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Christmas Past

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

So, I thought it would be really cute to post pictures from the last 10 Christmases. It would have been cute had I been properly organizing my pictures from the last 10 years. I haven’t. I wouldn’t know organization if it stabbed me in the eye. Although, I’m not sure I would know much of anything if I were stabbed in the eye. Here’s what we are going to do, I’m going to pretend like you care and you’re going to pretend that I have labeled the past 10 years correctly.

December 2003

December 2003

December 2004

December 2004

December 2005

December 2005

December 2006

December 2006

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December 2007

Christmas 2007

December 2007

December 2008

December 2008

 

December 2009

December 2009

December 2010

December 2010

December 2011

December 2011

December 2012

December 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frozen Photo Shoot

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

One of my former gymnasts is a grown up now. An actual grown up who is almost done with college. Kyri is incredibly artistic so I wanted to have her take some pictures of the kids. I wanted them to be real and not matchy matchy. I admire people who match, I really do. People who can get their kids to match are usually the same people who are well organized and tidy. I’m neither, so the chances of my children having clothes that match was pretty low. Also, Aiden gets super mad when I try to dress him up in lady clothes. Lame, but really funny. Anyway, Kyri came and took pictures of my kids being themselves. We headed down to the community beach where the weather was cold and windy. I know how to pick days to make sure my kids suffer. They were very happy when the whole thing was over. And I’m happy with the results. However, the next time we do a photo shoot the big kids will probably have braces. Which is awesome because I didn’t want to save for retirement anyway.

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An Aiden dance move.

An Aiden dance move.

This is where they were supposed to jump.

This is where they were supposed to jump.

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No one earns a turkey leg.

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Writing about Thanksgiving seems like a good idea while I wait for the dishwasher repair person. This year we went to my friend Stephanie’s house. We have been celebrating Thanksgiving together on and off for over 10 years.

This was a landmark year. We were able to watch an entire football game and eat dinner without having to deal with kid issues. Our kids are growing up and while it can be bittersweet it was really great to move to a new phase. I miss my babies and how easy it was to keep them safe. I miss knowing everyone who knows them. I miss being a part of every moment of their days. But growing up can be good too. While I am not apart of every moment of their day I do get to hear about all the ups and downs. I know their friends and I am watching them become people. I was thinking the other day that I will have to share them during the holidays when they get older. Yeah, I made myself sad.  When I get sad I think of what my dad told me when I was freaking out right before he walked me down the isle. He told me to get my shit together. So, I grabbed some coffee and got my shit together. Which when you really think about it, getting shit together is a really disgusting phrase.

ANYWAY, Thanksgiving was fun. Stephanie’s oldest son is on the spectrum. It has been a tough tough road. He made huge strides this year when he willing ate turkey and asked for more. This was unfortunate for anyone who wanted the turkey leg because Jake wanted it, to play with and to share with the dog. The turkey leg involved a huge fight between Steph and Jake.  Jake was yelling that he had earned the turkey leg.  Steph yelled back that no one earns a turkey leg. Which I thought was great because I bet back in the 1200’s people totally earned turkey legs. So to summarize: Thanksgiving was nice, I made myself sad and no one earned a turkey leg.

Power On!

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

After I wrote that really pathetic blog about my lack of power, we had it turned on the following morning. My neighbor sent me a text at 7am to let me know we had power. The kids and I hauled back home to start the post power outage clean up. Five days without water is rather gross. I still had dishes to be done.

I was able to get a rental car to drive while my van is being repaired. The entire roof needs to be replaced, that won’t be a fast job. Luckily my rental is a Chrysler Town and County, way better than my van. I am thinking about keeping the rental. I suppose it could be stealing but I am giving them my old one so it should be ok. At least, this is how I have it worked out in my head.

Our heat wave is just about passed which means I can run at night without dying. It has been a risk this past week. Maybe tomorrow I’ll write about the 4th.

 

Halloween

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Was completely insane this year. In the past I had been known to utter the words, “I’ll never spend my weekends running around from one kid activity to the next”. I think that the next time I start a sentence off with “I’ll never”…, lightening should strike me.

Thankfully, my cousin was in town to lend a hand, although I have no idea why she even comes here. We put her to work the entire time. I don’t actually put her to work but the kids give her enough to do.

The Friday before Halloween Aiden had hockey practice. After practice we went to Halloween event number one. The next day were kid activities two and three. Sunday Aiden, Keith, and I were off to hockey by 6:00am. Cousin Lindsey was staying at home with the girls to “sleep”. But Charlotte woke up before we left for the rink and got into bed with Lindsey. Needless to say by the time we got home from the rink the “girls” had been awake long enough to make pancakes, get dressed, play school, and have a snack. Yeah, no one slept in.

Our afternoon activities included dressing up Madeleine’s horse that she rides and dropping off Aiden at a birthday party. By the time the actual event of Halloween rolled around, I was over it. I sat inside and stuffed mini candy bars in my face. I made Cousin Lindsey and Keith take the kids. I pretended like I get so much joy out of giving candy to the neighbor kids. That’s a total fib, I see those kids dressed up and looking crazy all the time. I just wanted to horde Butterfingers in peace.

Wondering about dressing up a horse? Best part of my weekend. Madeleine takes riding lessons at this wonderful farm. The horses are amazing and incredibly calm. The kids had a Halloween contest which involved decorating a horse and then making the poor horse walk in a horse parade. Or in horse world “they feed my tons of carrots and do crap to my mane and tail”. I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time.

Stop with the picture taking and let us get candy

 

Forcing dad to dress up.

 

The Lion and his tamers

 

Gatsby the horse and his cape

 

The Poor Horse that was a Cow

 

Madeleine and Lily with Gatsby and his cards

The Holiday Recap

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Holiday 101. We went to Michigan which was awesome.

