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Since: May 09

Des Plaines, IL

#76633 Nov 30, 2012
Jess in NJ wrote:
We just finished decorating the Christmas tree. Both boys were able to help this year and we had so much fun (though I had to keep reminding them not to touch the ornaments until I handed them over). E kept saying "It looks so beautiful in here!"
Our Elf on the Shelf comes out tomorrow :)
Halloween is my favorite day of the year, but this is such a fun season to see through the kids' eyes.
neat! remind me/us - how old is E now? Hubby actually thinks that we may be able to decorate a tree w/ our nephews "helping"... i'm not so sure... 3.5 YO might maybe be old enough, but i doubt the 1.5 YO would have hte patience to deal iwht us handing him things... i wonder if the tree would be safe from him for the 3 weeks they;re here!

Since: Jun 09

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#76634 Nov 30, 2012
Dang. Republicans are hardcore!

“bELieve”

Since: Jun 09

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#76635 Nov 30, 2012
Aisle Sitter wrote:
<quoted text>neat! remind me/us - how old is E now? Hubby actually thinks that we may be able to decorate a tree w/ our nephews "helping"... i'm not so sure... 3.5 YO might maybe be old enough, but i doubt the 1.5 YO would have hte patience to deal iwht us handing him things... i wonder if the tree would be safe from him for the 3 weeks they;re here!
E turned 4 in September. Ry turned 7 on Thanksgiving.

We still have to remind them that ornaments are not toys and the candy canes on the tree are not to be eaten before Christmas. We have a good mix of old a new ornaments, though the oldest are the ones that were given to my husband and me for our first Christmases (he was born in 1974).

My parents give each of us an ornament every year and I give each of our boys and our nieces and nephew a personalized/dated ornament every year.

The animals have broken more ornaments than the kids, though. The first year we had the dog we woke up in the middle of the night and heard a crunching sound. She was chewing on a glass ball ornament. Lucky she didn't cut her mouth. We got an artificial tree because the cat used to knock the ornaments off and hide them. We had to wrap the tips of the branches around the hangers so the ornaments would stay on the tree.
PEllen

Chicago, IL

#76636 Nov 30, 2012
Most of our ornaments are non breakale because of the cats and the kids.

We have the kitten this year who currently thinks she is Rocky the Flying Squirrel. My house looks like a crime cene half the time.

Tree decorating parties wth cookies and cider. Mmm good times

Since: Mar 09

Boynton Beach, FL

#76637 Nov 30, 2012
In my teen years, my parents always got a live tree (a ball tree, if you're familiar with the term). The cat used the base as a litterbox once. She also climbed the tree once but I don't remember if that was the same year.

Since: Mar 09

Boynton Beach, FL

#76638 Nov 30, 2012
I'd say my best childhood memories are of Christmas, moreso than my birthday. Christmas season lasts longer.
:)

Since: Mar 09

Boynton Beach, FL

#76639 Nov 30, 2012
Doing everything on my own is freaking hard. Sorry guys, I don't want to do this on Facebook or choose one unlucky friend to text, so you're stuck with me (or you can skip this post). Not that dogs = kids AT ALL but being a "single mom" is running me ragged, and I always feel like I'm letting them down. Hopefully that will change after I move in less than a week. But getting everything squared away for that is tough too... I have to deal with EVERYTHING on my own. A friend is helping me move boxes and smaller stuff with her SUV tomorrow morning, and A has the weekend off (her words) from Mr. Controlling so she's going to help too. Girl power. I have two guy friends who might be able to hang out while the movers unload and the UVerse guy is installing next week since I'm a little skeeved out by spending all this time in my new place alone with a bunch of strange men. And I'm reading The Gift of Fear.

Since: Jan 10

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#76640 Nov 30, 2012
Jess in NJ wrote:
We just finished decorating the Christmas tree. Both boys were able to help this year and we had so much fun (though I had to keep reminding them not to touch the ornaments until I handed them over). E kept saying "It looks so beautiful in here!"
Our Elf on the Shelf comes out tomorrow :)
Halloween is my favorite day of the year, but this is such a fun season to see through the kids' eyes.
Coworker was talking about elf on the shelf today. She googled and found HUNDREDS of ideas what to do with the elf.

