Friday, November 30, 2007
wrapping paper. I obsess about it all color coordinating with the living room, the tree, and of course, be fun for lex. I also LOVE bows with real ribbon. OCD much?
2. Real tree or artificial?
I grew up with an artificial tree and swore when I could have my own tree, it would always be real. Well for the past 10 years, I've had a real tree...This year, I thought about what I dislike most about a real tree: the stress of finding the perfect tree and cutting it down; putting on 8 million white twinkle lights just so (ask Bran, I had him redo the lights last year b/c they were not wrapped around individual branches. the mess of the needles everyone. Briggs drinking the water. So, this year I caved and bought a gorgeous "faux" Spruce, prelit 7.5 feet tall tree. I'll just spray some fake smell around.
3. When do you put up the tree?
Tonight! November 30th!
4. When do you take the tree down?
Weekend after new years
5. Do you like eggnog?
I'll do a sip, but usually no. do you know how many calories are in eggnog? Like 8 million!
6. Favorite gift received as a child?
My cabbage patch kid preemie--Caitlyn
7. Do you have a Nativity scene?
Not a full nativity scene. We have a baby jesus in a little manger/bed. Last year, lex was very concerned that the baby jesus was cold and would cover him up with a tissue. It was just about the cutest thing EVER.
8. Hardest person to buy for?
9. Easiest person to buy for?
Alexa..I could buy out the store for her.
10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
Hmm, i think a candle holder with jesus bleeding on the cross from my ex mother in law.
11. Mail or email Christmas cards?
Another peak at my OCD. Christmas cards are mailed. The stamps need to be christmas stamps.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation---My favorite movie ALL YEAR ROUND.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? This year, I started early..around the end of October for Lex.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
No, haven't recycled, but have returned things.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
snickerdoodles, shortbread cookies, hot chocolate
16. Clear lights or colored on the tree?
17. Favorite Christmas song?
Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee. Followed by It's Christmas Baby, by U2, Followed by Santa Claus, by Harry Connick, Jr. I LOVE christmas music. We have it playing NON stop in my house right now.
18 Travel at Christmas or stay home?
Used to be travel, but now with Lex, my rule is that she needs to be at home to open her presents. It's hard b/c not only do I have inlaws to visit, but we need to coordinate with Lex's dad.
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen and of course, Rudolph. I just had to sing the song to name them!
20. Angel on the tree top or a star?
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
Christmas Eve with Bran, everyone else on Christmas morning
22. Most annoying thing about this time of year?
Crowded stores and my ability to Clark W. Griswald everything (I.e. wanting the perfect, unattainable holiday!) This year, I'm doing all of my shopping online so that I don't have panic attacks...
23. What is a holiday tradition you have?
Ever since I can remember, my mom made my brother sit on the stairs to get our picture taken before we were allowed to go downstairs to see what Santa brought. I've kept that tradition with lex. Another one, is that we always leave cookies for Santa and oatmeal for reindeer food in the yard.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Where to start...Lex has been an absolute doll these days and the 6 month pendulum is up lately. She's ultra creative making up stories and is very dramatic. "Death" and "bleeding" seems to be brought up a lot and I don't think she gathers what these concepts mean exactly, except when one dies, they go away.
Case in point, the other night we were reading in bed, and she got close to the edge. Lex tells me very dramatically, "Mom, if I fall out of bed, I will diiiiiiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeeeeeeee." I respond with a "no lex, you might get hurt, but surely you won't dddddiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiie." Lex replies: "But I will bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbblllllllllllllllllllleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed." God help me when she's a teenager.
She is also such a singer. She knows the words to so many top 40 songs and her current favorites:
- All these things that I have done by The Killers or as Lex calls this song: the soldier song.
- Hello Good-bye, by the Beatles
- I wanna hold your hand, by the Beatles
- Getcha Your Head in the Game, from High School Musical
- Hey Yaa- by OutKast
It is absolutely hysterical to see her dancing, rock star face when she's singing along.
It amazes me the things she knows. Yesterday we had a conversation about air and how air comes from the trees and wind and leaves. I got into science mode and taught her about photosynthesis. Tonight, we were discussing bones and lex told me that if we didn't have bones, we would be squishy. Maybe, I have a little performer/scientist in the making?
She knows SO many words that sometimes I just can't believe the things that come out of her little mouth. My favorite right now, is when she uses the past tense and says things like, Mommy, I miss-ed you. I'm trying really hard to correct her, but sometimes it's just too cute.
Tuesday this week, I received a phone call from Mr. Charles at school and Lex had thrown up. She was acting fine so she remained at school. When I asked her about it later on, she said all excited, "Mommy guess what? I FROWED up in Math and Science. All my friends said "ewwwwwwwww Lexie frowed up. I ate something bad. It was a blueberry muffin." So now, Bran and I cannot help but say "frowed up". Yesterday, Lex also informed me if you dance too hard you will frow up. :)
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Last week I was in Scottsdale Arizona for business for three days (Wed-Friday). This week, it's Richmond, VA from Wednesday through Thursday night. Hmm, if I had choose between the two? I would say Scottsdale :) Cannot wait to be stuck in VA for a while!!!
Sunday, November 4, 2007
On Wednesday evening, we had our friends, Olivia and Andrew (and their Moms and Dads!) over for pizza and trick or treating.