Our New “Favorite Movie Ever”

Took the kids to see “Frozen” this afternoon, so all you people I’ve shushed can now talk to me about the movie.Β Β It was delightful! So delightful, in fact, that Greg asked to watch it again the minute it was over. Or to go buy it on “cd.” When I said those were not options, he asked if we could at least sing the songs. And he has been. All afternoon and into the night.

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Ben is Adorable

I frequently forget to post adorably weird things about Ben. He is fabulously weird. Case in point: I walked into the living room this morning and he was having a conversation with the dog about parrots. “How do people live with them? What if they landed on your head claws out?! There’d be blood everywhere! I should ask Aunt Kay. Oh, wait, she kept her birds in a cage. You should be glad we don’t keep you in a cage, Rose. Or birds. Mama doesn’t like cages OR birds.”

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While the cat’s away, the mouse will play…

I’m not sure which is which in this scenario, actually. Nick and the boys went off to a Winter Family Weekend and did this all weekend:

Conga line!

Conga line!

Square dancing

Square dancing

This may be the largest Gaga Ball group ever

This may be the largest Gaga Ball group ever

Carnival style games

Carnival style games

I drove home and spent time putting things away from our week at Grandma’s house and then went off and did this:

Hanging out with Asher and eating Christmas goodies

Hanging out with Asher and eating Christmas goodies

I love hanging out at my friend Lisa's house. It's soothing and fun all at once.

I love hanging out at my friend Lisa’s house. It’s soothing and fun all at once.

Looking at all the pretty trees at sunset.

Looking at all the pretty tree skeletons. I like to take walks and imagine myself in the wilderness with no one around for miles. It helps my creative brain fill back up.

I really can't get enough of winter sunsets. I took a walk and peered through all the tree limbs.

I really can’t get enough of winter sunsets. I took a walk and peered through all the tree limbs.

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Doctor Who is Fantastic!

For a lovely, wonderful three-hour block today, my sister and kids and I watched Doctor Who. It was beautiful. Since she left it’s been nothing but soap operas. Apparently my mom only tolerates Doctor Who for my sister.

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Christmas Eve & Day

Grandpa got a new roulette wheel.

Grandpa got a new roulette wheel.

Greg loves his new take-apart nerf gun from Aunt April

Greg loves his new take-apart nerf gun from Aunt April

David is already at work on his new Lego set

David is already at work on his new Lego set

The tree is pretty. :)

The tree is pretty. πŸ™‚

April is building her own muppet. I find this incredibly awesome. Why did I ask for a camera when I could have had a muppet of my own?!

April is building her own muppet. I find this incredibly awesome. Why did I ask for a camera when I could have had a muppet of my own?!

Setting up for Santa's visit

Setting up for Santa’s visit

Toys

Toys

more toys

more toys

Outdoor toys. Santa is a good man.

Outdoor toys. Santa is a good man.

Toys, really?  After all those others?

Toys, really? After all those others?

Waiting for boys to wake up. I never used to have to wait. This is getting weird.

Waiting for boys to wake up. I never used to have to wait. This is getting weird.

Finally, a boy!

Finally, a boy!

Another happy boy picture.

Another happy boy picture.

"A DS! For real! ONE THAT DOES THE INTERNET!!"

“A DS! For real! ONE THAT DOES THE INTERNET!!”

Soon this will become a very familiar sight. Oh my.

Soon this will become a very familiar sight. Oh my.

Santa even knows that David is a coin collector now.

Santa even knows that David is a coin collector now.

Playing quietly commences. Now Mama can get the croissants in the oven.

Playing quietly commences. Now Mama can get the croissants in the oven.

It may not be quite sunrise yet, but it's not dark any more, so we can totally go out and scooter. Right? Right.

It may not be quite sunrise yet, but it’s not dark any more, so we can totally go out and scooter. Right? Right.

"See, that's sunrise, Mama!"

“See, that’s sunrise, Mama!”

Using my new coffee mug from the boys (and the school's holiday store)

Using my new coffee mug from the boys (and the school’s holiday store)

The Punching Bag of Love

The Punching Bag of Love

Rose might not make it back home with us. She may be smuggled home in one of April's bags.

Rose might not make it back home with us. She may be smuggled home in one of April’s bags.

Another day, another Lego set built.

Another day, another Lego set built.

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Oddly Good

The phrase of the day is “oddly good.” I used it in reference to a weird apple fritter donut, but my family has taken it up as their own. So MANY things can be oddly good.

Date Night!

We are having a fancy dinner tonight! All sushi, all the time. And cocktails. Because it’s not a date without cocktails. Well, not an evening date without cocktails in any case.1495507_10153640503780634_380142181_n

We ordered WAY too much food for ourselves for one night, but sushi does not do well sitting in the car, even in this coolness, for the length of a movie, so we had to leave it behind. Woe. But then there was The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and we were all happy again.

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Ben, Ben, Ben….

Ten minutes ago my kid announced he needed a Christmas shirt for school. Here’s what 10 minutes and some markers gets you.Β 1489240_10153635449845634_103982613_n

Polar Express 2013

We took our fourth ride on the Polar Express. We’re becoming experts at it. πŸ™‚ This year for the first time my sister joined us, so we got to relive the newness of the ride with her. It was lovely. πŸ™‚

Me and my boys get ready to ride the train

Me and my boys get ready to ride the train

My mom, dad, and sister on the train

My mom, dad, and sister on the train

The boys and I were right across the aisle

The boys and I were right across the aisle

Dancing chefs serve hot chocolate

Dancing chefs serve hot chocolate

Ben is already getting sleepy

Ben is already getting sleepy

Greg hoarded everyone's cookies.

Greg hoarded everyone’s cookies.

This picture makes me laugh. I can't not think of that part of Titanic. Oh well. Approaching "The North Pole"

This picture makes me laugh. I can’t not think of that part of Titanic. Oh well. Approaching “The North Pole”

"There he is! There he is!"

“There he is! There he is!”

My sleepy Greg and me

My sleepy Greg and me

Dancing with the chef

Dancing with the chef

Santa brings a bell for all the good girls and boys, even the grown up ones.

Santa brings a bell for all the good girls and boys, even the grown up ones.

There's an elf behind me!

There’s an elf behind me!

Super cute cupcakes April's bakery made for us.

Super cute cupcakes April’s bakery made for us.

Aren't they adorable?!

Aren’t they adorable?!

 

After all that, we hit our usual Mexican restaurant for dinner and everyone gorged on burritos and nachos and enchiladas, oh my! We had such a great time!