Santa Claus is Coming….

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….to our cruise ship this year.  That’s right.  In 3 weeks, we are heading for a tropical vacation and will be celebrating Christmas on a “ship boat” as Ryan likes to call it. We’ll see how I do with the whole non-traditional Christmas, but I am most certainly looking forward to this trip.  Aaaaahhhh…. I can’t wait.  I do have plans to bring Christmas with us so that will be a fun little way to celebrate on the “ship boat”.  If you’ve been reading my posts for awhile now you will know I am all about traditions and waking up in our own home on the holidays (like here and here).  This will definitely be different for me this year.  And I have to admit, I couldn’t get away from the traditional Christmas completely so the week we get back from our cruise I am pretending it’s Christmas morning and we’re doing the whole traditional celebration with Santa and a big breakfast and playing with new toys and the whole turkey/ham dinner and everything.

Today we spent the ENTIRE day decorating for Christmas and getting the house ready for the holidays.  We put up the Christmas tree and decorated it.  Well we decorated the middle portion of it anyway.  The tree is 8 feet tall or something crazy so mommy couldn’t reach the top to put decorations up that high and since we have two little mischievous monkeys running around, we couldn’t decorate the bottom portion either.  So the middle of the tree… wow!  It looks awesome!  And yes, it is a fake Christmas tree.  We had real trees for years and I loved it, but then when we moved to Atlanta and went to cut down a tree none of them met my “up north” standards.  They were basically all cedar trees and not your traditional looking pine tree like they have in MN, WI or CO.  So after not liking our newly found “cedar” Christmas tree I bought a super tall fake one after Christmas when it was 70% off and I love it.  It’s our 2nd year with it up and I love it more this year than I did last year.

Christmas Tree

O-wee Putting Jingle Bells On The Tree

Ryan Decorating the Tree

The Sesame Street Gang

How Did This Hat Get On My Head AGAIN?!

More Decorating....

Decorating The Tree

We also had our Thanksgiving Number Four today.  Since every meal we have had so far has not consisted of leftovers, mommy made Thanksgiving four all over again!  We had turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, fresh cranberries, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie!  It was awesome!!  The boys loved the meal and for some reason they both absolutely love cranberries.  They love the canned cranberry gel stuff and they love the fresh ones too.  Every turkey meal they ask for more, more and more.  It’s strange how much they like it.

But back to my mischievous monkey.  “Trust me Santa…. I’ve been good ALL year!”

I've Been Good.... I Promise!

Silly O-wee

Isn’t it just so cute how much Owen looks up to his big brother.  He mimics everything that Ryan does and just constantly watches him.

Brotherly Love

After the tree went up and was decorated, we put the train around the tree and boy did the boys love it.  Ryan just laid on the floor and watched it go around and around and around.  Of course, daddy decided this cheap, plastic train wasn’t good enough so off to Target he went.  Mommy made him return the train he brought home though 😉  Maybe another year when the boys are older and the risk of it breaking in 10 minutes has decreased.  Not this year though.  Maybe we’ll look again when the after Christmas deals hit.

Really Dad?! A Santa Hat?


Ryan LOVING the Train!


The boys were so good today.  Seriously, they were SOOO good today.  They played together great.  They helped decorate the tree.  They helped empty the dishwasher THREE times today.  They just had a blast all day long with each other.

Only once did we have a little fight.  And it was actually pretty funny.  Ryan was pushing a kitchen chair over to the counter and he bumped into Owen and knocked him over (he didn’t get hurt).  Ryan said “O-wee.  I no mean to.  It an accident.  I no mean to.”  Owen started crying anyway and toddled over to me for love and hugs.  I told Ryan he needed to apologize to Owen even though it was “just an accident”.  Ryan went over to Owen to give him a hug and say he’s sorry and just as soon as Ryan went in for the hug, Owen smacked Ryan’s face straight on.  He didn’t get hurt, but boy did it take him (and ME!) by surprise.  Neither of us were expecting that!  Owen just had this pouty look on his face as if to say, “there.  I got you back.”

Well, I told Owen that he now needed to apologize to Ryan too and Owen said “Nooooo…..Nooooooo……” and was shaking his head no.  So, off Owen went to time-out.  Ryan LOVED that his little bro needed a time out and when I was making Owen sit in time out Ryan said “See O-wee.  You hit and you go time out.  You no say sorry and you have to go time out.  I say sorry and I no have time out.  Sorry O.”

About 30 seconds after we left the room, Owen started crying and when we (me and Ryan) went back in there Owen was very quick to give hugs to both me and Ryan and said “sor” (for sorry).  And then they went back to playing as if nothing happened.  Brothers.

So our house is decorated.  The tree is up.  Our bellies are full and the kids are sleeping.  Delta is exhausted and I am now blogging and enjoying a glass of wine.  Aaaaaahhhhh….. a perfect ending to a perfect day. And really, who wouldn’t love their day when it consisted of snuggles from my little Santa man?!

Loves From Little Santa Man!

Tired, Tired Delta

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  1. I don’t know how you do it all, Jean. I am so impressed with how much you have going on, yet you still happily take on more! You are a great role model! 🙂


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