Sunday, December 28, 2008

Merry Christmas!!

The holidays did not get off in quite the way I had hoped. First a snow day (woo hoo) and then an unfortunately long bout of the stomach flu took over at our house! As of this posting, we have been officially barf free for going on 36 hours. I have knocked on wood, sprayed Lysol, and had my fingers and toes crossed in hopes of finally bidding farewell to this nasty little bug!

Needless to say, I feel tired, bored, restless, and a little ripped off! No fancy dinners or family gatherings for the majority of us. We were too sick to venture out, and too germy to risk sickening the rest of our family members. Our holidays were spent at home in our PJ's. The kids didn't seem to mind, in fact it actually gave them more time to play with all their new goodies.

No, we didn't get two dinosaurs, but Clara has pretty much taken over the care of Kota for Matthew. For the most part he doesn't mind, as long as he gets to keep it in his room and tell everyone that it belongs to him!

I am still trying to figure out the art of buying for twin girls. Last year I got two of everything, which left some things opened and unreturnable, but for the most part ignored, so this year I tried to get them gifts that were more suited toward their individual personalities, meaning different things for different girls. BIG MISTAKE!! They have spent the last three days arguing over what belongs to who, (whom?) and crying that the one has something that the other one wants. The biggest hit was the matching shopping carts, the $5.00 bathtub Barbies, (one Sleeping Beauty, one Mermaid) and the hooded towels from the clearance rack at K-Mart. Mental note for next year....keep it simple!

The boys of course are easy, as you shop for them you can ask yourself "Is this a game for DS or Wii?" and if the answer is yes, you know you have a winner! Ricky is a BIT tougher, as he is a little more picky about his DS games, and does not like playing Wii, so when shopping for him you must think like a teenage boy, which is weird when shopping for a 7 year old. He loves weird lights (lava lamps, volcano lights, etc.) Ax "cologne", and music.
All in all, I think everyone had an enjoyable holiday, and found what they wished for the most under the tree!

Hope you and yours have a happy, healthy, and relaxing holiday season, and a prosperous 2009!

God is good. All the time.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Ilene's Post....

Well, it's been way too long since I have posted anything. Somehow the year is getting away from me way too fast, although it's not June yet, so "too fast" depends on the day. Most days, my life looks like this... Since the pumpkin patch, we've had the following exciting events... Pumpkin Carving...

Trick or Treating... (No pictures of Clara, she was in "a mood" as we like to say!)

The girls turned three and had a princess party...
Alyssa came home and we had Thanksgiving with the Brewsters and played football... Squish and his Sissy...
Ricky and Grandpa Rick

Alyssa and Ruby...`

The family football game. It was a tie. Rick gave out medals to all the boys. :)
The motley crew that I like to call "family". :)
And last, but not least, Matthew turned five. We had cake and ice cream and he got to go shopping and pick whatever he wanted. He chose a couple of DS games and a light saber.
I haven't transferred any pictures to the computer yet. I'll get to it one of these days!
Noah had his first band concert and played a solo, I couldn't get any pictures because my camera wouldn't zoom in close enough..., but he did awesome. I was very proud! I'm looking forward to Ricky's performance tomorrow night at Pease auditorium, the Jingle Bell walk at Perry, and having two weeks off!
Wishing you and yours a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
God is good. All the time.