Tuesday, December 30, 2008

And now I'm a believer.  The above photos confirm the fact that a little boy will indeed make weapons (and related "apparel") if not provided the real deal.  Spencer found the knife in Mia's food cutting kit and then he used a nylon bag to complete the Rambo look.  He was in such a rush, he didn't have time to remove the balls from the bag, but you get the point.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Our late Christmas summarized in five pictures

When you've got kids in the picture, this is considered a keeper.
Mia is opening her wood "food".  She wasn't amused and wondered where the real stuff was.
Yes, it is indeed a apron my son is wearing, but you got to admit the 
retro space theme is pretty cute.  Plus, my window of opportunity is limited.
Practice makes (almost) perfect kids.
Be scared.  Be very scared.

We had a fantastic late Christmas.  We ate a breakfast casserole and lounged in our p.j.s all day long.  That night, Alfonso surprised me with a nice (and pre-planned) birthday dinner at Shutter's.  I had only twenty minutes to go from laying on the couch in my p.j.s to dressed and out the door.  It didn't help that I had a wicked cold and  I was pretty miserable when our babysitter arrived.  Thankfully, I have some great friends who seemed happy to see me even without a shower.  We had a fantastic time out and left after almost four hours of conversation.  We might have stayed longer but we got the feeling the place was just kept open for us :).  Although I'm not a fan of surprises, it sure made me feel special to know Alfonso had planned this night with me in mind.  He's really great.  If you need further proof you just might want to take a look at the above picture again...what a gem!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas Day with my parents

I went to parents' house Christmas morning.  Clad in pajamas we made it right on time.  I didn't cook a thing...that's why I'm smiling.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

(Early) Christmas at the Firehouse

We spent our evening at the firehouse for an early Christmas get-together.  The kids were plenty entertained with cookie decorating, dollar store goodies, and treats.  The food was fabulous and I went home absolutely stuffed, now I know where to send that Jenny Craig bill to satisfied.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Spencer's five!

Alfonso was home yesterday so we celebrated Spencer's last day being four. Today, we celebrated the arrival of year five with the one and only Lita (Abuelita).

This last picture of me with the kids was taken Myspace style.  I asked Maria (Alfonso's mom) to take a picture of me with the kids.  When the end result included us along with every other belonging in the house, I told her I'd take the picture instead :)  I really wish I hadn't erased the picture just so you'd believe me.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

"Hey!  You know what tomorrow is?  Give up?!  It's my 5th birthday!!"
"Yeah, I'm talking to you Silly Monkey!"
"Don't forget because I just might get a little upset."
"And you don't want to see my upset...trust me!"

Friday, December 19, 2008

The future's so bright...

...I gotta wear shades, I gotta wear shades

This must be the case because these shades were worn well after the sun had set :)

Proof a cute wiseman did indeed exist...

Spencer played the part of a wiseman in his preschool's Christmas play.  This is his second year of preschool, therefore, his second Christmas play.  His "performance" proved his confidence has improved because last year our little drummer boy was practically tossed on stage.

Tossed or not, I love the kid :)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Christmas lights are even better with friends

Natalie and I took our four kiddos out for a Christmas light tour. While the kids enjoyed the lights for a bit, I think they were far more entertained to have a buddy along for the ride. It got a little loud at times, but we're pretty good at talking through the noise.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Homemade wrapping paper

I've had a roll of brown craft paper in our closet for a long while now.  After looking through my craft boxes I found some very old (10 years plus!) Christmas foam stamps.   We used a few foam brush to apply the paint to the stamps and voila!  Because I made due with what I already had on hand (including some semi-dried up paint), this was a complete freebie.  Hopefully, Alfonso reads this post :).

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Cute as a button

I saw this craft on a site I like to frequent for ideas.  I thought this was the perfect way to use those extra buttons Spencer's been begging to create with.  Because I had the buttons, this craft cost under $5 (I bought a stiff version of felt in white and black).  The kids had fun and now I have a neat keepsake.  Win-win!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

One more reason to love Trader Joe's and my kids

Honestly, this was the easiest gingerbread house we've ever put together.  Must be the ingenious design; A-frame is the way to go.  We actually enjoyed the assembly involved with this project...weird!

Alfonso was really bothered by the absence of a daddy in the gingerbread kit.  A quick look through the kiddie toys and problem solved.  I snuck "Daddy" into the scene and it only took a few hours for Alfonso to notice.  Big time brownie points!
I'm thinking I should replace mom too.  While my nose isn't small, I'm not so sure I like to be represented by the model with a very, very pointy version of what's actually on my face.  Oh, well!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

The tree's officially cluttered!

I have friends far more crafty and creative than I am, so I "steal" ideas.  No harm's done during my thievery and my kids think I'm a genius.  One of the creative ideas I've taken on this December is an Advent calendar, but not one filled with chocolate (although that sounds good right about now).  I didn't snap a picture of my creation, but it just involves a large piece of cardstock with little paper pockets attached.  Each one of the 25 paper pockets has a little tag inside.  Every morning the kids pull out a tag that has listed our activity for the day.  The activities are for the most part very simple.  So far we've done wreath making (ha, ha, ha) and hot cocoa, a themed movie night, Christmas light tour, Christmas parade and ornaments.  Instead of sealed envelopes, I opted to use tags so I can fill them out as we go.  So, yes, most of the tags are still blank...shhh!  Spencer's asked a few times to peak at the next day's surprise.  If he did pull out a blank tag, I just might introduce him to the magic of invisible ink.   Do you think he'd buy it?!

I went to the craft store with the kids today.  Not only was a weekend day, but did I mention both my children were with me...shopping?!  Apparently popsicle sticks are all the rage this season, so I didn't find what I was really searching for.  I did found some neat wooden crosses the kids decorated with jewels and glitter.  While were not big-time Santa supporters, I think reindeer are pretty darn cute, so the kids made candy cane reindeer too.  

The reindeer have congregated in one section of the tree which just adds to our already cluttered look.  But the joy I saw as my kids placed their creations on the tree has erased any desire I had for that Better Homes look.  Tacky works just fine here.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

It's a tree!

And I was there!! The proof's in the pudding picture.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanksgiving Day

Alfonso was forced to work Thanksgiving day. When he called with the news I had two options: Option one (my favorite): pout...loudly. Option two: be thankful my husband has a job. You might be surprised but I did indeed choose option two, though option one sounded far more thrilling. I'm not a saint and my habitual tendency to choose option one is proof of that.

I met my parents, sister, and Grandma at my Grandpa's house. My Grandpa has always been a fan of Christmas so when we mentioned leaving his tree up year round a few years ago, he was sure happy. We spent part of the day removing the Easter decorations and replacing them with ornaments. I'm not sure if Grandpa noticed, but I know the bright lights will surely catch his eye soon enough.