Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas 2009!

The boys made Christmas cookies for Santa, they were delicious! L had a great idea to add sprinkles before baking, tasty!

Christmas was great fun this year. J had duty on Christmas Eve (left 5am on the 24th and got home about 10am on the 25th) so the boys and I saw Alvin and The Chipmunks the Squequil Then had Taco Bell for lunch and got the house ready for Christmas and fell asleep watching 'The Santa Clause' while waiting for Santa.

Fun gifts this year were:

R's gifts: PJ's, Archery set, Cirque Du Freak books, 'The Name of This Book is Secret', DS games Pokemon and Drawn 2 Life, Bendaroo's, school accordion-file, legos, and clothes, movies Aliens in the Attic and Harry Potter 6.

L's gifts: PJ's, McD's credit card, DS game Drawn 2 Life, clothes, bendaroos, clay, legos, bacugon, BB gun, Wii game Raging Rabbits, 2 footballs.

Bonster's gifts:

Glee 2 CD, clothes, wireless printer, 'And Another Thing' by Eoin Colfer, lotion, travel scrabble.

JRod's gifts:

Memory quilt, smoked salmon, complete series of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Seahawks towel.

Everyone loved their presents and the boys got what they asked for from Santa, all the little fun gifts and candy in the stockings were a hit and were fun to play with while waiting for J to get home to open the rest of the gifts.

My favorite reaction was when R opened his archery set and says, "I'm literally speechless!" Then L opens his BB gun and says, "R I'm speechless too! Am I old enough for this thing?"

We had a great dinner with some great friends to end off the evening.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Date Night!

Our best friends watched the boys so J and I could go on a date before he headed out on his next deployment.
We headed to see Avatar in RealD at 6:30pm. We got in 20min early but the only seats left inside were the 1st two rows! So we traded our tickets for the next showing and got there early enough to get good seats. It was crazy out there, it was like Black Friday for going out!
Avatar was a good movie, it was a great night, and I can't wait for J to get back and go on more dates just like this one.

Monday, December 21, 2009

I Found it!

I've learned to check pockets when doing laundry.

The boys' pockets have been great hide-a-ways for tissue, markers, pens, gum, candy, wrappers, toys, rocks, homework...but this morning I found something completely unexpected.

L's rain jacket has been in the laundry room the past week and I finally got around to washing it this morning.
I'm not always diligent at checking pockets, but I'm glad I checked his this morning.

I found a chicken egg in his pocket!

Have no idea how long its been in there, so glad it hadn't broke, and that I didn't throw it in the wash, don't think it would have held up in the spin cycle!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

It's Beginning to Taste...

A Lot Like Christmas!

I only make these for Christmas:

Mexican Wedding Cakes a.k.a. Russian Tea Cakes

2 C. Flour
1 C. Powder Sugar
1/4 tsp. Salt
1 C. Butter
1 T. Vanilla
1 C. Finely Chopped almonds (optional)
Extra Powder Sugar

Heat oven 325. Mix together Flour, 1 C. powder sugar, and salt. Using a fork cut in butter until coarse crumbs. Add vanilla, and nuts (if using). Knead by hand til smooth dough. Roll into tsp. size balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 12-15 minutes, Do Not Brown. Roll in powder sugar twice.

My kids could eat these til they pop! I remember my Mom and my Grandma making these for the holiday's, I love them...and the cookies :0)

Monday, December 14, 2009


Here are the boys doing some homework, they look so cute studying together!

This weekend R wanted to learn how to make a PowerPoint presentation. So I showed him where it was on the computer and all the ideas came flooding out of him. His topic was Pokemon, it has 11 slides, and each slide has music! He made it for his best friend who is also into Pokemon. It is a Christmas surprise, he wrote his friend a Christmas card that says her gift is on her Mom's computer. We emailed the presentation to her Mom and she is saving it til Christmas for us. Way Cool!

When I was in 5th grade I had a super nice teacher who had fun ways to help us practice our spelling words. One of them was shaving cream. Spray some foam cream on the table and you can draw anything in it, lasts a nice long time and it wipes up clean. I let the boys try this out. L especially loved it! (He smells pretty good by the time he's done!)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

What's on Your List?

R and L mailed their Santa letters yesterday.

Do you know the #1 item on a Christmas wish list is for a 6yr old?

Well....its a:

Big Mac!

So Funny!

When ever this comes on tv J and I just crack up!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

A note...

I didn't actually mean to post this video. It's hard to watch...
I had to make a PowerPoint presentation on the similarities and differences of the Iraq war and the Vietnam war. I was trying to attach a video to one of my slides which was discussing the role of media on wars.
I could't get it to do it. I was trying to go around utube by putting it on here and then copying it to my computer to paste it in, but it didn't work. I had thought I deleted this, but I didn't. I do have to say that I'm thankful for those who serve our country.