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Dec. 25th, 2007 09:10 am
raxacorricofallapatorius: (wonderful life)
Kind of a bizarre Christmas actually. No Santa, we decided, since the kids get tons of stuff for Sinterklaas, but rather homemade somethings, the idea being GIVING instead of getting. And having fun being creative.

Fred made a cool sword and shield for Lukas out of wood and metal. I bought a pink leotard for Marissa, but hand-painted a design of kitties and paw prints on it to make it more personal. Needless to say, the kids were thrilled with their gifts.

Marissa made a birdhouse for Fred. Well, Mom helped her build it, but she painted it all by herself. :c) Lukas painted a reindeer tshirt for Fred, using his hands painted with fabric paint as the antlers. It came out pretty good, I think.

I'm about to start making the dessert for this evening - a citrus cheesecake. Then I'm going to assemble a few appetizers and chop some veggies and I'll rope everyone else to help pull out the best dishes and glasses and give 'em a rinse.

Tonight should be full of food. There's still some question about whether my sister-in-law and nephew are going to show up, because they've been sick, but in any case it should be fairly mellow, which sounds pretty good about now. :c)

And to all a good night...........
raxacorricofallapatorius: (twinkle)
Saturday Marissa passed her swimming exam (yay!), so today to celebrate we all went - you guessed it - swimming at one of the local pools here. We got there around 10:00 a.m., and spent the next 4.5 hours sliding down the tube slides and going under the waterfalls and into the whirlpools. For the first time, Marissa got to go in without her "water wings" and she was thrilled to pieces to be able to swim in the deep pool by herself. Fred and I kept one eye on her all the same, just in case, but it was still a big step. I'm so proud of her. :c)

Yesterday the weather finally caught on to the fact that it's almost winter and decided to turn freezing cold. I took Speiky out for his morning constitutional, and he was completely baffled by the "crispy" grass and "solid" water! He whimpered and poked his nose and paws delicately here and there, until at some point he decided that the grass was still okay to walk on, but the ice was right out. He kept trying to bite it, with little success. I can't wait until the first snowfall. Hee!

Still not in a very Christmassy mood. It seems to take longer these days to actually get there; usually around the 23rd or so it kicks in. This year....blergh. Not even listening to carols or watching Scrooge! has made an impact. And Scrooge (with Albert Finney - my favorite version of all of them) ALWAYS works to get me feeling all Deck the Halls. Hrmmmm....I guess I'll try the original Grinch and Charlie Brown animations and see if that helps. My last hope is Polar Express. Anyone else seen that? Fabulous film. I love Tom Hanks.

The kids will be out of school starting Friday, so things will be noisy and messy and just generally chaotic around here for a couple of weeks, which always leaves me positively twitching by January 3rd. I love my kids, I really do. But two weeks cooped up inside the house with them constantly whining about having nothing to do and bickering back and forth over stupid, meaningless shit just makes me want to swallow rat poison and be done with it.

Is anyone else out there making a Christmas dinner this year? If so, what are you making?
raxacorricofallapatorius: (december)
Every year LucasFilms sends out Christmas cards to it's employees and business associates. This one, from 1981, cracked me up:



See more of them here.

*wibble*

Nov. 30th, 2007 05:04 pm
raxacorricofallapatorius: (santa snape)
Not that I'm greedy or anything, but since I've never been to New York, this sounds like a fabulous introduction to the city and its charms. Anyone want to leave me $150k in my stocking?



$150,000 Christmas Key to the City package

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