Tuesday, December 31, 2013

ADMIT THREE

 

  Last year I wrote a New Year's post inspired by a blogger, Chris Brogan


Choose three words for 2014 that will help define your goals. 


And here I am again, reflecting on my three words for 2014. Since it's no fun to ponder by yourself, I asked the better half of my writing brain, Michele, to join me. You can read her three words at ODNT Headquarters


As for me, well, take a look …

Patience - In general, I'm not Mother Teresa patient. My patience has an abrupt drop off, much like the ocean. I think I have a handle on things and then …BOOM! I'm in over my head. Around Thanksgiving, I was inspired to gain control over one of my less than appealing parenting tactics … yelling. It was my "go to" method for dealing with the kids. Since then, I've held fast and steady. I'm proud that I conquered the yelling thus far. I'm hoping this will also help me also be patient with my own personal growth. 

Appreciation - I honestly don't appreciate what and who is around me enough. I really want to take the time to focus on and pay closer attention to the little things in life … and give them the credit they deserve. 

Simplicity - Keep it simple. Period. The. End.


What are your three words for 2014? 
You can share them in the comments 
or write your own post about them! 


Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Modeling the Magic

So the stockings aren't hung by the chimney with care.
In fact, they're hung just about everywhere.

The tree is bottom heavy and leans to the right. 
The ornaments clumped together are always a sight.


Those treasured collection of Nutcrackers you adore,
are haphazardly "marching" across the kitchen floor.

No more Pinterest perfect cookies set out on a plate.
They’re buried in sprinkles that challenge their weight.

Christmas card pictures where everyone smiles,
they’re way at the bottom of one of these piles.

Gift wrapping doesn’t involve pretty ribbons, straight edges and bows.
Now it's more tape than paper and the ribbon has tangled your toes.

Thoughtful Christmas shopping has now become a mad dash
As you gather what you can in the cart for your secret stash.

The serene sight of the crèche is not what it was in the past.
It’s now littered with Barbies and one of the kings needs a cast.

Christmas morning now begins at 5AM on the dot.
The coffee is strong with an extra espresso shot.

To compare these moments is something we all do.
Stepping back to take a breath is important for us, too.

Their twinkling eyes tell the story committed to our memory’s vault.
It’s up to us to fuel the magic and watch their imaginations exalt.



Sunday, December 22, 2013

A Little Christmas Chat with Mags

Me: "How was your last day before break, Mags?"
Mags: "Good! We drank hot chocolate and Ms. B read The Polar Express."
Me: "That sounds like a perfect day to me!"
Mags: "It was...except for what Tommy said."
Me: (deep breath) "Oh no! What did he say?"
Mags: "At the end of the story, he said something about Santa. Well, I'll just tell you. He said that Santa wasn't real."
Me:  "Oh, man. What did you say when he said that?"
Mags: "I looked him right in the eye and said, 'THAT IS JUST CRAZY TALK, TOMMY!'"
Me : (exhale)

The moral of the story: 
You better get your Santa on...or else. 


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Ketchup With Us - #32

Dear Friends,

It's the season of giving and Michele and I want to do just that. For this link-up, there will be no special assignments, no requests for pictures or videos, no 57 word jingles about your most inspiring elementary school teacher. All we're asking for this year is a holiday post, past or present, of your choosing. And perhaps a little help spreading the word to bring in a new linker or two.

Michele and I have a very special place in our hearts for Ketchup and we hate to see it go. So we might be changing the format a little in the hopes of breathing new life into it. Ideas are always welcome!

Merry Kwanukkah, everyone.

Michele & Mel



For a QUICK EXPLANATION of this link-up, click here. In short, Michele and I will post a picture or video with a prompt on the 1st and 15th of every month. And, with each prompt, we'll feature a linker from the previous KWU. Which reminds me ...

Our esteemed Ketchup With Us Featured Writer for today is ...

Andrea

RULES? WHO NEEDS 'EM?!!?

The rules are ... THERE ARE NO RULES! Just guidelines. And we'd be truly honored if you posted our button on your page and followed us on Facebook (Michele /Mel), Twitter (Michele/Mel), Instagram (Michele/Mel) and Pinterest (Michele/Mel).
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'KETCHUP WITH US' - Prompt 32 
 Please link up a holiday post, old or new. 
Piece of cake. But not fruitcake. 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Nightmare Before Christmas Decorations

Me: "Please. Can we not this year?"
Chris: "Sorry. You know the rule. My grandma made them. They go up no matter what."
Me: "But they freak me out."
Chris: "Sorry. Rules are rules."
Me: "Who makes up these rules?"
Chris: "Santa."

You know you have some. Don't lie...or try to hide them.  That's right, I'm talking to you. Yes, YOU! The one with the "I'm the Grinch Who Stole Christmas" shirt and both hands behind your back. I can tell you're hiding them. It's 'The Nightmare Before Christmas decoration'. Are you familiar with this Halloween AND Christmas movie classic? If you aren't, no worries. It is just like it sounds. 

So, I'm asking you to share, because I know I'm not alone. We all have one, two or (shudder) three of them. They are the decorations that have served their time in Christmases past and induce nostalgia on sight. They are the ones that look like they were made by goopy, grotesque goblins rather than effervescent, elated elves. 

