Tuesday, November 30, 2010

He's baaacckkk!

Elfie, our Elf on the Shelf, is back to watch over The Girls.

He got into some very crazy places last year. Maddie and Brooke race downstairs every morning to see who can find him first.

Last night, Brooke was misbehaving, and Maddie quitely whispered "Elfie" to her and Brooke instantly stopped.

Power to Elfie!
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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Christmas tree farm

After a long tractor hay ride, we got two Charlie Brown potted trees and a wreath. We decided to not cut down a tree this year, and stick with our artificial tree.

I thought it was particularly funny to see Zak's big ole truck with two puny trees.

Maddie has big plans for her tree, and wants to keep it forever.
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Friday, November 26, 2010

We do our best planning out here

..at the lake house.

Bon fire burning, music playing, quiet lake in the background, babies sleeping, and drinks in hand.

What's next for our family? Our adventure is still unfolding.
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Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Little Mermaid

A balloon artist came by our table at breakfast and did AMAZING work. I've never seen such detail in a balloon before. (Also, Ariel has a nice rack!)

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Snow white

Look at the Snow White! Most amazing balloon artist ever!
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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Maddie's first letter to Santa

Dear Santa for Christmas I want more
1. Stuffed animals
2. Jewelry (and "not the fake stuff with Hello Kitty on it...REAL jewelry," she said)
3. Puppy (edited by me to add that if Santa brings her a dog, I will tell her the TRUTH about where Santa really lives--NO DOG!)
4. A Bouquet of flowers
5. Scooter
6. Beds for people who don't have them
7. Jingle bell rock
8. Winter gloves and hat

(Zak and I told her how to spell most of the words, but she's getting very good at writing and spelling.)
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Thursday, November 18, 2010


Maddie made this sign in the midst of a major tantrum yesterday. Not only was she hysterically crying (over something so random I've forgotten), she was hurling insults and threatening to not be our daughter/sister anymore. She was beyond her tired level and earlier had laid down across our two kitchen bar stools while doing homework.

I can look back with perspective today (after 24 hours of calm), but it was particular painful for me, Zak, and Brooke. The past few months have been mostly tantrum free, and we thought she'd outgrown them.

I read somewhere that kids only do this when they feel very comfortable and safe enough to unload. I guess this makes me a good mother...? Maybe?
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

My Little Native

Brooke's school celebrated Thanksgiving today. Her school "feasted" and her class dressed up as a Native Americans. The other 4 year old class dressed as pilgrims.

Thanksgiving is not really that easy to explain to kids!
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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Dad and Mad

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Lake House bon fire

Maddie and Brooke wanted a "camp out" which is code for camp fire.

It's a peaceful night at the lake. When I walked into the house and peeked out the back window to the lake, I felt like my ever growing to-do list was erased.

Life is good. Too busy most times, but very good.
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Monday, November 01, 2010


Maddie's after school care isn't in a great neighborhood, but I wouldn't consider it a bad one either. It's right next to her school in an older section of town off a busy neighborhood road.

Whenever I pick up Maddie from her after school care, I always pull up along the curb, take my keys, lock the door, walk 20 steps to the door, two more steps to the desk, sign her out, then walk into the gym to find her.

Today, I was late. Only about 30 minutes later than normal, but it was closing time. The sun was shining, and it was an hour from dusk. Because it was closing time, Maddie was sitting at the front desk playing with her teachers and another kid.

I was in the building for maybe 90 seconds, and I was less than 10 yards away from my car. 90 seconds is enough time for someone to shatter my company car's driver side window reach through the car, and grab my purse. I heard nothing.

I walked out of the building chatting with Maddie, and I realized I hadn't hugged her yet. I stopped, and bent over to give her a hug and kiss. She looked tired, and I caressed her face, said sorry I was later than normal, and asked if she had a good day at school. She whined for a second about how tired she was, then I turned to the driver's side, and saw glass all over the floor.

I quickly realized that my window had been shattered, and then looked to see my purse was gone from where I left it on the passenger seat in plain view. My phone was still there. Immediately concerned for our safety, I told Maddie to go back inside the building.

I don't recall much of what happened next, but I looked around to see nothing but normalcy. Cars driving by, other children getting picked up from the day care center next door, people out jogging, and my head was just spinning.

I quickly asked a man who was jogging by with his baby in a stroller if he saw anything. Nope. I then saw a young man sitting in his car watching me from across the street. He had a perfect vantage point. I yelled across the street and asked if he saw any thing. He MUST have...there is no way he wouldn't have seen it happen. He expressed concern, pulled his car closer to me, and then said he'd go look down the street.

In retrospect, I think he was the look out for the guy who broke the window and stole my purse. I can't be sure, but I have a feeling just by the way he reacted.

Inside my purse was my favorite wallet with about $25 in cash, credit cards, my driver's license, a DVD I had just rented, and my favorite 20 lipsticks. It was a new purse too.

It took the police exactly 45 minutes to show up. The officer told me "I was prioritized" after they figured out it was a non-emergency. During that time I was able to cancel all my credit cards, and issue a fraud alert to my identity.

At least I still have my phone, at least I wasn't confronted or car jacked. At least we are safe. Brooke wasn't with me and just so happened to be getting picked up by Zak (because I was running late). Maddie didn't witness anything (other than a pissed off mama) to scare her.

Before bed Maddie told me she was scared that the robbers would come to our house. She figured out that they have our address, but I assured her that the men who stole from me probably just needed to buy some food for their kids or get some gas so they could get to work.

It was stupid for me to leave my purse out in the open, and I've been called naive more than once before, however I still believe in the good in people.

I also believe in karma.