Monday, December 28, 2009

3 Christmases...

As much as I love Christmas, I'm kinda glad it's over. Why? Because around here, Christmas isn't just 1 single day....it's 3 days long. And why is that? Because our family is completely dysfunctional and this person doesn't get along with that person and that person isn't speaking with this person any longer. And why bother putting differences aside and being adults about it when, instead, they can feed off the drama every single year? What's a holiday without a little family drama mixed in, right?

Here are some highlights from our 3-day long holiday. Wednesday was Christmas with my sister and her family. The kids had fun with the cousins that they never see even though we live only 10 minutes away from one another. The adults drank wine and the kiddos drank sparkling cider. Good times.

The picture below cracked me up. Tim actually fell asleep while the kids were opening their presents and my BIL looked like he was completely bored.


On Christmas eve day, we met my IL's at their church and the kids did amazingly well sitting through the 90 minute service. Every time I heard a child scream or cry, I took pleasure in the fact that it was NOT one of my kids, for a change.

I forgot to take pictures of the kids opening their presents at my IL's but suffice it to say that they made out like bandits. Lots of toys....which meant lots of tiny pieces with sharp edges that will surely end up impaled on the bottom of my feet at some point.

We got home late and the kids made sure to leave a plate of homemade cookies for Santa, along with some carrots and reindeer food for the reindeer. In the morning, they were pleasantly surprised to see that Santa and the reindeer had eaten mostly everything.


Then their attention turned to the tree and when they saw the presents, chaos ensued.


Each of the kids got exactly what they asked Santa for (and then some).

Yes, that's Garrett...our little Toy Story obsessed child. He's carrying a stuffed Buzz Lightyear doll on his back with a TS backpack, and Woody, Buzz and the rocket ship stuffed in the pocket of the front of the scooter. He rode around the house the entire morning screaming, "To infinity and beyond". More good times.


Bella got every doll imaginable. I believe she has more inventory than Target does now. And her doll house has nicer furniture than my home does. Those freakin dolls even have a piano!!


The one thing she really wanted was one of those Zhu Zhu pets. And they were nowhere to be found in any of the stores around here. But I had entered a giveaway on Clueless Mama's blog and...I won a Zhu Zhu pet!!!

Can you believe that luck?! Bella was over the moon with her new pet, who later received a companion when we went to Toys R Us to buy the kids gifts from my dad and grandma. I found it kinda interesting that they suddenly had some more hamsters AFTER Christmas.

You wanna keep your kids entertained for hours? Buy these pets, seriously.


Cole's theme this year was dinosaurs, Hot Wheels and Wii games. Typical boy.


Landon got lots of cars, trucks and trains. He was a happy boy, although the picture below doesn't really show that.


My mom, stepdad and brother came over that evening to give the kids their gifts and have dinner with us. When my mom noticed that Bella and I were making a cake, she asked, "Oh, is that for me?" I had completely forgotten that her birthday was the next day. But that's okay because she forgot my 40th birthday last April. No harm, no foul.

I said, "No, the cake is for Jesus...we bake one every year to celebrate his birth". She frowned and asked, "No cake for me?" She looked so pathetic and sad so I told her she could share a cake with Jesus this year. This will definitely go down in history....the year my Jewish mother shared a birthday cake with Jesus.



And that, my friends, was the end of Christmas 2009. I'm SO ready for 2010! Bring it!

Sorry I haven't been around the blogosphere much this past week. Hopefully, I can make up for that this week!! Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with their loved ones!

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63 comments:

Megan said...

Glad you had a nice Christmas, even if was stuck on replay for 3 days! ;-) Landon has the same pj's on that one of my twins is wearing in our Christmas pics. Go Carters pj's! I'm with you on the new year...bring it on!

Eva Gallant said...

Looks like your kids did quite well! Lots of loot, there! Glad you had a good one!

shortmama said...

Sounds like your kiddos made out like ours did!

Your mom sharing a cake with Jesus is priceless!!!

Stephanie Stearns Dulli said...

Dear Helene, please adopt me. Your Christmas looks amazing!

WhisperingWriter said...

Sounds like you guys had a fantastic Christmas!

Alicia said...

LOL @ the picture of your husband sleeping! My husband could fall asleep like that too!!
Sounds like you had a great Christmas..all three of them! LOL

Carly said...

