Thursday, December 15, 2011

Colin's Class Christmas Party!

Somehow, another year has passed and I was able to attend my SECOND annual preschool Christmas extravaganza today.  I really honestly don't know how it happened.  Five minutes ago, Colin was in Miss Gina's class.  And now here we are.  Where does the time go?!?  I wonder how many more times I will say that over the next 50 years?  Probably at least twice.   Being a mother really turns you into a cliche.  :-)

Due to the fact that I am completely insane slightly addicted to cooking, I decided to make Colin's teacher gifts this year.  We spent literally all day Wednesday baking.  I LOVED IT.  This is honestly one of the very tip top reasons that I love this season.  I love to make people happy.  Seriously, I know that sounds over the top cheesy, but I get my kicks from surprising people with something that makes them super deliriously happy.  I made a huge batch of chocolate chip/pecan/toffee cookies and my homemade-from-scratch-awesome-carb-filled-heaven-scented cinnamon rolls.  I see those cinnamon rolls in my dreams.  And this is the time of year that I make batch after batch and pray that I can still wear my pants in January.  Which I never can.  But that is another post.  Anyway...
I made a pan of the rolls for Miss Courtney and Miss Blake and Colin was very quick to inform me that he HAD to bring presents to Miss Gina and Miss Heather from last year.  SO, we arrived at school this morning with wrapped baked goods up to our eyeballs.  Colin has gotten into dictating very detailed notes to me whenever he gives gifts and the cards did not disappoint!  He comes up with cutest things to say and I am 99% sure that he asked Miss Blake on a date in her card.  He asked her to "come have dinner at my house and see my beautiful Christmas tree".  Yeah....that sounds way too much like a date for my liking.  Their class party was a Grinch themed pajama party and the teachers were dressed so cute!  Colin was a big fan of the "Grinchy Green Juice".  Super precious! 
Pizza at school is still the coolest party ever
Green and red food = AWESOME
Laughing with his friends at lunch
Musical chairs at a 4 year old party is ADORABLE
Miss Courtney stopping the music!  LOVE Colin's face here!
Colin (far right) and his whole class opening their book exchange presents
The cinnamon rolls.  JOY in swirled dough form.
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Our Newest Member

Colin got a new kitty named Evi this year and "Evi-the-cat" (as I like to call her) or "Evingston" (as Jer likes to call her) is Colin Shaffer's best buddy. They love each other. A LOT. The love affair has gotten to the point that Evi stands at his door and meows at all hours of the night if we leave it closed.  I used to come out of Colin's room and close the door after our bedtime routine.  That does not exactly work anymore.  Evi likes to come to the kitchen and get dinner with Ferris Mewler, but soon after her meal, she is standing in the hall yelling to be let into Colin's room.  She gets let in and out basically all night long.  :-)  I took these shots right before bed...Colin was singing Christmas carols to her!  She is the sweetest and most loving kitty in the whole world and she lets Colin hold her and tug on her and even carry her around, despite the fact that her back paws drag the floor.  She sits in my lap every single time I sit down at the computer and loves to lay on her back to get her tummy scratched.  She prefers to drink water out of the running sink and sleeps during every moment that she is not eating or being scratched behind her ears.  We bought her a contraption called "The Furminator" and she loooooves to get brushed with it.  You would not believe the amount of fur that we pull off this cat!  She also LOVES my dad for some reason and will spend literally every moment that he is here in his lap being loved on.  Anyway, she is an absolute joy and is the perfect new addition to our family.  We are so thankful that 2011 brought us her little white tipped paws!  It makes it even more special that we adopted her from our best friends...she really does have quite the extended family!
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Today, Colin performed in his second Christmas program. Today, I cried in the audience during my second time to watch Colin in his Christmas program. There is NOTHING more precious than seeing my baby singing and dancing on stage with all his sweet little classmates. I can literally feel my heart exploding when I watch him. All I can think about is how little he looks and how sweet and how tiny the window of time is that he will do things like this and how I need to memorize how soft his cheeks are and how much I wish I could freeze time so that he would always be this achingly precious. Or something like that. :-)   This is truly the highlight of my whole year. (clicking on the picture will pull the collage up to full screen adorableness)   
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Monday, December 12, 2011

2011 Family Photo Shoot

I am slightly neurotic when it comes to Christmas cards.  And pictures of my family.  And combining those two things.  Checking the mail in December is one of my favorite things and I get so excited to design OUR card and send it to everyone we love.  Needless to say, I was not proud of myself when I realized that November was more than halfway over and I didn't have our picture planned yet.  We have taken a yearly family shot for the last 3 years and since last year was a silly pajama theme, I was really excited to get some pictures to hang year round.  My neighbor Jenny just happens to be getting her own photography business off the ground, so she agreed to meet us at the park down the street from the house and take a few shots.  I cut it WAY too close and am going to have a hard time getting these cards to folks before Christmas, but I LOVE how the pictures turned out!  Colin adores Jenny and practically lives at that park, so it made for a somewhat peaceful and easy-going shoot.  I am so thankful to know the right people!  :-)  Jenny and I grew up in the same town and attended the same school and then just happened to end up as neighbors!!  Crazy!  And I think it is so great that I will always have the memory of our park in these photos.  No matter where we end up in our lives, we will remember the little park where Colin first played and spent all his time!  Is there anyone sappier than me?  No?  ;-)

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