Thursday, December 30, 2010

Crazy Christmas Lady

Someday I might be one of those people with every room in their house completely crammed to the gills with decorations from November to mid-January. At this point I have stuff for every room, but it's not wall to ceiling anywhere.

Yesterday I stepped one foot closer into the Christmas insanity and redecorated both my trees. I took all the ornaments off each and swapped them. I got us new stockings that are in a red/green/white color scheme and our main tree was in the jewel toned rather than waiting an entire year to see how they all look together I spent almost all day yesterday redoing each tree.

What I originally wanted to do was change our main tree to some sort of "New Year" color scheme but I didn't have enough gold, silver & white decorations to pull that off. I've never been a fan of any of those colors for Christmas...but I'm getting there. :)

I was tempted to get Kira a lavender tree today at walmart since they're only $10, but I resisted. I don't know if lavender will fit in her room next year because everything she has now is pink, green and brown. The zany thing is I absolutely love the color purple on her. I spent all this time waiting for a pink princess and now I like her in purple better! That's the kind of problem I have no problem with.

Monday, December 27, 2010

dreaming of white christmas trees

Some people think white trees are tacky...I used to be one of those people. Now I think they are so pretty. I don't want to stop using the ornaments I have but I am getting kind of bored with them, so next year having them on a white tree will make them seem all new again. Can't wait!

All pictures were found on Google images

Saturday, December 25, 2010


Three more hours left of Christmas and I am beat! Last night was a late one, and today was a long one. Riley got so many great presents, and I got a Cricut! I am pretty excited about that. It is way more complicated than I thought, but I will figure it out. Riley and Kira's bdays are just three months away so I have lots to plan for! :)

We had dinner at my mom's and it was soooo good. I'm so lucky to have a mom that's a great cook. On Christmas we have ham and I love it! Tomorrow is my favorite part of Christmas, going shopping for ornaments half off! I am always on the lookout for tree skirts and stockings. Now that our family is complete, I can finally get "nice" stockings that all match. This year I'm also wanting a white tree. Full size. Not sure where it will go next year (my bedroom) but I'll find a spot! :)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

write that down

I'm a secretary! My boss is three feet tall and uses a sippy cup. Ever since I wrote down that little story for Riley he's been walking in my room with a pen and a piece of paper saying "write this down mom".

A mother's work is never done.

If you've seen Van Wilder you get the 'write that down' reference. If not, here's another one of Mr. Van Wilder just for fun. He's single again :) Does anyone else remember when he was on that show 15?

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

three more days...

till Christmas! I really can't wait for Christmas morning. But before that, we have two family parties to go to on Christmas Eve, and I get to see my bff since 3rd grade who lives in Colorado on the day after Christmas...lots of things to be excited about!

Riley doesn't have a 'gotta have it' toy in particular, he just wants ABCs and 123s. What does that mean? You got me! He's got a jillion (I counted) sets of letters already, but he always wants more. He will be getting a Big Wheel, and I'm pretty geeked for that. I had a Big Wheel when I was little and I thought it was just about the coolest thing ever.

I am feeling pretty lucky to have two sweet babies to celebrate this holiday with!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

a story by riley

Riley was typing on his computer today, asking me how to spell a word every couple of minutes. Finally I just asked him to tell me the whole story so I could write it down, and he could read off my paper to type it.

So here is my son Riley Scott's first story. I copied down exactly what he said and didn't correct his made up words. I did tell him that it should be 'went' instead of 'goed' but I want to remember how cute he is right now.

Mom woke up to get Riley some milk.
Mama goed back to sleep.
She woke up and was working on her scrapbooking stuff.
Then Riley goed potty. He got his underwears on by himself.

He just started putting his underwear on all by himself in the last couple weeks, so that's a big deal right now.

Monday, December 20, 2010

argh, inception!

***If you don't want to know details of this movie, don't read this!!!***

I watched Inception for the first time last week and I just cannot stop thinking about that ending! There are so many theories about what actually happened in the movie and what the ending means. The director himself says that there is a definite answer, but he's not telling. THAT bugs me. If he wanted it to be completely ambiguous he needs to say "It's supposed to be up to your own interpretation". But he doesn't say that, he says there is a yes or no but he wants everyone to be burning up the internet talking about what they think happened. Other than the open ending, I really love the movie. But not knowing what it all really was feels like a big F You from Mr. Nolan.

So what do you think? Was the entire thing just a dream that Cobb had on the plane? Was he still dreaming at the end? Was it straightforward and they completed the job and Cobb was in the 'real world' with his kids at the end?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

one of those days!

When the first thing your son says to you in the morning is "Mom, can you wash my hands?" that's a clue to bury your head under your pillow and go back to sleep. Yesterday I caught Riley just as he was about to make a big ol mess with FOOD COLORS. But he hadn't opened anything yet so it was ok. I put them way high up where I thought they'd be safe. Here's another clue:when you're hiding things from your mischevious boy, don't let him watch you do it. This morning he got his little chair and some boxes and climbed right up to where they were hidden and got them down. He squeezed out the entire bottle of green and some of the yellow on his floor and was finger painting in his water color coloring book. Needless to say his hands are completely green, his legs are pretty green, and he's got splotches on his face where he was probably scratching or whatever. Luckily I was able to clean all of it off the floor but the grout will have to be redone.

