Saturday, December 12, 2009

XMas Party

We went to Dennis's work Christmas party last night. They know how to keep a two year old happy...

Bubble wrap on the floor:



And a big jumping house:

Elyse didn't want to have anything to do with the Santa even when we told her he had a present for her. I don't blame her. He is kind of a scary old guy.

Now when Dennis goes to work each morning, I think Elyse is going to think he just pops bubble wrap all day long. The few, the proud, the Marines. :)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Madelyn-2 Months!



Two months already! Look at our cutie!!

She's becoming a big smiler! Madelyn is a happy girl, still a very easy baby. She's starting to really grin and even squeal with delight on occasion. She's staying awake a little more and is starting to become fairly predictable with her sleeping and awake times. I've gotten her and Elyse to nap at the same time most days which is a huge treat for me!!

Everyone says she looks just like Dennis! We were at his work Christmas party tonight and people kept saying it looks like we took his face and glued it on Madelyn.

Here is a video of here from this morning:


Saturday, December 5, 2009

Friday, December 4, 2009

Everything you ever wanted to know about how we celebrate Christmas...

...but didn't care enough to ask. (Copied from my friend Rachael's blog)


1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Definitely hot chocolate, although if I'm going to have the calories of chocolate, I'd rather have it in its solid form. Dennis likes Egg Nog. I don't get it.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? We (gasp!) probably aren't going to do Santa with the kids. We haven't quite figured out how it is going to work yet. But, certainly any presents we give or receive are wrapped. Half of the fun is trying to guess what they are ahead of time.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? White lights. Classic.

4. Do you hang mistletoe? No. But I would like to.

5. When do you put your decorations up? This year we put them up on Thanksgiving morning while we watched the Macy's Parade. I think it's a tradition I'd like to continue.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish? Hmmm...what don't I like? The traditional "Thanksgiving"meal is one of my favorites. Any kind of cookie is good too.

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child? Traditionally, my family opened presents on Christmas morning. One year, once we were a little older, they decided we would start opening them on Christmas Eve. My parents stood in front of my brother and I and told us they had an announcement to make. My dad told us my mom was pregnant. Of course, it wasn't true, so my mom started laughing so hard she almost peed her pants. I think my brother started crying because he wanted to stay the youngest, but got over it soon when he discovered it was time to open presents. Every year after that, we went to a movie and dinner together on Christmas Even, and then came home to open presents. It was a nice tradition.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I think I was in first grade. Someone told me on the playground. I can actually still picture the spot. One of those moments that is etched in my mind.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? We open all of them!

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? Pretty simply. White lights, some red and silver balls and the ornaments from my childhood. My grandma gave us two ornaments each year for Christmas...one of our Halloween costume and another to represent one of our hobbies or interests from the year. It's kind of a fun way to take a trip down memory lane.

11. Snow! Love it or dread it? Not the biggest fan. One or two good snowfalls a year is good for me.

12. Can you ice skate? Yes! My freshman year of high school, we went to the Rec Plex on Friday nights for ice skating.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? Hmmm...there were a lot of good ones. I remember getting a beanbag chair one year and thinking that was pretty cool.

14. What's the most important thing about the holidays for you? Spending time with my family.

15. What is your favorite holiday dessert? Probaby the cookies.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? I like them all.

17. What tops your tree? A sad looking bow.

18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving? I should say giving but I don't mind receiving either!

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song? "O Holy Night!" I think it's beautiful. Dennis likes it too and makes up his own versions and sings it in the shower. I listen in when he doesn't know I'm around!

20. Candy Canes: Yuck or Yum? Yuck

21 Favorite Christmas Show? It's a Wonderful Life is a great one.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Two things that make me happy everyday and one that makes me happy on occasion


The first is PB2. Sounds totally strange, but it is powdered peanut butter. I discovered it at the commissary one day. I am certainly one of the biggest peanut butter lovers I know so I was rather skeptical of any substitute. But, I noticed the calories...only 53 calories per 2 tablespoon vs. 190 in regular peanut butter. Since I'm working hard to lose these extra baby pounds, I was certainly willing to give it a try. And, it's actually pretty good. You mix 2 tablespoons of the powder with one tablespoon water and end up with something that does very closely resemble peanut butter. It's made of just roasted peanuts, salt and sugar, and tastes pretty darn good!


The second is My Tot Clock. Along with parents across the country, we suffered when the time changed. Elyse got up WAY to early (especially for a mama up with a nursing baby during the night). We started teaching her to wait for "big light" (the sun to rise) but that was still happening pretty early and didn't work during naptime. My friend Rachael discovered this and it works GREAT!!! The light is blue when she should be sleeping, yellow when it is OK to wake up (we set the times), it plays music, white noise and even a story (and serves as a night light). Now, we wake up to Elyse yelling, "It's orange (looks orange to her) light! I can get up!!"


My third favorite discovery is the Shark Steam Cleaner. My mom has one and convinced me to get one when she was here to visit. I am all about not using chemicals to clean, but also needed to disinfect. This thing is easy and works. (I bought it cheaper than what is on the website at Bed Bath and Beyond using my 20% off coupon!) And, I used it to de-wrinkle my curtains and disinfect toys.