Weddings, Snowstorms, and Hello to the Mouse

Friday morning, I woke at 4-something-early-o’clock and pulled together a backpack with underthings, pajamas, a pair of fancy shoes, and work laptop. The husband would start driving the children to Orlando on Saturday morning, alone, while I would meet them in Orlando midday Sunday by way of Pittsburgh, PA.   My cousin planned a last minute, “I would like to deduct my three future step-kids on my 2017 taxes” wedding for December 30, so the Prof found me the cheapest flights possible from NOLA to PA, and PA to FL (hence not even a carryon or purse – Spirit airlines charges $30 to use the overhead bins and won’t even pass out free water, but the fare is low low low).

My mother’s brother’s son was getting married.  Since my mother’s side of the family was thus fairly occupied with quick wedding planning (and cookie-baking, for the traditional Pittsburgh cookie table), we stayed with my father’s side – his sister, and her husband.  This was during the heart of the polar vortex, so it was about 1 degree and snowed heavily all day Friday.  The drive to my aunt’s place was hilly and a bit slippery, but we were firmly ensconced in her warm, welcoming home when it started really coming down.  I enjoyed being there – and I think she enjoyed having all of us there.  My entire nuclear family wasn’t able to make it, but a lot of us were – me, my brother, my youngest sister and her baby, and my parents.  Five of the “original” seven, plus a bonus baby to boot.  It was lots of fun sharing him with the extended family.  He was 7 months just about exactly at this time – busy, heavy, almost army crawling.  And of course now, three weeks later, he can crawl, sit up, and pull up – it happens so fast!

Bringer of joy

Bringer of joy.  My brother Randy on the left, baby Charles, and my Aunt on the right

Uncle and nephew

Uncle and nephew

I spent much of the wintry, snowy day working.  I was able to do it in the room with everyone – it was a doc review, so nothing too taxing, but I did have thousands of pages to try to frantically get through before the Disney trip.  I tried to keep one eye on the doc review, and the other eye and both ears on the conversation around me.  So goes the life of a BigLaw lawyer.

The snow stopped midday and my uncles spent some time blowing snow off the drive and walkways.  So many chores we Southerners never grapple with, never think about.  We made it through the 1 degree, windless frigid air to the wedding.  Where Charles was passed around among aunts, uncles, and cousins, while enjoyed the hospitality of cousins we wish we saw more of.

Great Aunt.  Though not really old enough to be one - my mother is the oldest of 7, and she married the youngest.

Great Aunt. Though not really old enough to be one – my mother is the oldest of 7, and she married the youngest.

Pittsburgh wedding cookie table

Pittsburgh wedding cookie table

My sister holds her baby (right), our cousin holds her youngest (left)

My sister holds her baby (right), our cousin holds her youngest (left)

Pittsburgh.  Cold.  1 degree cold.  Not my jam, but pretty for a day.

Pittsburgh. Cold. 1 degree cold. Not my jam, but pretty for a day.

I fretted pretty much the whole evening that I wouldn’t make my flight in the morning, or that if I could it would be delayed due to ice.  However, none of those things happened, and I arrived in the much warmer climes in Orlando midday Sunday.  I caught the Mickey mouse bus thing from the airport to Port Orleans Riverside, and I beat most of the family there.

Decked out

Decked out

I lined up in the lobby of the Port Orleans to check in, and my in-laws texted that they were right outside and would take me to my room adjoining theirs.  We met and drove over, and very shortly after arriving, the rest of the crew showed up.

Mickey's bud

Mickey’s bud

Our rooms were all in a line along the second floor.  The resort itself, modeled after the French Quarter and Louisiana swamp (ha!  a home away from home), was lovely and comfortable.  We had two queen beds in our room, plus a fold down twin that Craig slept in.  Our first day, Sunday, was not a day in the parks – we would meet, get settled in, have dinner, and wish each other happy new year before an early bedtime (normally I’ll stay up til midnight, but it seemed more prudent to get some rest before the long next day).  At dinner we feasted on Mickey ear ice cream bars, and then the boys swam and played on the waterslide at the pool.  This was the only warm day there – we would not get out the swimsuits again.

Mickey ears ice cream

Mickey ears ice cream

The first day - bewitchingly warm

The first day – bewitchingly warm

Overnight the polar vortex had made its way south, and the morning dawned chilly and misting with rain.  Nevertheless, we were prepared for this, and we suited up in warm, waterproof clothes, gathered our Mickey fanny packs (the boys) and Mickey ears (the boys) and maps and iPhone apps (the adults), and headed toward breakfast of Mickey waffles and sausage, and then the bus.

