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Meet Henry December 19, 2010

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This is Henry. He’s our Christmas elf.

A friend of mine at work has been doing this with her kids for years (they’ve outgrown it now but she still does it and makes them play along!) And if it hadn’t been for her I don’t think I would have ever tried it – but her stories were so hilarious I just had to!

I ordered “Elf on the Shelf” (which seems to be all the rage this year and I just hope they don’t spoil it with all the advertising they’re doing for the kids to see!). The night he arrived we waited for Maisie to go to bed and then we sat Fiona down and told her we needed to have a “Very Important” family meeting.

I said, “honey, you know that box that I got in the mail today?” she nods “well, I didn’t realize it at first…..but it came from the North Pole” she sits stiller then I’ve ever seen her sit “we have been chosen for something very special, something very important. We have been chosen to have an elf come live with us till Christmas.”

Her jaw dropped open. Not figuratively – literally. She couldn’t speak. She just sat there with her mouth wide open as still as she could.

“this book was sent to us with instructions on what to do and what not to do. we have to read it and then I think our elf will start coming maybe even tomorrow!”

so we read the story book that comes with the elf. It covers things about how we can’t touch the elf or he’ll lose his magic and become a doll (they sell skirts to ….FOR $8.00!! to make your elf a girl…..mwah.) How he can’t talk to us…Santa’s Laws of course – and THE most important nugget of all…..each night he will fly back to the North Pole and report to santa on our behavior!

Fiona had lot’s of questions during the reading….how does he go to the bathroom….how does he fly he doesn’t have wings….etc. My two favorite things she said were – when we read the “no touching” rule she just shook her head and said, “man, we are going to have to keep Maisie away from him. How are we going to do that?!!!” and when we read the part about him reporting on our behavior we had to laugh because instead of thinking of herself she got a HUGE grin on her face and said (grinning the whole time) “He is going to see when Maisie touches all my stuff and she is going to end up on the naughty list!” I thought that was hilarious that even at this age that was the first place her mind went =)

So Henry has been a pure joy to have in the house. Turns out he doesn’t shed or poop or pee in the corners (that we’ve seen) Each morning he is in a new place – out of Maisie’s reach. And when we have those rocky moments around the house we just look up to the sky and say, “Henry…..Oh Henry….are you seeing this? Better stop or Henry is going to report you to Santa tonight!”

If you don’t already you should. Worth EVERY penny!



2 small things December 14, 2010

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* Sadly this was the first year in a long time that we missed the Jingle Bell Run. I was especially bummed because Fi had her own number this time around! We’ve been having monsoon like rains….seriously we had 12 inches of rain on the Olympic Rain Forest and 3″ here in the Seattle area. I just thought it would be a “bad mommy” move if I drug them out in that =(

* Saturday night I went out to dinner for a friend of mine’s 40th Birthday. It was a nice Japanese restaurant and it was with a large group of people that I only knew a few of. I had on “dressy clothes” and was feeling good – making small talk, meeting new people. At the end of the night I walked into the bathroom and when I looked in the mirror I saw it. A bright sparkling purple clip that Fiona had “clipped” (which really means just barely hung) in my bangs smack in the middle of my forehead so that I would “look pretty”. Nice.



10 Months

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19 lbs. 5 oz. & 30″ long.

10 months is lot’s of fun! Sure she still doesn’t sleep….but we’ll get there….right? RIGHT?!!? Maisie still isn’t walking which I can’t believe. She walks all over the place with us…even only holding on to one hand. She’s walking on her own she just doesn’t know it yet! She’s working on a couple more teeth right now but they don’t seem to be bothering her like the first one did (please tell me I did not just jinx myself!!) I love this time because suddenly she is starting to communicate with us and we can tell that she’s starting to understand. When we say no she shakes her head and ‘some’ times she actually even stops what she’s doing! She blows us kisses which is the absolutely cutest thing you’ve ever seen – she sticks her whole hand in her mouth and pulls it out really fast and makes a grunting noise =) she claps and sometimes points. I think she’s starting to do the “more” sign and the “all done” sign. We call her “the powerhouse” when it comes to breakfast. The girl can put away two fruit cups and entire thing of yogurt! Amazing. She eats whatever we’re eating now which is nice – and we’re working on using the cup on our own. She is still just a happy happy energetic baby. She can say Da Da (but doesn’t relate it to G) but she hasn’t really said momma yet – BUT she does say Nanna (which is what we call Fiona!) Funny that she would say her sisters name before me!!!

