Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Probably the most useful post of 2010

I FINALLY learned how to fold a fitted sheet.

And, you can too!!


No more wrinkly, jumbled mess in my linen closet. OR YOURS {if you watch the video}.

You can thank me later.

And, that's all for now.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

December 24

Advent Calendar - Unwrap one gift from under the tree!

Remember This - The kids are WIRED up today. They can't wait to tear into the gifts. They each chose one and opened it. Olivia opened her Christmas outfit for Kit (her American Girl doll). Whit opened another DS game. They were so excited. We spent all day getting ready for Christmas Eve at the Lanford's. This has been my Christmas Eve tradition since I was born. I still love it even though it's changed quite a bit through the years. The people are still the same and it still means a lot to me. Here are a few pictures from the night.

So, that's it! That's as far as our Advent Calendar went. I learned a lot about myself, my kids and my "lofty goals" by doing this project with them. Maybe I'll do a "What I learned" post in the future.

But, for now, I just want to remember that I loved every second I spent with them this season...teaching them crafty tricks, watching their expressions as we turned over each number and something magical would appear, watching them fight and then say sorry afterward, teaching them the true meaning of Christmas and spending time together. I want to remember that forever. And, maybe, just maybe, they'll remember little pieces of that, too.

Merry Christmas, everybody!

December 23

Advent Calendar - MOVIE DAY!! {Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel}

Remember This - The kids have been dying to see the new Chipmunks movie, so I knew I wanted to include it in the Advent Calendar. It turned out perfect because Hon got to go with us! We weren't expecting that since I thought he had to work that night. The kids had a great time. It was fun for our whole family! By this point, I was in a pretty funky mood (more on that later), but the movie cheered me up and I enjoyed it.

We had some trouble taking our picture...I couldn't get everyone in synch to look at the camera at the same time, so the pics turned out pretty bad. Oh well!

December 22

Advent Calendar - Deliver neighbor gifts.

Remember This - We did not get the chance to swap gifts with Brayden and Lexi today. We got busy just hanging out together and running some last minute errands. I didn't even take a picture (I know...I'm shocked). I did snap a few pictures of my favorite ornaments from my grandmother's tree. I've loved the ornaments since I was a tiny little thing and every year I can't wait to see them on her tree. She used to be a crafty thing, my grandma. She made these ornaments from felt. I just really, really love them. It makes me wonder which ornaments Whit and Olivia will remember when they are older? Which ones will be their favorites forever? I can't wait to know!

Here are mine:

December 21

Advent Calendar - Wrap gifts for each other.

Remember This
- I knew this was going to be a difficult task because they were going to want to open their gifts after wrapping them for each other. Remember when we shopped for each other's gifts? Yeah...disaster. So, I decided once we wrapped the gifts, I would let them open them right away. It turned out perfectly and everyone was very happy!

We also finally got the chance to visit Hollywild today.

Whit, Olivia and I went with Erin, Baby George and Papa Steve. We had a fantastic time until Baby George decided he was over it and wanted to get the heck out of that creepy place. He cried for the last 15 minutes of the tour and believe me, I was just as ready to get out of there as he was! I'm sorry...that place is just weird. But, the kids loved it. We rode in two cars and before we even got started in the tour I looked ahead and saw this:

HELLO? It was probably 25 degrees outside and FREEZING COLD!! And, she rode through the WHOLE ENTIRE EXHIBIT THAT WAY! Sheesh.

Of course, Whit thought he needed to do the same.

Next year...Roper Mountain Lights.

December 20

Advent Calendar - Make peppermint milkshakes.

Remember This - My plans for a wintery milkshake flavor were quickly dashed when we arrived on the ice cream aisle at Publix. Whit made it clear that he wasn't about to buy Peppermint flavored ice cream when there were 100 other flavors he'd rather have. And, well, since I don't even like ice cream all that much, I just let him make the call. He chose Cookies & Cream and off we went on our milkshake adventure. Olivia got a better deal that night and headed off to spend some time with Papa Steve. You can imagine Whit's delight at getting to do the milkshake ALL! BY! HIMSELF!!