Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Playing a little Catch-up!

I've missed posting here . . . life has been quite busy between taking Lance to speech, volunteering with the Giving Tree gifts for the needy at TBE (mainly wrapping), trying to stay on top of the holiday decorating and shopping for once, attending the all three children's holiday performances (Kristen was chorus, Matthew was holiday songs, and Lance's was a few songs with a skit put on by some of the adults in the school - a modern skit about Jesus' birth) AND trying to get our new countertops put in. THEN, hubby decided we needed new window treatments (well, he had decided this back before Thanksgiving, and when he realized that wouldn't happen - the custom ones - then just before Christmas he decided we needed to at least buy some nice good sheers and some new rods - not those white tension things, but the nicer ones with finials on the outside of the window. So, needless to say, spending over $400 on some nice sheers from PotteryBarn was not quite in the cards, but it happened anyhow!

Christmas was nice inside . . . although it was yucky and gloomy outside. Matthew's favorite thing was a skateboard and an Eyeclops, Lance got his "shark boat" and a Deisel 10 train that moves like a real engine, and Kristen got her Flat Iron. Of course, she didn't really get anything other than her plane ticket to Katie's from us, but her Aunt and Uncle bought her some nice outifts from Limited Too, and Nana and Papa bought her PJs from JCrew and a Dolphin painting from Nellie at MarineLand. Very cool stuff!

The boys also got an indoor basketball game, although ALL of the adults seem to play more with that then the kids!

Some of the other things we did this holiday break included:

  • going to the First Coast Winter Lights in Green Cove Springs

  • making chocolate brittle (a new one for us) and sugar cookies - just LOVE the premade sugar cookie dough that you can just roll out. Note to self: buy new cookie cutters for next year.

  • Went to the mall to sit on Santa's lap

  • Took Kristen to the airport (and picked her back up on New Year's Eve)

  • Took the boys to Washington Oaks State Park - simply beautiful gardens, playground, hiking trail, and as you can see below, beach! We picked a great day to go and picnic!

  • Took the boys bowling

  • Helped the boys rake leaves, and then play in them

  • Took the boys to our local park

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