- Trim the tree in the living room.
- Trim the mini-tree in the boys' room.
- Hang mistletoe. (do this early, for maximum return on investment)
- Make cardboard ornaments. (more on this later)
- Decorate wrapping paper. (more on this later)
- Make teacher's gifts. (more on this later)
- Collect, paint and glitter pine cones.
- Choose one new ornament each. (I let myself buy a few new ones every year)
- Write and mail letters to Santa.
- Drink hot chocolate with candy-cane stirrers.
- Go to WB's Christmas concert.
- Go to DB's nativity play.
- Choose one new holiday cd.
- Read The Polar Express.
- Watch a holiday film.
- Choose one new Christmas book.
- Make mince pies.
- Watch It's A Wonderful Life.
- Make gifts for grandparents. (more on this later)
- Host Christmas cookie-making party. (more on this later)
- Make gifts for other family members.
- Send out our annual Christmas card (electronic).
- Host Christmas cookie exchange.
- Read 'Twas The Night Before Christmas.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
- Nappy rash cream
- Nappy sacks
- Sippy cup
- Snacks box
- Extra Onesie or t-shirt
- Teething ring
- Favorite toy
- Spare blanket
- Lipgloss (untouched)
Thursday, November 19, 2009
- I do not now, nor will I ever, wear a purple hat, no matter how old I become;
- I realize that we kids who were raised in the '70s did crazy things, like running with scissors, and survived (frankly, I think it's a miracle);
- I already check under my car (and in my back-seat, and in my closet, and under the bed, and behind every door) for would-be assailants - my paranoia does not need to be fed;
- If I want to cry, I can just look at my ironing pile; and, finally,
- I will break the chain.
The BGF by Roald Dahl. Again, Roald Dahl accounted for an impressive percentage of the responses. This one is a hit with boys, girls and parents alike. All ages.
The Just series - Just Kidding, Just Disgusting, Just Shocking - by Andy Griffiths. Especially good for boys, age 7-10.
The Maxx Rumble books by Michael Wagner, with illustrations by Terry Denton. These feature an endless series of cricket matches and very wry humour. Suitable for cricket fans, age 7-8.
The Magic Thief (Books 1 & 2) by Sarah Prineas. Magic, wizards, secrets. Fun for the whole family. Age 7+.
Born To Run by Michael Morpurgo. Brilliant, heartbreaking, lovely. About the many lives of one incredible dog. Have the tissues ready. For older children, aged 10 +.
The Dragon Keeper triology by Carole Wilkinson. Fantasy, history and personal courage woven together to form a story you can't put down. Especially for girls aged 9+.
The Silver Brumby series by Elaine Mitchell. An oldie, but a goodie. Set in Victoria's Snowy Mountains, this is horse lover's delight.
The Gypsy Crown by Kate Forsyth. This is the first in a series of six. It follows the adventures of two gypsy children on a quest and fleeing persecution in 17th century England. Gripping. For readers aged 10 +.
The Slightly True Story Of Cedar B Hartley (who planned to live an unusual life) by Martine Murray. Award winning story of a quirky twelve-year old girl finding her place in the world. For children aged 10 +.