Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Here is the final box with the gift bags. I included a note from Santa and it said:
Congratulations Boys and Girls!
This is the last box and inside you will find a little gift from me.
If you are the one that opened this last present, please be my little helper and pass one out to all of your classmates.
Enjoy your party and don’t forget to leave milk and cookies out for me!
Love, Santa (with his name signed in red marker)
See, I told you the kids were excited!
Then there was a visit (unplanned) from Santa immediately following the opening up of the present. Allison's teacher caught him in the hallway and explained to him what we just did. He played right into it and asked the kids if they got his early package!
The kids were captivated by him!
Monday, December 29, 2008
Here is the legend:
An Old Christmas Legend
Long ago, great happiness and good fortune came to those who chose a Christmas tree with a bird’s nest in its branches.
Here is a little nest for your Christmas tree.
May the legend come true for you.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Our family presents that the three of us open on Christmas Eve. I had asked Allison earlier in the season how she felt about receiving 3 presents from us and 3 from Santa just like baby Jesus. She didn't flinch and was fine with it. However, I miscalculated and she ended up with 6 from us! Oops! I had forgotten that I picked up a couple of small ones during the year!I love this baby!
"Woooo Woooo!" Obviously she LOVED her make-up! That's my girl!
Oh and before anyone goes judging me and I get hate mail, the make-up is for special occasions and only Mommy is permitted to apply it. She knows too much "makes me look trashy."
As you can see by the look on her face, she absolutely didn't know that the Nintendo DS was a possibility. I had told her that it was a bit expensive and it probably wasn't going to happen. She asked if we could save for it and get it for her 8th birthday in July.
This was the highlight of my Christmas!
I didn't capture the kiss but here's the hug!
Telling my Mom about the Nintendo DS.
Doesn't she look so grown up?
Santa's delivery. He miscounted too and delivered 4! He also cheated and added the Webkinz friends!
Even with bed hair she's still cute!
I love her reactions!
What is with the kissing and hugging?
Santa brought her 20 "Magic Tree House" chapter books. This should keep her busy for the next several months!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
This is definitely a keeper!
Thanksgiving is for giving thanks.
I am thankful for my life because I am alive.
I am thankful for school because it makes me smart.
I am thankful to be normal because it is good to be normal.
I am thankful for food because food gives you energy.
I am thankful for water to keep me from getting dehydrated.
I am thankful for family because they keep my company.
I am thankful for my pets because they are very cuddling pets.
I am thankful for my friends because they are fun to be with.
I am thankful for science projects because they are fun.
I have a lot to be thankful for.
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Friday, December 05, 2008
It looks like it's my favorite...white almond cake with regular icing...none of that whipped cream stuff for me! I like the good old fashioned sweet icing! Yum!
Thursday, December 04, 2008
We (Curtis & I) can't wait for Uncle Rudy to notice it!
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
After I was prepared, we presented the idea to Allison. Basically she can earn pebbles to help fill her bucket by doing nice things or good behavior. We use it to reinforce what is expected of her. We do not have a list with how many pebbles she gets for doing a specific task posted anywhere. This isn't a "payment" or reward system for doing chores like setting the table or feeding the cats. She knows those things are some of her responsibilities of being part of a family. They are things that need to be done in the home and it's our job to get them done. It's also not a bribe system as in "if you do this, you'll get a certain amount of pebbles." The pebbles are given at Mom and Dad's discretion so she doesn't know when she will earn them or lose them. It keeps her on her toes this way. If she does something without having to be reminded, she'll earn a couple of pebbles but she also doesn't earn them every time she does something either. As an example: If she makes her bed three days in a row without being told, I'll throw a couple of pebbles in her bucket each day. If she makes it on the fourth day, I don't throw pebbles in her bucket. If she asks about it, I explain to her that it's her responsibility to make her bed and not having to remind her was wonderful for Mommy and that she shouldn't be making her bed because she thinks she's going to get something for it but because it's her responsibility. She usually understands. I then pray that I taught her a good habit and she'll make her bed the next day without being told!