2. We were a day late because Maryland got 24 inches of snow which caused everyone to freak out. On the day we actually left, we had to leave the city of Annapolis before we could actually find a gas station that had gas.Oh how I love a good snow storm in Maryland.

3. Michigan was great for the kids! Sledding, burning things with my dad, and pond skating. The day after Christmas my dad usually burns the boxes and gift wrap. Every family needs a tradition. We burn things.

4. After Christmas the flu swept through the house taking out everyone except myself and Charlotte.

5. Aiden learned how to use a snow blower. A useful skill for a young boy of six.

6. Some serious sledding and skating took place. I believe at one point Keith was begging the kids to keep skating with him.

7. Dogs do not enjoy sledding. I thought Tucker might. He did not.

8. The flu caused us to cancel the Amsterburg family Christmas. I swear something like this happens every year. I might draw stick figures of what it would look like if we were together.

9. Charlotte became a fan of staying up all night.

10. Aiden has appointed himself the goodwill ambassador of Michigan. He tells everyone he can about his love of Michigan.

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burning boxes in December

burning boxes in December

Halloween

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

is one of the best holidays. This is the day I was married and the government decided to celebrate MY wedding by creating a holiday to honor this wondrous occasion.

Or its the day I happened to be married on and now its mostly forgotten because we have three kids that have a serious addiction to candy and dressing up.

Aiden chose to be Indiana Jones. Madeleine went with Dorothy from that famous movie that is not all that good when you watch it as an adult. Come to think of it I never enjoyed it as a child. It probably has something to do with my dad pretending to be the wicked witches soliders while chasing me around our house. Could be.

It was rainy but we still made the kids go. Friends joined us and all was well.

Aiden, Madeleine, Ella, and Jake

Aiden, Madeleine, Ella, and Jake

Charlotte kicking it bunny style

Charlotte kicking it bunny style

Things I Have Heard and Said…

Friday, September 4th, 2009

This week has been filled with some of the funniest statements I have heard in a long time. To protect the privacy of those involved I probably won’t reveal who said what.

“Can someone please tell me why I am not wearing underwear”?

“Aiden and Madeleine, we do not go to the bathroom in wastebaskets”.

“I don’t know whether to blog about it or throw up”.

“”No one wants to miss small candy cane week at school.  You know the week where you make shivs out of small candy canes”.

“My fish is either with God or hiding, he really can’t do both”.

“Mom, Charlotte just peed all over my floor.  That baby is always up to something”.

If someone wants to bribe me with coffee or wine I might reveal who said what.

Drunken Old People Dancing

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

We had Aiden’s birthday party today. Yeah, that would be the third party for him in the matter of a week. Aiden has had more parties than most rock stars. It was about as low key as you could get, pizza on the beach. Except, this guy on my street hosted his yearly friend party. Ah yes, nothing better than a narrow street lined with cars. A lot of freaking cars. So many cars that a local officer was there to help with traffic. This totally steamed me. We have had two serious fires on our street this year, it just seems insane to leave our streets impassable to emergency vehicles. I would have stayed on my soap box but I was holding a baby and dino party favors. I was completely passive aggressive and loudly complained about not being able to get the kids in the beach easily with all the cars around. That seemed to solve everything.  Aiden had a great time hanging with Joey, they began digging to the other side of the earth. His main concern was getting enough cake and having goody bags. He spent a fair amount of time ignoring Madeleine and Ella. Charlotte ate sand along with her bread sticks. She also managed to find a random cup to chew on. I might go check her for rabies later. Could she get rabies from a random beach cup? For some reason Aiden has to invite his “older” friends to his kid party. Last year it was an NCIS agent. This year its his flight instructor. Yeah, Aiden has already hired his flight instructor. It was a challenge to try to fill a goody bag for a grown up. I guess I could have filled it with cans of Coors Light.  It will be interestesting to see who he invites next year. Maybe he will take to hanging out with a tatoo artist.  The best part of the party had to have been the guests from the neighboring party. They were more than toasty and more than happy to enjoy the live music. Even better, they expressed this by dancing. Nothing says “happy sixth birthday” like; one flight instructor, an awesome cake, dino party favors, and drunk old people dancing. Happy birthday Aiden no one kicks it quite like you.

Packing up was about as comfortable as sand in your eye. Which Madeleine had. Which made me really frustrated because she began screaming “I want a napkin”. I guess this was going to fix her eye. I had some saline solution that Stephanie used to help her. No way was I going near that screaming tiny harpie. She kicks. Steph was going to walk back to her house with her boys. But my husband was a true hero. He offered to walk it back so she and I could spend time together. Ah great. Thanks. It went well stuffing 8 people into a mini van. Ella and Jake ended up sitting on the floor and Nathan was in Stephanie’s lap. I can’t count the number of broken laws. The whole time we drove Madeleine freaked out about her eye while poor Jake was so angry at having to sit on the floor of my van. Oh that Keith ,always thinking about us. Did I mention my air doesn’t work? Did I? Ah, good times.

Make Up Matters

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Stop me if I have mentioned this before. Madeleine is a little obsessed with makeup and all makeup brushes. I didn’t realize how bad it had gotten; until I went to put my make up on at seven in the morning only to find it missing. I was annoyed that it was gone and so tired from Charlotte keeping me up that I did something silly. I woke up Keith and accused him of taking my makeup. Looking back, this is completely funny that I even considered Keith getting up before seven to take it. It took a few minutes for it to sink in as to who the culprit was. I asked Madeleine if she had seen my makeup. Her response was to scream “nothing” loudly and dive under her bed. I looked under the bed only to see her laying on top of the container hiding it from me. Hmmmm, we might have a problem with this one.