I snuggled with him for a good 10 minutes on the big chair.  Just him and me.  It was so nice even if he was upset.  Hey Jacob, you can fall anytime you want to…I’ll be here.

9.  So we’ve been watching the olympics.  They’ve been entertaining.  Jacob is seriously irritated with the “backwards” commercials.  You know, the commercials that start with the olympic athlete and go back to when they were barely walking and on skates or skis.  Every time one comes one he sighs and says, “Ugh, another backwards commercial!”

10.  I am impatiently waiting on a FedEx delivery.  It is going to up my Cool Mom status a lot so naturally I can not wait!  I’m just going to say that my “Mother of the Year” plaque would be cool if it was red and ready to hang…I’d fill you in but Mazie and Jamie read the blog.

On that cliff hanger, I’m out.  Happy Tuesday!

Ten On Tuesday

1.  Jeremiah’s birthday was fun.  We took him out to eat at his favorite restaurant, Olive Garden.  Then we came home and almost burned down the house with all the candles…

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2.  I wasn’t sure if he was going to blow out all 37 candles but he sure did…without taking an extra breath and without needing oxygen!  IMG_0005

3.  I am very well aware that I am 5 weeks older than he is but if I don’t pick on him, who will? I love you, Jeremiah!

4.  Mazie’s was a bit more eventful.  Aren’t all the kids’ birthdays?  She decided to open her gifts in the afternoon…

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5.  She insisted on her very favorite strawberry cake and ordered up a big one too.  She wanted it to be for all her friends here on base.  She invited them over and she made all the arrangements and I let her.  It was the least I could do since I didn’t want to face the fact that she was turning 12 ;-)!

6.  So when the neighbors arrived, we all sang Happy Birthday (Jacob was a little lively with his version) and she blew out all 12 candles in one big breath.

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Then we cut the big cake (you can read the details here) and enjoyed some homemade vanilla bean ice cream with it.

7.  She requested homemade spaghetti noodles with meatballs for her birthday feast.  We were finishing up when the clock struck 5.39pm…

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8.  Not sure how she is 12 already when I haven’t aged a day since I had her at age 25…

9.  Her annual birthday date with dad was this past weekend.  They went to see a movie (The Nut Job) and out to eat at Olive Garden.

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10.  That’s all I have for today.  Happy Tuesday!

Christmas & New Years Wrap Up

There are a few big celebrations coming up in the next few days so I figured it’s time to close out last year and get on with the new year.  Just before Christmas we had a Winter Wonderland here on base.  It was simply breathtaking and I couldn’t resist grabbing my camera after taking the kids to school to drive around and take a few pictures…

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Christmas Eve was fun.  Jacob and I started (what I hope to be a new tradition) dancing by the Christmas tree.  Maybe someday he will actually be able to dip his dance partner without throwing them on the floor…

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We spent the rest of the vacation playing with our new gifts.  We also went on a few outings over the break.  We went to the planetarium in Salt Lake City.  We went to the movies to see Frozen.  If you haven’t seen it, I recommend it.  It is one of the best Disney movies we’ve seen in a long time!

New Years Eve was fun.  We broke out Monopoly (the M&M version) and introduced the kids to the wonderful world of investments and managing their money!  Jacob was a little too young to fully understand but with help had fun with deals and such.

I made a new family favorite.  Tater Tot Bacon Bombs…

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We had our traditional fondue…

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Thanks to Pinterest, the kids were able to pretend to be older for the night.  Milk shots!

IMG_0004The kids got a kick out of the cute drinks.  We also had some sparkling grape apple juice to toast in the New Year when the ball dropped on the East Coast at 10pm our time! (there’s a benefit to the time zones).  Mom and Dad had the champagne.

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We had our traditional good luck meal of pork and sauerkraut on New Years Day.  The kids started back to school and Jeremiah went back to work and life got back to normal.  That’s our end to 2013 and beginning of 2014.  Happy New Year!

Ten On Tuesday

1.  I sent out all my Christmas card yesterday.  Actually, all three kids took a small stack each to the mailbox and forced them into the outgoing mail slot.  It was fun to watch!

2.  I mailed all the packages we sent to people all over the country last week.  So if you get a package from us normally, it should arrive soon!

3.  Yesterday I finally finished all the Christmas shopping.  I was so late this year.  I blame moving.  Everything went so fast after we moved in.  But everything is wrapped and ready to place under the tree.