Helene,
Loved the fact that your jewish mil shared a cake with Jesus. I also love the picture where Tim was asleep. You are not kidding when you tell us he falls asleep everywhere. I also love your new toy storage in the living room what a clever idea. I need to get something like that. Happy Holidays to you!

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

Now, see, you needed to get a pic of her sharing the cake with Jesus! Dang, I wanna come back as one of your kids!! They got some loot!

When did I become my Mom said...

HA! I've never understood how my hubby can drift off during present-opening time. Guess it's a man thing!

(Still smiling at Infinity and Beyond on the scooter! Sooo cute.)

DysFUNctional Mom said...

I so totally identify with that first paragraph! CRacks me up.
And I love that your Jewish mother shared a cake with Jesus, that's classic!

S Club Mama said...

I love that you make a birthday cake for Jesus. And it's beautiful! We have a few Christmases, too. Just more to go around!

Nezzy said...

It looks like ya'll had a wonderful yet exhausting Christmas. The kids are just precious. We too do a decorated Christmas Pie/w~candle for Jesus! It's tradition! The grandkiddos just love sayin' that!

Love Buzz Lightyear. I dropped by to visit the kiddos after school one day and was met at the door my Buzz all decked out in costume sayin' "fly me Grandma Muzzie, fly me...Woody is goin' to shoot me. So I picked the little fella up to fly and 'round the corner came Woody (also decked out in costume) packin' heat!!! Heeeeeheeehee. I have way too much fun.

Have a super day and a very blessed New Year!

Brooke said...

don't you just wonder what the appeal of the zhu zhu pets are?

Katie said...

Sounds like you were as busy as us! ...except all our family gets along! Couldn't imagine that stress. Glad you had a good Christmas! :) Hope 2010 is a fantastic year for you!!

Laura said...

Ok. After all that, I've got to mention the stupid Zhu Zhu pet. Ours KICKED THE BUCKET ON CHRISTMAS DAY!!! She still "talks" and makes noice, but she no longer runs across the floor. Could be a good thing, but I'm not sure. And somehow, I've lost the instructions, but I really don't think she's in sleep mode. Wayne said he's gonna break out the screwdriver to see if something may have gotten caught around her wheels, which implies that I have a dirty house, but I'll overlook that for now. So needless to say, Baby Girl hasn't gotten to enjoy "Jilly" too much.

The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

Love the Zhu Zhu pets! They also entertain 2 dogs and a cat for hours on end :-))

Working Mommy said...

What great pictures!! Here is to wishing you and your family all the best in 2010!!

~WM

Twins Squared said...

Once again we have more in common! We have to do 3-4 Christmases too, only normally we jam them into about a 30-hour window which I HATE! This year was a little more spreadout. Still have one small one to go even. But I have a dysfunctional family too and my hubby's sis won't be around my bro because they are both social lepers. So we have to do all these separate Christmases yet no one will volunteer to move their Christmas to a different day. We have to jam it all in! Anyway, looks like you had a great Christmas! We did too! Barbies and zhu zhu pets here too - funny thing is my kids didn't even know what the zhu zhu pets were but my step-mom found some so she got the big girls one each. Those things are crazy! Merry Christmas! You are blessed!

Erin said...

I know exactly what you mean about the drama---so and so isn't speaking to that one, and the other isn't speaking to so and so....ridiculous. But it's good to know it's not just us!!!! Hope your day was merry in spite of all that!

Creative Junkie said...

I have to say, we didn't have too much drama this year! But then again, we make up for it the other 364 days of the year.

I'm glad Christmas is over as well. WHEW.

Neo said...

seems u had a great family holiday!
i compensated myself handsomely for my first christmas on my own

happy new yr in advance!

Jenna said...

Glad the kids had such a great day or days of Christmas. Great pictures.

yonca said...

Glad you had a wonderful Christmas. I'm definitely ready for 2010. And I'm so glad this year is almost over.

Amy said...

Oh I love how happy children are on Christmas.. I am glad you had a great time too. Now on to the New Year.. Glad to have you back.. You are so sweet and kind to me... You so rock... Glad we will be in 2010 together.. ;0)

Mrsbear said...