Soldiers marching off to war/taking down Disney World

Soldiers marching off to war/taking down Disney World

We had a fast pass for Space Mountain first thing, so we headed straight there.

Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland

Thpathe Mountain ith awethome

Thpathe Mountain ith awethome

Three Musketeers

Three Musketeers

Liam loved Space Mountain – this was the beginning of his love affair with roller coasters.  It was also proof that Jack’s hatred of roller coasters has not dimmed.  He had a panic attack, bit through his lip, banged his head uncontrollably on the seat back – all in all made me deeeeeeeply regret having him ride.  It set the tone for the rest of the trip, making him nervous and obsessive about each later ride.  Whoops.  Mistake.

After Space Mountain, we headed towards some indoor rides to spend some time out of the rain, including Beauty and the Beast, the Little Mermaid, the Peter Pan ride, and It’s a Small World (sadly, broken so we never did ride it).

My SIL, who hates this picture, but doesn't read this blog, so shhhhhhh

My SIL being cheerful in her poncho,, who hates this picture, but doesn’t read this blog, so shhhhhhh

The kids waiting in line at Belle's house

The kids waiting in line at Belle’s house

Beauty and the Beast is his favorite movie you guys you just don't even know

Beauty and the Beast is his favorite movie you guys you just don’t even know

Learning their roles in the Beauty and the Beast "play"

Learning their roles in the Beauty and the Beast “play”

Liam was the beast, because he was best at roaring

Liam was the beast, because he was best at roaring

In awe

In awe.  Belle was a “tier 1″ princess for sure (my BIL has a ranking system for how convincing they are – she was tip top)

The Peter Pan ride

The Peter Pan ride

Lunch at the Pinocchio Haus

Lunch at the Pinocchio Haus

After Pinocchio Haus, we headed to Pirates of the Caribbean, one of my favorites.  Then we coaxed Jack to ride with us on Splash Mountain.  It was a chill day, but heck we were already wet.  My brother in law liked to fake Jack out by hollering at every drop, even the tiny ones, and by the end Jack had good humor about it.

Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean

Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain

Got this dude to ride it

Got this dude to ride it

After this, we hoofed it to the Country Bear Jamboree to try to warm up inside a bit.  Craig had had a mild fever part of the day, and I felt a little bad dragging him around in the cold and rain, but he was a real trooper.  It was good to get him warmed up for a bit.  We also did the Tiki room, the Aladdin magic carpet ride, and got some Dole Whips.

Aladdin magic carpet

Aladdin magic carpet

I was there too

I was there too

Magic carpet

Magic carpet

Frigid Dole whips

Frigid Dole whips

Then the littles were really cold and it was time to take them home.  Dee Dee and Chip Ip walked them and our non-roller-coaster-rider Jack back to the hotel, and the rest of us rode Thunder Mountain Railroad.  And it. Was. Awesome.  Then we shivered our way back to our rooms to get warm and rested.

Thunder! Mountain! Railroad!

Thunder! Mountain! Railroad!

Walking back, past a castle covered in "snow"

Walking back, past a castle covered in “snow”

The Roller Coaster Cousins

The Roller Coaster Cousins

Christmas decorations - they slowly took them down during the days we were there.

Christmas decorations – they slowly took them down during the days we were there.

Tree

Tree

We stopped at this confectioner's on Main Street on the way out, to get a sweet treat

We stopped at this confectioner’s on Main Street on the way out, to get a sweet treat

One last magical look

One last magical look

And that was Day One!

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Christmas Day

Christmas Day dawned bright and chilly.  The boys raced downstairs and commenced with opening.  I got very few pictures because I was just enjoying it, and also indulging in my OCD need to keep up with the mess.  I took some videos, but pretty much the only pictures I got were of food:

Someone got a lot of Batman stuff

Someone got a lot of Batman stuff

Cinnamon rolls, pre-burned butter

Cinnamon rolls, pre-burned butter

Snacks on a cupcake stand - great idea I got from somewhere

Snacks on a cupcake stand – great idea I got from somewhere

Prime rib Christmas dinner.  Man was it good.

Prime rib Christmas dinner. Man was it good.

