Sunday, December 30, 2007

Funny, again.

OK, I know I do a lot of posts
about London,
but she's just
so funny
Tonight, I was getting her
ready for bed.
After I brushed her teeth
and washed her face,
I picked her up.
She looked in the mirror,
smiled at her reflection, and said,
"Hay que fabulosa!"
Sorry, but I just can't help it.

Pancakes, by Jordan Kennedy

Last Thursday night, Jordan asked
if we could have pancakes for dinner.
Sure, what the heck. I'm always up
for a low-effort dinner. Especially one
I know the kids will love.
So, I started making pancakes.
Next thing I know, Jordan has grabbed
the camera, and is snapping shots
of the process. I said, "What are you doing?"
She said, "Mom, it's for the blog!"
So, here it is.
From Jordan's perspective,
Pancake night at the Kennedys.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Midnight visitors

Some visitors
came to our house
last night.

They left
that they
had been
we see
them in the
they don't
make their
way to
our house
too often.

So, when they do,
we get a little excited.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Merry Christmas!

Santa found
our house yesterday!
We had so much fun
finding what he brought.
London's rocking horse
is so cute.
It sings and talks!

Austin received a cool
chess set from
Grandma & Grandpa
in Poland.

And Jordan has
so much fun
with the
string puppet doll
they sent her.
She wants
to collect
them now.

Santa kind of spoiled us, though,
when he brought us a

It didn't matter
that it was 20 degrees
outside, and
2 inches of new snow
was on the ground.
We bowled, played baseball . . .

tennis and golf . . .

and jammed to some
tunes with Hannah Montana
and on
Guitar Hero.

We had a great time
down in our
family room,
playing games
and spending time together
all day long.

A little giddy

2 nights before
I found the girls
in their room,
rocking from
side to side like bells,
and saying,
"Mer-ry Christ-mas,
Mer-ry Christ-mas"
over and over and over,
like it was a song.

They said it started
with London.

No surprise there.

Saturday, December 22, 2007


We went

over to






It was such
a blast.
loved it.
This was
her first
(that she
She couldn't
get enough
of it.

hadn't been
for a
couple of
and was
at first,
but tried
it once,
and then
be stopped.

We had
3 sleds
and 4 kids,
was involved,
but hey,
more fun
anyway, right?
Thank goodness
for the
hay bales
at the bottom
of the

eating the
as much
as she
on it.


Tuesday, December 18, 2007


When it comes to new devices and
gadgets, sometimes I think my
kids know more than I do.
This is our printer/copier/scanner/...

Whenever I
go to print
something out,
London thinks
I am
the paper.
She will always
grab a blank
sheet and ask
if I will "cook"
one for her.

How adorable
is that?

This morning she
grabbed Doug's
old palm pilot
and used it
like a flip-phone
to call me,
her friends,
and their moms.

Oh, what waits in store for us
about 12 years down the road??
You gotta love it.

Friday, December 14, 2007


Last night
we found something
underneath the
pillows on our bed.

How do you beat that?
Kids make life
so amazing,
and definitely

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Snack time

This morning
it got quiet,
and I realized
that London was AWOL.
It only took a minute
to notice her bedroom door
was closed.
When I opened it,
I found her with the
marshmallow ornament.
You know, the kind
kids make in school,
by poking straight pins
through sequins, then marshmallows
and into a styrofoam ball?
This one is probably
3 or 4 years old.
Apparently that wasn't
an issue for London.
She thought they tasted great.
I convinced her that maybe some
fresh ones might be better
and got her a bowl of them.
So she decided to put
the marshmallow ball
back together,
the best she could.

Last year it was frosted cookie ornaments,

now this.

It appears we have a trend going.

Guess we better be more careful

of what we hang on the tree.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Just enough

When we woke up
this morning,
there was maybe 1" of snow
that had fallen last night.
The girls wanted to go play in it,
so I said sure.
I never imagined it was
enough snow for them
to make a snowman!
Oh, sorry,
Snow gal!
Her name is Sally,
isn't she cute?

They both made the snowballs,
and Sydney gave
her her face and dressed her up.
We'll enjoy her while she lasts!

Friday, December 7, 2007

Bedtime ritual

They say rituals help kids
to feel more secure.
London has one every time
she takes a nap or goes down
at night.
It never varies.

It goes like this:

I lay her down on top
of her fleece blanket.
Then her favorite one
goes on top.
She'll say,
"I want mom sing a bird."
That's Blackbird.
So, I sing it.
Sometimes, she sings it
with me. Word for word.

I close the blinds
and she asks for her
cup. One last
drink of milk.
In the summer she
would ask me at this point
to turn on the fan.
Sometimes she still does,
just to make me laugh.
I tickle her a little,
then say goodnight.

She turns over,
puts her favorite
2 fingers in her mouth,
plays with the
fringe on the blanket,
and drifts. . .

Wednesday, December 5, 2007


Once we got over
the initial
of having taken off
a total of
13 inches. . .

we were so glad we
did it.
They love the ease
of no more tangles,
and styling their own hair.
And I have to admit,
that was a big attraction
for me, too.
Now, if we can just
sell their dad on it . . .

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Decking our halls

Yesterday was the day
the kids had been waiting for
for quite awhile.
We got out all the boxes
of Christmas decorations
and put up our tree.

And even though
they're the same
ones we always
put out,
to the kids,
their magic
is never lost.
They always love
getting those
boxes out,
and open them up
every year
like they're
brand new.

Then comes the fun
of deciding where
everything should
go on the tree.
It's by no means
a "designer" tree.

It contains lots of those
homemade ornaments, created by the kids
at school, church or home. Those are the
ones with special meaning to them, and
can never be left off the tree.

Doug gets the honors
of putting the
star on

But our favorite part of decorating for Christmas
is when we get to put out the Nativity scene.
It has a special place on top of our piano and
helps us all to remember the real meaning of this
wonderful season.