Wii had a Merry Old iTime

The last five days have been pretty spectacular. For starters, Jody had them all off of work so we got a lot of family Slaving away in the kitchen making apple crisp 12/25/08time in and then a lot of productive house cleaning/fixing up in as well. My parents (who were here from MI) and sister were here for Christmas day. I cooked another turkey (nearly 20 lb.’er – but this time got all of the giblets out BEFORE I cooked it – Woot!) and they supplied all of the side dishes. I also made a chocolate cream pie and an apple crisp for dessert. Everything was quite tasty.

For a year when the economy has been in the crapper and talk of recession, recession, depression(?) is everywhere, we enjoyed a very plentiful Christmas present-wise and I’m very thankful for all that we have been blessed with – health, family, friends, job security, a home, etc. We might not be in our dream home, but we have a roof over our head (and although it doesn’t look that way from the pic below, clothes on our backs) and, despite my whining, that really does mean a lot.

Playin’ w/ new toys in the buff 12/25/08 Ava says, “I did,” to Grandma’s question, “Who painted this bird house?” 12/25/08 Aunt Carrie reads a new Fancy Nancy book to Ava 12/25/08

Bed head, a zit, and my sexy new iPhone!I had suspicions that Jody was getting me an iPhone for Christmas, but when I unwrapped the box and saw Google on it, I thought he was either giving me his new G1 phone that he’d just been given by Google for his Christmas bonus or he’d bought me my own. I opened the box and there was the G1. I tried to act not totally crushed happy, but I was bummed it wasn’t an iPhone. Jody told me the battery was underneath it in the box, but when I went to get it out I saw … a sexy, sleek, shiny new iPhone underneath! Squeeee!!! :) Then he asked me for the iPhone and when gave it back to me and there was Rick Astley singing “Never Gonna Give You Up.” He rick-rolled me – twice, but I got my Precious iPhone so who cares! ;P

Ava and I running with the Wii Fit 12/28/08Jody also got us a family Christmas present of the Wii Fit and I have to say I am really digging it. I’ve been on it for the past three days and, while that’s not much, I haven’t tired of it yet. There’s quite a bit to it to keep it interesting and I’m looking forward to getting a regular exercise routine into my life. My body has been hinting at me that I should get in better shape so hopefully this will help me take better care of myself.

The kids and the kitchen 12/25/08The kids got a ton of books this year, a handmade wooden farm set, as well as a wooden retro play kitchen (from Costco Santa) that Jody Santa was up until 3 a.m. on Christmas Eve assembling. As for me Mrs. Claus, I she was only up until 2 a.m. wrapping presents on Christmas Eve. Whew! I also dyed about 10 new play silks that we used for wrapping “paper.” They turned out beautifully and make great toys in and of themselves.

They also got a slew of stuff from both sets of grandparents which were opened on Christmas eve – mostly books, clothes, art supplies and a few large (ahem) plastic toys – a firetruck and Easy Bake Oven.

Two days after Christmas and a full month after it had been put up, the Christmas tree and all of it’s decorations were taken down. I needed my living room back and to get the new toys into new homes. The disorganization was weighing heavily on me (AKA stressing me out!).

Two little helpers ate some of the tree decorations before they made their way outside for the birds. The cranberries I’d strung up went out for the birds but haven’t been touched yet. What the heck, birds? Not good enough for ya? :P

Christmas tree popcorn eater AKA Ava 12/27/08 Julian, the big fish at the end of the popcorn string 12/27/08

After much cleaning (thank you, Jody) and some rearranging, I was very happy with the results of the livingroom overhaul.

Clean living room Another angle of clean living room

My plan for the next week (Jody has another several days off for New Year’s) is to continue cleaning, rearranging and organizing the house – one room at a time. I’ve been overwhelmed with clutter and disorganization for so long, but holding out with the hope that we’ll move into a bigger house and it would all magically disappear then. I’ve realized, however, that we will likely be in this house a while longer and, in an effort to make our time here more pleasant and manageable (and to save my waning sanity), it would behoove me to do whatever I need to do to make organization a priority.

I worked on the dining room a bit today and little by little, it will all get done. :) I can do this!

Hope you and yours had a happy, healthy holiday and a happy return to normalcy too – as normal as life gets.

Note: If the quality of some of the pictures posted here seems lacking, that’s because it is but only because they were taken with my iPhone. ;)

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9 thoughts on “Wii had a Merry Old iTime

  1. Wow! That does sound like a lovely Christmas~ We enjoyed ours as well and I wished the time hadn’t gone so fast…of course I am always wishing that…

    Love the shot of the bun buns on the floor!!

    Happy New Year!

    :)

  2. I always wanted an easy bake oven :)

    It’s very interesting…we’re at the point where we’re packing up everything we use on a daily basis. First – holy *shit* do we have a lot of junk. I hadn’t realized how much! And as all of it goes I’m realizing that I can breathe again. It’s totally flooring how much easier it is to live in a house w/out junk weighing me down. It’s funny bc all of this crap seemed vitally essential and yet now that it’s going it just seems like junk. Even like the 6 million prints of when Simon was a baby. Not that I want to get rid of all of them…but I’m beginning to consider that 1 million might do the job and I should toss the other 5 million ;)

    What’s funny though is how hard it is to see your own junk. This reminds me, I should update my blog!

  3. Good for you! I’m looking forward to a return to normalcy, too. With so many parties to attend, all of this eating at wierd hours has taken its toll. I won’t take my tree down until next weekend, though. My house is empty, since we spent all our money on the house and somehow ran out before furniture! So the tree fills in a usually empty dining area (since there’s still no table yet!)
    Enjoy your time with your family!

  4. I didn’t get an Easy Bake Oven until I turned 30. What a lucky girl! There are great recipes to make in them when you search online. Have fun.

    Everything in moderation, even plastic. You are doing more than your share–don’t forget that.

  5. That is a great way for Jody to have suprised you. :-) How fun.

    I’m trying to convince Joe I *need* a new cell phone- which I do- and I *need* a Blackberry with big buttons. :-) He isn’t convinced yet.

    Glad you guys had a great holiday. :-)

  6. What a great Christmas, loved the way he surprised you with the iPhone. You will love it, it’s the first phone I have not gotten tired of within a year LOL. My kids got the wii and I have been loving that thing. So glad you had a great holiday.

  7. Sounds like a wonderful Christmas!!

    Your hubby’s gift sounds like a hoot!

    Congrats on getting the giblets out. That is way more than I could ever hope to acheive in the kitchen.

  8. Yay for a wonderful Christmas!

    Sweet iPhone!

    It always feels so good to get organized. I can only really dig in when J is here to back me up with the kids and I can concentrate!

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