Christmas with Tristan and William

Santa was very generous at our house…


Tristan called Grandma to say “Merry Christmas!”


Mom and Dad soon realized that Tristan would be happy with just this one gift…


William loved his new Exersaucer


Mommy shows Tristan his new “Jack’c Big Music Show” video.


Tristan enjoyed his new camera (every one and a half year old needs his own digital camera, no?)

The Tale of the Technicolored Raindeer….

A couple of days before Christmas, Tristan’s Aunt Tara came over to visit. She had an art project that required Tristan’s participation. It involved a small wooden raindeer…and lots of paint.

On Christmas Day, the raindeer was presented to a very curious Aunt Debbie. Apparently, this was all a plot to distract Aunt Debbie from constant razing of her sister about the technicolor sheep she created as a child.

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On Christmas Eve, Tara had another art project for Tristan…but we forgot to tell her that Tristan is alergic to ginger.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Let it snow

This is what the house looked like during the first snow of the 2007 season. This is back when we thought snow was cute.

Now that we have lived through the second snow, the “honeymoon” phase has passed. Tom is very thankful for the early Christmas present his mother provided…an electric shovel. Unfortunately, it was only used to clear half of the circular drive this time…and now the other half is a 1″ deep sheet of ice covered in hard snow. Winter cement.

Add to that the fact that the town people that clear our new sidewalks think that our driveway is a convenient dumping area for accumulated snow (after Tom has cleared a path for the car). Now there are two pillars of snow to navigate through in order to get to the street. And the quaint hump that leads from the street to the house is now a treatorous ice slide…fun for both driving over and walking to the mail and trash.

But is does make for a lovely picture.

A Visit with Saint Nick

Santa Claus welcomed Tristan and William to the North Pole earlier this month. To celebrate this auspicious occasion, we have sent out a commemorative card to all of our friends and family.


Actually, this is another of the (now) annual Photoshop excercises. Whenever presented with a camera, Tristan wants to be the taker…not the takee. Here are the two original pictures:

Getting to Know you…Christmas Edition

Welcome to the “Christmas Edition” of getting to know your friends.

Jennifer’s Answers:

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Wrapping paper unless the item is too big… then a bow

2. Tree–Real or Artificial?
real… fake trees sort of depress me.. I like the falling pine needles and the pine smell

3. When do you put Christmas tree up?
about a week or two before Christmas

4. When do you take the tree down?
On or close to January 6

5. Like egg nog?
Yes, but only if it’s made from the extremely fattening recipe that Liam gave to me one year.. and it has to have a lot of rum!


6. Do you have a nativity scene?
we have 3, one my mother made, one that belonged to my grandmother that now has a headless Harry Potter as part of the scene and a Playmobile nativity

7. Favorite gift received as a child?
That is a toss up between my skis and my saddle

8. Hardest person to buy for?
Tom, because he usually goes and buys what he wants

9. Easiest person to buy for?
William or Tristan.. it’s a toss up

10. Worst Christmas gift?
Can’t really think of one..

11. Mail or email a Christmas Card?
Mailed

12. Favorite Christmas movies?
The Bishop’s Wife, The Miracle on 34th Street (the original, not the remake)

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
In December for the majority of the gifts, but if we travel, especially if we see a “bite me” item for Debbie, then through out the year.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
No

15. Favorite food to eat on Christmas?
Bacon and some sort of dessert with chocolate

16. Clear or colored tree lights?
Colored inside, white outside

17. Favorite Christmas Song?
Angels we Have Heard on High, Christmas in Killarney

18. Travel during Christmas or Stay home?
A little bit of both

19. Can you name Santa’s reindeer’s?
Yes

20. Angel or Star on Tree top?
An angel that Tom and I bought in New Orleans when we went to visit Father Jon a few months before the wedding.

21. Open presents on Christmas Eve or morning?
As a kid, my parents always gave us one gift to open on Christmas Eve.. which was always Christmas PJ’s.. now we open all the gifts on Christmas Day

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year?
My birthday is 4 days after Christmas .. The combo birthday/Christmas gift!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tom’s Answers:

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Wrapping paper. Gift Bags are only for emergencies…or wine.

2. Tree–Real or Artificial?
real…

3. When do you put Christmas tree up?
Whenever Jennifer says so…apparently a week or two before Christmas

4. When do you take the tree down?
Before its a significant fire hazard

5. Like egg nog?
Yes, but in the romantic sense. I always have some on hand, but never seem to get anyone to drink it.

6. Do you have a nativity scene?
We have 3, one that Jennifer’s mother made, one that belonged to her grandmother that now has a headless Harry Potter as part of the scene and a Playmobile nativity (that we got before the children arrived).

7. Favorite gift received as a child?
Legos. Trains.

8. Hardest person to buy for?
My aunt Eileen. It’s always tough to figure out what to get a nun who is also a person.

9. Easiest person to buy for?
William or Tristan.. I just get them what I would like.

10. Worst Christmas gift?
As a kid…clothes, but now I like them.

11. Mail or email a Christmas Card?
Mailed .

12. Favorite Christmas movies?
March of the Wooden Soldiers

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
It used to be December 24th. I gather some stuff during the year, but the majority is in December.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
Sadly yes, but not to friends/family. Just “obligation” gifts

15. Favorite food to eat on Christmas?
Appetizers…and breakfast on Christmas morning.

16. Clear or colored tree lights?
Either…as long as they don’t blink.

But I am really intrigued by the new system that lets you synchronize your lights to music…but in reality, I would never do that to my house.

17. Favorite Christmas Song?
Traditionally: Good King Wenceslas
Recently: Il Est Né Le Divin Enfant
and of course The Christmas Song (Alvin and the Chipmunks)

18. Travel during Christmas or Stay home?
In the gernal vicinity of home.

19. Can you name Santa’s reindeer’s?
Yes

20. Angel or Star on Tree top?
An angel that Jen and I bought in New Orleans .

21. Open presents on Christmas Eve or morning?
All day Christmas (there are a lot of gifts exchanged)

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year?
Shoveling show.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!