Week Fifty of Fun and Crazy

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It’s been a busy week.

Busy in the nicest sense of the word.

You have to remember something about me though – I am the tree-up after Thanksgiving, mamma of three little people, Christmas card sending, Pinterest freak of woman who loves the precious moments that don’t always get recorded.

But, with that said, here’s what we were up to this week –

Making Ninjabread cookies may become a new tradition in our house for Christmas.

Making Ninjabread cookies may become a new tradition in our house for Christmas.

Sunday was a typical “funday” for us.  After church we made some Ninjabread cookies.  I made the frosting with too much water, so the “white” did not show up but it was made out of powdered sugar, so it was still sweet.  I finished addressing all of the Christmas cards, and my husband and I finished up the monthly calendar.

Monday night was the first of the two Christmas musicals we are attending for our children this year.  My baby E had been working hard to get his moves right for the precious performance, and there’s nothing like children singing to brighten your week up.

Our youngest son is in the center of the sea of children.

Our youngest son is in the center of the sea of children.

On Tuesday I got the news that I was “officially” moving from Construction to Design.  I will be in the Special Projects section of the Engineering Dept. I work at, and it was partially a relief (because the waiting game is over) and partially sad, as I leave a season of my life that was exceptional.

I keep moving forward, as Walt Disney himself said. (I got that from the movie Meet the Robinsons.)

With that said, I was assigned a project relatively quickly to perform inspection on-site at a project at Millerton Lake. The only description I will give for right now is that I am blessed to have a job.  We’ll see how it plays out.

I’ve been told by many that this transition will probably turn out to be for the best.  I totally get that on a logical, brain-functioning level.  But my heart is still healing from the pain of being transitioned by forces that I cannot control.

Unfortunately, this is the government in action for you.

It affects people and you don’t even know.

I understand that some don’t care about me or my family because they’re too wrapped up in their own lives, but I also want people to know that I am a person with a life and commitments that make it so that I can produce three functioning members of society that will hopefully one day be paying taxes, helpful citizens of the community and dare I say, make a difference in the world, even if it’s in the lives of only a few.

Still – I’ll bet you don’t normally get a view like this for your job. Wed121015-Week50

But I digress.

Thursday and Friday both seemed to fly by.

My husband and I did our calendar planning for upcoming events and knew that Saturday was going to be a long day.

It didn’t disappoint though!

We had been planning a Star Wars Episodes IV – VI marathon for several weeks now at the church we attend.

As everyone knows, the new Force Awakens movie is going to start showing on December 18, 2015. No, we don’t have tickets for the first day but we are planning on going the first week it’s open.

We started out Saturday taking a photo in front of our tree, and yes, that’s a Darth Vader mask adorning the top of the Christmas tree.  I call this “the Force is with us” Christmas season.

You do not have permission to use this photo for anything.

You do not have permission to use this photo for anything.

I knew watching three movies back to back for anyone would be difficult, but I was glad we had twenty or so people who stuck it out the whole time we were at church to watch all three movies.Marathon at Church 2015

The main idea was to be together, and that’s what our family did.

I did have a brief argument with my husband about staying at the church for almost eight-hours, but we worked it out as we always do.

I’m terrible, I know, but I loved it!  I’ve never watched all three movies back to back like this before.

Sure, I’ve ran them back to back at our home, but I’ve never been able to watch them back to back.  There’s a huge difference there.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to seeing the new movie more than ever, and the thing I’m looking forward to the most are the things that make Star Wars enjoyable – good triumphs over evil, unexpected plot twists, and not knowing what’s going to happen next.  Let’s hope they keep those main things in the storyline.

See you soon,

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Christmas Gifts for My Kiddos

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Believe me when I say, I am all about the home made gifts.  I love to crochet and I try to make gifts throughout the year for my family and friends that they can use and cherish as the handmade items they are.

However –

We also save money all year long to purchase gifts for our niece and nephews, as well as gifts for our children. We put money aside every month just for Christmas and it’s related expenses that inevitably come with having three children and a large tribe of people that invite us to white elephant gift parties.

For the most part, our children receive one gift from mom and dad, and those gifts are usually the “big” gifts.  We’ve given our children bikes, a Power Wheels Jeep Wrangler (a family gift) and our oldest received the Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection set one year, a $75 value when we purchased it years ago.  You get the idea right?

 My children usually know what they want.  We don’t write Santa a list, but I do take them to either Target or Toys-R-Us to get a solid idea, and my children have wish lists on Amazon for family to pick a gift that they really want.  It works for us and I am a realist.

Want to know my viewpoint on Santa?  Read it here: Our Christmas Countdown – Part 1

I get the whole idea that your presence is the present, but believe me when I say, my children love to get gifts for Christmas.

Real Kids - Real Wish Lists

 With that said, I bring to you my children’s top things they want this year.  I’ve been asked before by other grandparents what they can give their grandchildren.  This post is an extension to those questions, as I know there are probably others who want to get gifts that real kids want, not just suggestions made by adults on random gift-giving lists.

