Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Rambling Post

The holiday season is quickly winding down. My house, being small and ill-equipped to handle my love of small holiday clutter (Christmas snow globes, Willow Tree Angels, Stuffed Penguins), is ready to get a make-under. If our dream of having a larger house is ever attained, I will be excited to make it sparkle for the holidays.

My large "old-fashioned" TV that I bought 5-6 years ago died yesterday. I mourn his passing. He was bought when we had the extra cash on hand to purchase a new TV on a whim (the movie I rented would not play on Josh's Playstation 2, so we went out and bought a new, larger TV with a DVD player and VHS player built in). I am embarrassed to admit the movie, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen starring pre-alcoholic Lindsey Lohan, was completely not worth it. BUT... the TV was great, for a while.

Two years into the purchase the DVD player would not work right, even when we tried to clean it. It was still pretty solid for what we used it for. Then, a year later, it started getting weird lines at the top of the picture. We could even abide by that, the kids mainly watched their/my old VHS Disney collection on it. So it was never a perfect purchase - from the impulse buy to it's young age of death. I'll tell you how it happened, too. I simply walked past it and it turned off. My electrical magnetism killed the TV. I felt a small electric shock, less than the charge I get after getting out of the car. Now it sits, blankly staring with it's dirty dusted face, full of tiny hand prints and a VHS of the movie E.T. stuck in the player.

They don't sell the old "regular" TV's anymore. So, I did my research and got a smaller flat screen for the empty hole in my TV cabinet. Now I just have to get a VHS player or Krista will no longer get to watch her favorite film, Cinderella.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


I made dinner tonight - hooray! A delicious lasagna, which, for some, can be hard to say:

K: I'm gonna eat ALL my da-sania tonight so I can have some Christmas candy!

G: Can you get me some more a-sana? (after eating his portion)

G: I want some more katana! (after eating Krista's portion)

***Update: G had some leftovers at lunch -- "Mommy, I want some bazonga's!"***

Thursday, December 23, 2010

A Night of Horror

It started out innocently enough... we got ready to go eat at Texas Roadhouse for dinner. Nana stayed home with Logan, so we wouldn't have to worry about entertaining a baby at the restaurant (and keeping everything hot/breakable out of his surprisingly long reach).

The dinner was great. We called ahead and didn't have to wait very long with the massive crowd in their poorly designed waiting room. The service was fast and friendly and we were seated off to the side, so it wasn't even that loud. The food came out and everything was as we ordered it.

Krista gulped down two Cherry Limeades and not much food in no time flat. Gabriel also gulped down his Cherry Limeade while consuming cheese fries with ranch and lots of peanuts.... I'm sure you can guess where this is headed... yes, down a bad road. Gabriel got some ice cream for having a birthday recently, but he would not sit on the saddle and huddled by me in fear when they came to the table.

Krista said her tummy hurt and I told her I was headed to the ladies room, so she came with me. After we went to the restroom, she said she was feeling much better and I warned her not to drink sugar pop so quickly next time. We headed back to the table and...

Josh was on my side of the table. My first thought was that Gabriel was mad that I left the table and Papa went to sit by him. Then I saw Josh's blank stare of shock and horror. I saw a white washcloth. And then I saw IT. Gabriel's dinner had come back up and projectile-style landed into his ice cream bowl.

When he got out of the bench all he could say was, "Mommy, I got sick. Mommy..... I want another bite of my ice cream!! Waahh!" So he was more upset at the fact that we had to leave and he couldn't eat anymore of his ice cream. Poor little dude, he was like a broken record all the way home, "Mommy, I got sick at Texas Roadhouse." He just kept repeating that phrase over and over in his 'sad' little voice.

I'm just grateful that they weren't both sick, as it could have easily happened.

In other horrifying news: Krista's two bottom front teeth are loose -- we're going to start the gap-tooth phase! Yikes, they grow so fast!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


A most favorite game in our house... Krista just doesn't look too happy because her brother is winning.

Monday, December 20, 2010

This is Sea-we-us!

Yes, this is SERIOUS. I'm totally slacking on posting lately. Gabriel's birthday was last week and we had a Wonderpet good time.

Here's the spread - Wonderpet "Tuck" cake, delicious punch, and celery, of course!

Here's some detail on the Tuck cake that Josh decorated... using only a knife*, spreading the frosting on the cake. *Side Note: Husbands can never find anything without help, for example cake decorating tools like icing tips.

The cousins have arrived and Gabriel has found a comfortable place among the girls!

Our lovely Wonderpets banner:

Present enjoyment - a cool new power tool!

Here's some additional footage of Gabriel enjoying his new Follow Me Thomas and him blowing out his candles like a pro (the girls are so excited in the background when he does it, too!).

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Santa Visit

We went to visit old Saint Nick at the mall and what did the kid's ask him for this year? Krista's choice was no surprise: a Cinderella Barbie. Gabriel's choice: a monster truck with silver wheels... I guess that's better than his cheese request last year. Logan was not quite able to ask for anything yet, but he did happily sit on Santa's lap to pose for a picture.

As for me, I think I am D-O-N-E with my Christmas shopping! Now I just have to finish planning G's December birthday.