Christmas is always more fun with little children around. Ours was no exception, as Miss Munchkin was definitely the center of attention. She still has not quite figured out what presents are all about, but she was most concerned that every scrap of wrapping paper get removed from the present and properly disposed of, which meant carrying it to Grandma to throw away. Too much FlyLady influence, do you think?
Miss Munchkin received a kitchen, many books and more Signing Time
dvds. It continually amazes me how quickly and easily she picks up new signs from those DVDs. And how they make our lives less stressful, as long as we learn the signs along with her!
There seemed to be two favorite gifts, though. The boys gave Bill and I DDR (Dance, Dance Revolution)
. I’m not sure that Bill appreciated it very much, but the rest of us have been enjoying it. It is really quite a workout and should be a useful aid in the “losing weight” and “getting more exercise” portions of my New Year’s Resolutions. Miss Munchkin watched us all play and then wanted her turn!
The second successful gift was the CashFlow 101 board game from RichDad.com
. We have spent several hours playing, trying to learn how to escape the rat race. For two years I have wanted to buy this game, hesitating because of the expense of it, but now I wish that I had done so earlier. It is a game that is going to get used a lot here and a great learning tool.And here are the last two pictures of MissMunchkin for 2007!
||We love ice cream and apple crisp!
|Bouncing on Grandma’s bed is great fun, or at least it was until we whacked ourselves in the mouth on the bed frame! No blood, just a very shocked little girl, who undoubtedly will still want to bounce on the bed again next time!
The weekend was spent traveling to Atlanta and back, with some of Saturday evening and most of Sunday spent with relatives. My brother Eric and his wife generously hosted our family Christmas get-together. Not all members of my sibling’s families were able to attend, but most were there.
We had more than enough to eat, thanks to my niece Chelsea (and her boyfriend Michael) who spent several days prior cooking and baking. The boys played plenty of X-Box 360 and the adults just sat around eating, talking, and eating some more!Miss Munchkin did well, all things considered. Most of the people present she either had never seen or had not seen in so long that she did not remember them. And there was this big kid with fuzzy red hair all over his face (my brother Eric) who was determined she (Miss Munchkin) should like him. I think he would have had better luck if he had used the quietly bribing with cheese and chocolate tactic than the swoop in with shock and awe tactic. By mid-afternoon she was signing to her mommy “bye-bye” and saying “car” meaning she thought it was high time we should go home! Poor girl, by the time we finally did leave, she fell asleep in her car seat for a short nap, only to wake up and be confined to her car seat for another several hours. About an hour from home she finally had a total meltdown and protested the rest of the way home, rather vocally at time. I don’t think I have ever seen a little girl so glad to be home.
I am posting up some pics for all of the extended family members that live far away. If you need to ask who someone is, email me!
I just took the tree down, so that must mean that Christmas is over with. Actually, I usually leave the tree up until at least New Year’s Day, but this tree was so dry that I was really worried about it being a fire hazard, to say nothing of all the needles all over. This is the first year we have bought an already-cut tree and I do not think we will do that again. It will be worth paying a bit more for one we cut ourselves. Either that or I am going back to my artificial tree.
Anyway, so the tree is down and we survived Christmas week. And a busy one it was, at least the first half of it. After David opened his presents last Friday …
… we headed for the Japanese Steakhouse. We had a delicious and entertaining meal. The boys had the opportunity to catch (in their mouth) shrimp tossed to them by the chef, which was doubling amusing because Charles does not like shrimp and realized that about the time he opened his mouth to “catch.”
We told our waitress that it was David’s birthday, so they sang Happy Birthday to him (which thrilled him to no end, of course) and also brought him a pineapple boat for dessert. It was made totally of pineapple and maraschino cherries and was big enough for him to share with us all. And then they took this picture:
It’s a little blurry because it was a Polaroid picture that I scanned. Don’t we all look totally thrilled at the prospect of having our pictures taken?!