Thursday, December 23, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Yesterday, we went to meet my parents and Jeff at P. F. Chang to celebrate Jeff's and Kev's birthdays. Then we went to their house for two kinds of Birthday pie. Yum. Then, we opened Bag 19, which was "Go see the Christmas Lights." There is a big regional park near Manassas that has an annual Festival of Lights drive-though kind of a thing, so I (cleverly!) planned the bag to coincide with our visit.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
We opened it first thing in the morning. Well, after Daphne had enough time to put her antlers on and brush her teeth. The show started at 10:30, and was opened by a barbershop quartet featuring Coach Cotton's dad:
They were great, but the little kids in the crowd weren't really into the whole barbershop scene, so they were glad when Rocknoceros finally took the stage:
We met our friends there and went to lunch with them at a really great Greek place in Vienna called Plaka. Then we stopped at the Container Store on the way home. Even after all that, Daphne ONCE AGAIN took no nap, but luckily tonight's dinner pleased her highness and all went well. After she went to bed, I got all of her gifts wrapped. And now I'm going to bed. Tomorrow is another big day. Stay tuned for Bag 19.
You can see in the picture below that by the time the event was over, Daphne was a complete crazy mess, but she had a great time, and was so excited to talk to Santa, so I'm glad she got to go.
Friday, December 17, 2010
OK, this is probably only fun to watch if you are me, or Kev, or one of Daphne's grandparents, so feel free to make it stop after a few seconds when you get the idea. (For some reason, I can't get the video narrow enough for the blog column, so if you want to see the cut off bits, you can go here.)
Then again, if I have taken a picture of you during the past three or four years, you might be in it. And it's kinda fun to pause it at random and see what picture comes up.
Anyway, this was put together by Pummelvision, which slurped photos from my Flickr account and strung them together, added some annoying music, and allowed me to watch my life (well, part of it, anyway), pass before my eyes. My flickr photos are very random, but imagine the possibilities if you had time to plan this out. For example, if you were pregnant, you could take a photo standing in the same spot every day for nine months, get them pummeled, and watch your belly grow in about three minutes. Or you could show people the 500 photos you took on your vacation to Branson without boring them into a coma. Fun!
The snow has delayed the schools in this county for two hours this morning. So instead of going to preschool from 8:30 to 11:30, Daphne will got from 10:30 to 12:30. That gives me only two hours to myself, so I need to go plan a strategy. There will be almost no time this weekend for Christmas preparations. I'm almost done, but there are loose ends, and things that need wrapping. That being said, I hve remained calm throughout the holiday season thus far, and am enjoying it more than I have in years. Yay, Christmas!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Today, it started snowing.
I call the photo below "Eating a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich in Snowboots, Looking Out the Back Door, and Waiting for Mommy to Finally Let Me Go the Heck Outside."
I stayed inside, warm and dry, and watched through the windows. She had a blast. So did I.
Good food with good friends last night. Slightly less homesick today.
Next time: Bag 16.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
The best part was when Big Al himself came by and told Daphne he was really glad she came to see them, to which Daphne replied, "Well, I'm really glad the bag told us to come to see you, you see we have these bags at home and they tell us what to do and..." And I could see a giant question mark forming over the head of Big Al, so I chimed in with some sort of small talk and we all moved on. It was a good night out.
This morning, after dropping Daphne at school, I worked on the requested red robe with a white collar. It is now finished:
All the sewing has caused me to neglect some things in the kitchen, like the breakfast dishes, so I am off to TCB. Coming soon: Bag 15. You see, we have these bags that tell us what to do...
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Thirteen - Make Christmas cards for the neighborhood kids. I got two DIY card kits in the Target $1.00 section. Daphne made a list of the kids in the neighborhood and needed to make seven cards. We got four of them done. We can finish today. I am not leaving the house. It is 19 degrees.
Actually, now that I think about it, tonight's bag involves leaving the house. Hmmm...may have to do a swap...
Sunday, December 12, 2010
We opened Bag 12 before dinner so Daphne would have something to look forward to. The note in the bag said "Family Movie Night" and there was a special package containing:
After we ate (Guinness stew!), Daphne waited on the couch for me to clean the dishes and Kev to finish something upstairs. He came down and started to make popcorn, and I went into the TV room and this is what I saw:
Specifically, it was a "Grow-a-Reindeer." When I bought it, I didn't read the instructions. I assumed it grew quickly. You know what they say about assuming. Apparently, it takes this thing up to TEN DAYS to reach its full size.
After visiting a certain stable, Rudolf was placed into a large container of water so he could do his thing.
He is ever-so-slightly bigger today. Should be fully grown by Christmas, I guess.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Bag Number Nine contained a very homemade Christmas Charades game. I was worried it would be kind of a lame night, but it was really fun. Playing charades with Daphne is hilarious.
Below, she is acting out a popular Christmas character. We thought for sure it was Rudolf, but we were wrong.
Today it snowed for a few minutes and then it stopped. I was glad. Visions of last year have been dancing in my head, and I don't think I want to go through all that again. Snow loses its magical quality when it is taller than you and is frozen into a giant iceberg at the end of your driveway.
Daphne was VERY excited about the snow, and tried to play in it. She had a blast. Being four and a half is where it's at.