Nov 16, 2009

Preparing for the holidays.

We are into preparing for the holidays.  We have Thanksgiving, Kevin's birthday, Claire's birthday, and Christmas before the end of the year.  Thankfully I have been bitten by the layaway bug and have 99% of all shopping done. 

Hannah took this picture....I love it

Always has a cell phone handy.

We are having regular teen troubles around here.  I guess those wings have to be tested and we DO want her to be independent in her thinking, but is about to kick my booty.  I have no idea when she will get her phone back....her achilles heal.  Then to add toddler squared running around, we are truly living the dream.  Kevin and Claire seem to be getting along better, it really runs in cycles, we are now in a good cycle.  Kevin is learning to play more independently and Claire isn't sure if she likes his new found independence.  She sure has loved having someone to completely boss around.  Nothing else exciting going on around here, just living life and working.  I hope to make the holidays as stress free as possible, lots of hot toddys by the fire followed by s'mores!!


Wuxi Mommy said...

Lately it feels like we already have a teenage girl at our house, too! How am I ever gonna survive the teen years when the age of 4 is kicking my butt?? I'm glad to hear that the younger ones are getting along, though! Funny thing is that Peanut has suddenly realized the same thing. SuSu wants to do HER OWN THING, now, too:) I'm so jealous of your preparedness with Christmas shopping. I seriously can't imagine doing birthdays in the same month as Christmas. WOW!

Faith, Hope, and Love said...

99% finished? go girl...teenage stress and all!! :)

Have a great week!


Flamingo Mama said...

thanks for living the dream for my friend:)

laurel said...

Have some holidays! Wow. Hope each and every one is wonderful!!!

Stacy said...

Shelley, as a high school teacher...I agree-teens can be tiring and trying. But, look at her world. She's "invincible," strong and willing to test because you gave her the confidence and power to do those things. Good job. She'll thank you for allowing her the freedom to be ornery and frustrating one least, that's how I'm going to approach Ady and Brie's teen angst - What else do we have to hold on to but Hope?

Julie said...

Teenagers...ARGHHHHH! Oh well at least you have a good one and the two littles to keep your mind off the bad days.

Elaine said...

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Love the pics!
Wow I am thankful we get to set an extra place setting at the table this year! So thankful for our families and the new little men at our tables!

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