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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Pot holder or trivet?

To me, they can be one and the same. We received some nice handmade ones for Christmas, and Michael would like to demonstrate that my theory is indeed false. Here is Michael displaying the nice new handmade items. With him is Brett who is clearly thinking what most people are thinking while they read this: "Who cares?"
Michael goes to get something out of the oven and...

Ahhhhh! He burns himself. So clearly these are intended as trivets and not potholders. He wants you to know that he still has a blister from this incident. And I would like to thank you for wasting a precious minute of your life to read this pointless post.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Day 2009

We had a joyous and wonderful Christmas celebrating with friends from near and far. Here is a photo replay of our day. If you want a few more photos from the day click here.Reading some Christmas stories before going downstairs.
Getting ready to open presents. All my kids are in their Christmas jammies except Henry who wanted to stay true to character and refused the tradition of wearing new jammies to bed on Christmas Eve. But the other kids loved the jammies (thanks Mema!).



Margaret was most excited about the baby doll gifts.



Wearing a new sweater over the jammies. My kids LOVE sweaters!

Margaret liked to try out each gift.



Food and baby dolls. Life does not get any better for Margaret.

The aftermath.


Baby Jude is Gigantor.



Margaret trying to get baby Jude to try out her baby doll bottle.

The little Mommy.

Did I mention that Gigantor is not even five months old yet?

More friends came for dinner. Here is Danielle and her youngest baby, Joe.

Allison.

He looks great in his new sweater (thanks Mama!).



Here's Frances with that great smile!


Brett and Michael.

The newest craze at the house is Bakugan.



Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve

With Atlanta friends visiting from Texas our Christmas season has been busy and exciting. The number of children in the house has nearly doubled, but thankfully so has the number of adults. Here are some photos from our Christmas Eve. Breakfast with friends is always a great way to start the day.
Isaac completes his Lego camper.

Annie with Jude and Allison.


A shaggy version of Henry.



Getting ready to decorate the Christmas tree.

With seven kids seven and under there was little for the adults to do but take photos.






When tree decorating got boring then it was time to play again. Isaac loves to build forts out of the foam road pieces that Grandpa Bob sent last spring.


Annie and Joe.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Gingerbread Houses

At a homeschooling event last week the boys decorated a gingerbread house. Here they are displaying the house and each with the side he decorated.





I had visions of a nice Christmas display with the house, but I was overruled. It was decided that the house should be eaten and the neighbor girls were invited over to help.



R.I.P. Gingerbread house. You lived a long two hours and 23 minutes.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Isaac's Birthday

The weather outside was frightful, and the science museum was closed due to the Steeler's game, but Isaac still had a wonderful birthday of being at home, shopping at Sam's Club (Sunday is sample day!) and eating at Udipi. First thing in the morning he got to open the biggest birthday present.



He loves his new bike!


In an effort to get away from the exhausting, expensive, and huge birthday parties we have had for the kids in the past, we decided to start having small birthday dinners with just the neighbors.

Annie from next door painted R2D2 for Isaac.


James drew Isaac an entire Star Wars coloring book.





Grammy and Grandpa Bob sent a Playmobil ambulance.