December 2010

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…otherwise known as a “black eye.”

I was wrestling with Adam on the living room floor and amid the giggles and twisting-about, the little butt head-butted me right where the frontal and zygomatic bones meet and form the outer edge of the eye-socket. A moderately painful experience for me, but true-to-form, not at all traumatic for “Action Adam”, who ran off laughing…

Periorbital Hematoma

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Jess and Kameran were supposed to fly out yesterday morning, but the weather (SNOW!) led to flight cancellations at Philadelphia International. So, their Christmas visit was extended a couple days. That’s okay, especially for Kameran who was looking forward to a white Christmas this year!

Snow Bunny…

Snow Bunny

A rather pouty Snow Bunny…

Pouty

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Smile

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It’s Christmas morning, and the kids are still asleep, well, not really asleep, the boys are playing in their cribs and Kameran is in that twilight realm between dreams and reality. Just enough time to capture the moment just before the carnage begins…

Before the carnage

The kids’ stockings…

Kids Stockings

Santa brought the boys a train table. This is the “Before” picture:

Train Table

After: The San Francisco earthquake!

Earthquake

Look what I got! What is it??

Look what I got

So many presents, so little time…

Opening presents

So much wrapping paper mess! 😉

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And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

Christmas Angel

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2: 8-14)

Manger Scene

Have a blessed holiday!

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In preparation for St. Nick’s visit, Kameran and her May-May have erected a fabulous gingerbread abode suitable for the jolly man’s elves…

The building begins…

Building the Gingerbread House

The finished product…

Gingerbread House

Nice job! It’s a good thing this home is a giveaway, because we sure would have a tough time selling it in this market!! I hope those elves keep the yard up…

Now that the house is built, it’s time to bake some cookies for Santa…

Making cookies for Santa

…And with a cup of milk, the biscuits are placed in front of the fireplace, so Santa doesn’t miss them!

Cookies ready for Santa

I hope he doesn’t trip over them! How would I make that claim on my homeowners insurance?

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No Christmas is complete without a visit to Peddler’s Village and Giggleberry Fair!

The kids enjoyed themselves on the carousel, well, Kameran enjoyed herself…

Kameran on the Carousel

We got mixed reviews from the boys. Adam was skittish at first, but warmed-up to it by the end of the ride; Alex wasn’t into it much at all and needed to be cuddled…

Alex and Adam on the Carousel

Look: Alex is a conehead!

Alex in the Mirror

The boys big sister, Jessica, guides them through a three-story labyrinth of tunnels, mazes, slides, and assorted obstacles…

Jess

Bubble Boys…

Bubble Boys

Kameran made a friend while at “the fair” and together they put on a darling little puppet show…

Kameran Puppet Show

Dispense with the puppets, the star of the show has arrived…

Alex, the star

Adam thoroughly enjoyed driving the firetruck. The costume was, of course, mommy’s idea…alas, it’s “Fire Marshall Bill Adam”

Fire

Giggleberry Fair: A Children’s Wonderland

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This year’s Christmas Card…

Christmas Card

Merry Christmas!

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Kam at the airport

Watch-out, Pennsylvania!

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Recently, we took the boys to a photo studio for our family Christmas portrait. What a nightmare! The boys were all over the place! It’s a wonder we got any pictures all all, much less this one, which turned out to be pretty darn good!

Christmas Portrait

The original plan called for the boys to have Christmas pictures wearing the gray sweaters, and for the family portrait, we’d all wear the same blue shirt. As usual, things didn’t go exactly as planned, but hey, you take what you can get with these guys! 🙂

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