Monthly Archives: December 2011

Homemade Christmas Gifts, Travel Plans and a Holiday Haiku

I know you have all been anxiously awaiting to find out what I am getting Lucy this Christmas on my very limited budget, ta da:

 Wonder TurtleDream ElephantImagine Giraffe

A few inexpensive canvases and some old acrylic paints and new art is born – Merry Christmas Princess.

Tomorrow we are leaving for North Carolina, I am looking forward to spending time with our family and I am very excited that my husband doesn’t go back to work until January 3rd (just long enough for him to get thoroughly sick of me). Lucy is going to get to meet a whole new set of cousins and many other relatives we haven’t had a chance to see in the last year and a half.

I really love Christmas and the older I get it’s so much more about the people you are with than anything material you can get (remind Lucy of this when she complains about her homemade gifts!) When I was a kid the magic of the season completely overwhelmed me. I remember staying up late, sitting in the dark in front of the lighted Christmas tree, listening to Christmas music and tearing up over the enormity of it all.

I hope that Lucy gets to experience that when she gets a little older. Sometimes I worry that the world is changing too fast and people have stopped slowing down enough to really soak up experiences like they used to, but then I think everyone probably worries about the same thing as we get older and time starts moving so fast. Either way – I hope that a couple of years from now Lucy will be huddled in her bed listening to Christmas music on her clock radio and being consumed by the spirit of the season.

I doubt I will get a chance to update again this year, but I promise to post the best Christmas pictures when I get back to Philly. In the meantime  to all of my friends I won’t get to see, I have spent a lot of time writing this little haiku for you:

Merry Christmas to you all
Fa la la la la
La la la la la la la

And to all a good night.

Tuesday’s observations

My poor cat is at an age where sometimes I think I’m being really optimistic when I buy the 48 pack of wet cat food when shopping in bulk at  BJs. But still she surprises me – I might have to lift her into the bed at night but when she decides she’s mad she can still bite me like she’s 10 again… Thanks Ruka.


Now that the weather is turning cold I find that my favorite thing is the seat warmers in my car and it makes me wonder why this technology hasn’t made it to other areas of my life – why doesn’t my couch get warm or my jeans? Apparently life is a lot better when my butt is toasty warm.  I wonder how hard it would be to install a TV in the front seat of a Honda so I can hang out in there more.


Newsletter: Month 16

Dear Lucy,

Today you turn 16 months old. It’s that time of year again where you get that permanent crust of snot around your nose. And in the beginning of the month you where sick sick sick and oh how I forgot how much this sucks – because kid you are a HANDFUL when you don’t feel well. You transform from happy easy baby into a constant whining machine who wants to be picked up and put down constantly – you won’t eat, you won’t drink you just mope around the house and refuse to do anything.

On a positive note you have stopped biting – this month it’s all about hitting – your favorite thing is to hit your Dad and I in the face. I think you might think that you are patting us but you’re not – it’s hitting and it hurts, especially when you have things in your hands like board books…

What can I hit?

This month more than any other time you very cognizant of what’s going on, you understand when we are trying to be funny, you listen when I’m talking to you like you’re taking notes. You will see an animal on TV and then run to your hoard of books and find a picture of it in one of them.  You know how to talk to elephants and understand what cows say. I don’t think it’s going out on a limb to say you are a total genius.

Genius Child

You and I have had the opportunity to spend a lot of time together this month, you are still going to daycare but more often than not we are together. We have spent a lot of time at the playground because it’s been unseasonably warm. We went to the Elmwood Park zoo on Black Friday and we had the whole place to ourselves because everyone else was at the mall.

Fun with Buckets

Ya for swings

We  spent a quiet Thanksgiving at home with your Dad and you LOVED it – you love turkey and potatoes and green been casserole but mostly you love cranberry sauce and even more pumpkin pie.  We also where able to go for a bike ride before dinner.

Thanksgiving bike ride

We tried to have pictures taken with Santa, but Santa was VERY scary this year and you had two complete and horrible breakdowns due to our efforts. But despite Santa you are in LOVE with Christmas decorations – we have lights on the porch and on the railing, every time you see them your eyes light up and you laugh. Walking around the neighborhood and seeing other people’s lights is also a lot of fun for you.

Ooohhh lights!

Total Christmas Cheer

You helped your Dad celebrate his 30-something birthday and got to eat several cupcakes, which was AWESOME.

mmmmm cupcakes!

You like to store food in your mouth for inordinate amounts of time – it often makes you look like this:

chipmunk cheeksYou are, as always, amazing.

Love, Mama