This snowman was once tall, tall, tall, but he very slowly started leaning to the right and eventually morphed into a dinosaur. I couldn't believe when I saw how close to the ground it had melted without breaking. The picture doesn't do it justice, but it looked really cool. The blue stuff is Jentzen's spider man web.
I wanted to get a shot of the falling snow, but was fortunate enough to also get Spiderman/Jentz out spinning webs.
Christmas came and went quicker than lightning! All the magic, work, preparation, stress, anticipation, worry, excitement, hustle & bustle, MONEY, sneaking around, and just sheer fun, is all over just like that!! What a special day though. We woke up to 3 inches of snow, which might not sound like much, but add that to our already fallen 4 inches from days earlier, it was truly a splendid, white Christmas. It snowed all day which added to the fun. My parents and little brother Larry came down and watched the kids open gifts and we enjoyed our traditional breakfast casserole and caramel sticky buns w/o.j. and chocolate milk for breakfast. They stayed and played with us the whole day. The kids loved EVERY minute of having their best Uncle "hang out" with them, along with their fun Grandparents. We ate ourselves silly. My Mom threw a turkey in the oven and we ate cheesy potatoes and every imaginable snack your mind can conjure up. There was minimal fighting amongst the young 'ens, however it was frustrating to say the least, at how much time it took to retrieve each item out of the ridiculous, overly extreme packaging tactics the manufacturers use to keep their products free of theft!! Did anyone's daughters get a Little Mommy Gotta Go doll? It took Shaun 15 minutes (no lie) to clip all the wires and unscrew this little doll and her few little accessories from the box. We couldn't believe it. I guess it teaches us all, (including parents) patience. Aside from that, everyone seemed happy most of the day, we had stock piled batteries weeks in advance. Everyone's gifts were in great working condition. No broken/defective toys this year. (Poor Logan, EVERY year something of his gets broken or is defective) We lucked out though this year. There was a wonderful feeling in our home all day and it was a quick reminder of why I love Christmas so much. The spirit of giving, the feelings of love, the tolerance of one another's imperfections, the joy and gratitude. I wish I knew how to make it last everyday in our home and always feel like this. It was a perfect day. EERRRGGGSSSSTT!!! That's the sound of a record being scratched and the sound of brakes as our peaceful day is coming to a screeching halt, because it doesn't feel like that in our home anymore! Like I said before, Christmas is over and life is back to normal. The kids are fighting over each other's toys, nobody will pick up the mess they made, and so and so keeps touching my stuff without asking etc!!! You get the picture. BUT I want to end this post on a positive note, SO aside from a few cranky children, messy house, and dark circles under my eyes (from lack of sleep) I realize just how truly blessed I am. We had a very Merry Christmas, I have the best husband, parents, and brother and the best in-laws anyone could ask for, and I'm grateful for my wonderful kids who create very fulfilling and exciting days and bring so much joy into our lives. I can't imagine my life without them, or any of my wonderful friends. I'm the luckiest lady in the whole world!
Patiently waiting to see what Santa brought them, while I'm putting breakfast in the oven. (I'm so mean, I totally took my time, they waited on those steps for 5 long minutes)