We had cinnamon rolls for breakfast and sadly I stupidly did not put them on a jelly roll pan because I don’t have one, and somehow did not think about the fact that the butter in the filling would melt and pour off the baking sheet and burn on the bottom of the oven.  Which is precisely what happened, making it a challenge to get them fully cooked.  We managed and everyone ate them, underdone and somewhat charbroiled, but I need to buy myself a jelly roll pan for sure.

For lunch we had finger foods – cheese, crackers, fruit, chips.  And for dinner we had really fantastic prime rib which I undercooked and had to put back in but it worked out, plus potatoes and cheese grits and green beans and whiskey glazed carrots that were truly divine.  Those I will absolutely make again.  It was a really good dinner.  The day itself was mostly eating, playing with toys, managing trash – there might have been a nap.  A perfect day.  I’ll never forget my brother putting together this laser game (not real lasers, fake string “laser beams” that protect a prize and you have to wind your way through them, Mission Impossible Style, without touching), and also him and Craig playing a 4 foot tall jenga game (Craig was really, really good).  We built new Lego sets and played with new art supplies and Liam played a new video game or two.  All in all, a great day, insufficiently captured in photos but so it goes.

The day after Christmas I took off work, and mostly actually got to be off duty.  At this point I don’t remember much about this day except I think we went to see a Christmas light show that we had not yet gone to this season, and got burgers at a local place

Uncle Randy reads.

Uncle Randy reads.

Liam focuses on Legos.

Liam focuses on Legos.

Uncle Randy reads part two

Uncle Randy reads part two

Burger time

Burger time

Liam is just this bad at smiling for the camera, whereas Jack was seriously grumpy and faking a smile.

Liam is just this bad at smiling for the camera, whereas Jack was seriously grumpy and faking a smile.

This was Craig's outfit for the Christmas lights.  He charmed many.

This was Craig’s outfit for the Christmas lights. He charmed many.

Uncle Randy went home the next day.  I went back to work. The Prof kept the kids the rest of their time off, spending some days at the zoo, at the movies, and otherwise hanging out.  The following week was in-law time – we had skipped Christmas as their house so we could save up the vacation/travel time for an epic trip – to Disney World!

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Post Holiday Update

I have sat myself down to write some updates a few times, but technology has always foiled me.  So many barriers between me and my one true love – writing for pleasure.  (OK, I have more than one true love – making music, exercising hard, cooking, acting, but that doesn’t work as well rhetorically).  The Prof has been out of town for several days, and thus I have had no uninterrupted time for a while.  Nevertheless, though he’s not back yet, I am sitting down and attempting an update.  Assuredly I will be interrupted a billion times and probably by the end of this, my tone will be exasperated and distracted.  But done is better than perfect, at least as far as this blog is concerned, so here we go!

  1. Christmas
Christmas Eve table

Christmas Eve Eve table

I love to entertain – to set a fancy table, plan an elevated menu, get out our seldom-used silver and napkin rings.  This is My Jam, and my Christmas treat.  I couldn’t manage it (without being bitter and overworked) on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day – there are too many kids and not enough adults to do the other Holiday Cheer Creation Work that needs doing – so I did it on Christmas Eve Eve.  Our menu was giant homemade meatballs and marinara on rigatoni, salad, and garlic bread, and yes the children ate it at this white table on this china while sitting on these nice chairs and the only one who spilled was me.  We are working on civilizing them.  (Liam tends to eat with his fingers like a caveman and then wipe them on the chair he’s sitting on, so we draped his chair in a towel.  One day he’ll stop this, but in the meantime, we take precautions!)

Lucky us – my brother came to spend Christmas with our family this year.  He is a biologist doing a post doc in Germany right now, and came home to my parents’ for the holiday.  This is an “off” year for my side – all the married kids spent Christmas at the in-laws’ this year, leaving my parents alone – so I invited my parents to our place but they were taking a break from travel after a lot of recent trips.  They sent my brother down to us, though, which was wonderful for multiple reasons not least of which being Uncle Randy was awesome at playing with the kids and their new toys.  And he is another adult to enjoy my fantastic cooking (*brushes shoulder off).  He came in town on Christmas Eve Eve and tucked into meatballs with the rest of us, which was great.  He then went to bed at like 7pm because he was still on Germany time – ha!

On Christmas Eve, which was a Sunday, we skipped morning services as we had a full church evening coming at us.  Instead we walked a couple of blocks over to a playground/dog park/coffee shop that we love, and tossed a football a bit before enjoying some lattes and a muffin.

