1. I have to say, the Ten on Tuesday Project of 2010 has been more challenging than I thought it would be!
2. It's time for this blog to get some Christmas spirit. Geez.
3. Gracie started designing her own Christmas cards tonight after I said goodnight to her... if this isn't ever the sweetest thing to find I don't know what is:
4. I'm shaking my head at you, Nana and Papa, and you know why. : )
5. Grandma and Grandpa are here! We had a really fun morning sans children yesterday during Bridget's 2.5 hours of preschool... instead of coming home to work on various projects like I normally do we dropped Bridget off and went out on the town. We went to the Bread Basket where my birthday cake came from (I'm a little miffed that no one thought to point this incredible bakery out to me before), then to Starbucks (we took our Bread Basket cinnamon roll with us to eat with Starbucks coffee, ha) then shopping at Dillard's where my seemingly mild-mannered parents egged me on to buy a new outfit and killer zip-up black boots for the week of base Christmas parties, then to a super-cool antique shop by Bridget's school called The Eclectic Elephant. It was a grand time.
6. And then! Matt and I had a Christmas party to attend at 4, and we had to zip home a little early from that to pick up Grandma, Grandpa, and the girls to attend The Nutcracker! What a busy day.
7. I had a really fun project up at Write.Click.Scrapbook. yesterday about going to the Nutcracker.
It was a slightly different Nutcracker than I've seen before—performed by the Moscow Ballet. There were dancers beautifully costumed as animals, and no local children involved. We were amazed by the man who performed in the Russian Dance, and the girls all about fell out of their chair at the girl who did the splits tricks in the Arabian dance. They were super throughout the entire performance; it was Bridget's first formal performance attendance, and she earned a gold star. Gracie fell asleep on me for the last ten minutes of the show because it was a long day of kindergarten, grandparents, and ballet fun.
8. On Sunday, Maddie was invited to what can only be called a professional gingerbread house decorating party. A classmate of hers has a grandma who has been throwing these parties for 21 years; she shipped all the homemade gingerbread from Rhode Island before her visit, flew in and constructed all the houses before the party, and had more cool stuff to decorate with than I've ever imagined possible. It was clear to me why our own gingerbread decorating attempts have not been so successful: kits aren't as much fun as the real thing, we used 10% of the available candy options for decorating, and 1% of the icing we should have been using. Evidence:
9. I took myself, Maddie, Gracie, and Bridget to get haircuts on Monday evening; I was so hoping we could go ahead and get our ten inches cut off, but Maddie has at least another two months to go, the girl said. Big. SIIIIIIIIIIGH. I had two inches cut off my hair and it's still more than long enough.
10. Look, Virginia, we have a tree!
BONUS: I've been remiss about that applesauce recipe... here you go : )
Jill's Crockpot Applesauce