Feel free to post them on my Facebook page or do a post of your own. These poor, decrepit decorations deserve one more hurrah. I'll start.

On the count of three. Ready?  
One...two...two and a half...two and three quarters....

THREE! 


Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Story of a Wishbone

Mags: "That wishbone is a liar. It's not very wish-y."

Like most families, we dried out our turkey's wishbone and then let the kids snap it. It began with ... well, here ... let me show you...






The end

Friday, December 6, 2013

Bringing Out Your Inner Minion

Me: "Hey, guys, guess who started following me on Twitter?"
Mags: "Daddy?"
Me: "No, he follows me already."
Mags: "He does? That's thoughtful of him."
Me: "Think cute, yellow and ... bottom."
Mags: "The Minions! The Minions!"
Me: "Yep, Dave the Minion!"
Mags: "YOU ARE SO COOL! I gotta tell Tuck." (hightails it down the hall
"TUCK, TUCK, MAMA IS FAMOUS! DAVE THE MINION FOLLOWED HER!"

Our family LOVES the minions. So much so that Mags' 6th 
birthday party was all about them. 


In fact, Mags often announces her arrival into a room by hollering, 
"Bee-doo, bee-doo, bee-doo!"  

So when Michele and I were asked to help promote a contest involving 
minions ... and Twinkies ... we were all in! Check it out below!

To celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of Despicable Me 2, Universal Studios and Hostess are running a fun campaign right now called “Dress Up A Twinkie Like A Minion.” It's fun to make and simple to enter! 

1. Download accessories to Minion-ize your Twinkie:
2. Create your Minion masterpieces.  
3. Upload a picture of your adorable, edible treat and  you could win a daily prize (Despicable Me 2 Blu-ray or a special offer from Hostess) or even the Grand Prize (a home theater system, a collection of 30 Blu-rays and a year’s supply of Hostess treats). 
 The contest ends 1/5/14. 

Honestly, my kids were so excited to get behind this. 
And since we're anticipating our first big snowfall of the 
season, this scene-tastic idea was forefront on our kids' minds!



It's beginning to look a lot like ... minions ... everywhere you go. 

You think I'm kidding? 


Look, Michele! We're minions! 
And I gave you a few inches over me. 
You're welcome. :) 

Good luck, everyone, and HAVE FUN!!






Sunday, December 1, 2013

Plates of Memories

Tuck: "Can I help you set the table, Mama?"
Me: "Sure. I'd love your help. Let's start with the dishes."
Tuck: "Are we using your Nana's plates?"
Me: "Yep. And remember, we need to be careful with them. They're delicate."
Tuck: "I promise I'll be very gentle."
Me: "It's over 50 years old. My nana got it when she got married to my pa."
Tuck: "You get plates for presents when you get married?"
Me: "Not everybody asks for them, but most people do. It's a tradition of sorts."
Tuck: "Well, you know, if you think about it that does make sense. I mean, when you get married and you have to live together, you're gonna need new plates. And since people eat everyday, these will come in handy."
Me: "True. Wanna hear something cool?"
Tuck: "Sure."
Me: "I ate off of these when I was a little girl. Every holiday we'd set up a huge table at my nana and pa's house and all of my aunts and uncles would come over to sit around and eat dinner together. Those are some of my favorite memories."
Tuck: "That's so cool."
Me: "These make me so happy. There are so many memories are in these plates."
Tuck: "Memories and people's spit."
Me: <sigh


KETCHUP WITH US #31

The past six weeks in our house have been bustling with wonderful family visits. Since Chris and I are both from northern snow states, we often celebrate Christmas early with both of our extended families. It keeps everyone from having to sit for hours and hours in busy holiday traffic. Plus, it never fails that a GINORMOUS snow storm moves in during our visits. 

As Michele and I were discussing our different holiday schedules, we decided it would be fitting that this month would include holiday greetings...and how we send them. What better way than post a fun holiday message on your blog to anyone of your choosing? Tuck and I had a fun time with our below holiday message. As you can see, our family wanted to wish a happy holiday season to an eclectic cast of characters. It was fitting that our Lego-loving son found a creative website to make your personalized Lego greeting. 



For a QUICK EXPLANATION of this link-up, click here. In short, Michele and I will post a picture or video with a prompt on the 1st and 15th of every month. And, with each prompt, we'll feature a linker from the previous KWU. Which reminds me ...

Our esteemed Ketchup With Us Featured Writer for today is ...

Lance

RULES? WHO NEEDS 'EM?!!?

The rules are ... THERE ARE NO RULES! Just guidelines. And we'd be truly honored if you posted our button on your page and followed us on Facebook (Michele /Mel), Twitter (Michele/Mel), Instagram (Michele/Mel) and Pinterest (Michele/Mel).


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'KETCHUP WITH US' - Prompt 31

Send someone holiday greetings. 

(WHO? Anyone! Friend, family, person you've never met. HOW? Make a video, hold a sign and snap a pic or just write a special message.)



As you can see, Mags and Tuck wanted to send their sweet friends at the ODNT Household a festive holiday greeting! We love you guys!