Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Turn off the TV or Santa won't come!

Christmas Eve, Ben tuned into the Santa Tracker on the internet. He found Santa traveling across the globe on Google Earth and the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD). The boys were wound up and we finally got them tucked into bed around 9pm. Cody went to sleep immediately, but Caleb had trouble keeping those excited thoughts from racing through his mind. Ben and Kevin were down in the living room watching "Christmas Vacation" while I finished up wrapping presents. Around 9:30pm, Caleb came out of his room crying, "Turn off the TV or Santa won't come!" I went upstairs and assured him that Santa will come. He said that he has tried and tried to fall asleep, but just can't and he is afraid Santa will fly by his house because he is still awake. I told him that I just checked the internet and Santa won't be here for a couple more hours. He said, "Is he in Kentucky yet?" I said not yet. He was asleep in about 10 minutes. He woke up bright and early at 5:30am, much to the dismay of the tired adults. But we all stumbled out of bed and woke up Cody, who was a grumpy bear for about 15 minutes before waking up and getting excited. The boys were so excited about their Christmas. They got Ben 10 figures, Transformers, games, books, skates, and scooters. Cody loves his scooter and has been riding it all over the house the past couple of days. Caleb loves his shoe skates. They are shoes that have skates in the front and back that click in or out, not quite like Heelys because Caleb's has 4 wheels. We were all tired later that day from waking up early and everyone but Caleb took a nap at some point throughout the day. Christmas night we took one last drive around to see the Christmas lights and the lights at the park. The boys love Christmas lights! Our Christmas Cactus is in full bloom. It always amazes me how that cactus always blooms the week of Christmas and no other time of the year.


Henderson Family Christmas

On Saturday we headed to the booming ; ) town of Spottsvegas (Spottsville) for Christmas with the Ford Family. Mom had done her Christmas baking as usual - Yum, yum! We had sugar cookies, Mexican wedding cakes, peanut butter balls, ginger cookies, date cookies, bourbon balls, rum balls, and more! Kevin got there on Sunday morning. They were so excited to see their Uncle KK! My step-brother, Clint had Christmas dinner at his house this year. It was really nice because he has a little more room for all the family. He had a wonderful ham and all the trimmings. Mom made her famous sweet potatoe casserole that everyone requests and also some Braided Bread of Berne. Mmm, mmm, good! We ate till we were sick! After gift giving, we gathered around the Wii that Clint got for Christmas. It started with the young'uns testing it out and playing against each other. They played baseball, bowling, golf, tennis, and then boxing. It ended with even some of the adults boxing! It was a lot of fun and hilarious to watch them bouncing, swinging, and punching. Mom had to work Christmas Eve Day, so we headed back home to Paducah. Kevin came back with us because he loves spending Christmas with the boys.

Bowling Green Family Christmas

We went to Bowling Green on Friday for Christmas with Ben's parents. That evening Caleb whipped our booties again playing Mexican Dominos. It is a fun, off-shoot of regular dominos. Max was excited to see the neighbor dog, a German Shepherd named Rex, and they raced up and down the fence barking at each other. Jim, Lori, and the kiddos came over on Saturday. The boys had a lot of fun playing with their cousins. Ben's grandparents also came down from Hodgenville to spend time with us, since none of the young ones would be up on Christmas Day this year. Then we had a grand feast! Donna made the most delicious Chocolate Pie with a decadent meringue that was scrumptious! The kids even ate fairly well. After dinner, was present opening time! Boy was the paper flying with six kids and six adults opening gifts. We tried to go by youngest to oldest, but sometimes Abby helped us out before it was our turn. She enjoyed opening the presents this Christmas and had even more fun with the giant gift bag that she could fit inside.


Thursday, December 20, 2007

Winter Clouds

Check out the cool clouds that I saw coming home from Caleb's school on Wednesday. I happened to have the camera in the car. I looked at the internet and found out they were Altocumulus clouds which are middle level layered clouds. They often occur in sheets or patches with a wavy, rounded masses or rolls or rippled elements. Which is exactly what it looked like all over the entire sky. It said it may produce light showers and that Altocumulus clouds usually form by convection in an unstable layer aloft, which may result from the gradual lifting of air in advance of a cold front. Thought I'd throw in a little trivia with my pictures.

Last night we had our annual Petitt/Peterson Christmas. We always go to the Petitt's for dinner and gift giving the week before Christmas. We celebrate Adam's birthday too because his birthday is December 21st. The boys had a ball together. We gave Adam a Webkin for his birthday and Caleb showed him all about Webkins World on the internet. They played all sorts of Webkins games and decorated Adam's Webkin's room. Ben and Paul helped keep the boys running and jumping for hours playing with a couple of soft footballs in the house. They sat on 2 couches on opposite sides of the room and threw the balls back and forth to each other. The boys tried to intercept the ball and tackle the Daddys. They were worn out by the time we got home at 11pm and slept until 9am this am!
Heading on the Bowling Green/Henderson journey for the weekend. Going to Bowling Green when Ben gets off work Friday and staying for a couple of days. Having Christmas with his folks and family before heading to Henderson. Then we will have the Ford Family Christmas at Clint's on Sunday. Mom works on Monday, so we are heading back home on Christmas Eve. We enjoy having the tradition of the kids at home for Christmas morning. Kevin is coming back with us for Christmas, he so enjoys watching the boys open their presents. They love their Uncle KK! Stay tuned for Christmas pictures.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

It's Beginning to Feel Alot Like Christmas!

