Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Getting ready!

 More Christmas memories being made this year!
The kids had friends over for a Christmas party.  They ate candy cane pancakes with syrup and sprinkles.  Then the sugar-filled children went home.  :)

Gus insists on "helping" Jacob during the school day.
 One afternoon, Gus napped with Charlie. When they came downstairs later, Gus was all handsome, wearing Charlie's Christmas tie.  What a gentleman!
 Jenna went shopping with Mom.  Best part?  Stopping at Strbx for a peppermint hot cocoa, of course!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Our School Psychologist

It looks like Gus is providing emotional support for Jacob as he "suffers" through grammar and algebra.  On the other hand, "Mr. I-refuse-to-stay-on-my-mat-and-apart-from-people may be putting on a good act here.  Good thing he's so cute!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Annual Tree Lighting

Last night was the 4th Annual Tree Lighting for our village.
Jacob and Amarin participated in the music and played a variety of Christmas music.
Amarin played his snare and the cymbal.
 Jacob played bass guitar.  This picture cracks me up.  Jacob is sitting on top of his amp.  The amp is so big that his feet don't even touch the floor!
 The piano and trumpet were also playing.  Sounded great!
Favorite song they played?  Charlie Brown's theme song!
Jenna and Laura sat on Santa's lap, but I was busy organizing the cookies and hot chocolate, and I didn't see them!  Charlie was not interested in Santa until later.  But as soon as he walked in the room to see Santa, he walked back out with a look of digust.  "Mom.  I am not going to see him.  That's not even Santa Claus!"

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Laptop

It's another first for Jacob.  His first laptop.
His schooling is at the point where this will come in handy,
and free mine from his clutches.
 He's just a little bit excited.
(and probably appreciative since he had to pay for 1/2 of it!)

Oh, Christmas Tree...

 The tree is up and decorated!  I love watching the kids place ornaments on the tree.  It would never win a beauty contest, but maybe the "most crammed ornaments possible" award!  Love it!
 Christmas excitement is in-the-air...just in case it's not obvious here.
 Or here.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Her Teeth

"All I want for Christmas is my two, front teeth, my two, front teeth, see my two, front teeth."
 Laura had a fused tooth extracted this past Tuesday.  She was really mad at the dentist, but was back to her happy self in no-time.  Apologies to the dental assistants who probably went home with a few bruises! But, hey!  She didn't bite anyone this time!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Countdown to Christmas!

It's December 1st. 
The kids are wearing their Santa hats to the breakfast table.
I'm sure they will be worn to the stores as soon as we decide to leave the house.
 And they decided to make their own countdown-to-Christmas candy chains again.
One piece of candy per day.  Last time we did this, Charlie ate all his candy in less than a week.  Bummer...Christmas didn't come any quicker!

They contemplated the reaction Dad might exhibit once he hits his head on these candy chains, but they still thought it was fun to hang them from the balcony.