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    2012 Reading Challenge

                          Fantasy Fiction Karma Girl by Jennifer Estep (January) Hot Mama by Jennifer Estep (January) Jinx by Jennifer Estep (January) Mystery Fiction Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich (January) Mystery Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden Series #1) By Charlaine Harris (January) A Bone to Pick By Charlaine Harris (January) Total: 6

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    Ethan's Hand vs the Car Door

    I am literally still sick to my stomach. I was hustling the kids to gymnastics this afternoon and didn’t think twice when I locked the car door and slammed the door shut. It didn’t catch all the way and I leaned forward to give it a shove when I realized Ethan’s hand was in the door. Shit! I lifted the handle and pulled, the door didn’t open. Ethan started wailing. Shit! I hit the unlock button and pulled again, hard enough that the door handle came off in my hand and I stumbled backwards. Shit, shit, shit! At gymnastics between classes a teacher is assigned to the door to greet…

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    New Years Goals

                  read 100 books work on digital scrapbooking 15 minutes per day eat 1100 – 1500 calories per day exercise a total of 7830 minutes make at least 12 things I’ve pinned on pinterest make more things from scratch learn to crochet or knit be a better wife and mom do at least 1 craft project with the kids per week get rid of junk in the garage be a better house keepter

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    Time out jar

    So unless you’re Super Nanny, I think, we can agree that disciplining our children is hard. I saw this on pinterest, I say that a lot these days. This is a jar to use during time outs. It is filled with water (that I dyed with my gel food color), glue, and glitter (ours has a ton of glitter in it because Emerson kept asking for more colors.) The idea is that you or your child shake it up and then watch the glitter settle back down to the bottom. It is mesmerizing and soothing. Now I just need to remember to use it.

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    Elf on the Shelf Days 5 – 11

    Day 5 Jangle helped the kids out and put the lights on the little tree for them. Day 6- Jangle read Twas the Night Before Christmas with Bitty Baby Day 7 – Jangle got into the pantry and got stuck in the raisins. Day 8 -Jangle popped some popcorn, found a friend – Ethan’s Christmas dog, and got out a Christmas movie for the kids. They didn’t pay a lick of attention to the movie and after eating 3/4 of the popcorn they threw the rest on the floor. I was pretty disappointed in that behavior, I’m sure Santa got an earful that night. Day 9 – Jangle and his…

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    O Christmas Tree

    After Ethan finished with school I told them they could decorate the miniature tree. They had previously put a handful of ornaments on the tree and they carefully removed them because Ethan decided that they needed to put lights on the tree. That’s about as far as they got because Ethan was upset that it couldn’t be perfect. My poor boy and his obsession with perfection. 🙁 I told him they don’t need to be perfect, the other trees aren’t perfect. To which he replied, yes they are. Which I don’t think they are, but I grew up with a mother that was a perfectionist who put over 800 white…

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    Elf on the Shelf Days 1 – 4

    Jangle, our Elf on the Shelf appeared at our house on December 2nd. He showed up sitting in our Christmas tree with a little note for Ethan and Emerson. December 3rd, Jangle got into our stash of marshmallows and made himself a chair On the 4th, he got into our shopping bag and dragged out Ethan’s Sugar Babies. When Ethan woke up and saw him he got pissed and grabbed his candy up and threw Jangle down onto the floor. Over reaction – TOTALLY! He is sick and hasn’t been sleeping well so he’s been leaning toward irrationality lately. This picture is a recreation with my milk duds.   On…

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    A very eventful day

    The day of Ethan’s Super Bowl(they didn’t win) was pretty eventful for Ethan.  He almost poked his eye out tripping at Oshkosh and then lost his first tooth. We went into Oshkosh to get Emerson a jacket, she didn’t want one (although she did end up getting one) so I asked Ethan to go and look at clothes. He went over to the boys side of the store but wasn’t exactly happy about it. He was mopping and pouting and ended up tripping and slamming his face into a metal hook protruding from the wall. It caught him at his cheek and went up to his eyebrow. Thank goodness for…

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    It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

    All of our ornaments freed from their Rubbermaid totes waiting to be put on our big tree and medium sized tree. I was determined to get a prelit tree this year, then I saw the price of the one I wanted and decided to buy 8 boxes of lights for 1/5 of the price. I was even more pleased with my thrifty decision making when I got out our medium sized tree and remembered that it was a prelit tree and that the lights worked on it for precisely one Christmas, and one Christmas only. I spent the good part of our evening and about an hour the next day…

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