Party, party, busy, busy! It's Christmas time and we have been busier than ever. This past Sunday we had a Christmas party with our Chiropractic Pals-the Atnips, Kahres, Shanks, and Teresa. Mark, Travis, and Calvin are the 3 docs at Mark's office. They are all married and our age with kids under five years old. Teresa is the office manager who keeps everyone in line and keeps things running smoothly. She has two older daughters and a son in elementary school. Sometimes we get together on weekends for a game night or just to hang out. The kids all play together and the adults hang out and chat. Sunday we had our usual fruit and veggie spread with nachos and dips. Ben and I also made some festive desserts. We made candycane cookies with peppermint in them and an experimental Candycane Cake that was a vanilla cake with some crushed candycane in the batter and in the icing. It turned out to be a big hit. Yum, yum! We had a present swap with adults and kids. Then we played Uno Spin that was a different kind of Uno game. Lots of fun! Sorry forgot the camera!

Tuesday was Caleb's Christmas Program. I have been asking him to tell me about what the upcoming Christmas Program entailed. Was it a play or singing? He would always just shrug. A couple of days before it, I asked again and he said, "We just sing some songs." Again, no further insight. The morning of the program, I asked his teacher about it and she said they have been practicing for a couple of weeks every day and go over and practice on the stage. I walked into the auditorium for the program and sit down next to Kelly Atnip who is looking at the program. She says, "Did you know that Caleb and Quinn have a solo?" Sure enough there were their names on the program! Out of probably 100 Kindergarteners, 30 of them had a solo part and our boys were one of them. I felt better that Kelly was clueless about this also. The solos consisted of the "soloists" standing in front of a microphone singing while the rest of the Kindergarteners sang behind them. It was really cute, they were all very animated! I got a few cute pictures, I wish I had thought to do video also!

Here is Quinn in red singing "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer".
Caleb is getting into "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town"!

At the end, Santa showed up and surprised all of the kids! This is also when Caleb finally saw me there.

Cody had his Preschool Christmas Party Tuesday morning. I had intended to go to it, but didn't get away from work in time. By the time I got there, his party had just ended. The teachers said they were all wild and rambunctious.
On Wednesday, Caleb had his Christmas party at school. I went to help out. The kids were all wired and excited about Christmas and being out of school soon.

Caleb showed me around his room, so I could see how decorated it was for Christmas. He also pointed out that he stayed on "green" today. Which means he was good and didn't get in trouble. : )

Monday, December 17, 2007

I am an orange belt-hear me roar!

Caleb is still doing awesome in Tae Kwon Do. We went to the Hwang's Christmas Dinner last week and they had a video slide show with pics and videos from the past year. There were some adults and older kids from other classes in the slide show. Caleb said, "Can I still do Tae Kwon Do when I am a teenager?" I told him yes, he could do it as long as he wanted. He said, "I want to do it when I'm a teenager and an adult and for a long, long time!" Watch out, Uncle Pepper- we have another Martial Arts fan in the family!He is in a fast track because of having Martial Arts classes daily. His after school class works on techniques, forms, discipline, respect, teamwork, and much more every day. Caleb was so uncoordinated and had no balance or stamina before this and we can tell a huge difference already! Kind of like another little awkward cousin in our family. Since they are working on things daily, he already graduated from yellow belt to orange belt! His instructor said they will soon reach a skill-level that will be too difficult for their age or that will take longer to accomplish. They had the graduation ceremony this weekend, unfortunately Mama had an all day Childbirth class to teach. But Daddy took some great pictures and video. Caleb is 2nd in line on the video below.

video video

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Max's First Hunt

Ben took Max out for his first hunt. It was a cold, dreary day and spitting rain off and on, but they had fun anyways. Max is now 4 months old. He has never even been out in a field or in the woods before. Ben said he went nuts, immediately putting his nose to the ground and sniffing all around. When he flushed up a covie of about 12 quail, Ben said it startled him at first and he headed back towards Ben. He missed his shot. Later he flushed out a single quail and Ben got it. It fell in some brush and Ben couldn't find it, but Max did. Max was so excited about the bird. The picture is of Ben showing me the quail they got. Max was pointing it and then sat down and stared at it with big eyes, shivering all over with excitement. It was so funny! We gave him lots of praise. He was worn out from his hunt and immediately went in his kennel and passed out for several hours.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Camp out

Cody loves to wrestle with Max, well he loves to wrestle and rough-house with anyone, but Max doesn't tattle-tell or cry as much as others. Max likes to sneak up to the boys room and steal Cody's kitties. Cody has slept with 2 orange kitty stuffed animals (Tigger and Meow), since he was a baby. In the picture, Max has snatched Tigger off the bed and Cody is trying to wrestle him away. Mama finally had to intervene and toss the kitties on the top bunk away from roving teeth.

