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It’s Beginning to Look a Little Like Christmas…

We started decorating!!

Burke, Maggie, and Logan - decorating

Merry Christmas!!

A Christmas Story

T’was two nights before Christmas,
An email received.
Santa’s present for Maggie,
Was not shipped as believed.

“FUUUUUDGE!!” cried Nancy,
“What to do, I don’t know…”
Fighting last minute shoppers,
Off to Target I go.

For the last 3 or 4 months,
It’s been on all Maggie’s lists.
I had visions of crying,
And “This Christmas’s the pits!”

“Skates!” yelled Mommy,
“Of the roller kind,
“Please help me, oh worker,
“This gift I must find!”

I ran down the aisles,
And what to my wonder,
There they were!
With helmets, over and under!

I snatched up a box,
And ran ’round the bend.
Ah Target, I love you,
You’ve saved me again.

Way Back When-esday

Cheryl over at Twinfatuation hosts this one. Go on over to see who else is playing – and join in too!

This was the first picture Christmas Card we sent out. 🙂

Baby Picture Sundays

This week’s theme is: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas. Fun!!

We did a whole bunch of Christmas things yesterday. First, we decorated the tree.

This goes right here...

Perfect.

Where do these go?

I'll show you!

Then, Maggie and I got ready to go to a local-ish production of the Nutcracker. (Maggie’s first time!!) It wasn’t professional, but it wasn’t some mom-an-pop production either. (Only 4 ballerinas fell… 😉 )

Off to the Nutcracker

We were in the 3rd row!!

Soooo sick - but loving the show

I asked Maggie at intermission if she wanted to go home or watch more. She DEFINITELY wanted more. (She wanted more when the show was over LOL!) She’s got a major cold though, so she was quite the trooper…especially as the show started at 6pm…close to bed time!

And … it turned out that one of my former Girl Scouts was in the production! She was pretty good too 🙂

One of My Former Girl Scouts

And what were the boys doing while we were off gallivanting? Putting the train together!

Trains!

Debi hosts the Baby Picture Sundays. Hop on over there to see who’s playing, and join in too!

Fx4: Creche

This creche was handed down to me this year. It’s the one I grew up with … I remember playing with it for long spurts of time when I was little. I have it up on the mantle this year, but I hope to make it more accessible to the kids when they get a little older.

Candid Carrie sponsors Friday’s Foto Finish Fiesta – head over to her blog and find LOTS of links for bloggers who’ve joined in! (You can join in too!)

Christmas Afternoon Craziness

After our morning of craziness, Christmas carried on. Everyone returned from their travels to in-laws or church (or a nap in my case 😉 ) and we set in on the mountain of gifts.

There were too many gifts to go through, but I have to say, I think Aunt Sharon and Uncle Jason take the prize for the most-thought-out, most-played-with-so-far gifts. They gave Logan a “cell phone” that you can record a voice on to play back with the push of a button. (Logan loves pushing buttons … and can often be seen playing with MY cell phone.)

They gave Burke a super cute computer.

Future Blogger

Future Blogger

He was very upset this  morning when Mike was Skyping with Pop Pop. He wanted Pop Pop to show up on his computer. LOL

And they gave Maggie a digital camera. I believe there have been over 300 pictures taken so far. Most of them by Maggie…but a few that the grown-ups have taken as well. The camera has this neat feature where you can position different hats/ears/noses/scenes around the item you’re shooting. Ya. The adults go a hold of it while desserting/drinking Christmas Eve. You’ll see those photos in a separate post soon 😉

Maggie had a blast handing out gifts, and was even starting to read the tags correctly toward the end of the mountain.

Santas Little Elf

Santa's Little Elf

Nana made new aprons for her little kitchen helpers. Maggie wore her’s for the rest of the day. Burke put his on to help bake cookies (with their new kid sized baking set) later in the afternoon.

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New Apron

As per typical of a 15 month old, the shiny paper was a favorite for Logan.

Shiny Paper

Oooh Shiny Paper

All of the gifts were opened by 2pm.

Here are some random pictures from throughout the madness.

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Grey seems to be obsessed with Maggie

Grey seems to be obsessed with Maggie

Way Back When-esday

Cheryl over at Twinfatuation hosts this one. Go on over to see who else is playing – and join in too!

Grandma - Christmas 2005

Grandma - Christmas 2005

She would be horrified if she knew I was posting it, but it’s one of my favorites of my Grandma. She never got through all of her gifts 🙂

This was taken exactly 1 month and 1 day before she passed away.

Deck the Halls

We decorated the tree today! Mike got it out of the attic (yes, it’s fake) and strung it with lights on Monday – with the kids’ help, of course.

I'm helping

I'm helping!

This is so cool

You're going to let me touch?!

Today, we got out the rest. Burke was especially good at finding spots to hang the decorations. Maggie would either stuff one in (without actually hanging it), or bring it to me to hang. Logan was just fascinated. Enough so that he stood – by himself – for over 5 minutes just looking at the tree. (well, touching too…but not using it to hold himself up.)

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I wanna help too!

I think...right...here

I think...right...here

This game is cool

"This game is cool" *

* Actual comment heard
what IS this thing?

What IS this thing?

Burke’s comment when we were done: “Let’s do it again!”

All Hats Should Have Stripes

Yesterday, one of the wonderful ladies from my twins club posted a link to a site that creates personalized Christmas stories for your kids – for free! All you have to do is plug in some information, click the button, and then print it out.

So, trying to be a good mommy, I created one for each kid (there are even 3 different stories – sweet!)

Maggie LOVED her story. And even showed some comprehension! For example, on the first page of her story, it states that she was wearing a striped elf hat. We turned the page and there was a picture of a girl elf. Maggie pointed to it and said, “That’s me!” pause “But I need a striped hat.” Well! Okay then. We finished the story and then spent the rest of the evening putting stripes on all of the hats. LOL!