So all is well in Maisie’s world – and I’m finally caught up on the blog!


Bustling Holidays

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The first week of December was a busy one.

December 1st is my mom’s Birthday and she was staying at our house that day so we took her out to dinner….Red Robin of course….=)

The next night I played soccer for the first time in 5 years – it was really fun to play again but man was I rusty – and HOLY HELL was I sore!!!

Friday GG left for Taiwan for a week so the girls and I were on our own. Before he left Greg got down all the holiday decorations so we spent the weekend decorating the house. We had a fun time going through everything and Fiona was a great help putting ornaments on the tree. The worse part was that I was SO SORE from playing soccer I could barely get around! Maisie was in awe of the tree and the lights -she’s been playing with a few things but surprisingly she’s left it pretty much alone!

The week went by pretty fast and everyone was super happy to see Daddy home. A couple of funny little quotes while he was gone:

*Fiona asked Maisie to marry her so that they could live happily ever after and make all their dreams come true – “then we must first kiss” =)

*Fiona asked if she could watch Harry Potter, I told her it was a little scary and we could only watch the first one but OK. It was over her head so she played a lot during it and watched off and on…at one point she had been sitting still watching it for about 10 minutes and finally said, “mommy, is Harry a lizard?” “no honey, he’s a wizard, that means he’s magical” “OH! All this time I thought he was a lizard!”


Maisie’s First Visit to Santa

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All right – I’m sorry – but you can not get a better santa picture then this!!! Fiona hasn’t sat on Santa’s lap for the last couple of years so we weren’t sure what she was going to do this time. She told us that Maisie could sit on his lap but she would probably just stand. When we got into the room with him though she just lit up and went right to him – gave him a high 5 and hopped right on his lap. He was a FANTASTIC santa – looked great and had a kind voice. He really seemed to feel at ease with the little ones and knew just how to talk to them. Maisie didn’t bat an eye – she stared at him for a tiny bit wondering who the hell he was – other then that she sat and smiled and squealed!

Fi asked him for a barbie doll and a train and told him that Maisie wanted a baby doll all her own.

We always go see Santa just after Thanksgiving because Greg leaves for Asia every year at this time. He had to leave a few days later but will only be gone one week this time and is only going to Taiwan (always easier on him then China).


Cookie Day

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Every year the day after Thanksgiving my sister, SIL, and I go to my mom’s house to make boat loads of Christmas cookies. It is a ton of work but so much fun and I love that we have a tradition that we keep alive for the girls. This was the first year that Fiona got into it a bit and actually helped some – she also ate some =) We used 15lbs. of flour, 10lbs. of sugar and 12 lbs. of butter!! By the end of the night we are all sick of cookies we swear we will never eat a single one =) I love having all the cookies at home for parties and neighbors and last minute holiday gifts.

*G-pa with his girls | * Fi helping grandma cut gingerbreads | * Fi frosting the cream wafers (she did a great job with them!)

*The final product | * Taste testing!



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We decided to have Thanksgiving at our house this year. I actually really enjoy cooking and it sounded really good to not have to pack the girls up and take them anywhere. I knew they’d nap (at least Maisie would) and get to bed at a decent time with time to unwind. The only bummer was the rest of my family had Thanksgiving in Tacoma at my sisters – but since I knew we’d see them the next day for cookie day – it didn’t seem so bad.

Dinner was Greg’s parents, Kevin and the Booher family. I was so happy that they could join us – they are such good friends and I love being able to spend these special times with them. Fiona and I made the place mats for everyone ahead of time (turkey hands and leaves smashed between clear shelf liner….high class!) and Fiona also had made a turkey center piece at school for our table. We made a brined turkey and couple of stuffings, Greg’s mom brought her amazing garlic mashed potatos, cranberry salad and pies, and the Booher’s brought cranberries and some absolutely delicious homemade bread that Chris made that morning (oh and a 2nd turkey so we would have lot’s of left overs!!)

It was a GREAT night – a perfect dinner – great food and great conversation….nothing could remind us all of how much we have to give thanks for then a perfect evening like that one.