Caleb and Cody had their pal Adam over for the night tonight. Caleb and Adam love video games and played Diddy Kong Racing (a race car game with Donkey Kong) and Super Mario Brothers. I never heard a peep out of them until I told them to get off the games and come downstairs to get ready for bed. I even had a chance to finish my last assignment for the semester in my nursing class and check e-mail.

They play together so well. Caleb and Adam have known each other all their lives, since they were little tadpoles in their mama's pregnant bellies. Christy and I worked in LDR our whole pregnancy and watched our due dates come and go. While we helped other pregnant women due after us deliver...that's just not fair! They ended up in daycare together and have been best buds. Once Andrew and Cody came along, they just fit right in. They all take care of each other and help each other out. Tonight they were poking around and playing at the table instead of eating. I told them whoever cleaned their plate first would get a cookie. I wondered who would take me up on that and start scarfing down their food. Caleb said, "that's not fair!" (Probably because he knew he would be last as always or that he wouldn't finish his food as usual). Adam said, "what about the 2nd and 3rd place person? They should get a cookie too." I agreed that if everyone cleaned their plate, they could have one. Cody said, "Awww, I don't want to clean my plate!" Caleb leaned over to Cody and said, "Don't worry, as long as you do the best that you can and eat most of it, she'll give you a cookie."

On weekends, the boys love to sleep in a special place (tent in their room, on the air mattress, or on the pull out couch bed), like a camp out. Since Adam was spending the night, they wanted to sleep in a special place. They picked sleeping on the couch bed, because then they can watch a movie. I put in a Christmas movie and came upstairs to blog. I still hear them giggling and talking. Sounds like it's going to be a long night!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

It's Fruitcake Time!

No, I don't like fruitcake! Can't stand the stuff, but the Fruitcake she is a trip! This is a great clip! If you have never seen "Ask the Fruitcake Lady" on Jay Leno's "The Tonight Show", then you must watch this hilarious little old woman! She says whatever she thinks and does not try to candy-coat it. I guess when you are in your 90's you can get away with it. The Fruitcake Lady's name is actually Marie Rudisil. She ended up on the Tonight Show after she wrote a book in 2000 entitled "Fruitcake: Memories of Truman Capote & Sook". When she came on the show she showed Jay Leno and Mel Gibson how to make fruitcakes. They loved her candid humor and invited her back for "Ask the Fruitcake Lady" segments on the show. The clip above is a sampling of some of her quirky comebacks interspersed with cussing like a sailor. Cute lady, she must have been a hoot to know and talk to! I hope I have that much spunk when I get elderly. Marie Rudisil died at the ripe old age of 95 in November 2006, a couple of days before the publication of her last book: "Ask the Fruitcake Lady: Everything You Would Already Know If You Had Any Sense." video

Monday, December 3, 2007

Rudolph with your nose so bright...

The boys are getting so excited about all the Christmas decorations and lights around town. They have come home from school singing Christmas songs. I think they have watched Polar Express about 6 times already in the past week. I bought Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and they watched it for the first time. I think I tried to get Caleb to watch it one year, when it came on TV but he wasn't interested. They liked it this time, especially the Abominable Snowman. Ben thought the Rudolph rendition by Destiny's Child was kickin'! So did Cody, he danced like a fool.
We decorated our Christmas tree this weekend. Caleb and Cody had so much fun pulling the ornaments out of the boxes "Oh cool look at this one... I remember this one... This one is breakable Mama-you do it". I had to rearrange a little after they were done. Our 8 ft tree had loads of ornaments on the first 2-3 feet, many on the same branch.
So far Max hasn't done any damage to it. We figured he'd be pulling ornaments off and chewing them up, but he's left it alone for the most part. Jasmine loves Christmas too. Notice her in the background on the stairs behind the tree. She always loves sitting under the tree or perched on the stairs overlooking it. Her favorite part is wrapping paper and ribbons-homemade cat toys. I usually just give up on bows because she eats them off. Most of our presents have to travel anyway and bows just get smashed on the way.
Ben has been trying to get our outdoor Christmas lights up for several days now, but it has been raining too much. When he gets home from work, it is too dark. This weekend we helped decorate the Christmas parade float for church. Then the boys got to ride on it and wave to the audience. Cody did great yelling "Merry Christmas" to everyone and waving the whole way. Caleb sat on the other side of the float eating candycanes. Ben and I were supposed to be handing out candycanes to the little kiddos on the side of the road. The first part of the parade was a nice pace, but then I guess the front pacecar must have taken off. It ended up that we jogged/ran down the road trying to keep up with the float, as we quickly tossed candy to the little beggars with their stocking hats and Wal-mart sacks held out. Did I mention that it was 14 blocks! So glad it wasn't cold like last year though. It was miserable last year, the boys ended up crying in my lap because they were so cold, even though they were bundled up and had blankets over us. This year, they didn't even need their sock hats or mittens and they had their coat unzipped.