New Year’s Quiz 2010

It’s that time of year again! This is my third year completing the New Year’s quiz (links for 2008 and 2009). Linda at All & Sundry already has hers up, and this year she changed around the questions a little bit. The ones that annoyed her annoyed me as well, so I followed suit:

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Gifts of the Heart

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!

In our world of high tech gadgetry, the act of giving and receiving this time of year can become void of sentiment. I personally can’t wait to try out a few of our new Wii games, but sadly this time next year I doubt very much that I will [...]

The Great Elf Strike of 2010

This is Banana. He’s a proud member of Local Elf Union 1033.  That’s the east coast chapter.

He watches you. And doesn't blink. Ever.

He has serviced our family for several years now and has always been a diligent elf. This year, however, we have noticed a significant drop in productivity. We were not certain [...]

Because Santa Claus Is an Adulterous Prick

Or maybe not…

We are in full holiday swing, and this year it has been a great deal of fun watching the kids prepare for Santa’s arrival.  They are both getting into it with gusto! Bring on the twinkle lights! Decorate the tree! Bake cookies! Talk ad nauseum about the carrot we are going to [...]

Contest Winner – Llama Llama Holiday Drama

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Llama Lama Giveaway! Since we had so many entries and I personally know quite a few of you who entered, I thought it would be a good idea to vlog the results. So here is my unedited and fuzzy attempt at vlogging from my Kodak Play Sport [...]

Giveaway Contest – Llama Llama Holiday Drama

One of my family’s favorite children’s books is Llama Llama Red Pajama. The colors and illustrations are brilliant, the facial expressions are classic, and its soothing and rhythmic prose captures the attention of even the most easily distracted minds.

Tackling the theme of separation anxiety, we follow along as Baby Llama becomes distressed after Mama Llama puts him [...]

Thanksgiving in Focus

It was a great holiday weekend spent with family and friends.  We laughed, ate, watched football, played games, and enjoyed each other like every American family should. Though the planning and preparations were stressful at times, the outcome was worth it.

What I did not realize until Thanksgiving Day was that my daughter was making [...]

A Thankful Thanksgiving

If you do not live in the Northeast your experience may be different, but I am certain that everyone in New England will agree:  from a marketing standpoint, the holiday season comes earlier and earlier every year. This year it began immediately following Halloween, with Christmas displays on the shelves and holiday songs on the [...]

My Ado About Nothing

It has been a long week. It has been full of sickness and despair. It is one of those situations where real life is too painful and private to post; where I am affected by stories that are not mine to tell, and cannot and would not want to share them here. As such this [...]

Mother Nature: You Need a Time Out

Five minutes before my alarm was supposed to go off this morning, Sofia bounded into my bedroom and shouted:

“MOM! Mama! Guess what? GUESS WHAT? You are NOT going to believe this. There’s snow. SNOW!!! Real snow. Oh, my gosh. You have to come and see it. It’s everywhere. EVERYWHERE!!! It’s covering EVERYTHING. It’s even [...]