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Busted

{See Maxwell's hat? That is why I got busted at last year's Festival. And apparently Max is ticked- probably because I made him wear those things in a picture. But Charlie loves them... so happy. What a great picture!}

After last winter, I am convinced there is snow in hell.

But it's Christmas time... and today it's snowing. And that makes me feel all warm and cozy in my insides. Mostly because the therm is set to 68, and the fireplace is on, and Charlie announced excitedly when he saw the snow "Mom, it's Christmas outside!"

But my Christmas merriment isn't so merry lately- probably because this happened last night as we were TRYING to have some fun family times with gingerbread houses:


  • Parker got sassy and sent to his room.

  • Jack chucked a glass Christmas ornament grenade style onto the dining room floor.

  • Charlie grabbed a handful of decorative ginger-bread-house candy and threw it at Max across the table.
All within a matter of 5 minutes.

So we will "Take Two" tonight.


Here's to better, snowy days full of Christmas merriment. And more family fun, drama, and chaos tonight.

Comments

grandma jojo said…
ah the joys of christmas. if you can't tell i'm smiling right now, sorry, can't help it. memories.
Katie D. said…
I love that picture. Also, I can't imagine Parker getting sassy, especially since he's the only boy in the ward that calls me Sister Dickson. :)
Deby said…
Too funny. I can laugh because it wasn't me. Although I am sure it will be in a year or two.

I wish you much luck with your Part 2 Christmas merriment.
Abby said…
thats kinda funny but I know you weren't laughing!
I love you!
Aimee said…
Mandee, I promise that one day you will think back and laugh. I love your stories.
Rich said…
What little stinkers!!! Hopefully they'll behave today. You a good mom to make gingerbread houses with them. I figure my kids will just eat all the stuff off of the houses before we even enjoy them as decorations!!
Em. said…
I hate it when I have in my head that we are going to have a great night of family fun and the kids ruin it! I hope that they all act perfect for you tonight.
Brown Family said…
WOW, I haven't been on your blog for a few weeks and you have been busy with injury and illness. I hope you are ALL well now and things are going smoothly again. I just adore your blog. It makes me smile and want to buy all the clothes you post. BTW, how can you not like photos of yourself? You are a beautiful lady. Smile and enjoy it! Here's to a better CHRISTMAS (sounds like Thanksgiving was a bust!)...Happy Happy Holidays!
Wendy said…
It's easy to laugh when you are not there. Hopefully it seems funny today :)

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