Coffee Shop

Coffee Shop

Coffee Shop Dawg

Coffee Shop Dawg

After the playground, I squeezed in a little cooking prep before heading over for the first evening service at 2:30.  This is our first Christmas Eve at our home church, since we usually travel, and we learned that they typically do a family service/kid pageant at 4, and an adult candlelight service at 7.  I was backstage mom-in-charge of the Angels Stage Left for the pageant, and the two older boys were shepherds (Kneeling Shepherd and Standing Shepherd With Staff – a dangerous role to say the least and staffs had to be confiscated during practice numerous times).  The older youth group children read the famous usual Bible passages, while the younger kids entered at the appropriate time in their costumes and then stood in a nice tableau/wiggled and picked at their costumes and got into trouble.  It was all very wholesome and lovely, and I enjoyed getting to know the little girls in my charge.

Standing Shepherd with Staff shoots his mom a peace sign

Standing Shepherd with Staff shoots his mom a peace sign

Liam being an idiot in the front right

Kneeling Shepherd being an idiot in the front right

During the break between 2:30 rehearsal and 4:00 church, various shepherds, angels, and livestock oohed and aahed at the church train platform.

During the break between 2:30 rehearsal and 4:00 church, various shepherds, angels, and livestock oohed and aahed at the church train platform.

One of my Angel charges and one of my Shepherd sons in a pre-show chat

One of my Angel charges and one of my Shepherd sons in a pre-show chat

These flimsy halos required a lot of shoring up, and there were feathers everywhere, but man isn't it charming?

These flimsy halos required a lot of shoring up, and there were feathers everywhere, but man isn’t it charming?

Joseph checks his email

Joseph checks his email

Just a coupla sheep

Just a coupla sheep

Backstage whisper giggles

Backstage whisper giggles

Blowing out the faux candle was a fun activity that kept them busy for a while, as they waited for their entrance.

Blowing out the faux candle was a fun activity that kept them busy for a while, as they waited for their entrance.

I specifically requested that I not be in charge of my own children, but somehow a Shepherd snuck his way back into the Angel's backstage wings (ha! pun)

I specifically requested that I not be in charge of my own children, but somehow a Shepherd snuck his way back into the Angel’s backstage wings (ha! pun)

Once my angels made their entrance, I was free to sneak out to the congregation and watch - I got this pic during showtime.  They did great.  A little wiggly, but great.

Once my angels made their entrance, I was free to sneak out to the congregation and watch – I got this pic during showtime. They did great. A little wiggly, but great.

After the pageant was done, we took some pictures, helped pack up the costumes and props for next year, and then headed home where I heated up the turkey tetrazzini I’d pre-made for their dinner.  I left them all munching and headed back in for 6:15 call time for our 7:00 service – the choir had a major role in this one, so I couldn’t skip it.  We sang lots of carols, and Silent Night by candlelight is a lot more effective and lovely when it’s actually dark outside, so I didn’t mind going to 6 hours of church on Christmas Eve.  Although when I got home to do the usual Christmas Eve things at 8:30 or so, I was pretty wiped.

Nevertheless.  We wrote letters, we set out cookies and carrots, we sprinkled reindeer food, and we snuggled the Littles in their beds before playing Santa’s Helper.  My brother was around to help too, so it didn’t take long, and then we all went to bed ourselves, ready for an early morning.

Liam is no-nonsense

Liam is no-nonsense

Jack's gonna Jack.

Jack’s gonna Jack.

Craig managed to do a really decent job of scrawling his name to Santa.  That'll do, at age 3.

Craig managed to do a really decent job of scrawling his name to Santa. That’ll do, at age 3.

Santa food, in pinterest-worthy presentation

Santa food, in pinterest-worthy presentation

Sprinkling reindoor food on our postage stamp "lawn."  Frankly, its just One More Thing that I would love to not bother with, but they always get baggies of cheerios and glitter from school, so we do it.

Sprinkling reindoor food on our postage stamp “lawn.” Frankly, its just One More Thing that I would love to not bother with, but they always get baggies of cheerios and glitter from school, so we do it.

From inside the warm house Virgil be like - "why, fools?"

From inside the warm house Virgil be like – “why, fools?”

