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Monday, December 27, 2010


Bug got an inflatable snow tube for Christmas. The folks next door to us talked to us and when plowing their driveway have been pushing it all to one spot to make a hill for Bug.

She could hardly wait to get outside today and try it out.

Christmas in Milwaukee

We spent the weekend in Milwaukee at Bug's Grandma's house. Fun was had by all and nobody went hungry!

This is Bug during the 3+ hur drive to Grandma's. She read the entire way there. She looks a bit tired, don't you think?

Here's what was waiting for her at Grandma's house:

She got a lot of books this year. She just started the Warriors series, which is about cat clans. If you know Bug, you know that this is PERFECT for her.

Great-Aunt Susan used really STRONG ribbon!

Owl pellets!

Really, she was excited about this movie. It's "Up", and I think she'd just spotted Kevin on the cover.

This looks like trouble...

What caused her to do this?

Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, of course (if you recall her Halloween costume, it will all make sense):

Alienology! She looks through this book every time we're at the book store. She had NO idea that Grandma was getting it for her.

Bug surprised everyone by playing "Jolly Old St. Nicholas" on the piano. She started lessons in October, but we kept it a secret, knowing that we'd be at Grandma's for Christmas.

Lucky was extra-friendly with Bug on this trip and was more than happy to get some attention.

These are some of the gorgeous wooden boxes that Bug's dad made. I don't have a photo of mine, yet...but it's awesome.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

What happens when you tell me that you want money for Christmas.

While talking to my sister, I asked her what my 15-year-old nephew might want for Christmas. She asked him and he didn't have an answer, other than "Money". OK...he got what he asked for.

Step 1: Cut the bendy ends off of 150 straws, then cut the straws in half.

Step 2: Take twenty $1 bills and roll them up VERY TIGHTLY (a toothpick came in handy here) and then wrap a bit of white paper around that and stuff it into a straw.

Step 3: Roll up about 20 pieces of white paper and put them into straws, too. We don't want this to be TOO easy.

Step 4: Remove the tissues from a tissue box and put all of the straw pieces into it.

Step 5: Replace tissue.

Step 6: Wrap the box.

Step 7: Put some stuffing into a shoe box and place wrapped box into it.

Step 8: Seal with duct tape.

Step 9: Put some stuffing into a larger box and place duct-taped-box into that.

Step 10: Add more stuffing!

Step 11: Seal tightly with duct tape.

Step 12: Wrap nicely.

Step 13: Be prepared for 20 minutes of laughter (from those NOT opening it) and glares (from the nephew). I think he'll have a gift suggestion for me next year...

Monday, December 13, 2010

Snow and art.

Winter is most definitely here! Bug is enjoying it very much. These were taken a week ago after the first snowfall. We got another 17" or so this weekend. More pics to come.

This was taken shortly before she broke through and came out the other side.

Bug loves it when her dad tells her about the time when he was at an Alice Cooper show and while his bad seats meant that he couldn't see the front of the stage very well, it DID mean that he could see exactly how Alice made it appear that his head was being chopped off. I can only assume that that's what inspired this series of drawings: