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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Things I've been reminded of

Things I have been reminded of this past week...

...That there is nothing like having your first candy cane!

...watching Diego saves Christmas for the umteenth time is only boring for me, NOT the little people!

...Never, EVER leave these 2 little people in a room with wrapped presents. Never underestimate what a 1 1/2 year old and 2 1/2 year old can do it together in less then 2 minutes. Always have a shovel for each child because no matter what else there is to do, they will ALL want the same thing, at the same time. And no matter how much the snow is blowing in our faces or how cold it is, I will always have to force my little ones into the house...and most of the time, there will be tears in doing so.

...it's still fun to play in the snow with your children, even after they have grown up. (My eldest son made it possible for my daughter to come home after all! Not sure if she's too happy about coming home since she's been sick with the stomach flu for the last couple of days.)

...standing in a long line to see a Christmas display of Santa's elves, at a big department store, is not a fun idea for little people, no matter how cute it is.

...that my 3 little helpers here will move every ornament within their reach, as often as they can...and that a Christmas tree is truly beautiful when there are at least 3 ornaments hanging from one branch.

...that my little man loves playing the drums(I have my own little drummer boy!) and so does his sister and cousin...makes for lots of drumming and fighting about who's turn it is.

...that little girls love to dress up and do NOT like taking off dress up clothes EVER...thanks to my son, Tinkerbell, now lives at my house.

...that I am really out of shape...pulling 3 kids in a sled is A LOT of work. I really need to get back to working out SOON!

...that big kids like to play in the snow just as much as the little kids.

...he might get lots of joy out of teasing me and calling me his "little mom"...he might think it's funny to be the instigator of trouble with the little people around here...he might think it's funny to throw snow at his mom...he might be bigger then me and all grown up BUT one thing is fore sure, I am still the Mom!


Between work, my son's visit, the stomach flu, chasing after 3 little ones(or should I say, being chased by 3 little ones?)our wonderful Minnesota weather(it's either been really cold...-21 when I went to work yesterday morning or snowing, like it is today, making school late or cancelled) and my lack of motivation to shop, I have most of my family Christmas shopping to do today and tomorrow. But, first I have to bundle up 3 little people so they can "help" me shovel the snow that is continuing to fall. I think there is some hot chocolate with some peppermint schnapps in my near future!

15 comments:

SciFi Dad said...

Great photos.

Have a Merry Christmas, my friend. Enjoy your kids, both big and small.

Claire Marie said...

Love Love Love! These pictures are terrific.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!!

Busy Bee Suz said...

You have had a fun filled few days...can you pack in any more stuff???? BTW, pulling 3 kids on a sled IS a workout.
Take care and enjoy.
Merry Christmas!!!

Jason, as himself said...

Oh, what fun! It looks like things are going well....except for the -21 degree part!

Enjoy!

Last Place Finisher said...

Yeah, isn't that the good stuff?

Stepping Thru said...

I love the photos of the kids in the snow. Especially the one with the huge mittens on....LOL. You have such a beautiful family and I know that you are having a great time with them. Enjoy! Don't get too cold. Oklahoma is about 45 today but the wind makes it feel colder. No snow!

Life with Kaishon said...

This looks like SO much fun! It totally made my day to see the kids rosy little cheeks and big smiles! They are ADORABLE!

swamp~elf said...

Hope you're feeling better.

What a wonderful collection of photos !

May you and yours have a healthy, happy, and safe holiday.

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

What great pictures. Those little ones are absolutely precious.

Merry Christmas to you and your family. Hope you got most of your shopping done and can relzax tomorrow.

Midlife Slices said...

I love the photos and all your lessons learned. We should all see Christmas through childrens eyes when we get caught up in all the stress and commercialism that Christmas has become. Love to you and yours and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

Braja said...

Hey Smiles! Have a merry Christmas...sorry you can't be with your son, that is such a nice photo though :)

thistle said...

This post was so much fun to read...what a busy and fun household you have! No wonder you look so young....and Christmas i think must be 100% better with little ones around. Making worth all the challenges!

Smart Mouth Broad said...

Awesome pictures. Everyone looks so happy! May God bless you all in the coming year!

SSG said...

great photos

Heather said...

Your family is so beautiful. You truly are blessed.