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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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    Mary Kay Museum, a fallen vet, and a broken bus

    Yesterday, while entering the highway I noticed 3 cars pulled onto the side of the road. I thought it was strange but quickly noticed that on the opposite side of the highway there was what looked like a funeral being escorted by half a dozen police cars and sheriff trucks. I quickly pulled over and let them pass with a little lump in my throat. I always get a little emotional when I pull over for funeral processions. But, I was also happy to be living in a town small enough that when  funeral procession passes even if it’s on the opposite side of the highway. I’m certain in Dallas…

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    Bowholder

    I actually started this last year, but Emerson didn’t like it, then she drew all over it, so I put it away and sort of forgot about it. She recently found it and decided that she liked it so I repainted it and staple gunned some ribbon on it for her. I think she likes it, I think it’s okay. I ended up covering her E in glitter. I saw some paint that had glitter in it and thought it would be cute. Yeah, NO, it ended up looking dirty. But, I think the silver glitter is cute, it added a nice touch, and doesn’t look dirty

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    Homecoming Parade

    Looks like I skipped homecoming parade when I was talking about all the homecoming stuff the other week. For some reason our parade is always on Thursday afternoon, I’m not sure why but I guess they do this to coincide with the carnival that comes to town that weekend. Emerson ended up going on the float with the boys, so I found myself with an unexpected hour of alone time. For the first time in a long time I was by myself and I really enjoyed it. I took a leisurely walk in the 100 degree weather and enjoyed it because there was nothing there but ambient noise.

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    Our State Fair Is a Great State Fair…

    We headed out to the Great State Fair of Texas on it’s opening day.  We figured it was the perfect day to go, Craig had already taken off work because the previous day was our homecoming parade and peprally.  I love the fair and the kids had a blast. Emerson got kind of grumpy towards the end and threw her shoe out of the stroller and we didn’t know until way later. Upside – it was a free shoe handed down from her cousin, Rachel. There is still quite a bit of things I want to see so hopefully Craig and I can go and have a date day/night out…

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