a little christmas music first thing in the morning helps my mood.
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grocery shopping at wal-mart. sonic for a drink. home for a bit, then over to target for a few things. picked up max and then got cafe rio for us and awburn. then went over to her house to get my hair trimmed. (she was craving a salad - and we want to keep the baby maker happy)
dinner that night was creamy mushroom and chicken soup. it's been awhile since we've had it. and it was so goood. max and madi watched rudolph.
self portrait using the timer. next came a picture of his backside.
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it was sooo cold this morning. i felt bad sending the kids off to school without bigger/thicker jackets.
after picking max up today, we went and met grandma becky at the mall. max wasn't really up for shopping, so we got some food in his belly. but that only helped for a little while. girl clothing stores seemed to suck all of the energy out of him. grandma got a couple things and i got $15 in mall gift cards (from the postcard i get in the mail).
we went over to target and helped grandma get some serious shopping done. ;) then we rushed over to madi's school. i was really late, but still there on time.
as soon as we picked up kenzie, we rushed home to change the kids and fix their hair so we could meet aunt jen for pictures. it was still very cold outside. the wind had slowed down for a little bit, but everyone had pink tipped noses. now i can't wait to get my cards done. !!!
we swung by sonic and came home. leftover jumbalaya + mac and cheese was on the menu tonight.
max was doing the self timer on the camera. he wasn't very happy with me and madi because we didn't pose in time for the shot.
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mackenzie accidentally downloaded her first book on her kindle, got a few free apps for her phone and painted her nails at least 5 times (mine once). darric went to hit golf balls and aunt jan came and took kenzie to wal-mart to spend her gift card. the boys stayed to play with madi and max. i baked pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and then we eventually put up our inside christmas decorations. madi had been begging me all day long.
kenzie helped me make dinner. jumbalaya. and we had mud for dessert. (max didn't want any and he was mad that i kept calling it mud... "it's pudding".) the kids watched the first christmas movie of the year... how the grinch stole christmas (the newer one)... while darric and i discussed christmas gifts. and ordered mine. :)
darric couldn't wait to give kenzie her birthday present. before we even got out of bed, he was pulling it from the secret hiding spot all wrapped up (all by himself). i had him put it in my old phone box and when she took the wrapping paper off, she was happy. but then she opened the box and saw the screen and thought it was the samsung eternity that she wanted and got a little more excited. until she turned the phone over and saw the iphone on the back, then she was SUPER excited. she ran out of the room to go show madison. she got the iphone3... thanks to her dad.
even with it being her birthday, she was still willing to make the spinach dip. and later, when me, madi and max were working on the fruit salad, she cooked the sausage and then stuffed the mushrooms too.
we got to the bertrand's at 11:30. the daytons and potters showed up shortly after us. jesse, bennett, robin, dan, jude and blake were already there. the turkey was taking a little longer to cook, but it was all worth the wait. plus, we had kenzie's spinach dip to hold us over.
yes, we had an indian at our thanksgiving dinner. ;)
the kids made their apple turkeys and as soon as they were done eating, they all took off upstairs and played nicely for quite some time. which gave the adults time to visit.
kenzie got to open presents. she got a kindle, $50 walmart gift card a nail station (to paint nails on and hold all of her stuff) a butterfly night light and mickey mouse earrings.
kenzie painting fingernails.
gabi dancing and taking over as the dj.
later, we had a dance off with the remaining guests. it was us, the bertrands, the beachs, robin and jude. some of us watched more than danced. max and madi showed us some of their moves, but were too shy to show too much. gabi watched everyone and tried to copy them the best she could. the devil went down to georgia came on and inspired the grown up carter kids to dance. very entertaining. but, overall, dana won with his robot moves.
max was not happy about leaving, but he chilled out before we got into the car and froze our butts off. we stopped at mcdonalds for a quick dinner. darric, madi and max were hungry. i just snacked on leftover spinach dip and rolls that i snuck home with me.