Twas the Night Before Christmas and All Through the House, Shirtless Boys Stick Their Hands Down Their Pants

Twas the Night Before Christmas and All Through the House, Shirtless Boys Stick Their Hands Down Their Pants

Bear, hanging on by a thread.

Bear, hanging on by a thread.

Not my best effort this year but it was a long day.

Not my best effort this year but it was a long day.

No hearth, so we improvise.  Also - I bought PB Kids matching stockings this year in a post-Christmas sale, and I'm v. excited!

No hearth, so we improvise. Also – I bought PB Kids matching stockings this year in a post-Christmas sale, and I’m v. excited!

Ready!

Ready!

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Christmas Menu

The last time we had Christmas at home was 5 years ago, in Alabama, and while we enjoyed it very much, it was somewhat marred by tornadoes, which is a natural disaster I do not weather well (pun intended).  Earthquake this California girl any day, hurricanes you’ve got plenty of notice, but a tornado . . .  Anyhow, I made a delightful meal that tasted like ash in my mouth as I watched stalwart news reporters calmly telling us when it was time to shelter, so I’m excited to give that meal a do-over.  (Knock wood, salt over shoulder, etc.)

So I’m excited to once more be holiday meal planning!  Meal plans for the full week below – I don’t really get much time off for Christmas (I’m taking the first week in January), so I want it not too complicated, but still special.

Meanwhile, just a few bullet point memories to capture here:

  • Jack is teaching himself how to play Silent Night on the piano.  He’s really stuck with it, and it’s the first piece he’s picked out by ear after a year or two of lessons.  I’m getting a video – I may even devise a duet for us.  He’s so earnest, so heartbreakingly pure still, here on the verge of 10 and adolescence and Feelings.  I’m excited to see who he becomes, but I love who he is right now so much.  He’ll still bring me a book and sit in my lap to read it.  (He’s way too big to do this.) (Of course, I suffer beneath his gangly weight and read for a while anyhow.)
  • Liam is just over the top enthusiastic about everything Christmas.  He just is absolutely thrilled by every tiny Christmas detail.  He’s missing his two front teeth right now, which exacerbates his lisp.  So basically we live with a short, excitable Daffy Duck, who shouts a very spitty “thith ith awethome!” every five seconds, and it’s pretty adorable since Liam is our little cynic most of the time.  He got fully into making gingerbread houses at a friend’s gingerbread house making party (yes – and it was so cute) – he is thrilled by lights on houses around town, he painstakingly decorated Christmas cookies at home, he screamed out the names of every thing he saw at the drive-through light show we went to last night, he proposed that on Christmas Eve we sit on our front porch and drink hot chocolate with marshmallows and sing carols (which YES).  He’s maybe going to be one of those adults who has a Christmas Year Round room in his basement.  Everybody needs a soft spot – Christmas is Liam’s, and Liam is mine.
  • This is a placeholder for a cute thing Craig did which I wrote down on a sticky note at work, and forgot there, but I’ll update and edit to add it since I’ve 100% forgotten what it was.  It’s not this, but I do know that we have a giant wooden advent calendar with little doors, and when you open each door we put three small candies in (3 M&Ms or something similar), except several mornings Craig will sneak downstairs and stuff his cheeks with candy from the wrong day, and we turn a blind eye because he’s so cute.
  • The Prof is our Christmas cookie maker.  He’s slowly adding a new variety every year – this year it was candy cane cookies, which is a strand of dyed red peppermint cookie dough twisted with a strand of plain dough, bent into the shape of a candy cane and sprinkled with crushed peppermints.  Mmmmm.

So that’s my little Christmas snapshot.  The boys are going to see the Star Wars movie later today, while I finalize wrapping and cook prep.  I’m desperately churning through an overdue doc review, but once I get that off my plate I can relax and enjoy Christmas Day.  Then I have a chaotic week back at work, and then a week off!!  It can’t come soon enough!

