This year the kids and I built a Gingerbread house. I was pretty impressed with all the decorating ideas they came up with! The Princess stacked a few tootsie rolls together for a chimney, and the Professor used a bunch of swedish fish as paving stones for a walkway in front of the house. There were squares of Hershey chocolate bars as doors and windows, twizzlers for trim along the roof and even a couple of lollipops with mini M & M’s attached as apple trees out front.
It really was a lot of fun & the kids had a blast. Even the Milk Monkey was there, his biggest contributions were getting to eat small pieces of twizzlers, and adding a lot of “ohhh”s and “wow”s, but he loved it too.
This past weekend, we let the kids break it apart and start eating!
It was a little bit sad to see their creation turn into an after dinner treat, but they really enjoyed it. The Milk Monkey kept looking at us with an “I can’t believe you’re letting us do this!” look. It was very cute!
Somehow I think this will become a new Christmas tradition for us!
Last year we had very little, so when they looked out the window this morning and were met with a blanket of fluffy white snow covering everything, they were so excited.
Once breakfast was finished Daddy and I spent a good hour gathering winter clothing and helping each child get dressed.
I made it very clear they were to stay outside for at least an hour, since it took so long to get out there.
Once the Professor and the Princess were outside I went and woke the Monkey from his nap. He was not impressed that I had disturbed his sleep, but when I showed him his siblings playing in the snow through the window, he wanted to join them immediately.
Immediately in his socks and clothes, immediately!
He was not impressed about the delay in getting his snow suit on.
The three of them really enjoyed playing in the snow. Daddy showed the Monkey how to make snow angels by moving his arms and legs for him. He thought that was really funny but didn’t quite get the concept.
Then Daddy showed the Princess how to make snowballs. She was more interested in eating the snow even though she was warned multiple times not too. That one will eat just about anything!
The Professor and the Princess worked together to make a snowman. They even asked for a carrot for its nose.
Frosty’s nose didn’t last long though…they ended up sharing it between the two of them!
Christmas expectations and Christmas realities are two completely different things in our home.
Christmas expectations are calm and orderly. They go off without a hitch and are picture perfect.
Christmas realities are busy and messy and very loud. They drown out Christmas music and leave the living room in total chaos.
It’s the picture I posted to Facebook today wishing all our friends and family a Merry Christmas. So cute with the little matching pj’s, on such well behaved children. What I should have posted was the picture right before I managed to get them to stay still and smile for 5 seconds.
And then there’s this!
The way I wish our living room stayed throughout the morning but really only lasted for a few minutes.
The Milk Monkey has been heading off to the backup daycare a lot this month. As I mentioned in another post, my employer provides 20 days of backup daycare, and we had quite a few left for the little guy at the end of this year so we’ve been using them up to give Mummy a bit more quiet time to take care of some other projects she’s got going on.
He really likes getting out and going to see his “friends” at the daycare, and he prefers to walk and hold my hand as we head through the building. He always waves and says “Hi” to every person we pass – it’s like he’s the little mayor of daycare town.
But, even the mayor needs downtime, and apparently when our little guy is kicking back at home, he likes to do it dino style.
We’ve had this little dinosaur costume since the Professor was a little guy and the Milk Monkey just loves it. Every now and then as we’re getting him dressed, he’ll spot it hanging in his closet and starting pointing at it while saying “Me, Me, Me”. Of course, we usually go for it, especially if it’s just a quiet day at home for him. Though he did accompany me to the supermarket while wearing it once. It’s very cute to see the little dinosaur stomping around the house, dancing to “the Wiggles” and giving the occasional little “roar”.
It’s 11:30 pm and Daddy and I just finished making 265 cookies for his Cookie Contest at work tomorrow. We’ve been working on them for more than 3 hours and I wouldn’t mind if I never see a cookie again!
The cookie itself was something we thought up…it’s combination of two Christmas favourites – sugar cookies and peppermint bark.
I think they turned out pretty great.
If you ever wondered what 22 dozen cookies looks like…
In a busy life filled with homeschooling, work, children, writing, sewing and many other things, I always find it hard to find time to work out. It’s frustrating at the end of the day knowing I’ve failed once again to find time for exercise. I want to be healthy and every day I feel my health deteriorating a little more as I spend day after day sitting at my computer working and writing. I’ve spent days standing and working, just to change things up before but it’s not much better.
The more I thought about it the more it became clear that something has to change. I can’t change the amount of hours in a day, and work still has to get done and I refuse to give up writing or my enjoyment of gaming. So I tried to think up a way to get some exercise while doing these things.
My first thought was to get a stationary bike, but who has the money for that. Then I remembered a clip I had seen on the news of a woman who put a desk over her treadmill and walked all day.
Since it’s the holidays and money is tight, Daddy and I found a make shift desk for the treadmill (the leaf for our kitchen table) and I’ve been walking and working (and sometimes gaming) ever since. I started off really slow and I’ve now worked up to 2.8 miles per hour. Balancing is harder while trying to use the computer on a treadmill. It’s still not a brisk walk but it’s much better than sitting, plus I can do it for a long time. The first day I walked while I worked for 4 hours and burned 1000 calories. Not bad while invoicing.
Four hours is a long time, it’s still hard to get that many hours in a row, but most days I average 2 hours and more than 500 calories. I’ll take it.
On a totally unrelated note…
Isn’t this the cutest little guy in his first time out?!!
If there’s one thing we love at our house in the winter, it’s a nice warm fire in the fireplace. Last week, we ordered 1/2 cord of wood from our local landscape company and had them drop it on a tarp on our front lawn. It was a convenient spot so we could then transport it by wheelbarrow to the bulkhead and organize it into two stacks – one in the basement, and one on the side porch.
I recruited the little professor to lend a hand and I have to say, he really pulled his weight – probably more than his weight actually! As I was running wheelbarrows full of wood to the bulkhead, he would take logs down 2 at a time and then Mummy would organize them into a nice stack in the basement. Once we decided we had enough downstairs, we moved on to the side porch. He was a huge help in running logs up and down the stairs and even handled the wheelbarrow some of the time.
After a couple of hours of hard work, we were finally finished and we got the little guy into the house. Then he had a hot shower, a warm cup of cocoa and was finally relaxing in front of the fire – enjoying the rewards of his hard work.
It’s nice to know I now have a helper that can help me with these projects around the house!
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