tyin' 'em up.
i can't quite get going on the new things coming down the pike without getting december/xmas out of my system.
and don't get me started on 365/52. i abandoned it back in, i think, september. maybe i'll finish that someday.
i was smart enough to know better than to try it again this year.
but going back to the pre-holiday and holidays ...
i seem to remember mentioning that harper and i were going to be crafty in december and that i would share. well ... you know how that went. i didn't share a dang thing.
but we were crafty.
we made ornaments, we painted a little wooden church and put little bottle brush trees and tiny nativity ornaments on a chipboard "yard" in front of the church. we painted clear glass ornaments. we did these martha stewart glittery things. etc.
we took the kids downtown for sushi and the holidazzle parade.
both kids had a holiday party at school. i helped at henry's.
(i need to buy that child shirts that fit his arms.)
the kids voted to open xmas gifts from grandpa and grandma lawrence before heading to indiana. everyone loved their goodies, but marc's buckyballs were the big hit with everyone. those magnets are hella strong and we had a blast trying to figure out just what we could get them to stick to ... painfully.
then we made the trip to indiana.
harper and grandma made cookies ... and wyatt felt very left out.
so they let him join the fun.
we took the littlest kids to fort wayne to see santa ... on christmas eve. nothing like waiting until the last minute.
we had a fantastic dinner at my cousin's beautiful home and hung out for a few hours, then headed back to my parents' to get to all the eve traditions. the santa jammies ... the stockings ... the thank you notes and cookies for santa ... reading "'twas the night before christmas" ... etc.
then christmas morning:
being with great-grandma ...
harper, using her new camera to take funny pix of her brother ...
(i need to upload her work ... it's hiLARious. especially her videos. omg. she kills me.)
harper discovered when she played a whistle, bruiser would sing. that was a big hit ...
then we all got the flu. for two days. oy.
then we headed to indy to be with marc's family. but first, a birthday present for wyatt, who amazingly turned one on new year's eve ...
then we went to skinners' and got to spend time with marc's sister and her family, who live in costa rica and we haven't seen them in three years. it was great.
the cousins were adorable together and played so, so well ...
we spent went to a crazed pizza place, and the kids had so much fun ...
and they threw blankets on the floor to slumber party each night ...
our last day there, it was 70 degrees. above zero. so they all ran around in the backyard, playing frisbee, climbing trees, finding acorn hats (that would have been *my* daughter's activity) ...
(all moms are the same ...)
too soon, it was time to head home. but first, the annual measurements on the growth wall, which then led to height comparisons ...
nearly-six-years-old harper and her nearly-eight-years-old cousin, berea:
and nearly-11-years-old henry and his ever-so-slightly-older-than-11-years-old aunt andi:
that was pretty funny.
then we drove home. where it was -15 with wind chill. we lost 90 degrees in 12 hours.
but we were well again, happy, and ready to sleep in our own beds and get back to normal.
it was a great holiday. even with the flu.
and now i can embrace 2011. officially.