4.  My favorite Christmas song is O Holy Night.  It always has been.  What’s your favorite?

5.  At the end of the school day on Friday, the school had a Christmas concert.  The choir, the guitar class, and orchestra performed a song each.  The band of 10 students performed 3 songs and then the whole group played 3 more songs where the elementary students could sing along.  I couldn’t stop laughing and smiling at the kids singing.  I’m pretty sure they were having a great time singing while the big kids were playing.

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6.  I just like to smile, smiling’s my favorite!

7.  I made some chocolate fudge today.  For the first time.  Not sure if it turned out but I’m pretty sure the kids will eat it anyway.  I mean, it’s chocolate after all.  I also made pretzel bark and peppermint bark for us to eat here (as in not to be mailed or given away).  I have also been asked to make cornflake wreathes, peanut butter temptations, mint truffles, and sugar cookies.  I’m thinking we will space them out and they will be holiday season cookies instead of just Christmas cookies.

8.  The kids have off starting after school Friday until January 2.  They go back to school for Thursday and Friday (with an early release on Friday since that’s how Fridays are here).  Does anyone else go back that early or do you have off the rest of the week and go back on Monday?

9.  We always have cheese fondue (and then chocolate fondue for dessert) on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.  Then we have a brisket dinner for Christmas and Pork and Sauerkraut dinner for New Years for good luck.  What are your traditions?

10.  There are a lot of questions for you to answer.  Let’s see how many will share your answers!

Happy Tuesday!

Ten on Tuesday

1.  After Thanksgiving, time didn’t slow for the Stahrs.  We spent the weekend gearing up for our Pop Pop Christmas.   It’s an actual holiday around here.  It’s not on a set day like Christmas but is dependent on when Pop Pop is available to be here and celebrate with us.  So we decorate the house and got our tree (on November 30 which has never happened in our house before since I’m usually a stickler for not doing anything Christmasy until December)

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but it was done and it was fabulous.  After all a skirt is a skirt, right?

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2.  The kids were pretty excited about Pop Pop Christmas this year.  I mean, who wouldn’t be?

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They tore into their gifts and it was way too much but they loved it.  They are thoroughly enjoying all their new things and it’s been just grand.

3.  We also celebrated Pop Pop’s big birthday.  So with my new toys from Pop Pop, I made homemade spaghetti noodles (for the first time) with homemade sauce.  Then we had lemon drop cake with vanilla bean icing.

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4.  Do you remember the last post about all those Thanksgiving treats for our little dessert party?  Yeah, I’m not gonna lie about purposely ignoring the scale the last week…

5.  So my birthday happens to be the day after my dad’s.  Jeremiah took the day off and worked very hard on my angel food cake.  He opted to go with the boxed version to make sure it would turn out this year.  He hasn’t been very successful with this cake the last few years.  In his defense it is a difficult cake to make and he has the altitude against him.  The cake turned out great and was very tasty with our chocolate fondue!

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And although I can’t believe my actual number, 37 feels way better than I was expecting.  The kids are keeping me young and old at the same time! ;-)

6.  On Pinterest, I found these Elf Warnings.  I downloaded and printed one for fun, thinking I would not really use it or maybe use it as a joke for the kids.  Jacob decided to see what would happen if he bit Max.  She did absolutely nothing but I felt he needed a lesson.  So Twinkle the Elf left a warning for him stating he saw the whole thing and that Jacob was not on warning to possibly not get any gifts from Santa.  Would you believe it actually made the boy cry?  He pinned the warning on his chore chart as a reminder to be nice to the dogs.  I can’t say that I’m sorry it worked.

7.  Today I made homemade fettuccine noodles with my pasta attachments.  They turned out so much better than the spaghetti did.  The kids even said it was better than the boxed noodles.  It was Jamie’s turn to help with supper and she had a blast helping me with them.  I love cooking with my kids.

8.  So 37 doesn’t make you more graceful.  You can still slip on the wet hard floor of your kitchen when you are rushing around trying to get errands done before picking kids up from school.  Turns out the desserts from the last few weeks actually didn’t add enough padding on my lovely saddlebags to not hurt when I hit the floor.  Ouch!

9.  I have mailed all of our Christmas packages out today!  I wish I could get the cards out too.  I’m only half way on those.  I still have to get things for Christmas here too.  Somehow Christmas kind of snuck up on me this year.  Does anyone else feel that way?

10.  I haven’t made any cookies yet.  I have made and packaged 3 batches of peppermint bark but I have made nothing for the kids yet.  I think I’m going to dial it down this year and only make a few things.  What are your favorites at this time of the year?  My favorite are sugar cookies, hands down.  They don’t even need to be decorated!

Happy Tuesday!

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