Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
The kids were thrilled to get to open one gift on Christmas Eve.
They each got a new set of pajamas to help them tuck in and go to sleep while waiting for Santa.
Such excitement to see what Santa brought!
They also enjoyed the presents from Mom & Dad and their Grandmas and Grandpa. The scooters for each of them have been a big hit, even though it has been too snowy to ride them outside yet. Hardwood floors will do in a pinch!
While I decorated the main cake, the kids decorated some cupcakes. Preston REALLY likes sprinkles, as you can tell from the thick layer on his cupcakes. =)
Happy birthday sweet Haley! I can't believe you're 6 already!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
When we went to Utah for Thanksgiving, we took the kids to see the dinosaur museum in Vernal. I've visited the old museum many times - it seems like we had a couple of field trips there every year when I was in school. But a couple of years ago they moved the museum into a fancy new building and I hadn't been there since the move. And I'd never taken my kids. (*gasp* As a former resident of Dinosaurland, that's almost unforgiveable!) ;)
There's a brontosaurus skeleton in the main lobby.
The kids are dwarfed by the giant skeleton.
They enjoyed searching for "fossils" in the interactive exhibits.
This is the first year that the kids really got into decorating the tree with me. Usually it's just been me by myself. (Aaron is also not into decorating the tree.) It was fun to have them help me this time. Amazingly, no one has bothered the presents under the tree. I really thought I would have problems with Brekken trying to tear into everything.
Apropos of nothing... I just found it amusing that Brekken insisted on using a spoon to eat his toast. :D
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
She spotted the Nutcracker statue as soon as we walked in the door and wanted her picture with it.
The best part of the whole evening (for both of us) was after the ballet ended. The director of the ballet company invited any of the kids who were interested to come up to the front by the stage. They got a quick lesson in some ballet basics and got a chance to talk to and ask questions of some of the stars of the show. Then some of the dancers taught them all a little dance. Haley loved it - especially the chance to be up on the stage! They all looked adorable up there dancing.
Monday, December 21, 2009
But last week, I came across an article in the Denver Post that listed some great houses in the area to check out for really spectacular Christmas Light displays. (If you're in Denver and want to check it out, here's a link to the list online.) I convinced Aaron to map out a route to go see some of the houses in our area (or kind of close to our area, anyway). We fed the kids and headed out around 5:30, thinking 2 hours should be plenty, and would put us home for bedtime and in time to watch a show Aaron and I really wanted to see. As we started, Aaron informed us all that the schedule allowed no time for stopping and looking at the houses, so we all had to be prepared to look quickly as he drove by. =D Luckily, he didn't hold us to that!
We saw great light displays! I can't believe the amount of time and effort it must have taken to set up some of these displays.
1188 Clubhouse Dr., Broomfield, Colorado, 80020
Some of our favorites were the ones that had music playing with the lights blinking on and off synchronized to the music. So much fun to watch! I really could have sat and watched that for a long time, it was so cool.
6330 W. 110th Place, Westminster, CO, 80020
I think everyone's favorite was the Christmas Train house. This place had all kinds of regular and motorized decorations. Snowmen, gingerbread houses, gingerbread men, a moving ferris wheel filled with snowmen and elves, a ski lift taking various characters up onto the roof to ski, so much! But the highlight, was the train. This is a real train! On tracks! Driving around the yard! It's about 5 feet tall, and Santa is driving it. When it comes to the sidewalk (that people would have to cross to get to the front door) there is actually a train gate, complete with flashing lights and arm that lowers to block the sidewalk until after the train has gone by. Preston loved that! We were there for quite a while walking around to see all the decorations and watching the train come around again and again. It was definitely a hit!
We ended up visiting 20 different houses! We spent about 4 hours at it - we missed bedtime, we missed our TV show, but I'm so glad we did it. It was tons of fun for me and the kids... and I think Aaron enjoyed it at least a little bit. ;) I might just talk him into seeing some more houses on the list on Christmas Eve!
Sunday, December 20, 2009
#35 - If you have a cart full (I mean FULL) of groceries, don't wait until after the cashier has rung up everything in the cart to realize that you can't pay for any of it!
Yep, that was me tonight. I went home after the ward Christmas party, got the kids settled in bed, and left Aaron there with them so I could make a more peaceful trip to the store. It was a pretty big shopping trip, since I needed snacks for the kids, a few things for regular meals, everything for a big Christmas dinner, etc. So I had a very full cart. Of course, the only lane they had open for my overflowing cart was the express lane. So as the cashier is ringing up all my purchases, the line is stacking up behind me. Two, then three, then four and five people all waiting (more and less patiently) to check out with their one or two items. None of them even had a basket, let alone a cart full of groceries.
So trying to be proactive and do my part to finish this transaction quickly, I swiped my club card and my debit card, keyed in the PIN and was ready to go as soon as she handed over my receipt. I even had my coupons ready and handed them over ahead of time in accordance with rule #25. Of course, I had completely forgotten the fact that I had to cancel my debit card yesterday.
In looking at my bank account online, I'd seen that someone had hacked my card number and made a couple of donations to DNCBARACKOBAMA.com. Who knows if this was a politically-minded hacker who was actually stealing my money to give to Barack Obama, or someone who had set it up to look like the money was going to Barack Obama (presumably in the hope that I would think that was something I'd donated myself?). But at any rate, I knew I hadn't donated that money to Obama, so I called the bank and they cancelled my debit card.
I knew they'd done it. I'd thought it through earlier in the day and knew I would have to write a check at the grocery store. In retrospect, I should have removed the card from my wallet right away. But when it came time to actually go to the store, the whole situation completely slipped my mind. I just went on as usual until the card denied notice flashed across the screen.
Oh how embarrassing! I tried a fumbling explanation, but I could tell that the cashier 1) didn't really care, and 2) probably didn't believe me. (See rules 20-24) However she graciously agreed to put my full cart aside and hold it for me while I ran home to get my checkbook. I really wanted to explain to all those people behind me that I was not a deadbeat. I really did have the money to pay. I was just the victim of a faulty memory! But I think that they also didn't really care, other than to be annoyed that after waiting all that time for my cart to be rung up, now I didn't even have a way to pay. "What an idiot!" I could just feel them all thinking that in my direction.
I went home and back as quickly as possible. And I was still completely embarrassed when I got there with my checkbook. I apologized about ten times for my mistake. But I still feel like an idiot!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
A couple of them kind of turned out okay. Really, you just need to go see it for yourselves! =)