Monday, December 16, 2013


Emery indulges me. Thoroughly.
And he let us have our family Christmas on Friday night. We're going to be away from home on Christmas anyway, and we already planned to have it a little early…..but I kept voting for earlier and earlier.
This is because I'm no good at surprises. If I've bought a gift and wrapped it, I want to give it to the recipient pretty much immediately. {I tried to do the "12 days of Christmas" with Emery one year, and of course, I made him open the whole bunch the first night. No self-control in that area}

Oh it was fun to have Hattie bring in the presents and yell "Merry Christmas!!". Adele loved all the wrapping paper and had an eagle eye for little scraps that would fit perfectly into her mouth.
Hattie's big gifts were a tea set and a lincoln log set, but she was also very excited about a purse and stick-on earrings. Adele wasn't too enthused about any of her gifts, but like I said, wrapping paper was a big hit.

The only draw back of having Christmas so early, is that now it feels like Christmas is already over and it's time to pack up the decorations and move on to the new year. Don't worry, I won't do that.

Hope you and yours have a Merry Christmas!!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


I have grand dreams of establishing fun family traditions that will endure the test of childhood, especially at Christmas time.
Last weekend, I threw caution to the wind and decided we would make Christmas cookies with sprinkles and icing and everything. We had to go buy some cookie cutters and sprinkles first, and I didn't even check the label. I didn't want to. I didn't want my health-nut mentality to interfere with the prospect of fun family time.
And we did have fun. After much looking, I found a gluten and dairy free recipe that would withstand being rolled out and cut and it was really quite delightful. Emery enjoyed more than I expected, too.
The problem came after we ate several and the artificial coloring made my child act like she'd lost her mind. Tears and Tantrums. I should have known better. I should have read the label and let my conscience get the better of me.

And then I did it again today. I dreamed up a fun picnic at the park with some Chick-fil-a. Sounds nice, doesn't it? Except that I KNOW that the grilled nuggets in the kid's meal have MSG - which Emery is allergic to, though I wasn't certain about Hattie….but I got them anyway. And what happened when we had to leave the park (which was way too cold in the wind) - Tears and Tantrum. Ugh.

Somebody please remind me to plan fun outings that don't stray from our normal diet. It's such a let down to be excited for their enjoyment and then to have to pick up the pieces after total meltdown. Oye.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

My playdoh! my soccer ball! My table!

After nine days on the road, Hattie was thrilled to be back to our home sweet home,
and I am too.
I'm determined not to put my girls in their carseats today, even though the only things in our fridge are carrots and gf flour. We'll muddle through, and Kroger-ing can wait till tomorrow.

Christmas decorating today. Is it too soon to look out for free evergreen clippings at Home Depot and Lowes? I'm feeling a need for some garland.
And gingerbread houses
and Christmas lights
and oranges and cranberries
and festive sprinkles.

I like being home.
It's a nice place.