Looks like a good time. Although I have to admit, I don't miss doing the three Christmases, since my in-laws moved to TN, we have managed to cut it down to two, since my grandparents don't leave the house anymore, we always have to stop by their place at least once. Luckily this year I hosted one which means I got to spend the entire 25th at home. Yay for loose pants and house shoes. :) Glad the kids all got what they wanted, including the much coveted Zhu Zhu pets. No surprise that they're suddenly available...

The Mother said...

Seriously, if I had to put up with relatives for three days in a row, I'd need tranquilizers.

I kind of like our method better. Ignore works. Quite well.

Menopausal New Mom said...

You certainly had an action-packed Christmas even if the men (who I bet did next to nothing during the preparations) couldn't stay awake. yes all the fighting and bullshit that goes on in families. I hear ya there. My husband and his ex wife of more than 10 years still don't speak even though they share 4 adult (I use the term adult loosely) children. Drives me crazy, you should see the chaos at weddings, births and any other occasion family is supposed to be happy to be together. Let's just say I'm glad I have a blog to vent through Lol!

Jen said...

I totally hear you about wanting Christmas to be over. I am right there with you. We have one more Christmas to do later this week and then, I am reclaiming my house!

Together We Save said...

Looks like you had a very Merry Christmas!!

The Lane Family said...

3 Christmas's you are once again my hero. 1 was plenty for me. As you mentioned in my comments on my blog...yes I Love living through my kids and getting to feel like a kid again as I play with their babies and build Trio tower's!!! It Rock's!!

That is so funny about your jewish mom sharing a birthday cake with Jesus!!!

I love all of the fun gifts your kids got and we too have the Toy Story and Thomas the tank engine thing going!!!

Boy's will be boy's!!!!

Corrie Howe said...

We have years where we have three Christmases and then three birthday parties...it lasts from beginning of December to end of January. Josh was born New Year's Day. Truly, he can on his own starting on New Year's Eve.

How did a Jewish mother get a daughter who celebrates Jesus' birthday?

Jessica Jones, ATL Mom of 3 said...

My son go the same scooter! and as for zhu zhu pets i was HIGHLY ticked when i had waited in line for the dumb things then this weekend i walk into the same store i waited in line at and they a mountain of them

twinmama said...

Hi Helene,

Sounds like you had a great (and exhausting) Christmas!

Garrett will probably be pleased to know there is a Toy Story 3 coming!

Hey, I sent you an email from The New Parents Guide, so let me know if you don't receive it.

Have a great New Year!

Tiffany said...

Just reading your post made me exhausted. How do you do it? hehehe. Glad you had a good Christmas.

MamaHen Em said...

It looks like you had a great Christmas, though. We also had three Christmas', but we traveled TWICE to Nebraska, once for my family and once for the hubs family plus our own Christmas here. EXHAUSTING!! But fun! Merry Christmas, late, of course!

Morgan said...

It looks like you guys had a wonderful Christmas!

We have dishes that match your Cookies for Santa plate!

Have a happy New Year Year!

Tiffany said...

I hear ya. Our last Christmas isn't until this coming weekend.

LOL at the Jewish Mom sharing a birthday cake with Jesus.

lorimcktia.blogspot.com "Cottage By The Sea" said...

Your blog cracks me up! We also make a birthday cake for Jesus and our family is so dysfunctional it took my husband 15 years just to figure out who everybody was and who belonged to whom. Although my kids are older now and instead of doll houses we have iTouch, my husband can {and does} fall asleep anywhere, including in a chair, with a room full of people, and perhaps sometimes, when the people are all there to celebrate his birthday! Pop on over to my most recent post, Christmas Wrap, and see my Happy Birthday Jesus cake. It was on its last lap and so was I. I have conceded Christmas and happy to be bringing in a new year. In your words, "bring it on".

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Mommy Words said...

Wow that is a LOT of Christmas! It looks like you guys had a fabukous time though - depsite the dysfunction you know! I love that Dino t-shirt! Where did you find it?

Happy New Year!

Just Playin' said...

We have lots of days of 'Christmas too. Love it. Glad it's over. Ready to move on. Not that it wasn't great. It was...

Sadia said...

I'm impressed that you remembered to take all those photos! I LOVE the idea of Jesus cake. Mel and Jess were all about Jesus' birthday until present-opening was permitted, and then it was all about Santa. A cake would be just the thing to put things in context, particularly since the girls refuse to try my rice pudding.

