The 12 Days of Christmas – Mommy Style

The 12 Days of Christmas – Mommy Style

On the first day of Christmas,
My children sent to me
A sticky kiss planted on my cheek!

On the second day of Christmas,

My children sent to me
Two captured bugs,
And a sticky kiss planted on my cheek!

On the third day of Christmas,
My children sent to me
Three hasty mends,
Two captured bugs,
And a sticky kiss planted on my cheek!

On the fourth day of Christmas,

My children sent to me
Four a.m. feeds,
Three hasty mends,
Two captured bugs,
And a sticky kiss planted on my cheek!

On the fifth day of Christmas,

My children sent to me
Five toilet rings,
Four a.m. feeds,
Three hasty mends,
Two captured bugs,
And a sticky kiss planted on my cheek!

On the sixth day of Christmas,

My children sent to me
Six stubborn stains,
Five toilet rings,
Four a.m. feeds,
Three hasty mends,
Two captured bugs,
And a sticky kiss planted on my cheek!

On the seventh day of Christmas,
My children sent to me
Seven swiffers swiffing,
Six stubborn stains,
Five toilet rings,
Four a.m. feeds,
Three hasty mends,
Two captured bugs,
And a sticky kiss planted on my cheek!

On the eighth day of Christmas,
My children sent to me
Eight maids (I wish!),
Seven swiffers swiffing,
Six stubborn stains,
Five toilet rings,
Four a.m. feeds,
Three hasty mends,
Two captured bugs,
And a sticky kiss planted on my cheek!

On the ninth day of Christmas,
My children sent to me
Nine babies dancing,
Eight maids (I wish!),
Seven swiffers swiffing,
Six stubborn stains,
Five toilet rings,
Four a.m. feeds,
Three hasty mends,
Two captured bugs,
And a sticky kiss planted on my cheek!

On the tenth day of Christmas,
My children sent to me
Ten lads a-leaping,
Nine babies dancing,
Eight maids (I wish!),
Seven swiffers swiffing,
Six stubborn stains,
Five toilet rings,
Four a.m. feeds,
Three hasty mends,
Two captured bugs,
And a sticky kiss planted on my cheek!

On the eleventh day of Christmas,
My children sent to me
Eleven minors whining,
Ten lads a-leaping,
Nine babies dancing,
Eight maids (I wish!),
Seven swiffers swiffing,
Six stubborn stains,
Five toilet rings,
Four a.m. feeds,
Three hasty mends,
Two captured bugs,
And a sticky kiss planted on my cheek!

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
My children sent to me
Twelve sitters running,
Eleven minors whining,
Ten lads a-leaping,
Nine babies dancing,
Eight maids (I wish!),
Seven swiffers swiffing,
Six stubborn stains,
Five toilet rings,
Four a.m. feeds,
Three hasty mends,
Two captured bugs,
And a sticky kiss planted on my cheek!

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Happy Belated Birthday, America!


At the last minute, we decided to go out of town to Brenham, home of Blue Bell Ice Cream, arguably the best ice cream in the state, maybe the universe. And by last minute, I mean about noon on the 4th of July.

The plan was to go to the Washington on the Brazos state park:

This picturesque park is located on the Brazos River, Washington was the site of the 1836 General Convention which would decide the fate of Texas. Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site is revered as the site of the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence on March 2, 1836. Washington remained a town of some prominence in early Texas until the eve of the Civil War. The park encompasses the site of the historic town (1836).

The park hosts an annual day-long celebration culminating in fireworks in the evening. It features free soda and ice cream, free activities such as climbing walls and bouncy castles for the kids, typical and not so typical foods for purchase, pretty scenery, and generally a good time for people with kids or without.

Oh, and about a thousand degree heat.

Still, given our drought conditions, the mosquitoes were minimal, which was fabulous and there was a slight breeze which helped us deal with the heat. We had quite a (hot and somewhat miserable) hike once we parked, to where the fireworks would be shown. We asked around and were told where to look for fireworks and we planned our base camp accordingly – it was very exciting to get a good spot and we were told to expect the area to fill up considerably once nightfall was upon us.

The boys had fun; Mr Lawyer took them around the park and they did all sorts of fun things. I stayed at our spot with Babybeast who had a fantastic time prancing about in the grass after a soccer ball. She didn’t even try to eat the grass even once.

Once it got dark, we sat and waited for the fireworks.

And then we waited some more.

