I’m pretty sure I blinked and December was over.
It was certainly not my intent to blog just one puny time in December.
We’re all fine, fine, fine here in Georgia.
When I don’t blog it does not necessarily mean that bad things are happening at the Humpfreeze house or I have taken extra medication to get through the holidays.
In fact, December was medication-free and it was a very good month! It just went by entirely too fast.
I’d like to tell you it is because I’m busier than the rest of the universe. Especially in December.
But that would start my new year off with a big lie.
Instead, I decided to share a few of my favorite things from our Humpfreeze holidays where all six of us gathered in our house together for almost the whole month and we have all lived to tell about it.
For those of you who might not remember, that means 2 adults, 3 semi-adults (the “twenties” people) and one tween all lived under one roof.
At. The. Same. Time.
We squeezed in the baking frenzy for the teachers and grandmas. PhilBillPaul made 3 kinds of fudge, pecans and pretzels. Then I got busy with bread and cookies. Scary Baby helped wrap and organize her 5 teacher gifts.
Guess we forgot to take pictures of the cute packaging and gift tags this year.
Plus random photo of small Charlie Brown-like blue Christmas tree in Scary Baby bedroom. She loves it.
And one darling twin and a friend (hi Rowe!) helped with the packaging until 2:00 a.m.
Perhaps she helped (for the first time ever) because she wanted to send a giant care package to a soldier friend in Afghanistan.
That’s a pretty good ulterior motive in my book and I appreciated their help!
I traveled at the beginning of the month and when I came home, Scary Baby had done a superb job of trimming the tree that she and PhilBillPaul picked out at Costco from the Marines selling trees there this year.
It’s not Christmas until we take at least a few of the kids to Waffle House. We like to reminisce about the year we drove to Illinois for Christmas and Waffle House was the only place open so we had to eat there 3 times in 24 hours with three toddlers in tow. Super fun!
On Christmas Eve we stuck to our regular traditions…
A special thank you to Mr. Humpfreeze who took it upon himself to get almost everything ready for fondue. I only had to make the breakfast casserole and cheesy potatoes for the next morning.
Never happened before. Very nice. Think it should be a new tradition!
Opening one gift on Christmas Eve
Please take note of how dressed up my darling children get for Christmas Eve. It appears some of them are in pajamas opening pajamas.
They are always *shocked* that the gift is new pajamas. Correction – it is fuzzy sleep pants and t-shirts that don’t match because wearing a matching set of pajamas is very uncool.
We played a few games.
Then another darling twin actually helped me wrap. And announced,
“I’m tired of wrapping.”
To which I replied,
“Imagine that I’ve been doing this all by myself for the 4 of you for 20+ years.”
I liked the help. Another new tradition to add for next year.
Bad cell phone picture of sweet daughters keeping warm and sleeping a little more with their daddy while trying to convince Everett to get up.
This almost became our first Christmas where we weren’t all together on Christmas morning because Everett had to work at 7:00 a.m. Luckily, his shift changed at the last minute so he came down in his uniform and opened his gifts.
Our pumpkin has worked on Christmas day for the last six years. Remember to thank those people who go to work so you can see a movie or get gas on Christmas day.
My favorite Christmas gift…
My favorite Christmas gift I gave Scary Baby…
I ordered this print after seeing it many months ago online and being on a wait list for the next printing. I think it should follow her all the way to her college dorm room to remind her how much we love her. 😉
During the holiday break, the darling twins took their darling little sister ice skating. Tiny cell phone picture not available.
PhilBillPaul and I also took Scary Baby and a friend to a movie.
War Horse ~ worth seeing but…the horses are quite large when you are sitting in the SECOND ROW of a very crowded, small theater.
This picture taken with my cell phone really doesn’t do justice to the view. No extra charge for neck strain. Or the bonus 4 year-old who joins your family to
watch the movie with you talk to you during the movie. Repeatedly. His family didn’t seem to mind him walking down the row as he hopped from seat to seat.
This future blog topic on movie etiquette will be followed by a discussion on why I’ve become a recluse and no longer engage in public outings in small places and why people bring young children to 2-1/2 hour movies they are not suited for.
New Year’s Eve
Ours was wild.
The darling twins went up to North Georgia for their own party. Everett and 3 friends came to hang out after a movie.
We went to the store because I declared “no more cooking!”
Frozen cream puffs for Scary Baby – her personal favorite. Store bought cookies and cupcakes. Leftover candy and fudge. Paper plates and plastic silverware. Frozen pigs in a blanket. Tablecloth? Nah, we were washing the sheet we had used at Christmas. Don’t judge.
Potato chips, dip, cheese, crackers – super fancy.
Scary Baby couldn’t wait to open the sparkling grape juice.
She washed a champagne flute she found that I had purchased at Target years ago. Clearance price tag on it said .62¢
We squeezed in a game of Bananagrams.
And toasted in the new year…
Happy New Year!
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and spent it with your favorite people…
More fun stuff to share but first, I have to try to figure out a manageable blog schedule for 2012.
Until then, please do tell how you spent the holidays and what you’re looking forward to in the new year!