Sunday, December 30, 2007

Double Digits!!

Our middle daughter, Claire, turned ten today. She is double digits now, as she kept saying all day. We celebrated with lunch at The Olive Garden (her pick) and the Alvin and the Chipmunks movie, which we all thought was really cute. Then it was home to cookie cake and ice cream, followed by a sleepover at her grandparent's RV with her best friend. Not a bad way to turn double digits at all!

The birthday girls together. Claire was born on my 31st birthday. (I'll leave the math to you.)

Friday, December 28, 2007

Christmas 2007

It was the best of Christmases. It was the worst of Christmases. For the first time in a long time, we had to deal with sickness during Christmas here at our house. Anna received an early, unwanted gift: the stomach flu. It started at 3 AM Christmas Eve morning. The poor girl spent Christmas Eve entirely in bed or the bathroom. It just kills you as a mother to watch your 6 year old go through that and not be able to do much to comfort or help. We sent the rest of the family on to church without us that evening and Anna just broke down crying at being left behind.

Fortunately, she perked up a little bit that evening and was able to join us to open one gift that night. Is there nothing in the world a Limited Holiday Edition Webkinz Penguin won't cure? Love you, Anna.

Things were brighter for Anna on Christmas day. Though not 100%, she was well enough to enjoy all the festivities. Unfortunately, my dad did not feel well at all. It was his turn to tackle the flu. Here he is in his version of Skipping Christmas.

It was not all sickness and doom and gloom around here, however. The girls were all excited for Santa's visit, and at 7 AM, Claire called me from Meghan's cell phone to tell us it was time to get up! (kids and technology!) First I had to take the obligatory, "kids waiting patiently at the top of the stairs while mom snaps a picture" picture before they could sprint downstairs and see what Santa left.
What to their wondering eyes did appear? Laptops! Santa brought laptops for each of them! And a pile of other stuff too. They were thrilled. At the end of the gift opening, I was presented with one last gift in a big box. I could not believe it. Staring back at me was a laptop of my very own! My husband and mother-in-law, Susan, conspired together to get me one. I was and am thrilled beyond words with this gift. Now, where the heck are we going to put 4 new laptops in this house? A Merry Christmas indeed.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Christmas 2007 Images

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They made me do it.

Ahem. Is this thing on?

Well, family, I hope you are happy now. I have gone and done it. My blog. My (edited) life in full (carefully manipulated) view.

After spending more hours than I care to admit enjoying the blogs of others, I am jumping in. I am not sure what this blog will evolve into, but one thing is will have my mark. My eclectic (unfocused?) mark. I have no theme, no clear purpose, no agenda. In other words, I have no clue.

So hang on for the ride. The driver is a little out of control, but she's bound for adventure and fun. Are you ready?