I brought out a couple sets of those glow necklaces that you crack and shake – they went over really well with all three kids.

Finally, well after 10:00, the fireworks began. We (along with several hundred people behind us) quickly realized with horror that we could not and would not be able from our vantage point to see any of them! There was a huge cluster of trees in the way and while not tall, the fireworks were particularly low – and in a completely different direction than we had been advised to expect.

I quickly told Mr. lawyer to hustle the boys over to the parking lot to try to catch what he could, but because we had “stuff” with us that couldn’t be left unattended, Babybeast and I remained behind and missed 100% of the show. It was very disappointing since I had the camera ready to try to capture the fireworks and was excited about the potential images, but the boys were able to catch the bulk of the show.

So, the kids had fun – and that’s what is really important of course. I am still upset that no one from the park bothered to tell us that we wouldn’t be able to see (to the contrary, actually), but what are you going to do?

I’ll try to load up some photos tomorrow…stay tuned.

I’ve Been Redecorating

I took down the Easter eggs. They sure were nice while the lasted, but I figure you all were tired of them, it no longer being Easter and all. I tried to spruce up the joint and if you know if any really cool widgets, this would be the place to suggest them. I’m all ears…and technologically…well, rather slow. But I do try.

And just for the record, I did do some Easter stuff with the kids, but it wasn’t really blog worthy. Well, it was kind of funny in an incredibly lame sort of way. I got some eggs to dye and then was too tired to dye them or cook them (I’ll blame this one someone who shall remain nameless waking approximately four hundred thousand times a night for a snack and a cuddle).

So, too tired to boil them (not a huge fan of hard boiled eggs in any event) I blew them out and gave the kids markers to pretty them up with, which they got bored with really fast, after destroying several of them. So I was forced to color the bulk of the surviving blown eggs myself, which secretly pleased me.

The plan was to make the ones with littlest holes into holiday decorations for the table and the ones that ended up with bigger holes into cascarones, but that was really too grand a scheme for my available energy level. The actual result was attractively markered eggs put to the side of the kitchen on a Dora paper plate on the counter and ignored and three very large meals worth of scrambled eggs. The eggs, which we rarely eat, were well worth the effort, however.

Easter Coloring Pages

We went to the new playground to explore this morning and were promptly run off by a worker – it seems that it’s not quite done so no one is allowed on it yet. Something about safety and liability, blah blah blah. Funsuckers.
And then we went to the grocery store, but once there I discovered that I had left my credit cards and ID at home. I had the checkbook, but fat lot of good that does without a driver’s license. So we carefully spent the seven dollars I had with me and came home.
So they are coloring now. I found a stash of coloring pages at Activity Village you might want to check out. If you scroll to the bottom you can get to this page which links bazillions of coloring pages and appears to be regularly maintained.

Even if you don’t have children of crayoning age, you might print a few for yourself. If you are anything like me, you secretly like to have a go at coloring now and then.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Broccoli Cookies?

I made green sugar cookies with green and regular sugar on top yesterday. The sugar cookies were the whole wheat ones I’ve posted about before, so they are a tad darker than regular cookies to begin with.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, or as my oldest calls it, Sam’s Patrick’s Day, I thought I’d make them green.

After I added the coloring, Mister Lawyer saw the dough and commented that it looked like broccoli dough. Sadly, he was right. The coloring and the whole wheat dough combined to look like I was making broccoli cookies.

The kids gave me The Eyebrow and I had to assure them repeatedly that these were Delightfully Festive St. Paddy’s Day confections and not Sugared Broccoli Bombs.

Taken outside because the light was better….
But they tasted good. And that’s what counts, right?

Their Valentines

I made little goody bags last week for their classes. Instead of candy, because lord knows they’ll get far too much of that, there are temporary tattoos (similar to those above), stickers, a little heart glitter (you are welcome – no need to thank me, moms!), a real fruit leather bar, and thanks to a HUGE number of $2 off Kashi coupons I got in the mail, a Kashi strawberry fruit bar.

The kids are making valentine’s “cards” to put inside them right now. Their job is to color and maybe cut them out.

While it’s not the fanciest design ever, it’s going to have to do – we’ve been thrown off kilter by the whole broken arm/stomach bug saga this week. And besides, they’re kinda cute. I printed the following in black and white into a table, six to a page, on landscape:

You’re a Winner
in My Book!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!
From ________

Uh..

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