Frugal Vicki said...

That is the coolest idea ever (cake!) This year my son sang happy birthday to Jesus at the dinner table!

Clueless_Mama said...

I love all the pictures of your kiddos with their presents. I have to say the one of your daughter made me smile the most. I am so glad she looked so happy. Okay, I am wondering too, how did your mom like sharing Jesus's birthday cake? That is really funny. I hope you have a great 2010!!

Kimberly said...

Wow! What a Christmas. So much drama! It looks fun, with all the photo's.

Toddler Craft Onna said...

Helene- Sounds like an EVENTFUL Christmas!! That's tough to have to run around like that!! I haven't been by for a while- crazy busy- started back working as a counselor this year, 4 days a week. So I don't have as much time to visit my favorite blogs!!

I heard about the zhu zhu pets from my mother in law, I hadn't heard of them before, but my niece and nephew got them and they look really neat!! I think my daughter would love them!

Hope you have a good new year.

Cristina said...

I love the drama, the faces of boredom, the cake, giftees all of it.

So glad the hodge podge of Christmas is all about the love.

xx

Cristina

Debbie said...

That does sound like a long Christmas, but a good one. Congrats on winning that pet!

Linda @ My Trendy Tykes said...

Looks like you had a nice Christmas!

Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

Great pics...looks like you had fun Christmas...have a great 2010!!!

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

I cant stop laughing about the toys being impaled on your feet...I am doing the same thing here. It is the darn boys toys, isn't it? Aghh!

Crazee Juls said...

Oh, I hate to say it--but we have dysfunctional multiple christmas' around here too..... so, atleast I can say I feel your pain. Your mom sharing the cake with Jesus is classic. :) THanks for making me smile..and looks like the kids had a really, really great Christmas! Happy New year!!

Crazee Juls said...

Oh, I hate to say it--but we have dysfunctional multiple christmas' around here too..... so, atleast I can say I feel your pain. Your mom sharing the cake with Jesus is classic. :) THanks for making me smile..and looks like the kids had a really, really great Christmas! Happy New year!!

Crazee Juls said...

Oh, I hate to say it--but we have dysfunctional multiple christmas' around here too..... so, atleast I can say I feel your pain. Your mom sharing the cake with Jesus is classic. :) THanks for making me smile..and looks like the kids had a really, really great Christmas! Happy New year!!

Two Normal Moms said...

Sounds like a whole lot of celebrating! Ours is a bit dysfunctional, too, so I'm right there with you being ready for 2010!!! I agree - bring it on!
***Ally

A Mom With A View said...

I am still..LMAO about the hubby sleepin during opening time....Tooooo funny...and the BIL..OMG....LOL...and your mother ...I can relate...sooo funny..I love your blog very endearing...Im glad the holidays are over too...we also have a multiple day affair...although its not as crazy as in the past but still a tad bit..my kids are 17 and 21 now so things have eased a bit..still soo much fun..your kids are adorable and I know you have your hands full with multiples...glad ive found your blog...Happy new year..!!

M said...

Love hubby sleeping on the couch pic. Mine does the same sort of thing ... somehow it makes me feel good that he is so relaxed ... not sure why.

My side of the family is a real pain around the holidays, too. Then we moved closer to my husband's family ... now the holidays are fun and really enjoyable. I love my family ... but they don't understand "no drama".

Great photos.

Happy New Year !!

JennyMac said...

the pic of sleeping Tim and the bored BIL cracked me up.

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

The shot of your husband and BIL while the kids were opening presents is CLASSIC. I seriously burst out laughing. Looks like an interesting few days ;) At least the kids had fun, right?

Martinis or Diaper Genies? said...

Kids on christmas morning is the best thing ever. I was a dot sad we didn't have any this year A DOT.

MommyAmy said...

Dude, your MOM forgot your 40th B-day??? That's just awful.

So glad she had to share "her" cake with Jesus. lol

Sharlene said...

My cousin ordered us a Happy Birthday Jesus sheetcake from Costco. She said she got some funny looks at the checkout. I am glad you had a great holiday. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one of my favorite bloggers!

kys said...

Your kiddos are lucky to have so many Christmas celebrations. I can't say the same for the parents who have to suffer through.

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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