Thursday, January 22, 2015

Christmas Catch-up

Christmas was once again a small and casual affair this year. We had initially planned to visit Bruce's family in Canada for the holiday but then we realized Calder's passport had expired. You can't just renew a kid's passport, you have to reapply all over again and both parents a required to be there. That made it somewhat difficult because the only time we could all go in without me having to skip work was a three hour window on Saturday that generally interfered with hockey. Because of course, hockey.

I came home from work in mid-December to find this laying on the coffee table. In all, a pretty solid plan.

So we stayed home which was probably smart because I think Calder would have lost his mind of he had been presented with a wii U and then told that he couldn't play it until we returned home. The wii surprise completely threw his schedule off as did the complete and utter lack of snow. His new to do list looked more like this:

  1. Wake up pre-dawn
  2. Whine about opening gifts until mom and dad have had enough coffee
  3. Play wii U for rest of day

Don't be fooled by how loaded the fire place looks. Most of that is all the Christmas books in bins that I couldn't be bothered to move.

After the debacle of Thanksgiving (I cooked all day, no one ate, dinner was over in less than 15 minutes) I went super low key on the food. I don't even remember what it was. Something in the crock pot probably? I am loving hard on my Crock Pots this winter. Yes, plural. I have three now, of varying sizes.

Only putting this here to note how dark it is outside still.

This is Wren's "I can't Believe I Got A Singing Elsa" face.

This is Calder's "I Can't Believe I got A Bug Vacuum" face.
Since writing about Calder and Wren playing video games all day is super boring. I'll just put up a bunch of pictures of my Christmas decorations. I miss them already.

I bought my mom's vintage Avon Nativity set from her for $40 and my olive wood nativity.

I have a thing for nutcrackers.

And vintage or vintage style glass ornaments.

And, uh, ornaments in general.

My mother-in-law is an enabler. 

I also apparently have a creepy doll ornament collection.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Hair

After much haranguing by various grandmothers, Bruce broke down and gave the kids gift certificates to the rock n' roll hair salon by our house for Christmas. He eventually got around to taking them in almost two weeks ago now and the grammas are finally off our backs.

A refresher, the befores:

The afters:

Wren's looks pretty much the same as last time so she only gets one picture.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Birthday Bounce

When you are the kind of person who sort of gets wrapped up in stuff and forgets to plan your kid's birthday party until two weeks out, it helps to be married to the sort of person who knows people that own bouncy house places. Hockey, finally good for something.


Despite the short time frame, we managed to throw Calder a pretty boss birthday party. Having someone else do all the prep work makes life SO MUCH EASIER. The whole time we were at Pump it Up, I kept looking around and saying, "I am so glad these children are not all at my house." Despite my concerns that it would be impossible to get any number of children to attend a Saturday night birthday party five days before Christmas, we managed to get 20 something other kids there between school, hockey and random friends. The only thing I needed to do was buy a cake at the grocery store and assemble two dozen Pokemon treat bags. These people, they even take the pictures for you. Which is nice, because they best I could manage with my phone were sweaty blurs.

The best part? Calder had a friggin' blast despite the fact that I did not spend countless hours loving handcrafting decorations and planning a 15 course themed menu. I love being lazy. Maybe Wren wants a bouncy house birthday too.