Here’s our menu.  Wishing lots of food, family, friends, and love to you and yours –

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Christmas Adam (this is a joke, but it denotes the day before Christmas Eve – I will be at church a million hours on actual Christmas Eve, so we’re having our fancy dinner tonight)

Christmas Eve

  • Turkey tetrazzini – I’ll make this ahead, and the boys can heat it up without me

Christmas Day

Christmas Night

Day After

  • Beef nachos (with the leftover beef)
  • Slow cooker refried beans (these are already made in the freezer)
  • A southwest style salad

 

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Christmas is Settlement Season

I have never been so slammed in December.  Last week I pulled an all nighter – basically worked 36 hours straight, with an hour or two break here and there to give the kids dinner, sleep for an hour, take a shower.  I’m digging out . . . it won’t be this way forever . . . but it’s a real pain in the neck that this is happening in December.  Now I did take the morning following my work marathon to sleep in, wrap some presents, and all around regain my composure, before arriving at the office at 11:30 to bill a full 8 hour day.  That break did help, and I’m throwing elbows to make room for that kind of self care during this busy season/holiday season, so I don’t die of a heart attack.  Still, I’m going to have to work this coming weekend and the next, in order to meet all of these deadlines that have randomly fallen all together.  It really chaps my hide when folks purposefully set deadlines around the holidays to try to encourage settlement.  I’m not in control of settlement, but I suffer the consequences of imposing crushing work around a season you’d rather be slowing down – and multiply it by numerous cases, and you have the Reluctant Grownup, reluctantly billing every day of a month that also requires her to generate (and participate in) Holiday Cheer.  Nevertheless, it is what it is.  This job pays the bills and then some, so we make it work.  Also, I have a full week vacation coming up the first week of January, and at this rate I can take that and still be ahead on billables for the year.  This firm is pretty good about leaving you alone on your vacation, so I just have to stagger through the next few weeks and then I can relax and breathe.  [In Disney.  With three small children.  Five if you count the nieces too.  SOUNDS RELAXING, NO?] [I genuinely am excited.  I love Disney.]

Meantime, it’s Saturday and we are motoring through some chores.  The Prof is making Christmas cookies, and we’ll have friends over to decorate them later.  My firm Christmas party is tonight – at one of the old guard restaurants in the French Quarter.  My genius self kept the laundry going through my all nighter (if I’m up and here, might as well), and as a result we have very little laundry to do.  It’s a small thing but I’ll take it!  I’m also checking in on Christmas gifts – we are in pretty good shape, most of them bought and mailed, and just need a few more.  Because I love and rely upon these, I thought I’d give a list here of stocking stuffers I’ve bought for the boys this year.  Enjoying the Small Things always does a great stocking stuffer roundup and gift guide too – check her out!

Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty – I got all different colors and kinds for my three sons and two older nieces.  Secretly I cannot wait to play with this stuff.

Instax mini film – as their main gift, we bought the older boys two small Polaroid-ish cameras to snap pictures in Disney World.  I’m sticking some film in their stockings.

Photo albums – I got some cheap, floppy photo albums for them to put their Disney pix in, not these but similar

Shrinky dink minis – each boy got a different kind (dinosaurs, vehicles, mermaids maybe?)  I think they’ll love making them – I did as a kid.

Blue and green nail polish – Craig is in a phase where he loves to wear nail polish, like me.  His daycare teacher used to paint all the kids’ toenails with blue polish, and he is addicted to it.  I am totally fine if he wears red, purple, pink, sparkles (which is what I have in my personal stash), but I also wanted to get him some more neutral colors.  These are going in his stocking.

Big League Chew.  The kids love this.  It’s kinda weird to be, like, emulating chewing tobacco, but whatever.

Fun bandaids – we go through bandaids like it’s our job, so I always get some for their stockings every year.  This year I got Candyland, Crayon, and My Little Pony (Liam is a definite Brony right now, and Jack loves it too although he is embarrassed to say it and begs me “please don’t tell the boys at school.”  [insert predictable rant])

Toothbrushes and toothpaste, plus candy, because we like irony.

Mickey t shirts – I got us each a shirt to wear in Disney, and I’m going to roll them up and stick them in the toe of the stocking.

Magazines – I always dash to Barnes and Noble and grab a relevant magazine to tuck in the top of each stocking.

So, there’s our list!  Stocking stuffers are my fave – in years past I’ve done geodes, Sun Art (it was cheaper when I did it!), fun erasers, ink and stamp kits, cookie cutters, marbles to go in their marble run, pirate gold, sparkly rock collections, gum, bandaids, etc.  So fun to collect these little treats.

Now, for the week’s meals.  I have to hop onto a conference call in a half hour, so I’ve gotta wind this up, but I’m excited about what we’re having for dinner this week because it’s FINALLY COLD down here and while I’m not sure how long it will last, it’s always more fun for me to cook in the cold.

Baby it’s cold outside.  Hope you’re staying cozy and warm with the ones you love.

 

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