December 17, 2018

Christmas Partying Begins!


It’s almost a tradition now – the first Christmas party/present opening is at Uncle Buddy and Auntie J’s house.  This means dinner, white elephant bingo, and presents for the kids.

The kids almost look forward to the white elephant bingo more than getting any presents.  IT’S ABOUT WINNING.

Last year, Rerun (unmedicated) was a wreck during bingo because he didn’t win.

This year, Rerun (medicated) won the first two rounds, which definitely lightened the mood a lot.  Not that he didn’t have a tantrum later (which Auntie deftly handled because third grade boy was not going to pull that in front of a third grade teacher who happens to be his aunt), but compared to last year?  Massive improvement.  Thumper continues to not care about bingo, and spent that time playing on the iPad instead.  My own bingo card was a winner this year – so many times, in fact, that I swapped it with Auntie J during the game.  She eventually won with it!

And the kids did get to open presents from their great-aunts and great-uncles afterward.

So far, Thumper is still meh on the concept of opening presents.  He was just plotting on how to sneak more cookies.

Everyone had a great time, dinner was fantastic, and Rerun has already built his Tron LEGO set.

I’d say that was a successful kickoff to the Christmas party season!

December 14, 2018

Flashback Friday


The boys have snow on the brain.  Apparently I keep it in my back pocket, and can summon it at any time, like Elsa the Snow Queen.

I’ve lost count of how many times they have asked when it will snow.

Like I’ve said before, if I could just keep a foot of snow in my backyard all winter long – and nowhere else – that would be great.

Here the kids are, five years ago…

… and two years ago…

… and just last Christmas!

Thumper is not big on cold and wet, so snow gets a hard pass from him for playtime right now.  Everyone else, though, would love to play in some!  If it could just wait until AFTER they are out of school, that would be helpful.

December 13, 2018

The Dental March


The three older kids went to the dentist yesterday.

The good news – no cavities!

The “it figures” news – both the older boys needed some SERIOUS scraping of tartar.

The “this is my life” news – the kids all bickered like mad as soon as the door was closed behind them at the office, and we still needed to go grocery shopping.


And finally, more good news – while we were out late, the Webmaster put more outside decor up, which made Tad and Rerun happy!

December 12, 2018

Baking Frenzy


I only have a week before the kids are out of school for two weeks.

I am now in serious baking mode.

And I’d better add present wrapping to that before some nosy people are home from school on a regular basis.

However, 95% of the Christmas cards are now in the mail!  And all of my big packages are shipped off, too!

Catch you all later; must go make another batch of fudge.