It seems like forever since I’ve blogged. My laptop is having some issues right now and running really slow (my goal is to get it cleaned up this week so it’s back to tip top shape) but it’s been tough to get pictures downloaded, etc. It’s been quite a week. I’m really sick of the cold weather. There have been mornings where it’s between 1 and 4 degrees when we leave for work/preschool. I think Robert’s a bit sick of the cold too!
Last Saturday I picked up my niece and nephew so that they could do their Christmas shopping. We had such a great time together. We laughed and reminisced and they got a lot of shopping done. They pooled their money for a lot of their gifts and were really thoughtful about each gift. I was fun to see them work together and also to really try to pick the right gift for someone with limited funds. They got along with each other the entire time… no bickering… it was so nice. I told them that getting to spend the day with them was my Christmas present. They got our aunts/uncles each a Hickory Farms gift pack; Erika got my Mom some warm slipper socks and lotion from Bath & Body Works; Donald got Mom a Yankee Candle; they got Jim and I a Yankee Candle that is cinnamon – my favorite. They got Robert the Little People Tug Boat. Erika got her boyfriend a tool set and they both got their mother a nice candle holder.
While we were gone Robert was in charge of watching Daddy. He entertained him for a while with his hat.
I picked up this cute Santa and Reindeer globes at Hallmark. They play music and dance and can be hooked together or played with apart. Robert loved them.
Sunday my friend/co-worker Amy came over with her brother, sister in law and niece (6) and nephew (4). We had a great time making cookies. I had one batch done when they got there so that they could decorate them with icing. Then I rolled out another batch for sprinkles and wrapped it up with a batch of chocolate chip. Jimmy and Jim hit it off and talked bbq. We also played some Wii. The biggest compliment of the day was Clark did not want to leave and Olivia asked if they could come back sometime… of course they can! It was so much fun hanging out with friends.
I only worked two days this week but they were packed full of stuff getting ready for year end. My boss took our whole administrative team out for a nice lunch Tuesday. It was a lot of fun. She also had gifts for all of us. She and Jennifer also got Robert a laptop! He really thinks it is great and has had a lot of fun playing with it.
Tuesday the new living room and dining room furniture came along with the new blinds. Jim started his vacation that day so he could be home for the deliveries. I came home to a whole new house. I love it! The pit is cozy and just perfect for us!
Christmas Eve morning we got up and did some chores. I delivered some gifts and picked up some things we needed for lunch on Christmas Day. Robert had a bath and got dressed.
We picked up Donald and Erika and headed to my Mom’s. We opened presents. Mom got us a really great Crock Pot that I know we’re going to get a lot of use out of. I also got a very nice perfume set. Robert got some really cute new clothes and a savings bond. Donald and Erika loved all their gifts.
I missed the part in the Christmas Story where a tug boat runs through the manger… but apparently that’s what Robert thought happened.
Mom fixed our traditional Prime Rib Christmas Eve dinner. Afterwards we went to church.
We finally got home around 9:30. I had to help Santa by assembling the toddler table he got for Robert. Then I un-gated the tree, fluffed out the packages, set up the video camera and tidied up a bit more for our company on Christmas Day.
Robert had a really good time opening his presents. We all got really nice, thoughtful gifts this year. Santa brought me a Flip Video Mino. It’s smaller than my cell phone. AT first I wasn’t sure about it. WE have the big camcorder and I can do video on my point and shoot camera. But I really got into using it today and think I’m going to have a lot of fun with it. Jim was thrilled with his smoker and I’m sure he can’t wait for the weather to warm up a tad so he can use it.
After we opened gifts Jim finished up his work on lunch for today… he fixed a turkey, a ham, brussel sprout hash, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy and a lot of appetizers for today.
Around noon my Mom, Erika, Aunt Barb & Uncle Ward arrived. Aunt Sue & Uncle Ross couldn’t make it because of the cold weather. THey have cattle and it’s taking Ross a half a day to chop ice so that they can get water. We had hoped it would warm up enough that they could make it but it didn’t. Donald was asleep so he didn’t come over either. We opened more presents.
Aunt Barb got Robert a Time Out bench. Like she would ever think that he could do anything to deserve to go to time out!
You practically need a stick of dynamite to un-package some of these toddler toys. Robert was trying to be patient but he really wanted to play with his new toy!
My Aunt and Uncle got me this Mother’s bracelet. I absolutely love it. They are always so thoughtful.
Robert fell asleep on the floor right before lunch. He stayed asleep until after we were all finished eating then had his lunch. Then he sat down at his toddler table and went to town playing with his toys. He was quite the little entertainer all day.
All this entertaining really tuckered him out. He and Daddy took a long nap after everyone left. Then tonight he crawled up on the couch with us and was out like a light.
Tomorrow I’m heading to Target to get one of these to get Robert’s toys organized. At least this way we can put all “like” toys in a bin and just bring the bin out to the living room and hopefully help with the toys taking over the house. It’s rough since he’s not old enough to play in his room alone yet but the living room does not have enough room for all of his toys and us!
I think we’ve also finally settled on what to get the Nebraska nieces and nephew for Christmas (we’re going there next week). It’s looking like the weather is going to be nice tomorrows so maybe we’ll try to get that shopping done.
Merry Christmas to everyone. I hope your day was filled with great memories.