Archive for December, 2006

Does Anyone Else Feel a Draft?

December 28, 2006

No? Just me?

According to my son, the fountain of youth exists.

December 27, 2006

After opening up all the gifts from Santa, and putting together my favorite one (the doll carriage that my daughter got), I was trying it out. I was pushing it around the living room. I wasn’t playing with it. Whatev’s. Anyway, my son very matter of factly said to me, “Mommy, you can’t play with that. You’re too big. When you get small like me, then you can play with it.” Oh how I wish!
Actually, I would really like to get my body back from when I was 16. It was nearly perfect yet I had no idea back then. But, I would like to keep this 33 year old brain cause I’m way smarter now, thankyouverymuch, and this current life. I think I’ll ask for this next Christmas.

All I Want For Christmas…..

December 26, 2006



This year was a whirlwind holiday season. For one straight week it was all about extended family.
These are 3 of my favorite pictures taken on Christmas Eve.
This is all I wanted for Christmas. My beautiful kids, and my husband. Though, Santa was wonderful, too.

Christmas Cookies

December 26, 2006




Decorating Christmas cookies toddler style:

First: get your mother to make cookies with you. This won’t be hard because it will be her idea anyway. She will happily supervise while you cut shapes into the dough and stuff your little face with as much raw dough that you can get away with. Take your time doing this. Your mother doesn’t mind waiting. Really.

Second: insist on waiting right by the hot oven until they are done!

Third: realize that waiting by the hot oven is boring, so lay on couch watching Sesame Street while cookies finish baking. They do take 10 minutes you know.

Fourth: gather at one of your very best friends house with the cookies you all baked and have a cookie decorating feast.

Fifth: let your mothers think you are really interested in decorating when really you just want to eat the frosting and play with the sprinkles can.

Sixth: decorate 1 cookie and pose for your mother so she can take a picture already and you can go play with the kids and toys in the other room.

Seventh: leave your mothers alone in the kitchen to decorate 300 cookies and over hear them say how good this white frosting is!

Eighth: check on your mother once in a while just so that you can be amazed that she can eat
her weight in frosting and not throw up.

Nineth: take cookies home to show your Dad and tell him how YOU decorated ALL these cookies all by yourself.

Tenth: don’t eat any of the cookies because you only like chocolate chip cookies.

Our Fairy Princess Turned 1

December 15, 2006

Our Little Miss turned a year old yesterday. She had her photo taken at the photographers, which was not easy to say the least. Thank God her big brother helped out in making her smile. We had her birthday party last Saturday with just her brother and some of her little cousins. It was enough to tire her out.

It’s amazing that a year has already gone by. I can clearly see when she was born and my doctor held her up for me to see. I can also still hear my doc ask what her name was, and when we told her, she screamed that it was her own daughter’s name, too.

Was is she like right now? She eats everything and anything. She loves stuffed mushrooms with lots of garlic and chicken cacciatore. She will climb the stairs every chance she gets, and if you’re ever looking for her and can’t find her, she’ll be up in her room playing. She makes me nuts when she does that. She will only walk on the days that she feels like it, thankyouverymuch. She is her older brothers shadow. He is NOT thrilled about that. She has to have anything that is his and will bite him if he pisses her off (daily). She loves to “talk” on the phone and play with the remote control. The TV is usually on some shopping channel, ugh!

She loves reading and being read to. She loves playing outside and chewing on her shoes. She babbles and “talks” all day long and loves to dance to music. She also has NO idea that she is younger than her brother or her cousins when they come over to play and copies them whenever she can and follows them around like a little puppy dog.

She also takes it as a personnel insult if I gate her and her brother in his room filled with toys and books when I need to shower. It’s even uglier if I put her in her crib so that I can shower. Whatev’s! And of course, she’s SO pretty.

I know I’m leaving about a dozen things out, but this is just a little piece of her.

Now I have to go shower. I wonder if ear plugs will stay in with the water rushing over my head………………………………………….

Christmas memory

December 8, 2006

I was over at In the Trenches of Motherhood where Chris has a post going on about Christmas time traditions. This made me think of various Christmas memories that I’ve stored in the crevices of my mind for safe keeping. I really love how the rotating seasons or something that someone said or wrote make these memories seep out, so that hopefully you have a smile on your face when you remember them.
A particularly fun and very unique memory that I have is when my friend Shari came over and decorated our tree with us. She rented the apartment on the top floor of my parents house, and was only a few years older than me. She and my sisters and I got along like best friends. The interesting thing about Shari that set her apart from us was that she was an Orthodox Jew and we are Roman Catholic. However, the differences were cause for lots of jokes and laughter between us.
Anyway, one year, probably around 1991, she came downstairs and asked my mother if it would be alright if she helped us decorate the Christmas tree because she had never done that before. We were a little surprised at her request at first, but were happy to let her join in.
I will never forget that night we decorated the tree. The entire dining room table and half the living room floor were covered in decorations, ribbons, tinsel, and lights. Kenny Rogers Christmas special was blasting on the TV with him singing christmas songs, and Shari brought down an enormous chocolate menorah that we were devouring . She was all gong ho about trimming that tree. She even tried putting up decorations that me and my sisters were hoping to throw away without my mother noticing because we were SO done with those! And let me tell you, you have never seen so much tinsel on one tree.
Merry Jewish Christmas Shari, where ever you may be now.

Love Thursday—Engaged

December 7, 2006


This is my youngest sister Francesca and her fiance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can finally say that! They have been dating for about 5 years, and I’ve been demanding to know for the last couple of years, WHEN will she be getting married ALREADY! He proposed last night. They still have to set a date, but it will be in 07. BTW, we love Dave! Congratulations, Fra Fra!

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