Since: Jan 10

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#76641 Nov 30, 2012
One year I went home for Christmas and brought my cats. They climbed the tree and it fell over onto the piano.

Another year, mom wrapped catnip toys for the cat and put them under the tree, and covered them with other presents. When I got home from the bar, i found the ripped up wrapping paper trail and it led me to the cat with his toy. His nose told him the toy was in there.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#76642 Nov 30, 2012
j_m_w wrote:
I have two guy friends who might be able to hang out while the movers unload and the UVerse guy is installing next week since I'm a little skeeved out by spending all this time in my new place alone with a bunch of strange men. And I'm reading The Gift of Fear.
Can't be too careful. Don't try to do everything on your own, that's what friends are for!

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#76643 Nov 30, 2012
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
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Coworker was talking about elf on the shelf today. She googled and found HUNDREDS of ideas what to do with the elf.
I had to google elf on the shelf and apparently it's some type of hide and seek game? The explanation wasn't very descriptive. Maybe you ladies can bring me up to speed?

Since: Jan 10

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#76644 Nov 30, 2012
edogxxx wrote:
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I had to google elf on the shelf and apparently it's some type of hide and seek game? The explanation wasn't very descriptive. Maybe you ladies can bring me up to speed?
It's a small toy/stuffed elf who "watches" kids throughout the holiday season and every night while they sleep, he flys back to the north pole to report to Santa, then he flies back before they wake up. The kids have to find him in the morning.

Since: Jan 10

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#76645 Nov 30, 2012
jmw: Why does A have the weekend off from the boyfriend?(Just curious whether someone needed a "break" or whether other stuff beyond their control made this happen.)

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#76646 Nov 30, 2012
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
<quoted text>It's a small toy/stuffed elf who "watches" kids throughout the holiday season and every night while they sleep, he flys back to the north pole to report to Santa, then he flies back before they wake up. The kids have to find him in the morning.
I learned about him last year. Creeee-eepy.

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#76647 Nov 30, 2012
Jess in NJ wrote:
Halloween is my favorite day of the year, but this is such a fun season to see through the kids' eyes.
I know I'd get into Christmas again if there were wee ones involved. Now, it's like "Meh...". Big gift card exchange.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#76648 Nov 30, 2012
Matilda77 wrote:
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I learned about him last year. Creeee-eepy.
Sounded as dumb as I though. But who doesn't love a creepy elf watching children sleep!?

Since: Mar 09

Boynton Beach, FL

#76649 Nov 30, 2012
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
jmw: Why does A have the weekend off from the boyfriend?(Just curious whether someone needed a "break" or whether other stuff beyond their control made this happen.)
Well, he spent last week at her place and then went home to PA with her for Thanksgiving (apparently it went well... personally, I can't wait to talk to her mom face to face when she comes to FL in Feb) and she was supposed to spend this weekend at his place in Miami. She was telling me she felt like she needed a weekend to grocery shop, clean, regroup, etc. so she basically asked him if it was okay if she stayed home this weekend (he is unable to come up, I think because of school - he's doing a PhD just like Jasper... except Jasper isn't a creepy control freak... but I digress). So yeah, she'll be around this weekend to help me and hopefully to hang out tomorrow night and catch up - we tried Mon-Wed this week and crap came up at the last minute every time. Unrelated to him directly, but she never used to be like this.:(

Since: Mar 09

Boynton Beach, FL

#76650 Nov 30, 2012
Oh, and I do plan on calling her out - in a loving way - about why she considers spending time with her boyfriend to be a job, since that's what getting the weekend off implies. More than implies.

Corny as it sounds, to quote The Sound of Music, when God closes a door, somewhere He opens a window. Shout out to my relatively new friend L who's like my long lost twin and has done so much for me in such a short period of time.
:)

Since: Mar 09

Boynton Beach, FL

#76651 Nov 30, 2012
Matilda77 wrote:
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I learned about him last year. Creeee-eepy.
Me too, and that's what I thought... until my friend C, who has a 5 yo daughter, explained it to me. I pretty much get it now and have to think about it like a child and not like an adult.
:)

Since: Mar 09

Boynton Beach, FL

#76652 Nov 30, 2012
edogxxx wrote:
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Can't be too careful. Don't try to do everything on your own, that's what friends are for!
Since you're laid off, feel like a trip to sunny Florida next week?
;)

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