I made a quick recovery and now the whole family is HEALTHY!  Jack has sprung back to life.  His imagination and his appetite are both in full swing.  With all the presents bought, parties done, and errands run, we are in spontaneous jolly mode.  Pics below. (kind of wonky, I realized part way through that flickr changed my default code, and I’m too lazy to fix them all. 😛 )

Adorable Sunday outfits:


Self-wrapped present to send to Maine:

We delivered on foot to the UPS store:

Which had cookies!  and toys! and a tree!

Devouring cupcakes from Amanda

Sharing toys with brother

Showing me his “Shield attack upgrade”

From today, Jack practice wrapping more presents.


We made BOTH tree ornaments and cookies today.


Feeling jealous of Ben’s Christmas party at work, I took the kids to Chick-fil-A.  Sam was sleepy.  Jack was ecstatic.

I had to buy a peppermint chocolate chip milkshake to share with Jack, because he lost so much weight.  It was for his heath, guys.  I HAD to.

 Waiting for Ben to come, I let Jack play Skylanders while I sat with Sam.  Ahh, knitting and ballet.  I found a new-to-me Nutcracker on youtube!  It opens in a kitchen with sausages and carcasses, Drosselmeier looks like Nosferatu with a mustache, and the family is like the Thenardiers in Act 3 of Les Miserables.  Can’t wait to see the rest of this.  It’s from the Mariinsky Ballet.  Those crazy Russians.