Monday, December 31, 2007
From this (Jan 4):And then this (April 10):To this (Dec 23):And this (Dec 26):...I have a lot to be grateful for, and very little to complain about. :) We have lots of adventures in store for 2008 though... so bring it on!
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
The kids' gifts that make mom jealous: Liam got a digital camera of his very own (the Fisher Price model) - and you know I will have more to say about that soon! - and Mallory got a red-headed, brown-eyed Cabbage Patch Kid, both from Uncle Darin and Aunty Jenn. It was cool to have a Cabbage Patch Kid that looked like you when I was a kid, so I'm happy for her. :)The one that got away: Mallory got the 'Sophie the Giraffe' squeaky toy (the one that's been churned out by the hundreds of thousands in France for the past 40 years) from Gramma and Grampa. And we left it in Stratford, right when I think she might be going through another round of teething. Duh.Biggest gift horner-inner: without a doubt, Liam. There's the shopping cart issue. He has also taken control of the dollhouse, for which Mallory received several dolls and pieces of furniture in her stocking ("No, Mallory, the dad is still changing the baby's diaper! Leave him alone!") He ate most of the Kernels popcorn that Santa left in Chad's stocking, and when I was unable to start unwrapping his gift to me the minute he brought it over, he popped open the gift bag himself and said, "We got you some slippers." And then went to find something else from under the tree to open. Another something without his name on it.Gift trifecta: the shopping cart from GG, toy cash register from Cousin Henry and kitchen from Gramma and Grampa Cook... it's like we've got 90% of the food chain in our house. Now all we need is to add some farm equipment (and perhaps a slaughterhouse?) to teach our kids how food gets on the table. Liam is doing a stellar job of keeping us all well-fed, though he is a little disconcerted that his kitchen didn't come with a dishwasher (it does have a fridge, stove, sink, microwave, and phone). Buck up, kiddo - I didn't have a dishwasher until I was 26.I'm sure there's a lot more to say, but it's escaping me right now... I do still plan to do a 2007 gift summary - I think that will be fun to look back on. Right now though I am still struggling with a few computer issues. Liking the Mac so far, but still trying to decipher its language. And dealing with some non-Mac technical issues as well, like, I was totally unaware that Blogger has a photo upload limit - and I've just hit 31% of mine. Thinking that, in order to share my photo overload from the past few weeks, I might need to turn to Flickr instead.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
I have much more to post from the entire week's events but it might take me a few days. It seems that every time I tell Santa that I don't need a big Christmas, he outdoes himself. This year my over the top, very much a surprise gift was a new iMac. Yep... after being a lifelong PC girl, from the age of 8 or so when I got my first Commodore 64... I am crossing over to the Mac dark side! It's going to take a couple months to get all set up, transfer files over and be sure I can do everything I need to do. But I think the media-friendly machine of the future is the way to go... especially for people like me who spend 95% of their computer time on creative endeavours. In the meantime I still have my XHD hooked up to the old machine and Photoshop is still there as well... so there is some back-and-forth going on, some plugging and unplugging of internet and USB cables to get it all done. I've already put a hold on a copy of a Mac switchover guide at the library - there is going to be some learning curve involved. Love all the cool little features that will make it all worthwhile though. The Photobooth feature (with which I took the photo of Liam and I on Christmas day) - how fun is that?
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Shortly before she projectile vomited at the dining room table, ruining Cory's birthday dinner and possibly his area rug, too
Thursday, December 20, 2007
He hasn't thrown up since then, so I hope The Sick has moved on and found another family to torment. We spent the better part of the morning cleaning up all of our cleanup gear from last night and carting more loads of laundry than you can imagine up and down the stairs (not the best thing to be doing with an ankle that is a motley range of purple).
Thankfully, Mallory decided to cut me a break and slept through the night last night - hallelujah! Cue the angel choir! (Remains to be seen whether she'll repeat her performance anytime soon.) And, at least all this is happening this week, and (hopefully) not next, when we are in full-out revelry mode. In fact, we're lucky it didn't happen just 24 hours later. We have full social calendars for the next three days and after our last party plans were ruined, I sure hope these ones come to pass.
I still have to get out and run a few last minute errands. Still haven't decided what to do about that secret Santa gift and would you believe I am just now getting around to ordering a little something for someone, something that has no hope, I'm sure, of arriving before 2008? It's amazing how time gets away from you when you're at home and don't see the calendar pages flipping by. Ah well - better late than never, right? And who says you can't give gifts to celebrate New Year's, too?
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
I have been meaning to detail what the kids are getting for Christmas to record it for posterity. I will get to that eventually, but for now it's enough to say two things. Number one - Liam's big Christmas wish this year was a toy kitchen, and more than ever now I can't wait until Gramma and Grampa unveil it to him - I think he's going to go nuts. He just loves imitating mundane grown-up stuff like grocery shopping and (as we're about to find out) cooking. Number two - we are keeping things relatively small, since the kids themselves are small and don't need or want a lot of things. Both kids are getting two presents from Santa and two presents from Mom and Dad.
And yet this is what we found Liam doing this morning: Can you guess what he's doing? Congratulations if you figured out that he is pretending that the Christmas tree that the Santa figure on our coffee table is holding is actually a supermarket check-out scanner. He fills the cart with groceries, wheels them into the living room, unloads them all onto the coffee table-slash-conveyor belt, and then scans them on the Santa (what he terms 'paying for them') before reloading them into his cart.
A couple of months ago I saw a toy cash register and even Kaboodled it, thinking Liam would like to have it and that it would make a great Christmas present. We wound up getting him other things but now that I see him playing like this... I'm torn. Do we get him another gift? He would definitely love it. I like the idea of each kiddo having the same number of gifts to open on Christmas morning, and he definitely does not NEED it (especially since he seems to have the imagination to do without), nor does Mallory need anything else to keep the numbers even. But... it just seems like the perfect idea.
I think we will do without, at least for the time being. I am in no shape to be out braving the crowds at the malls anyway - my ankle is almost certainly sprained, swollen to the size of a tennis ball and I don't think I could drive right now. Maybe we will wait to see how things go next week and then reassess. The Santa will be out on display for at least a couple of weeks. Until he gets packed away, Liam seems to have all he needs to make for some grocery shopping fun.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Shopping mostly complete. (This is the gift Liam picked out for Mallory earlier this week - a rotating, musical carousel won out over the dolls, even though we did find another Black Baby at a reasonable price in the store.) As of last night, all wrapping complete, too. Just need a secret Santa gift now and then it's all finished.
What's left: major baking, menu planning, and oh yeah... some relaxation.
Been in a bit of a funk lately... maybe it's the short days and not getting enough sunlight? Dunno... just another week or so and then things will get better, right? A few non-mommy oriented things this week have/will help(ed) - some going out with friends, and a long overdue hair appointment. Lots of fun family stuff on tap for this weekend, too. Time to start making merry.