Of course today I was planning on having the kid's picture taken with santa. I decided to try and get that done even though I have half a green kid. We get to the mall and Riley refuses to go in the Santa area. He would stand outside and wave at him, and say hi, but he would not go in. The mall is run by money hungry bastards who won't even let you take pictures AROUND the Santa area. You can't even be in the chairs around Santa and have his seating area in the HAVE TO PAY for that privalege! Is that not the most ridiculous thing you've ever heard in your life? It really irks me that the Santa Picture people are so greedy. Ugh.

So after that I tried to have my dad take some pictures of the kids just sitting on a bench w/some poinsettias behind them...neither one of them were having it. Kira was totally sleepy and Riley just wanted to get to the play area. Finally I just gave up and got him to the playground and let him play. He loves going to the play area but he's alot bigger than the other kids, and he plays rough. Every single time I tell him he needs to play nice, and not touch other kids, etc, and every single time he does it anyway. Today was no exception. I'm watching him play and he cut in front of some little kids to go down a slide so I go over and tell him he needs to play nice and all that. Two minutes later I see him on a different slide, pulling another kid down by his collar, and the kid is crying. So that was the end of playground time! I think he lasted 5 minutes total on the playground. I feel really bad because he loves playing with other kids but he will not get it into his head that he can't play so rough with them! I do not know what to do about this problem. After the holidays he will be starting preschool and I pray that he's not sent home after his first day with a note that says 'riley can't come back'. This was one of my fears, having 'the bad kid' in the classroom!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

oh christmas tree(s)!

It's time for Thrifty Decor Chick's Tree Party! I absolutely love having a tree at Christmas time. When I'm in the room with one I just sit there and stare at it...I can't help myself!

Our main tree. It's 8 feet tall and used to be mom's, thanks mama! It is fake...growing up we'd always get a real tree but I'm a fake tree convert now. I like being able to bend the branches the way i want them to go. I don't feel like I'm done decorating this tree yet; I need to go to Hobby Lobby but haven't had the chance! The colors are not traditional Christmas, it's kind of rainbow-y. This one has all our special family ornaments and will have the ones the kids make when they start doing that. I need to find something to make with Riley for this year...

Lennox angels with the boys' names on them from my mom

I used to have two Jimi Hendrix ornaments and one broke this year, so this one is extra special! ha

A new one for Riley this year :)

good old Chewie

i was pretty happy to put this one up this year!

My mom got me the A R & K so I decided they needed their own tree. Riley decided he wanted his picture taken too!

This tree is in my bedroom! It's our old tree, and since I have enough ornaments for it and there was a space for it, of course i had to put it up. The color scheme on this one is red, lime green and turquoise. All my santa ornaments are on this one, mixed with a couple Mickeys and snowmen.

This one and the next one were given to my mom by my grandma on my dad's side, and she gave them to me this year. When I was 19 we had a fire in our attic and all our Christmas ornament burned up so these are so very special to me.

this Mickey looks antique but he's not

there are hundreds of pretty trees to look at, and add your own! get to the party!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Kira's Christmas Room

It only took six months but I'm finally done decorating Kira's room! She has her Christmas decorations all ready for Santa's visit...hope he likes PINK!

Still not happy with the higher shelf but I wanted to take pictures today!
Is it wrong to have pictures of yourself in your own room? I don't think it is when you're an adorable baby...

I wish the dress was my size!

Yaaaay!!! Kira has a closet!!! This is the awesome computer desk that we got for FREE...thank you Daddy for hauling it home all by yourself!

Ta-DAAAAHHHH!! Too bad you can't hear me singing that, which I do everytime I open the doors. I've always been fascinated by wardrobes (I blame the Narnia books) but I've never actually seen one in person. So this thing is really fun for me. Easily amused? Maybe! Great work again Daddy on taking all the computer shelves out of the inside and turning it into a CLOSET!! !!

Kira's "main"Christmas tree

I've had the K ornament for a long case I ever had a Kira

The tiara ornament is from Grandma...well most of the ornaments on this tree are from Grandma actually!

Ok her dresser usually does not look like this, usually it has baskets and laundry and little shoes and who knows what else on it. But it looks nice for pictures!

Happy PINK Holidays to all!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

time to celebrate!

Kira has a closet!!!! It's not Carrie's closet from Sex & The City, but her clothes are out of my closet and that makes me very happy!!! We haven't painted the thing yet. While I was taking a nap this afternoon (first one in ages it was awesome) Scott dragged it in and put it in her room. I wasn't going to have him take it back out and wait for him to paint it, who knows when that could have happened! I'm actually thinking about not painting it and getting a new crib to match it. I do love her pink crib so very much, but it's really squeaky. We're thinking of getting her a new crib that will convert to a toddler bed. And if she's going to have dark wood furniture, I think I'm gonna "have to" paint her walls pink!

Yes it is excessive to redo a baby's bedroom but she's my only girl and my last's too short to worry about being excessive for your little girl!

I've been decorating for Christmas all week. We have the big tree in the living room of course, then Riley has a mini one in his room. Kira has two white ones in her room. And we have a full size one in our bedroom...we had an extra full size tree and there was a space for it so I put it up!

The thing I haven't done is take pictures of any of em. Hopefully I can do that tomorrow.