I’ll give you some toy/gadget ideas, but I also let you know what books my kids are into as well as movies for other ideas.


The rowdy 3-year old.

The rowdy 3-year old.

Our youngest is the dancer of the family.  He hears a song and begins to dance like no one is watching.

It’s awesome!

On his wish list this year is stuff mostly from movies and shows he’s watched recently enough to be burned into his memory.  There are also bigger things, that he probably won’t get, but I’d thought I list them anyway.

(Links will take you to Amazon.com, but many of the items can be found at Walmart.com, Target, some at Walgreens or other common American retailers.)

For the most part, he would like vehicles and things that make noises.  He also likes to watch movies over and over again and even though we try to read to him, he still has the attention span of a 3-year old, so he will sit for about 10-minutes tops.

(1) Buzz Lightyear (from the Toy Story Movies)

(2) Lightning McQueen R/C Racer (from the Cars Movies)

(3) Red, Pull-Back Fire Truck, who is the fire engine from the Cars Movies

Red, the fire engine from the Cars movies

Zoomer Dino – Available at Toys-R-Us or Amazon

(4) What he has asked for specifically, but will probably not receive: A Zoomer Dino

(5) He also wanted a Nerf gun (specifically a zombie blaster Nerf gun), but I think it was primarily because we told him he couldn’t have a Fart Blaster (from the Despicable Me movies.)

Books: Pretty much anything that makes noise or does something.  While at Toys-R-Us, he asked for this one: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Lights On, Lights Off!

Blue-Ray’s/DVD’s/Movies: We own many movies including both Despicable Me titles (he loves the purple minions!) and both Cars movies, which are two of his favorite series.  This year, we have Planes: Fire and Rescue and Monster’s University on his wish list.

Princess Pic-watermarkedOur princess usually gets what she wants because she’s the only girl on one side of the family, and the oldest girl on the other.  All of the grandmother’s love to shop for clothes for her and she loves beautiful dresses, Hello Kitty everything, and just like all other five-year old girls in America, is obsessed with Frozen. She has all the clothes she needs, enjoys crafts she can do by herself, colorful items and loves boots just like me.

The No. 1 thing she wants this year: Hello Kitty Stereo Boom Box

 (2)Pillow Pets® Glow Pets Rainbow Unicorn

(3) Disney Frozen, Toddler Dolls Gift Set

(4) A learning item that she was interested in was the Magformers Inspire 30 piece set

(5) The thing she asked for but probably won’t be getting this year: Hello Kitty Drum Set.

Books: Anything with strong girls in it is what she clearly has been wanting to read about and aloud to.  She can’t quite read chapter books, but we have been reading Junie B. Jones books together and she asked for Pinkalicious: Teeny Tiny Pinky Library books.  The other set of books on her wish list are Whatever After 5 Book Set Pack. Those books are the kind to be read together with a parent, so life topics can be discussed in the home.

 Blue-Ray’s/DVD’s/Movies: We surprisingly don’t own many of the Disney “older” movies that I am familar with that she has watched on Netflix or we rented.  Those movies include Mary Poppins, Fantasia, and Beauty and the Beast.

Lastly, there’s our oldest – A nine-year old boy who thinks he knows everything and is amazed when he learns something new.

RJ Pic-WatermarkedRight now, my oldest is into video games, specifically Mine Craft, Terraria and all things Lego.

He’s asked for an Ipad Mini for his birthday, and has saved and spent all his money on one.  With that said, the first thing he asked for was Itunes gift cards.

(2) Nerf Zombie Strike Sling Fire Blaster

(3) His present from his parents (don’t tell him if you know him please!) is a Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Super Heroes Video Game Starter Pack – PlayStation 3.  We own a PS3 so if you get this for someone or your own child, ensure it’s for the gaming system the child owns.  He would also be happy with additional Infinity Characters.

From the movie Big Hero 6, a rocket fist and mask is on the wish list for the 9 year old.


(4) From the new movie, Big Hero 6, he’s asked for a Big Hero 6 Baymax Rocket Fist and Mask

(5) Combining two of the things he’s into right now, any one of the Lego Minecraft Set (s) are also on his list.

 Books: He’s really into the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid Series.  It’s definitely meant for older children, but I’ve read and watched the movies and it’s nothing he can’t ask us questions about and thankfully, he has. I have been reading The Complete Adventures of the Borrowers to him for the past year, and we are almost done with the final book.  He has surprisingly enjoyed the classic stories, and as mentioned before, we have been able to talk about various things that happen in the book that don’t happen anymore because of when the book was originally written.

 Blue-Ray’s/DVD’s/Movies: On his wish list this year was Madagascar 3, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy.  I watched the Guardians movie with him in the theater and I think I’m getting it for Christmas, but you get the idea….

Anyway, I hope this list helps someone!  Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and remember the reason of the season this year!