Thursday, December 31, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
we also sang the first verse of each christmas hymn which is a tradition i inherited from a family on my mission. and we read 'twas the night before christmas before bedtime. atticus is barely understanding this whole santa business but nevertheless he can tell something exciting is happening tonight and he was so hyper and racing all around the apartment. i can't wait for christmas morning!
10. darek's uncle jim used to come spend the holidays when they were younger. he took it upon himself to be the sole protector of the presents after the kids went to bed on christmas eve. jim would lay out a sleeping bag in front of the tree and guard all the gifts through the night to be sure that none of the rascally mccoy kids got into them before morning. needless to say every year it became a personal goal for darek and his brothers (also known as the "three boys") to sneak down and try to get to the gifts while jim slept. jim, of course, was much too smart for this and won that battle every year!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
1. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
2. Look-A-Likes Christmas
3. The Polar Express
4. A Christmas Carol
5. My Penguin Osbert
6. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
7. Snowmen at Christmas
8. 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
9. The Nutcracker
10. A Charlie Brown Christmas
and just in case you're not familiar with the "Look-A-Like" series, check them out HERE.
they are so fun to look at and find all the ordinary items they used to create the scenes.
i wish i had that job.
thanks for playing!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
8. another tradition: we have a christmas photo album
and each year we print a few pictures and add them to the album, then each year when we get out our decorations we can look through all our previous christmases together
remember the reason for the season
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
3. wrap christmas gifts
then stack them on top of the shelves to keep atticus from unwrapping them
6. shovel snow, of course
Saturday, December 19, 2009
darek as tiny time
amberli as tiny tim
Friday, December 18, 2009
my true love gave to me
five christmas trivia questions
Thursday, December 17, 2009
i put THESE on my christmas list!
but i'll be sure to let you know if they deliver all that they promise to do!
and one last note: FYI - i had a follow-up with my OB today and she declared me currently free of preterm labor symptoms! woo hoo! thank you for your concern and support, here's to a complication-free remaining ten (hopefully eight) weeks!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
it was a tradition in my family growing up to do the twelve days of christmas for some unsuspecting family. i'm going to (attempt to) do it on the blog this year - a post a day with a christmas thought or recipe, maybe a giveaway or whatever. i'm not sure how it will go but we can find out together! stay tuned!
as for today i'll leave you with my favorite version of the song
straight no chaser - the twelve days of christmas
Sunday, December 13, 2009
i really admire a good friend of mine, Marci Anderson, who has started her own business in cambridge, ma as a registered dietician. as you many of you know, i worked as a social worker in the eating disorder field for a few years before having atticus. it's a tough field but an oh so worthy cause and Marci has expanded her business not only to serve the needs of those interested in improving general health and well being by learning about nutrition and exericse but also those suffering with eating disorders. her website and blog are full of good information, frequently asked questions, resources, recipes, and how to find a healthy balance between food and exercise.
who doesn't need a little insight into the behavioral and emotional components of eating? any of you who know anything about me at all is that i'm a health nut with a wicked bad sweet tooth, or perhaps a whole head full of sweet tooths! the holiday season is wonderful and delicious but, at least in my case, requires something of a recovery period after the new year has begun. i've got some big health goals lined up for 2010 and thought that if you did too perhaps you could find some helpful information from Marci's website: http://www.marcird.com/. i've also added her link to my sidebar so be sure to visit frequently!
Friday, December 11, 2009
so i think it's real funny
that my son thinks his new potty is a laz-e-boy. i suppose that's every man's dream. who doesn't want to watch TV while sitting on the pot?
so, i know that my blog has been real boring of late - please accept all apologies! i've been doing me some deep thinking though, having some learning/growing experiences...never fear, nothing tragic has befallen me but i have seen some significant struggles in the world around me, including in the lives of people i love and that's never easy. it just really puts things into perspective for me, all that "don't sweat the small stuff" type life lessons that i learn over and over again but still hurts sometimes. i feel humbled and i feel grateful...
i hope all your holiday seasons are full of meaningful experiences
peace on earth, good will to men
Friday, December 04, 2009
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
i've kind of been in survival mode for the last two weeks while i was serving on jury duty. it's been busy! you working moms are there are superwomen! i don't know how you do it. yesterday was the last day of jury duty. it was an interesting process to be part of but i was happy to kiss it goodbye. i came home last night totally beat and atticus was even more beat, poor little guy. this is when "survival mode" kicked in. to keep atticus happy until betime, last night's survival mode included no less than five packs of fruit snacks, two lollipops, a handful of hint of lime tortilla chips, a just-for-fun bath that resulted in a very wet bathroom, one hour of curious george, reading lots of books, an easy-to-make dinner and a sink full of dishes that were left until morning. and for me: two tylenol when i got home and two tylenol PM at bedtime. oh and the ice cream darek brought for me on his way home from work. what a good husband!
so anyway, things have been hectic lately but it was so nice to have a break from jury duty for thanksgiving. i hope you all had a happy thanksgiving as well. we hosted again this year which is always fun. we had the durazzanis and the donvitos over and the food was delicious and our kids were rambuncious! perfect! we are grateful for wonderful friends that help make up for being so far away from family, especially during the holidays.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
we had the coxes over for birthday dinner, cake, ice cream and opening presents
this was atticus' reaction after opening his lightening mcqueen car - jumping up and down, screaming
he got a huge truck that is a carrying case for the millions of cars he also got
which he immediately started lining up, very carefully of course
Monday, November 23, 2009
before ~ with the curls and summer highlights
~ after ~
we planned on cutting att's hair on his second birthday (tomorrow) but good thing we decided to do it tonight since he hated every second of it and the toil and tears surely would have ruined his special day.
~ i love you sweet little boy ~
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
mostly because i got put on a jury for a 2+ week trial but i'm not allowed to say anything about that so that's all i'm going to say about that...
we did manage to get to rhode island last week to wish chad a happy birthday and compare my pregnant belly with laura's twin pregnant belly. (i mean that she's twins with my belly, not that she's having twins...that's how rumors get started people!) it was so good to see the donvitos and get caught up with the coxes too. we had to take a little picture of some of the OG cambridge group together again.
speaking of the OG's we had a little pre-thanksgiving dinner with this coxes a couple nights ago since we always spend t-day with them but they'll be gone this year. isn't that the best idea of all best ideas? it was so lovely and so delicious and so lovely and so delicious! thanks for the good eats, yhord and shawn! JH even perched her camera atop the bookshelf to record the moment forever. such JOY!